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June 2019

Monthly •​Issue 85


Village Magazine M AIDSTONE

Your Free Community Magazine and Local Business Directory LOOSE EDITION • Loose • East Farleigh • West Farleigh • Hunton Distribution Points in Coxheath • Linton • Bearsted • Yalding


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Editor’s Letter


elcome to the eighth anniversary edition of the Maidstone Village Magazine. It has been another fantastic year and I am overwhelmed by the amount of support that I have received from so many advertisers and readers. I really appreciate your letters and emails. Please remember that there are two editions of the Maidstone Village Magazine. There is also the Three Suttons Edition which is distributed for FREE door to door to homes and businesses in Boughton Monchelsea, Chart Suttton, Sutton Valence, East Sutton, Langley, Langley Heath and Kingswood. We also have distribution points in Coxheath, Bearsted, Yalding, Linton and Maidstone Centre..... and they are run by just one person! If you would like to promote your business in this Edition and/or the Loose Edition, please do not hesitate to give me a call for details.

Helena Stavri

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CONTENTS Puzzles Prize Sudoku Competition

Features Top gifts for a top dad Would you marry at first sight? Using your home as a pension...good idea?

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Prize Sudoku Two winners will each win two tickets to the Odeon Cinema, Maidstone!

Just complete the Sudoku grid opposite, cut out and post to: Prize Sudoku Competition, Loose Edition, Maidstone Village Magazine, PO Box 620, Maidstone ME17 4WF. Closing date: 10th June 2019. Remember to include a piece of paper with your name, address, email and telephone number. The winners will be contacted by telephone initially. Prize donated by Odeon Cinema, Maidstone.


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Book Reviews The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard An absolutely cracking, and thrillingly creepy read. Ten years after her first boyfriend Will confessed to five murders in Dublin and was imprisoned, Alison is still keeping the past at arms length. After several copycat killings, the Garda ask her to return home and speak to Will in prison, and Alison finds herself facing the past head on. The first few intense pages set the tone, the words menaced and harassed my senses as they introduced an unidentified male. The chapters that follow are either headed Alison or Will, with the unidentified male occasionally making an appearance. Unsynchronised ‘then’ or ‘now’, keep you in the present or throw you into the past, and I was on high alert to the changes. Alison tells her own tale, allowing a deeper connection, I found myself uncertain and on edge, as more information from the past was released. Catherine Ryan Howard fans the flames of tension, she strings a taut wire between the murders of then and now, until they start to collide and the ending hurtles towards you. The Liar’s Girl is so clever, so captivating, and fairly crackles with dramatic intensity, oh what a truly fabulous read this is.

While You Sleep Stephanie Merritt


Take an old house on the edge of a remote Scottish island, place an American artist running away from her marriage in it. She finds an old journal from 1869 written by Ailsa whose husband dabbled in the occult and used her as an ‘instrument’ in his experiments. He was drowned at sea and she gave birth to a child thirteen months after she last saw him. Scandal, rumour and gossip abound when both mother and child die 88

in mysterious circumstances. So now our present day tale unfolds and what a tale it is. This is Dennis Wheatley/Wicker Man/Stephen King territory, wonderful stuff, not for the feint-hearted. Our American woman blames jet lag, then alcohol, then hormones for her strange, erotic ‘dreams’. Slowly we are drawn into an ancient mystery, locals resenting infiltrators, or real horror … we know not and we turn the pages compulsively to discover all we can. Highly recommended. Lovers of historical fiction will know the author as S J Parris, a creator of Bruno the sixteenth century spy, this is her first book under this name.

We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard What a beautifully written, captivating, and soulful read this is. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly transferred, begins to investigate the death of a women found in fishing nets out at sea. Catherine Day leaves Montreal for a remote fishing village, looking for answers about her birth mother. The Gaspe Peninsula sits centre stage in the story, remote, set apart, and yet intimately connected to the sea. I immediately fell headlong into the story, the seamless translation encourages the words to join together, creating a vividly stunning picture. Catherine tells her own tale, having such personal access allows a connection, yet she still feels hidden from view. Other peoples thoughts tumble freely over the pages, yet they belong, they anchor the story. I felt that the author Roxanne Bouchard has a profound connection to the sea, she loves it, respects it, yet the immense power simmers, occasionally rages in the background. I quite simply adored ‘We Were the Salt of the Sea’, refreshingly different, unpredictable, yet deeply rich and touching, it became a part of me.

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Would you Marry at First Sight? 


eading family lawyers in the country subscribe to the idea that the UK needs a ‘no fault divorce’ option. We have been advocating this since the 1990s, when we pressed for Part II of the Family Law Act 1996 to be enacted. The Government of the time decided that the provisions were “unworkable” and they have now been repealed. It was said that to interfere with the right of every married person to lay blame on the other would be “to question the sanctity of marriage”. Many do not agree with that stance in today’s society. We say that a simple change to the law would enable married couples to divorce without blame even though they will not have been separated for two years, as the law currently stands for couples wanting a no fault divorce. It would remove one unnecessary hurdle from a difficult situation already often rife with blame, anger and guilt. There are countless examples of one member of a divorcing couple being influenced through anger, guilt or emotional blackmail to have a diminished role in the lives of their children, or accept less from the marital finances because of the way they are made to feel by the divorce process at that time. Resolution, The Times, Senior Judiciary and the Nuffield Foundation continue to lobby for new legislation, but the Government will


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                       18

     


 

       

   

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Mondays Musical Merry Go Round (term times only) 9.30am-11am – Loose Parish Pavilion, King George V Playing Field Surestart Stay and Play 12.30pm-2.30pm – Loose Parish Pavilion Beavers (6-8yrs) 6pm-7.15pm – Loose Swiss Scouts HQ, Pickering Street Cubs (8-10 yrs) 7pm-8.30pm - Loose Swiss Scouts HQ, Pickering Street Loose Area History Society 7.30pm-9pm - 2nd Mon of month (not Aug & Sept) – Loose Infant School, Loose Road Tuesdays Coffee Stop 9.30am-12pm, Congregational Church, 157 Linton Rd Weight Watchers 7.30pm-8.30pm, Loose Parish Pavilion Surestart 12.30pm-2.30pm – Loose Parish Pavilion Brownies (t/t only) – 5.30pm-7pm – Loose Parish Pavilion Alzheimer’s Society Linton Road - Carers Support Group 3rd Tue of month - 10am-12pm. 01622 747181 Wednesdays Maclean Scouts (10-14yrs) 6.45pm-8.45pm - Loose Swiss Scouts HQ Music Mayhem 10am-11am – YMCA Centre, Melrose Close Sure Start 12.30pm-2.30pm – Loose Parish Pavilion Bockingford Club 2pm – Eling Court Day Centre, Hildenshaw (off Broadoak Avenue) Loose Valley Wives 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm. All Saints’ Church, Church Street Maidstone Alzheimer’s Association Holy Family Church Hall, off Bicknor Rd, Parkwood, Maidstone - Last Wed of month (except Dec) 2-4pm. 01622 749539 Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafe 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 2pm-4pm. 1 Dairy Court, Fairview Farm, Linton Road, Maidstone, ME15 0AL Please contact Vicki Baldwin on 01622 747181 or Thursdays Sure Start Stay and Play 9.30am-11.30am – Loose Parish Pavilion Toddler Praise (t/t only), 9.15am-11.30am. All Saints’ Church


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Affordable Childcare, Affordable fun

Summer Holiday Club Monday 22nd July – Friday 31st August (excluding Monday 26th August)

Activities include; Rollerskating, Football, Cooking, Wow Wednesday’s and much more... Sessions available from 8am -6pm Maidstone YMCA, Melrose Close, Loose Maidstone, Kent ME15 6BD Tel: 01622 749404

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Maidstone Village Magazine - Loose Edition  

June 2019

Maidstone Village Magazine - Loose Edition  

June 2019