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elcome to the Christmas issue of your very own Community magazine! Thank you to the readers and advertisers who have been recommending the Maidstone Village Magazine to local trades and businesses as a great vehicle for advertising. It’s your support that has helped this magazine to become so popular. Congratulations to all our Prize Sudoku Winners of 2019. The popular prize sudoku can be found on page 4 – you could win two tickets to the Odeon Cinema, Maidstone. Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook to be kept informed about local news and information, as well as services and businesses, serving the local area. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past year and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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n Buy a thermometer - a turkey is safely cooked at 72C in its thickest point.

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Caring for your pet

Is your pet overweight? How to give your pet a body shape check Leading veterinary charity, PDSA, is advising owners to check their pet’s body shape to ensure they aren’t at risk of being overweight. A third of dogs and a quarter of cats are overweight or obese. Overweight pets have an increased risk of serious illnesses, reduced quality of life, and shorter life expectancy. Definitely not things most people would choose for their pets. However, one of the key problems is that with so many larger than life pets around, many owners simply don’t realise that their four-legged-friend is overweight. Assessing your pet’s current shape and weight is the first step to giving your pet a healthy year ahead. PDSA Vet, Vicki Larkham-Jones, has provided some tips on how to check your pet’s body shape. n For dogs and cats, first stand back and look at your pet from the side, and then from above. You should be able to see a defined, tucked in waist (unless your pet has long hair). The next step is to feel your pet’s shape. Start by running your hands over their sides. You should be able to easily feel the ribs beneath your fingers, but they shouldn’t be prominent and the skin should move easily over them. Next run your hand along your pet’s back and over the hipbones; again you should be able to feel the bones quite easily under the skin, but without them feeling prominent. Next feel under your pet’s tummy – it should tuck in and not bulge out. Cats in particular tend to carry any additional weight in their abdomen, 6

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Top Tips on cooking the perfect Christmas turkey n Buy about 350/400g per portion or you will be left with lots of leftovers.

n Buy a thermometer - a turkey is safely cooked at 72C in its thickest point.

n Leave the turkey out at room temperature for a couple of hours before putting in the oven.

n Don’t use tinfoil - it dries the turkey out.

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n Don’t truss and stuff a turkey - it adds too much cooking time and can dry out the turkey.

n Rub the turkey with lemon it’s a natural flavour enhancer and colours beautifully. n Allow the turkey once cooked to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes before carving. 8

n Don’t try to cook a turkey too quickly as it will dry out.

n Don’t cover with lean bacon - it just adds more salt. Use fatty streaky bacon. n Don’t throw away the carcass - it makes a great stock, for stews and hot pots.

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A Moneysaver’s Guide to

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By James Delaney

Sticking to a strict budget might not seem the most thrilling way to spend the festive season, but you’ll avoid any nasty surprises afterwards. Check out our top money saving tips...

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hristmas is portrayed as a wonderful time of year, if the marketing people have done their jobs properly; it is a time to lavish gifts on each other, completely disregarding the consequences. Many people have woken up with a hangover after a particularly exuberant Christmas party and asked themselves, “What have I done?”. Checking your bank balance after the Christmas festivities are over can provoke a similar reaction. January is a fairly depressing time of year as it is without making it any worse for you. Perhaps the banks should put one of those sad faces you sometimes get in texts on your statements, or the high streets should be forced to post pictures of a person pulling out a completely empty pocket.

Food

Pigging out is as big a part of the Christmas tradition as the Queen’s speech and being dragged to nativity plays. But the website lovefoodhatewaste.com states that a third of the food bought in the UK is thrown away. This is giving extra money to supermarkets that frankly they don’t need. When you do your Christmas shopping think about the quantities of products that you realistically require, and how long a particular product will last after Christmas (turkey sandwiches for a fortnight after Christmas is likely to cause family arguments and be met with some pretty sarcastic comments).

Entertainment

If you have a large family renting a DVD will prove far cheaper than going to the cinema, and if there’s a decent film on the television even better. Even better still get out and about and enjoy some genuinely beautiful scenery and as long as you wrap up warm many happy days can be spent with the family. Taking various bats and balls will let Dad show that he’s still got it (this usually involves showing that he can run rings around a toddler at football) and that people who just want to relax can do so in some of the nicest surroundings in the country.

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Drink This is a fairly unavoidable cost, but forward planning can make it cheaper. Write a list of the products that you need and the amount well in advance of the Christmas period. You then have plenty of time to spot discounts on those goods and can buy bits whenever you see a bargain. Supermarkets are constantly having discounts on particular brands of lagers, ales, and spirits and these reductions are also changed frequently.

Decorations Having a go at your own decorations can be fun, particularly for small children. The first few attempts may be pretty awful, but that is all part of the entertainment. Housetohome.co.uk has some useful tips about making more successful attempts.

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You can even have a go at making your own Christmas crackers. As they consist of bad jokes, tacky toys, embarrassing hats, and a bang that manages to surprise your Gran every time.

Presents This is still going to be expensive I’m afraid, particularly if you have a large family. The best way to make savings in this area is to have a family pact. The people that appreciate presents most are under the

age of 21, and these are the ones that will genuinely enjoy the more lavish gifts. Everyone agreeing to a set limit for presents for people over that age will save everyone huge amounts of money. If a person above that age really wants a particular product, they will usually just get it for themselves. We’ve all bought our parents some brilliant gifts that we genuinely thought they’d cherish only for it never to see the light of day again. Having a cap on the amount that you can spend on a loved one just means that you have to try harder to think of something that they’d really find useful, it is also likely to be a more personal gift so they should appreciate the thought that’s gone into it. Once you have compiled your list make sure that you don’t just browse the high street, many of the products may be considerably cheaper online, and with the amount of price comparison websites you can quickly ensure you are getting the best deal available. All of these ideas should help you keep the cost of Christmas down, whilst not impeding your enjoyment. Just remember that Christmas in the 21st century is partly about eating too much, embarrassing yourself at parties, and buying lavish gifts, but the main beauty of Christmas is that it is a time when all family and friends get together to spend time with each other, and no amount of clever adverts should detract from that. It is a nice time of the year because you can catch up with the people that mean the most to you, who you may not have seen for a long time.

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Christmas Cooking

A festive Feast

Christmas gives friends and families a perfect excuse to come in from the cold and celebrate over plenty of delicious food! Get in to the Christmas spirit with our easy yet impressive recipes that will make this Christmas one to remember.

Roast turkey

with watercress and orange stuffing Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 3hours Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 (4kg) oven ready turkey, giblets removed 1 onion, halved 1 lemon, halved 75g soft butter 100g watercress For the stuffing: 50g butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 stick celery, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 100g watercress, chopped 50g blanched toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped zest and juice 1 large orange 200g fresh white breadcrumbs 10ml dried thyme salt and freshly ground black pepper For the gravy 100ml sherry or dry white wine 500ml chicken stock 30ml cornflour

Method: Make the stuffing, melt the butter in a medium pan add the onion and celery and cook over a medium heat until soft and pale golden. Add the garlic and watercress, cook for a further 2 mins until the watercress is wilted. Remove from the heat and tip into a large bowl, add the hazelnuts, orange zest and juice, breadcrumbs, thyme and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and a little salt to taste. Mix well. Leave until cold. Preheat the oven to 190oC/ Fan 170oC Gas Mark 5. Wash the turkey inside and out and dry with kitchen paper. Place the onion and lemon inside the cavity of the bird. Spoon the stuffing into the neck flap of the turkey, packing it in tightly, then secure the flap with cocktail sticks, or sew together. Line a large roasting tray with two pieces of wide foil laid like a cross. Place the turkey in the centre of the foil and rub the breast and legs with the soft butter. Season with salt and pepper. Pull the foil up and around

the turkey to ‘tent’ the bird, sealing it at the edges. Place in the centre of the hot oven and roast for 3hrs. Half way through the cooking time, remove the bird from the oven, loosen the foil and spoon the cooking juices over the bird to baste, reseal the foil and continue to roast. Forty minutes before the end of cooking. Remove from the oven, fold back the foil, baste the bird with the juices again then, roast uncovered until the turkey is a lovely golden brown. Remove the bird from the oven, transfer to a board, cover with foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes this makes carving easier. To make the gravy, pour the hot stock into the roasting tin and use a wooden spoon to scrape away all the cooking juices that have collected on the foil

and in the tin. Then pour the liquid through a sieve into a medium pan. Place on the hob, add the sherry and bring to the boil and simmer to reduce for 10 minutes. Mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little cold water, then add to the gravy stirring until the gravy boils and thickens. Transfer to a warm gravy boat and keep warm. To present the turkey for the table, take a large warm serving platter, scatter the watercress all over the plate. Lift the turkey from the board and arrange in the centre of the leaves. The leaves will wilt and soak up the juices from the bird as it is carved. Serve the turkey and stuffing in slices with a good portion of the wilted watercress. Serve with all your favourite seasonal vegetables.

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WHAT’S ON LOCALLY

Boughton Monchelsea

Beavers Scout Hut, Thurs 5.45pm - 7pm. Ages 6-8yrs. Jackie Longhurst - 01622 743967 Cubs Scout Hut, Mon/Wed 6.30pm-8pm. Ages 8-101/2yrs. Darren Mitchell 01622 749194 Scouts Scout Hut, Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm. Ages 101/2141/2 yrs. Rob Hewitt - 01622 766194 Explorer Scouts Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm (in Loose). Ages 141/219yrs. Tony Boden - 01622 678887 Friendship Circle Village Hall, first Wed of month (not Jan/Dec). Transport if req. Diana Gordon 01622 208107 Blue Eagles Football Club Ken Huggett - 01622 744983 Boughton Monchelsea Bowls Club Village Hall, Thurs & Sun 7pm-9.30pm. Ed Whittaker - 01622 745180 Boughton Monchelsea Women’s Institute Monthly speakers & activities, Village hall, 2nd Tue of month, 7.30pm. Anne Norris 01622 745115 Zumba Fitness Boughton Monchelsea School. Wednesdays. 7.15pm - jill.zumba@live.co.uk Brownies Slingsby Hut, Tue 6.15pm-7.30pm. Girls 7-10yrs. Hannah-Jane Tripp - 07703 162585 Keep Fit Village Hall, Mon & Wed - 0844 8794282 Indoor Bowls Village Hall, Sundays - 01622 745180 Morning Worship - St Peter’s Church Sun 10.15am Easter to Harvest. Church, open to visitors Wed, Sat, Sun 2.30pm to 4pm 01622 743321 or 01622 744415 Messy Church 2nd Sat in month, Village Hall 3-5pm. Anne Norris 01622 745115 Junction - Church Group Village Hall, Sundays - 0844 8794282

Three Suttons

Chart Sutton Short Mat Bowls 01622 843232 Chart Sutton Walking Group 01622 842629 East Sutton Cricket Club 01622 843219 Suttons Beaver Scouts 01622 843089 Suttons Scouts 01622 843112 Sutton Valence WI 01622 298644 Sutton Valence Hockey Club 01622 844046 Sutton Valence Tennis Club 01622 768654

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Langley (Village Hall)

Mondays Ballet from 4.15pm/Short Mat Bowls, 7.30pm Tuesdays Over 60’s Club (Alternative Tuesdays) Tap & Modern and Ballet from 5.15pm Messy Playgroup 10am Wednesdays Musical Theatre Dance, 5.15pm Short Mat Bowls, 7.30pm Thursdays Morris Dancing, 8pm Fridays Mobile Library, 12pm/Martial Arts, 6.30pm Saturdays Ballet from 9am Sunday Football

Kingswood Leeds & Kingswood Scout Group Kingswood Scout Hut Scouts, Wed 7pm; Explorers, Thur 7.15pm; Cubs, Fri 6.30pm, Rainbows, Thur 5-6pm The Kent Cynophobia Assistance Dog Group Helping children overcome fear of dogs. Mon 5.30 - 6.30pm Village Hall. FREE. Call 01622 842209. KCC Mobile Library Mon by Cayser Drive Shops 3.15pm-5pm Toddler Group (term time only) Fridays, Kingswood Village Hall 1.15-2.45pm Pre-School Storytime (3+ yrs) Thurs, Kingswood Primary School 2.45-3.05pm The Village Coffee Shop Village Hall, 1st Sat of month, 10am-12pm Climbers/Adventurers Sun, Village Hall (term times only), 10.45am The Tuesday Lunch Club meet at Kingswood Village Hall, 12.15pm-1.45pm Kingswood WI Village Hall, 2nd Mon of month, 7.30pm Kingswood Church - Services Village Hall. Sundays. 11am Karate Club Tuesdays & Thursdays, Village Hall, 6.30pm Short Mat Bowls Wednesdays, Village Hall 2pm Dog Training Wednesdays, Village Hall 6.45pm Badminton (Ladies) Thursdays, Village Hall 1.30pm Yoga Thursdays, Village Hall 8pm CANS Youth Club Fridays (term times only), Village Hall, 7pm

if you have a one-off event or excursion for To include your non-profit making event, club, group or class for free, or or classes cost £12.50 per issue to list. January, please email: maidstonevillagemagazine@gmail.com. Paid for events basis. Details correct at time of going to print. Copy deadline for next issue 10th Decemberr 2019. First come first served

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Boughton Monchelsea Primary school 01622 743596 Kingswood County Primary School 01622 842674 Sutton Valence Primary School 01622 842188

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Boughton Monchelsea Playgroup 07999 824478 Cherubs Pre-School 01622 739218 Sutton Valence Pre-School Group 01622 842388 Kingswood Pre-School Group 07729 499508

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The Loose Medical Practice Stockett Lane Surgery Cobtree Medical Practice Sutton Valence Surgery The Orchard Surgery NHS

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Boughton Monchelsea Sutton Valence Kingswood

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National Rail Enquiries 08457 484 950 Arriva Bus Times 08706 082608 Chart Sutton Village Hall 01622 743270 Citizens Advice Bureau 01622 752420 Royal British Legion 01622 746509 Kent Fire Brigade Headquaters 01622 692121 Boughton Mon. Village Hall 0844 879 4282 Langley Village Hall 01622 843146 Maidstone Borough Council 01622 602000 Kent County Council 0845 8247247 Kingswood Village Hall 01622 843110 MP for Maidstone, Helen Grant 01622 752463 Job Centre Maidstone 0845 604 3719

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