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Welcome... The April edition comes with the sad news of the passing of Elaine Collett the beloved wife of James our editor and mother to Sophie and Jack. A popular and giving member of the local community Elaine will be sadly missed and understandably James is taking time out from the Focus to be with his family. We send our thoughts and prayers to him and await his return when he is ready.


We also have the sad news of the passing of Focus distributor Ian Dunbar and again send our thoughts and prayers to his brother Keith and family. Please see page 22 with condolences. Thank you to those who have replied with offers of support to volunteer their services to the Focus. We will be organizing a meeting in the near future to see how roles can be distributed and will give you an update in the coming months.


Annie Drylie Temporary Focus Editor

We have a 07956629772 special guest proof reader for this month, Sheila Lee, thank you for stepping back into the team. Thank You It was with sorrow that we heard of Tom Sam’s resignation. We would like to thank Tom as I am sure the whole community would for his endless support and time towards improving the local community. Lenham Success We have some good news! A very well deserved win for the Lenham Wanderers Reserves football team who lifted the trophy following a hard match against the Early Birds. We also look forward with much anticipation to the opening of the local Swimming Pool. Please see page 29 with further details.

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Your Focus Team We are the team behind the Lenham Focus, we build the magazine from start to finish every month. For you.

Writing: Annie Drylie Whilst our editor James takes time out from the Focus, Annie who normally arranges advertising has agreed to cover editorial on a temporary basis until new help arrives. Your Focus Team is here to ensure the village is always up to date with events and to provide local businesses with a low cost publication to advertise in.  We as a collective give up our time for free to produce this publication for the local community and we are always grateful to contributors who make the job so much easier. 06

We are always on the lookout for contributions, in particular editorials, out and about Lenham stories, jokes, words of wisdom and any good news/ success stories.

Design: Flowbox Flowbox are an innovative young creative agency based in Maidstone. Established in 2012 they have been providing the Focus with their time and design services for free. Flowbox works with all sorts of clients from one-man bands to huge corporations. If there’s something you’re after, get in touch!


Photography: Andy Flood Andy has been providing photography to the focus since the launch of the new design. Consistently he has provided amazing shots, especially the front covers. Check out his Flickr Photostream! 35132157@N04/

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Richard has provided some fantastic shots recently of in and around Lenham in the snow, and all of the Lenham Lights!

Peter has in the past provided some stunning photographs to the Focus. None in this issue, but we hope to receive some more soon!

Photography: Elliott Round Elliott was commissioned to take some photos of Lenham when the new design came out. Now at Greenwich University he doesn’t do any photo’s for us anymore but hopefully will in the future!

This is just a small snapshot of the focus team, we’re awaiting some photos and introductions for the crucial members. Keep an eye out in future editions for the rest of the team.

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Borough Council Corner Dear Parishioners,


On Wednesday 5th March at Lenham Parish Council meeting I resigned from Maidstone Borough Council as your councillor. I have been honoured to be your councillor for nearly 18 years and it is with regret that I stand down. I have found that at this moment I cannot balance with ease the role as a father to my family, and as a councillor with all the wide and varied roles that it has. I found that whilst in the past I was able with Janettas help to keep it balanced and keep everyone happy that I was slowly not able to perform that task. I acknowledge that some of this may be of my own doing as I wanted to be involved with everyone I could, but unfortunately I found myself not performing the tasks I know I could to the standard I had set. In short I needed to pull away re-group, re prioritise and re think. I hope those that know me appreciate my position, and others just understand that being a parent and a carer is time consuming especially in large households. I would like to thank all those involved with the parish councils for their commitment and effort. For the many, many volunteers

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who selflessly give their time for the common love of giving and for the schools whose events I have always enjoyed for the sheer effort of co-ordinating kids to play music, sing, dance and even cook! Some highlights included sitting on top of the St Edmunds Centre (Platts Heath hall) removing ivy with Brian Fuller, it was really hot on our bums! Attending a Pride of Maidstone Award with Joan Macdonald, watching Sandy Bruce Lock-hart open Harrietsham Primary school and the election night when both Janetta & I were your councillors together. I have had a fantastic time. I haven’t ruled out seeking election in the future, but for now my family must come first. Can I personally thank my family and close friends for their love and support over particularly the recent past. I am not disappearing, and I will stay involved in the groups in the villages. Finally I would like to quote from my hero Nelson Mandela “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”. Thank you Tom Sams

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Sutton Valence Choral Society All Saints Church Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE. Tickets, priced £12, (£6 for under-18s and those in fulltime education), are available from choir members, from Music Matters in Week Street, Maidstone, by ringing 01233 840540, or via the website at www.suttonvalencechoral.

Church Services 6th April – The Fifth Sunday of Lent 8am Lenham BCP Holy Communion 9.30am Harrietsham Family Worship 9.30am Boughton Holy Communion 11am Lenham Holy Communion 11.15am Ulcombe Family Worship 13th April – Palm Sunday 8am Lenham BCP Holy Communion 09.30am Harrietsham Holy Communion 11.00am Lenham  Morning Worship 11.15am Ulcombe Holy Communion 6.30pm Boughton Choral Evensong 20th April – Easter Day 8am Lenham BCP Holy Communion 9.30am Harrietsham Holy Communion 9.30am Boughton Holy Communion 11am Lenham Holy Communion 11.15am Ulcombe Holy Communion

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Clubs, Societies, Organisations and Gatherings


Royal British Legion At the end of the February meeting the Chairman, Frank Bradshaw, announced, for personal reasons, his resignation as chairman with immediate effect. The surprised members thanked him for all his hard work during his many years in office. The vice-chairman Norbury Colbran, will oversee branch affairs until a new chairman is elected. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th April at the Lenham Social Club starting at 8pm. Members, please attend this important meeting when we hope to elect a new chairman. The Spring Buffett will be held at the Dog and Bear on Friday 11th April starting at 7.30pm. Tickets from Mike Gurr or Bill Peter. Hub Club – Age UK I am writing this on a bright sunny morning. We could do with a few more like this, Our next meeting is on Thursday 3rd April 2-4pm. There will be a talk on Royal Bodyguard. Should be very interesting. We hope you can all make it and look forward to seeing you all. Martin, Tom, John, Zoe and Nina

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Young at Heart 60+ I think everyone enjoyed our meeting in February. Who would have thought I would become a model in a fashion show! I don’t think Naomi Campbell has anything to worry about. A big thank you to Bon Marche for putting the event together and we will be having another in the summer. Our next meeting is Thursday 17th April 2-4pm. Oak House food will be giving us a talk on their company and the food they sell. We look forward to seeing you all and if anyone needs a lift please call Jenny on 01622859208. Martin, Tom, Sue, Olive, Jenny, Zoe and Nina Lenham Gardening Society Over 60 members came to our Winter Social in February which was a great success thanks to Pat and her team who prepared a superb buffet which was enjoyed by all.   Our April speaker will be Steve Bradley who will be known to many of you as one of the Radio Kent Garden Show presenters.  Steve will be talking about ‘Summer in the Garden’

which with his background and knowledge should be a very interesting talk, so please come along and show him what a keen bunch Lenham gardeners are. The competitions will be Five Tulips of the same variety and/or an Easter Bonnet (home made). We have arranged two outings so far the first will be to Wisley on Tuesday 20th May, departing Lenham Square at 9.30am, the cost will be £10 per person tickets will be on sale at the April meeting. Second will be to Hampton Court Flower show on Friday 11th July, departure 9.30am, the cost will be £33 for non members and £25 for members.  As we need to book early with Hampton Court please put your name down with a £10 deposit at the April meeting.   A third outing will be arranged for early August either an afternoon trip with Cream Tea or another all day trip.   Please come along and support the LGS why not bring a friend, new members always welcome.   Keith Chair LGS 

Lenham W.I Our February speaker, Dr. Cara Robinson, was extremely interesting, and gave us a lot of food for thought and some alarming insights into the prevalence of drug use among young people. We also heard the very understandable reasons for it, in some cases the example set by adults!! On April 5th we are holding a Day School. In the morning we have, an introduction to Tai Chi (as in Calendar Girls!!) and in the afternoon a talk on ‘The Flemish Weavers in Kent.’


Our speaker at the April Meeting is Julia Davies, who will be giving us advice and demonstration of ‘Meals for 1or 2’. In May we will be holding our A.G.M. I have just arrived home from a W.I. event at Ascot, entitled ‘Inspiring Women Working Together a very enlightening day!! Lenham has a very welcoming W.I. and it would be wonderful to have more ladies joining us we would love to have some younger Visit Follow us @lenhamfocus

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DATE – Sunday, June 22nd 2014. VENUE – Harrietsham Village Hall, Church Road – ME17 1AP. START FROM – 8.00am. LAST REGISTRATION – 11am. WEBSITE – w w w. FOR FURTHER DETAILS – Phone the North Downs Walk-line on 01622 890650 For 29 years the Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent has organised this event, which offers the option of a 3, 6 or 9 mile walk across the beautiful North Downs. On completion all walkers are given a free Ploughman’s Lunch, strawberries and are entertained by a local Jazz Band. See the website for Maps/Poster/ Route Details/Registration


Forms etc. all of which may be downloaded. Apart from the beautiful scenery the event has the added bonus that walkers may retain 50% of their sponsorship money for their own charity/church/school etc. with the remainder going to CRUK. Alternatively, you may register at the Hall on the day for a minimum donation of £15 per person. To-date this Walk has raised over £440,000 for local & national charities, with over £210,000 for CRUK alone.” We look forward to seeing you. North Downs Walk Committee Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent


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Elaine Collett


Elaine’s funeral will be held at Charing Crematorium on Thursday 3rd April at 11:20 and we would then be heading to the Tithe Barn in Lenham to celebrate her short but wonderful life. People are welcome to send flowers but donations are also welcome to 2 charities that Elaine always supported. The first is Emilia’s Little Heart and donations can be made through the just giving website http:// The second charity is Corpal, This charity supports my nephew who was born with ACC and is the charity Elaine completed her 25km walk for last year. Donations can be made to this charity by sending a cheque to the funeral directors A W Court, Brackleigh, Headcorn

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Road, Grafty Green, Kent ME17 2AP. James Collett It was a huge shock to hear the terrible news of the tragic death of Elaine, wife of Focus Editor James and mother of his two lovely kids. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with James and his family at this awful time. Elaine, like James was a big part of our community, without many people being aware of her roles. Focus and the Lenbus were just two of the community focussed things which she took on and ran with quiet efficiency. At the same time she was a devoted mother and wife, well known on the school run and at after school activities. Such a big spirit within the tight community that is Lenham will be sorely missed. God Bless. Gez Clark

Focus on Nature One of my favourite flowers is the Lesser Celandine.. Ranunculus ficaria, thriving in damp, shady places where even a little mottled sunlight will open the beautiful golden yellow petals. Wordsworth loved this plant, writing three poems about it – ‘There is a flower, the lesser Celandine, That shirks, like many more, from cold and rain, And, the first moment that the sun may shine, Bright as the sun himself, ‘tis out again! He even arranged for it to be carved on his tombstone. Unfortunately the sculptor got confused and carved a Greater Celandine instead....Shame! But now can be seen what must surely be the most dramatically exciting of all spring, flowers.. the Cuckoopint.. Arum maculatum, which can grow up to 18 inches high, with dark green arrowshaped leave, mottled with red, inspiring such local names as ‘Gethsemane’, referring to the blood of the crucified Christ. At the base of the flower head is secreted a sticky liquid, smelling fetid to us but eagerly sought by small flies. However, not much is available, so they buzz around, trying to escape but the exit is blocked y a ring of downwardly pointing stiff hairs. It is the female

area of the plant, so as the flies buzz, they deposit pollen (which is covering their bodies as a result of visits to nearby blooms), on the female carpels. Once all the pollen comes off, those stiff hairs relax and the flies seek and escape, but they cannot, due to another blocking ring of stiff hairs! This is the male area of the flower, so, buzzing around their bodies get smothered with a fresh supply of pollen. After another time interval, those hairs also relax and the flies at last can gain their well-earned freedom! One can only reflect with joy, astonishment and gratitude,, on this example of the wonders of nature which lie all around us. Derek Budge


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New Lenham Parish Council Website Lenham Parish Council is launching a new website in May. Our aim is for the website to provide another mechanism for us to communicate with the residents of the Parish. This will be in addition to the notice boards and Focus articles, which we will continue to use.


We will be advertising all our meetings and posting all the minutes on the website, as well as general information on what the Parish Council does and links to useful resources, such as where to report potholes. What’s more, we intend to offer space on the website to local clubs and organisations that do not have their own website, which they can then use for attracting members, advertising upcoming events and even posting photographs.   The new website will have a modern, user-friendly design that adapts to any device, be it a PC, tablet or smartphone, allowing you to catch-up on Parish news whenever and wherever you want.   Future advances will include providing an online forum so that all parishioners can voice their opinion on important matters within the Parish, such as on the Neighbourhood Plan and future housing and commercial developments.

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We need your support to make the website a success. So if you have any news or articles you would like included, or are a member of an organisation interested in having your own space on the website then please contact us. Also, we would like the website to be as visually appealing as possible to attract visitors to the Parish, so we would welcome any photographs of the Parish that you would be willing to donate.   You will be able to access the new website at  http://lenhamparish. from 1st May.   Please direct all enquiries to the Parish Council Clerk, Margo McFarlane at: margo.mcfarlane@

Lenham Ironmongers If you read your FOCUS last Month and if by chance you happen to have bought a paper, stationery or a birthday card from LEN VALLEY NEWS in the High Street you will also be aware that LENHAM IRONMONGERS IS DEFINITELY BACK IN TOWN!! The last few weeks have been frenetic in order to launch my new online eBay business together with creating IRONMONGERY at the rear of LEN VALLEY NEWS. Yes, I am aware that limited space determines that I may be offering a limited product. However you will find almost every area of DIY covered in order to complete a job, repair a fault or just do a good old Spring Clean. Please don’t also forget our adage in that ‘we can order almost any product you require from our catalogue and eBay shop.’ Please take some time to look at the catalogue on the counter. It shows special offers for the season at really affordable prices which always beat the High Street. We can order any of those items for you and will also provide Gift Wrapping for gifts at a nominal charge. Come to LENHAM IRONMONGERS to find respected, branded products in the following areas… ·         Gardening  -   Wilkinson Sword,

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Well done Lenham Wanderers! Lenham Wanderers Reserves 3 v Early Bird 2 Benevolent Cup Final at Maidstone Football Club – Gallagher Stadium Friday March 7th 2014 On a cold Friday evening Lenham Reserve Senior Squad played their 3rd final in as many years. This was the first final played at the Maidstone United Gallagher Stadium, the previous all being played at Chatham United. So Maidstone League Football has finally Come Home!!   Whether it was a change of Venue or a change of surface (Maidstone play on a 3G pitch and Chatham play on grass). The luck was certainly on the Lenham’s side!!   Lenham scored an early goal through Sammy Manktelow, but were pegged back to leave the score at 1 – 1 Half Time. After the break Lenham changed its formation and once again gained

the advantage through a well despatched Penalty by Mark Hatcher (won by Daniel Pinder). Early Bird once again came back an equalised. Then Sammy Manktelow pounced on a mistake by the Early Bird Keeper to score his second of the evening and Len ham’s 3rd. The final Result was a win for Lenham Reserves 3-2 even though the Manager Craig (Birthday Boy) Smith who came on at half time tried his best to score for the opposition in the dying minutes!!    A good crowd of over 300 people finally saw Lenham Reserves captain Stuart Wilson lift the trophy and a great night was had by all.


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Tips on caring for an older cat The world’s oldest recorded cat was 38 years and three days old when she died in 2005. The tabby and white moggy, named Creme Puff, lived in Texas and her owner even built his cats a feline cinema showing wildlife documentaries. While Creme Puff was a record breaker it is not unusual for cats to live until their late teens and the oldest cat that I have treated was a 25 year old called Zippy. By giving your cat some extra care and looking out for problems you can give them a comfortable old age. Here are some tips on caring for an older cat: 28

1. Most cats over ten will have some arthritis. You may notice that your cat is grooming less, struggling to jump like they used to, becoming grumpier or missing their litter tray. They will benefit from a soft cosy bed, a lower sided litter tray, easy access to food and water without having to jump up and a gentle pace of life. There are medications that can really help with arthritis so if you think your cat is getting stiff or sore ask your vet. 2. Look out for changes such as eating more, drinking excessively or weight loss. These are signs of conditions such as thyroid disease,

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diabetes or kidney disease, all of which can be treated. Spoil them with some gentle brushing, food designed for older cats and a cat nip treat. Check them regularly for lumps and bumps - while not all are serious they can cause severe problems if left unchecked. Watch out for smelly breath, red gums and dribbling. These can be signs of dental disease and just like in people cats’ dental problems should be treated as soon as possible. Try not to make too many changes; for example, older cats rarely welcome a new kitten or puppy.

With a bit of TLC our cats can stay healthy and happy for many years. Consider adopting an older cat, they bring a huge amount of joy and are often overlooked in rescue centres. Sarah Foster is a vet who works at Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital in Ashford.

The Lenham Swimming Club The Village Pool is Back! Pool Opening – Saturday 31st May Thank you to all our new volunteers! Their commitment has made it possible to; once again, open the outdoor swimming pool at Swadelands School for the use of our community during the summer months. We were delighted with the response to our publicity campaign. Volunteers have come forward and are already booked to undertake their Lifeguard training in the run up to the opening. The first of our volunteers to qualify achieved their NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) in February. We are still looking for volunteers to assist with collecting

admission money so please don’t let this stop you volunteering! The emptying of the pool will begin week commencing 28th April, with the cleaning taking place on the 3rd May. The pool has not been used for 3 years so we are starting this early. We hope this will give us the opportunity to address any maintenance issues if we find anything unexpected.


We hope to be able to offer the following swimming sessions: 6.00 – 7.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2.30 – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday The one session on week days will replace the 2 x 45 min sessions run previously.

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Sharp points Do not remove foreign objects entering the body such as knives, metal or wooden spikes, nails form a nail gun etc., as the object may be sealing a severed blood vessel. Removal could cause a severe bleed. With major incidents, such as impaled


details in next month’s Focus. In addition to the relevant training, all volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check. All being well, the pool will open on Saturday 31st May 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you to the pool. In the meantime, please ‘like’ us on facebook to keep up to date with developments. If you would like further information or wish to volunteer, please contact me on 01622 859174 or chris@ Chris Hills Chairman – Lenham Swimming Club

spikes or knives, dial 999 from an ambulance; explain to the operator where you are, and the nature of the incident. Wait for them to repeat your message and any advice they may give you. Ask how long they will be. From your description they will assess which other service will be required, i.e. fire brigade or police. N J Colbran


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Thank You Community Centre’s 10th anniversary dinner Due to the generosity of the attendees at the Community Centre’s 10th anniversary dinner and cabaret evening, I am pleased to  confirm £301 was raised from the raffle.  The raffle was held in support of the Heart of Kent Hospice  at Aylesford. 


We chose the Heart of Kent Hospice to compliment the hard work carried out by the excellent team of volunteers, who work in the Hospice shop at the Corner House complex in The Square Lenham.  One particularly generous gentleman gave an extra donation to make the money up to the grand total. The 10th anniversary dinner and cabaret was a huge success and enjoyed by the one hundred plus

guests. On behalf of the trustees and staff of the Community Centre I would like to thank all those who supported the evening. A presentation was made by the Lenham Parish Council to thank all those who have worked tirelessly to sustain the high standard of facilities available at the centre and the warm welcome we have become accustomed to. The gifts for the presentation were purchased with donations from the user groups of the centre.  Thank you to LENARA, Lenham Ballet School, the Gardening Society, Mrs J Thomsett  and the Lenham Girl Guides. Margo McFarlane (Lenham Parish Clerk)


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Activate Sports Swadelands 7am--8.30am & 5pm--9pm St Johns Hall, Ham Lane 4.30- 6.00pm 7.00-9.15pm Community Centre 8.-10.00pm Community Centre 9.30-11.30am (8-11 years) 6.30- Community Centre Swadelands Ham Lane 7.00-9.30pm Cadets (10-18) 6.00-8.00pm Swadelands Ham Lane 7.00-9.30pm Community Centre 7.00pm-8.00pm 8.30 -9.30pm Community Centre 7.30- 9.00pm Lenham Primary Sch 6.15- 7.45pm Community Centre 11.30-12.30pm St Edmunds Platts Hth Kingswood Scout Hut 7.15-9.15pm

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Lenham Parish Council Brief report on the LPC meeting held on March 5th 2014. Public Participation:


Members of the public who wished to speak; Pippa Palmer gave a brief presentation on the new Community Orchards project, whereby ÂŁ220K match funding grant had been successfully secured. Orchard Wardens would be trained up as volunteers to maintain and look after the Community Orchards, and put together a management plan for the 15 Parishes that have orchards. The Orchards will provide educational opportunities for the local Schools, with guided walks organised, and different surveys carried out. A web-hub will also be set up to better publicise and promote the Orchard trust. The Chairman thanked Pippa for all the hard work she personally put in to making the Community Orchards a great success and adding another amenity for the residents of Lenham as well as others to make use of in such a picturesque setting. Mr I George reported the lights in Old Ashford road were still not working after his reporting

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of them 3 months ago; the Clerk advised that KHS had reportedly undertaken the repair; the Chairman will ask the parish Clerk investigate further the problem with KHS. I/G also reported that the lights in the gentlemen’s public toilets went out after just a short time. The Chairman advised I/G that he would report the lighting problem to the Clerk. Dave Rowley (PCSO) reported that there had been 7 reported crimes over the last month; the majority were attempted theft and burglary that were carried out in a variety of places within the Parish. D/R advised that a scam that was circulating whereby resident are told that they can have up to 40% off their utility bills, which was a Government backed scheme, personal banking information is asked for, it is another scam, D/R advised never give your personal banking information to anyone over the phone or people cold calling at your door. D/R advised that he had just been made aware of several tricks being used by criminals to indicate if a home owner is away, the latest is by smearing mud or placing a

post-it note on the front door of a property, if it’s still there after a few days then the criminals assume that the home owner is away and the property is a potential target for burglary. Martin Sherwood the parishes Kent Community Warden reported that a letter scam was also going around and that one person received 20 letters a day, Trading Standards are investigating the scam, and M/S has a DVD on how the scam works and he is willing to take it and show it to any resident who requests it. Boro Cllr. T Sams advised the LPC that he had resigned from MBC with immediate effect. The Chairman and full Council thanked T/S for all the support and work he had carried out on behalf the LPC in the many years he had been a Borough Councillor, and wished him well in the future. KCC Ward member Jenny Whittle gave her apologies for not attending the meeting, it was J/W husband’s birthday and Jenny believed he needed to have some attention.

Matters Arising: Lenbus Update: Cllr. Gillett gave the latest update; a decision had been made to carry on with the present scheme for another month, and try to resolve the differences with the Insures of the vehicle that caused the damage to the bus. Light repairs footpath Groom Way: The Clerk reported that she had been informed that the repair work to the lights had been carried out, but evidently there was still an ongoing problem with the lights and she would relay this to the lighting contractor.


Fence Replacement: The fence up the High Street on the green of Robins Close is down, Kent Highways Authority who is responsible for the fencing has been informed; the LPC await a response. Groom Way land transfer/contract of sale update The Clerk advised that both issues are near completion.

The Chairman opened the main meeting:

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LPC Continued... Reports & Committees/ Spokespersons: Finance & General Purpose: The minutes were agreed and duly signed.


Planning: Cllr. C. Huggens had distributed his report and asked if any Councillors had any questions on his written report on the Planning meetings held on 19th February 2014and 3rd March 2014, there were no questions muted. C/H gave verbal reports on two meetings the LPC had held with potential developers, Glebe gardens and the Reform Church.

Solar Park: The Clerk advised that she had been contacted several time by local residents of incidents whereby LGV contractors for the site had been off the only recommended route. The Clerk had advised the developer and new signage and an apology was given by a Company representative. The Clerk advised that she had arranged a meeting with the Contractor on site over the issues of delivery vehicles.

Vacancies on Planning Committee It was agreed to defer the filling of the vacancies until the next meeting.

Groom-Way Development: Cllr. Osborn gave an update on the additional Affordable Housing for the Groom Way site; the LPC had held a meeting with Golding Homes and Golding Homes are ready to submit plans and 2 further public meetings will be held on the proposed development. MBC Planning department have raised some questions of which the LPC will have to answer over the proposed site being developed out-side the Village Envelope; No further progress as yet.

Map of green and blue space provision in Lenham: Councillors looked at the map and pointed out several sites that MBC had left off the map, the Clerk will inform MBC of those sites to be included.

Highways and Transportation: Cllr. MartĂ­n Jackson had circulated his monthly report, the petition requesting a 40mph on the A20 through Lenham has now been completed and is in the shops around Lenham for

Neighbourhood Plan: The LPC had agreed to appoint a professional company to put together a NHP once further public consultation’s had taken place.

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residents to sign, Cllr. Jackson as well as the full Parish Council is hoping for a good response. M/J reported that the speed equipment to survey the speed of traffic along the A20 is now in position. Law & Order: The Chairman advised that he had attended the meeting with the Police Commissioner and circulated his report along with his report on the Police/Parish meeting. Web-site development: Cllr. J. Osborn gave an update on the new website in the absence of Cllr. Drylie; J/O advised that there was not a lot to report on, Flowbox should have the web-site up and running by June/July this year. Environment: Play facility safety reports/3 of: R/G advised that he would gain quotes for some of the remedial work that had been identified by the safety inspection, the vast majority of faults found were on the very low risk scale. Twitten footpath clearing quote: R/G had gained a quote for the clearing and trimming up of the Twitten footpath that runs from

the Maidstone Road to Ham lane; the quote was accepted by the full Council. R/G had carried out a survey on trees at the Cemetery, Churchyard and the Rayners Hill picnic site and has asked for written quotes for the work he has identified. R/G also reported that the Swadelands out-side swimming pool will be open this summer after a 2 year closer. Spring Clean dates and times: The Clerk gave out the dates for the local Spring Clean; they were as follows; 5th April the Churchyard and 12th April for the local clean up, both events commence at 9-00am; the LPC hopes for a good response of attendees on those dates; let’s make Lenham a place to be proud of.


Reports from Out-side meetings Cllr. Ewan Drylie had circulated his reported on the Harrietsham Parish Council meeting he had attended. E/D reported that the long serving Chairman Stephen Morris of HPC had resigned, the Chairman requested that a letter be sent to S/M on behalf of LPC for all the co-operation and help he had given to the LPC whilst serving as a Harrietsham Parish Councillor; this was agreed by the full Council.

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Continued... MBC Local Plan meeting; at Coxheath: Cllr. Barr attended the meeting on behalf of the LPC and had sent his report out, also a draft letter from the Coxheath and the Southern Parishes which questioned the extra amount of housing development that the MBC had accepted; from 15,000 plus to 19,000 plus. The LPC full Council agreed that the letter should be sent off.


KALC/ Rural Kent: The Chairman reported that the next Kent Association of Local Councils was to be held on the 19th. March the same date of the LPC’s F&GP meeting; he asked Cllr. Greenwood if he would attend in his place, subject to what was on the agenda, Cllr. Greenwood agreed. LENHAM PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Please join us in the main hall at the Community Centre on THURSDAY APRIL 24th 7.00pm for the ANNUAL ASSEMBLY. This gathering gives local clubs, groups and societies the opportunity to present a brief report on their activities during the previous year.  As a Parish


Old telephone Kiosk insurance: The option offered by the insurers was accepted by the full LPC and no extra cost will be incurred. It was agreed that a package for a new computer and associated equipment would be purchased as agreed out of next year’s budget, along with a Lap Top computer that would hold CCTV footage that the police might require. It was agreed by the full Council that the vacancies for a LPC representative on both the Village Hall committee and the Douglas Alms House charity stay the same; Margo McFarlane on the Hall and Nigel Godfrey on the Alms House trust.

Council we are interested to hear your news and views. All parishioners are invited to join us for a buffet and drinks after the meeting in a social gathering.  We look forward to meeting you.  If you need more information please contact Margo 01622 859682   Thank you. Regards Margo (Clerk to Lenham Parish Council)

Developing Lenham Public Consultation Maidstone Borough Council is undertaking a public consultation on its Local Plan from 21st March to 7th May. The Local Plan sets out when, where and how much development is going to take place in the borough over the next 20 years.

possible, and see the public exhibitions as a good opportunity for residents to have their say. Come to our exhibition in Lenham on 16th April, at the Community Centre, from 2 – 8pm.

We are keen to engage with as much of the community as

Spring clean time Please join us and help make a difference to the environment of your village Two events to choose from or you are very welcome to join us for both events! Saturday april 5th 9am Meet at the church yard to tidy up the grounds Saturday april 12th 9am Annual spring clean litter pick Meet outside the red lion For more details phone margo 01622 859682 Margo.Mcfarlane@btinternet. Com


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In November 2012 my partner Lisa suffered her 5th lung collapse, following a CT scan she was diagnosed with possible Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM for short!!), in April 2013 this was diagnosis was confirmed.

LAM is a rare multi-system disease which effects woman. It is a progressive disease that destroys lung tissue and erodes lung function. There is currently no cure and little effective treatment. For some patients lung transplantation is their only means of survival.   Lisa and I have always been actively into exercise and keeping fit (in fact we met at a fitness weekend!). We have taken part in many charity bike rides and

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running events over the years so this diagnosis came as a huge shock to both of us, wondering what the future held for Lisa. Our initial investigations on the internet were very doom and gloom with life expectancy of 10 years from diagnosis. Lisa was then advised by her consultant to visit  the LAM Action website, a charity based in Nottingham which has 2 primary aims :   ·         To provide information & emotional support for LAM patients and their families ·         To educate health professionals about LAM and advance research into LAM   We attended their annual patient meeting in June 2013 and met other patients and the Professor who is leading the research. Lisa and I left this meeting feeling much more informed

and more able to accept the diagnosis, reassured that life expectancy with this disease is not easily predicted due to the rareness and in many instances is longer than the 10 years we had previously read about. Lisa is also in regular contact with other patients through the LAM Action patients self-help group.   It was also at this meeting we learnt that LAM is so rare there is currently no government funding for research so LAM Action rely entirely on fund raising and donations. It was then I decided to do my bit and enter the London Marathon to raise funds for LAM Action.

If you would like to support this charity please go to my Just Giving page http://www.justgiving. com/Mark-Winter5   I started my training in January and I am up to half Marathon distance with 5 weeks to go, I have even been swapping running tips with Maz from the Chequers.   These remaining few weeks will be to extend my running distance and speed as my target time for the marathon is 4hrs.    Many thanks for your support   Mark Winter 47

Lenham Village Store newsletter - April 2014 “We would like to start this newsletter by sending our love and condolences to Family and Friends of Elaine, especially to James, Sophie and Jack. She will be missed by us all here at Lenham Village Store and even more so by the girls at The Little Country Garden. The Little Country Garden will be temporally closed on Mondays and Fridays for a few weeks. We hope that you all have a wonderful Easter and manage

to get some time off to enjoy the holidays. The Little country Garden are going to be making some Easter themed Fudge so do go and see them for a taster! As usual please do not hesitate to contact us on 01622 858255 if you need shopping delivered; we offer a free delivery service to those who struggle to get to us. We will always help where we can, this includes sourcing products that you need - Just let us know and we will do our best to help.

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Thoughts & Reports Christian Easter Message April 2014 Lent will soon be over and Easter Day is 20th April.


So what’s it all about? Lent is about remembering that Jesus gave up a lot to come and show us what God is like and to offer us a new way of living with a different focus. Just after his baptism in the river Jordan, on the brink of going public with his message, he went into the desert for 40 days. He had nothing to eat. He was preparing for the months and years ahead – he knew life was going to get tough so some training was in order. But it was more than that: he was developing his relationship with God, his Father, and practising dealing with temptation. Each year, when we observe Lent, we are identifying with what Jesus did in the desert. It helps us develop our relationship with God, and it can also help identify our weaknesses, our own temptations, so that we can grow in our relationships with our friends and family, our community and with God. These days, many people focus on doing something positive during Lent, rather than just giving things up. So maybe it’s always letting someone out of a side road when

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you’re driving, or putting aside some money or some tins for the Food Bank in Maidstone, or visiting someone you know to be a bit lonely, or taking someone a homemade cake; perhaps “random acts of kindness” like paying for the shopping for the person in front of you in the shop or newsagent. Me? I’ve given up eating between meals – snacking – and I have decided each day to do something to bless someone around me. So I will remember, when I think of a snack, to pray for someone or something. Perhaps it will encourage me to make a phone call, or visit someone. And I hope that I will do something positive in the community (if you see me about, put me on the spot and ask me what I’ve done today!). It was this training and preparation in the desert that helped Jesus overcome the greatest battle of all – that of letting go of control of his own life and trusting his Father. As he faced the horrific cruelty and pain of death by crucifixion he prayed “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken

away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” His willingness to give his life into God’s safekeeping and to trust him is a challenge to all of us. May you know his grace and strength this

Easter and always. Dick Venn St Mary’s Church

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Sutton Valence Choral Society Spring Concert Sunday 6 April 2014 Sutton Valence Choral Society starts the 2014 season with two very popular works: Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Faurés Requiem. The concert takes place at All Saints’ Church, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE on Sunday 6 April at 7.30pm. Music Director Bryan Gipps conducts the choir of 90,

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Affordable Housing West Street & Hook Lane, Harrietsham Residents may be aware of the development of new homes adjoining West Street/Hook Lane by Crest Nicholson. This development includes 32 affordable homes, 23 of which are designated for local people with a specific connection to Harrietsham or neighbouring parishes.


This is to help address an urgent need in Harrietsham for affordable housing, as clearly shown by the Harrietsham Local Housing Needs Survey which was undertaken on behalf of the parish council by Action with Communities in Rural Kent, with the support of Maidstone Borough Council. The other 9 affordable homes will be for those needing housing in the wider area. The affordable homes for rent and shared ownership will be owned and managed by housing association, Circle Housing Russet. These include 11 homes for local people which are 8 rented homes (two, one bedroom flats, two, two bedroom flats, two, three bedroom houses and two, four bedroom houses), and 3 shared ownership homes (two, two bedroom houses and a three bedroom house).

Full details of this scheme will be available later. There will be phased completions of the affordable homes from August 2014 to March 2015. Criteria for local needs homes Priority for the local needs homes will be given to those who have a local connection to Harrietsham through residence (continuous period of at least five years) including those who have immediate family (mother, father, children, brother, sister) members living in the Parish. Those with employment or about to take up employment in the Parish or who may have been forced to move away from the Parish due to a lack of suitable accommodation, also qualify.

If there is insufficient demand from this priority group then 12 homes will be sold by Maidstone Borough Council will developer Crest under an equity consider those with a similar purchase arrangement and will connection to neighbouring be designated for local needs. parishes (Hollingbourne, Lenham, Affordable Housing West Street & Hook Lane, Harrietsham

Ulcombe, Wormshill & Frinsted). How to apply Rented homes To be considered for any of the affordable rented homes, prospective applicants will need to apply to Maidstone Borough Council (if they have not done so already) by completing an application form for the Borough Council’s Housing Register. To apply please go to uk/choice/ and select ‘register’. Once registered, applicants will then need to place a bid for the properties, when they are advertised on the Kent Homechoice website. Circle Housing Russet’s Empty Homes Team who deal with the rented homes can be contacted on 0800 197 2880. Shared ownership Anyone interested in any shared ownership (part buy-part rent) properties in this scheme, will need to contact Centra Living who are marketing the homes on behalf of Circle Housing Russet. To do this, please contact Centra’s Sales & Marketing team on 0845 304 1022 or alternatively e-mail . Interested applicants will also be required to register with Moat Housing (www. as they manage the County wide shared ownership register. Register of interest A ‘Register of Interest’ for the local needs homes will also be established by the Parish and Borough Council, with a form provided for residents to complete to show that they qualify. If you require a Register of Interest application form, please contact either the parish clerk Amanda Broadhurst on 01622 850089 or Maidstone Borough Council Housing Options Team on 01622 602440.


Completed forms should be returned to: Housing Options, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ. Note: Shared Ownership, allows you to own a property on a part buy, part rent basis and helps you buy a home in stages. You may purchase a share from 25% whilst paying a subsidised rent on the remainder.  It also gives you the opportunity to purchase further shares in the future, in order to own the property outright if you wish.

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THE PILGRIMS WAY ARTISTS Invite you to their 17th Annual Summer Exhibition in Lenham village 14c Tithe Barn, Kent ME17 2QD Friday 16th May to Bank Holiday Monday 26thth May 2014 10am to 6pm daily - entrance & car parking free (Late night 8pm Friday 16 th. Closes 4pm on 26th May) 30 local artists, potters and sculptors exhibiting over 300 works. Illustrated catalogue of exhibitors £1 ARTISTS DEMONSTRATION EVENING WEDNESDAY 21st May 6:30pm to 9pm. Entrance £5 including refreshments Come along and see the artists at their easels and discuss their work _____________________________________________________ Members Craft Stalls Friday, Saturday, Sunday 23rd – 25th May 10am to 4pm in the adjoining barn: Jewellery, Ceramics, Fabric, Glass, woodwork Refreshments available at all times



Back Pain - A Helping Hand CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY Many Musculoskeletal problems such as LOW BACK PAIN, SCIATICA, NECK PAIN & SPORTS INJURIES can be treated with success by both CHIROPRACTIC &/ or ACUPUNCTURE. PHILIP PETTS is both a Doctor of Chiropractic & Medical Acupuncturist with over 25 years experience who works at The CHARING MEDICAL CENTRE.

year degree course and be state registered with the General Chiropractic Council. MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE With recent western scientific research  into pain it  has helped to give an understanding how Acupuncture might work from a western medical perspective. In particular that Acupuncture causes the release of natural pain-killing and healing chemicals within our bodies. In other words it can help to encourage our bodies to try to heal themselves.

A Chiropractor predominantly uses his hands to manipulate or mobilise the joints and muscles of the body to help to restore function. Treatment would only be given after an in- depth consultation comprising of a Case History, Acupuncture stimulates nerves in 59 Neurological & Orthopaedic exam the skin, muscle and other tissues and X-Rays/MRI if appropriate. in variety of ways, but especially in In addition other treatments may modifying the way pain signals are be used such as Ultrasound and received by the brain. postural advice/exercises                                                                                                     Acupuncture has been Poor or incorrect spinal function shown to be effective can cause irritation of the muscles with  MUSCULOSKELETAL  pain that control our posture and and also in the treatment of movement and lead to discomfort H E A DAC H E S , MIGRAINE, and  pain. Irritation of the body TRAPPED NERVES and ARTHRITIC can lead to referred pain in other PAIN. In some individuals it parts of the body resulting in e.g. may help with some other headaches, shoulder pain, or limb conditions such as MENSTRAL aches. PROBLEMS, ALLERGIES, AIDING WITH SMOKING CESSATION Chiropractic is suitable for and WEIGHT LOSS. Philip is a everyone from pregnant women, to registered member of the British sports enthusiasts, to the elderly. Medical Acupuncture Society. To practice Chiropractic you have to undertake a full-time  4

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Prize Crossword Please leave your completed crossword entry at LENHAM LIBRARY on or before the 20th of the month Last month a few clues were missed out, we’d just like to apologise for this error!

Across clues 1. Fight area when flying? (7) 5. Denied being kept in school after knee was skinned. (7) 9. Sekac if rotated 90 degrees. (6,4,5) 10. Lust a variable thing here in Oklahoma. (5) 11. Encircling the outskirts of Liverpool in an ungainly way. (9) 12. Concerning time in prison, it is to become longer again. (9) 14. Louts destroyed sacred flower. (5) 15. Commander holds heartless desire for doubter. (5) 16. Provider of zest that is fruity! (5,4) 18. It could provide a plan for future education. (6,3) 21. Avoid a piece of clothing. (5) 22 Symbol of immortality that a noisy bird carries! (8,7) 23. Someone attempting to hold the Queen is a dog! (7) 25. Squashes a relative? (7)


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Networking is about meeting people They might become customers. They might become suppliers. Networking is about listening and learning too, that’s why we carefully select expert individuals that have something to say that is worth listening to. Believe it or not one or two networking groups advertise their philosophy “No presentations we’re here to network, not be lectured to.” It must be lovely knowing everything there is to know. We know that no one knows everything, so we are happy to keep our hearts and our ears open. Take a look at a couple of the people we’ve listened to recently.

Patrick Lohlein, Chairman of The Kent Export Club and Alison King from King Associates, HR and Coaching. And then see what we have lined up: • Tuesday 6 May an entertaining presentation by 3 members of LVBA with a presentation called ‘The Ladder’. • Wednesday 28 May (instead of our usual Tuesday in June) networking with South Maidstone Business Association at the Weald of Kent Golf Club, our speaker is Hilary Steel, Editor of Kent Women in Business Magazine. • Tuesday 1 July our regular speaker Emily Chapman from Loud Monkey provides a Social network update.

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