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Working with Hythe Life By Katie Williams

Last August I visited the We Love Hythe Life Food Festival for the first time after many people had recommended how great it was. I enjoyed the day thoroughly, but also recognised how much planning and organisation must have gone into executing such a fantastic festival. As a student going into my third year of an Events Management course, I decided to look into volunteering at the event and soon enough I was in contact with Hemanshu, the director of the Hythe Life Community Interest Company. After a chat over coffee about what qualities I could bring to Hythe Life and areas I wanted to gain experience in, I soon became a member of the team.  With the end of my course looming and despite achieving good grades, up until that point I had limited work experience in the field of Events Management. I was therefore very grateful to be given the opportunity to put theory into practice, and test how well I can perform in the ‘real world’ of work. From the first meeting, I could tell how much time and commitment everyone put in to organising the food festival and was happy to be a part of it. Not only that, but I am also able to work alongside a friendly team of experienced

December. I was given the opportunity to promote the Late-Night Shopping on the radio, which was great experience from a marketing perspective and something I can speak about in future job applications. Although I was really nervous at first, once I was at the station I felt at ease. As Hemanshu would say “it’s just like talking in a pub with your friends, but there’s no swearing because there’s a child sat with you!”. The day of the Late-Night Shopping allowed me to experience both the good and bad that comes with organising events; it was very useful in showing how logistical problems can arise and how to deal with them effectively under pressure. Helping with the Late Night Shopping event has prepared me for the Food Festival in terms of what to expect, just on a larger scale.  Since December we have been planning for the Food Festival; I have been given the Chef’s Demo Tent to organise which has allowed me

“From attending meetings to event day activities, joining Hythe Life has helped me develop my experience in many aspects of events management.” professionals who I’m always learning from. The team have supported me constantly, checking in regularly to make sure I’m not overwhelmed and letting me know I can go to them with any queries or concerns. Although initially I was nervous about joining a new team, the support I receive has helped me feel very comfortable and at ease.  From attending meetings to event day activities, joining Hythe Life has helped me develop my experience in many aspects of events management. As well as the Food Festival, I also helped out with the organisation of the Hythe Late Night Shopping during

involvement within events, which I have tried to incorporate within small projects. As a community-focused event run by local people, needless to say, involving the local community is vital. I have helped contribute to this by using local artists to create our selfie board as well as recruiting local students to film and photograph the event. This has helped me to understand the true meaning behind the theories I’ve learnt about at university, as well as see the positive benefits it can have on both the event and community.  For those thinking of volunteering or wanting to gain work experience, I cannot recommend Hythe Life enough. Not only has it given me a competitive edge when applying for future job roles, but it has also built my selfconfidence within the industry. Whether you’re a student wanting to develop your CV or someone looking to give back to the community, Hythe Life is rewarding in many ways and you should definitely consider joining the team! 

to get a sense of how much work that goes into managing events. So far, I have been booking and liaising with potential acts, confirming the logistics and timings of the demonstrations as well as planning for potential marketing that could be used. Although the Demo Tent is only a small part of a large event, the amount of planning and organisation that goes into it has been a learning experience which has prepared me for my future career. Similarly, another aspect which I have been helping with is community involvement. Throughout my studies it has been highlighted across the course the importance of community

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Folkestone’s

By Catherine Cox

Finds

Walk along the wilder bits of coast and it’s easy to imagine it has always remained the same. However, if you were to travel back 20,000 years you’d find a strikingly different landscape inhabited by woolly mammoths. Go back 110 million years and you’d have been paddling in a warm, shallow sea at a latitude similar to the Mediterranean. The sand between your toes would become the Greensands rock beneath Hythe and Folkestone and your footprints could be preserved for millennia as trace fossils. Fast forward to the present and it is possible to get a sense of that lost landscape by hunting for the fossils that remain. In Hythe, the fossils are all locked beneath the surface but just along the coast at Folkestone is one of the best fossil hunting locations in Britain. It is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) site so you mustn’t hammer at the cliffs but there are plenty of fossils washed out and scattered along the shore.  Hunt in the shingle around the boulders east of the main beach or west of the Warren. Many of the Folkestone fossils are dark

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in colour and quite heavy. They stand out and are easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. Folkestone museum is full of examples of amazing specimens and although you are unlikely to find a perfectly preserved crab or ichthyosaur paddle, the frequency of finds means that you’d be unlucky (or unobservant!) not to find something. There are ammonites, shells, sharks’ teeth, coral, fish bones, wood and worm burrows in relative abundance as well as (much more rarely) crustaceans and reptiles. In 2017, dinosaur tracks were found in Folkestone - so who knows what else could be waiting? The source of the Folkestone fossils are the exposed rocks in the cliff. These were all laid down during the Cretaceous period but there are three distinct layers and all have fossils in them. The oldest (at the bottom) are the lower Greensands (so called because the mineral glauconite gives them a greenish colour). These were created by sediment washed off the land and deposited on an ancient sea bed around 110 million years ago. Above the Greensands is the Gault Clay (used by Romans for making tiles). Clay is made from fine silty sediment. Being light, the sediment can travel far from shore and was laid down around 108 million years ago when the sea level had risen and the land upon which Folkestone now sits was further from land. Above the clay is chalk. Chalk is made up of coccoliths which are microscopic plates of calcium carbonate which come from the bodies of microscopic algae. Chalk forms in a deep marine environment, too far from land

for sediment from the shore to be deposited.  Fossils found in situ can be used to date the layers as well as to provide evidence for the changes to the environment. If you want to try and identify the fossils that you find and see where they fit into the picture, there are several good websites containing local information, as well as the recently published book Fossils of Folkestone, Kent by Philip Hadland. Like pretty much anything fun, fossil hunting can be risky. We’ve taken our children (aged six and one) fossil hunting at Folkestone regularly, but the rocks can be slippery and you need to be aware of the tide. To stay safe:

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Spring 2019

Issue 20

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Hythe Watch NeWs FroM Hy THe ToWN CouNCIL

Message from  the Town Mayor May I first say Happy New Year to you all. In spring we will all have the opportunity to vote in our local elections and my term of office representing you as Mayor will come to a close. During the last two years I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and make memories to treasure but I am constantly reminded how vital it is to help others. I’m sure lots of you are aware of Maya Nash, a wonderful little girl who has bravely battled neuroblastoma over Hythe town mayor Cllr Paul Peacock the last two years. Maya’s treatment has been very hard on her but she remains a delightful, cheeky girl with a zest for life. Maya’s family are frantically fundraising for Maya to be part of a vaccine trial in America but this is at a devastating cost of £243,000.  Maya’s parents, family, friends and supporters are organising many fundraising events and will take every opportunity to reach this goal. If you want to read more or think you can help, just look up Maya Nash on Google and you will find links to donate or get in touch. I suspect if every person reading this donated even just £1 the total would begin to feel within reach.  This year also began with members of the travelling community pitching up in Hythe again, which did cause problems for neighbouring residents. There is no easy answer with so few dedicated sites available but fortunately this time there was very little rubbish left.  A few rough sleepers have also appeared around the High Street but our town has a strong sense of community care and people will always reach out to help. It is a great concern in such cold weather but if temperatures drop to zero degrees Celsius or below, SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) comes into operation and overnight accommodation will be available. Please check the District council website for full details. There will be rough sleepers still struggling with extreme cold before SWEP kicks in, and a hot drink can go a long way to helping them keep hydrated and warm.  Let’s remember to look out for others at this time of unpredictable weather. Keep an eye on neighbours; beware of icy pavements and roads. Watch your pets’ paws when roads have been gritted as the salt content can cause inflammation. Give our wildlife a helping hand with extra food but let’s look forward to an amazing year in our beautiful town.

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Councillor’s Corner  Councillor Ashley Tanton Our first meeting of the New Year was attended by all 16 councillors and saw us approve the budget for the 2019-2020 financial year. The next budget includes several spending commitments proposed by me aimed at supporting local organisations via two initiatives: a ‘Small Grants Scheme’ and an exciting project to add enhancements to Hythe Green. Councillors agreed to set aside a fund of £3000 which will be divided up between local organisations. I know for a fact that small grants are the back bone of many local organisations that are out in our community working for us. Applications for funding from the Small Grants Scheme will commence following the elections in May and will be determined by councillors in accordance with a new grant-making policy which is currently being drafted.  The enhancements to Hythe Green will be delivered by volunteers working in collaboration with the Hythe Green Preservation Society (HGPS). HGPS will be bringing forward proposals to the council and I expect your councillors to consult you on those proposals when they are available. It’s no understatement to say that I am thrilled that the council will be extending financial support to local organisations that do such excellent work in our community.

Money Matters Hythe Town Council has set its budget for the forthcoming year and is pleased to announce a ZERO increase in Council Tax. We will continue to provide the same services to local residents whilst improving delivery and building on the skills of our staff.  Additional projects include expanding Hythe’s museum, reconfiguring the council offices, enhancing the bandstand’s programme and appearance, councillor training, refurbishment and repair to play areas, developing wildflower borders on Hythe Green, supporting Hythe in Bloom with planters, plants etc, and clearance and maintenance work at Eaton Lands.  We have made provision for supporting community events, civic events and of course election costs and the Town Council was unanimous in supporting the budget, as presented, at its January meeting.


Hythe Watch NeWs FroM Hy THe ToWN CouNCIL

New....and not so new staff! Mrs Margaret Stewart joined the Council 22 years ago and was appointed as Town Clerk in November 2018 after stepping up from her role as Deputy Town Clerk for many years. Margaret has lived in Hythe for over 50 years and has progressed into the role with enthusiasm and vigour and looks forward to serving the Council and the residents of Hythe in the years to come. Mrs Wendy Lee joined Hythe Town Council five years ago.  Her principal role is Plans and Works Clerk but she also deals with allotments and bookings for the various venues and lands that the Town Council hires out. If you want to rent an allotment or book the Pavilion for your function, Wendy is your first point of contact. Wendy has lived in Hythe for over forty years and was born in New Romney – so she hasn’t come very far! Wendy loves The Team – Rebecca, Margaret, Wendy and Julie Hythe and being able to work in a role that is very community orientated. Mrs Rebecca Hack joined Hythe Town Council in January this year as the Administration Assistant.  She moved to Kent from Warwickshire over 20 years ago while working within the NHS and has enjoyed living in Hythe for the past 12 years. Rebecca is looking forward to working in this new and exciting role for many years to come. We are also delighted to welcome to the team, our new Responsible Financial Officer, Mrs Julie Abbott. Julie has worked in finance for over 35 years and is a local village resident. She is looking forward to being involved in all the new projects for the forthcoming year. 

Hythe Tie

Bank Closures

There are still Hythe Ties available for the man in your life. The tie has been produced in limited numbers to support this year’s town mayor’s charity appeal. 

Yet another nail in the coffin of Hythe High Street: the closing of the last bank in Hythe. Having seen the demise of the four clearing houses during the last few years, increased  interest in opening a Santander bank account as proved a false glimmer of hope. When the previous banking institutions closed, many customers moved their accounts and attention to the last chance saloon, only to be let down by a decision that has left many perplexed. It is quite ironic that it is the only branch of Santander to close in Kent. Many customers had no notification of the reasons, including my  good self. Councillor Michael Lyons

Poduct Information Supplier: James Morton           Pattern:    Tie loop: Yes                                 Composition: Manufacture:      Hand made                 Ground: Lining: Black                             Blade:

Hythe crest 100% silk Mid-navy 9.5 cm

Available in limited quantities, the Hythe town tie is available to purchase from the council offices at Oaklands for only £15.00

YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR IS EAST WARD Reg Belcourt reg@belcourt.co Ellie Cumming Elliehythe@gmail.com Shirley Moberly shirleymoberly29@gmail.com David Owen davidlgowen@aol.com 

SOUTH WARD Ann Mayne alec@mayne73.freeserve.co.uk Dudley Shipton dbshipton@tiscali.co.uk Laura Sullivan laurelt141@gmail.com Ashley Tanton AshleyHythe@gmail.com

NORTH WARD Malcolm Dearden malcolmdearden@btinternet.com Alan Ewart-James alancouncil@aol.com Michael Lyons michael.lyons@shepway.gov.uk  Wendy Peacock waymaker@ntlworld.com

WEST WARD John Gabris john@hythe.eu Keith Miles majorkam7@gmail.com Paul O’Connor poc12@btinternet.com Paul Peacock paul.ap@ntlworld.com

Hythe Town Council’s newsletter has been written by Hythe Town Council. Hythe Town Council offices, oaklands, 1 stade street, HyTHe, Kent CT21 6BG For more information call: 01303 266152 or email: admin@hythe-tc.gov.uk

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by Paul Apps UA

The adventure continues Charcoal, Charcoal, Charcoal I guess you know from the title what this article is all about… so, when we are using oil paints sorry I couldn’t resist that!

Some people just love to work in this very messy medium, whilst others loathe it for the same reason. Some admire its visual charm and love to own such expressive originals. Yet others simply dismiss them as merely black and white sketches, ways to prepare for a painting and little more. The one thing that we can all agree upon is that this medium is a messy one, and in many cases is used as a preparation in sketches for the paintings yet to come.  Where we may or may not agree is that the fine use of charcoal as a standalone medium has so much more to offer, not only to the artist, but also the avid art collector. Charcoal is merely burnt wood, most know this fact well; it must therefore be assumed to be one of the earliest known methods to man of mark making. Most societies throughout time have used charcoal as means to record and

putty rubber and a mixed box of charcoal, the sky’s the limit in terms of your creativity.  Please don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that you turn your back on such lovely products: they too can be fun and perfect additions to bolster your artistic endeavours. What I am suggesting is that this very old product should not live at the back of your cupboard materials, it should live at the front surrounded by flashing neon lights and being used at every opportunity. I use charcoal almost exclusively as a drawing medium, by which I mean I create finished originals that stand on their own as paintings. I do not often use it in the initial stages of paintings upon canvasses I am working on in the gallery.  Yes, of course I use it in some of the many sketches I create for new work, but I love nothing more than to explore its use in a full

with the marks it allows us to make.  In short we are governed by our own minds, because charcoal knows no such limitations.  Speaking of my own work, I find great pleasure in putting charcoal onto fresh white paper and pushing it around with my fingers, taking it off, adding more. I use putty erasers, kitchen roll and many other cheap devices to apply and move this great medium about my painting. I find one of the best surfaces to use is a good quality Bristol board, which is very white, unlike other papers that can be quite yellowish in nature. There is nothing wrong with any, though: it’s merely personal preference. My own work aims to explore the ephemeral, transient qualities of charcoal: lost and found edges within the work itself, which allow the mere suggestions of form to speak to the viewer.

“Charcoal is merely burnt wood, most know this fact well; it must therefore be assumed to be one of the earliest known methods to man of mark making.” describe their surroundings, artistically or otherwise. Whilst as artists today we are bombarded with new and often gimmicky ways to use materials to draw with, we sadly so often overlook the simplest and cheapest method of all.  That lovely burnt stick seems to get side-lined for the latest device created by companies to get you to spend even more money on their products. Yet for just a few pounds on a pad, a

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drawing. This medium, it has to be said, is the most unstable I can think of. There are so few ways of protecting the finished work, save framing under glass. Yet it is that very characteristic that gives it so much potential to enjoy and explore. It is almost transient by nature; certainly, in the right hands, atmospheric too. Its fleeting glimpses and subtle suggestion give rise to such atmosphere, though we can also be very precise and direct

I create atmosphere in my images, visions in tonality and create the world as I see it through this most expressive of mediums.  Indeed, I love it when my students simply have fun with charcoal because each drawing they do is a stepping stone to the next work, with their learning and understanding extended each time.


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IS IT TIME FOR A

By Jo Dodds

Have you noticed how everywhere you go people are on the phone? At the smallest delay people whip their phone out to fill in the time! Have you ever thought about having a digital detox? Just as physical detoxing helps remove toxins, poisons and harmful chemicals from your body, digital detoxing removes the negative effects of technology overexposure.

Can Unplugging Make You More Productive? Multiple bodies of research show that frequent and regular exposure to digital technology encourages multitasking. But is this a good thing?

“Studies show that unplugging from technology boosts your brainpower, improves feelings of happiness and peacefulness, and creates more free time, protecting your mental and physical health. Another reason for freeing yourself from digital dependence is the positive impact this practice has on how efficient and productive you are.” In fact, health problems created by a digital overdose are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg where mental and physical health issues related to technology are concerned.  What is a Digital Detox? A digital detox means dramatically reducing or totally eliminating your exposure to technology, digital devices and consumer electronics for a significant period of time. This can be a few hours each day, one day each week, every weekend or for an entire week. Studies show that unplugging from technology boosts your brainpower, improves feelings of happiness and peacefulness, and creates more free time, protecting your mental and physical health. Another reason for freeing yourself from digital dependence is the positive impact this practice has on how efficient and productive you are.

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Multitasking was a popular catchphrase in the 1990s and actually refers to very quick task switching rather than doing several things at once. We now know that it is a killer of productivity and efficiency, and stops us being able to focus well. You can become more focused and productive with a regular dose of digital detoxing.

The Social Benefits of a Digital Detox The possibility that Facebook, Twitter and other virtual hangouts might not be the best places to socialise may sound like heresy.  In one study, an incredible 82 out of every 100 people said they believe the use of mobile phones while socialising is ruining the art of conversation. How do you feel when someone you are talking to answers their smartphone while you are in the middle of a sentence?  If hanging out on Facebook rather than speaking to people face-to-face becomes your premier method of socialising, it may be time for a digital detox! Unplugging regularly leads to a better life/work balance, improves your communication skills, helps you become more people-oriented, and ultimately makes you a better social animal. Give it a go and see how it makes you feel!

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Spring clean

your plastic habit By Alanna Fraser

As a coastal community, we can see at first hand the damage that plastic pollution can do to our marine environment. It was the so-called ‘Blue Planet effect’, named after David Attenborough’s seminal BBC series, that shocked many of us into reconsidering our plastic-buying habits, though. spring is traditionally the time to do a bit of a cleaning purge, and whilst it would take a Herculean effort to completely ‘de-plastic’ your home, the good news is that there are plenty of easy trades and hacks that can cut down the amount of plastic we throw away. The key mantra for lessening your plastic footprint is repair, reuse, recycle. We’ve become so reliant upon plastic over the past fifty years that there will always be more to be done. The best way to change your habits is to resolve to reduce the amount you buy new plastic and try to reuse all the old stuff you have at home and in the garden., 

AT HOME:

● Go back to getting your milk delivered. You’ll have the option of getting your pint in glass bottles. Once you’ve emptied the bottles, simply leave them outside and your milkman will take them away to be cleaned and

● Consider using laundry, cleaning and washing up products that offer a refill service.  ● Ditch the glitz: glitter is, surprisingly, a microplastic, so be cautious about buying glittery greetings cards, gift tags, table confetti or wrapping paper. If you receive any of the above, think creatively about how to reuse them: large swathes of wrapping paper make great drawer/shelf lining paper whilst cards can be turned into bookmarks, paper bunting or even postcards. If repurposing isn’t your thing, offer your cards to local residential homes and children’s groups, who will often take them for their own craft projects. If you really can’t bear a world

“Manufacturers whose products come in hard-to-recycle packaging, such as crisp packets and baby food pouches, are starting to offer recycling schemes, some of which have drop-off points in Kent”. reused. If you like your milk straight from the cow, take your own (glass!) bottle and top up at the raw (unpasteurised) milk machine in Ottinge (just beyond Lyminge) – but please do check health advice on raw milk first. ● Buy loose food wherever possible rather than pre-packaged. Remember that black plastic packaging is more difficult to recycle than clear. 

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without a bit of sparkle in it, there are now some companies selling biodegradable ‘glitter without the litter’, so seek them out if you are trying to reduce your plastic waste!  ● Manufacturers whose products come in hardto-recycle packaging, such as crisp packets and baby food pouches, are starting to offer recycling schemes, some of which have dropoff points in Kent. 

IN THE GARDEN:

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The day I helped

Save a Life By Alanna Fraser

“It won’t happen to me”. That’s probably the view that many of us take when it comes to dealing with a first aid emergency. Well, it happened to me – and that makes this the most important, and personal, article I’ve ever written for Hythe Life. As most readers know, all the Hythe Life team are volunteers. That means that, as well as being the commissioning editor for the magazine, I have a ‘real’ full-time job as a secondary school teacher. And this story takes us back to my classroom one Friday in early November 2018 at 9.35am, where I was midway through a lesson with my Year 13s (upper sixth, in old money). A knock on the classroom door was not particularly out of the ordinary, although I wasn’t expecting anyone to pop in.

amazing stroke of luck – had been involved in resuscitations before when he worked as a lifeguard. He had decided that day to take a route that he didn’t usually take: a moment of serendipity at a time of crisis. We shouted for help – another part of firstaid training – and he commenced CPR whilst my other colleague ran to get the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED), which was located nearby. If an AED is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump

“ I remember thinking, ‘What if we can’t get them back?’. But then the machine told us to commence CPR again, and it was back to work.” My colleague put her head round the door and simply said ‘I need your help now’. Whilst her demeanour betrayed no sign of panic, I saw a flash in her eyes that made me realise that something wasn’t right.  I had no idea what to expect but followed her out and found one of our colleagues (I will keep everything about the person, including their gender, anonymous) lying unresponsive on the stone floor in the hallway outside. My employer is incredibly forward-thinking about first aid training and offers courses to all staff, so both of us had, thankfully, been first-aid trained. We immediately set about a primary survey, checking the ‘ABC’ drummed into you during the training: airways (A), breathing (B) and circulation (C).  It quickly became apparent that our colleague was not breathing, and at this point we were joined by another teacher who – by an

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from 6% -74%, which is an extraordinary difference. Another colleague who had been alerted by our shouts rang 999 and relayed messages from the call handler throughout the incident. Meanwhile I grabbed the scissors from my classroom and began to cut the patient’s clothing away so that we could gain access to their chest for the defibrillator pads (although there should always be scissors in AED kits). The AED arrived and we set it up, following the instructions it gave to us. Seeing the AED in action was scary, reassuring and amazing in equal measure. It talks you through what’s going on, which makes it much easier to do the right thing, but it was still pretty terrifying to think that this wasn’t a practice run... The first shock was unsuccessful, and at this point the fear set in. I remember thinking, ‘What if we can’t get them back?’. But then the

machine told us to commence CPR again, and it was back to work. My colleague asked me to load an app on his phone which kept the right time for the CPR compressions. Although you can also get the right timing by mentally singing songs such as the Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’, hearing the app’s metronomic beat helped to reassure us that we were performing CPR correctly, and avoided any mind blanks in the heat of the moment.  The AED then told us to stand clear again so that it could analyse the patient’s heart rhythm. It advised that it was going to shock again, and we all waited anxiously for its post-shock


doubt that you have saved a life today’. But it wasn’t we who saved the life, it was the investment our employer had made in both our training and the AED kit (they have subsequently purchased three more for other areas of the school site).  And so I’d like to make a personal plea to all Hythe Life readers to complete basic first-aid training: every year in Britain, some 30,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital. As I write, I’m a week away from completing a refresher course myself, even though my training is still officially in date. Why? Because I know that it really can happen to you. 

analysis. Thankfully, this time it told us that CPR was not necessary: a normal heart rhythm had been established. We immediately put the casualty into the recovery position and monitored them carefully. The AED continued to analyse heart rhythm at regular intervals until the paramedics arrived, and, reassuringly, the patient’s breathing became more frequent and stronger. We had got them back.  One of the paramedics turned to us as they were about to leave and said, ‘There is no

The lessons I learnt from my experience: 1. Training really does kick in when you need it, and it stops you from panicking in the moment. Please sign up for a course (see below for details of nearby St John Ambulance courses) or ask your employer/organisation if it will offer training in situ. 2. Defibrillators save lives: make sure you know where to find yours in the workplace and publicly accessible AEDs in the local area. The British Heart Foundation, NHS and Microsoft are currently collaborating on mapping all public AEDs; this is due to be launched later this year. If your employer has not yet invested in an AED, show them this article!

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The primary survey: St John Ambulance Factsheet Introduction The primary survey is a quick way to find out how to treat any life threating conditions a casualty may have in order of priority. We can use DRABC  to do this: Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation. 

What to do 1. Danger. Before approaching the casualty, always make sure the area is safe. 2. Response. Check if the casualty is responsive or unresponsive. As you approach them, introduce yourself and ask them questions to see if you can get a response. Kneel next to their chest and gently shake their shoulders, asking, ‘What has happened?’ ‘Open your eyes’.  ● If the casualty opens their eyes or gives another gesture, they are responsive.  ● If they do not respond to you in any way they are unresponsive and should be treated as quickly as possible. 3. Airway. Next, you need to check that the airway is open and clear. Open the airway by placing one hand on the forehead to tilt the head back and use two fingers from the other hand to lift the chin. ● If they are unresponsive, you need to move on to breathing as quickly as possible. ● If they are responsive but their airway is blocked, you need to clear the airway. 4. Breathing. You now need to check if the casualty is breathing normally. Place your ear above their mouth, looking down their body. Look, listen and feel for 10 seconds.  ● If they are unresponsive and not breathing, you need to call 999/112 for emergency help and start CPR straight away. Ask a helper to find and bring an AED. ● If they are responsive and breathing move on to circulation. 

5. Circulation. Once you have established that they are breathing,  look and check for any signs of severe bleeding.   ● If they are bleeding severely you will need to control and treat the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound. Call 999/112 for emergency help. ● If they are unresponsive and breathing but with no bleeding, put them in the recovery position and call 999/112 for emergency help. 

What to do if someone is having a cardiac arrest 1. Call 999/112 for emergency help ● Do not leave them. ● Use a defibrillator if available. 2. Start CPR: ● Give 30 chest compressions and then 2 rescue breaths. ● Repeat 30:2 until help arrives. 3. If a defibrillator is available: ● Ask a helper to switch on the defibrillator and apply pads while you continue CPR. ● Follow the voice prompts given by the defibrillator. ● Stand back when shock is advised.   4. If they become responsive: ● Put them in the recovery position.  ● Leave the defibrillator pads attached.  ● Monitor level of response.  

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No Mean

Feet By Jo Shapter

Over the course of our lifetime our feet carry us, on average, over 115,000 miles. That equates to walking around the world four times - and yet often they are the most neglected part of our bodies. We hear often in the media that cases of type 2 diabetes are increasing globally and in the UK it is estimated that, if nothing changes, five million people will be diagnosed with the condition by 2025. It is estimated that there are already around 630,000 people in the UK who have diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed. Good diabetes management has been shown to reduce the risk of complications and good foot health management is vital to this.  People with diabetes can get foot problems because there is too much blood glucose (sugar) in the blood over a long period of time. This can stop your nerves working so you might not feel when you’ve cut your foot or burned yourself. It can also make it difficult for your body to heal itself properly. This means even small cuts, blisters, burns or infections can lead to ulcers and amputations. If people manage their diabetes well, most foot problems, including amputations, can be prevented. You can also dramatically reduce your chances of foot problems by taking good care of your feet.

So here’s how you can put your feet first: • Always go to your diabetic checks – and ask how your feet are doing. • Look at your feet every day. If you see any colour changes, swelling, feel pain, or notice any cuts, bruises or unusual build-up of hard skin, tell your podiatric practitioner. • Have your nails trimmed by a professional: a well-qualified, experienced podiatric practitioner will be able to perform tests to assess how at risk your feet are and whether there are any changes with them which they can help you to manage. • Never use blades or corn plasters on your feet. These can cause more damage than good to the healthy tissue on the feet.  • Make sure your shoes and socks fit well. Blisters may seem minor but can be harmful to a diabetic foot. If they rub or make your feet sore, don’t wear them - even if they look great! • Try not to go barefoot. • Never ignore a problem with your feet, it can escalate quickly. Whether you choose to see a podiatrist, chiropodist or a foot health practitioner it is important to make sure that you are working with a professional who is qualified, experienced and insured.  Jo Shapter is a foot health practitioner with over 12 years’ experience in the foot health industry.

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Strokes are not always easy to spot.

Act F.A.S.T. We have all seen the adverts regarding strokes. The message is to act F.A.s.T. if we detect any of the following symptoms:

F A S T

Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.

optician and dentist.. Migraine and a bad filling diagnosis led to the first of many courses of antibiotics. In November she first noticed problems with her writing, but with a Arms – they may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there short trip to New York arranged for Thanksgiving, suffered her because of weakness or numbness in one arm. continuing head/tooth pain until she returned early December. Once home she struggled to overcome her jet-lag (severe fatigue) and started to suffer from speech difficulties: not slurring but losing words and Speech – speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also having to talk very slowly to avoid talking gobbledegook. A further visit have problems understanding what you're saying to them. to her GP resulted in a set of blood tests and an ECG. The results indicated slightly raised sugar levels and a diagnosis of the onset of Type II diabetes. It was now the 18th December.  Time – to dial 999 immediately. She rang me that evening worried that her symptoms didn’t match those for diabetes. I agreed and, recognising the change in her speech, However, not every stroke is as easy to spot. The symptoms of transient advised her to go for an MRI, paying privately if the GP wouldn’t refer ischaemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes, where there has been a blockage her.  A CT scan the next day, arranged by her doctor and a subsequent in a blood vessel reducing oxygen levels reaching the brain) can MRI confirmed that she had suffered several haemorrhagic bleeds over disappear quickly. We all have the tendency to think that if something several weeks. That she had not had a catastrophic stroke was very passes, then it’s probably nothing to worry about; there may also be a fortunate. There is damage to the left temporal and frontal lobes of her reluctance to bother the already overburdened ambulance/999 service, brain but properly medicated she is making a good recovery. or busy GP surgery. But these signs are very serious and even if they wear Thus, the symptoms of a stroke can be easily overlooked, even by off in a few minutes or hours they must be fully assessed. A mini-stroke is professionals. But we are better placed to notice subtle changes in a sign that you may be at risk of a more damaging haemorrhagic stroke, people we know. Think about unusual symptoms that affect where a blood vessel concentration, ruptures and there is a coordination or energy “A mini-stroke is a sign that you may be at risk of a more damaging haemorrhagic bleed on the brain. levels. Maybe writing is stroke, where a blood vessel ruptures and there is a bleed on the brain.” Strokes can present affected, or they are with different using made-up words. I symptoms that are easy to overlook. will forever refer to ‘cobbage’ when visiting my friend! For example, blurring of vision, headache, dizziness or confusion may So, if a family member or someone you know well starts to suffer be misdiagnosed as severe migraine. from peculiar difficulties or you just feel that they are not themselves, Recently a healthy, active friend of mine in Wiltshire had her stroke act F.A.S.T. Don’t be embarrassed to call the doctor or dial 999. Spell out symptoms missed. We all believe she is very lucky to be alive.  what you think is happening. Say ‘I think they’ve had a stroke’. Paramedics are ideally equipped to assess and treat strokes. If you are wrong, the In mid-October, her first symptom was partial loss of hearing in one worst outcome is a few hours in A&E. If you are correct, you might just ear, followed a couple of days later with slight vision problems and the save their life. onset of tooth pain. A visit to the doctor resulted in referrals to an

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Help your pets to shift winter weight gain Antony Hinge B.Vet.Med. MRCVS

Christmas seems a long time ago and New year’s resolutions have been made and broken. Dry January has come to an end and the gym membership resolution is looking a little shaky. The resignation that those extra pounds gained may not shift quite so easily looks to be on the cards. The same can be said for our pets and, with ever increasing numbers of animals suffering from obesity, it is a real problem for them and for us. obesity in pets gives rise to dramatic increases in related diseases, loss of life expectancy and reduced quality of life. The causes of obesity are very straightforward: overfeeding and under-exercising. For the vast majority of pets overfeeding is the main culprit. This may be simply putting too much in the bowl, leaving a constantly topped up bowl to be grazed upon, or an endless supply of little titbits. Under-exercising will also contribute and certainly increasing exercise levels by even a few minutes a day will help. However, for many

labradors, springer spaniels and border collies) have a very high appetite drive whilst others with a low appetite drive can be much easier to manage. Achieving a successful weight can be a very positive and life-changing experience for both pet and owner, leading to significant increases in activity and mobility, reduction in pain from arthritis and improvements in general health such as skin and coat quality.

“Achieving a successful weight can be a very positive and life-changing experience for both pet and owner, leading to significant increases in activity and mobility, reduction in pain from arthritis and improvements in general health such as skin and coat quality”. owners this is not a realistic or practical option due to time pressures and constraints or personal health and mobility issues. For these reasons it is really important to manage feeding correctly. We do have the significant advantage with our pets that we can totally control their food intake; the temptation to give in and snack is outside their control. Most dogs will automatically eat anything and everything if given the chance. Obviously some breeds and types are much worse than others. The traditional English working breeds (e.g.

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Small changes in feeding can have dramatic long-term benefits. Change to a lower calorie life-stage food such as a senior food. Use fewer smaller treats (or cut them out altogether) and use a low energy item e.g a bit of carrot. Reduce the amount of food put into the bowl and never leave food down to be grazed upon. Remember that 28g of cheese for a 15kg dog equates to a hamburger for a person. 25% overweight is the equivalent of 3 stone for an average man; for a 10kg dog that is 2.5 kg or nearly half a stone.

The good news is that summer is on the way and soon the longer and warmer days will let us enjoy some great walks with our dogs, even if it is an excuse to cross the field to the pub.


Saltwood’s Secret Gardens

With the days getting warmer and the evenings lighter, it’s time for our gardens to wake up after their winter slumber. As the carpets of spring bulbs give way to eruptions of summer flowers, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the ‘open garden’ events on our doorstep. In fact, we have two hidden gems in saltwood – sandling Park and saltwood Castle - which are usually closed to the public but, just once or twice a year, open their doors to visitors for charity.

Sandling Park Privately owned by the Hardy family, Sandling Park’s Grade II Heritage gardens comprise 25 acres, set mainly in woodland which was part of the medieval forest of Westenhanger. The garden explodes into life in early summer, with over 200 different magnolias, collections of rhododendrons, sorbus, oaks, alders, Japanese maples and many other species.   The azalea collection is considered to be one of the finest in the country and includes many varieties that are no longer available commercially. The garden is also home to 20 national champion trees (i.e. the best examples in the country) plus more than 200 wild-sourced trees which still retain their collectors’ numbers, comparable to the great gardens of Howick Hall, Tregrehan, Kew and Edinburgh.   The tour of the garden follows the arrows for one mile. The half-way stage is marked. It begins on the top lawns with Kurume azalea beds and specimen trees, then descends into the woodland, down into the Glade (an original path), then the Bottom Path and returns via the American Bank and curls round and up, finishing by the huge weeping beech. The carpets of bluebells on the drive out are also worth watching out for! Sandling Park is open on Sunday May 12th 2019, 10am-5pm, in aid of Pilgrims Hospice. Tickets £5 for adults (no charge for children). Free parking on site.

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Saltwood Castle The medieval Grade I castle at Saltwood is most famous for being the site where the knights who assassinated Thomas Becket stayed before setting out on their murderous mission to Canterbury but its grounds, which include a moat, battlements and several gardens, are worth visiting in their own right.  Owned by the Clark family since 1953, it is now home to Mrs Jane Clark, the widow of the Rt Hon. Alan Clark, as well as resident peacocks and tortoises. There are picturesque gardens within the Inner and Outer Bailey, including a secret garden, which epitomise the English country garden style. Visitors would also be well advised to arrive with money to burn, as the abundance of plant, craft and artisan food & drink stalls are hard to resist. Saltwood Castle will be hosting an open garden, plant sale and craft event on Saturday May 4th 2019, 10am-4pm, in aid of Pilgrims Hospice. Tickets £6. Free parking on site. 


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Thank you Hythe!

Reverse Advent Calendar Appeal 2018 The spirit of Christmas was certainly alive and well in Hythe last year if the response to our reverse Advent Calendar appeal is anything to go by. We’re thrilled that it has become a new Christmas tradition for many Hythe Life readers: so much so, in fact, that this year we received over 100 donations, which kept the Hythe Life sleigh extremely busy on delivery day as we packed them up to take to the Salvation Army’s foodbank! We must make a special mention to the fabulous team at Folkestone Social Services who got together to donate a huge box of goodies, but we’re equally grateful to every family, individual and organisation who took up the challenge. The parcels, filled with food and essentials, make an enormous difference to the Salvation Army’s work, and most importantly, to those members of the local community who are in the greatest need over the festive period. For those not in the know, a reverse advent calendar works on the principle of giving back rather than taking out. Each day in December,

you put a non-perishable foodstuff or other essential item (such as toothpaste, nappies or cleaning products) into a box. Just before Christmas, the boxes can be dropped at one of Hythe Life’s designated collection points and we’ll then deliver them to the foodbank.  Callum McKenna, from the Hythe branch of the Salvation Army, told us that the organisation was ‘overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness shown by Hythe Life Magazine readers over the festive period through the Reverse Advent Calendar campaign, which saw donations treble from the incredible effort of 2017. We would like to express our thanks and gratitude, on behalf of those who we seek to serve, to all those who contributed.  Some of the parcels quite literally 'saved Christmas' for families facing unexpected hardship, whilst others gave older and isolated members of the local community the chance to enjoy some Christmas treats and a visit in their home from one of our team. The remaining donations will keep our Hythe foodbank stock levels high for the coming months, so that we are able to help local families and individuals in need throughout the year. The Reverse Advent Calendar campaign is a brilliant example of a whole community coming together to make a difference. Thank you, Hythe Life, for making it happen!' It’s a simple gesture – but it’s often the smallest things that make the biggest difference. So thank you, Hythe Life readers, and look out for the launch of our 2019 Reverse Advent Calendar Appeal in the Autumn issue of the magazine later this year!

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Saltwood Village Society Quiz Evening. £7 per person including a Ploughman’s Supper. Tables of 6. Space is limited so prepayment required to secure a table. See www.saltwoodvillagesociety.org for further details. 

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’ 7.30pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.

5th

Hythe Community Cinema screening of ‘Enemies of the People’, 7.30pm @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe. Free membership available on the door.  Tickets £4 for members or £5 for members’ guests. Membership available on the door. For further details see www.hythecommunitycinema.co.uk.

7th Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘The Craig Milverton Quartet’, 8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

9th Hythe Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10th ‘Disney’s Aladdin Jr!’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.

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Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘The Theo Travis Quartet’, 8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

12th Hythe Civic Society Talk, Melody Foreman, ‘Women Pilots of WW1’ 7.30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, non-members £2. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details. 13th-16th FHODS present ‘The Dresser’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925. 16

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Day @ Port Lympne Animal Park, Lympne. See www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne/whats-on for full details. 20th ‘Jethro’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliffhall.  21 Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘The Sara Dowling Quartet with guest Robert Fowler’, st

8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

22nd Neil Diamond Tribute Night @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Tickets £40pp, including a 3-course dinner. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk.

31st Mother’s Day @ Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. ‘Drive a train’ sessions for mums and much more. See www.rhdr.org.uk for further details and booking.

M A RC H APRIL M AY 23rd Hythe Farmers Market, 10am-1pm, @ Methodist Church Hall, Hythe.  24th Babyballet presents

‘Twinkle & Teddy’s Grand Adventure’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.

31st Mother’s Day @ Port Lympne. 3-course Sunday lunch, dinner or champagne afternoon tea at the Port Lympne Hotel. See www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne/whats-on for full details. 

APRIL 2019 2nd Hythe Community Cinema screening of ‘A Man Called Ove’, 7.30pm @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe.  Free membership available on the door. Tickets £4 for members or £5 for members’ guests. Membership available on the door. For further details see www.hythecommunitycinema.co.uk.

4th

Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘The Clark Tracey Sextet’, 8.00pm @ The Tower

26 Hythe Civic Society Talk, Miss Gillian Rickard, ‘The Lives of Vagrants, Gypsies and Travellers in Kent’ 7.30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, non-members £2. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details.

Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £14. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

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@ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £14. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

29th ‘The West End Jerseys’, a night of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.

29th ‘The Dreamboys’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliffhall.  30th - ‘UB40’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliffhall/. 

9th

Dementia Awareness Hythe, business event 5.30-8pm @ 9th

Hythe Civic Society Talk, Juliette Pattinson, ‘The Liberation of France in 1944’ 7.30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, nonmembers £2. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details.

11th Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘Hexagonal’, 8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £14. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk. 13th Hythe Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 

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14th ‘Death and the Maiden’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.

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16th Folkestone Jazz Club

presents ‘The Mick Foster (Mulligan) Sextet’, 8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

18th ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leascliff-hall/.

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19th Garden Tour & Tea @ Port Lympne. See www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne/whats-on for full details. 23rd Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘XPQ – Nigel Price & Vasilis Xenopoulos’ 8.00pm @ The

13th The Green Goddess Returns @ Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.  See www.rhdr.org.uk for further details. 18th Folkestone Jazz Club

presents ‘The Derek Nash Band’, 8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

19th Good Friday BBQ @ The Port Lympne Hotel. See www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne/whats-on for full details.

26th Blondie Tribute Night @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Tickets £40pp, including a 3-course dinner. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk. 27th Hythe Farmers Market, 10am-1pm, @ Methodist Church Hall, Hythe.  30th Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘The Roger Beaujolais Quarter’, 8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

21st Easter Sunday lunch or

dinner @ The Port Lympne Hotel. See www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne/whats-on for full details.

23rd Hythe Civic Society Talk,

Sheila Boyd, ‘Queen Victoria’s Dreadful Uncles’, 7:30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, non-members £2. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details.

25th Folkestone Jazz Club

presents ‘Gordon Campbell/Chris Dean Quintet’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

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MAY 2019 1st-31st Dusk Safaris @ Port Lympne Animal Park. See www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne/whats-on for full details.

7th

Hythe Community Cinema screening of ‘Our Little Sister’, 7.30pm @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe.  Free membership available on the door. Tickets £4 for members or £5 for members’ guests. Membership available on the door. For further details see www.hythecommunitycinema.co.uk. 

24th Simply Red Tribute Night @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Tickets £40pp, including a 3-course dinner. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk.

8th-12th ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.

25th Hythe Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Methodist Church Hall, Hythe.

11th-12th Steam & Diesel Gala @ Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.  See www.rhdr.org.uk for tickets and further details. 

8.00pm @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

11th Hythe Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 

Open Garden, Plant and Craft sale, 10am-4pm @ Saltwood

12th Sandling Park Open Day in aid of Pilgrims Hospice. 10am-

Castle. In aid of the Pilgrims Hospice. Entrance £6, free parking. Dogs welcome on a lead. Food and refreshments available.  For further details see www.saltwoodcastle.com. 

5pm. £5 for adults, children free. Free parking.

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Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk

30th Folkestone Jazz Club present ‘Allan Barnes (Ellington/Hodges) Sextet’

31st Family Discover Dungeness Day @ Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Pre-booking essential. See www.rhdr.org.uk for further details.

7th

Folkestone Jazz Club presents ‘The Jim Mullen Trio & Dave Lewis’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. 8:00pm. For further details call 01303 277175, email twinklewood49@gmail.com  or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk.

LISTING To have your event listed on the Hythe Life website, Facebook page and/or in the next edition of the Magazine, please email events@hythelife.org.uk. The Hythe Life online events calendar is updated regularly and can be viewed at www.hythelife.org.uk


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The practice of growing hops has been a part of Kent life for hundreds of years for use in food recipes, as a sleeping aid, for medicinal purposes and most popularly in the production of beer. Now, the Hythe Environmental Community Group is providing gardeners of any ability and scale an opportunity to join an initiative to grow hops as part of a community-wide project, and to produce beer.  Two local breweries – Hopfuzz, based at Unit 1 at West Hythe, and Range Ales, which operates at Lympne Industrial Estate - are keen on the project and looking forward to making use of the fruits of the group’s labours. The plan is to have as many people as possible planting hops in spring 2019 for a first harvest and brewing in September 2019.    The project manager for the Hythe Hops scheme, George Kirby, explains: “Those who want to get involved don’t need gardens or loads of space. We will provide as much help as needed to get members up and running and hopefully, they will get some beer out of it. “Everybody’s hops will be pooled at the brewery and used to make a local brew. The more hops, the more beer.”

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The priority for the group is to bring a community together, to teach people new skills and celebrate the fantastic history of hops in Kent.  “It’s not necessarily about making money or even about making beer,” says George. “It’s giving the pleasure of being able to follow through the organic growing of ingredients to the production of a community food which anyone has the opportunity to be involved in – and enjoying the results.”

innovative community project,” adds George, “I think this is because it offers the opportunity to mix with people of similar interests, be part of a Hythe community initiative as well as learn about the techniques involved in hop production as part of a traditional Kentish craft. “The prospect of trying some of the end results - grown with your own fair hands - on favourable terms is an additional bonus to the whole process!”

“It’s not necessarily about making money or even about making beer” Hythe Hops has modelled itself on the very successful Deal Community Hop Farm which began just two years ago, and now has more than 300 members. In 2018, the group grew 178kg of hops  on  200 sites,  and their local brewery made  9,000 pints  of excellent Green Hop Beer (“Hopping M.A.D.”), which was served in more than 35 pubs in East Kent. Hythe Hops aims to follow the same recipe for success.  Members can join Hythe Hops for just £5, which goes towards the running costs, while £10 will buy a hop plant and twine (about twoand-a-half pints’ worth in beer money!). Members can grow their own hops (as organically as possible), or help others with planting, watering and most importantly, harvesting. Members will also enjoy special events around the harvesting and brewing timetable.  “We have had tremendous interest in this

The project will complement the range of initiatives that Hythe Environmental Community Group organises, including monthly litter-picks, apple-pressing days, plant and seed swaps, flora and fauna walks and talks, as well as providing advice on recycling, waste and energy-use and managing a community orchard at Eaton Lands (www.hytheenvironmental.community).   If you are interested, want to grow hops on your own land, or on someone else’s (we have some offers of land), or just want to help with the planting or harvest, there is more information on the website www.hytheenvironmental.community   – or just contact us at hytheecg@yahoo.com,  or call George on 07808 402477.


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spring into life Help Your Garden

By Mark Whyte

spring has arrived with us. The plants can shed the old and we have the enjoyment of embracing the new shoots for a new season. We will already be taking advantage of the early birds such as tulips, camellias and many other flowering spring bulbs. The first cuts of the lawn will also be happening, giving off a wonderful, fresh aroma that is unique at this time of year. remember, if you are undertaking the first cut of the season, just to take off a small amount initially. sometimes we have a tendency to give it a hard whack but this can damage the grass. Weed, Weed, Weed Your plants are thriving, but so are the weeds at this time of year. With so much growth, you may not even notice a few unwanted plants. Leaving them just means they flower, go to seed and spread. Do your weeding chores frequently; it is worth keeping on top of them before they get out of control. Being by the coast we can enjoy a rather temperate climate and this usually reflects on the winter damage that occurs from frosts. There’s no better place to see what our location has to offer than on the beaches. Maybe take some time out and have a stroll around Fisherman’s Beach in Hythe. You will notice an abundance of thriving flora. All these natural coastal loving plants will thrive in your garden, so consider some of these if you are thinking of updating some of your beds or incorporating a coastal themed area into the garden. Examples include sea kale, sea campion, yellow horned poppy, teasel, valerian and thrift 

There are so many jobs for the garden in this season that the list is too long to mention them all. But below are some important jobs to get under your belt while the sun is shining. 

1. Cut back any perennials from the previous season and prune and feed roses. 2. If you’re a vegetable lover, plant out seeds and add plenty of nutrient into the soil for this year’s crop. 3. Plant summer flowering bulbs such as lilies, and any other new plants you wish to add, before it gets too dry. 4. Feed the lawn to encourage good growth and protect from weeds. 5. Prepare hanging baskets early to give you a good show throughout the summer. Also it is worth bearing in mind that we can still get some late frosts so keep the more tender plants in the greenhouse or sheltered until this has completely passed. Take some inspiration from our coastline and enjoy your garden coming to life for another year. Mark Whyte is a garden designer who lives in Hythe.

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Hythe Photographic Competition 2019 We’re excited to launch a new venture in this edition of the magazine: our inaugural Hythe Life Photographic Competition! We’re on the hunt for the best photographs of Hythe: those that literally create a snapshot of life in Hythe in 2018/19. Places and faces, landmarks and landscapes, objects and artefacts, wildlife and wilderness – anything goes so long as your image was taken within the CT21 postcode. From ever-changing seascapes to the tranquil beauty of the canal, the colourful pageantry of the Venetian Fete to

Let’s face it, we live in a gloriously picturesque area, and that makes it very photogenic as well. If the array of breathtaking photos of Hythe on our local social media sites are anything to go by, a lot of residents are keen snappers who will happily whip out their camera or phone to capture a memorable moment or stunning scene. So we thought - why not combine an opportunity to showcase our readers’ talents, show off our beautiful patch of Kent and raise money for local good causes to boot? 

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the stillness of St Leonard’s church, swans and seagulls to steam engines and skulls, we’re after images of what ‘Hythe life’ means to you. It doesn’t have to be a pro shot or superarty: a snap taken on a phone camera or tablet is absolutely fine by us.  Good luck and happy snapping!


TOP TIPS FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS You've spotted the shot you want but before clicking the shutter: Eddie Manly from Hythe District Photographic Club shares his expertise.

GET READY Composition: The rule of thirds is a good standard. Imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look by placing the point of interest offcentre at one of the intersecting points of the imaginary lines which will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph.  Timing: Think about whether earlier or later in the day would obtain the best light. For example, to get a moodier shot might mean coming back in the evening. Equipment: If you are using a DSLR camera, a tripod is essential to prevent camera shake. If using a tablet or smartphone, see if there is a place like a post or wall to rest it against. For cameras, a polarising filter will improve sky and foliage detail as well as reducing reflections.

GET SET THE PRIZE With the help of our esteemed judge, Eddie Manly of the Hythe & District Photographic Club, we’ll select our favourite twelve images. Then we’re going to turn them into a limited edition 2020 calendar which will be on sale in the latter part of the year (more on that in the next edition of Hythe Life), with all proceeds going to local good causes and community projects. The winners’ work will also appear in Hythe Life and in an exhibition at August’s We Love Hythe Life Food Festival 2019. One photographer will also be crowned as Hythe Life’s ‘champion of champions’ and will win a £50 voucher redeemable at any Hythe Business and Tourism Association member retailer or Hythe Life’s advertising partners.

HOW TO ENTER: Please download an entry form at www.hythelife.org.uk and send your entries to photo@hythelife.org.uk.  For more information, email editor@hythelife.org.uk or contact us via our social media pages: @hythelife (Twitter and Instagram), @hythelifemagazine (Facebook). 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS • The closing date for entries is 30th April 2019. Winners will be featured in the summer edition of Hythe Life. • Maximum of 5 entries per person. We encourage digital entries from all forms of camera including mobile devices.  • Photographs must be a minimum 1MB – maximum 5MB file.  • All images must have been taken within the CT21 postcode. • Entrants must hold full rights over the images they submit. • By submitting images, entrants give consent for their photographs to be included in Hythe Life’s 2020 calendar, published in Hythe Life and exhibited at the We Love Hythe Life Food Festival, as well as in Hythe Life’s press materials.

Tablets and smartphones automatically choose the best settings such as shutter and aperture. Camera users can choose manual, recommended to give you more control rather than letting the camera decide, which often compromises quality.  If shooting with a camera, use the lowest possible ISO rating to give maximum quality and select aperture or shutter speed priority best suited to the subject. For example, if you want maximum depth of focus, choose aperture priority and stop down as far as you can.

GO! Wait for the moment! Be aware of a car, person, bird, or plane, coming into the frame. You've taken time to set up so why not shoot off more than one or two frames altering, say, the exposure timings (called bracketing) if you can. Also try a change of angle or position. Whatever equipment you are using, consider converting the image to mono (black and white) or using a filter. Happy shooting!

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Reading Stories

with Children Margaret Travers

‘once upon a time there was a… and suddenly... there was a huge surprise.’ The Importance of Storytelling At a time when research is clearly telling us that the best thing we can do is cut the hours children spend at screen-based activities, turning to story books is one great way to balance out that excess screen time. Stories are also guaranteed to support children’s learning and development. Maintaining a healthy balance of screen time and stories would be a very positive move. After all, research shows excessive screen-based activities can inhibit sleep and can be responsible for high rates of depression.  Ewan Spiegal, founder of Snapchat, limits his children to 90 minutes of screen time per week, whilst Apple’s Steve Jobs said he banned his children from continually using iPads when they were young. Why we need to make time for stories Firstly, and importantly, stories motivate children into developing an interest in reading, and in turn they develop children’s understanding, vocabulary and language skills, which developing crucial life skills that support reading, writing and relationships.  Stories also provide precious time for oneto-one emotional bonding between parent and child, for affection, thinking and talking together.  Time spent with a young child cuddled up with a book will support a child’s emotional resilience long into adulthood. Reading stories also helps children learn about emotions by experiencing what other children, animals or adults feel, in order to learn

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empathy and understanding. To realise that others feel the same and that we are not alone is an important lesson for children to learn. A child with anxieties can be supported by reading about a bear who is afraid of the dark, or about another child who is nervous of starting school. Stories give the opportunity for children to read about a character they would like to be: perhaps a brave person who rescues animals or someone who has an amazing adventure. When children see themselves in a story, it helps them to think about how others behave or don’t behave!  Stories help children make meaning out of life and can show how people live in different cultures; they can provide moral understanding, but importantly they also spark creativity and imagination 

Storytelling Storytelling is what connects us to our humanity, to our past and future. Humans have told stories since time immemorial, through cave paintings and around fires. Things happen in stories that are magical, emotional, ethical, frightening, joyful and meaningful.  One easy way storytelling can start is with nursery rhymes; children love hearing rhythm and fun rhyming words without bothering too much about the meaning.  Using finger play alongside rhymes stimulates a child’s interest as they watch, listen and move.  For instance, ‘Here comes the big giant’: children love helping to say the rhyme while doing the actions.  Longer stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears continually repeat the same words, encouraging your child to join in and use finger


gestures for emphasis.  Make it fun. Use deep and small voices, and facial expressions to show happiness, sadness, fear and other emotions, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!  Children will learn how to figure out people’s feelings from facial expressions; they will learn how people in stories make friends, and how they react if say someone is angry or frightened. 

stories and share stories, older and younger together. Point to the words as you read; this helps children see that text runs from left to right, and from the top of the page to the bottom.  Find appropriate books that your child will love Find books your child will really love to read.

Now here’s a tip! If the mistake your child makes doesn’t change the meaning of the story, keep your mouth shut and let it go. Only step in if it does change the meaning and give them a gentle nudge, asking ‘Did you read that correctly?’. Additionally, if you think your child has memorised the book by heart, get them to point to the words as they say them. Make sure your child understands what they’re reading and what you’re reading by asking questions and discussing the story. Triggers such as ‘I wonder why…’, ‘Why did that person...’ or ‘What will they do if…’ are great ways to start conversations. Try to address the questions as you read and make it a two-way process that enhances the enjoyment of the story.  Try to maintain a relaxed ‘I wonder…’ approach that builds on your child’s responses and keep a positive and encouraging environment.  Of course, opinions vary, and some might say children can learn about emotions and relationships from watching TV and films, and pick up reading skills through playing screenbased games.  But balance is the key word, and studies have clearly shown that through picture books and from adults reading to them, young children in particular develop increased verbal abilities, focus and concentration, higher IQ and improved imagination. Story books can be interesting and attractive, reduce stress and improve memory. Reading is a good exercise for the brain, and is a mental activity rather than a passive activity.  Happy storytelling - and all the best for spending quality time with your children! Margaret Travers, M.A, is an Early Years Teacher Trainer.

“ Children will learn how to figure out people’s feelings from facial expressions; they will learn how people in stories make friends, and how they react if say someone is angry or frightened. ” Reading aloud to your children is brilliant, even when they start to read themselves.  Once they start to understand and recognise words, ask them to recount the story in their own way. Get siblings to read to each other, to retell

Make sure the topic reflects your child’s interest. There are thousands of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for children who prefer to find out about dinosaurs, sharks, dogs, space craft etc.  There are also fun books such as ‘Today I Feel Silly, & Other Moods That Make My Day’ and ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’.   Early storytellers learned that people like stories with a beginning, middle and end, and children are drawn to stories that have characters that are like themselves. They are also drawn into stores that build up to an exciting finale. Know how to support your child in reading How would you feel if you were continually told ‘You’re doing that wrong’? So try more encouraging phrases such as ‘Let’s take a closer look at the letters, let’s sound them out’ or ‘Does that word fit with the picture on this page?’

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Spring Craft

How to make a simple Easter wreath with paper and masking tape by Sophie Chapman

Time: 20 minutes Skill level: Easy (ideal for kids!) This super easy, step-by-step tutorial will guide you through making your very own, DIY Easter wreath to hang inside or outside your door! All you need is: a wire wreath frame (you can find them cheaply in flower shops, garden centres and online), some A4 paper sheets, scissors, a selection of spring coloured masking tape rolls (you can buy them online or in your favourite craft supply shop – also known as washi tape) and some fabric ribbon to hang your pretty wreath up on a wall. 1. Trim about 40 to 50 strips of paper, depending on the size of your wreath and on how dense you would like the outcome to be 2. Place some masking tape on each paper strip and leave more at the end so that you can create a loop of paper (just like a paper chain) around the metal framework. 3. Repeat this operation as many times as needed to cover the entire wreath. 4. Use a large colourful ribbon to hang this beauty up your wall or door! Got some spare masking tape left over? You can also use it to make your own Easter cards. Share your crafts with us at @hythelifemagazine using the hashtag #hythelifemagazine.

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We offer a complete range of garage services: MOT Agents Servicing, repairs and maintenance to all makes and models of cars and light commercial vehicles Tyres for cars, light commercial vehicles and 4x4s We are a Ferodo approved brake specialist Vehicle recovery We now offer air conditioning servicing and repair

If you would like a any more information please feel free to contact us by telephone or email, we will be more than pleased to help in any way we can. The Old Fire Station, Portland Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6EG Call: 01303 268100

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HYTHE KIDS Springtime Wordsearch HARDY EQUINOX COLDS HYACINTH FOAL

BREEZE SNOWDROP THAW DEW BLOOM

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INGREDIENTS • 75g digestive biscuits • 200g condensed milk • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 1tsp vanilla extract (optional)

• 150g cream cheese • 150g tub Greek yogurt • 250g fresh strawberries • 3tbsp strawberry jam

INSTRUCTIONS • Crumble 75g digestive biscuits into a bowl. Divide the crumbs between 6 wine glasses or small tumblers.

• Place 200g condensed milk into a bowl and add the zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1tsp vanilla extract (optional). Stir together until the mixture has thickened.

• Whisk 150g cream cheese and 150g tub Greek yogurt in a small bowl until smooth then fold into the thickened condensed milk. Don’t over beat the mixture. Spoon this creamy mixture over the biscuits.

• Chill for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. • Chop 250g fresh strawberries, mix with 3tbsp strawberry jam and top the cheesecakes with the fruit to serve.

Are you joking? When do monkeys fall from the sky?

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What season is it when you are on a trampoline? Spring-time!

What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

Quick Spring Quiz 1. What date is the spring equinox?

2. Who are Persephone’s parents, according to Greek mythology? 3. In Roman mythology, who was the goddess of fertility and spring? 4. In spring, does the sun set earlier, or later, than in winter? 5. Name a common spring flower.

Bugs Bunny! What do you call a girl with a frog on her head? Lily! 50 |  www.hythelife.org.uk

Why are trees very forgiving? Because in the autumn they ‘let it go’ and in the spring they ‘turn over a new leaf’.

Puzzle solutions can be found on our website: www.hythelife.org.uk


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HL Puzzles Which is the missing tile?

Using the five letters below only, create a nine-letter word.

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Answer___________________ 2. At a recent small-town election for mayor, a total of 963 votes were cast for the four candidates, the winner exceeding his opponents by 53, 79 and 105 votes respectively. How many votes were cast for each candidate?

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Combining 25 years of experience in small animal veterinary practice, Colin, Helen and their team aim to provide a first class service to both you and your beloved pets. We have been awarded Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons General Practice recognition. This is a sought after accreditation that gives you peace of mind that our practice adheres to strict professional standards.

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Hythe Business & Tourism Association (HBTA), previously

the “Hythe Chamber of Commerce and Tourism”, was

formed in May 2014 and registered as a company limited

by guarantee in April 2016.

Its formally stated objectives are to: • Safeguard, promote and advance the commercial and general interests of the town and immediate

neighbourhood of Hythe; to assist in the development and improvement of the town; and to consider and

promote all such lawful measures, plans and schemes as would add to its attractions as an all-the-year-round,

holiday, leisure and residential resort.

• Develop friendly business relations; to discuss all business matters related to commerce and tourism; and to take such action thereon as may be necessary for the welfare of the business community of the town.

• Represent, express, and give effect to the opinions of the members on commerce and tourism issues. Membership of HBTA is open to all businesses in Hythe and affords the following benefits:

4 Influential links to Hythe Town Council and Shepway Business Advisory Board;

4 Co-ordinated lobbying on behalf of Hythe businesses;

4 Planning and organisation of High Street events such as Heullabaloos (Saturday 13 July) and Late Night Shopping (Friday 6 December);

4 Installation of street decorations, Christmas trees and lights planned by a subcommittee;

4 Publicity assistance, including via website links and in local media;

4 HBTA advertisement “supporting Hythe business and tourism”;

Representatives of all Hythe businesses are

cordially invited to an

Open Meeting on Tuesday 23 April, at 6.00pm tea and coffee provided at [RH&DR Hall], to:

• learn what HBTA can do to help promote your business activities;

• To hear and exchange views on related matters of concern;

• To agree future actions aimed at enhancing Hythe as a place to visit and enjoy.

4 Social activities.

HBTA exists to serve and help you and your business. Do give it your support! HBTA Executive Committee


Hythe Heroes:

Julie Gibbs, Marathon Runner By Alanna Fraser

Julie Gibbs from Hythe turns 60 in April 2019. To celebrate, she decided to set herself a mammoth challenge: running both the Manchester and London marathons (on 7th and 28th April respectively) in aid of MIND, the national mental health charity. ‘I started running when I first moved to Hythe 12 years ago. I hadn’t run before and I started with the Folkestone Race for Life 5k run. Shortly afterwards I joined Folkestone Running Club to train for a 10k. I caught the bug for running and I have done approximately 20 half marathons and 9 marathons! My first marathon was ten years ago at the age of 50, which is when I was at my fittest; I promised myself I would run one every year until I was 60.. Since

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then I have completed nine marathons and I thought, “why not finish on two marathons?”. I will have completed 11 marathons at the end of April 2019. I’m really passionate about running: it gives a great feel-good factor! I’ve done the London Marathon three times before. My personal best time was in 2016 when I completed the London course in 4:16:23 at the age of 57. This time, I probably won’t even look at my watch as I just want to enjoy it. The atmosphere at London is amazing: the crowds cheer you on and the noise can be deafening. It’s awesome. I also ended up running alongside a man I’d never met before in one of my previous London marathons who had seen that I had ‘Folkestone Running Club’ on my vest. It turned out that we both lived in the same road in Hythe!  I chose to run for MIND because three close members of my family had suffered last year with three deaths of their loved ones. My heart went out to them; MIND does amazing work and caters for people with a wide range of mental health issues. I started training on 10th December and I am following a 17-week training programme. I train in and around Hythe; I run all the way along the canal past Port Lympne, which is about 20 miles, and also have routes that take me to New Romney and up to Folkestone Harbour, where I then run up Remembrance Hill and back to Hythe.  I will really miss marathons but plan to keep running. I’m a Certified in Running Fitness Coach for England Athletics and I was the founder of Parkbench to Parkrun initiative. In

2017, I coached 40 people over 10 weeks to run the Folkestone Parkrun. One lady is now training for her first marathon and many have competed in other races. My next challenge is to coach/guide beginners over the age of 50 to walk/ jog a Parkrun. This will start in May at Folkestone Parkrun, which is held every Saturday morning on the Leas. Although I get a sense of achievement from getting my own personal best time in a race I get even more satisfaction from helping someone who has taken limited exercise to them completing the Folkestone 5k Parkrun.’  For more information on Julie’s marathon challenge or to donate, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ Julie-gibbs60.

Julie will be hosting a charity hoedown at Saltwood Village Hall on Saturday 9th March at 7.30pm in aid of MIND, featuring local vocal duo Here Come The Girls. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children. Bring your own food and drink. There are prizes for best fancy dress for adults and children, raffle and auction.  Contact J.gibbs635@btinternet.com for tickets.


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Hythe Hockey Player

Conal Blackwell by Kellen Blackwell

Conal Blackwell is an elite young hockey player and ambassador for shepway sports Trust who recently played in goal for england at the 2018 uK school Games Finals. In September 2017 he was offered an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence with England Hockey. This meant that every few months, he would have to travel up to Lilleshall alongside the rest of the selected players. They would then spend the week working in intense days that consisted of up to 5-6 hours of straight training. Alongside this, he also had to complete additional written coursework back home, all whilst still doing his

unlucky in a few games, but overall the standard of hockey was exceptional. I want to thank my family for their support, as well as my coaches and everyone else who has helped me along the way and enabled me to have this incredible opportunity.” After such an amazing experience, Conal has now opted to focus on the last year of his A Levels and to remain playing as the first team keeper for Folkestone Optimists. He is currently

“It was a truly special and amazing experience to be able to represent my country and take part in such a wonderful event.”

Conal was born in December 2000, where he lived in Hythe before moving to The Netherlands at the age of six. It was here that he first started playing hockey, joining local club HDM. He quickly picked up the ‘on pitch’ techniques and skills necessary to go far. Being a laid-back character and with the prospect of no longer having to run, he swapped life on the pitch for that in between the sticks when the team needed a new goalkeeper. If you’ve ever watched hockey, you’ll know that it requires a certain insanity to willingly go in goal and have a rock-hard ball pelted at you! After returning to Hythe aged 10, Conal joined Folkestone Optimists Hockey Club. Throughout his teenage years he quickly rose through the ranks of the club and was selected to play for Kent, later becoming part of the regional South East England squad. 

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normal A Levels at The Harvey Grammar School. At the end of the season, the course directors chose the best players to go on and play for England at the 2018 School Games National Finals – and Conal was selected. Conal and his family travelled up to Loughborough, where the finals were being held. Over 1,400 young athletes had arrived from around UK and other countries, all ready to participate across a wide variety of different sports. The university campus itself had been transformed into a mini- Olympic village, with fans, athletes, coaches and volunteers everywhere to be seen.  Conal played for England Red, and his team finished fourth overall, narrowly missing out on a medal. When asked about his experience at the games, Conal explains: “It was a truly special and amazing experience to be able to represent my country and take part in such a wonderful event. All of the games were extremely close and we were unfortunate not to come away with a medal. I felt we were very

studying Physics, Maths and Chemistry, and he hopes to go to university next year, where he would like to study Chemical Engineering, ideally at Nottingham. As for his hockey, once he is at university, he will then push to try and get into the England U21s squad, and from there hopefully one day the full senior squad. 


Residential Home for the Elderly

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Tynwald Hillside street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5DJ Telephone 01303 267629 email: manager@tynwaldhythe.org.uk www.tynwald.org.uk

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HL Sports Welcome to the spring edition of Hythe Life sports. In this bumper issue we see how Hythe Town FC are getting on in their quest for promotion; we have an update from Hythe Aqua; details of how you can get involved with Hythe & saltwood sailing Club, Hythe Tennis Club and Hythe Bowls Club (not at the same time of course!). We also check in with our sponsored club, saltwood Cricket Club, as they look forward to the new cricket season. Lastly one of our own will be running the London Marathon in April.

FOOTBALL

Play-offs place in the balance for the Cannons

Hythe FC Fixtures March and April 2019

It’s make or break time for the Hythe Cannons. After a poor run they find themselves just outside the play-off places in seventh place in the league. A disastrous December had seemed to have ended any hope of the play-offs and promotion; however, a run of draws in January steadied the ship and, save for a slip up at Faversham (enough said about that game and its aftermath!), the Cannons appear to be back to winning ways. With games against some of the teams above them, hopefully they can go on a bit of a winning run and secure the all-important play-off spot. With goal machine Zak Ansah firing again there is no reason why the Cannons can’t fire themselves into the play-offs. Hopefully in the next edition we will be celebrating promotion! Fingers crossed. 

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Whyteleafe

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Ramsgate

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23/03/19

Sittingbourne

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Hastings United

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Home

Hythe FC Results 17th November 2018 – 9th February 2019

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Opponents

Comp

17/11/2018

Phoenix Sports

League

3-3 

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27/11/2018

Burgess Hill Town

Cup

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Guernsey

League

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Horsham

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Greenwich Borough

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Whyteleafe 

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Herne Bay

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Whitstable Town

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2-0 

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Haywards Heath Town

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19/01/2019

Sevenoaks Town

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26/01/2019

VCD Athletic

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2-2 

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02/02/2019

Three Bridges

League

1-0 

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05/02/2019

Faversham Town

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1-2 

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09/02/2019

Phoenix Sports

League

5-1 

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Should the Cannons make the play-offs there will be additional fixtures. Please check the club website (address below) for details. FOR VARYING REASONS, THE ABOVE GAMES MAY BE REARRANGED. PLEASE CHECK THE CLUB’S FIXTURE LINE ON 01303 238256 OR THE WEBSITE www.hythetownfc.co.uk  FOR UP-TO-DATE  INFORMATION AND KICK-OFF TIMES.


HL Sports SWIMMING

Good Start to 2019 for Hythe Aqua Hythe Aqua is a multi-discipline club run by volunteers with sections in Learn to Swim, Competitive Swimming, Masters, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming. Members range in age from 5-81.  New members are always welcome to join and further information is available at www.hytheaqua.org.uk.  Hythe Aqua members enjoyed success in January with members of all ages and in all sections in action.  In the South East Region Masters Long Course Championships 70-year old Fred Parker won gold in the 70-74yrs 50m/ 100m/200m Breaststroke in Kent record times whilst silvers came from Graham Ling (aged 75) in the 7579yrs 200m Freestyle (also a Kent record) and Tom Richardson (aged 60) in the 60-64yrs 800m Freestyle. Bronze medals were won by Helen Oakes (aged 44) in the 40–44yrs 100m Backstroke, Graham Ling in the 75-79yrs 50m Freestyle/50m Backstroke and David Staveley (aged 76) in the 75-79 yrs 50m Butterfly.   Hythe’s younger swimmers were also successful in the 1st weekend of the Kent Swimming Championships at the Olympic Pool, with Katie Oliver (aged 10) 5th in the 50m Butterfly, Finn Wood (aged 18) 6th in the 50m Butterfly and Leon Santer (aged 16) 8th in the 50m Backstroke.  Kent qualifying times are very hard to achieve and all Hythe swimmers who qualified this year have swum personal bests. Other swimmers included 16year olds Evie Wood, Tristan Calvo, Georgie Dedman, and Emma Howes-Lawrence (aged 13) and Ben Walker (aged 23).  Hythe Aqua Junior Water Polo ended 2018 with some fantastic achievements and successes including County, Regional, National and selection for the GB training school. Lucy Mai Helliwell (aged 14) retained her place in the Junior GB squad at the January re-selection trials and 16year olds Libby MacArthur, Rachel Harding and Ellis Stewart playing for Kent in the U19 Inter-Regional Competition. The section has many talented

SAILING

players involved in many competitions, and recently entered the London League and won their first four matches.  The junior water polo section also had a fantastically successful tournament at Kent Water Polo Festival 2018, winning a hat trick of victories in all three age groups. Selected boys played for the Shepway men’s team, winning gold in the Kent League in 2018. Hythe juniors also competed in an International Tournament in Amsterdam, supporting the Shepway Water Polo men’s team, competing against teams from all over Europe. The club has many up-and-coming players, both boys and girls at all ages who are showing massive potential. They welcome new junior players under 16yrs. Training for juniors is on Sundays, 5-6pm; senior players train every Thursdays from 9-10pm at Hythe swimming pool. The synchronised swimming section held a fundraiser for a new underwater speaker by asking adults to have a free taster session. 23 adults took part with one being 80yrs old and along with a crowd funding page £1000 was raised.

TENNIS

Push The Boat Out at HSSC

Hythe Tennis Club

18-19 May 2019

Everyone in Hythe knows where Hythe Lawn Tennis Club is situated!  It has been sitting alongside the Royal Military Canal for 130 years and in one of the oldest clubs in England. What you may not realise is how inclusive of the local community the Club is nowadays. If you can play tennis and just want to play socially then social mix-in sessions are on Saturday afternoons from 2pm or on Wednesday evenings from 6pm. The club’s membership year runs from April 1st but if you want to give it a try you could join for a month's trial or their annual membership is prorata, so you could simply join for a couple of months. If you are a beginner or want to improve your game there are several courses during the week that you can join in with. Just turn up on Mondays (6-7pm), Wednesdays (9.30-10.30am) or Saturdays (9-10am) and your first coaching session will be free of charge. Further information on any senior courses, coaching or the thriving and enjoyable junior section can be obtained by telephoning head coach Nick Skelton on 07545 871087. For any enquiries regarding senior trial or full membership contact Membership Secretary Jim Gore a call on  01303 259461. For any other Club enquiries call Secretary Hilary Casey on 07791 732636.

Hythe & Saltwood Sailing Club are opening their doors again this year to give people the opportunity of having a free taster session on the water. This will include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. Qualified staff and all kit will be provided to anyone that wants to have a go. The club is a very friendly, family orientated sailing club and you’ll be made most welcome! More information on how to register for this event will be available shortly so please check back nearer the time on their website, www.hssc.net, or via their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/events/1421178698017145/?ti=icl.

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Hythe Bowling Club Hythe Bowling Club is tucked away between Oaklands and Hythe Cricket Club, where Ladies’ Walk meets the canal. Lawn bowls has been played in Hythe since before 1652, as the club records show. The current site has been occupied since 1904. Considered by many to be a game for older people, this cannot be further from the truth as can be seen from the age profile of the competitors at the televised events. Hythe Bowling Club has a very healthy membership and has teams that compete in the weekly Shepway and District Bowls Leagues for men and ladies.  Hythe is a very popular place for teams to visit and throughout the summer there are matches every Saturday and Sunday, and often on weekdays as well. Club members also participate in national, county and district competitions as individuals or as part of a club team. Internal club competitions are very well supported and most days there is plenty of activity on the club green.

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The club is always on the look-out for new members, playing or social, and at the start of every season they hold an Open Day where they give people a chance to try out bowls and to see if it is the game for them. There is a team of coaches to support, encourage and advise new bowlers. If you are interested in trying bowls as a sport, the Open Day this year is being held at the Club on Sunday 28th April from 11am onwards.  More details about the club can be found on their website: www.hythebowlingclub.com. 

RUNNING

Run Alex Run!

Saltwood CC Look Forward to the new season After a double league winning season in 2018, everyone at Saltwood Cricket Club is looking forward to another tough season of cricket in the top divisions of the Kent Regional League and Kent Village League. The junior section is at the heart of the club and the starting point for future star players. Training for Year 3 onwards will start on Monday 29th April and the Year R, 1 & 2 ‘All Stars Cricket’ programme will start on Monday 13th May. The DBS-checked coaching team welcome boys and girls of all abilities to get involved and have fun playing cricket at Saltwood CC. Get the latest information and sign up at www.saltwoodcc.com/colts. The senior teams are always on the lookout for additional players so if you would like to join the club, please contact ian@saltwoodcc.com and come along to the indoor net practices from March 6th, 7-8pm at 3Hills in Folkestone.

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One of the Hythe Life Team will be running the London Marathon is April this year. Here is Alex’s story: “This year I am running the London Marathon for the amazing charity, MASC (Music and Arts for the Shepway Community). MASC runs many projects for children, the elderly, people living with mental or physical disabilities, and people living in social or economic deprivation. This projects include choirs for everyone, singing groups for people with dementia, singing groups for adults with severe physical disabilities and learning difficulties, intergenerational projects using the arts to bring the youngest and oldest in our community together, and projects combining art, dance, drama and music for children. I am SUPER PROUD to be running on their behalf. I will add, it might not be my best idea.... my skeleton is not the best. This is not a situation where someone who can train to run a marathon does so. No, no, no. This is a 'can a man with arthritic joints and joints weakened by dislocations drag himself round 26 stupid miles?' kind of thing. YES, HE CAN! YES, I WILL! I will do my best for this amazing charity. And I will do my best to raise much needed funds to help them carry on their work with the community, which I know without question does so much for so many people in many challenging circumstances. Please help me in my quest. Yours runningly (with some walkingly), Alex.' If you would like to donate to this amazing charity, the link is below for you to follow: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LONDONMARATHONforMASC.


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