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Holiday 2012 - Edition 4 of 6 Delivered FREE to: all homes and businesses in CT21. Total distribution 9,000.

Your Community Magazine

In this edition:

Outdoor Film Screenings with Folkestone Film Factory What’s On in Our Local Area Local Clubs and Societies Shepway’s Hidden Gems Project

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Editors Letter Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hythe Handbook; and what a fantastic time we’ve been having in the last few weeks! We’d like to congratulate everyone who’s worked so hard organising the Hythe Festival 2012; it’s been fantastic! Our personal favourite was the parachute display on Hythe Green, but what’s so lovely is that there was something for everyone incorporated in the festival programme. We’ve gone slightly further afield with the events coming up over the next month or two in this edition of the handbook, so that those with time to spare or on holiday from work and school can enjoy some of the great things our county has to offer.

We also continue with our feature on supporting local talent, where we hear from Will Grover, a local Saltwood resident and talented singer and performer. We hope you continue to enjoy the handbook. As ever, as our local community magazine, we are always delighted to hear of local positive news and events that we can help you 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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Contents Local Talent


Outdoor Film Screenings 4 Crossword


What’s On

22 - 25

Local Clubs

28 - 32

& Societies House & Home

35 - 37


44 - 45

Deadline for the Autumn Edition:

Wednesday 20th August 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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Invest in Local Talent The ultimate in style and swing: entertainment for all occasions! Does your private party or corporate event need the wow-factor? Are you looking for an entertainment act which will get your guests smiling and leave them talking? Introducing “Michael Dublé” – the UK’s most credible Michael Bublé tribute act. Will Grover is the man behind the face, the voice and the moves. A talented performer who has performed with solo and with swing bands

for 17 years. Will sounds, looks and moves just like the great man himself. Michael Dublé is available for weddings, private parties, birthdays, family celebrations, corporate events, gala dinners, hotels, restaurants and more. Will is a genuine class act whose warmth and stage presence will shine through his performance, making your event one to remember. With authentic moves, unbelievably accurate vocals and stagecraft to rival Michael Bublé, his show continues to be a great success wherever it plays. See page 23 for contact details.

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Have you heard…

The Film Factory CIC a not for profit film production company based in Folkestone and is now entering its 4th year of film screenings. Last years success meant screening to over 6,500 people in Shepway and Dover. This year this is set to increase as The Open-air Cinema is touring East Kent. The Open-air cinema screenings are free with a charge made for charity events and drive-ins, of which there are 4. The aim has always been to get whole families and parties of friends to picnic together and watch great films under the stars. All locations have to be financially and physically accessible, plus have some kind of social importance or focal point.

businesses to be played before the film. For the first time we have a few people make donations for onscreen birthday wishes and/or proposals. So it’s going to be even more fun than last year.

10 to 15. The output of which will be played at some of our screenings throughout East Kent. Imagine how it would feel to have your short film played in front of hundreds of people

The Folkestone Film Factory, who run this event are delivering a host of film making workshops this summer. These workshops are for young people aged

For more information on our event visit and click on open air cinema. Or call 303 489515 See programme on P41

We have been lucky enough through our reputation to partner up with a number of organisations, to help raise funds. We are also raising money by making commercials for local P4

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Foreman & Jones Launch a New Range of Health Foods and Nutritional Supplements. Now in their fourth year on the High Street, Foreman & Jones Integrated Health Practice have expanded their product range. As well as their herbal tinctures, capsules, creams and teas they now also stock a range of BioCare nutritional Supplements as well as Pukka Health products. Their product range includes:

• High Quality Vitamin and Mineral Supplements • Essential Fatty Acid Capsules (including ones suitable for Vegans) • Acidophilus, for children and Adults • Anti-oxidant supplements • Vitamin C capsules • High Quality Magnesium and Calcium capsules

• Elderberry Syrup (perfect for Adults and children with respiratory infections) • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil • Organic Aloe Vera Juice • Clean Greens Capsules (to support your body’s natural cleansing ability) • A wide range of Pukka Herbal Teas

Why not pop in to view our new range and to speak to our Nutritional Therapist or Herbalist about your needs. Our dispensary is open Tuesday to Friday 10-2pm and Saturday 10-1pm.

Why not take a look at their website for articles on a wide range of ailments and to find out more about how they might be able to help you.

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Our team also includes highly skilled and experienced tradesmen in the following areas: • Landscaping Grounds keeping • Fencing and Decking • Damp Proofing, Plastering & Rendering • Driveways, Patios, Paving etc • Kitchen fitting • Painting Decorating Interior & Exterior • Bathroom Fitting • Tiling

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Physical and Emotional Wellbeing for Adults and Children • • • • • • • • • • •

Musculo-skeletal Pain e.g. Backache, Sciatica Headaches • Allergies Gynaecology • Insomnia Addiction • Digestion Stroke • Sleep • Anxiety High Blood Pressure Infections • Fertility • Stress Feeling Down • Grief & Loss Confidence • Relaxation Dietary and Lifestyle Support Maintaining Health & Wellbeing

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Why I Love England A series of cameos on the theme of “Why I love England” through the eyes of a Swedish-born resident of Hythe observing the life and times of the town. By Margaretha Kirkham

Language problems! ‘Buy any three for £10’ said the sign in the supermarket. So I picked three of the same because they were irresistible. Back home I checked to see if I had had the discount but couldn’t make it out. Next time I shopped I took the receipt with me. Luckily I knew the person behind the counter at Customer Service quite well so I ventured, with my Swedish accent, that maybe I had misunderstood the meaning of ‘any three’ as I had had no discount. ‘No, no, no’, she laughed ‘you see these stars on the receipt down here? They are the discount!’




I replied: ‘Ooooh, I see! Bloody foreigners, eh?’ ‘You and me both’ she answered with her lovely Scottish accent.


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Including weeding and spraying, lawn care, shaping of shrubs and hedges, tree care, leaf and litter clearance.

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UK Street Scene owned shop offers a repair and maintenance service for all scooters skates and skateboards, and will do their best to accommodate anyone’s requests.

UK Street Scene is the best in skates, scooters, skateboards, clothing, protective equipment and accessories. Not only that, but it is only a 5 minute walk from Folkestone West Train Station, and 2 minute drive from Folkestone Town Centre. Selling all brands of scooters (including MADD, Gear, Crisp, Blunt and Razor), aggressive skates, quad skates and inline skates; owner Kevin Blackman says “Our aim is to provide a local funky shop selling the latest trends. People often purchase from the internet; the difference with us is you can try before you buy.” With a great ethos, and a friendly approach, the family


The team are also proud to sponsor local youths, including sponsored Scooter Rider Liam Carpenter, and an amateur Skate Team made up of Kieran Blackman, Bryce Torrence, Jake Sheppard, Chris Collins, Quaid Ricketts and Ryan Hatch, and enjoy taking them to a number of competitions. They also support local fundraising events with prizes and sponsorship.

Go into: UK Street Scene, 352 Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4DS Tel: 01303 647676

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Poetry Corner by Joe Thomas

(Sandgate Writers)

Poor Billy

I called out to my neighbour Jill. ‘Sorry to hear about your husband Bill.’

Then shortly after I heard a shout and saw that Billy was down and out.’ I said. ‘It must have been a shock for you; he could’ve been dead, what did you do?

She sighed. ‘Well, as far as I could tell, the silly man just slipped and fell.

‘Well I needed something quick.’ she said. ‘So I opened a tin of peas instead.’

I wanted a cabbage for dinner you see, and he went out to pick one for me.

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Seasonal Recipe

Cherry Pots with Fluffy Meringue Tops Serves 4 Preperation time 20 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes

Ingredients • 500g fresh cherries, pitted and cut in to half • 50g soft brown sugar • 150ml red wine • 8 amaretti biscuits • 3 large egg whites • 150g golden caster sugar

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/ gas mark 7. Place the cherries in a pan with the brown sugar and red wine. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes until soft. 2. Spoon the cherries in to 4 large ramekins. Roughly crumble the amaretti biscuits onto the top, dividing them equally. 3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites to a stiff peak. Start adding the sugar gradually, whisking all the time until the meringue is glossy. Spoon onto the top of the cherries. 4. Bake for 5-8 minutes until the meringue is golden. Serve with nothing else but a chilled glass of dessert wine or a generous glass of cassis.

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Cryptic Crossword Solution on page 46 Across











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4. Crazy reel a tot put up with (8)

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15. Sheep by Richard’s first jug (4) 16. Clio can become terse (7) 20. Gardens pose these risks (7) 21. Succeed with nothing; a sot! (4) 25. Odd talk about two rings to view (4,2) 26. Point before mountain, most acute (8) 28. Sortie to find a slow creature (8) 29. Girl circling a hot desert (6) 30. Clothes made from straw, see (8) 31. Revel about a show (6) P16

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17. Poem concerning a slacker (8)

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8. Combine after a point and come out (6)

24. Tranquillise, teased somehow (6)

11. Grandee ordered to unbalance (7)

27. ‘Star’ translated: a leading man (4)

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Hidden Gems

The Hidden Gems project is an empty shops initiative instigated by Shepway District Council and supported by many partners. Local artists have created window displays for the empty shops, looking at the undiscovered and forgotten gems around Shepway.

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These dis-used shops sit lifeless, with their run down exteriors and no prospective tenants looking to snap them up anytime soon. We aim to bring these empty shops back to life, with interesting and insightful artwork which really means something about our community. The overall aim of the Hidden Gems project is to bring the high street back to life.

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What’s On Saturday 28th July

beginners class – £7.50pp

Nigel Ogden – BBC’s ‘The Organist Entertains’ – returns to perform light classics and popular music arranged for organ

8.00pm to 9.00pm – Improvers class – £7.50pp

St Leonard’s Church, Hythe at 7.30pm Tickets £8 from Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe (free admission to those under 18). Telephone 01303 264470 for further details. Saturday 25th August Organ recital by David Poulter, Director of Music at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral St Leonard’s Church, Hythe at 7.30pm Tickets £8 from Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe (free admission to those under 18). Telephone 01303 264470 for further details. Saturday 15th September German Baroque Masters – chamber music by Telemann, Bach and Handel, performed by Ross Winters (recorder), Floriane Peycelon and Ellen O’Dell (violins), Sarah Boxall (cello) and Anthony Halstead (harpsichord) St Leonard’s Church, Hythe at 7.30pm

The venue is in Sandgate – St Paul’s Church hall, CT20 3BA. (near Saga) Further information can be found on The course is designed for absolute beginners and improvers. The focus is on Pilates styled postures, body movements, balanced steps/ sequences, musicality and understanding the lead role for different Argentinean Tango dances. Although designed for women, men who want to lead will also benefit from the course. Argentine Tango is about sharing – space, motion, music and sentiments. It requires work and consideration for your partner that will enable them help maximise what they can achieve from the dance. The fun and pleasure you give is returned by the harmony you both attain through the music.

Summer of Culture in Kent

Saturday 29th September

Enjoy a cultural, fun day out in the Garden of England this summer. With traditional festivities taking place at picturesque gardens and farms, cultural inspiration at Kent’s finest attractions, and tours and tastings at award winning vineyards, this is a great time to enjoy the county of Kent.

Organ recital by Dr David Flood, Director of Music at Canterbury Cathedral

For further information on these and other events go to

St Leonard’s Church, Hythe at 7.30pm

Festivals and Concerts in Kent throughout the summer

Tickets £8 from Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe (free admission to those under 18). Telephone 01303 264470 for further details.

Tickets £8 from Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe (free admission to those under 18).

10th – 17th August

Telephone 01303 264470 for further details.

Broadstairs Folk Week

Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August

This popular festival takes place all over the town and there’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music, dance, crafts, workshops, the children’s club and much more.

Pilatango – Beginners course 4 weeks of progressive classes on Tuesdays in August 6.45pm to 7.45pm – Absolute P22

9.00pm to 10 pm – Practica - £5.00pp (free to class participants)

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What’s On (Cont...) 30th July – 4th August Ramsgate Week Ramsgate Week is the Royal Temple Yacht Club’s annual regatta and widely recognised as the alternative to Cowes. Watch a full programme of racing from Ramsgate Royal Harbour. Tel: 01843 591766 or 8th – 12th August Canterbury Cricket Week 2012, Kent County Cricket Ground, Canterbury Cricket’s oldest and most illustrious festival takes in its 161st year. Tel: 01227 456 886 or 1st and 2nd September My Marlowe 2012 at The Marlow Theatre, Canterbury The Marlowe Theatre celebrates its first anniversary with two days of street arts, family entertainment, live music and dance. Tel: 01227 787 787 or

Other Cultural Events in Kent throughout the summer

Paintings of the Divine Ordinary’-paintings produced during a year as the dockyard’s first artist in residence. Price included in normal admission price. Adult £16.50, Children £11.00, Concessions £14.00. Tel: 01634 823800 or Until 23rd September Tracey Emin, She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea at Turner Contemporary, Margate Specially conceived for her hometown, Emin’s exhibition explores the themes of love, sensuality and romanticism in her oeuvre, featuring both new and existing works. Free admission. Tel: 01843 233000 or 16th August Style Masterclasses at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Ashford ‘New Autumn looks for your shape’ - 6.30pm on16 August. To attend please contact the Personal Stylist: Until 21st October

July and August

‘What the Butler Saw’ Leeds Castle

Tours and tastings at Shepherd Neame, Faversham

Back in the late 1930’s, Leeds Castle was a playground for the rich and famous. This exhibition ‘What the Butler Saw’ offers a glimpse of a bygone era, with displays of material not usually on show. Entry is included in the price of admission. Adults: £19.75, Concessions £17.50, Children (4-15) £12.50.

Find out more about Shepherd Neame’s great beers on one of their brewery tours, then enjoy a refreshing tasting followed by a 2 course supper. Or following the tour and tasting with a 4 course dinner at which you get to savour seven distinct and flavoursome beers, ending with a fun beer quiz. Tel: 01795 542285 or


Tel: 01622 765400 or 7th – 27th August

Until 30th September

Edwardian Summer Holidays at Goodnestone Park Gardens

Billy Childish Exhibition, The Gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Kent Costume Trust Exhibition ‘Edwardian Summer Sundays’.

‘Man of Kent’ Billy Childish returns to exhibit (for the first time) ‘Frozen Estuary and Other

Tel: 01304 840107 or

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The Royal British Legion St Leonards Road, HYTHE, Kent CT21 6EN

Family Club, Modernised in 2010 Large Football Sports Screen & 42" TV Pool Table, Snooker Table, 2 Dartboards, Kids Corner (TV/DVD/ Play Station & Toys) Juke Box • Quiz Machine • Fruit Machines Pull Tab Machine • Regular Monthly Entertainment Large Hall For Hire (Upstairs) Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings or Just For A Party! "Drinks Sold At A Cheaper Rate" Advantage Hours 5 - 7pm (Fri & Sat)


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Local Clubs & Societies 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Beginners jive/swing dance class

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.

8.30pm – 11.30pm – Dance to hot stompin’ sounds from the 1940’s and 50’s. 07896 654571

01303 266673

Capel Farmers Market

Art & Creative Classes

10am to 12.30pm every Tuesday in Capel-leFerne Village Hall.

Informal classes for the arts, yoga and theatre in Marine Walk Street, Hythe. 01303 239625 / 01303 812242

Ashford Astronomical Society Friendly, welcoming astronomy society, meets the last Friday of every month at Woodchurch Memorial Hall. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned observer, young or old, there’s something for everyone.

Cats’ Protection Folkestone and Hythe branch are seeking volunteers at their charity shop at 139a, Hythe High Street. Please call the duty manager. 01303 238661 We are also seeking fosterers for our cats and kittens. If you can help, please do ring.

01233 333945 / 07971 435835 (Jason)

01303 237744 (Lin)


Classes on Mondays, 1.45pm at Guide Hall, St Nicholas Road, Hythe, and Wednesdays, 10.15am at Hawkinge Community Centre.

Check Shirts Line Dance Club Adviceline: 0844 499 4118

Classic Bike Night Every Tuesday evening, 7.30pm at The Drum Inn, Stanford nr Hythe. 01303 812125

Development for Mediumship Group Every Tuesday evening, 7pm – 9pm. £6 per person. 01303 265513 (Pauline Mason)

Elham Farmers Market 11am – 1pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday. An Elham in Business initiative, a vibrant and popular market.

Elham Valley Twinning Association (EVTA)

01303 230433 (Cleo)

Boogie at The Grand

Citizens Advice Bureau

Did you know that villages in the Elham Valley are twinned with six villages in the famous wine-growing Beaujolais region in south-eastern France? EVTA members enjoy annual exchange visits with our French twins, alternating between the two countries. In addition, there is a lively social programme of events throughout the year, usually with a French flavour.

Every Monday at Keppels Bar, The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone.

The Citizens Advice Service provides advice on your rights and responsibilities. The

Visit us at www.evta. for more details or call 01303 840367

Castle Badminton Club meets on a Tuesday evening between 8pm and 10pm at Saltwood Village Hall. 01303 237968 (John Dennis)

Bell Ringers Bell ringers needed, full training given.


07899 082356

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.

Cinque Port Morris Men Every Thursday from October to April, 8pm to 10pm at the Memorial Hall, Benenden.

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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

Prior, Director of Tennis)

Folkestone Duplicate Bridge Club

Health Walks in Hythe

Every Monday, 7pm for 7.15pm, at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone. Visitors are welcome with partners (except 1st Monday in month when there is a club competition). 01303 222222

First Thursday of the month, 7pm, at Radnor Park Community Centre, Folkestone.

Folkestone, Hythe and Dover Wildlife Group Contact: The Chairman Alan F. Taylor on 01303 252567. 01304 853503 (Pauline Bateson)

Folkestone Camera Club

Folkestone & Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society (FHODS)

Every Monday from September – May. 7.30pm. 01303 245399 (Jenny Barraclough)

Folkestone Choral Society Would you like to sing? 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 area. Rehearsals are held each week to prepare for the three or four major concerts normally presented each year.

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 01303 237968

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.

Folkestone Decorative and Fine Arts Society (FDFAS)

Hayne Barn Indoor Tennis Centre

Third Thursday of the month, 2pm for 2.15pm, at The Tower Theatre (home of FHODS), Shorncliffe. Guests/prospective members welcome, £5.

In Saltwood, 2 indoor courts available to book for members and non-members. Coaching available for juniors and adults.

01303 265512 (Court Bookings) 07723 958911 (Duncan

Every Thursday, 10.15am for a 10.30am start. All are welcome to join these free health walks. Meet at Reflections, Terrace Bar, Hythe Imperial Hotel. 01304 828700 (East Kent Health Walks)

High Thai Society Every last Sunday, 7pm at Thailand Tom, 38, Hythe High Street. 01303 264168

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 Film Society Our first film show will be on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at the Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. We will be screening the Irish film “Once” which is a modernday musical about a busker and an immigrant, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. Directed and written by John Carney, starring Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova.

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Local Clubs & Societies (Cont...) Nov 6th is the award-winning comedy “Dr Strangelove” Directed by Stanley Kubric, starring Peter Sellers. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month 7.10 for 7.30pm members tickets are £3pp, Guests £5pp. Application forms are available from the Hythe Camera Shop. Our web-site is and we have a “Facebook” page.

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

Blooming Babies

Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm

Thursdays 1.30pm – 3pm

Improving your spoken Spanish

Sensory Play and Baby Massage from newborn upwards.

Fridays 10am – 11.30am French Conversation Group Fridays 2pm – 3pm Please contact 07796 177584 (Nick Lord)

Groups for Parents and Children, at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre One is Fun! Mondays, 1.30pm – 3pm

01303 267392 (Margaret)

Activities for tots aged 6 months to 18 months.

The Royal Air Forces Association

Blooming Babies

Hythe and Romney Marsh Branch. 01303 238435

Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club

Tuesdays 10.30am to 12pm Sensory Play and Baby Massage from newborn upwards.

To book a place on either session: 07900 882664 (Shirley) Two’s Too Fridays 9am – 10.30am For toddlers aged 18 to 30 months. Community Café Fridays 2pm – 3pm Come and have a cuppa and a natter.

Other Services, at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre Citizen’s Advice Bureau Fridays 10am – 12pm Drop in service, no appointment needed.

Marine Parade, Hythe.

To book a place on either session: 07900 882664 (Shirley) 01303 265178

Midwife Surgery – by appointment only

Ladies Walk, Hythe

Hythe Bay Children’s Centre (within the

Wednesdays 8.40am – 12pm.

Hythe Book Club

Health Visitor Surgery

Third Thursday of every month, 7.30pm, at The Red Lion, Hythe.

grounds of Hythe Bay School, but open to all)

Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe, CT21 6HS 01303 267802

Adult Education, at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre Art Appreciation: How to Look at Pictures Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm P30

Spanish Improvers Course

Wednesdays 1pm – 2.30pm Drop in to talk through any issues with the Health Visitor, bring your red book, have your baby weighed. Mucky Pups Thursdays 9am – 10.30am Messy play for all – birth to pre-school age.

Hythe Bowling Club 01303 266793

Hythe Bridge Club Every Wednesday, 1.45pm, at Seabrook Church For friendly Duplicate Bridge. Subscription £5 per year, table money £1.50. 01233 720597

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Hythe Civic Society Guided Walks

Guide Hall, St Nicholas Road, Hythe. For girls aged 10 – 14.

large dance floor & great vintage music

Every Thursday, from June to September, 10.30am, meet at Hythe Town Hall, High Street (TR 163 347) Distance: 0.5 miles (1.5 hours). Grade 1, No Dogs.

07725 525445 (Jo Day)

Established in Folkestone since 2008, jive/swing dance teacher with 15 years experience teaching

A leisurely walk around Old Hythe, including St Leonard’s Church and Crypt. Charge 50p per person (Crypt extra), which includes a descriptive leaflet. No need to book. Parties (10+) at any time by arrangement.

Hythe Snooker Club 01303 265141 (Mr W.Garrad)

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.

01303 266118 (Leader: Hythe Civic Society)

07813 606157 (Grahame Bredbere) 01303 269689 (St John Hall, on Wednesday evenings)

Hythe Farmers Market

Hythe Tennis Club

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10am – 12pm, in the Methodist Chuch Hall, Church Street, Hythe.

Meets at the Canal Bank, Hythe. All welcome. For more information about joining the club and participating in our tournaments and events, please telephone.

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 thekats49@gmail. com for details. New members are very welcome. Yearly subs are £22 or £5 for visitors.

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Lympne /Hythe Needle Club Second and forth Saturday of the month, 2pm – 5pm, in the Lounge of Churchill Court, Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe. Any form of needle work carried out, whether it be cross stich, tapestry, bobbin lace or bead work. Everyone welcome.

Lympne WI

01303 266354 (Membership Secretary)

Second Thursday in the month, 2pm, at Lympne Village Hall. Everyone welcome.

Hythe Twinning Association

01303 230855 (Julie)

Continuing international friendship with Hythe’s twin towns; Berck sur Mer in France and Poperinge in Belgium. 01303 268375

Italy Star Association 1943 – 1945 Veterans! Join us. Please phone our National Secretary. 0208 2410275

Jive/Swing Dance Classes

Mature Movers – Fitness for the 50 Plus Get fit with choreographed movement to music. A well balanced programme of low impact excercises (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. £3.50

Hythe Guides

Southcliff Hotel, 22-26 The Leas, Folkestone

Wednesdays, 2pm – 3pm, at Romney Marsh Day Centre, Rolfe Lane, New Romney. £4

Every Tuesday, 7pm at The

Friendly dance class,

01303 261876 (Vera Neaves)

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Local Clubs & Societies (Cont...) Queen’s Own Buffs Association of Folkestone and Hythe

all sections, and particularly tenors and basses.

South Kent Multiple Sclerosis Society

01303 237992

Ex-Servicemen from other Regiments are welcome. Meet monthly for comradeship with supper, bingo, raffles and much more.

Saltwood Old Time Dance Club

Local support for all those whose lives are affected by MS.

Every Wednesday evening, 7pm – 10pm, at the Saltwood Village Hall.

01303 240147 (Stuart McIntyre, Branch Secretary)

If you like Old Time and Sequence Dancing, why not come and join us? Refreshments provided.

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

01303 260214

Saltwood Shortmat Bowls Sundays, 6pm – 9pm and the first and third Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 5pm, at the Saltwood Village Hall.

01303 260512 (Rob Purvis, Membership Secretary)

Romney Marsh Walking Society

01303 266624

New members and visiting walkers are always welcome. Our programme is varied; usually a Sunday afternoon or whole day walk alternates with a Saturday morning walk followed by a pub lunch. Children are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult, but dogs are not allowed. You will find the programme of our planned walks on our website:

Saltwood Village Hall The Green, Saltwood. A perfect venue for meetings, parties, weddings and fun. 01303 260508 (Lesley Galloway)

Sandgate Writers Circle

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 P32

We hold two meetings a month at two locations in Sandgate, 10am – 12pm. If you would like a friendly, relaxed couple of hours, with gentle folk, please do get in touch and come along. 01303 489736 (Joe Thomas)

Shepway Fuchsia and Pelargonium Group Second Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm, at St Andrews Church Hall, Surrenden Road, Cheriton. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome. 01303 851257 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.

Shepway & District University of the Third Age (U3A) The U3A is a self-help organization for people who are retired or not in full-time work and who are encouraged to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. The organisation provides educational, creative and leisure groups in a friendly environment, at various locations in the local area. We currently have other 35 different groups, including Board Games, Books, Cards, Computers, Crafts, Cycling, Dance, Golf, Languages, and much more. Please do get in touch for more information. 07729 443000

Zumba, Latin Inspired Dance Fitness Wednesdays, 7pm – 8pm, Hythe Bay Primary School, Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe. Thursdays, 10am, Hythe Cricket Club. Good fun exercise for all ages.

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Lasting Power of Attorney Over a twenty four month period £3.2 billion was seized by the Court of Protection from individuals who lost their mental capacity either through illness or an accident.

that your future well being is in accordance to your wishes.

In a twelve month period the Court of Protection took £23 million in fees directly from individual’s bank accounts.

Now is the time, while you have the capacity to appoint your Power of Attorney and safeguard your future.

The one reason the Court of Protection was able to do so, is simply that none of these people had a Lasting Power of Attorney (previously known as enduring power of attorney).

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If a Lasting Power of Attorney is not put in place the Office of the Public Guardian is appointed and someone else will manage your affairs. This is a very costly and intrusive process. When this occurs, to take control, it is required that your representative approaches the Court of Protection to be a deputy. If approved, it is a costly affair and can total over £1,000 in fees and court costs. There are also ongoing costs with annual supervision charges and your representative is required to work within specific parameters including keeping c omprehensive accounts. Appointing a Power of Attorney is fundamental in ensuring P34

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Lofty Ideals by Katherine Sorrell Converting your loft can be the ideal way to gain extra space without the expense and hassle of moving house. Katherine Sorrell outlines the dos and don’ts. agent for advice, and you could also go to a website such as to find out how much properties in your area have sold for recently.

A double bedroom and ensuite loft conversion by Econoloft, 0800 269 765

Dark, pokey and inaccessible, lofts can often be, literally, a waste of space, useful for a bit of dusty, long-term storage and nothing else. Turn that space into one or two useful rooms and – ta da! – not only might you have added real value to your property, but you’ve got extra living space that could make all the difference to happy family life.

have to be more ambitious, say the experts, and put in at least one ‘real’ room.

The simplest loft conversion might just involve strengthening and boarding out the floor, adding a light and sticking in a pull-down loft ladder – giving you a good-sized storage area that’s accessible on a regular basis, at a cost of probably only a couple of thousand pounds. Bear in mind, however, that Building Regulations may apply to even a simple conversion – see more at uk. Such a basic project may be a good idea in practical, everyday terms, but if it’s added value you’re after, you’ll P36

‘It’s a false economy to cut corners,’ says Jeremy Leaf, RICS housing spokesperson ( ‘To maximise your return the conversion has to be designed properly from the very beginning. You should have a proper lobby area when you come up the stairs, there should be sufficient head clearance, it should be properly insulated, you should have a dormer window rather than a Velux. It’s also important to think about how a loft conversion affects the house as a whole, as they can make them top heavy, with too many bedrooms and, in comparison, too few reception rooms. Check out other properties nearby which have been similarly extended to see what has been done and what they’re worth.’ When doing your research, it’s always a good idea to ask a local estate

A word about space planning. If you have room, adding a bathroom to a loft conversion makes sense both practically and financially, and shouldn’t cost any more than adding a new bathroom anywhere else in the house – in other words, anything from around £3,000 for a plain fit-out. Costs will be minimised if you place the bathroom above one on the floor below, keeping plumbing work simple, but Hugo Tugman of Architect Your Home (www. points out that you should always keep your options open. ‘It’s folly to put the bathroom in the wrong place, just because that’s where the drains are,’ he says.

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‘The same goes for staircases – most people think that there’s just one place where a staircase can be fitted in a loft conversion, because Building Regulations require two metres of head room above it, but you can end up squashing your accommodation just because the best bit of loft is taken up with a staircase. It’s really worth considering the possible alternatives when doing your planning.’ And finally, if overall head height is an issue in your potential loft conversion, don’t try to get away with cramped, uncomfortable rooms. Hugo points out that lowering the ceilings of the rooms below is often a possibility, and can make all the difference to the success of a project. ‘It sounds like it would be a massive expense,’ he says, ‘but in fact the additional costs are really only plastering and decorating the rooms below, and it would probably add no more than about three or four thousand onto a simple job.’

BUT WILL IT ADD VALUE? The HSBC’s annual home improvement survey found, in March this year, that a loft conversion is still the improvement that adds the most value, boosting the price of a property by, on average, £16,152. But according to specialists Econoloft, a typical conversion by building professionals costs between £20,000 and £30,000. The answer may lie, therefore, in keeping costs down by doing as much work as possible yourself – but only if you can do it to a good standard. Valuation expert Paul Cutbill, of Countrywide Surveying Services, said: ‘Whilst sensibly improved and well presented homes will generally be attractive to potential purchasers, rising labour and material costs mean that the gap between the cost of improving and monies realised at the point of any sale has been reduced. Poor quality refitting and lack of proper design considerations, often as a result of inadequate project budgeting and planning, can also have a significant knock-on effect to any added value which might be gained when selling a property.’



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Based in Hythe, Kent, local author Simon Wicks has a new short story available to purchase on Amazon; simply enter:

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A Healthy Balance In Life? Having a balanced, stress-free, debt-free life is not easy these days, on average working more hours than anyone else in Europe! So how do we get that balance in life? Times are changing, we are texting blogging, twittering, and that’s for pleasure! Where’s the down-time? It isn’t happening folks! But just maybe… just maybe there could be a glimmer of hope… EXERCISE! I know, I know, but I really believe in “Fitness for every body” it’s my no 1 tag line! Yes I know what you’re thinking, I can’t do that! But you can! Everyone can... It just takes some commitment from you to move forward... Generally most people, who I come across during my work, want to lose fat or build muscle, and that’s good, if that’s your fitness\health goal, but let’s step back a page! If you don’t exercise yet, where do you start? Well you could get a personal fitness trainer to help and support you, or how about looking at your food; most people eat too much and don’t exercise, that is why they are fat. People think they can carry on eating like they did in their twenties – well they can’t… Unless you exercise! One of the first things I do with my clients is get them to start writing a food journal, this can really emphasise where you’re going wrong, most people eat far too many carbohydrates; cakes, biscuits, sweets, pasta, rice, potatoes, if you reduce your intake of these and start walking every day for 15 minutes, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw some fat loss results, and that’s just the start! Why not join the health and fitness train…? You never know you might enjoy the ride! Andy King runs AK Health and Fitness, a local business providing personal and corporate fitness training, also exercise for the elderly, exclusive fitness studios in Hythe, Ashford and Dover. P40

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The Open Air Cinema 4th August Dane Park, Margate Close Encounters of The Third Kind (PG) 11th August Victoria Park, Ashford School of Rock (PG) 18th August Folkestone Amphitheatre, Lower Leas, Folkestone

The Open Air Cinema is an annual event now in its 4th year. The Film Factory CIC is a not for profit production company and tours East Kent screening films in great locations. These locations are chosen to be both physically and financially accessible to all sorts of people. The Film Factory hope that at the end of one of their screenings, viewers have not only had a great time, but they may perhaps have: • Made new friends • Tried something new • Visited a new location

Labyrinth (U) 24th August Herne Bay Festival, Herne Bay Memorial Park Goonies (PG) 25th August Connaught Park Ghostbusters (PG) 26th August Haguelands Farm (Drive In) The Italian Job (PG) 1st September Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable Jaws (PG) 22nd September

• Helped reclaim a local space

The Gulbenkian (Drive In)

• Spent time with friends and/

Back to the Future (PG)

or the whole family. 28th July Haguelands Farm (Drive-In) (in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital) Hook (U)

What you will need It is important for you to book tickets prior to the event, and to be comfortable when you arrive. Please see The Film Factory website for full details. or call 01303 489515

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Useful Numbers Accommodation Seabrook House B&B, Hythe Sunny Bank Guest House, Hythe Wents Cottage B&B, Postling

269282 267087 268960

Emergency Numbers

Chemists Eakins Boots Paydens 31-33 High St, Hythe Paydens Stade St, Hythe

267876 267220 266141 261647

Chemist Late Night Opening The chemists don’t run a rota now, they are open as follows: Paydens (Stade St) until 6pm Boots until 6.30pm Eakins until 6.30pm Churches St John the Baptist Church 246422 All Souls Cheriton 270604 St Martins Horn Street 270604 Seabrook Church 270604 St Nicholas Newington 270604 Our Lady of Good Counsel 266430 Christian Spiritual Church 261170 The Salvation Army 268792 The South Kent Community Church 264600 St Peter & St Paul’s Church 266932 St Leonard’s Church 266217 Holy Cross, Palmarsh, Hythe United Reformed Church 268621 St Michael Methodist-Anglican Church Centre, Rampart Road 266281 (Methodist) 266217 (Anglican)


Doctors Surgeries Oaklands Sun Lane NHS Direct

01303 235300 267102 08 45 46 47

Dentists Dymchurch Road East Street High Street Martello Drive Gas Emergency Kent County Council

267513 265566 266308 262683 0800 111999 08458 247247

Electricity Power Loss 0800 783 8866247 Police Station 01622 690 690 Water Leakline 0800 7311 933 Swan, Wild Bird & Seagull Rescue 242956 Helplines Alcoholics Anonymous 08457 697555 Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics) 0207 4030888 Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting 660747 Childline 0800 1111 Crime Prevention Advice 896336 Dentaline 01634 890300 Electricity Power Loss 0800 783 88 66 Frank (Drugs Helpline) 0800 776600 Health Promotion 01304 828700 Kent Crimestoppers 0800 555111 Mental Health Helpline 0800 1070160 National Domestic Violence 0808 2000 247 Stop Smoking Service 0800 849 4444 The Samaritans 255000 Police - Hythe’s Neighbourhood Officer 01797 321723

PC Stuart Duncan Hospitals Kent & Canterbury Maidstone Hospital William Harvey Hospital NHS Direct Royal Victoria

01227 766877 0845 155 1000 01233 633331 08 45 46 47 01303 850202 (minor injury A&E)

Schools Brockhill Park Performing 01303 265521 Arts College Taxis Folkestone JJTaxis

252000 244442

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Dry Weather Gardening by Pippa Greenwood the soil is never allowed to dry completely. Installing perforated or permeable pipe beneath the soil surface or beneath the mulch provides what they need. Don’t risk new plantings for the patio becoming drought stressed. When planting up late season patio pots, make sure you line the insides of the pot with bubble-wrap polythene. When you need to water your garden, apply it in the evening or early in the morning. Less will be lost by evaporation and there will also be less likelihood of plants suffering scorching.

After all those weeks in early summer when it didn’t stop raining, many plants will have been lulled into a false sense of security. And we’re also likely to have become too used to not worrying about watering and how to minimise the effects of dry weather. Here are my tips for coping:

Avoid buying new plants right now. In dry conditions it’s much harder for a plant to become established and more likely that it’ll suffer stress. Temporary shading, such as shade netting (available from garden centres) or some large, leafy branches driven in to the soil, will help to keep things a little cooler during the hotter weather. Vegetable plants can be covered with netted cloches (like the Giant Easy Net Tunnels available from my website) to achieve the same effect.

Mulching really does help to keep the moisture in the soil. Make sure it’s really well watered BEFORE you apply the mulch. Then around the area, covering the roots of the plant (or preferably a bit further) shovel on well-rotted manure, composted bark or garden compost. Mulching benefits vegetables as well as flowers. A slow but steady supply of water is more use and appreciated by plants more than intermittent heavy drenching. Newly planted trees and shrubs establish better and suffer drought stress less if

Siphoning water out from the bath is a great way to re-use domestic water. The tiny quantities of soap won’t cause any problems. Remember that some plants are more tolerant of dry conditions than others. On the whole, plants with silvery

or densely hairy leaves are pretty drought tolerant, as are those of Mediterranean origin. My favourites include: Convolvulus cneorum: stunning silvery leaves and miniature white flowers, often with a touch of pink, which resemble those of morning glories. Rosemary: this shrub has great purple flowers and wonderfully aromatic foliage, perfect for cooking. When mature many people use the wood to make barbeque skewers, imparting a delightful rosemary aroma to the meat. Senecio maritime: a pretty divided leafed plant with dense hair on the leaves making it look silvery. Gazanias: with their large orange, brown and burgundy flowers and silvered leaves, they look a treat in patio pots of summer borders. Lavenders: aromatic leaves and perfumed blue, lilac purple or white flower spikes, this cottage garden favourite is also a magnet for bees. Geraniums and their cousins, Pelargoniums, are both very drought resistant, and come with foliage that is often attractively marked and pretty flowers. Pelargoniums, usually the more flamboyantly coloured of the two, are not hardy but great in summer containers and the herbaceous geraniums should last for years.

Visit Pippa’s website, sign up for her newsletter (and receive a free ebook on organic gardening!), order the ‘Winter Thru’ Spring Collection’ of vegetable plants accompanied by regular advice emails from Pippa, shop from the products area for a great selection of products including signed copies of Pippa’s books, Grower Frames, cloches, raised bed kits, delightful terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, biological controls and lots more! P44

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