Life In Orpington March 2021

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ISSUE 25 . MARCH 2021


Local celebs is back! How to make your garden eco-friendly A T IM E T A E G A P E N O O M M U N IT Y C E H T G IN IR P IN S

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Welcome to Life in ORPINGTON... ...your local community magazine that has something to suit all tastes Nicky

It’s now been a year since the first UK lockdown – and what a year! Loneliness has become a real issue for many, not least for older members of our community. We recently read an article that highlighted how many elderly people are feeling lonely and isolated, which inspired us to come up with some ideas on how to make your elderly friends, neighbours and relatives feel more included and special… 1. Invite them to a family quiz or concert: A video conference for the whole family is a great way of staying connected. You could play games, enjoy a quiz or just good old-fashioned variety entertainment. You’ll have a laugh – and create some wonderful memories too. You might even make it a weekly occurrence! 2. Treat them with cake, a hamper or flowers – something to brighten their day and it’s a great way to show you care. There are plenty of local businesses that are open and willing to deliver if you can’t get there yourself. Try Laura’s Larder in Petts Wood, Tangent Office Supplies in Orpington High Street and Time For Flowers for starters, all of which you’ll find in this issue. 3. Keep their brain active - U3A (University of the Third Age) provides creative, educational and social activities for people in their ‘third age’ and is a way for people to socialise with others while face-to-face contact is limited. See this week’s noticeboard for more information. 4. Buy them dinner! Cooking for ourselves can get tedious after a while, so why not treat your elderly friend or relative to a meal. Try The Bank in Locksbottom for delicious Turkish cuisine or Liv-In-Chef, which offers different world-inspired menus every weekend. Again, you’ll find their details in this issue. 5. Get them moving – inform them about opportunities to keep active such as the over 70s exercise sessions by 80-year-old Diana Moran. Diana is leading exercise sessions on BBC Breakfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6.55am and 8.55am. This month’s issue features a Mother’s Day special with plenty of ideas to treat mum, plus the usual round-up of lifestyle features, community news plus your letters, pet pictures and insights. As ever, please continue to engage with us – you can write to us on email at


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Community News

Getting to know Orpington....................... 4 Write it, Say it, Message it PRIZE GIVEAWAY.................................... 7 Noticeboard.............................................. 8 Mayor's Voice......................................... 11 Local Celebs........................................... 12

What’s On This Month ............................................. 14

Lifestyle Puzzle Page - PRIZE GIVEAWAY........... 18 Business................................................. 19 Mother's Day Special............................. 20 Life Hacks............................................... 23 Ask The Experts..................................... 24 Home & Garden...................................... 27 Pets........................................................ 28 Classifieds.............................................. 29 Stockists................................................. 30 A Final Thought...................................... 31

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Until next month, stay safe.

Nicky and Lauretta Nicky Grant and Lauretta Wright, Editors

What are you watching on TV right now? Nicky: WandaVision - loving the weirdness of it. Lauretta: The Bay – but I had to start back at series 1!


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This month we have decided to dedicate our regular article page to a bit of unashamed promotion of our three books. The last year has been very difficult for everyone; our publisher has reminded us that presently there are more books being read than ever before which is great, but most of the book shops are shut! As a result, purchasing of books online has risen. Our publications are a ‘labour of love’. We teamed up with Amberley publishing in 2012 to ensure that our publications would be available far and wide. This also includes being made available in digital format. Any profit made by the OHO (which is a small royalty percentage) is used to fund our exhibition material, pay for our talks and to purchase items for our collection. Currently all tiles have a 10% discount. Prices include postage. Please visit

Around Orpington Through Time invites you to explore the fascinating history of Orpington and its district through 'then and now' photographs. The Industrial Revolution of the latter part of the 19th century had a big impact on the area, along with the coming of the railway in the 1860s, while the arterial road built in the 1920s changed Orpington forever. Orpington and the surrounding areas have played their part on the world stage, but it is the change within the past 100 years that this book focuses on. Covering Orpington, Chelsfield, Crofton, Downe, Farnborough, Green Street Green, Locksbottom, Petts Wood, Pratt's Bottom, St Mary Cray and St Paul's Cray, this is a 'must-have' step back in time for any resident or visitor familiar with the area. £17.99 including postage within the UK

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The Orpington and Around History Tour takes the reader on a historical tour. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited along to discover how Orpington’s most recognisable locations and hidden-away gems have changed over time. This book brings the previous book, Around Orpington Through Time, to life in a practical large pocket size book to make it easy to use whilst you tour. £11.19 including postage within the UK

Lost Orpington & Around presents a detailed portrait of a town and a way of life that has radically changed or disappeared, showing not just the buildings and industries that have gone, but also many popular places of leisure and entertainment. This fascinating photographic history of lost Orpington and the surrounding areas will appeal to all those who live here or know the area well, as well as those who remember it from previous decades. £17.99 including postage within the UK

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I live on the border of Green Street Green/Chelsfield and this morning whilst eating my breakfast, I spotted two grey squirrels darting around my garden. Nothing unusual as we are lucky to have lots of lovely birds and other 'wildlife' in the garden. However, the two grey squirrels I had seen darting about, were being chased by something white and I thought it was one of the cats. I had to double-take because I thought what looked like a white rat was in fact - a pure white squirrel! What an amazing sight. It was a beautiful white squirrel with a big fluffy tail and it didn't seem to have 'pink' eyes that most albino squirrels have. I wonder had anyone else seen this creature? I have read online that there is a 1 in 100,000 chance of seeing a white squirrel, so I feel quite lucky that I had the pleasure of seeing this lovely little animal! I still can't get over it, and still keep looking for him!

Thanks for all the social media likes David Hannam!

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A tribute to Tom... The pandemic has seen us sadly say goodbye to many people, people who have been taken before their time. It has denied family and friends the opportunity to be with them in their final hours, or unable to attend the funeral service. Heartbreaking. But at the beginning of the pandemic, a gentle, softly spoken man stepped forward, and gave us all hope. Now I know that 100 steps in the back garden may not seem a lot, but for this nonagenarian – (not far away from his 100th year either) he gave us more than his commitment to walk those steps. We listened to his story, we applauded his triumphs in the second world war, and we fell in love with him and his smartly dressed appearance - a dapper

turnout of blazer, shirt and tie, with medals, for every media opportunity. He spoke to our hearts, he reached out to others who, like him, found 100 steps challenging, for whatever reason, and gave them motivation. Something we all needed to feel. So let us salute this fine gentleman, let us applaud his efforts, and for giving us so much in the 10 months that he won our hearts for. His light shall continue to shine, and may we long remember this humble man, for all the right reasons. Thank you, Captain Sir Tom Moore (1920 – 2021) Written by Michelle Harvey (Michelle Harvey Life Celebrant)

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Remembering our lovely friend Tony Page who sadly passed away in January. We met Tony whilst Lauretta was having chemo at the PRUH; Tony was having treatment for Myeloma, a type of blood cancer and campaigned heavily to raise awareness of this. In fact, he wrote an article in the December 2019 issue of Life In Orpington on this. Tony was always so upbeat and optimistic, and could often be heard saying ‘It is what it is, so I’ll just get on with it’. Rest in peace Tony - you were a wonderful man, taken too early and we miss you.


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The Parish of All Saints in Orpingt on has outlined its Easter services, subject to governmen t lockdowns. However, all serv ices will be streamed for those una ble to attend in person.

28th March: Palm Sunday 9.30am procession of palms & sung holy communion with cho ir. 1st April: Maundy Thursday 8pm service with sung holy com munion & choir. 2nd April: Good Friday meditation - 12pm-2pm meditati on; 2pm - last hour worship. 4th April: Easter Day 6am vigil followed by breakfas t, 8am service from the Book of Common Prayer, 9.30am sung holy communion with choir, 3.30pm choral evensong. For more information call 0168 9 824624 or see www.allsaintsorpi uk and ntsOrpington/ 7, 49 or 490? When Peter asked Jesus how man y times he should forgive a broth er or sister who sinned against him, Jesus repli ed, “I tell you, not seven times but seventy seven times”. How do we begin to think about this, both on a personal case by case basis to the international stage ? Peter was probably thinking just this when Jesus answered his question. And yet, recall that Jesus tells us there is only one way to become truly victorious with our enemies, and that is to make them our friends—to bless them, pray for them and return their evil with good. Wha t Jesus is suggesting is, of course, nonsense; nons ense —unless we truly believe that Jesus is God ’s human face; unless we believe that he died and was resurrect ed for the entire world, not simply the Christian one; nons ense —unless we realise that retur ning good for evil derails the cycle of violence which yields a great surplus of hate and opens up a space for creativity: beginnin g again. We can look to the Lord ’s Prayer, which was what Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him how to pray : “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”. Beyond making enem ies friends, forgiveness brings another gift: it sets us free from the past and opens us to a future of hope. This is the foundation of rejoicing in all circumstances . “For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” This is the surest footing on which can can stand, and on which we— the communion of saints—can grow, go forth and walk into the stature that God wills for us. The Revd George M. Rogers, Vica r, The Parish of All Saints

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Poetry corner TROUBLED TIMES by Maureen Hillier

When all these troubled times have past And the world is right again Let’s hope some good will come From all this grief and pain Let’s remember how on Thursdays We stood outside our door Waving to our neighbours Something we have never done before We all had so much patience When standing in a queue If their shelves were empty Then we would just make do People in isolation Perhaps we have never met We would phone to ask what they might need Then leave their order on the step The short time we were given Just to exercise How precious were those moments With our family by our side Our gardens so well tended Many flowers will grow The Joy and happiness summer brings So many will never know They will never see the sun Or the blossom on the trees Or smell the fragrance of a rose Swaying in the breeze So as in time our memories fade Please keep them in your mind And make this world a better place Than the one they left behind

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MAYOR’S VOICE… I always find that Monday comes around quickly and there always seems to be a flurry of things happening and lined up for the week – not that I’m complaining of course; I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I have been particularly busy these last few weeks with the recording of weekly podcasts. Previous interviewees have included local mindfulness expert, Zeenat Noorani, ITV's 'The Chase' quiz chaser Paul 'Sinner Man' Sinha and, more recently, comedian Helen Lederer. If you’re looking for some light entertainment and are keen on catching up with the latest podcasts please visit

Looking ahead (and it hasn’t yet been confirmed), but I put myself forward as a marshal at a local vaccination centre. Fingers crossed I can get out there amongst the community and do what I like doing best – helping others. I always said that giving is receiving and it would mean a great deal to have first-hand experience at being involved in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. In last month’s column, I mentioned using the #ProudOfBromley hashtag where possible. I’ve now launched a new hashtag - #NominateALocalHero – where I’d like to encourage residents all across the borough to nominate someone who they think is a local hero. It would be great to give them some recognition. In other news, I recently sat on a fostering panel which I found quite poignant, but also uplifting in many ways. Foster families do such amazing work and I’m in awe of their dedication. Speaking of dedication, I also have to mention the nation’s teachers, who work incredibly hard to ensure our children continue to receive an education. I have huge amounts of respect for them and I’m just pleased that the infection rates are now coming down as the vaccination rates climb.

I’ve also continued to (virtually) attend events to show my support for various diary dates. I enjoyed an evening with fellow Mayors at the London Mayors Association's Burns night. There was a fascinating virtual tour of areas where Burns lived and worked by Andrew Baxter, a Blue Badge guide, who offered a great insight into the real Robbie Burns. I had the honour of holding a virtual service to commemorate Holocaust. The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was Be The Light In The Darkness. It was chosen to encourage everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways in which individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide. Please see for more information. In addition, I joined the Mayor of Ramsgate for their Holocaust meeting and prayers. It was a heart-warming event talking of light in the darkness, learning from the past and being kind in the future. It was very humbling and also well supported, with other Mayors in attendance.

Finally, a message regarding Captain Sir Tom Moore; he has been an inspirational example to us all and his legacy will live in our hearts forever. I’d like to wish his family much comfort as they celebrate his life and happily remember a national hero. Captain Tom has helped make our "Tomorrows" a good day. Until next month,

Cllr Hannah Gray Mayor of Bromley 2020-21

And amongst various other appointments, acknowledgements and speeches, I enjoyed a Bingo event supported by the Merton Mayor, Cllr Sally Kenny, and ended up winning! I think I was on a lucky streak that week.

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Local Celebs... Linda Regan

From Birds of a Feather and The Bill, to On The Buses and Hi-de-Hi!, local lass Linda Regan has graced our screens for the best part of 50 years. Here we grab Linda for a Q&A to find out what she’s been up to, who inspires her and what she’s planning next… Hi Linda – thanks for joining us. First up, what roles you have most enjoyed playing? Ah goodness - so many to choose from. I suppose playing Marilyn Monroe was a dream role. The play, The Legend, written by David Butler, told the story of the end of the screen goddesses’ life and her struggle with drug addiction, with flashbacks to her magical moments. I got to wear the long gold dress (well a replica of), and sing Happy Birthday to Bobby Kennedy, (the actor playing him). And also to wear the famous white dress that the wind blew around her making the iconic picture. I also loved playing Lady Macbeth; I think she is the best of all Shakespeare’s women and a gift of a role. TV wise, I did a series for Channel five called Harry and Cosh where I played Harry’s mum, which was a gift of a role.

Who do you admire in the industry? Mostly everyone; it is a hard career and takes tenacity. I love Kathy Ryan, and I adore Judy Dench in everything she does. I am a big fan of Richard Curtis’ writing, and I strongly admire all soap actors; they work around the clock, learning lines and making their character changes work.

Any close calls? Many. Here’s one I’ll never forget: When I played the lead in the West End in Dirty Linen, the Tom Stoppard play, one Saturday evening performance with a full house, one of the actors I was playing a scene with dropped his top teeth. Instead of coughing or turning away and removing them tactfully, he chose to carry on speaking with his top teeth slowly slipping, so they protruded from his lips. He would then suck them back into his mouth as the dialogue continued, only to have them slowly slide through his lips again. This carried on through the whole performance, and ashamedly, neither myself nor any of the other actors in the show could contain our giggling. I actually nearly wet myself. We all got a very strong telling off after the play had finished.


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Linda's latest book release, The Terror Within

What are your favourite things to watch? I love EastEnders. I think the acting is superb, and the story lines well researched. I am an obsessive Strictly fan. I get withdrawal symptoms after Christmas when I know I have to wait a year. I love Would I Lie To You, and I am always up for challenging myself in Pointless and The Chase.

As a published author (Linda’s latest thriller – The Terror Within – is out now), what books do you enjoy reading yourself? I read widely but I love police procedural thrillers and psychological thrillers. I adore chic-lit, and I reread the classics. My favourite author is Jilly Cooper.

When you’re not writing or learning lines, what do you enjoy doing? My favourite pastime is walking my much-loved Tibetan terrier in Farnborough Village. There’s so much open space and it’s so peaceful behind that beautiful church. I also love yoga; I try to do three classes a week.

Do you have any other hobbies? Only reading and cooking for my husband (actor Brian Murphy) who never stops eating and never puts on weight!

What’s your advice for anyone who wants to get into acting and writing? Work hard and don’t get disheartened. If you get rejected, don’t take it personally. Keep trying until someone says yes.

What’s your next project? I have a new book coming out this year. Acting wise, it is very quiet and a lot is on hold, due to Covid. I have plenty in the pipeline, but nothing solid at this moment.

What do I like about Life in Orpington magazine? I love all the adverts. If I am looking for someone to do a job, or a restaurant, I know I will find the information in there. I love the What’s On pages. The magazine is concise too, no waste in it and all about the borough.

What do you enjoy about living in the borough? I’ve lived in the borough since childhood. When I am away working, sometimes for months on end, I always look forward to coming home. There are great shopping centres here - The Glades, The Walnuts Centre - plus a fabulous choice of restaurants. I particularly love having lunch or breakfast in The Drawing Room in Locksbottom. We are also very lucky to have such a top-class hospital, The Princess Royal University Hospital, with top surgeons and doctors. There are country pubs a plenty nearby, and so many green spaces, all so near excellent transport links to London. Who could wish for more? I love Kent and would never want to be anywhere else in the world.

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NEW! Young entrepreneurs Lockdown has done something quite incredible to families up and down the country – and it has inspired people to become more creative in what they do. But even children are becoming entrepreneurial. When we heard that seven-year old Arthur had set up his own organic soap business and a website, we wanted to hear more. Here we ask Arthur some questions on how he started his business, what his aims are and what he loves about living locally. You could well be looking at a future Dragon from Dragon’s Den! Name: Arthur Powley-Mapp Name of Business: Bee A Real Hero Website:

A huge congratulations on launching your new business Arthur! When did you launch it and why?

Thank you very much! I launched it at the start of November 2020 because the bees needed help and I really really wanted to have my own business as well so it seemed like a good idea to solve both problems.

How did you set up your business? And where did the idea for the name come from? I took my pocket money that I had saved to my mum and gave it to her to buy the materials we needed to make the soap. When they arrived my mum and I made some sample soaps which we gave to people to see if they were nice. My mum only helped me with pouring the hot soap mixture into the moulds. I thought of the name by using the word “bee” at the start and the fact that you could be a real hero by helping them. I then bought my website name with my pocket money and used the online website builder with my dad doing the clicking and me typing the information. I then pressed the button to make it live and then website comes up!

What does Bee A Real Hero offer? I offer organic hand-made soaps which are £3 plus postage or free local delivery. The parcel also includes a little treat for the bees to help their environment. I also offer really nice local honey which is £5.50 and plants which bees like but I’m just growing those at the moment.

Where do you source your ingredients/products? I buy all of the ingredients separately and then mix them all together to make the soaps. I buy them from websites at the moment but once we can get out more I am looking forward to buying them from local shops.

Do you have plans to launch new products in the future? If so, what? Soon I am going to be making handmade candles using

local wax and these will be on my website as well. I’ve also got some more secret ideas for things and when they are made they will be added to my website.

Why do you believe it’s important to be ecoconscious and protect our planet? Because we don’t have another world like this one and we really need to look after it for everyone and everything and we can all enjoy the world that we are on.

What connections have you made locally with people or businesses? I have spoken to a really nice beekeeper who I buy my wax and honey from and also a really nice lady called Nada who helped me setup my website. They are both really nice people.

What is the best/worst thing about having your own business? The best thing is that I am helping the bees and that basically I’ve got my own business and I’m 7. The worst thing is there is no worst thing because I’m happy and enjoying it all.

What advice would you give to other children wanting to run their own business? I would give the advice that you need to help people or animals by running your business because if you help our environment and stick together then we will make the world a better place. Hopefully if more children read this then they will see that you can do anything.

When you are not busy running Bee A Real Hero, what do you like to do? I really like to build my own Lego creations and machines. I like to play in the garden and be outside with my family and I also enjoy playing tennis. I enjoy going to school 10 out of 10 and I love super cars and my favourite one is a Koenigsegg Regera.

Who do you want to be like when you’re older? Who is your inspiration? Basically, I want to be like my parents but also have a bee house in my garden instead of a greenhouse and a supercar.

Do you have a general message for the residents of Orpington? I have really enjoyed everything so far about starting and running my business so please visit my website, buy yourself, your family or your friends a little treat which will then help the bees so that we can make the world a better place. Thank you for reading this! Does your child have their own business? If they are 16 years old or younger - email us at hello@lifeinmagazines. with their name, age, company name, any website links and what they do for their chance to be featured.

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Mother's Day Special

Make mum…..a Hot Chocolate Fondant Dean Cole, Head Pastry Chef at The Belfry Hotel & Resort has shared his recipe to make six gooey and rich hot chocolate fondants so you can make hotel quality food for mum at home. Here’s how!


140g 85% dark chocolate | 125g Unsalted butter | 4 Large eggs | 120g Caster sugar | 75g Plain flour | Butter | Cocoa powder


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The best flowers? took to Instagram to discover the most popular flowers, based on the number of hashtags. It found that roses are the most popular flower of them all, receiving over triple the number of shares than any other flower, making them an ideal choice for Mother’s Day. In second place was cherry blossoms, while Tulips and Orchids come third and fourth respectively.


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Beyond flowers: 6 ways to show you care this Mother's Day It's tough to treat people when we can't go out for meals at our favourite restaurant or happily sit drinking cocktails in a bar. But there's so much you can do to show someone you care. Here are some ideas…

4. Plan a scavenger hunt around the home! Write some clues (poems with ‘fill in the blanks’ are

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with free range eggs, toasted sourdough bread, and freshly ground coffee or a wonderful organic tea. Maybe even some gorgeous Kent cookies to dunk. All available from Laura's Larder in Petts Wood. See or call 01689 829128.

2. Put together a hand-made coupon book with things they would appreciate. Ideas could include

‘I’ll take the dog for a walk every day this week’ or 'I'll make you breakfast in bed once a month'. See above!

usually good), with a final clue leading to a gift or surprise that you know they will love.

5. Plan a cheese and wine tasting evening at home or on zoom with friends. Try the gorgeous

"Bigod I love you" heart-shaped brie style cheese from Fen Farm Dairy, available from all good cheese shops, to really show some love! Pair it with a Pinot Noir or even bubbles! Godminster also offers a heart-shaped cheese that partners well with a lightly oaked and wellchilled chardonnay.

6. Make cocktails at home, serve with some

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How your teen can still get the grades they deserve in 2021 With GCSE and A-Level exams cancelled for teens this year, final grades will now be decided through alternative measures of assessment. Although the exact assessment measures have not been specified as of yet, it is currently expected that grades will rely on a combination of teacherled assessments and mini-assessments in the summer term. With parents across the nation trying their best to help their children through the difficulties of homeschooling, what can they do to ensure kids get the grades they deserve? Leading EdTech platform MyTutor spoke to Marc Naylor, a Teacher Trainer and former Deputy Head, to find out the key areas which require attention when continuing learning at home:

1. Try to keep standards up throughout the year The most important things are for students to listen to their teachers, email or message them if they’re unsure about anything, and complete all the homework and classwork they get set. Each piece of work a teen completes and sends to their teacher will help them build a picture of the grade they should be awarded in the summer. If they struggle with a new topic one week, for example, but then work at it and improve by a couple of weeks later, the teacher will be impressed that a student has worked through a challenge, and also have evidence in their later work that they should achieve a higher grade.

2. Engage during lessons Teachers are looking for genuine engagement during live lessons, and teens should get involved as much as they

can. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions, just like they would in school lessons. Most tech platforms like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and Zoom let you virtually raise hands to ask questions — teens should use it and wait for the teacher’s response rather than interrupting. If there’s something the student really doesn’t want to say in front of the class, then it’s fine to message the teacher privately about it. It’ll show initiative and engagement (although teaching staff may not be able to give an immediate response), and help them keep up with their learning.

3. Stay motivated Key elements that help include having a daily structure, having a sense of achievement and having something productive to show for each day. For teens, online school can provide the basis for all of these: the digital timetable offers up the structure for them to follow, they can feel a sense of achievement when they learn something new, and completing the school work means they have something productive that shows engagement with each lesson.

4. Stay connected As well as seeing their classmates in their remote school lessons, your teen and their friends can help each other by staying connected at this time. They could set up a WhatsApp group where they talk about the work they have to do this week, share online resources and remind each other of upcoming deadlines. Or they could schedule Zoom study sessions with mates where they get on with their work ‘together’ as they might have in a library – this is a nice way to create accountability with each other, and it’ll help fend off isolation too.

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Ask The Experts

Q: My dad sadly passed away from Covid. I’d like to give him a great send off and also do something to commemorate his life. What are some ideas?

A: First of all, please accept our family’s deepest condolences for the loss of dear Dad. Losing a loved one is so very hard, especially in these uncertain times, so our thoughts are with you and your family. We are still allowing families to do as much as they possibly can within the current guidelines to create a beautiful send off for their loved one. The Government allow up to 30 mourners to attend a loved one’s funeral, so there are sadly some hard decisions to be made perhaps regarding who can attend. But in these unprecedented times, crematorium and cemetery chapels have tried their best to accommodate: many of them now offer web streaming to allow people to pay their respects live from home, they also offer memorial services in the future when families and friends can all be together again. We know it’s not quite the same but live Zoom Funerals, Memorials and Wakes have become quite popular also. From a personalisation aspect, we offer a number of options such as creating memory boxes, handcasts, finger print and ashes jewellery, locks of hair and dried floral arrangements. We believe that there is no right or wrong way to say goodbye to someone you love, there is only your way and I’m sure Dad would be so proud of everything that you are doing in his memory, love never dies.

Gary Valentine-Fuller, Valentine & Turner

Q: Has Covid-19 changed people’s approach to Wills and other services? A:

The biggest increase since the pandemic began has been registering Lasting Powers of Attorney. Many people didn’t know that these need to be in place to act on behalf of a loved one if they fell ill.

Anthony Rockcliffe, Southeast Legacies

Q: What important winter checks should I be making to my vehicle? A:

Every year, a quarter of weather-related vehicle accidents occur during bad weather, including snow, sleet or ice. It is imperative that you understand the key areas to keep an eye on. Even if you feel as though your car is running perfectly fine, it is always a good idea to get a Winter Check before you go into the colder months, as there can be problem areas that you may not be aware of. Winter Checks concentrate on six main areas, these are: Tyres, Battery, Coolant & Antifreeze Top-up, Windscreen Wipers, Lights and Oil Level.

Liz Luesley, Prestige Cars Kent Service (A winter health check at Prestige Cars Kent Service costs £29.99)

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Q: How does Invisalign actually work? A:

Invisalign uses a series of almost invisible clear ‘aligners’, each of which are worn on the teeth for a period of onetwo weeks. Photographs and digital scans are sent to Invisalign, where they produce a computer model (the “Clincheck”) of the proposed treatment based on your anticipated final outcome and the detailed instructions your dentist sends to them. The aligners are made from thermoplastic material uniquely developed from your treatment plan, created on an individual basis. You’d receive a new custom-made aligner every one-two weeks. As you progress through each aligner, you’ll start to notice your teeth gradually changing position towards your desired outcome. The treatment is not particularly painful or uncomfortable, but there may be a slightly adjustment period when switching to a new aligner. Each aligner can be quite tight at the start, but it gradually becomes a little looser with time as the teeth are moved into position.

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My name is Michelle, and I am passionate about what I do. I work locally as a Celebrant, in and around Orpington. Having been an Orpington resident for most of my life, I feel it is important to work closely with the community that I live in, and as a result of that, I have also co-founded The Bereavement Café in Orpington. So, my role as a Celebrant is to work with families who have lost a loved one and help them create a unique and fitting ceremony, to help them say goodbye. But I have also introduced something called, “Remember Me” and that is to help people document their wishes before they die. This is a really simple way of instructing your loved ones with what you want, when that time comes. We can discuss everything from music choices, your life story, colours, themes, and have it all recorded safely, so that when the time comes your family members aren’t left scratching their heads trying to work out what you would have wanted.

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How to make your garden eco-friendly

As the weather starts to brighten up and the days are getting longer, those with regular green fingers will know how rewarding it is to bask in the glory of your hard work in the garden. But for those novice gardeners looking for creative ways to refresh their garden, there are a few simple things you can do to make your garden an environmentally-friendly space, that’s both sustainable and teeming with wildlife. Plant pretty flowers: Planting attractive flowers will encourage bees, butterflies and other wildlife into the garden. Bees are vital to the eco system and therefore all of us, so when considering what to plant next, why not try some honeysuckle, lavender or foxgloves? These will all help to attract bees and make your garden an environmentally-friendly safe haven for our buzzy friends. Collect rainwater: Put the British weather to good use by purchasing a butt or us a large container to collect the rainwater from your downpipes when the downpours inevitably start. The water collected can then be used to care for your plants, conserving water but still giving your shrubbery the drink it needs after a sunny day. Feed the birds: A great way to attract more birds to your

garden is to simply put out food. Hanging a bird feeder from a tree or scattering bird seed over the lawn will have your garden filled with bird song in no time – but why not go one step further and create a bird feeder from scratch? There are plenty of resources online that demonstrate ingenious ways to create a bird feeder at home using recycled materials.

Grow your own: Starting your own vegetable patch is a great way of being green; not only will growing your own veg be an entertaining task, it will cut down your CO2 emissions and packaging wastage. Home grown vegetables are often more nutrient-rich and pesticide-free, so you can’t go wrong. Upcycle: Nip to your local hardware store and buy some sandpaper and paint, give that tired old garden bench a rub down and a fresh lick of paint, and it’ll feel brand new in no time. Alternatively, take a spin around the local charity shops to see if there’s any furniture you can repurpose, such as wooden chairs or tin baths for the birds. Other eco-friendly ideas for the garden include creating animal shelters, making your own compost and adding a water feature for wildlife. Serenata Flowers

HOME DÉCOR TRENDS FOR 2021 Chances are, you’ve spent more time in your home in the last year than any other year – and you may well be fed up of the sight of the same four walls. So why not take the opportunity to refresh your décor? Dowsing & Reynolds has rounded up the top interior design trends for this year so you can not only keep up with the Joneses, but get ahead of them. Mood-boosting plants: We already know about the positive effects natural greenery in the home can have on our mood. From reducing stress and anxiety to cleaning the air and even helping us sleep, plants in the home really are a powerhouse, so it’s no surprise to see this is a trend that is rising. Trending colours reveal our state of mind: Dulux recently announced its Colour of the Year 2021

as Brave Ground: a muted, earthy brown that signals comfort and a return to nature. After the year we’ve had, we’re turning to nature and soothing aesthetics to ground us and give us the right mentality for 2021.

The home office is here to stay: 2020 blurred the lines between work and home like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Many of us would sign off work for the day and make the long commute from the desk to the… sofa. With news that more employers will offer their workers more flexible options long-term, our home office is set to stay. That’s why it’s important to adapt our living spaces for work. The finishing touches: People are looking to refresh their décor in subtle ways. ‘Marble knobs’ and ‘leather handles’ were the second and third most-searched terms, proving you don’t need to change your entire home to inject new life into it.

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RESCUE GREYHOUND RORY KEEPS STROKE SURVIVOR DAVE ON TRACK FOR RECOVERY Dave Wilson turned to a four-legged friend to help him make lifestyle changes after his stroke – a rescue greyhound called Rory. Rory helps gives Dave the motivation to exercise and improve his health, cutting the risk of a further stroke. Dave, 55, was on a caravanning holiday with his wife Gerry in Wales in September 2017 when he had his stroke. He said: “Every stroke is different. When I got home I was lucky in that I could walk, talk and use my hands, arms and legs, although not to the same extent as I could before my stroke. As a result, I started to change my life. I changed everything from diet to exercise, the whole lot. I completely overhauled my lifestyle.

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“Rory is just over six years old now and we’ve had him for about two and a half years. Having him has done great things for me and my wife. Walking is a wonderful experience for me as after my stroke walking was not easy. We walk every day and hit at least the 10k steps. “Getting fresh air, enjoying the sounds of birds and seeing wildlife is mentally soothing and helps stress. The exercise is great for my overall health. You need to walk a dog and this motivates me whatever the weather. My wife did a lot of research into how to prevent strokes and we changed our lives. I didn’t eat chocolate or sweets, alcohol, or anything that was fattening. I ended up losing four and a half stone as a result.” Dave now volunteers with the Stroke Association’s Moving Forwards After Stroke programme, helping stroke survivors to become more active and live a healthy lifestyle after stroke. For more information see

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A Final Thought…


Watch your language: Why being a language nerd can be really rewarding by JAMIE WRIGHT If I think back to my childhood, through the fuzzy sepia-tinted lens that is my imperfect recollection of that time, punctuated by bursts of Spandau Ballet and my mum’s friends sporting enormous gravity-defying perms, I think it was then that my love for language was kindled. I used to devour words; books on dinosaurs/poems/World records/classic motorcycles/encyclopaedias… even the backs of shampoo bottles when I was in the bath. If it was printed, I would read it. I used to make up games with similar sounding words and try them out in class with my teachers when discussing Meg and Mog…. "Miss? With which rich witch did she itch the itch?" Insufferable, I know, but I was laying the foundations of something that would bring me joy for the rest of my life. At secondary school I was suddenly presented with new avenues to explore where I was no longer bounded by my own language but was periodically given access to new and exotic tongues. I would fantasise about speaking French fluently (although I was really only able to hon-hi-hon-hi-hon at this point) and order food, discuss pop music or even the weather. When my friend and his parents bought a run-down Norman farmhouse at the tail-end of the 1980s and I was invited to spend the weekend there with them, I grabbed my shell suit and Walkman and made myself ready for the trip. Things that are cultural commonplaces now seemed rare and glamourous; freshly made bread still warm from the baker; rotisserie chickens slow roasting in rows outside the butchers. But what was the most intoxicating was the access to the secret code that was their language. The soupçon of French that I had already acquired (see what I did there) seemingly unlocked doors and gave me backstage access to an alternative way of doing things. I was hooked. One year later and I had started learning German. This was an altogether different beast but one that very much had its own charms. Far from fretting over the linguistic hoops that German word order made me jump through or contending with the fact that now I had

another gender for describing things (so a girl is neuter but a drinking cup is feminine?), I was enthralled by German’s lego-like ability to construct words. Need to describe the item of clothing used to keep your hands warm but with no word for ‘glove’? No problemHandschuh (hand shoe) is the solution. The invention of motorised transport means you need a word for ‘vehicle’- Fahrzeug (driving thing) is the answer. As I learnt about the linguistic heritage of my own language and how in many ways it shows the imprint of both French and German, I began to take more and more interest in language. I became fascinated too with Latin and classical Greek (learning the latter after school) and could hear and see everywhere in the language I spoke the hallmarks of generations of people. Some things would come in handy in the odd pub quiz while others would give you an insight into the thoughts of sometimes ancient peoples (did you know, for instance, that the English word barbarian which comes from the Greek βάρβαρος (Barbaros) probably came from the fact the Greeks thought that was how non-Greeks spoke, i.e. bah-bah-rah and so came to mean wild or savage….the latinized version of this name became a popular girls’ name- no offence intended to any Barbaras out there. The reason I felt moved to write this piece was not so much because I thought the people of Orpington would very much enjoy a potted version of my life through the prism of language (which I am sure they don’t) but rather I would like to encourage everyone, when they can, to take pleasure in language. It can be your own language and taking the opportunity to read more in 2021 when lockdown means that you can’t meet up with friends as much as you would like and you have exhausted everything worth watching on Netflix. Or, and I have to declare an interest here given that I am a language teacher at a local school, making 2021 the year that you will learn a new language. It might seem to be counter-intuitive in this time of increased physical and ideological separation from Europe but rediscover the joy of using that special code when the borders re-open.

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