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I recall vividly the moment I became involved in the campaign to protect this Grade II listed former animal pound. It’s 10th December 2014, I’m heading out to a Radio 4 comedy recording when there’s a knock on my door. It’s the lady who lived at that time on the opposite side of the Triangle to me. “Hi, I’m Izzy – have you seen what they want to do just there?” She gestures across the road to the site where plans had just been deposited with the council for two detached dwellings. I hadn’t. Years earlier, Izzy and others were instrumental in stalling the early stages of development on the Triangle site. A Tree Preservation Order and a Grade II listed status both came in response to community action. Plenty has been written in other publications about the campaign that followed but needless to say, it was orchestrated by a passionate group of volunteers from across the community, of which I was very pleased to be involved with. At a public meeting organised by Andy Maguire and I, we listened to members of the
THE CHARITY’S OBJECTIVES ARE: • To promote the conservation and protection of the Grade II listed former animal pound in Hythe, Kent and;
• To provide facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation by providing an area for use as a community garden and other activities for individuals in Hythe and the surrounds The reignited campaign led to the launch of an appeal for funding to secure the Triangle. In less than a year we had secured donations from residents and businesses from across Shepway totalling just under £28,000. The support of the community was phenomenal and to this day I am totally astounded that we raised so much money in so little time. Such was the strength of feeling in the
“In terms of ‘valued use’, the site is considered to presently have a valuable use as open space within an urban built up area. This makes an important contribution to the visual amenity of the local environment.” community who compelled us to pursue a purchase of the land. In the months that followed, we formalised an organisation and became a registered charity. Becoming a charity would enable us to own land, apply for grants and generally raise funds to support our activities.
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community that this site needed protection, it needed to remain open and it needed a use fitting of its communal location. As I recall it, one of the earliest proponents outside of our own group to support the concept of a community garden was the planning officer considering the development proposals.
1 Garry Instrell, Gill Bond & Kay Instrell help clear the general undergrowth 2 Some of the volunteers who participated: Hilary Maguire, Ashley, Andy Maguire, Garry Instrell, Gill Bond, Mike Broad, Kay Instrell
“In terms of ‘valued use’, the site is considered to presently have a valuable use as open space within an urban built up area. This makes an important contribution to the visual amenity of the local environment. Just because it is undeveloped and within a residential area does not warrant residential buildings on the site. Other uses which retain its open character, such as a community garden, would be more appropriate.” With a lot of work and a little imagination the site could become a beautiful and accessible public space. Now, in January 2017, we own the land and members of the community continue to support us most recently by providing more than 25 hours of volunteer time to clear the land of weeds and general undergrowth. Before we can make the site open to the wider public, we must address the condition of the boundary wall. It is integral to the Grade II listing and must be conserved. To that end, we are applying for grants from organisations concerned with heritage protection. The work to the wall is no small task and in many places, entire sections of the wall will need to be dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up. Eventually, we hope that this work will be undertaken by volunteers under the supervision of a suitably qualified contractor.
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The ‘Friends of Sandling Station’ get to work
by Sally Chesters
At a meeting of the Saltwood Village Society in 2016, the idea of improving the gardens at Sandling Station was raised.
The gardens have fallen from the high point of regional garden prizes in previous decades, and, as the station is still well-used, it was felt that a station with attractive, well-maintained flower beds would offer a more suitable welcome to users and staff and be enjoyed by all. Saltwood Village Society has now agreed to an informal arrangement with Southeastern Railways whereby the Society, with input from other volunteer organisations, will improve and maintain the flowerbeds on an ad hoc basis. The group carrying out the work will be known as ‘The Friends of Sandling Station’. Southeastern Railways has welcomed the arrangement and has helped kick off the initiative through the work of Station Manager, Graham Wicking, and Sandling Station Master, Michael Sargent. The first work-in took place on Wednesday 25 January when 11 volunteers (including members of the Village Society, Hythe Civic Society/Hythe in Bloom) and users began to clear the overgrown flowerbeds, some of which were in a very bad state. A huge amount was achieved, with most of the clearance work completed and the ground dug ready for planting. John Cimelli, Secretary of Saltwood Village Society, whose idea it was said: “It was great to see so many volunteers here today. So much was achieved. Fingers crossed that we get as many next time. Thinking of fingers, we’ll certainly need some green fingers as springtime approaches! Come and join us!”
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1 L to R - Nigel Chesters, Veronica Chapman, John Cimelli. 2 L to R - Daria Keeler, Veronica Chapman, John Langman, Tony Keeler, Doug Chapman. 3 View from the footbridge, showing what has been achieved so far.
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Hythe Watch NEWS FROM HY THE TOWN COUNCIL
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Winter sports season If you’re feeling cold, and the promise of Spring still feels like months away, why not perk yourself up with a Rise and Shine early morning fitness class at Hythe Pavilion? From 24th January for a trial period until the end of April, classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8am and the cost is just £5 per session. Teacher Sarah Williams says: “It’s a very simple stretchand-strengthen class designed particularly for those who are headed towards the second half of their lives and want to stay active, avoid injury and ward off the aches and pains of ageing. The idea is that by doing two short classes a week instead of one long one, you’ll see a much quicker improvement in your fitness and general health. And of course we now know that regular exercise is not just good for your muscles and joints, but also benefits your brain, sleep patterns, energy levels, mood swings and immune system - what’s not to like? Classes will be suitable for men and women, both the fit and the deeply unfit – all are welcome!”
While town mayor Michael Lyons is ill in hospital, I have stepped in to manage his duties until he is better. I know I speak for all councillors and council officers in wishing him a speedy and full recovery. One of my sad duties earlier this month was to attend the funeral of former Cllr Alec Mayne, who died in December. Alec and I worked together on numerous projects, and I will miss his companionship. Paul Peacock On a brighter note, I was delighted to see that former Hythe Town Councillor John Schoner had been awarded an MBE in the new year’s honours list. Among other things, John is chairman of the Hythe Venetian Fete committee, and all Hythe residents know how important that event is to our town. John’s well-deserved award reminds me how important volunteers are to all communities, none more so than Hythe. Town councillors are not paid, and my fellow councillors put in an enormous amount of work for no financial reward. We do it because we are concerned about what happens here. Sometimes we read social media posts suggesting that we don’t care – I assure you, that the various forums are monitored actively and we take note, even if we don’t always have time to answer every question. You’ll find a list of all your councillors at the end of Hythe Watch, and you are welcome to contact any of us if you have a concern. While being a councillor is a fairly intensive activity, there are plenty of other organisations that you could help with if you wish. The unique character of Hythe certainly includes its buildings, open spaces and leisure facilities, but much more important are the people who live here and make things happen. Why not make it your new year’s resolution to find an organisation that interests you and get involved?
People news John Schoner, MBE 40 years is a long time for anyone to work on a committee, yet John Schoner has also been chairman for 27 years and works with other members of the Hythe Venetian Fete Committee to make it all happen every two years. John has also found time to be Scout Leader for Hythe and then President of the Folkestone and Hythe Scout District. Amazingly, he has also managed to fit in being a justice of the peace, town mayor and a town councillor, only deciding not to stand in 2015. If anyone wants to know the importance of community service to Hythe, then just point to John Schoner. Already awarded an Honorary Freemanship by Hythe Town Council in January 2015, his MBE for services to Hythe is surely well-deserved.
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Cllr Alec Mayne Former town councillor Alec Mayne sadly passed away in December 2016 at Saltwood Care Centre. Well known for his razor-sharp analytical skills, Alec was a well-known figure in local politics for many years. He married Ann 1982, and both of them sat on Hythe Town Council. Trained as a university lecturer, Alec spent three days a week teaching prisoners in Kent jails. In 2002 Alec and Ann moved to Hythe where Alec volunteered at the Cancer charity shop as the treasurer. In 2008 Alec was elected to Hythe Town Council where he served until 2015. His funeral at Hawkinge Crematorium was very well attended by his friends and family, and he will be sadly missed in Hythe.
Three councils: who does what? Municipal services within Hythe are provided by three tiers of Local Government – the County Council (Kent), the District Council (Shepway) and the Town Council. While working closely together for the town, each authority has its own areas of responsibility and service delivery. Here’s an overview of which authority provides each service. Hythe Town Council Most land maintenance; allotments; CCTV; most civic events; Hythe sports pavilion; South Road recreation ground; public sports facilities such as football, tennis, the skate park and bowls; Eaton Lands; Oaklands Park; Palmarsh recreation ground; most memorial benches; adult and children’s play equipment; Hythe Green (maintenance, bookings, events); Portland Road car park; grant aid to many local organisations. Shepway District Council The Royal Military Canal; refuse collections; waste and recycling; litter; dog fouling; housing and homeless people; environmental health; business rates; council tax; some open spaces – the seafront and Princes Parade; tourist information; planning; economic redevelopment; the car park on the A259. Kent County Council Hythe library; highways; footpaths; road conditions; street lighting; education; children’s services; social services; some trees; trading standards. The emergency services - Police, Fire services, ambulance – have their own management although all councils have an interest and regular communication with them. Will this ever change? Probably. Nothing stays the same forever, and the possible creation of a ‘super district council’ for East Kent will certainly make a difference. Hythe Town Councillors are keenly monitoring the localisation agenda to ensure that Hythe residents benefit from any future change.
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Kevin Bailey has been appointed as Hythe’s new museum curator. If you’re not sure where the museum is, the entrance is through the library next to the council offices at Oaklands in Stade Street. Kevin has recently retired from a successful career in local primary schools. He has been a teacher and head in the Shepway area spanning over 30 years and has been a resident of Hythe since birth. Kevin will be reviewing the exhibits in the museum to develop displays to engage the interest of residents of Hythe and visitors. He wants to encourage all ages to gain greater historical awareness and enjoyment of the locality through what is put on show as well as gained from hands on experience. In particular, Kevin wants to work with our local schools to bring local history alive, to share the exhibits and show how they relate to the Hythe area that our children live and learn in.
Coastal community grant success Confidence – that’s the keyword When Hythe Town Council established a core team to bid for a grant from the government’s coastal community fund, it didn’t know just how competitive the bidding process would be. Throughout the country, other coastal towns were also pushing their ideas, and the Hythe team knew there were no guarantees. However the team knew that they had some good ideas and ambition and were quietly confident. Fortunately, following a great deal of hard work and angst from the core team, the bid found favour with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the council was delighted to learn that the bid was be successful. There is a dedicated area of the website at www.hythetc.kentparishes.gov.uk/hythe-coastalcommunity-team/ where you can find out more. The first task is to create an economic plan, which must be submitted to the government by 31st March 2017. If you would like to be a part of the team, you are welcome to do so. Send us an email through the Hythe Town Council and we’ll send you Continued on more details. page 14>
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Painting ownership returned to Hythe Town
Riders on the storm November 2016 brought storms and damage across the country. Hythe received its share of damage with much-loved trees brought down and the roof of the swimming pool ripped off. At sea, we had a reminder of our maritime history with the freighter ‘Saga Sky’ floundering and having to be towed across Hythe Bay. Hythe Town Council contractors quickly took down the dangerous tree in Oaklands, and Shepway District Council took down the trees that had fallen into the canal on Town Bridge. The damage to the swimming pool took longer to repair, but the roof is now repaired and the pool is open. Even though they will grow again, it’s sad when beautiful trees have to be cut down, but of course we have to put people’s safety first.
A historic oil painting of the view of Hythe town and surrounding area looking out to sea, has been returned to the ownership of Hythe Town Council. The large painting was part of Hythe library collection when it was managed Coastal Landscape in Kent, Artist Unknown, by the town’s Oil on Canvas administration. When, in 1974 with Local Government Reorganisation, the library came under the umbrella of Kent County Council, the collections moved ownership too. In the following years the painting was moved out of town and stored securely with the county art collection, but sadly no longer on public view. The painting was included in the Public Catalogue Foundation. When the printed catalogue for Kent was published it was seen by Hythe Civic Society who recognised the painting. They were instrumental in having this artwork returned to public display in the Town’s library around 10 years ago. The painting had a poor quality frame which had begun to deteriorate over the years. KCC has funded the recent cleaning and reframing of the artwork before its return to Hythe Town Council. Kent County Council had great delight in gifting the painting to Hythe Town Council, in an event at the Library on 31 January 2017. Mr Mike Hill, MEM represented KCC in handing the painting to Deputy Mayor Paul Peacock and Mayoress Ann Mayne, in the presence of officers of HTC, KCC and the Chairman of Hythe Civic Society Christopher Melchers. For further information contact Murray Evans at Kent County Council Press Office on 03000 416071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Staying organised and focused is an issue for many people today, both at work and at home. Here are 7 strategies to help you to declutter, get organised and be more productive. 1
Find tools and apps to help you to simplify and systemise the things that you need to get done. There are many options depending on what you are trying to get done at home and in your business. Here are a few that I recommend to get you started: • Evernote – your external brain; keep notes online, organised in notebooks to keep your projects, ideas and inspirations handy; • Dropbox – keep your files online safe, synced and easy to share; • Camscanner – turn your phone and tablet into a scanner for intelligent document management; • Habitlist – create good habits, break unhealthy ones and be a better you; • Todoist – online task management and to do list; • Pocket – save articles and videos to view later. 2
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If you can identify the 3 most important tasks that you need to get done before you start your day, it can really help you to be more focused during your day. Urgent tasks can often get in the way so try to carve out the time to work on the 3 tasks that you have decided upon, which are unlikely to be urgent, but are most definitely important. Having said that, it can be helpful for some people to ‘knock off’ a few of your more urgent and quick tasks early on to give you a sense of achievement and to ‘get you going’ with task achievement before knuckling down for the important, and likely, more challenging tasks.
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Did you know that we don’t really multi-task? Instead what we are doing when we think we are multi-tasking is switching very quickly between multiple tasks. Each time we do this we are stopping and starting a task, which means that we aren’t properly focused on any of them. The human brain works better when it is devoted to one train of thought. Research backs up this belief, showing that multi-taskers suffer higher levels of stress and anxiety, and more disorganisation too. 4
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If you are processing your inbox whether virtual or real, handle each item only once. Don’t leave things to one side to deal with later. When you are processing your intray/inbox, take the approach of ‘triage’ so that you do the task, delegate it, delete it or put it into your task management system. Don’t just leave it while you decide what to do with it. It creates clutter and is only delaying a decision, which stops you getting things done. 5
How much stuff do you really need? Is your office cluttered with items and paperwork that you don’t need or use? It’s much easier to keep focused and organised if you have less stuff taking up space and causing problems with
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Many people have a tendency to say yes to most requests for help. That can mean that your time is often filled with other people’s priorities and you have less time to focus on your own. Sometimes just saying no to these requests can help you to free up your time to focus on the important tasks that you have on your list. One tip is to avoid giving an answer immediately when asked to do things for other people. Stall by saying you will check your diary and tasks and get back to them. You will then have time to properly evaluate whether you want to devote your time to whatever task is being asked of you. 7
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Did you know that everything in your field of vision is being continually processed by your eyes and mind. Clear your workstation of everything but the essentials you need to do your work and you will find your ability to stay organised and focused improves. This applies to your computer desktop, your files and your smartphone apps too. Organising them can help you to find things more easily as well as to be more focused.
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Let’s face it, everybody loves a puppy. Those big brown eyes, that beguiling look, the puppy smell and that amusing inquisitive nature with a need to snuggle up to a warm vibrant body. But which one to choose?
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Spring into Action for Cats! by Jenny Wolfe
The work of the Folkestone and Hythe Branch of Cats Protection involves taking in stray, abandoned and unwanted cats, which are all blood tested, flea and worm treated, microchipped, fully vaccinated and neutered by us (where required).
Cats are then placed with fosterers until they are rehomed. As this may take several months, they are kept warm, well-fed and given lots of attention in that time. Many cats come in with health problems: older cats need further blood tests to ensure they are in good health before re-homing. Many need dental treatment, teeth removed or cleaned etc, and some older cats require further ongoing or specialist treatment. Now that Spring is here, the branch is busier than ever, as the ‘kitten season’ begins and the number of unwanted kittens gets ever bigger. To help with this problem, the charity is offering a heavily subsidised neutering scheme for cats living with people on benefits or low incomes, so cat owners can get their pets neutered for just £5. Cats are prolific breeders and recent research shows that 68% of litters of kittens in the UK are unplanned, with one female capable of having up to 18 kittens a year! They can also start breeding at a very young age, so the charity recommends cats are neutered from four months of age. Cats that are neutered lead happier, healthier lives and this is one of the most important ways to protect their welfare. A neutered cat is less likely to spray, less likely to roam and also less likely to fight. Neutering also helps guard against disease as fighting cats are more at risk of life-threatening diseases that can be transmitted through biting and saliva. The branch also traps, neuters and returns local feral cats to their inhabited area and provides cat food to people who are feeding stray cats in their neighbourhood. All of this work is carried out by unpaid volunteers and costs a great deal of money. Most of the funds raised come from the shop in Hythe High Street, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. The recent refurbishment was a big hit with loyal customers – who were queuing outside the shop on the day of re-opening! The new, lighter facilities are much improved and over 200 customers visited on the first day, taking advantage of the many bargains available! With so many stray and abandoned cats coming to the attention of the branch, it is again seeking ‘whole house fosterers’. This means caring for a cat until a permanent home can be found. Cats' Protection pay all expenses so you will never be out of pocket. If you would like to have a cat around, but don't want to take on a permanent cat of your own, this is a really good solution.
The Folkestone and Hythe Branch is part of a national network of over 200 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres that help around 200,000 cats each year.
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Here at Hythe Vet Centre we want to deliver the very best in professional veterinary care whilst maintaining a loving, caring and family ethos. After a long search for the right place for our passion, we believe that we have found it, here in Hythe. At Hythe Vet Centre we have invested in various new facilities and equipment that will allow us to provide excellent diagnostic and treatment options for your animals, with 24 hour emergency care on site. THESE INCLUDE: • Dedicated parking. • Purpose built surgical theatre, imaging suite and kennels. • Spacious waiting area and large consulting rooms. • X-ray machine with digital processor allowing faster developing times. • An ultrasound scanner similar to those used in human hospitals. • Heated theatre table – to keep your loved ones cosy warm! • Air driven dental machine, not unlike what you would find at your own dentist! • The latest veterinary practice computer system – this will increase the efficiency of the mundane administration side of things. • An oxygen concentrator - this will provide the oxygen that we will use during anaesthetics. Its biggest bonus is that it means that we will not need regular oxygen bottle deliveries, reducing our environmental impact.
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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25th Hi Kent Quiz @ Hythe Cricket & Squash Club. 7pm for 7:30pm. Tables of 6. £8 per head to include a delicious ploughman’s supper. Further details from Hi Kent on 01622 691151 or email@example.com. Please support your local Deaf Charity.
on MARCH 2017 2nd Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘Mornington Lockett & Dick Pearce’ ‘Back Together’ plus the Dave Barry Trio. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 4th
Concert – The Hank Wangford Trio @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe CT21 6FL. 7pm for 7:30pm. Tickets £15 available from Artwrite, 90a High Street, Hythe or Shane Record Art Studios, 19-21 Old High Street, Folkestone. For further details see www.tintabernacle.co.uk or ring 07834 761516. 4th ‘Mikado’@ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Local singers present a Concert Performance in support of Demelza House and “Jessie’s fund”. Tickets £12. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925. 7th Hythe Community Cinema screening of ‘Raise the Red Lantern’, 7:30pm @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe. Free membership available on the door. Tickets £5 or £3 for Hythe Cinema Card holders. For further details see www.hythecommunitycinema.co.uk
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9 Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘The Steve Waterman All Star Septet’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email email@example.com or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 11th Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm 11th Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe 7:30pm. James Short (Organ scholar at St Leonard’s Church). Tickets £12, available at Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe or at the Church door prior to the concert. See www.stleonardschurchhythekent.org 14th Hythe Civic Society Talk, Imogen Corrigan, ‘The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo’ 7:30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, Non-members £2.00. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details. 16th Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘Marlene Verplanck & Her Trio”. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 17th ‘Titter Ye Not’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Tickets £10. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925.
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18 Elkie Brooks @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ 19th ‘Twinkle and Teddys Big Day Out’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Baby Ballet from Ashford, Biddenden and Folkestone present this delightful show. Performances at 1pm and 4pm. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925. 23rd Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘The Humphrey Lyttleton Band”. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email email@example.com or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 25th Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm. 25th The gates of the Elham Valley Line Trust, Peene, Folkestone CT18 8AZ open for the season at 10am 'till 5pm. They are open from then every weekend and Bank Holiday until the end of November with many special events throughout the season. Visit www.elhamvalleylinetrust.org or www.facebook.com/ElhamValley LineTrust.Official for more details.
25th Concert @ Saltwood Church. Lyminge Choral Society present ‘Cantores Dominicae’. Tea and cake for the audience at 5:15pm followed by the concert at 6pm. 26th Mothering Sunday @
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Drive a train sessions for mums and much more. See www.rhdr.org.uk for further details and booking. 26th Mother’s Day Lunch @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Three course special lunch for £27.95. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk 28th Hythe Civic Society Talk, Christopher Shaw, ‘Shornecliffe: it’s Past, Present and Future’ 7:30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, Non-members £2.00. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details. 30th Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘Derek Nash’s Tenor Madness’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk
APRIL 2017 1st – 2nd Kent’s Big Weekend. A chance for the people of Kent to apply for free tickets to over 100 of the county’s participating visitor attractions. To find out more about the Big Weekend and how to apply for your free tickets see www.mybigweekend.co.uk 1st Chas & Dave @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ 2nd Feeder @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/
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on 4th Hythe Community Cinema screening of ‘Timbuktu’, 7:30pm @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe. Free membership available on the door. Tickets £5 or £3 for Hythe Cinema Card holders. For further details see www.hythecommunitycinema.co.uk 4th Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘The Craig Milverton Quartet’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email email@example.com or visit www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 5th
Pasha – Let’s Dance The Night Away @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ 6th Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ 6th – 8th FHODS Youth Section present ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For performance times and ticket information see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925. 8th Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm. 8th
Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe 7:30pm, ‘Dominic Alldis Trio’. Tickets available at Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe or at the Church door prior to the concert. See www.stleonardschurchhythekent.org for full details.
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9th Carano Arts & Crafts Fair @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe, Princes Parade, Hythe CT21 6AE. 10am4pm. Free admission. High quality handcrafted goods with a varied mix of crafts on offer. 10th – 14th Easter Workshop – ‘Colour’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Song and dance workshop for kids aged 7-18. 9:30am-4:30pm daily culminating with a performance on 14th. For full details and booking see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 11th Hythe Civic Society Talk, Catherine Spencer, ‘From Rugby Pitch to Business Pitch’ 7:30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, Nonmembers £2.00. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details. 12th Paul Weller @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ 13th Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘Georgina Jackson & Pete Long with the Chris Ingham Trio’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 20th Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘Gordon Campbell & Robbie Harvey Quintet’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email email@example.com or see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 22nd Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm.
22nd Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe 7:30pm, ‘Fiddle & Faff’ – Christine Adams and Lissie Bayford. Tickets available at Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe or at the Church door prior to the concert. See www.stleonardschurchhythekent.org for full details. 22nd FHODS Youth Section – Brigadier Thomas Memorial Competion @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925. 25th Hythe Civic Society Talk, Bob Ogley, ‘The Great Storm and How it changed my life’. 7:30pm @ Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. Members £1, Nonmembers £2.00. See www.hythecivicsociety.org for further details. th
27 Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘Jazzin Jolson–with an All Star Cast’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 28th The Shires @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ 29th Open Garden, Plant and Craft sale @ Saltwood Castle. 10am-4pm. In aid of charity and the restoration of the Castle. For further details see www.saltwoodcastle.com th
29 Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe 7:30pm, ‘Daniel Cook (sub-organist at Westminster Abbey)’. Tickets available at Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe or at the Church door prior to the concert. See www.stleonardschurchhythekent.or g for full details. 30th Reginald D Hunter @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/
MAY 2017 2nd Folkestone Jazz Club present the Best of British Jazz @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone – ‘The Christchurch University Big Band directed by Steve Waterman’. 8:00pm Tickets £12. For further details call 01303 277175, email email@example.com or see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 2nd Hythe Community Cinema screening of ‘Salt of the Earth’, 7:30pm @ The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe. Free membership available on the door. Tickets £5 or £3 for Hythe Cinema Card holders. For further details see www.hythecommunitycinema.co.uk 9th Hythe Civic Society AGM @ The Town Hall. High Street, Hythe. For full details see www.hythecivicsociety.org 11th Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe 12:30pm, Robert Drury ’Guitarra Romantica’. Tickets available at Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe or at the Church door prior to the concert. See www.stleonardschurchhythekent.org for full details. 13th Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm. 13th – 14th
90th Anniversary Steam & Diesel Gala @ Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Featuring the most unusual timetable to date and the ’90 Mile Challenge’. See www.rhdr.org.uk for tickets and further details. 17th – 20th
FHODS present ‘Ladies in Lavender’ @ The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For full details see www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925. 21st Carano Arts & Crafts Fair @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe, Princes Parade, Hythe CT21 6AE. 10am4pm. Free admission. High quality handcrafted goods with a varied mix of crafts on offer. 27th Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm.
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Hythe’s Guided Town Walks by David Paton 2
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As one of the ancient Cinque Ports, Hythe has a long history of tradition, ceremony and buildings which are described on numerous historical information boards displayed at important locations around the town. However, the Hythe Civic Society (some 830 members) felt that a Guided Town Walk linking these locations would be a more personal and interesting way to tell of Hythe’s exciting journey through the history which has formed the town as it is today. Consequently, many years ago, volunteers from the Society began providing guided walks starting at the Town Hall, which itself is of great interest, but is not normally open to the public. The guided walks are still organised by the Civic Society and so, from June to September every year, each Thursday at 10.30am, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide is available at the Town Hall in the middle of the High Street, to conduct a guided walk around ‘old Hythe’. This concludes with a visit to the imposing Church of St Leonard high above the town with its amazing collection of ‘skulls and bones’ in the Crypt. The walk takes place, whatever the weather, even with just one person, but usually some 10/12 people taking part, with many more on the daily walks during the Hythe Festival week and in Venetian Fete week. Also, by appointment, guided walks are available all the year round to groups, usually on a weekday or Saturday. This year has been a record year with 461 people taking part. The town walkers generally fall into three categories, the main group being visitors to the town from all over the world, some with past Hythe connections or visiting local relations and friends. The remainder are local residents, either
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new to the town/Shepway or who have lived here for many years and always meant to join a tour, but did not get around to doing so until retirement! They are young and not so young. A quiz is available if required for younger children, but there is no exam for anyone! The tour starts upstairs in the Town Hall Council Chamber where Hythe Town Council have long met, with a 15 minute talk by the guide on Hythe’s history and development from the nearby Roman port to a community of fisherman, then through the glory days when
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One of the features of the town walks is that there is no formal script for the guides to follow, so they give their own views, stories and interpretations of history and events. This personal approach also applies to the route taken, although all will incorporate ‘Centuries’ the oldest house in Hythe, the High Street and its alleyways – once the beach and port area – and the unique Royal Military Canal (or ‘Defensive Ditch’ as some might say) near to the centre of the Town with its ‘kinks for cannons’ positions stretching out over Romney Marsh towards Rye and Hastings. Consequently, The Royal Staff Corps Barracks was built (where Sainsbury’s now stands), which later became the Army School of Musketry, then the Small Arms School until 1968, with now only the firing from the Army Ranges to remind us of those military times.
One of the features of the town walks is that there is no formal script for the guides to follow, so they give their own views, stories and interpretations of history and events. Hythe was an important seaport providing Ships Service for the Sovereign to cross to France and defend the Channel. Later, the town survived despite serious losses at sea, fires and pestilence, then via smuggling (where was the ‘Look Out’?) to become the front-line town of forts and Martello Towers when Napoleon threatened invasion. Then the Twentieth Century with the First World War and later the ever - present threat of invasion during the Second World War, until reaching its present form as a welcoming and vibrant, modern small town which proudly retains the tradition and ceremony of its past glories.
However, the canal has left a grand legacy of walks and water activities for the town to add to its seafront and still bustling High Street, with its wonderful mix of ancient and modern buildings and shops selling a wide range of goods and services. So, please join us, on any Thursday at 10.30am, June to September, at the Town Hall for a leisurely walk lasting around an hour and a half. You will probably learn something new about the town! Or organise a group for a guided town walk and tour of St Leonard’s.
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by Paul Apps UA
The adventure begins So, in the very first article I tried, indeed hoped, that I had created a keen interest in the artists among you, to think seriously about painting en plein air. Well, if I have whetted your appetite to explore the plein air experience then you’ll definitely need to read this article!
By simply taking your materials and brushes outside you can make the outdoors your very own studio. En plein air, which broadly translates as ‘in open air’, is merely three words and, as such, not to be feared but embraced. Painting outside is such a great way to make art. By simply taking your materials and brushes outside you can make the outdoors your very own studio. So, having decided to give it a go, what do you need? As I mentioned in my first article, you can simply start by observing the outside with just a pencil, eraser and sketchbook, making studies of places that interest you. If you have a small watercolour palette and brushes then making colour studies is the next step. I recommend a watercolour block instead of a spiral pad, it will hold your work firmly without needing to stretch the paper first. However, watercolour is not your only choice of medium. Plein air artists have used all paint mediums since painting outside became popular in the mid-19th century. Oil paint is widely used these days and was first championed by the Impressionists. The creation of zinc paint tubes allowed oil colour to be safely transported. This development freed artists from the need to take field studies back to the studio to be reworked and allowed the Impressionists to focus directly on painting the environment and light around them. Things have moved on and painting equipment has become, thankfully, more
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compact and the choice of kit type has grown with demand. There are many options from the cheap to the very expensive. However, the cheapest option isn’t necessarily the best in the long term. My advice is to shop around. As with paints and brushes, it pays to invest wisely. Artist quality paints, in any medium, are richer in pigment and offer a greater refinement of painting experience. Quality not quantity counts, buy the best materials you can afford. Bearing that caveat in mind, a great way to get going en plein air is to buy a ‘French easel.’ It can work outside and in the studio and great artists such as Edward Seago used one almost exclusively, both at home and on location. It can be a tricky piece of kit to assemble – it reminds
me of an old deckchair when assembling! That said though, it’s a great all-rounder whilst not costing the earth. You will also need something to paint on. Canvas-covered painting panels are a good choice and here cheaper ones, such as Loxley and Frisk to name but two, are almost as good quality as more expensive brands. Even better, buy 2.5mm MDF boards and prime them yourself with acrylic gesso. It’s easy and cheaper too as many panels can be prepared at the same time. Just a few last things and you’re almost set. You will need rags and a panel carrier. You can buy this or make one yourself. It will need plastic channeling to slide your wet oils into to protect them, and your car, from wet paint whilst preserving your hard-won effort in the field. Luckily, there is no need for solvents to clean brushes as non-solvent material, such as Zest-it, have proven their worth and make oil painting safer, both for us and for our fragile environment. Now, travelling as light as you can, go out and explore the plein air experience. Truly, it doesn’t get better than this, painting in the field under warm summer skies in the company of a friend or painting buddy with food, drink and sketchbook to hand. Walk around your chosen location and examine all the possibilities. Make some sketches. Then, when you are fully immersed, set up your easel and begin to paint. The outcome may surprise you! Trust me, after 35 years as a professional artist plein air keeps me keen and hungry to paint more. Catch you next time around…
Small Arms School reinforces historic links with Hythe by Nick Hilditch, Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer
In June 1853 Colonel Hay arrived in Hythe with a small staff of officers to create a training establishment for rifles and muskets. Soldiers had for some time relied on massed ranks of brutal musket fire in battle, but the rifle – which had a longer range and much better accuracy – had made the old tactics redundant. Since the 1830s,British colonial expansion in southern Africa had been marked by skirmishes and wars against the Boers (white, Dutch settlers who opposed Britain). The Boers relied on mobility, stealth, marksmanship and initiative while the British emphasised the traditional military values of command, discipline, formation and synchronised firepower. Losing so many men to the Boer tactics, it was recognised that the British army needed to bring itself up to date, and the idea for the Small Arms School was born. It was originally named the School of Musketry – a misnomer as muskets were already being withdrawn from service – yet the art of the use of long arms to this day is sometimes known as musketry.
The original badge of the School was crossed rifles surmounted by a crown. In 1929 the present badge was introduced, consisting of crossed rifles and a Vickers machine gun, surmounted by a crown and surrounded by a laurel wreath. Together with other historical artefacts, you can see a General Purpose machine gun in the Hythe museum. If you haven’t been, the museum is located between the library and the Hythe Town Council offices in Oaklands, Stade Street. You can find memorabilia depicting the civic and social history of the town, together with reminders of the importance of the Small Arms School Corps to the nation. Since its origins,the Small Arms School Corps (as it was renamed in 1929) has had a long and close relationship with Hythe. It was granted honorary freeman ship of the town in 1953, and many residents will remember the impressive display of military precision when the Corps exercised its ‘Freedom to March'
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through the town during its 150th Anniversary on 20 August 2003. In late February 2017, representatives of the school visited the museum and the council offices to discuss future plans with museum curator Kevin Bailey and town clerk Nick Hilditch. Richard Fisher from Cranfield University is writing a new hardback book on the history of the Corps and he was accompanied by Lt Col (Ret’d) John Whitchurch, RSM Neil Guerin, retired majors John Pattison and Reg Timblick and other soldiers from the Corps. We will let you know when the book is available to purchase.
There is already a plan for the Corps to return to Hythe in 2018 for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and it is hoped that there will be more opportunities to work together.
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We all have our new year resolutions in mind, and we all know that being more patient with our relatives, or trying the latest diet can be tedious, and that we might, more than likely, just give-up on these challenges before even making an attempt. There is actually a better way to achieve many goals we set for ourselves and it doesn’t require much effort, just a bit of time and an open-mind. This is the world of ‘Crafting’. We all know what a hobby or pastime is, but for most of us we stopped taking the time to craft. We don’t learn crafts such as sewing, knitting, wood-work or metal-work at school the way we used to some decades ago. Crafting is the art of design and fabrication, but nowadays it is so much easier to buy something than to make or repair things. We lost the habit, or maybe never even developed the skills to make things ourselves. But we could also ask ourselves: why would we buy a woollen scarf or hat when we could so easily knit one at home? Why do we purchase plastic carrier bags when we could actually sew the cutest tote bags in town to go shopping with? Why do we order online Made in China birthday gifts when we could make that little newborn baby a nice hand-made bib or blanket? Crafting is probably the best way to create the most valuable and meaningful gifts for any occasion be it Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, end of school year – don’t forget teachers and nannies! Including children in craft is also a good way to develop their autonomy, their creativity and to give them real values for the future. Crafting can be a slow activity that requires patience, which for some people can be frustrating at first, but it also brings great benefits. There is indeed so much more in crafting than just the final product. Crafting is like an adventure where the journey is as important as the destination itself: enjoying the trip (here the process of making) should be as enjoyable and rewarding as arriving to the final place (here the finished object). The art of creating something yourself is actually a highly rewarding process. Using your hands rather than your head, keeping them busy to make sure your brain can relax and cool down, is a rather calming and soothing activity – anybody who loves gardening or cooking could tell you that. Crafting is just the same. There are plenty of choices: knitting, sewing, painting, jewellery making, refurbishing vintage pieces of furniture… You can just pick one and see how it goes.
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• Search for step-by-step tutorials online: Pinterest and YouTube are full of them. • Browse the web hopping from blog to blog (and you will be surprised to see how many wonderful crafty blogs there are in the UK) to find inspiration and easy DIY projects to test. • Register for a course online or take part in a creative workshop near your home. • Talk about it to a friend or a relative who enjoys crafting already. • Visit a craft shop to ask for advice and discover all the beautiful supplies and tools they have on offer. Luckily we can easily find and do all of that in Hythe. Take a walk down the High Street (and the lanes too!) to discover all the crafty addresses around town. Charity shops are also a good place to find raw material for only a few pounds. Don’t be afraid to ask around, people do like sharing their knowledge and might recommend crafty places or venues to go to. So pick up a nice creative and crafty magazine at your local newsagent, put the kettle on and enjoy the beginning of a very crafty year to come!
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A time of great danger approaches by John Stevens, Registered Osteopath and Acupuncturist
After Winter’s icy blast, a warm glow will engulf us. This warm glow will raise a multitude, sloth-like from our sofas, prise us from the fireside and television and propel us into our gardens.
Our domains, the shrubbery, lawns, flower beds and vegetable plots will beckon and plead to be rescued from chaos. So we, armed with pitch forks and spades, like mad zealots, will set to and before you have time to say ‘lumbago’, be stretchered off the field like the poor in the Peasant’s Revolt. It is a time of great joy for Osteopaths as we appraise these wretches with a critical eye, accompanied by much tutting and shaking of the head.
are you will not have broken anything serious such as your neck. Anyhow, with a bit of inquisitorial questioning together with some pulling, pushing and poking, an educated guess can be made as to what is going on. THEN THE PENANCE BEGINS You will be subjected to a bizarre and ancient ritual, accompanied by a mantra consisting of the words ‘relax this will not hurt you’, of fantastic
You can have as much medicine, manipulation, massage or magic as you like, but the only thing that will stabilise your back is exercise. We will then gravely announce that you have a nasty twisted back. This does not require genius, although we hope you think it does. It will be plainly obvious as your eyes will be looking over your left shoulder whilst your feet are hobbling to the right. So as long as you haven’t been ambitious enough to have fallen out of a tree, the chances
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manoeuvres (usually painless you will be pleased to know) when the twisted bits will be twisted back again. Then as you leave, leaping like a gazelle, you will joyfully cast your walking stick onto the pile by the door. If, however, you do not feel like contributing to the Osteopaths Benevolent Fund, there are a few things that you can do.
Osteopathic manipulation will often get you out of trouble very quickly. Afterwards you will need to rehab with the aim of making your back strong. You can have as much medicine, manipulation, massage or magic as you like, but the only thing that will stabilise your back is exercise. It almost does not matter what you do, within reason, but you need to do it. Yoga, Pilates, cycling, swimming, walking, oh and I forgot, gardening, are all good, but take them by degrees. You need to warm up properly before you start and vary your activity.
It is also worth mentioning it is pretty widely thought that exercise, together with eating real food and avoiding pollution provide great benefit in the protection and avoidance of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many others and it is certainly an important element in the current search for longevity. Good luck and happy gardening.
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Spring Gardening by Mark Whyte
Winter has been fairly typical this year with bouts of cold frosty weather mixed with the inevitable wind and rain. The year started where if some non-hardy plants were not protected from the frost, damage could have occurred, so keep an eye out for blackened woody stems and remove them from the plant or shrub.
Spring is upon us now, many gardeners’ favourite season, (mine included) and for some very good reasons; bright new life, the smell of freshly cut grass and of course, nature’s own orchestra of birdsong. Living in Hythe, we are lucky enough to take advantage of a sunnier and warmer climate than many places in England and so we can look forward to early arrivals of bulbs. Last year, bluebells made an early appearance, by some three weeks in places. Even in spring, some people tell me that their
garden is at a stage where there is nothing more to do, or they can’t see a way of improving it. Nevertheless, however small your plot, or your budget, you can always enhance or adapt, and even small changes can make an enormous difference. A garden has so many dimensions that it will keep any gardener with a germ of creativity inspired. This spring, you could add plants to an existing perennial bed, fill a mini stock bed full of home-propagated treasures, or pave a secluded sun trap (as long as the weather forecasters don’t predict a BBQ Summer). We all strive for perfection and hope that on the
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odd few days over the following growing season, whatever the weather throws at us, we might just achieve it. Before planning any new planting, decide on the look you want. Contemporary, traditional, cottage or natural are some options. Whatever options you are putting in place for your garden this spring, always bear in mind our location on the coast; this does unfortunately rule out some trees, shrubs and plants which cannot cope with the salty air. There are many alternatives though
which actually thrive in the coastal conditions and I feel are under used. Even though it is spring and we are on the balmy south coast, it is worth keeping an eye out for late frosts. If this does happen, you can protect bulbs and sturdy plants by earthing up and fleecing non-hardy seedlings. To be honest, the list of things to do in spring could take up this entire magazine and possibly put you off gardening for life, but we all know the pleasures of being outside and tinkering in the back garden on a warm spring day. The key is to enjoy being out in your garden, relishing the fresh air and outdoor space you have created.
Below are a list of jobs to be cracking on with during spring. My advice would be to undertake some of the early tasks as soon as possible, so you’re not racing around ‘fighting fire’ during the growing season. 1
Cut back any plants or shrubs designed for winter interest eg, Cornus (dogwood) or Salix (willow).
Prune roses ready for new growth. Most can take a hard cut back to produce more flowers.
Start mowing the lawn. Take just a little off the first couple of cuts to encourage growth.
Fertilise grass with a spring feed and consider feeding roses and other perennials. Roses particularly like a spring and summer feed, which will affect the flower duration.
If you haven’t already top-dressed beds with compost over the winter, early spring is the last chance. Don’t forget the pots.
If you would like a good display of summer flowering bulbs, this is the time to plant gladioli, lilies or dahlias.
This is also the season when you should sow your vegetables.
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175g (6oz) plain flour 175g (6oz) milk or plain Chocolate chips METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4. Grease two baking trays. Put the caster sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir them together with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Break the egg into the mixture and beat well. Add the vanilla with a measuring spoon into the mixture and stir well. Sift the flour into the bowl and stir it in. When the mixture is nice and smooth stir in 100g (4oz) of the chocolate chips. The rest will be used later. Put a tablespoon of the mixture onto a baking sheet and carry on until you have used up all the mixture. Flatten each cookie slightly with the back of a fork and then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips onto the cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-14 minutes, until they are pale golden brown. They should be a little soft in the middle. Leave the cookies for a few minutes and then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Writer’s notes: I doubled up the amounts to make 24 cookies and needed to cook mine for a little longer to get them to be golden brown.
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Your aim is to create as many words of 2 letters or more using the letters in the word wheel only once in each word and always including the letter in the centre of the wheel. No proper names are allowed.
Eden Hazard? (9,5)
We can be souls, ever evolving (9)
10 Nets cast near edge of sea (5)
Arabs at sea in Iraq’s port (5)
11 Tungsten, Gold, Potassium, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Actinium: elements primarily found in a laboratory perhaps (9)
Mon-Wed: it's alternate days when machines are not used (9)
Chilling with partner diving in a lake (5)
12 Graceful, say, dressed in style with a touch of taste? (7)
Shortcut to success? Go without food and song (4,5)
13 Ask to consume entrée before, with no beef essentially (7)
Mamluk, a servant keeping order (5)
Where we might see stars in the dark? (7)
A story on death (6)
14 Leader of darkness and wickedness (5) 16 Schedule a meeting and take a dame out (4,1,4) 19 Cooking tip of sirloin in roasts, they start fires (9) 20 Bow (noun): Part of a ship, on the outer side (5) 22 Send parcel to Jersey? (7) 25 Put into office at home, say (7) 27 Segregate nuts for chocolate offering? (6,3)
15 Most miserable in school, one lies tormented (10) 17 American diplomat snogging British Queen (9) 18 Extraordinary leader overwhelmed by Asian borders? (9) 19 Topless… benign… like Venus de Milo? (7) 21 Take a leak up in rest room (6)
28 Forms of communication in ancient part of Persia (5)
23 One's appeal for conflict (5)
29 Harry Potter's scar starts to pain, throwing off a game of Quidditch? (9,5)
26 Add review (3,2)
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HL Sports Welcome to the Spring edition of Hythe Life Sports. In this issue we have an update on how Hythe Town FC are doing this season, we hear how Saltwood CC are preparing for the new season plus details of their youth cricket programme for this year and news of a change of name for our youth football club.
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The transfer window affects all levels of football and in Hythe’s case it led to the inevitable happening - prolific striker Alfie May was snapped up by League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers. The step up from non-league football to the professional leagues is a big one, but a talent as bright as May’s can surely only shine. May’s departure leaves a big hole in Hythe’s attack but with Alfie’s cousin Jay May already scoring and the addition to the team of Dean Grant from Sittingbourne, the Cannons can still fire themselves to promotion. The Cannons have also signed young winger Kieron Campbell from Faversham and experienced midfielder Owen Price from Chatham Town.
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Playoﬀs in sight for the Cannons At the time of writing Hythe sit in 4th place in the league with a couple of games in hand over their nearest rivals. They have an excellent chance to make it into the league playoffs and to fight for promotion. Let’s hope when we next report that the Champagne corks will be popping!
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New name for Hythe’s junior football teams means stronger future Hythe Stars and Stripes FC is changing its name to Hythe Town Youth FC. The change will be implemented at the start of next season 2017-2018 and follows a vote of members where 137 out of 181 voted for the change. The club is very pleased with the result. The Chairman commented: “It means we will now be affiliated to Hythe Town so our teams from Under 13’s can play in the Kent League, something they were not given the option to do before. This is a great opportunity for our players. It means they will have games against teams from further afield so will have more competition. It also means we have a way of progressing our youth through to our senior team.” He continued: “Previously we were losing some of our Under 13’s players to other clubs who could play in the Kent League because they wanted to play different teams and a wider area, to get more competition. We were losing good players who could one day have joined our seniors.” The Club Committee are keen for Hythe Youth to become a strong club within the Kent League. Nothing about the club will change with the name – the ethos and its history will remain. The club is investing its subscriptions wisely with its FA training programme for coaches and new kit and equipment for the players.
All coaches have had the latest safeguarding training in line with recent FA guidance and all our coaches are DBS checked to ensure the safety of our players. The Chairman went on to say: “We want to make Hythe Youth a bigger and better club. We won’t see a difference immediately as we need to build the teams and get more coaches on board, but we are very excited about our future and hope that one day some players from the youth section will represent Hythe Town FC.” The name change affects all junior teams from Under 7’s to Under 16’s. Under 18’s will remain as Hythe Town.
TEAM INFORMATION Information about the teams is on the Club website www.hythestartsandstripes.com. If you want to get involved with the club, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Saltwood CC looking ahead to the new season It’s another busy year ahead for Saltwood Cricket Club, starting rting with the annual NatWest CricketForce weekend on 1-2 April. il. This national programme aims to get clubs ready for the season eason ahead and to bring new members to the club. There are lots ts of jobs on the list and help is needed from local builders, electricians, gardeners and anyone who can wield a paint brush. rush. If you would like to lend a hand, please visit saltwoodcc.com/nwcf for more information. The ever popular junior cricket starts on Monday 17 April ril for boys and girls in Year 2 upwards, of any ability. All age groups are led by qualified coaches with help from the club’s b’s senior players, all of whom have passed CRB checks. Year 2 to Year 6 will be playing Kwik cricket (orange softball), ideal preparation for school tournaments and Year 7 upwards will ill be playing hardball cricket with all equipment provided. Saltwood ood CC will be running two open days where you can come along and have a go for free. Visit saltwoodcc.com/colts for more information.
NEW MEMBERS & SPECTATORS SPECTA TATORS New members and spectators are always welcome so please pop along to the club’s ground on any home match day and enjoy some competitive village league cricket. Visit saltwoodcc.com for match details.
Junior Cricket at Saltwood CC Session times: Years 2, 3, & 4 – 15:45 till 16:45 Years 5 & 6 – 16:45 till 17:45 Years 7+ 17:45 till 18:45
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2017 is a great time to join our friendly golfing community here at Sene Valley. Membership fees held down for the second year running. Sene Valley is challenging Henry Cotton designed course for players of all abilities and is known throughout Kent as a friendly Club. With stunning views from many holes over the Channel and the beautiful Kent Downs. This great value offer allows you to play golf at £17 per week. Want to get started? Aaron Galbraith, one of Kent’s best professional golfers is NO there to help. JOINING FEE For more information call 01303 262550
Full seven day Membership £890 Join before April and play for fee until 1st April 2017 Sene Valley Golf Club, Blackhouse Hill, Sene, Folkestone CT18 8BL T: 01303 268513 (Option 1) E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.senevalleygolfclub.co.uk
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