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Issue 41, June 2015 Complimentary

Kent’s Lifestyle Magazine


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here can be no clearer sign that the summer is finally dawning than a calendar festooned with outdoor events. And June is packed with some real treats – from classic car shows, to gardening events and food and drink festivals. Plus plenty more besides. In fact, there is so much going on over the coming weeks, we've got an extra big leisure section inside this month's edition so you don't have to miss a thing. Certainly there have been some great events already in recent weeks. It was hard not to smile during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show recently. The displays are so inspiring and so beautiful they quite take my breath away. What's more, there's so much more to look forward to this summer too, what with the likes of the Kent Show at Detling in July and the Whitstable Oyster Festival too. We really will be spoilt for choice. However, I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping, above all else, for some prolonged good weather. There is nothing more likely to put a spring in my step than warm, sunshine and long, mild evenings. What's more, we are really blessed in Kent to have such a great variety of places to enjoy our time – beautiful coastline, rolling countryside, bustling towns and cities. We really are very lucky. So while you're planning your next trip out with friends of family, we hope you'll find plenty to enjoy inside this month's issue. We've got a little something for everyone in this edition. Including Top Gear star Richard Hammond and his remarkable career. There's also a special look at the fascinating story of scientist William Harvey – who made a major medical discovery and remains one of Kent's most celebrated sons. Enjoy mmm – and be sure to enjoy all the fabulous events and (hopefully) sunshine too! See you next month! Rasa

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RICHARD HAMMOND It’s full speed ahead for Top Gear’s survival guy


pResTON HALL Robin J Brooks looks at the history of the latest, preston Hall


fATHeR’s DAy find out our top 10 recommended gifts just for dad


OUTDOOR LIVING mmm explores the great outdoors in depth this summer


fOOD Delicious dishes to make at home!


MOTORs The BMW 2 Series Convertible


AL fResCO DINING mmm provides you with ideas on where to go to enjoy eating outdoors


BUsINess Current news in Kent


TRAVeL A guide to family fun vacations from Baldwins Travel Group


HOBBIes Local Doctor on his love for wild photography


wATeR spORTs From windsurfing to jetboats see whats in store this summer


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FULL SPEED ahead for Top Gear’s survival guy As speculation continues over his role in the TV show


n September 20th, 2006, the Top Gear production crew were ready for a day’s shooting at the RAF Elvington airbase near York. It was not unlike any other onlocation shoot for the team – another day of highspeed hijinks for the millions of fans of the show. But this would turn out unlike any other – perhaps the single biggest defining moment in the show’s history (prior, of course, to Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘fracas’ which brought the curtain down on its long-lasting presenting line-up). Richard Hammond was to be the star of this day’s filming – a chance for him to get behind the wheel of a jet-powered car which had the potential to reach speeds of up to 370mph. Although there was no bid to set any record, the idea was for Hammond to experience the sort of speeds necessary. After six successful runs piloting the Vampire dragster – the same vehicle which Colin Fallows had set the British land speed record at 300mph in 2000 – it was decided for one final run to get some additional footage for the upcoming new season of the show.



The run started smoothly and Hammond was travelling at an incredible 288mph when, all of a sudden, things took a terrible turn. A front tyre on the vehicle burst, the vehicle veered off the runway and overturned on the soft grass verge. As the car span, Hammond’s visor on his crash helmet was pushed up and soil forced into his face and mouth. His helmet embedded in the ground. Emergency crews on stand-by were on the scene in seconds. Hammond was alive but badly injured. The car was turned upright and Hammond cut free from the wreckage and rushed to hospital by air ambulance, going in and out of consciousness. But the impact of the crash was perhaps not obvious at first. He had suffered a severe head injury and would spend the next two weeks in a coma. For the British public, it quickly became apparent just how serious his condition was, with many fearing he would not survive. It was a traumatic moment for his wife and daughters who rushed to his bedside – alongside his Top Gear presenting team, Jeremy Clarkson and James May. His brother in Tunbridge Wells waited nervously for news.

For a week the nation was on a knife edge – the popularity of the then 36-year-old accelerating. Remarkably, he awoke and started a long road to a full recovery. By the January the following year, he was back on our screens, fronting the opening show of the new season of Top Gear. His recovery thanks, in no small part, to his skill behind the wheel. A report by the Health & Safety Executive into the crash found: “Hammond’s instantaneous reaction to the tyre blow-out seems to have been that of a competent high performance car driver, namely to brake the car and to try to steer into the skid. Immediately afterwards he also seems to have followed his training and to have pulled back on the main parachute release lever, thus shutting down the jet engine and also closing the jet and afterburner fuel levers. The main parachute did not have time to deploy before the car ran off the runway.” It added that the accident “may not have been recoverable” even if Hammond had reacted as fast as humanly possible. Now, nearly 10 years on, and the impact of that terrible day still remains.

He explains: “I had some pretty tricky years afterwards. It was a great deal to adjust to. The knock-on effects of the injury meant I was susceptible to depression, obsession, compulsion and paranoia, although I wasn’t aware of that at the time. “It gave me an unnatural platform from which to observe my own mental state. “I lost the ability to connect emotionally, for a time. I began picking away at my own personality and that was exhausting.” Today he reflects that the only difference between him now and then is that he now “likes celery” but he admits it took its toll on his family, friends and colleagues. “I wasn’t easy to work with for a good while. The team were very patient. I was difficult on shoots, losing my temper, feeling threatened by everything and always being very defensive. “I massively needed to know if the crash was my fault, because I’d risked the girls growing up without their dad. The telemetry showed I’d done everything right and it was an accident. It was a great relief.” It may also, ironically, have been the making of him. a CELEBRITY FEATURE

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The enormous public reaction underlined just how popular a presenter he was and, of course, the size of the Top Gear fanbase. But the crash opened him up to a whole new audience and since then he has been seen on far more than just car shows. In 2008 he was helicoptered into Tunbridge Wells to film the Christmas advert for supermarket giant Morrisons, while he also picked up presenting jobs including the prime-time UK version of global franchise Total Wipeout. He fronted a science show,

Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab, and even an animal show – Planet Earth Live. But his core fame and celebrity spins off his role in Top Gear. And the future of his role in that seems, it would appear at least, to be over. Since the BBC opted to end its relationship with Jeremy Clarkson after he hit a producer during filming on the show, the contracts for Hammond and James May also appear not to have been renewed. However, at the time of writing, it appears there could still be an outside chance he returns. Viewers a

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around the world will, it seems, have to wait and see. In recent weeks, however, he has been reunited with Clarkson and May for a series of live shows – they were forced to drop the Top Gear branding after the Clarkson fall-out – playing to arena size crowds around the world. It seems unlikely the trio will not continue to work together in some capacity in the years ahead. But for Hammond, his role as a presenter shows little sign of the work drying up. He remains, for now at least, committed to other work on the BBC


and commands not only a big audience but an equally as big salary. He lives in a £2m “pretend castle” in Ross-on-Wye and has an eye-watering collection of sports cars and motorbikes. He’s certainly not short of a bob of two. Born in December 1969 in Solihull, Warwickshire, his family moved to north Yorkshire in the mid 1980s and he attended Rippon Grammar school before he says he was “booted out”. After college he sought a career in the media, working for a string of local BBC radio stations. a

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He explains: “I spent the next 10 years slogging away in local radio and missed out on a lot of fun. I was trying to get my career going so I didn’t do a lot of stuff that 20-year-olds did. You need dedication – when luck comes calling.” Certainly 2002 would prove a lucky year. Not only did he tie the knot with Amanda ‘Mindy’ Etheridge – the couple now have two daughters – but he also landed the role in what, up until this year, was the current line-up of Top Gear.

Few presenting roles last so long, or appear to go from strength-to-strength. But the chemistry between the three presenters and a diet of fast cars and humour proved a winning one. The show would go on to become an enormous global success. As for the future, the only thing which seems certain is that Richard Hammond will not be leaving our screens. Hopes of him remaining in Top Gear, however, maybe a wish too far. mmm






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TOP GIFTS for Father’s Day Buying gifts can be difficult, especially when selecting for our dads

So we have picked our top 10 choiceS for father’S day Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 16 GB - Silver £283.00

Men’s watch £199.00 Rotary

Hugo Boss navy messenger bag £179.00 House of Fraser Ozeri Pro electric wine bottle opener £24.99

Ray-Ban Aviator classic metal sunglasses £125.00 Hugo Boss tan smart leather belt £50.00 House of Fraser

Bowers & Wilkins T7 portable wireless bluetooth speaker £299.95 John Lewis

Wilson Ultra package set £249.99

Ted Baker bandow octagon silver cufflinks £36.00 John Lewis

Personalised beer crate £22.50 FATHER’S DAY

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Tangerine blouse £45.00 Monsoon Charlotte necklace £149.00 Hobbs

Warwick Avenue £179.00 Radley

Autograph top £35.00, Autograph skirt £49.50, Belt £15.00, Bag £79.00, Shoes £25.00 Marks and Spencers

SUBTLE SUMMER SHADES Pied à Terre white stripe sheer shirt £59.00 House of Fraser

White shirt dress £34.00 Next

Furla orange and neutral tote £330.00 House of Fraser

Marcella £85.00 Dune Autograph striped skirt £55.00 Marks and Spencers


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Set your calendar for


this month mmm showcases exciting events featuring throughout Kent, for your diary this June Community Day, Sittingbourne Railway, 14th June


ittingbourne Railway will be holding a Community Day on Sunday 14th June 2015. Visit the Railway to find out more about local community groups and charities. A list of exhibitors will appear on the SKLR website nearer to the event. For more information please call 01795 424889 or visit

Singin’ in the Rain, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, 24th - 27th June rab your umbrella and tap shoes and join us for a spectacular MGM musical classic. Singin’ in the Rain brings the age of the silver screen to life - when movie stars were always glamorous, slapstick comedy was hilarious, and romance was well and truly alive. With show stopping musical numbers including Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Morning and of course the title number; dazzling costumes and a fantastic live orchestra. Singin’ in the Rain is what all musicals should be! Singin’ in the Rain is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. For more information please call 01622 758611 or visit


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The Take That Experience, Sittingbourne, Sittingbourne Greyhounds, 19th June he very popular TAKE THAT EXPERIENCE with the add on, legendary ROBBIE member! Currently touring the Country with their truly amazing Take That tribute show, they will be coming to Sttingbourne for the first time. Seen by many but tickets discounted to £12.50 for the full set and full group in advance. Watch out for The Re-light my fire Raffle with a cash prize! For more information please call 01795 475547 or visit


William Harvey Commemoration Sunday, Folkestone, 14th June illiam Harvey was born in Folkestone on 1st April 1578 and died on 3 June 1657. Each year, around the time of his death, a commemoration service is held. The procession goes form the Burlington Hotel along the Leas to the William Harvey Memorial for 3.30pm. The Town Mayor, Town Clerk and other dignitaries will be in attendance. Members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information please call on 01303 257946 or visit www.folkestonetc.


ArtMart, Folkestone Town Centre, 26th June well established and increasingly popular specialist Art, Craft and Artisan Food market, the ArtMart will return to Folkestone town centre for it’s sixth year. A range of stalls in the precinct between Debenhams and W.H Smith the ArtMart is an excellent place to purchase a range of Art, Craft and Artisan Foods for yourself and special, unique gifts for others. A well established and increasingly popular specialist Art, Craft and Artisan Food market, the ArtMart will return to Folkestone town centre for it’s sixth year. A range of stalls in the precinct between Debenhams and W.H Smith,


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury High Street 13th June anterbury Tourist Guides will be offering six free of charge guided tours of the city on Saturday 13th June, on the hour between ten and three. Tours will leave


from the High Street entrance of the Beaney. Expert guides will lead a tour of places in Canterbury linked to the Magna Carta story. These tours complement the family trail taking place in the city on the same day. For more information please call 01227 862102 or visit

open between 10:00 – 17:00, the ArtMart is an excellent place to purchase a range of Art, Craft and Artisan Foods for yourself and special, unique gifts for others. For more information call 01303 258594 or visit


WHERE TO GO for Father’s Day Go Wild Father’s Day Weekend, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, 20th - 21st June ring your dad for a great day out at Leeds Castle for Father’s Day Weekend. Enjoy woodland crafts and creepy crawly show. Included with your admission ticket. For more information please call 01622 735616 or visit

Father’s Day lunch, Chartwell, Westerham, 20th - 21st June njoy a lunch in our café and celebrate Father’s Day with the family. Join us for a Best of British ploughman’s lunch in the Mulberry Room above the café followed by jam roly poly and custard then wash it all down with a cup of tea. The bar will be serving alcohol so it will be unsuitable for children under five, however children of all ages are welcome in the café. Booking Essential. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 14:30. End 17:00. Meet in the Mulberry Room above the café. For more information please call 01732 868381 or visit



Father’s Day BBQ, Eastwell Manor, Ashford, 21st June ring the fathers in your family to a special BBQ with live jazz in The Pavilion Restaurant or al fresco. All fathers will have the opportunity to have a complimentary try at archery on the lawns under the supervision of GB staff. For more information please call 01233 213000 or visit

Father’s Day, Hornby Vistor Centre, Margate, 21st June njoy a visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre this Father’s Day with dad’s entry just £1 plus a 20% off voucher to spend in the shop. They are open from 10am till 5pm. For more information please call 01843 233524 or visit


Father’s Day, Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, 21st June fun day for all the family, treat Dad to a day out, with fishing in the moat, beer tasting, billiards and games on the lawn. Booking not needed.


A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 11:00. End 15:00. General Admission Prices Apply. For more information please call 01732 810378 or visit



Motor Madness Show, Sandwich Showground, Sandwich, 20th - 21st June Motor Madness Show featuring, in the Main Arena, Moto-Stunts International and the Extreme Wheels Demonstration Team. There are classic cars, modified cars, model cars, buses, tractors, a funfair, loads of bouncy castles and children’s activities, some great live music over lunchtime, trade stands, food and drink something for all the family. At 11.30am on the Sat will be a stunning air display by GEWIZ, Richard Goodwin’s amazing muscle bi-plane and he will also display at about 4pm on the Sunday. For more information please call 01843 230779 or visit


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Hollingbourne, Kent, ME17 1RE T: 0844 815 9045

Béarnaise sauce drizzled over salmon with grilled summer vegetables Recipe by: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Ingredients 200g clarified butter 3 egg yolks Small splash of white wine vinegar Juice of half a lemon Salt and pepper Small pinch of fresh chopped tarragon Small pinch of fresh chopped chervil Small pinch of cayenne pepper

Method • First, make the clarified butter. In a saucepan, slowly melt around 250g of unsalted butter, and simmer gently until the foam rises to the top. Skim off the foam and then pass the liquid through a fine strainer, or piece of muslin, reserving the clear liquid. • Put the egg yolks and white wine vinegar in a bowl and sit over a pan of simmering water. • Whisk until the egg yolks begin to thicken and become paler in colour. Look for the `ribbon effect’ drag your spoon through the mix and, if it leaves a trail for a short while, it is ready. Don’t walk away from the stove while doing this as it is easy to overcook and scramble the egg. • Remove the bowl from the simmering water and slowly pour in the warm, but not hot, clarified butter while still whisking until all is combined. The mixture will gradually thicken towards the end. Be careful not to pour in too quickly as the mixture will separate. • Stir in the lemon juice, herbs and cayenne pepper and adjust seasoning to taste. The sauce needs to be used on the day as it will split if refrigerated and then reheated. • Serve drizzled over grilled meats or fish.

Chef’s Tip On our summer menu, I serve Béarnaise sauce with salmon steaks and grilled baby veg, including Little Gem lettuce – yes, you can cook lettuce. Cut the lettuce in half, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place under the grill or on the cooler part of a barbecue, for 3-4 minutes, until the outer leaves are charred. And if you are going to the trouble to make clarified butter, do it in large batches. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 months or can be frozen ready for use. FOOD AND DRINK

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Salmon gravlax, citrus cucumber & wasabi emulsion Method For the salmon gravlax (prepare 24 hours before) • Mix together the salt, sugar, coriander seeds, peppercorn seeds, lemon zest, orange zest and lemongrass and sprinkle heavily (both sides) all over the salmon fillet, wrap in cling film and leave for 12 hours to cure. After 12 hours gently rinse the cure from the salmon and dry on a j-cloth. Lightly spread the Dijon mustard on top of the salmon and sprinkle the chopped dill to cover the mustard. Wrap tightly in cling film and refrigerate. For the lemon gel • Bring to the boil the sugar, water & lemon zest and peeled lemon, then pass and bring back to the boil, add the agar agar, and use a blender to mix together thoroughly, re-boil for 2 minutes to ensure the agar has cooked, and then set in a tray. When set, blitz in a blender with the juice of 1 lemon to bring it together to form a gel. Adjust consistency with a splash of water if the gel is too thick.

For the wasabi emulsion • Mix the wasabi powder and water to form a paste, whisk in the egg yolk and vinegar to the wasabi paste to combine all together. Slowly add both oils to the wasabi mixture whilst whisking to form the emulsion. Season with lemon juice and salt to taste. To serve • Portion the salmon into 12 cubes, remove blood line and serve 3 pieces to each guest. Evenly use the lemon gel and wasabi emulsion to garnish the plate, and assemble the other garnishes as desired.

Ingredients Salmon: 600g salmon fillet 300g salt 90g sugar 5g coriander seeds (crushed) 5g white peppercorns (crushed) Zest and juice of 2 lemons Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 stick lemongrass (crushed) To finish the cured salmon: 50g dill finely chopped 1 tbsp Dijon mustard Lemon gel: 100ml water 100g sugar 1 whole lemon (zest, remove pith, cut lemon in quarters) 3g agar agar Wasabi emulsion: 20g wasabi powder 25g pasteurised egg yolk (1-2 eggs) 1g table salt 5ml lemon juice 25ml olive oil 50ml vegetable oil 2ml white wine vinegar 10ml water

Recipe by: The Swan West Malling FOOD AND DRINK

Garnish: Cucumber flowers, cucumber dice, apple batons, coriander cress, sliced radish, burnt butter powder

Al fresco DINING Al fresco dining is simply “eating outdoors”. It adds a lively and enjoyable dimension to dining and gets you out of the house into the fresh, open air

mmm provideS you information on where to go in kent to enjoy eating outdoorS

WHO’D A THOUGHT IT ho’d A Thought It is a lovely restored 16th century building set in the beautiful Kentish countryside and is the perfect setting for any occasion. It offers two distinctly diverse menus, each one providing a wide and varied choice of delicious homemade food, designed with chef’s experience and imagination; it is very proud to have recently been awarded two AA rosettes. For lunch it has relaxed seating in the bar area and in warmer weather, the terrace and delightful gardens provide guests with an al fresco dining experience.


Location: Lenham, ME17 2AR T: 01622 858 951 W:

THE BARNYARD ituated in the Kent countryside, The BarnYard is a haven for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The BarnYard is a family business that endeavours to offer a friendly service, great food, local produce, an exciting range of goods and something for all the family.

S Location: Upchurch, ME9 7EZ T: 01634 235059 W:


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THE SECRET GARDEN hether you’re in for a quick coffee and cake, would like to enjoy a full afternoon or chocolate tea, cream tea, pudding night or a delicious lunch, The Secret Garden is the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and family.


Location: Hythe, CT21 6AE T: 01303 267441 W:

Location: Ashford, TN25 6NH T: 01233 501586 W:

HYTHE IMPERIAL pen daily for breakfast, dinner and lunch on Sunday the Hythe Imperial’s new restaurant offers modern British cuisine and a daily changing menu. With all fish and seafood sourced from Griggs of Hythe and its meats provided by Huntley’s of Tenterden, it takes pride in sourcing its ingredients locally. All set within the beautiful 18th century Victorian mansion with views across the English Channel.



Location: Thurnham, ME14 3LD T: 01622 737185 W:

17th century former smugglers haunt, this pretty little pub is in a lovely marshland setting with tables and benches on the front terrace and in a back garden alongside the riverbank. The Ferry Inn at Stone-in-Oxney has its own large car park, is wheelchair friendly on the front terrace and in the bar.


Location: Oxney, TN30 7JY T: 01233 758246 W:

THE BLACK HORSE INN family run business, tucked beneath the steep face of the North Downs on the Pilgrims Way at Thurnham near Maidstone in Kent, is a homely and welcoming Inn. The chefs take pride in using the best local and homegrown produce to give you an exciting range of mouth-watering English and contiental dishes.


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MERCURE GREAT DANES HOTEL he Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is a beautiful place to spend a lazy afternoon, or to relax in the evening whether you’re after a light bite, an evening meal, an afternoon tea or possibly a private function for your special occasion, they are happy to cater for all your requirements. On a summer’s day, make the most of the sundrenched terrace or stroll around the vast, scenic grounds.


Location: Aylesford, ME20 7AX T: 01622 885800 W:

Location: Maidstone, ME17 1RE T: 0844 815 9045 W:

THE HENGIST RESTAURANT he Hengist Restaurant is set in the heart of the beautiful Aylesford village. The Grade II listed building was originally two houses, and was converted into a restaurant in 1980. Downstairs is an informal brasserie-style dining room with bar which offers casual all day dining, serving breakfast from 8am and is open right through until closing time.



FAMILY FUN! as chosen by Baldwins Travel Group

Mark Warner


ark Warner have been taking families on holiday for over 40 years, so they know what makes a family holiday to remember. Whether it’s the market leading childcare provision for children aged between 4 months and seventeen years, run by experienced British nannies or the wealth of activities on and off the water including sailing, windsurfing, tennis and mountain biking all included in the price, everyone has the holiday they deserve. Mark Warner have seven resorts dotted around Greece, Turkey, Sardinia and Corsica all set in gorgeous beach locations and served by British Airways flights from Heathrow or Jet2 flights from Manchester.


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yprus has 340 sunny days per year. Do you know why the sunlight is good for you? Sunlight stimulates synthesis of endorphins (good-feeling hormones) meaning - no depression, sunshine vitamin D production, exposure to the sun helps your immune system, metabolism, cardiovascular system, also liver and kidneys function. Summer all year round is everyone’s dream. In Cyprus there are 57 Blue Flag beaches. Cyprus is in the top 5 countries worldwide with the highest ratio of Blue Flag beaches per km of coastline. Cyprus is surrounded by amazing beaches with the cleanest bathing waters in Europe and we can enjoy them anytime we want. With its rich culture and history Cyprus has 10,000 years of history leaving a legacy of archaeological sites – there is also a wide choice of museums, churches and private art collections to visit.

Cyprus is a great family friendly destination with lots to do for children and families, including water parks and other theme parks. The majority of Cyprus hotels cater for families with children and families are welcomed in restaurants all over the island. The family is the centre of the social structure in Cyprus. Everything in Cyprus revolves around the food. Cypriot cuisine is based on fresh, seasonal produce – it tastes great and is also healthy! Some favourites are: sheftalia (a type of sausage), koupepia (vine leaves stuffed with meat, rice and herbs), keftedes (type of meatball), flaounes (savoury cheese pie), kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb), loukoumades (small doughnut) and, of course, souvla (spit-roasted lamb).


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hatever you are looking for from a UK break, Hoseasons can exceed all expectations with its incredible range of over 570 fun-packed UK holiday parks and scenic country lodges. With some fantastic collections such as Evermore - 18 stunning lodge locations, some with hot tubs which are ideal for luxurious family getaways, or there’s Go Active Breaks, great for families looking to try something new or perfect an existing skill, with activities such as horse-riding, WaterWalkerz and archery, these 15 exciting locations offer fun activities for all to enjoy. What’s more with many locations offering indoor activities and facilities, they are great whatever the weather!


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Passing on your passion for travel to your children is an incredible feeling, sharing the thrill of conquering a challenge together, safe in the knowledge that your whole family are well looked after. With over 40 family adventures to more than 30 countries including softer holidays for the younger children, and more challenging adventures for the teenagers, Exodus has so much choice. You’re bound to find something to please everyone.


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ancy exploring the Great British seaside this summer? Haven have 35 holiday parks dotted around the UK offering the perfect family holiday on the British coast. You can use the park as a base to explore the holiday region, or simply enjoy the park and great facilities it has to offer. Every park is like a holiday village with a world of enjoyment just waiting to be discovered for the whole family to enjoy.


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e’ve created all kinds of opportunities for families to play together while giving the children plenty of ‘me time’ too. Do all the things you never quite find time to enjoy at home. Pool volleyball, lawn games like croquet, or the latest interactive multi-generational gaming technology. We provide fun for all age groups with sports courts, hands-on art programmes, dance parties, culinary classes, scavenger hunts, crafts toys and games. When you are completely wrapped up in your holiday that’s what we call modern Luxury.




ou may think of windsurfing as a sport of the 1980’s or perhaps you would consider it necessary to be a professional in order to do well, but the sport really has progressed As the typical English summer is pretty unreliable and prone to the odd bit of low pressure, windsurfing is a sport that can take advantage of these conditions. With the UK being one of the windiest places in Europe, windsurfing is the ideal sport if you enjoy the outdoors. The Kent and Sussex coastlines offer an abundance of beaches with excellent waves and wind. You will meet some very friendly people of all ages if you take up the sport, or even if you just fancy going down to the beach for a day trip. A few of the most popular Kent beaches boast the best places to visit and experience windsurfing. Minster on the Isle of Sheppey is easy to get to from Maidstone or Medway. There is easy parking on the shingle bank, with a friendly welcoming crowd on the weekends. It’s a great place to learn and also nice and shallow at low tide. There is a windsurf academy situated there too. Whitstable, Tankerton and Minnis Bay have similar conditions and can be sailed at several heights of the tide (check with the locals though). Further down the coast, Hythe, Dymchurch and Littlestone are also very popular.


Although not in Kent, Camber Sands (Broomhill end) is popular when it’s windy. You’ll need to have some experience to windsurf here when the wind is up, but with a few lessons and at low tide it’s definitely worth a try. The beach is even popular among the professionals - who can sometimes be seen practising freestyle moves, wave sailing and loops. Watch out for the shipwreck nearby though, at low tide it’s exposed but if you’re not sure where it is, ask someone to point it out to you. Either way, it’s pretty much the windiest beach in the south east when we get Atlantic swells or a south westerly wind. Windsurfing is a great way to make friends, enjoy days out with family and friends and see some of our wonderful coastline.


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JETBOAT Jetstream Tours un Pier is located in the heart of Chatham near to the town centre, it has become the home of Medway’s latest successful attraction. From April, Kent’s ultimate jet boat adventure ride takes to the water. This is the best way to see the River Medway in all its glory. There are various trips to suit all ages, the most popular however is known as the Medway Raid tour which has been awarded a 5 star trip advisor rating. The rich naval history has helped to establish Medway at the forefront of destinations for the film industry. Les Miserables, Sherlock Holmes, The Mummy and also Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey are amongst many of the films and TV dramas filmed on location at the historic dockyard. The River Medway is now recognised for its waterborne activities and is an excellent place to entertain families. The Medway River Festival takes place on 4th July and has an American theme. Jetstream Tours will be present and offer various tour options including:Medway Raid – 90 minutes high speed tour.Adult price: £31.50 Child price: £21.50 Medway Explorer – 4 hour tour.Adult price: £50.00 Child price: £40.00 Medway Mini Tour – 30 minutes.Adult price: £10.00 Child price: £7.00



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Cygnets Model Boat CluB ygnets Model Boat Club was formed in 1959 and has had an active membership ever since. It has had the exclusive use of the lake at Mote Park since 1978. We have excellent facilities and in 2012, a new compound was built as part of lottery funding given to the Park to improve facilities. At the moment The Club includes all sections of Model Boating, Scale, Sail, IC and Fast Electric. The Club runs its own competitions throughout the year including Sail, IC and Fast Electric racing. They hold a number of regattas throughout the year such as Boats on the Mote for all classes, Tugs and Warships day for the scale modellers, OMRA Z Class racing and MPBA Multi-racing.


The Club prides itself in maintaining a friendly and helpful approach to model boating and you can always find someone with good advice and help if you should need it.


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The life and Times of

William Harvey Folkestone to the royal court and a ground-breaking discovery

just who was the man who lends his name to one of the county’s biggest hospitals?

n the 1960’s, part of Kent was undergoing a transformation and Ashford, in particular, was earmarked for significant expansion. As part of a bid to create major areas to allow for the movement of people from a rapidly overcrowding London, the Kent market town was identified as a place which could support sufficient growth. As a consequence, facilities needed to be upgraded and expanded – among them the need for a new hospital. The existing town centre site was sufficient for the town’s population, but not for the influx of thousands of new homes. As a result, the decision was taken for a new hospital, outside the town centre, and on a larger site. By 1973, and with a budget of £8 million, work began on making the plans a reality over the following six years. By 1979, the new hospital, in Willesborough, one of the suburbs of the town, was complete and ready to welcome its first patients.


All that was left was to choose a name. And who better than to name it after than one of the county’s most celebrated scientific sons – one behind one of the most significant discoveries in medical history? William Harvey had been born in Folkestone on April 1, 1578; his father a man of high repute and regard in the town. Thomas Harvey served as mayor in 1600 and was a judge of fact – rather than law – in the town. He was a key inspirational figure to his sons and embedded into them the desire to succeed for the greater good. A bright scholar, he attended a local school, learning Latin, before he spent five years at Canterbury’s King’s School, leaving to attend Cambridge University, graduating in 1597. He then travelled through Europe to enrol at the University of Padua two years later. There he studied medicine, tutored by the scientist and surgeon Hieronymus Fabricius. Fabricius was already making a name for himself with his pioneering work. He pioneered public a HISTORY FEATURE

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anatomical dissections – allowing medicine students to make essential discoveries about the way the body works and operates. In particular, he realised the veins in the human body appeared to have one-way valves. It was one key step on the path to discovery which would forever etch the name of William Harvey into the history books. The young William would be just one of a number of famous students he would teach – graduating as a doctor of medicine, at the age of 24, in 1602. He then returned to the UK where he returned to Cambridge before joining the College of Physicians


in London in 1604, shortly after which he married Elizabeth Browne. She was the daughter of the personal physician to Elizabeth I. It was an influence and an access to the highest levels of power that would give Harvey an enviable position on which to develop his own research. By 1607 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Over the following years he was appointed as a physician at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, becoming the ‘physician in charge’ at the famous hospital in October 1609. Living in Ludgate, he was paid the princely sum of £33 a year for the role. By 1615 he was appointed to the office of Lumleian lecturer, a role which saw its members deliver lectures spreading the increasing knowledge of the anatomy throughout the country. The notes he used remain in the British Museum. During this period, he continued extensive dissection of animals, with a particular focus on the blood’s circulation. He began to reveal his findings in 1616. Combining his role with the Lumleian organisation and St Bart’s, he added another prestigious feather to his cap when, in 1618, he was appointed physician to King James I and subsequently Charles I. He was even called upon by the king to intervene in cases of witchcraft. Harvey did not believe in the existence of magic and his intervention prevented several women from being killed amid allegations of witchcraft.

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But it was in 1628 when he published perhaps the work which defines him so many hundreds of years later. Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus – or, in English, An Anatomical Study of the Motion of the Heart and of the Blood in Animals – would advance previous theories with key scientific observations. In doing so, he became the first to explain that it was the heart which propelled the blood in a circular motion through the body. Applauded in England, many across the Continent dismissed his findings at the time. Back then, the theory accepted was that there were two systems in the body dealing with the transportation of blood around the body. It was believed the dark red blood veins came from the liver and the bright red blood in arteries from the heart. It was felt the liver and heart made the blood and then it was used up by pumping it around the body. What William Harvey confirmed, after his dissection of both animal and human bodies, was that it was simply impossible for the liver theory to be correct. He correctly identified that the blood

flowed through the heart in two loops – one went to the lungs for oxygen, the other to the organs and blood tissue to transport the oxygen. The heart, he concluded, was simply the pump which powered the blood through our bodies. He continued to serve the royal household through the English Civil War and he developed a close bond with Charles. He remained, throughout his life, fascinated by the human body. Although only proved years after his death, he suggested the theory that fertilisation was caused by the combination of an egg and sperm. However, his personal life did not match his success professionally. Although it is not recorded when, his wife died before him and the two never had children. Perhaps reflecting the high circles in which he mingled, he enjoyed a long life. He passed away on June 3rd, 1657, aged 79, of a stroke, in Roehampton, in the home of his brother Eliab. His remarkable discoveries and achievements would comfortably out live him. mmm


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As yet another ancestral home prepares to become exclusive apartments

Robin J bRooks looks at the histoRy of the latest, PReston hall neaR aylesfoRd and its Vad connections he present building was the design work of well known architect John Thomas, but a manorial mansion had been on the same site since 1102 when it was owned by the Culpepper family. For over 400 years it remained in their hands until the death of Alicia Culpepper in 1734. The mansion and estate then passed to the brother of her husband, Dr Charles Milner, who lived there until his death in 1771 when it was willed to a nephew, Charles Cotton. In 1848 the estate was acquired by a successful railway contractor, Edward Ladd Betts, who promptly demolished the house and had a new one rebuilt in a more modern Jacobean style. Betts was responsible for the construction of the Medway Valley railway line which still runs through the Preston Hall estate. Despite having great wealth by building railways in other parts of the country, he


became bankrupt in 1866 and was forced to sell the estate to another railway magnate, Thomas Brassey. Like Edward Betts, Brassey became a benefactor to the village of Aylesford including the establishment of the village school. He later became a Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Kent before dying in 1891, whereupon the estate passed to various relatives until 1906 when it was sold to Robert Horner of Spitalfields. He declined to take up residence and a year later it was sold to Robert Sauber. It is at this point that the manor became part of the history of the First World War. In 1909 a voluntary nursing service known as the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) was established with the help of the Red Cross and the Order of St John. Its duty was to provide nursing for service personnel injured during the course of their duties. With units both in the UK and in parts of the British Empire, by the summer of 1914 over 2,500 VAD HISTORY FEATURE

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establishments were working in the UK alone. One of the detachments was at Preston Hall where the widow of Robert Saubers had allowed the estate to be used for the injured and gassed servicemen returning from the battlefields of Belgium and France. Badly wounded both physically and mentally and suffering from the effects of gas, the need for constant nursing became prevalent but it was not only nursing that was provided. After many months of living on very little good food at the front, the wholesome cooking and clean linen at Preston Hall made life more bearable for the troops. Although not trained in advanced skills such as surgery, the nurses nonetheless gave comfort and sustenance to


the men as they sat in the lush grounds of Preston Hall to recuperate from their ordeals. Towards the latter years of the war in addition to its recuperation activities, the VAD unit became well known and experienced in the treatment of Tuberculosis. The end of hostilities had seen the Leeds Fireclay Company Limited purchase the entire estate but when the War Office decided that the house should continue its commitment as a major TB centre, it was sold to Industrial Settlements Incorporated in 1919 for the sum of ÂŁ30,000 in order for it to continue the good work. To further improve the rehabilitation process, a sanatorium was built together with bungalows close to the house for those undergoing treatment. Every day the patients could be seen a

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A nurse in the uniform of the VAD

Wartime stamp commemorating the VAD

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the coming of the National Health Service at the end of the war, the hospital passed to the local health board. It did remain within the confines of the British Legion village at Aylesford and as part of the Legion’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the Queen granted the Legion the prefix ‘Royal’. With a gradual rundown of the colony, due to the fact that Tuberculosis was now being

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taking the fresh air sitting on the balconies and resting. At that time both were considered the best cure for Tuberculosis. Recognised as the main treatment centre for the disease, it was decided that a larger organisation should take over the facility. Accordingly the British Legion which had been formed some years earlier and who had an establishment at the nearby village of Aylesford, agreed to take over the colony from April 1st, 1925. This prompted a rise in patients, so much so that by the end of 1928, the colony had grown to over 500. Once again with the outbreak of the Second World War, the hospital was requisitioned by the government in July 1939 and again became a rehabilitation hospital for the war wounded. It served in this role for the six years of war but with

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treated by modern anti-biotics, the cottages and shop were incorporated into the Royal British Legion Housing Association. Preston Hall itself became the headquarters of the Maidstone Health Authority between 1983 and 2012 with much of the surrounding ground accommodating various departments of the health service. However, with the economic situation in many local government departments including health becoming subject to cut-backs, the house was sold by the Department of Health to Weston Homes in March 2014.

The company are proud to be associated with such a prestigious building and have promised to return the mansion back to its former glory. Sadly the cottages of the colony had fallen into disrepair over the past 20 years and are now scheduled to be pulled down, thus allowing the ground to be re-developed for housing and industry. With the exception of the mansion, very little will remain as a reminder that Preston Hall was once at the forefront of the treatment for Tuberculosis and a Voluntary Aid Detachment. BY ROBIN J BROOKS


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uxury bathroom manufacturers Catchpole and Rye Ltd., are a local Kent based company whose iconic brand has claimed international success. To see their collection, visit them at their large showroom and workshops in Pluckley or at their London showroom on the Fulham Road.


Pieces include beautiful copper bateau baths, castiron French roll top baths, elegant console basins and wooden vanity units, polished cast-metal cisterns and a variety of bathroom taps and showers. For a brochure or to arrange a visit please call 0207 351 0940 / 01233 840840 or email us at


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Visit our showroom, or call to book a free home consultation, and we’ll show you how easy it is to transform your kitchen with our granite, quartz or recycled glass worktops.

Call now 01622 297371 At Granite Transformations we offer a complete package for updating your work surfaces, doors and appliances. Fitting a new worktop is fast and effective with each top custom made to your exact requirements. There is no need to remove old worktops, we simply fit directly over your existing surfaces, guaranteeing complete peace of mind from start to finish. To complete the look, we also supply and install made-to-measure kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts, in a wide choice of colours, finishes and styles. Maidstone Showroom: Newnham Court Shopping Village, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5LH Open 10.30am – 4.30pm Mon to Fri, 10am – 5pm Sat & Sun

HOT TUBS AND SWIMMING POOLS Hot Tubs hen you consider the purchase of a hot tub, you can get so excited about the experience of the massaging jets and the relaxation and delightful evenings you will spend, that you neglect the most important details and may not consider all your options. Location, location, location. The three most important words in real estate. So consider carefully the location of your hot tub. Indoors or outdoors? The most obvious decision is inside or outoors. Pros and cons exist for both of course. Many people don’t have the right space indoors for a hot tub, but you just might. And if so, the weather is never a factor. Your tub will not be exposed to the elements


of wind, rain, sun and temperature extremes. Outside temperatures will also not be a factor for you as can go to and from your hot tub, not having to traipse through the cold, rain or snow. So much more convenient and total privacy will be yours. Whether you choose to have your hot tub inside or outside is clearly a big decision. It will impact upon the other decisions you have to make in this purchasing process. You will still have to make many of the same decisions and consider the other expenses involved. But no matter where you put your hot tub, you want to be sure it’s the right decision for you. This purchase is not a small one; it’s an investment, an investment in your quality of life. Enjoy...inside or outoors.

Swimming Pools ith swimming pools the most common place to have them fitted is outdoors due to the space required. If you have the space indoors (depending on the size of the pool), then you can save yourself time worrying about the weather. Keeping your pool clean is vital especially if you use it regularly and if you have children. Make a note of all the possible pros and cons for indoor and outdoor pools, which when set up will suit you financially for example. Make sure a swimming


pool will benefit you in the long term, there is a lot more to consider buying a swimming pool. Stop and think about why you’re installing a swimming pool. Is it for your children? For entertaining? Answering these questions will help decide what kind of swimming pool you want. A swimming pool for kids might well include a slide and a wading area. As the swimming pool nears completion, it’s time to enjoy yourself by gathering all those extras that make pool ownership fun. Toys, games, floats, swimsuits, patio furniture, you name it. Accessorizing is half the fun. LIVING OUTDOOR

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BARBECUES Ready, Steady, Sizzle hitstable Stove Shop – is a stove shop, selling… stoves, in…. Whitstable. They do what it says on the tin as the old advert quoted. However, late Spring, Summer and early Autumn months naturally bring other priorities to mind. Longer, warmer evenings lend themselves to al fresco socialising on the patio or lawn. A Primo Grill ceramic barbecue is capable of smoking, grilling, searing, roasting and baking. Its thick ceramic construction, protected with tough enamel, retains heat and helps to keep meats moist and succulent. If you enjoy pizzas, our stainless steel, mobile garden ovens are ideal, or you might like the look of the ‘Bakerstone Box’ option, which sits on top of your BBQ and converts it into a pizza oven. These are also capable of cooking meats and fish, using less direct heat than an open grill to help cook thoroughly without charring the food. A more permanent solution could be our domed bread/ pizza garden ovens, constructed from heat retaining refractory materials, for efficient, fast cooking, or a Brompi log burner with integral oven and BBQ grill, great on a patio. All these items come in various sizes and outputs, so you can cook for 2, or 20, or more. Need to get the BBQ going fast, when surprise guests arrive? There’s the option of a gas BBQ of



course, or you might like the look of our mains electric powered Phoenix Firelighters, basically a fan blowing superheated air onto your fuel, getting it well lit in around 2 – 3 minutes, without the need for kindling or accelerants, with the electricity costing around a penny per use. They’re also suitable for open fires and log burning stoves of course. Then feed the now glowing embers with oxygen gently blown with a battery operated ‘bellows’ and your BBQ or stove will soon be pumping out the heat. Power your BBQ with our locally produced charcoal and you’re helping to keep money in the local economy, whilst using sustainable, renewable fuel, rather than those derived from fossils. They also have ‘Eco Grill’ BBQs, a great option for the beach. Self contained, they burn away completely, leaving only nourishing ash behind. Once you’ve cooked your food and you and your guests have eaten, carefully transfer some of the embers from your BBQ to a chimenea or fire pit and keep warm as the evening cools. Or plug in one of our very efficient far-infrared heater panels. These heat what’s in front of them - without wastefully heating the air. The warmth feels like the gentle sun on your face as you emerge from the shade into the light. They’re great for indoors too, they can reduce your energy usage quite dramatically, both at home or in your workplace.

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GARDEN njoy the outdoor space using decor and furniture, make the most of the sunshine, see how you can have a colourful and well decorated home on the outside.


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Stallance Farm a Grade II lIsted farmhouse located In a fabulous quIet spot wIth amazInG vIews Property - Stallance Farm Address - Rectory Lane, Sutton Valance, Kent, ME17 3BT Bedrooms - Eleven Bathrooms - Four Price - ÂŁ2,400,000 Stallance Farm Stallance Farm is an impressive Grade II listed farmhouse, on the market for the second time in 100 years and occupying a wonderful position with outstanding panoramic views to the south over The Weald of Kent. The house and detached barn are understood to date from the mid 17th century with later additions, although it is believed that the house dates back even earlier, to the 13th century. The


current owners have sympathetically remodelled and extended the main house and converted the outbuildings to provide beautifully presented versatile family accommodation. Having a wealth of exposed timbers and beams, sash and leaded light windows, some with hardwood frames and oak sills, solid oak flooring to a number of rooms, wood burning stoves to the reception rooms, integral music system with recessed ceiling speakers to the drawing room and master bedroom suite. Three/four lovely reception rooms comprise a superb split level drawing room and study, formal dining room and family/ playroom, together they provide excellent rooms for entertaining. Of particular note is the drawing

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room where part of the south elevation has been predominantly glazed and equipped with window seats to maximise the enjoyment of the breath taking views. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with larder cupboards and an extensive range of units complemented by granite work surfaces. The utility room has further storage cupboards and space for various other appliances. Five bedrooms and four

bath/shower rooms are located on the first and second floors, including the master suite which enjoys superb views and a luxuriously appointed en suite bathroom fitted with white sanitary ware. For more information, call Madeleine Rose Estate Agency on 01622 844455, or visit their website


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The Lazy Arm Free hands makes tasks easy ere to give you a helping hand, this funky and functionally designed flexible Smartphone holder can be clipped onto most surfaces. Perfect for watching films, listening to music and making hands free calls The Lazy Arm is compatible with most Smartphones. To use, clip onto desired surface, attach your Smartphone and enjoy the comforts of The Lazy Arm! £8.95 from Genie Gadgets


Smart TV in a stick hromecast, from Google, makes it easy to enjoy online video and music on your TV. This thumb-sized device plugs into your TV’s HDMI port to allow you to send your favourite online shows, films, music and more to your TV using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Easily enjoy your favourite online content on your HDTV from apps like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube. Chromecast is easy to set up: simply plug it into your TV and a USB power source (adapter included) and connect it to Wi-Fi using your laptop, tablet or smartphone app. £30.00 from John Lewis



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Apple Mac Magic Mouse

The magic is in the Multi-Touch he Magic Mouse redefines what a mouse should do. In addition to its smooth, seamless top-shell design that acts as one button or two. Magic Mouse features a Multi-Touch surface with gesture support. Scroll vertically, horizontally and diagonally - a full 360 degrees - simply by touching anywhere on the top surface. £59.99 from The Apple Store


Jawbone UP24, Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracking Wristband, Onyx Eat, sleep and move. Better he UP24 wristband will help you understand more about how you sleep, move and eat. It’s always connected to your iOS or Android device through the use of Bluetooth Smart, and works with the UP app to deliver real time information and insights to help you understand how you sleep, move and eat. It’s rain, splash, sweat and shower resistant, though it shouldn’t be submerged under water. The band features a battery life of about seven days and can be charged via USB to 2.5mm jack. £99.99 from


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A Logitech Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard Multi-Device Universal Keyboard he Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is a cross-device keyboard for your computer that also works with your tablet and smartphone. The Easy-Switch dial lets you easily switch typing between three connected Bluetooth wireless devices and the integrated cradle holds your phone or tablet at just the right angle for you to read while you type. You’ll find a familiar keyboard layout with all the shortcut keys you use the most, whether you’re typing on a Windows, Mac or Chrome computer, or an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone. £49.99 from John Lewis



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BMW 2 Series ConvertiBle

The BMW 2 Series Convertible is the third model in the company‘s 2 Series

as a direct replacement for the 1 series convertible

he BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer (by 72mm) and wider (by 26mm) than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish. The electrically operated folding soft top lowers or raises in just 20 seconds at the touch of a button, and can be carried out at speeds of just over 30mph. Additional insulation in the skin of the softtop improves acoustic comfort, with a 4db noise reduction, and adds to the year-round usability of the car. Improved aerodynamics, with a Cd of just 0.31, also helps to make the cabin quieter. An easier-to-use optional wind deflector provides greater protection


against turbulence when travelling top-down. The four-seat interior, with folding rear bench, provides greater space and a more intense opentop driving experience, placing the occupants in a typical BMW set-back position. Rear access benefits from an 11mm wider aperture when the front seats are tilted forwards. Large door pockets, a spacious glovebox, a central storage compartment and two cup holders provide improved in-cabin storage. The BMW 2 Series Convertible delivers enhanced safety for occupants and pedestrians compared with the previous model through a combination of a more rigid body and advanced safety features. Torsional stiffness has been raised by 20 per cent and bending stiffness is 10 per cent higher, despite a decrease in body weight, thanks to extensive use of high- and ultra-high-strength steels. SOFT TOP CARS

The car’s restraint systems include front airbags, side airbags with head airbags integrated into the seat backrests, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters in the front seats and ISOFIX child-seat attachment points in the rear. Also standard is a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system which registers any loss of pressure and activates a signal in the instrument cluster to warn the driver. Four BMW TwinPower Turbo engines featuring a suite of EfficientDynamics technologies endow the BMW 2 Series Convertible with superior performance to its predecessor, with an average 18 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The engines include a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance power unit for the M235i. There are also two 2.0-litre petrol engines available, the 220i and 228i. All are more powerful than the engines in the previous model and meet EU6 emissions standards. Every BMW 2 Series Convertible comes with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity with audio streaming and a USB interface, a DAB tuner, BMW Emergency Call and BMW TeleServices as standard. These can be supplemented with BMW Navigation or Professional multimedia system, Internet connectivity, BMW Online Services, Online Entertainment, Real Time Traffic Information, enhanced Bluetooth with Voice Control, Remote Services and Information Plus.


Local News KeNt BUSINeSS NeWS KENT LIFE HERITAGE FARM PARK WINS MUSEUM ‘OSCAR’ Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, near Maidstone, has won a top accolade at the prestigious Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015. The popular attraction, part of the award-winning Continuum Attractions group, was named winner in the Best Customer Service category of what has been dubbed the Oscars of the museum world. The awards attract some of the biggest names in the industry, which this year included the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Tate, the National Trust for Scotland, and the Natural History Museum. The panel of judges, which included leading lights from across the industry, said Kent Life ‘went the extra mile for its customers, turning difficult situations into positive outcomes, where customer service is both intrinsic and professional’. Kent Life, which is operated by Continuum Attractions on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council, beat hundreds of entries to reach the final short list. The winners were announced on April 29 during a glittering ceremony in the Historic Staterooms of 8 Northumberland Avenue in central London. Comedian Marcus Brigstocke presented the awards, which celebrate the impressive achievements of museums and heritage attractions across the UK and internationally.

Kent Life has scooped a raft of accolades in the last two years, including gold at Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2012-13 for Outstanding Customer Service; a coveted Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor; and a ‘highly commended’ in the Best in Education category of the National Farm Attractions Network.

NEW SURVEY REVEALS CONSUMER UNCERTAINTY ABOUT HOME LOAN APPLICATION PROCESS New research from credit information provider, Equifax, conducted in collaboration with What Mortgage reveals that four in ten (42%) of those surveyed in the South East thought they would not find it easy to provide all supporting evidence of expenditure information needed when applying for a mortgage. However, of those who had already applied for a mortgage in the region, less than half of this number (19%) actually found it difficult to provide all the information required, with only two in ten finding they had overestimated what they could borrow. The release of the research coincides with the anniversary of the new affordability rules which came into effect last April and demonstrates the contrast in consumer perceptions about the

mortgage application process and the reality of the property purchase process since the new rules came into effect. Holly Williamson, 26, a secondary school teacher from Essex recently went through the mortgage application process as part of the ‘Help to Buy’ Scheme. “I was aware that I would potentially need to supply a lot of information when applying for a mortgage but I wasn’t sure exactly how much detail was needed. It turned out to be a lot less than I had originally thought. I had to go through my income details with the bank and also some recent statements from my current account in a bit more detail. I had anticipated the process would take at least 6 months, but in reality it was all completed within 5 weeks!” LOCAL NEWS

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Barratt and rSPB Breathe (wild)life into new Build houSing Leading local housebuilder Barratt Homes has joined forces with the RSPB in a bid to create the most nature-friendly developments in the region. The partnership between the UK’s best known homebuilder and Europe’s largest nature conservation charity comes at a time when much of the UK’s urban wildlife is in trouble – with around 60% of bees, birds, bugs and mammals in decline. Barratt Homes, which is currently creating new homes throughout Kent has signed an agreement to incorporate features such as landscaping and planting guidance to create wildlife-friendly habitats

Kent to Benefit from acceSS to international lawyerS People and businesses in Kent can now access a new network of international law firms to advise on legal issues in the EU and further afield. This includes any legal issue where there is an overseas element, such as commercial and business dealings, and private wealth issues, including inheritance and property matters. The new service is being offered through Cripps through its membership of MarcAlliance – a network of law and tax firms – as the network’s England and Wales representative. Established in December 2013, MarcAlliance has a strong presence in the European Union as well as members further afield in countries such as Thailand and Brazil. Its aim is to cover all mature legal jurisdictions in the world within five years. “We have an increasing number of clients working in foreign jurisdictions. We already have good relations with many overseas law firms but we felt we needed a more formal arrangement,” said Cripps managing partner Gavin Tyler. “Dealing with legal matters abroad can be a minefield even for seemingly straight forward issues and requires in depth knowledge of the legal system involved. Our new service will provide a ‘one stop shop’ which will simplify the process for our clients. LOCAL NEWS

across its future developments in the south west. Pam Reardon from Barratt Homes Kent said the five star housebuilder has a strong commitment to maintaining and enhancing local ecology and this new partnership ensures that nature will continue to be a priority. “Our partnership with the RSPB will demonstrate how we protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting the economy, creating employment and improving health and wellbeing for our customers and the communities we create,’’ said Pam. Mike Clarke chief executive of the RSPB, said: “With hundreds of thousands of homes needed in the next few years, now is the time for conservationists and homebuilders to pull together to ensure the wildlife is boosted rather than ousted in the process. “We are confident that many positive steps can be taken to build wildlife into new housing developments, giving nature and people a home and increasing quality of life, and all relatively simply and cheaply.”

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THOUGHTFUL IMPERIAL COLLEGE STUDENT HAS ACCOMMODATION FEES PAID FOR Uniplaces, the fastest growing online booking platform for student accommodation, has today announced Francisco Goiana da Silva from Imperial College London as one of five friendly students who will be awarded its first ever Living the Dream scholarship. To be in with a chance of being awarded the scholarship Uniplaces asked students to film themselves committing random acts of kindness in an effort to make university a better place for their fellow students. Francisco joins students from Spain, Italy, the USA and Poland as the first of many to be awarded the scholarship after he helped fellow students relax by arranging an informal wine tasting session. His friends at Imperial College London were delighted when Francisco surprised them with wine from the famous Douro Valley in his native Portugal. Uniplaces co-founder Ben Grech said: “We’re thrilled to offer Francisco a Living the Dream scholarship and his act of kindness totally deserved the 860 votes it received. It’s a great example of the kind of behavior we like to see among student communities, which helps people get to know each other through a bit of old fashioned friendliness!’

Uniplaces co-founder Ben Grech continued: “We believe that more students should take a leaf out of Francisco’s book and study at the right university for them, whatever country that might be in. The Living The Dream scholarship will make this possible for more students around the world by helping break down social and geographical barriers and empowering student mobility.”

BRITS’ IGNORANCE OVER INTOLERANCES REVEALED New research out today, and in time for Coeliac Awareness Week, has revealed we’re still a nation that’s ignorant about intolerances despite over one in five of the UK thought to have a food allergy or intolerance. The research, by Udi’s Gluten Free, has revealed that more than one in ten (11%) have now switched to a gluten-free diet. Indeed 29% of those aged 18-24 have cut gluten out of their diet. Despite this, ignorance of coeliac disease is still widespread. Just 14% of young adults recognise the symptoms of gluten intolerance; with 9% thinking ‘coeliac’ is a famous Italian restaurant! However, as a nation, 91% claim to know what coeliac disease is, but of those, a muddled 2/3rds don’t know what the symptoms are! Confusion continues with more than 3 in 10 Brits believing that gluten is a type of carbohydrate found in potatoes, breads and pasta. Meanwhile, one in ten do not realise pasta is not suitable for those with coeliac disease and the same have no idea beer can contain gluten. Holly Wales, product development director at Udi’s Gluten Free comments; “Allergies and

intolerances are on the rise and as a nation it seems we need to be more aware of such things. “Our research also identified that just under a half (41%) of the UK feel sorry for those living a glutenfree diet. People who are coeliac or are leading a gluten-free life don’t want to be felt sorry for; they want to feel normal and eat free-from foods where they don’t have to compromise on taste.” The study also revealed that other conditions, which baffle us, include irritable bowel syndrome, with 1 in 20 people thinking that IBS is a Silicone Valley computer company. On average 50% of the UK population have suffered at least one of the main symptoms of coeliac disease, but 61% of those mistook the symptoms for IBS. 1 in 10 of us self-diagnose our symptoms, which can lead to serious problems. Even so, only 2 in 10 sought help from their GP and the same amount didn’t think their symptoms were important enough to waste their GPs time. Brits continue to be confused over a number of conditions/illnesses and their symptoms with many (66%) confusing malaria with the flu and just 1 in 10 people able to recognise the true illness. LOCAL NEWS

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SURvEY SHOw UP TO 30 SHOPwORKERS IN THE SOUTH EAST ARE ASSAULTED EvERY DAY Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett has today released survey results which show that last year, on average, 30 shopworkers were assaulted every day across the South East of England. The survey also reveals that almost 35% of shopworkers were threatened by customers and over half were verbally abused, both above the national average. John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Our survey shows that life on the frontline of retail can be pretty tough for many shopworkers and there is still a lot to do to help protect them. So we welcome Labour’s manifesto commitment to ensure staff who work with the public are given greater protection, with tougher penalties for those who assault them. “We launched our Freedom From Fear Campaign in the face of growing concerns amongst retail workers about violence, threats and abuse. The campaign works with retailers to promote respect and make workplaces safer for staff and customers alike.

“All too often criminals who assault staff are not even sent to court, and those who are can receive derisory sentences. In other cases, where the offender often isn’t charged at all victims are left feeling that no one cares that they were assaulted. “Retail crime remains too high and there needs to be action to protect shopworkers. On four occasions in the current Parliament, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs combined to defeat Labour amendments to legislation that would have provided stiffer penalties for those who assault shopworkers. “It is time for the Government to act and the record shows that a Labour Government will deliver. Retail staff have a crucial role in our communities and that role must be valued and respected.” Yvette Cooper – Shadow Home Secretary says: “I’m a big supporter of Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear campaign, raising awareness and ways to make people feel safer at work. I can assure everyone that a Labour Government will make sure staff working with the public get greater protection from attacks, with tougher penalties for criminals.”

KENT HELP TO BUY FIGURES PLACE ASHFORD IN LEAD FOR INCREASE IN HOMEBUYERS Recent figures released by the HCA reveal that Ashford has demonstrated the biggest overall percentage increase in the number of homebuyers using the government backed Help to Buy scheme in Kent over the last three months. Ashford has seen a 67 per cent increase in numbers of those taking up on the helpful five per cent homebuying scheme in the last quarter of the year. In terms of overall figures for Help to Buy, Dartford and Tonbridge and Malling are the leading Kent authorities for the total number of homebuyers using the helpful five per cent deposit scheme. Leading housebuilder for Kent, Ward Homes, is encouraging families in the area looking to buy a property to take part in the popular Help to Buy scheme which has already helped tens of thousands of people across the country buy a brand new home. The scheme, now two years old, enables anyone to put down just five 5 per cent as a deposit for their new home and take advantage of a Government equity loan providing access to more affordable mortgage rates. Pam Reardon, sales and marketing director for Ward Homes comments: “Help to Buy has been a great success story for so many homebuyers throughout Kent and we are delighted to see the scheme give so many local buyers a much needed boost up the property ladder. Kent has produced some fantastic LOCAL NEWS

results for Help to Buy and what is promising is that even areas like Ashford with lower overall figures are continuing to show considerable increases in numbers of ‘Help to Buyers.’ This means that more homebuyers are able to afford to buy either their first or next home in this sought-after part of the country.” Help to Buy allows any homebuyer to secure a brand new home under the value of £600,000 with just a five per cent deposit. The government lends the buyer 20 per cent of the value of the property in the form of an interest free equity loan for five years, meaning that buyers then gain access to some of the great mortgage rates currently available with just a 75 per cent mortgage. Available to all homebuyers, not just first timers, the scheme helps anyone looking for a boost up the property ladder.

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FM CONWAY TO MAINTAIN ROCHESTER BRIDGES A five-year contract to maintain the bridges over the Medway at Rochester has been awarded to FM Conway, a leading infrastructure services company. The Kent-based construction business, which has its headquarters in Dartford, will be responsible for the upkeep of the iconic Grade II listed Rochester Old Bridge, the 1970s New Bridge and the Service Bridge, as well as associated assets owned by Rochester Bridge Trust.

FM Conway, which has a specialist bridges and structures division, previously worked for the Trust on a complex project to clean and inspect the river wall below Rochester Esplanade. Sue Threader, chief executive of Rochester Bridge Trust, said: “The Trust is committed to maintaining its bridges to the very highest specifications both in terms of their structure and their appearance. “FM Conway is one of the UK’s leading independent construction companies, which has won multiple awards for its work. The Trust looks forward to working with the company to meet our exacting standards.”

WIND FARM ExTENSION GETS UNDERWAY OFF KENT COAST Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has kicked off construction of a multi-million pound extension to its Kentish Flats wind farm. The extension - which is expected to cost over £150 million - will be the only wind farm to be developed offshore in UK waters in 2015. Construction started over the weekend, as the foundations for the 15 turbine scheme were laid. The new turbines - which will sit around eight kilometres offshore - are due to be installed this summer. The first power from the new turbines will be generated sometime later in the year. Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, said: “We’re proud to be carrying the UK offshore wind flag this year as the only developer building offshore. It’s important the UK pipeline keeps delivering – and Kentish Flats Extension does that in a modest way so that British suppliers can maintain a foothold in the sector and help capture the significant economic opportunities that go with it.” LOCAL NEWS

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Call of the wild By day Stephen Cheek iS a doCtor at the William harvey hoSpital in aShford but in his spare time Dr Cheek takes a walk on the wild side with a photography hobby which gets him up close and personal with some of the Earth’s most magnificent creatures. We catch up with him to find out more... HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

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When and why did you start taking an interest in photography? I have had an interest in photography for the last seven to eight years, initially general subjects, but more recently wildlife especially in Africa. I particularly aim to get action shots rather than just animal portraits. These require both luck and patience, together with knowledge of animal behaviour. I therefore go with local (to Africa!) companies that organise specialist photography trips and who have good local knowledge together with expert photographer guides.


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Tell us about the risks and dangers at being so Do have a close to the wild animals? hobby you want to Most of the time the photography is from adapted vehicles - Land Rovers or Toyota share with our readers? Land Cruisers. One gets within touching distance of predators such as lions, Or do you want to see your leopards and hyenas. Surprisingly for most of the time the animals do not recognise photographs on our pages?

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that there are animals within the vehicle and completely ignore you as long as you do not stand or make loud noises. However, there are rare exceptions, so one has to be alert and ready to leave! When on foot, one feels suddenly very vulnerable, and you realise that you are invading their territory. Any tips for the beginners who are showing interest in photography? For general photography, there is no need to spend large amounts on equipment – it is the skill of the photographer that counts far more. However, most wildlife photography has to been done from a distance and then the correct equipment does matter. It is easy to spend thousands of pounds buying suitable lenses and cameras. Close up photography, such as of insects and plants, can be very rewarding, can be done in your own garden, and requires far less equipment.

what’s on & when Summer holiday fun, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, 25th July - 2nd September here’s plenty of family fun at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park this summer, with a fun-packed programme of daily activities, events and games arranged during the school holidays from 25th July until 2nd September. Children can race against their friends and family in three-legged, wheelbarrow, and egg and spoon contests. Have a go at hay bale tipping on the farmthemed obstacle course and test your strength in the tug-of-war or throwing the furthest in the wellie toss. Or go water zorbing, paint a pot, climb aboard our junior electric quad bikes, enjoy a donkey ride or watch the daily animal feeding sessions. There will be competitions, trails and tours and the opportunity to get up close with furry friends in Cuddle Corner. Kent Life has got tractors to ride on, indoor and outdoor play areas to go wild in and fascinating historic buildings to explore, ensuring that there’s always something to do whatever the weather. Standard admission prices are adults £9.50; children £7.50; concessions £8.50; under-3s and Kent Life members go free. Book online in advance and save 15%. Additional charges apply for certain activities. Kent Life is open daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm). For more information please call 01622 763936 or visit


And Then There Were None, Woodville Hall, 1st - 6th June o celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage to follow in the footsteps of the company’s hugely successful Witness for the Prosecution and Black Coffee. Starring BAFTA nominated stage and screen star Paul Nicholas, Colin Buchanan, from Dalziel and Pascoe, Susan Penhaligon, who starred in Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance, TV favourite Mark Curry, Emmerdale and West End leading lady Verity Rushworth, Emmerdale star Frazer Hines, and from ITV’s award winning Soldier Soldier, Ben Nealon.


Royal Ascot, Berkshire, 16th – 20th June oyal Ascot 2015 tickets are now on sale. You can enjoy the centrepiece of the British racing and social calendar. Book today ticket prices from £17 £75pp. Group discounts apply. There are three ticket types available for Royal Ascot racedays. The opening day gets off to an impressive start with no less than three Group 1 races – the most prestigious races in the world. For more information please call 0844 346 0346 or visit


Hever in bloom, Hever Castle, 15th - 20th June xperience the quintessential English Rose Garden at the height of its summer beauty with guided tours of the awardwinning Gardens. Many of the Castle rooms will be filled with 1940s style arrangements and flowers from the WWII era created by our florist and garden team. For more information please call 01732 861710 or visit


I, Elizabeth, Woodville Hall, 24th June t a vital crossroads in history a young queen steps from the shadows to reveal her thoughts on marriage, succession, religion and war. But time is against her... Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried - but who was the woman beneath the crown? Using only Elizabeth’s words, Rebecca Vaughan explores the queen’s struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty. Adapted & performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Austen’s Women) Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe)



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Medieval Fayre, Sandwich Showground 18th - 19th July Medieval Fayre, the Sandwich Medieval Festival is not happening this year and there is not one at Leeds Castle, so we offered to put one on instead. In the main arena will be the knights of middle England demonstrating some fantastic riding skills, jousting and sword fighting on horseback and the Milites de Bec who are re-enactors of the Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and the Crusade eras will be joining us. They will concentrate on 1215 especially after Sandwich’s discovery of their very own Magna Carta. The famous, mainly Sandwich based Middle Aged Spread will be joining us with their medieval village and the sky birds of prey demonstration team will also show us their amazing skills. There will be a modern area as well so that you can enjoy the funfair and other attractions. For further information please call 01843 230779 or visit our website


Francis Iles Galleries, Rochester, 20th - 22nd June heir fine art galleries sell contemporary paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery, with over 100 artists showing their work. They offer a full range of framing and restoration services. Come and visit the largest private art gallery south of London in the historic town of Rochester, with it’s maritime history, Norman Castle, Cathedral and association with Dickens. The gallery is open Mon-Sat - 9.30am - 5.30pm Summer Exhibition: Jewels of the Baltic featuring the Russian Artists, Free entry. For full details call 01634 843081 or visit


Milton Jones and The Temple Of Daft, Hastings, White Rock Theatre, 10th June ilton Jones and The Temple of Daft - Yes him with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4, at the beginning of which he was sometimes announced as ‘Britain’s funniest Milton’. An evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only come if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross. Comedian, Writer and actor, whose stand-up is full of surrealism, nonsense and sharp wit, his style of humour is based on mostly one-liners involving puns. For more information please call on 01424 462 280 or visit



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Sittingbourne Carnival Parade, 20th June ome along and support this year’s Sittingbourne Carnival Parade. The Parade starts in Vicarage Road, Milton Regis with the route taking it into Milton High Street, Crown Road, Chalkwell Road, London Road, West Street, Sittingbourne High Street and dispersing in East Street.


The event is organised by the people and for the people of Sittingbourne with the Carnival Association only on hand to manage those entrants who want to take part. Rolling road closures will be put in place to enable the Carnival to move through the town and so please allow for some delay to any journey during the event times. For more information call 01795 475773 or visit

Run or Dye, Penshurst Place, 5th July un or Dye, the world’s most colourful 5km race will be coming to Kent on Saturday 5th July for a colour-filled 5km run in the stunning grounds of Penshurst Place and Gardens. Bringing the explosion of Run or Dye colour to the Estate for the first time, participants can take on the 5K getting fit and experience the vivid colour of Run or Dye in a unique and one-of-a-kind setting. Hundreds have already entered into the Penshurst Place Run or Dye with all participants encouraged to get covered head-to-toe in colour, before running, jogging or walking to the finish line and following in the footsteps of your favourite period drama as you go.



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Kent County Show, Kent Showground, Maidstone, 10th - 12th July he Kent County Show is the region’s showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life. The three day show brings together the very best of Kent with animals, food, fun and excitement giving a true feel of what ’The Garden of England’ has to offer. Experience the flower show, food tent, canine area, show jumping, vintage vehicles and hundreds of cattle, sheep and goats. Meet Titan the Robot, watch the Metropolitan Police Horses, listen to live music and see the Kent Spitfire flying overhead. For one year only the RAF Red Arrows display team will be performing on Friday 10th July 2015. For more information please call 01622 633060 or visit

T Biddenden Tractorfest & Country Fair, Biddenden 22nd - 23rd August

Wildlife Heritage Foundation open day, Smarden, 16th – 19th July

iddenden Tractorfest & Country Fair is back for the third year. Come and see a collection of tractors old and new, stationary engines, and view farming implements & machines from bygone years and watch demonstrations of ploughing. Included for the first time this year will be, the Hurst Green shires, a sheep shearing demonstration and terrier racing. There will also be “Rileys Miniature Railway”, pony rides, “Magic Martin”, a circus workshop and “The Wiggly Worm Show”, for the younger visitors. The Arena displays will once again be headed by, the dog obedience and agility display and will include morris dancing, also a presentation of birds of prey, as well as a show of, dog herding ducks. There will be demonstrations of wool spinning, wood turning, basketry, green wood and trug making, or try your hand at archery or experience a helicopter flight. There will also be a large collection of rural craft, food and catering stalls.

ome and visit our open day that includes over 50 cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cheetahs. A perfect day out for the family with face painting, BBQ’s, falconry display, bouncy castle, arts and crafts and more. Gates open from 11am till 5pm, latest entry is 4pm. For more information please call 01233 771915 or visit


Profits from this event will be used to support local organisations and local charities. The organising committee (BEST) would like to take this opportunity to thank, Michael Palmer for the use of the site, and Ashford Borough Council and Biddenden Parish Council for their support. For further information please call 07934 270500 or visit our website WHAT’S ON AND WHEN


Faversham Open Gardens day and Garden Market, 28th June aversham’s Open Gardens & Market day is the biggest open gardens event in the South East. There are over 30 private and community gardens to explore, designed around a route for exploring Faversham’s most historic streets. It also has a children’s competition and a gardenrelated market with around 40 stalls in Faversham’s picturesque Market Place. You’ll be able to shop for vintage and craft items, local foods, plants and other garden-related things. For more information please call 01795 534542 or visit


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War and Peace Revival, Folkestone Racecourse, 22nd – 25th July he War and Peace Revival is the world’s largest and best military vehicle event. Relive the atmosphere of World War II with a week long programme of action-packed battle re-enactments, living history, arena events, classic civilian and military vehicle displays, military models, vintage fashions, a funfair and the songs, sounds and smells of wartime Britain. The event is a great day out for all the family! Explore the Vintage Village with civilian displays from the 1930s to the 1960s including Home Front, Land Army (with real cows!) classic cars, vintage fashion features and makeovers and much more - something for everyone whether you’re into the military side or just vintage living. Live music day and night gives a real festival feel. Camping available with exclusive evening entertainment so you won’t miss out on a moment! The event is one of the county’s biggest events and will be held at Folkestone Racecourse just minutes from J11 of the M20 or by train, the Westenhanger train station is just a couple of minutes walk from the Racecourse. For more information please call 01304 813945 or visit


Oklahoma!, The Marlowe Theatre, 16th - 20th June rom the minute the rugged cowboy Curly steps on to the stage singing ‘Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, we know that all will be right with the world. Overflowing with classic songs such as ‘I Cain’t Say No’, ‘The Surrey With The Fringe On Top’, ‘Kansas City’ and ‘Oklahoma!’, this wonderful musical follows cowboy Curly and the girl of his dreams, Laurey, as they travel along loves highway. Based on the play Green Grow The Lilacs by Lynn Riggs. Original dances by Agnes de Mille. Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. For further information please call 01227 787787 or visit our website



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Ali Janes

Clairvoyant Ali is an International Clairvoyant and Psychic Teacher. She works from her shop called The Guiding Angels in Herne Bay, Kent where she gives face to face readings for celebrities and locals. Ali has over 20 years’ experience and will teach anyone who wishes to develop their own skills.

Tarot reading for June birthdays:

Star Signs that fall under June are: Gemini (22nd May – 21st June) or Cancer (22nd June – 23rd July) A typical Gemini character has two very different and usually opposite personalities within them and so there is never a dull moment with them as you don’t know which one you are going to get each day. They could appear to be very quiet but when you get to know them they are an extrovert. A typical Cancerian character is hard working and likes a routine. They like to know what they are doing from one moment to the next and have a plan. They like things done and dusted and will work hard in order to achieve their targets. They don’t necessarily want a stressful job just one that pays the bills and let someone else worry about the rest. LOVE Gemini – Confusion within your love life or previous love life issues are making you judge too harshly. Maybe it’s time to look at why the communication wasn’t working between the two of you rather than it being just a one sided problem. Nobody likes being trapped in their past fears so make an effort to put this to bed so to speak. Cancer: You will be having a boost of confidence around this time which will leave you being a little naughty or mischievous. It’s about time you let your hair down and stopped hiding behind other issues in life rather than really enjoying what is right in front of you. Finances / Work Gemini – I see a person who will re-enter your life with a new plan for work / money making. You will have to set some boundaries first so that you both understand what you are taking on and why. I see they will try to introduce someone new to this new plan but you feel a little wary about them. Your intuition is telling you to keep the plan simple at this stage and you are right to do so. Cancer – A meeting with an official person is planned or you will be attending now. You will need to be ready to take a risk or move forward with the plan at this time and it’s no good always thinking that it’s all going to fail anyway. Sometimes in life we need to take a chance, you never know this may be your lucky break. I see you have felt shackled or stuck in a rut for a while and now the door is open so go for it!



elebrities who also share June birthdays:

Angelina Jolie 4th June

Prince William Duke of Cambridge 21st June

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini 30th June

JuneHoroscopes Capricorn 22nd Dec – 20th Jan Love/Family: Life seems to be throwing all sorts at you and you are struggling to find easy solutions for these issues. Maybe you should let other people take control of these problems and you can follow the lead for once. You may find you need a break from having to make all the decisions about this side of your life it’s nice that someone else takes the reins. Work/Finances: Due to a character close to you who just won’t give you a final answer over matters of real importance, you will now override their stubborn behaviour and just do it yourself. You will feel naughty for doing this but hey they had their chance, they will regret not striking while the iron was hot. Aries 21st March – 20th April Love/Family: You like to be independent without too much interference from other people trying to tell you what to do and how you should do it. If only other people could pick up on your need to do things your own way, then a healthy rhythm could be created and blending of personalities would be easier. Work/Finances: You have been worried about how things are going to turn out. In fact you need to look more carefully before you leap into action. Caution will pay off. Look into your options and then you can make a judgement with all the knowledge rather than just part of it. I can see an emotional situation brewing when it should be all about work / money. Cancer 22nd June – 23rd July Love/Family: Have you ever thought that the role you play in your family unit may be a little mixed up? You may play the parent role and the parent plays the child role? It’s a very complex thing when you sit and realise that maybe there are past life connections or maybe it’s just a little upside down. Work/Finances: You have taken yourself out of a situation that you feel is the right time to withdraw from. You don’t feel very happy with this emotionally as it’s not the type of thing you do often, as you class it as giving up but when you realise that things aren’t going to plan over and over again you have to understand the lesson that the universe is trying to tell you. Libra 2th Sept – 23rd Oct Love/Family: Feeling a little out of it and away from others at this time, or this is what you have chosen to do for some reason. Whilst you are on your own you are doing a great deal of thinking and dissecting what you have already completed in your life and what you still want to complete. I see that in your love life / emotional life you are putting a block up around you heart to give it time to heal. Work/Finances: Rushing ahead with your plans that you started last month (May 2015). There is some paperwork that you have to look through and adjust to suit you better. I see you looking at things in black and white and knowing why you felt you had to take a leap of faith. Beware of someone close to you getting insecure about your new plans.

Aquarius 21st Jan – 19th Feb Love/Family: Two people with two very strong belief systems and a feeling of holding on to the past. These are the issues that surround yourself and someone close to you at this time. You are trying to deal with a character that is stuck in their ways and you are pretty much the same in an odd sort of way. Work/Finances: Taking back control and looking at life in a very positive manner. I see a huge clear out where you will be throwing away old things or things that you no longer need. Getting rid of or fixing furniture that needs fixing and generally getting organised. Taurus 21st April – 21st May Love/Family: You are feeling a little vulnerable or insecure at this time and this is making you aware that you need to take time out to heal after hurt from the past. We all feel like this sometimes. It’s far worse to ignore it and pretend everything is ok and once you feel stronger, you will know that you are back on track and fired up for future adventures. Work/Finances: There is a feeling of anger or frustration around you at this time and you feel it’s an uphill battle to get where you want to be in your financial / work life. I see that you are a hard working person who is trying to achieve happiness and security. You have had to deal with a person recently who is not worthy of your emotions or stress. Leo 24th July – 23rd Aug Love/Family: I am hearing talk or discussions regarding a summer holiday or trip for you. I see that there is someone who you should really invite but there is on the other hand a wish that they don’t get invited, as they could potentially ruin the tranquility that is supposed to happen when on holiday. A boost of confidence is coming your way this month and a lovely surprise that has been planned with lots of love. Work/Finances: You are feeling a little lost in the vastness of the next work / financial plan. You are wandering around trying to organise yourself ready for what needs to be done next. I can see that you are waiting to hear back from someone who can help you and make life easy for you but there is a delay in this at the moment. You feel a little trapped and can’t move forward. Scorpio 24th Oct – 22nd Nov Love/Family: You are being very wary over someone that you have just met. I can see that they have another side to their character that can be a little intimidating and you have tried to see the good in them and in their circumstances. You do however get an inspirational feeling with them. Work/Finances: You are looking directly at your next project or target with a great deal of enthusiasm and you are focused on this because you know you can and will achieve it. I can see that you have independence around you that others sometimes don’t understand, but you like to do things off your own back and you are doing just that with this new project

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Pisces 20th Feb – 20th Mar Love/Family: You have attention from lots of different directions and people telling you how well you have done. I can see that you are in a wonderful position to get whatever you wish for in life. You are in touch with your higher self and you know what you are doing and who is coming with you on your emotional journey. Work/Finances: A boost of confidence and a wonderful feeling of happiness sweep over you. You are learning how to think in a positive way and how to achieve what you once thought unachievable. You are feeling a little blocked in by an ambition that has outgrown the box it was growing in and so you may have to think bigger and better than ever before. Gemini 22nd May – 21st June Love/Family: Freedom and excitement is all around you this month and you feel like you could enjoy being truly happy and content for a while. You are off out to socialise and be with people close to you who have requested your company. You are glowing with bubbliness and people want to be around you because you are shining and positive. Make sure you leave your past in the past, focus on happiness. Work/Finances: There is more money going out than coming in at the moment and life seems to be a little harsh on your pocket. You are trying to get more of a hold on your cash or find a way of making more money so it really won’t matter. Be creative with your finances and your time and you won’t be in trouble, just busy. Virgo 24th Aug – 23rd Sept Love/Family: You feel very needy right now and it’s not like you as you usually can see a positive outcome in most situations. You have been stuck in the middle of a rock and a hard place linking to your personal life and whichever way you turn you would be wrong. Hmm…What to do for the best? Work/Finances: You have been pouring a great deal of time and effort into a work / financial situation that has taken a lot of concentration and time. You have been waiting for this to come to fruition but it doesn’t appear to be happening at this time. Some keys will be handed to you with an escape plan. Sagittarius 23rd Nov – 21st Dec Love/Family: You are feeling peace and tranquility in your life at the moment and you are enjoying every moment. If you stay ever so still it may remain this way, or not! That’s life though! For the moment take an opportunity to pamper yourself and still your mind as things are going to get spicy very soon… be ready! Work/Finances: There is a great deal of money around you at the moment but it seems just out of reach. You have to try a different tactic in order to get the finances to flow in your direction. It’s a skill that you have achieved before so look back at past experiences and you will get lucky again.

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