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pril is a month rather unfairly labelled as being the one of showers. But really it is something of a gateway month; leading us through spring and giving us a few tantalising glimpses of the early summer which lurks just around the corner. Or at least I hope it does. I don’t know about you, but I am in desperate need of some revitalising sunshine! Because the sun rays means we all start to explore this wonderful county of ours – be it with walks through the daffodils or to see the newly born lambs, or trips out with family and friends to enjoy a day out at a top attraction. We recently produced our latest guide to the best places in the county. Our Best Attractions in Kent has proved phenomenally popular so far, with thousands upon thousands already snapped up and distributed to tourist offices and hotels around the county. It’s us doing our bit to put the spotlight on the top sites in Kent and make sure they flourish. I’m certainly already using it to plan future days out – pick up a copy and I’m sure you will too! We’re also working on our next edition of the Best Places to Dine – a guide which did for our restaurants what the tourism guide is doing for the attractions. If you want to make sure you’re included, please make sure you get in touch as soon as possible. For now, though, we have another jampacked edition of mmm featuring all your favourite sections; fashion, travel, days out, beauty and so much more. Our celebrity interview this month is Sir Ian McKellen – best known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. We think he will sprinkle some of his wizard magic over this edition. So enjoy this edition and let’s all keep our fingers crossed the weather remains as bright and warming as this month’s mmm! See you next month! Rasa






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JASON STATHAM Hard as nails and ready for action


NATIONAL TRUST Explore the great outdoors

Editorial Tom White Robin J Brooks Tricia Lester Sarah Vince


BEAUTY Spring clean your beauty routine


MOTORS Award winners

Design Matthew Jones


FITNESS Workout challenge


GADGETS & GIZMOS Cutting-edge technology this April


FOOD Recipes for success


LOCAL NEWS Latest local news in Kent


BALDWINS TRAVEL GROUP Perfect destinations to inspire and captivate


HISTORY No. 500 Squadron by Robin J Brooks


SIR IAN MCKELLEN Knight of the acting realm


ATTRACTIONS Fun, thrills and good times galore


HOME Beautiful blue


EVENTS Highlighting family fun and celebrations throughout Kent


CONSERVATORIES Discover your perfect type


HOROSCOPES April predictions by Ali Janes


GARDENING Spring top tips


CHAPMAN’S Borough Green facilty launch


PROPERTY Stunning homes in Kent

Publisher Rasa Dregva

Sales Sue Houghton Jessica Kaur Further Contribution Tracy Jones

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or a man who has crafted a career by being the epitome of a tough, no-nonsense, gun-tottin’ all-action actor, Jason Statham has a rather odd background. From a grammar school in Great Yarmouth to being part of the England 1990 Commonwealth Games diving team, his career path is certainly one with plenty of twists and turns. Today he is globally famous for his roles in the likes of the Expendable movies, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the Transporter franchise. He shoots, he punches, he leaps through flames…he is tough and he is fearless. What’s more, he stepped out with Rochester’s very own Kelly Brook for seven years – the pair first meeting in 1997 when Kelly was just 18. Together they started flying up the celebrity league table and Kelly professed he was her first love. But it was to crumble seven years later after she met Titanic star Billy Zane. Yet the set-back did not deter Statham. In 1998 he hit the big time alongside his former school pal Vinnie Jones in Guy Richie’s Lock Stock movie and has never looked back. His desire to be a stuntman saw him do all his own daredevil stunts in The Transporter movies. While his schoolboy love of a range of martial arts ensured he was well equipped to take on tough man roles in the likes of the remake of the Italian Job, as an SAS soldier in the star-studded the Expendables and in the most recent Fast and Furious movies. a ©2013 Lionsgate


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And he’s long since found love too – he announced his engagement to long-time girlfriend, the Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – although the pair prefer to keep their private life just that. “We’re best mates. He makes me laugh every day,” she says. “I almost feel like I never had a proper boyfriend before. “‘It’s more work to put your relationship out there than it is to keep it behind closed doors.” Born in Derbyshire in 1967, Statham’s mother was a dancer and his father a street seller. After moving to Norfolk he went to the local grammar school where he played football alongside friend Vinnie Jones who would go on to reach the top of the game with Wimbledon and England. But despite his footballing talents, it was diving which put him on the road to stardom. For 12 years he was a member of Britain’s national diving squad, competing at the Commonwealth

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Games and becoming one of the best divers in the world as a consequence. So why not push for an Olympic place? “I just thought to make the Olympics I would have to train for another four years and I thought better of it,” he says. Having quit diving he continued modelling for a sports company – he had previously landed a contract with the brand French Connection and even appeared in pop videos for the likes of The Shamen and The Beautiful South – and supplemented it with a little street selling of his own. And, legend has it, it was there he was spotted by the now ex-Mr Madonna – director Guy Richie. “It was just one of those chance things,” he says. “You don’t usually meet directors on the streets.” But he impressed enough to get a role in the movie. And the roles have not dried up since. a

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“I really enjoyed working with Guy Ritchie,” he says. “Firstly, it gave me a career, and two, they’re probably a couple of the best films I’ve ever done. I thought The Bank Job was a really quality movie. “Working with Luc Besson and doing the first two The Transporter movies were pretty good. “You’re always aiming for something and trying to push yourself to do something good. A movie, it’s like a very complicated timepiece. There’s a lot of wheels in a watch. And some of those wheels, if they don’t turn right, then, you know, the watch isn’t going to tell the time.” He has, however, become somewhat typecast as the classic antihero. But that hasn’t stopped him diversifying from the classic action flick. He’s voiced a character in the animated take on the Shakespeare classic, Gnomeo and Juliet, plus appeared alongside the likes of Miranda Hart and Melissa McCarthy in the action comedy Spy. a

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“I’ve always been apprehensive about trying to do a comedy, because they’re either brilliant or they’re terrible,” he admits. “At least in making an action film, there’s always going to be someone who wants to see a car chase. Even if a lot of the people don’t like it, there will be a lot of people that do. But bad comedy is just garbage. But Spy works, and I give all the credit to director Paul Feig and the writing.” He’s even appeared in video games too – including the likes of Red Faction II and an early Call of Duty game. Now 48, he has 25 films to his name – his latest, Mechanic: Resurrection is due out later this year. Granted, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea – but then explosion-heavy action movies rarely are – but there’s a huge market out there for just that and Jason Statham is managing to mine a very rich seam indeed. What’s more, as he gets older he seems to be picking up even more roles and his reputation grows. With marriage around the corner, and a personal fortune estimated to around the £30 million mark, he’s certainly come a long way since those days of football and the diving board. One thing you cannot deny, however, is that he’s making an almighty splash. mmm ©Lionsgate © Twentieth Century Fox 2015 ©2004 Chaotic Productions Limited Lionsgate Films

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the hottest trends for this season

Is your wardrobe lacking the vibrancy of spring? Or are your go-to summer outfits looking more drab than fab? Now’s the perfect time to shake up your style ready for the warmer months, so we’ve taken a sneak peek at the hottest trends hitting stores at intu Lakeside this season...


A fashion classic has been revamped this season for both menswear and womenswear as nautical style gets turned up a notch to become Nauticaluxe. This trend is all about big, bold blues, reds and whites - think stripes paired with standout red heels and a bit of glitz. Head to Topshop where this trend is BIG – and don’t forget the nautical inspired accessories to complete the look.


Reminisce about the summer of ’69 with this vintage inspired trend hot off the catwalks. From patterned maxi dresses to big floppy hats, this style is inspired by all things 60s and 70s and is perfect for warm summer days spent round the BBQ. Want the look? You’ll find everything you need to embrace this style at River Island.

Nautiluxe - Marks and Spencer stripe jumper £35.00

Pink Soda - DKNY at House of Fraser saffiano light pink satchel £215.00

Nautiluxe - Linea at House of Fraser strip jacket £99.00


Who doesn’t love a splash of colour? With this feminine trend you’ll stand out from the crowd and have a bit of fun whilst you’re doing it! Use a kaleidoscope of pastels and don’t be afraid to team baby pinks with baby blues. Don’t forget a pair of statement white jeans and court shoes to ensure your look ‘pops’. Dorothy Perkins is the place to go to embrace this trend.


Monochrome is a surprise hit this season and it’s been spotted on catwalks from New York to Paris. With its sharp silhouettes and geometric patterns, this style is the perfect option if you’re looking to make a statement. The trend has even been appearing on swimwear, perfect for lounging around the pool. Check out Victoria Secret’s range of swimwear and discover a monochrome style which gets heads turning.

Monochrome - DKNY at House of Fraser monochrome scarf £39.00

Monochrome - Red Herring at Debenhams bag £20.00


Red is one of the hottest shades this summer so make sure your wardrobe is crammed with crimson if you want to embrace this trend. From cami tops and dresses to sandals and handbags, red will reign supreme throughout the season. And if your make-up bag could do with a splash of red, check out MAC’s amazing range of statement lipsticks to seal the deal.

Imperial Red - Dorothy Perkins red pinafore dress £35.00

Imperial Red - Frost French at Debenhams sunglasses £16.00

With a bigger fashion selection than ever before, including All Saints, Zara, Oasis and House of Fraser, intu Lakeside is the perfect destination to revamp your wardrobe. So whether you’re jetting off on a holiday, partying the day away at a festival or getting sun-kissed on the beach, ensure your style is on trend at intu Lakeside.

Jacket £230.00, trousers £120.00, Lingwood shirt £60.00 House of Fraser

Grain leather bifold wallet £280.00 TOM FORD

Jumper £85.00 Lyle and Scott Jeans £100.00 Neuw Jeans Bag £160.00 Lyle & Scott House of Fraser

Jacket £85 Perry Ellis shirt £80.00 G-Star t-shirt £25.00 Perry Ellis chinos £55.00 Criminal belt £18.00 Howick backpack £45.00 Criminal House of Fraser


Tobias leather penny loafer £450.00 Gucci

Tonal floral slim chinos £275.00 Vivienne Westwood

Leather travel explorer bag £335.00 Barbour

Classic fit t-shirt £230.00 Giorgio Armani

Fringe high top sneaker £505.00 Saint Laurent

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Small Faye suede shoulder bag £865.00 Chloé

Diamond Ephson shoulder bag £1,395 Anya Hindmarch

Autograph dress £229.00 Marks and Spencer

Timeless design

White jacquard skirt £90.00 Michael Kors

Wentworth slim cropped trousers £375.00 Burberry London

Contrast knit peplum top £320.00 Just Cavalli

Priamo polka dot top £340.00 MaxMara

Rockstud tri-colour pump £650.00 Valentino Rosa embellished lace pump £595.00 Dolce & Gabbana

Young girls navy patent bow shoe £11.00 BHS

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Boys stripy jumper in green mix £14.00 Marks and Spencer

Boys mantaray boot £22.00 Debenhams

Girls cord sequin panel skirt £18.00 John Lewis

Younger girls butterfly sandal £12.00 BHS

Boys zip through cut and sew hoodie £19.00 Very Lighthouse denim dress £16.00 Next

Girls pearl trim lace party dress £36.00 House of Fraser

Boys washed check shirt £13.00 Next

PURE indulgence by the sea Let’s blossom this spring


other Nature has started to show us signs of spring and in March we look forward to changing the clocks which means longer daylight hours. We then begin to peel away the layers of clothes and start to slowly come out of winter hibernation. Spring is certainly a time for renewal and regeneration and this also applies to ourselves and how we feel. At PURE in Whitstable, we know how damaging the winter months can be on our appearance, as well as how we feel, so we want to help you to put a spring back in your step and approach the new season full of vitality. It is not just the strength of the sun during the warmer months that can be bad for our skin. During the winter months our skin has had to endure the harsh cold weather, lack of daylight and also the effects of dehydration from being in warm centrally heated homes, the combination of which can make our skin age. There are lots of fantastic facial treatments available to help you

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look and feel revitalised, favourites at PURE include the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial. A hands on Microdermabrasion treatment which specifically targets fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, acne and superficial scarring. Skin is left incredibly clean, smooth and radiant bringing a renewed level of evenness and clarity to the complexion. Also at the forefront of current beauty technology is the CACI Ultimate aesthetic treatment system. Loved by many well know celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez, the CACI Crystal Free Microdermabrasion is a revolutionary system that removes the outermost surface of the skin by using super fine particles directly onto the face. The LED photo rejuvenation uses wavelengths of light to stimulate the skin cells and reduce the signs of pigmentation. With an extensive range of treatments you can be assured at PURE that whatever your skincare requirement our team of highly trained therapists will help and advise you on the best treatment for you. So come out of that winter hibernation and really blossom this spring.

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Resolve to be active with a variety of physical activities on a regular basis that will develop strength, cardiovascular capacity and flexibility.


Take part in physical activities that involve the large muscle groups of the body.


Be sure to lift weights or use resistant exercises to place demands and challenge your muscles.


Make sure to stretch regularly before and after or during exercise. Remember to move your muscles through their full range of motion on a regular basis.


Maintain your weight at an appropriate level. If you need to lose weight, a general rule to follow is to eat less and exercise more (both in moderation). a

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Start to have a healthy diet. Good nutrition equates to good health. This involves providing your body with the required nutrients in appropriate amounts.


Resolve to keep matters of your life in proper perspective. Know what factors you can and cannot control in your life. Don’t “stress out” over those things beyond your control. See change as an opportunity, not a threat.


Make sure to get enough sleep. The basic guideline concerning how much sleep you need is whatever enables you to feel refreshed, alert and in relative good spirits the next day. Sleep helps to rest and restore your body both physically and mentally. mmm


Equipment Needed: Set of light dumbbells (3-5 lbs), a chair, interval timer. What to Do: Perform all exercises for 45 seconds and rest 15 seconds after each one. Complete each routine three times and rest one full minute after each circuit. Each workout equals 17-minutes, making them totally doable! Monday Leg raise, plank, hip extensions left side, hip extensions right side and march in place. Tuesday Military press, plié/sumo squat, stiff legged deadlift with dumbbells, foot to foot crunches and high knees in place. Wednesday Goblet squat, knee touches in place, tricep kickbacks, rear leg extension left leg and rear leg extension right leg. Thursday Rest day – Take a brisk 30 minute walk. Friday March in place, traditional crunch, chair squat, wall push-up and bodyweight glute bridge. Saturday Toe reach, alternating lunges, lying oblique twist, body weight squat and high knees in place. Sunday Russian/mason twist, knee push-ups, alternating reverse lunge, reverse crunch and knee touches in place

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Food - Recipes for success Fruits and Vegetables - Ripe for April

Recipe from: Prince’s Golf Club The Brasserie on the Bay

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Heirloom tomatoes with

flageolet bean hummus, hazelnut granola

Ingredients For the granola 125ml maple syrup 1tbsp honey 2tbsp cold pressed rape seed oil 300g grams rolled oats For the flageolet bean hummus 400g flageolet beans (can) 4tbsp fresh lemon juice. 4tbsp tahini paste 1/2tbsp salt 1tbsp paprika 4tbs cold pressed rape seed oil


For the granola • Mix all the ingredients together, spread out on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 150/ fan /130 gas 2. For the flageolet bean hummus • Blitz all ingredients together until smooth.

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Speedy kale & ricotta tagliatelle Ingredients 300g essential Waitrose tagliatelle 200g pack essential Waitrose kale 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large red chilli, seeded and finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 salad onions, thinly sliced ½ x 25g pack fresh basil, leaves roughly torn 125g essential Waitrose Italian ricotta 1 tbsp Cooks’ ingredients toasted pinenuts

Method • Cook the tagliatelle in a large pan of boiling salted water for six minutes, then add the kale and cook for a further three minutes. • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan and add the chilli and garlic. Cook gently for two minutes, then add the salad onions and cook for a further minute.

• Drain the tagliatelle and kale and return to the pan. Stir in the garlic mixture and most of the basil. Gently fold through the ricotta. • Divide between four shallow bowls then scatter over the pinenuts, remaining basil and a good grinding of coarse black pepper.

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Shrimp Risotto Ingredients Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 garlic clove, grated or minced 1 cup Arborio rice 1/3 cup dry white wine 3 1/2 cups hot chicken, vegetable or seafood stock zest of 1 lemon pinch of saffron 8 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese Tablespoon fresh thyme

Method • In a medium saucepan gently cook the onion in the olive oil over low heat for about five minutes, until onion is a little soft. Add the grated garlic and cook for a minute more Increase heat to medium and add the rice. Cook for about three minutes, stirring a couple of times. Add the wine and cook for two to three minutes, stirring. Add about one cup of the broth, the lemon zest, saffron and stir. Cook over medium/low heat so that the rice is just at a low simmer. When the liquid is almost completely absorbed, add about 1/2 cup of broth. • You know it’s time to add more broth when you run a spoon through the risotto and the liquid doesn’t pour back onto the bottom of the pan. Keep adding broth a little at a time and stir occasionally until the rice is just tender, about 25 minutes. • Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to the boil. Turn off heat and wait a couple of minutes. Add the shrimp and poach in this hot water for about two minutes until shrimp turns pink and is just done. It doesn’t take long, then drain.

• Add the cheese and about 3/4 of the thyme to the risotto and blend. Taste and if it needs a little salt, add it now. Divide risotto among four plates. Top with two poached shrimp each and sprinkle the rest of the fresh thyme on top. You can take a vegetable peeler and peel strips of extra Pargmigiano if you want for garnish.

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Why should you make them a priority this month? One steamed artichoke has around 65 calories and a large 10 grams of fibre, and they’re an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Plus, they contain the antioxidant silymarin, which helps protect from heart disease and helps your liver do its job. • The artichoke is one of the most popular edible flower buds of the Mediterranean region. Known as “Ankinara” in Greek, its use as a vegetable is well known to the ancient Greeks and Romans who advocated it for its medicinal and health benefiting qualities. Botanically, it belongs within the thistle family (Asteraceae), in the genus: Cynara. Scientific name: Cyanara scolymus. • Each artichoke globe measures about 6-10 cm in diameter and weighs about 150 g. Fuzzy; immature florets at the centre of the bud constitute its “choke.” These are inedible in older, and larger flowers. Edible portion of the buds consists primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the involucre bracts (triangular scales) and the base, known as the “heart.”


These were originally discovered in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela. This orange has reddish-pink flesh and a sweet, tangy flavour similar to strawberries and cranberries. Because they’re seedless, many people prefer using them in recipes like fruit salad, salsa, or dipped in dark chocolate. • The Cara Cara is sometimes called the red orange fruit because, while it resembles a navel orange from the outside, the inner flesh is pinkish-red. The flavour is like that of an orange but slightly tangier. It imparts a range of nutritional value, including vitamin C, folate, vitamin A and potassium. The nutrition in these fruits help you meet your daily needs for several vitamins and minerals.


Also called green or spring onions, scallions are in season beginning late March. They’re somewhat sweeter than onions, with a slight peppery bite. For the best flavour combination, use the green tops for sweetness and white ends for crunch. Scallions are versatile and can be added to most any dish where you want a hint of onion-y flavour, like pasta salads, soups, pizza, guacamole, salad dressing, and scrambled eggs. HEALTHY EATING


This leafy green is an excellent source of fibre, folate, and vitamin K. It’s also brimming with minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. In fact, spinach is one of the best sources of the antioxidant lutein, which helps keeps your eyes and your skin looking great. To get the most nutrition out of your spinach, look for those with vibrant, deep leaves - pass on those that are wilted. • Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well. Recent research has shown that spinach leaves that look fully alive and vital have greater concentrations of vitamin C than spinach leaves that are pale in colour. The study authors suggest that the greater supply of vitamin C helps protect all of the oxygen-sensitive phytonutrients in the spinach leaves and makes them look vibrant and alive.


The end of March is peak season for this early spring favourite. The differences between green and white asparagus: white has a milder flavour and is grown underground without exposure to sunlight. One cup of chopped asparagus has 30 calories, and is a rich source of folate and thiamin, it is also a good source of fibre, iron, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. For best results when cooking this vegetable, make sure the spears are all the same thickness so they cook evenly. • Asparagus is a young tender stem vegetable, erupting from its underground root-system. Its flavourful spears were well recognized by ancient Greeks and Romans as a prized delicacy. One of the oldest recorded vegetables, it is thought to have originated along the coastal regions of the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor regions.


This member of the mustard family has a slight peppery flavour. Radishes can be found in a variety of colours, ranging from red to purple and white to black, and this low-calorie superstar has 20 calories per cup and is brimming with vitamin C, folate and potassium. Munch on them for a snack, or sauté, braise, glaze, or pickle them. And don’t forget about the leaves they can be added raw to salads or cooked like spinach. • Radish is one of the nutritious root-vegetables featured in both raw salads as well as in main recipes. This widely used root vegetable belongs to the family of Brassica. In Chinese culture, radish along with cabbage and soybean curd (tofu) has been believed to be a healthy food. A popular Chinese proverb goes like this: “eating pungent radish and drinking hot tea, let the starved doctors beg on their knees.” The vegetable is thought to have originated in mainland China centuries ago and today, it is one of the most widely cultivated crops throughout the world. Botanical name: Raphanus sativus.

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aking an escorted land tour is a perfect way to discover Europe. Relax in supreme comfort and allow yourself to be guided along on expertly-planned itineraries. River cruising gives an alternative perspective to the continent’s myriad delights and, with multiple destinations visited in a single trip, the sense of value is unmatched. Both allow you to literally watch the world go by and enjoy an evolving backdrop of awesome scenery whatever the weather. They say that home is where the heart is, and when you consider the characterful collection of islands that we have the privilege of calling our home, it is no surprise that for some the perfect holiday means exploring the many charms that surround us in the UK. Be inspired by the spectacular beaches of the Cornish coast or the captivating and intricate wealth of history to be found in our great cities. Opt for a short break to have a little something to look forward to, perfectly highlighting the wonders within our own geographical back yard and generate travel memories that redefine ‘domestic bliss’. With virtually unlimited holiday choices at home and across the globe, it is easy to overlook the pleasures to be enjoyed in our own extraordinary continent. Yet the countries of Europe present scenic splendour and artistic and architectural treasures beyond compare, along with a cultural and culinary heritage that is the envy of the world. From Norway’s glacier-carved northern coast within the Arctic Circle, down to the compelling variety of scenery across Turkey to the south, from majestic Russia in the east, the geological marvel of Iceland to the west and everything in between, Europe offers a complex blend of culture, cuisine, countryside and creativity virtually at our front door. a


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If you are looking for summer sunshine, there are plenty of wonderful destinations to choose from across the continent. Whether you want to step back in time and explore the ancient cobblestoned streets of a bustling market in Malta, taste a glass or two of the local wines in Spain or discover the culture and history of Croatia, an escorted European Coach Tour

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could be the perfect choice. After all, the vibrant towns, delicious food and breathtaking beauty of these European countries are only a couple hours away, - a short break to Europe is a great way to get away for a few days. And if you prefer, you could stay and explore for a bit longer. Here are some of our favourite ideas:



River boat tours are one popular way to explore Germany, with options including voyages along the Rhine or Elbe. With European breaks like this, you’ll get the chance to learn about the history of the places you pass through, as well as getting to see some of the most spectacular settings from an entirely new perspective. From the Black Forest to the busy streets of Berlin, medieval villages, and fairytale-like castles sitting high atop steep cliffs, there are a vast array of sights to enjoy on a river cruise through Germany.

There’s no doubt that France lives up to its reputation as a romantic country with a unique, serene beauty and plenty of history, in addition to fine foods and many of the world’s most renowned wines. Whether you are intrigued by fashion, history, architecture or simply the Parisian way of life, a trip to Paris won’t disappoint - and a cruise along the Seine is a fantastic way to see landmarks like Notre Dame, the Hotel de Ville and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you could get away from the hustle and bustle to see what else the country has to offer. Normandy, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley are three excellent destinations, while those looking for some sand and sunshine could head to Nice and the Riviera.


With scenic landscapes and regions that seem completely untouched by humans, a tour of Scandinavia is a popular choice for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. You’ll also get to experience many of the metropolitan areas of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Or why not opt for a Baltic cruise that sails from Dover to St Petersburg, with stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki? What’s more, there are plenty of other hidden gems of Europe for you to explore - such as Bulgaria, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, Iceland and Turkey. Wherever you want to go, escorted European tours from Titan are a great way to ensure you don’t miss a thing. mmm For more information contact your local Baldwins Travel Group branch. TRAVEL FEATURE

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COSMOS TOURS & CRUISES launches new Andalucia tour DISCOVER, EXPLORE AND DELIGHT IN SOUTHERN SPAIN osmos Tours & Cruises has broadened its range of touring holidays in southern Spain with the launch of a new seven day tour of Andalucia which includes visits to Ronda, Seville and Cordoba. Offering a leisurely pace with plenty of free time to discover the region, highlights include a walking tour of the historic city of Ronda, with its Moorish alleyways, historic palace and 18th century bridge ‘Puente Nuevo’. Also included is a guided tour of Seville and time to explore the city Barrios Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter and spectacular cathedral and Moorish palace of Alcazar. The tour continues with a visit to the ancient Moorish city of Cordoba to enjoy the sights of the Great Mosque or Mezquita before arriving in Granada for a two night stay. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the famous Alhambra, the Moorish fortress palace to include the Nasrid Palaces with the Court of Lions, the Alcazaba and spectacular Generalife Gardens. Keesia Samuels, Product and Commercial Manager commented: “Popularity in Andalucia continues to strengthen with more of our customers wanting to travel to the region and Spain as a whole this year. Our featured hotels are centrally located four star rated hotels and are ideal bases to enjoy the guided excursions from, as well as time to explore on their own. “


She added: “Agents can flag up to customers the great value of this tour as excursions, bed and breakfast accommodation and the services of a tour director are all included as well as the option of flying from their local airports. “ Priced from £595 per person, the new tour features four star rated hotels; Hacienda Puerto Sol in Mijas, Tryp Macarens in Seville as well as Hotel Abba in Granada. The price includes return flights, six nights bed and breakfast accommodation, guided excursions and overseas transfers. Departures are available from five UK airports on 7th, 21st June and 13th, 20th September 2016. mmm For more details on this and many other tours contact your local Baldwins Travel Group Branch.

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With world-renowned galleries and exquisite architecture at every turn, each winding street leads to another jaw dropping sight in Florence. If the bustle of this fine city – home to some of the greatest art in the world – gets too much, the peace of the Tuscan hills is within easy reach.


The Italian lakes are magnificent. Lake Maggiore, stretching for 40 miles and straddling the border between Italy and Switzerland, is a natural phenomenon that has drawn visitors for years. Many people’s first stop is Isola Bella – ‘Beautiful Island’ – with its sumptuous palace and breathtaking gardens. A few miles east of Maggiore is Lake Como. Shaped like an inverted Y, it boasts incredible scenery and two notable towns, Como and Bellagio.


For an authentic Italian experience look no further than Le Marche, which is just as beautiful but offers a slower pace of life and has fewer visitors than the country’s hot spots. Enjoy this stunning coastline and head inland to discover an unspoilt region with beautiful vistas, lush vineyards and intriguing historic sites. Wherever you choose to explore, join us on a tour of this romantic land and we’ll help you fall in love with Italy’s enchanting atmosphere and breathtaking beauty. Contact your local Baldwins Travel Group branch for a brochure or to discuss any Italian itinerary. mmm

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Sir Ian McKellen knight of the acting realm


From sci-fi and wizardry to Shakespeare’s finest, Sir Ian McKellen on his relatively late switch to the big screen and the fame it has delivered

f every actor desires a broad portfolio in order to ensure regular high profile work, then look no further than Sir Ian McKellen. As famous for his work on the stage portraying Shakespeare’s finest creations as he is in the world of big budget blockbuster sciencefiction movies, he has enjoyed a career stretching across seven decades. And, as a consequence, he is perhaps better known today than ever before. His role as the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movies – and the following trilogy for The Hobbit – saw him appeal to an entirely new generation and win wide critical, as well as popular, acclaim. While his role in the X Men movies as Magneto had underlined his ability to defy his years in an industry often so focused on the young. Now aged 76, he filmed scenes for the movie Mr Holmes, released last year, at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard – a movie which saw him portray the famous detective brought out of retirement for one final case. He’s a regular on the small screen too – most recently in the comedy alongside Derek Jacobi on ITV, Vicious – which met with somewhat contrasting critical reviews. And it seems he has no regrets over making the leap from stage to screen. “It’s easier to go from theatre to film than the other way round,” he explains, “In film you’re absolutely loved and cossetted and cared for. In film your director makes your performance. In theatre you’re carrying it all. But films appeal to me because I’m still intrigued by how to do them. I’m so pleased that I seem to be able to act in films, not waving and shouting too much, just to be heard in the gods.

“Friends tell me I used to always ask them why I was not in films,” he says. “Well, looking back, I know why now. It’s because my acting was so inappropriate for films. My professional pride was in being able to deliver a performance that would impact on people sitting in the gods as much as to people sitting in the front row – which would often alarm the people in the front row, particularly critics, who thought I was overacting. I wasn’t overacting to the people over there. But people would come to see it and think, we don’t want this guy in our movies.” In fact, while it would be easy to assume McKellen – knighted in 1991 – has been lighting up the big screen for decades, it was in fact only in the 1990s that he made a major transition to cinema. Prior to that, stage was his love. From his first performance in 1959 in Henry VI – alongside the likes of Terry Nunn and longtime friend Derek Jacobi – he began professional work two years later, before touring in regional theatre and finally reaching the West End. a

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In 1965 he was part of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company at London’s Old Vic, and during the 1970s and 80s he became one of the London stage’s best known and most admired performers. But it was in the following decade he started picking up more major movie roles and has never looked back. He was in the Da Vinci Code, and nominated for an Academy Award in 1998’s Gods and Monsters – an achievement he repeated as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. So how has he found the leap to being instantly recognisable? “Because Gandalf and Magneto are rather imposing characters,” he explains, “people don’t take advantage of you. They’re a little bit in awe, in a way that they wouldn’t be if they saw a friendly face from Coronation Street. People on television have trouble with fame, because audiences think they’re their mates.” And he’s played some unusual roles since. Most notably in real life, perhaps, becoming an ordained minister for the Universal Life Church so he could preside, in 2013, over the marriage of his friend and fellow actor, Patrick Stewart – best known for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X Men movies. McKellen himself is a confessed atheist – the Universal Church one that believes only in doing ‘what is right’. a

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A long-time campaigner for equal rights for the lesbian and gay communities, he admits for many years he kept his sexuality a secret – only ‘coming out’ publicly in 1988 at the age of 49. “I regret and always shall that I didn’t see the significance of coming out at a much earlier date because I think I would have been a different person and a happier one. “Self-confidence is the most important thing that anybody can have. You don’t have that if part of you is ashamed or hiding something. “I think up to that point, I had been using acting as a disguise - somewhere where I could express my emotions, and draw attention to myself in a way that I didn’t particularly want to do in real life. “Acting became not about disguise, but about telling the truth. And my emotions became much freer. I was able to act better as I think you are able to do any job. Everyone’s better if they’re being honest. “I have been reluctant to lobby on other issues I most care about – nuclear weapons (against), religion (atheist), capital punishment (anti), AIDS (fund-raiser) because I never want to be forever spouting, diluting the impact of addressing my most urgent concern; legal and social equality for gay people worldwide.” Today, Sir Ian McKellen is a much loved elder statesman of the acting profession – but one with a ready wit and a youthful approach. As a consequence, it would not be a surprise to see his remaining years deliver yet more memorable performances which stand the test of time. mmm


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conservatory project that turns into a success story is worth a million pounds – it instantly adds style to a property, considerably increases your living space, invites nature indoors, and becomes a favourite place to relax at home.


Edwardian conservatories (also referred to as Georgian conservatories) enjoy an ever increasing popularity among homeowners, mainly due to their costeffectiveness and the way they optimize space. Usually square or rectangular in shape, with high, sloping roofs, the Edwardian variety is suited to the majority of properties and its 90o corners allow for the optimal placement of sofas, tables, plants and other patio essentials. The conservatory has an airy feel and a timeless appearance that blends well with both old and new home designs. Because these types of conservatories are rather simple in design, they are typically among the least expensive varieties. CONSERVATORY FEATURE


GABLE-FRONTED CONSERVATORIES Gable-fronted conservatories are a variant of the Edwardian style. They are similar in that their internal structure is typically rectangular or square and offers excellent use of internal space. The major difference lies in the roof. In the gable-fronted style, the front panel of the roof remains upright rather than sloping back to the centre as on an Edwardian conservatory, which gives the impression of ample height and also maximizes light coming into the room. The cathedral-like appearance of gable-fronted conservatories, with the dramatic front elevation and large interior spaces, adds distinct style and a sense of grandeur to a home. a


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Victorian conservatories are characterized by a bay front, a steeply pitched roof and ornate ridge details, which give this style of conservatory a rather classical appearance, not necessarily suited to minimalist, contemporary designs. Victorians are available in two variants: one has an angled front with three main windows, and the other has a more rounded appearance, with a bay front that features five main windows. The latter type is ideal for homeowners who intend to add large living spaces to their homes, and in particular those whose budget is a little more ample. The Victorian varieties are considered the most elegant and luxurious among conservatories, and since their curved walls are usually more difficult to install, they definitely fall into the higher price range.


A distinguishing architectural feature of P-shaped conservatories is that they combine the style of the lean-to with that of the Victorian. It is a fabulous option for people who want to add considerable space to their properties, but it is important to note that the property already needs to be large enough to allow for the proportions of a P-shaped structure. A P-Shaped conservatory can be used as one room or split into two adjoining rooms that will be used as two different living areas. It is a perfect choice for a room with a dual purpose, such as a dining room with a conjoined lounge area.


The T-Shape conservatory is a larger style conservatory ideal for just about any good sized property. It usually comes in Edwardian or Victorian styles, with the top part of the T joining the house and the central part projecting into the garden. Bigger projections are particularly beautiful, make an impression of bringing your garden into your home and creating a fabulous, elegant porch effect. T-shaped conservatories give plenty of options. Having two sections available, you may want to use the larger section as a dining room or an extension of a living room, whereas the smaller section is a great way to add a tranquil garden room or a play area for children.a

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A lean-to is perhaps the simplest of all conservatory types, which makes it the most affordable variety, but also one that suits a wide range of properties, from ultramodern designs to traditional houses and country cottages. The basic idea is to build a rectangular glass box onto the side or end of your house, with the longer side attached to the property. Compared to other designs, this one typically allows the maximum amount of sunlight to enter. A lean-to is ideal for homes with limited space – you can have it as large as you want, even extending along the entire rear of the house. Its clean, understated lines make it a favourite among homeowners who prefer contemporary, minimalist solutions.


Lantern roofs are typically suited to older style period properties with larger conservatories as their majestic structure adds a lot of drama and clearly hints to the old-world grandeur – an impression that plain conservatories might simply not match. The two-tiered design lends a feeling of height to the overall structure and, with the use of glass instead of polycarbonate, gives an unobstructed view of the sky. A lantern roof conservatory makes an enormous style statement and greatly enhances the look of a property. mmm

GARDENING Sunshine and showers


pring is finally in evidence as daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom. Expect the inevitable April showers this month but with sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the lawn. It’s an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it’s also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts.

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• Dig in a 5cm or more layer of compost or well rotted manure into your beds to prepare for the growing season. You can also work in a general purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood and bone. • Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives. Use organic matter such as well rotted manure. • Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the soil surface. Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth. • Lift and divide perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden. • You can start to move evergreen shrubs and trees now, provided the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged. • Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Gladiolus and Ranunculus into beds, borders and containers. • Forced flower bulbs such as hyacinths and daffodils, which have now finished flowering, can be planted outdoors in garden borders. • If any of your garden plants will need supporting this year, put the supports in now so the plants can grow up through them. Adding supports afterwards is difficult and may damage the plant. • Check any tree ties to make sure the tie is not cutting into the trunk. Loosen any that are tight to allow the trunk room to expand. • Prune your Penstemons now - cut all the old shoots back to the base provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there are no new shoots at the base, cut just above the lowest set of leaves. • If you haven’t done so already, finish cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth. • Check that your container plants are not drying out - warm weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels. a

TOP 10 jobs this MONTH • Keep weeds under control • Protect fruit blossom from late frosts • Tie in climbing and rambling roses • Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds • Start to feed citrus plants • Increase the water given to houseplants • Feed hungry shrubs and roses • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches • Prune fig trees • Divide bamboos and waterlilies

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• Plant your chitted potatoes outside in the ground or in potato grow bags. • Harvest asparagus spears when they are no more than 18cm tall. • For quick and easy pea supports push some twiggy sticks around your pea plants now. • Thin your carrot seedlings to achieve good-size carrots - do this in the evening when fewer carrot flies are around. • Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting. • Many crops can be directly sown into the ground now including parsnips, cabbages and radishes. • Build raised beds to take the bending out of growing vegetables.

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• Plant out strawberry beds, making sure you enrich the soil first with plenty of well-rotted manure. Place cloches over your strawberry plants for earlier crops. • Protect your fruit blossom from late frosts by covering them with fleece on cold nights. • Spray the emerging leaves of peach and nectarine trees with Bordeaux Mixture to prevent peach leaf curl. Sheltering your plants from the rain will also reduce the risk of peach leaf curl. • Apply a slow-release fertiliser around the base of your raspberry canes, fruit bushes and fruit trees to encourage good crops this season. • Try hand-pollinating your peaches and nectarines with a soft-bristled paint brush for better crops this year.

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Yew Tree Close Address - Yew Tree Close, Aylesford Kent, ME20 7RJ Bedrooms - Four Bathrooms - Two Price - ÂŁ350,000 This semi-detached four bedroom house benefits from having been extended and modernised throughout. Built during the 1950s the style is contemporary and the ground floor has a modern open plan design layout and to the rear is a large conservatory. The first floor provides three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The second floor is devoted to the master bedroom, which has access to an en-suite.

To the front of the property is a block paved area which can accommodate four to five vehicles. At the side is a tandem garage, the rear section is currently used as a gym and utility area. To the rear of the property is a large patio area, with a summer house containing a hot tub. The Greenacres development is ideally situated within easy access to the M20 via Junctions 5 and 6 leading to London and the Kent coast. Close by is a parade of shops, and nearby is a large superstore. The village is a short walk across the medieval bridge with local pubs and the Aylesford Priory. For more information and to view contact the team at Sibley Pares Residential on 01622 692206.

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Reactive Building & Maintenance Services About Overbury Property Group

Overbury Estates was originally set up as a family business to look after and manage our own rental portfolio. We have been in the property business in excess of 30 years and have been redeveloping properties for the last 25 years to include anything from a basic refurbishment to a complete rebuild. As the Overbury Property Group continues to grow, we now employ the majority of our workforce who are all experienced tradesmen in their own right.



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Once you have made contact with us, we will book in to see you so that we can have a look and find out more about what is needed. We will then send in the relevant people from our team of professionals for a closer look and to get a feel for the cost involved. We can then send out a quote to you and, once done, our dedicated staff will book everyone in when needed in line with your project. Overbury Property Group will be the one point of contact throughout your project to answer all your questions along the way. Having featured on Homes Under The Hammer, this really underlines the quality and true professionalism of our business.

No matter how big or small a job that’s needed or how diverse your project might be, Overbury Property Group are very proud to have the experienced team of professionals to give you exactly what your property needs. Very simply, with just one point of contact for all of our services, we will project manage your job from start to finish to ensure a wonderful end result and a stress free process!

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Alongside our own fantastic staff, we employ professional qualified contractors who are registered in their own field of expertise with their relevant governing bodies such as gas safe for all gas appliances, boilers and the like or NIC/EIC electrical engineers for all domestic household electrical installation or appliances.

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The Dell Address - Queens Road, Maidstone Kent, ME16 0JG Bedrooms - Four Bathrooms - Three (two en-suites) Price - £895,000 The Dell It’s not often a property comes on to the market where dinosaurs once roamed the county – but The Dell in Maidstone is just such an example. The substantial four-bedroom detached home in Queens Road boasts a whole host of attractions from its three expansive reception rooms, beautiful garden room and immaculate presentation. But if history is what you’re after then it packs a remarkable punch. Because it was on this site back in 1834 during the excavation of a quarry in the area, that the Victorian owner discovered the fossilized remains of a creature from a very different era.

On closer, expert, examination they were discovered to be from none other than an Iguanadon – a herbivore that lived millions of years ago from the late Jurassic to late Cretaceous period. Thought to have weighed around 3.5 tons, the dinosaur reached the length of a colossal 13 metres. Such was the significance of the find, the fossil is now displayed in the Natural History Museum in London. Meanwhile the town was so taken by its prehistoric discovery, Iggy the Iguanadon, as he became known, is now included in its coat of arms. And if that doesn’t impress your friends and family we don’t know what will! The Dell was originally built back in the 1930s but has recently been completely renovated to the highest standard. Priced at £895,000 it is a substantial family home and in a sought-after location.

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It includes four bedrooms – two of which are en-suite; three reception rooms, a garden room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, a study, family bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom. In addition there is a fully-fitted attic room which could easily be converted into further bedrooms. The property has Upvc double glazing, a garage and off-road parking for a number of cars, as well as a pretty rear garden. The recent renovation has carefully incorporated some of the original grand features, such as the oak entrance door which leads to the English oak panelled entrance hall. There’s also an oak staircase to the first floor while the dining room opens onto a glorious garden room with French doors onto the garden. The kitchen, so often the heart of a family home, has granite work surfaces a Range Master sixring stainless steel dual fuel cooker, integrated dishwasher and a central island complete with wine cooler. The property itself is approached through wrought iron double gates to a paved parking area for several cars and a single garage. The garden has flowerbeds and well-established shrubs and trees, with a ragstone and brick curved wall. This is a property that demands your attention and would make a perfect family home. For details and to arrange a viewing, speak to agents Ibbett Mosely on 01732 842668. mmm

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Spring activity pack

Spring bluebell family walk

Daily from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May at 10am - 4pm

Monday 2nd May at 2pm - 5pm

Explore the wider Ightham Mote estate and complete some of your 50 things challenges as you go. Pick up an activity pack from visitor reception and don’t forget to let the children run off steam in the natural play area. Normal admission charges apply, 50p per spring activity pack. NATIONAL TRUST

Join a six mile guided walk, from Knole park to One Tree Hill and discover the joys of spring. Walk along a pre-historic river bed through Knole’s 1,000 acre ancient deer park to One Tree Hill with its profusion of bluebells. Weather permitting there will be some great views over the Weald.

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Nature trail Daily from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June at 10am - 4pm

Find out about Sir Winston Churchill’s love of nature and the outdoors on this self-led family trail around the garden and woodland. Explore the golden orfe pond and the butterfly house, see what other nature you can spot and complete some 50 things activities along the way.

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Nature trail Daily from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June at 10am - 4pm

Tick off some 50 things activities as you discover the plant collections at Emmetts Garden and the wildlife in the woodland. Along the way, play in the wild play area in the Pinetum, or borrow toys and games from the Discovery Cabin – including toy lawn mowers, colouring sheets and kites. © NT Jonathan Buckley

Ightham Mote Spring activity pack Daily from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June at 10am - 4pm

Explore the wider Ightham Mote estate and complete some of your 50 things challenges as you go. Pick up an activity pack from visitor reception and don’t forget to let the children run off steam in the natural play area.


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picture frames trail Daily from Monday 30th May to Sunday 5th June at 12pm - 4pm

Explore the house and take part in a quiz to discover the details and craftsmanship of Knole’s extraordinary picture frames. Normal admission charges apply.

Knole Tudor costume demonstrations Monday 30th May at 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

See how a Tudor lady would have dressed in many layers of costume for a visit to court, including replica handling items, during these 20 minute demonstrations. a NATIONAL TRUST

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White Cliffs and South Foreland Lighthouse Family walks and kite flying Daily from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June at 10am - 5pm

Enjoy a cliff top walk along one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks spotting the summer orchids, wild flowers and ferries in the English Channel as you go. Pick up a map and head towards South Foreland Lighthouse – with its traditional 1950s style tea room, a Victorian lighthouse to climb as well as kite flying and games on the enclosed lawn. © National Trust

Scotney Castle 50 things adventure week Daily from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June at 10am - 4pm

Take your whole family on an adventure this half term - make a kite, roll down a really big hill, go bird watching, hunt for bugs or see if you find your way with a map and compass. Follow the woodland paths to the wilderness camp and you can also make your own den building masterpiece.

Smallhythe Place Shakespeare trail Daily from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June at 11am - 5pm

Follow the trail around the garden and the outdoor theatre to discover more about England’s most famous playwright, or pick up a puzzle sheet to complete themed word searches, crosswords, quizzes and colouring. Don’t miss the Venetian-style mask making in the garden so your budding actor or actress can take home their own Shakespearean style prop, made using paints, sticker gems and feathers! There’s also plenty to see and do in the house, with costumes and props on display, once used by famous Victorian actress Ellen Terry when she played many of Shakespeare’s leading ladies. Normal admission charges apply. mmm NATIONAL TRUST

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he All-New Hyundai Tucson is changing perceptions of the Hyundai brand. With its bold and athletic design, high levels of comfort and convenience and extensive use of new technology, the All-New Tucson indicates the future direction of Hyundai in the UK. The All-new Tucson is one of the safest vehicles in its segment with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The Tucson is Hyundai Motor’s fastest-selling European model. Hyundai’s All-New Tucson has been recognised as the ‘Best Mainstream Small 4x4’ in Business Car’s annual awards. Uniquely, the awards are determined by the fleet industry itself, with the Tucson’s striking design, cost-efficiency and practicality securing the top spot for Hyundai. The powertrain range of the compact SUV already one of the widest in the segment - is now


further extended with the addition of the dynamic 104 kW (141 PS) 1.7-litre turbo diesel engine. In combination with the efficient seven-speed double clutch transmission (7DCT) and front wheel drive it emits only 129 g of CO2 and consumes a moderate 4.9 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (combined). The turbo diesel engine provides a maximum torque of 340 Nm over a wide rev range of 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Hyundai Motor’s in-house developed 7DCT system offers a choice between fully automatic (UK release date to be confirmed) and sequential manual gear changes, selected with the gear lever for greater driver involvement. The 7DCT provides 20% higher fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions compared to a six-speed automatic transmission. For further efficiency the new powertrain also comes with the Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) system as standard, a

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which is also available for the 1.7-litre (low power), and the 2.0-litre standard-power diesel engines as well as the 1.6-litre petrol engine. The All-New Tucson design concept incorporates a sleek, urban style combined with the strong ruggedness typical of an SUV. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, explains how Hyundai designers achieved the dynamic proportions: “Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion, and it is transforming our brand. The All-New Tucson has a distinctive and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most importantly, our newest generation hexagonal grille our brand signature�. For increased interior comfort, customers can opt for heated seats and steering wheel. Unique to the segment, cooling seat ventilation is also available for the first time. Front seats feature long seat MOTORS FEATURE

cushions and can be ordered with eight-way power adjustment and two-way powered lumbar support for the driver seat. For rear-seat passengers, heated seats with reclining backrests are available, with practical air vents to increase comfort. Featuring its Smart Power Tailgate with the widest opening in the class. To ease loading, this opens as the key-holder approaches. Keyless-entry and engine start and an electronic parking brake offer added convenience. The intuitive Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), available with only automatic transmissions, can help with both parallel and bay parking. Using radar technology, the system identifies a free parking space before reversing the car into it, with only the brakes operated by the driver. In addition, the exit mode function provides hands-free driver support when leaving a parking space. Prices for the All-new Tucson start from ÂŁ18,995. mmm

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ith Mazda leading the way with a total of four nominations, more than any other manufacturer, the finalists in the 2016 World Car Awards have been announced. The all-new Mazda MX-5 and all-new Mazda CX-3 have been named as finalists for the overall World Car of the Year title, plus both the MX-5 and the CX-3 are listed as finalists for the World Car Design of the Year award. On top of this Mazda has taken triple honours in the 2016 UK Car of the Year Awards, including claiming the overall Car of the Year accolade with the all-new Mazda MX-5. An independent set of awards specifically aimed at naming the best new cars on the market in the United Kingdom, the UK Car of the Year awards are judged by 27 of Britain’s leading automotive journalists with road tests carried out on British roads.


Launched last summer, the allnew Mazda CX3’s style, quality and generous equipment tally help it stand out from other small crossovers in the market place. Available with 120ps and 150ps SKYACTIV-G petrol, plus 105ps SKYACTIV-D diesel engines, all versions of the sophisticated all-new Mazda CX-3 feature MZD-Connect with 7-inch colour touch screen and Multimedia commander, while Sport Nav models are fitted with Mazda’s Active Driving Display system – a segment first head-up display system. Having made its UK public debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the fourth generation of Mazda’s iconic MX-5 has already claimed a host of influential awards including being named 2016 Japan Car of the Year, 2016 What Car? Best Convertible and 2015 Auto Express Roadster of the Year. With a choice of 131ps 1.5-litre or 160ps 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engines, the nine model all-new Mazda MX-5 core range has been enhanced with the launch of limited edition all-new Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro.

The lightest MX-5 since the iconic original, the all-new Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the outgoing car, with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet. These dynamic proportions combined with Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy ensure the latest version of the all-new Mazda MX-5’s styling reflects its focus on driving pleasure in a uniquely contemporary and dynamic way. Reaffirming Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector, the all-new Mazda MX-5 maintains the classic rear-wheel drive layout and 50:50 weight distribution it’s famed for, yet developed under the ethos of ‘innovate in order to preserve’ , Mazda has enhanced the sports car’s legendary agility, fun and engagement, while simultaneously improving safety, refinement and efficiency. Taking the overall Car of the Year title the all-new Mazda MX-5 has added to its impressive awards tally, which includes 2016 What Car Awards Best Convertible, 2015 Auto Express Awards Best Roadster and 2015 Scottish Car of the Year Best Drop Top. Also named 2015 Japan Car of the Year, the latest incarnation of the iconic roadster has reaffirmed Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector. mmm For more information please call Canterbury Mazda on 01227 783400 or visit MOTORS FEATURE




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he North Carolina Car and The Florida Car, (referencing their geographic homes) will both hold court within the Singer display areas, acting as distinct examples of the finest Porsche 911s to be ‘Restored, Reimagined and Reborn’ by Singer Vehicle Design and blending the brand’s unique perspective and meticulous craftsmanship with client inspiration. The company’s heritage is based on utilizing the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and industry standards to meet and exceed the vision of its fine clientele. According to Rob Dickinson, creator and founder of Singer Vehicle Design, and ex-car designer and former rock musician, achieving the ‘best of the best’ in every modification is the only standard to maintain, and exceed. “We began in 2008 with a vision to offer aficionados the opportunity to re-imagine their 911 without compromise,” said Dickinson. “And now, with more than 40 commissions completed, and a significant global following, we’ve expanded our promise



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The Nikon COOLPIX S7000 is your shot at catching all the action, near or far. Boasting a 20x optical zoom which is extendable to 40x Dynamic Fine Zoom, the compact camera enables you to always capture great facial expressions and distant action. And what’s more, you can even record movies in Full HD which can make great moments last forever. Easily share your photographs with NFC support or via the dedicated Wi-Fi button for total involvement. Capture detailed closeups and distant action with a 20x optical zoom – extendable to 40x Dynamic Fine Zoom. And with a wide-angle coverage of 25-500mm, you can grasp vast landscapes all in 16-megapixels. Better still, your surrounding scenery can be recorded with Easy Panorama too. Simply tilt your camera vertically or pan horizontally. £119.00 from

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LG 55EG910V Curved Full HD OLED 3D Smart TV

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Beats™ Portable Bluetooth Speaker With Microphone

Beats Pill+ wireless speaker cracks a cocktail of power, definition and looks. The iconic oval shape packs incredible punch for its size, and you’ll discover new ways to get your party pumping with the innovative Pill+ app. Together with its no-nonsense interface and seamless Bluetooth connectivity, this premium portable speaker has the balanced might fit for professionals.

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Monster ROC Sport Wireless Headphones

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LOCAL MAN WHO MADE MEDICAL HISTORY RUNS MARATHON TO SAVE MORE LIVES Norman Grimes, 57, from Gravesend is becoming a lifesaver for the second time as he prepares to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan. Joanna had aplastic anaemia and was given weeks to live before Norman was found to be a match through the newly established Anthony Nolan register. Norman went on to meet Shirley Nolan, who founded the register, and his pioneering transplant experience was featured in medical journals. Norman, a leadership trainer, is now training to run his ninth marathon for Anthony Nolan in April. He said: ‘I was very privileged to be a donor at the very beginning and it’s given my life an enormous amount of meaning – no matter what else I do I know I’ve made a difference to someone. I’m hoping to raise £2,000 by running the marathon to help

recruit as many people as possible to the Anthony Nolan register.’ Kirsty Low, head of events at Anthony Nolan, said: ‘Norman is one of our original lifesavers and has gone on to become a dedicated fundraiser for the charity. This year, Norman will be running to save lives, mile by mile. ‘The money he raises will help us recruit more people onto the donor register to make sure we can find a match for everyone who needs a transplant.’ Norman has previously run eight marathons in London and Paris, raising an estimated £12,000 for Anthony Nolan. He added: ‘I think the support from Anthony Nolan is stupendous. The marathon cheer groups are amazing - when you’re nearly at the end and dead on your feet you see an enormous group of people cheering for you. It’s wonderful and the encouragement makes all the difference.’

PROPERTY HEAVYWEIGHT RICHARD TURNILL JOINS WATSON DAY One of the leading agents of the region’s commercial property market has been appointed as a partner at Watson Day Chartered Surveyors. Richard Turnill’s arrival strengthens a team which provides a range of commercial property services across Kent and the South East. The Kent-based consultancy specialises in industrial and office space, with a proven track record for servicing major schemes on behalf of institutional clients, property companies and private individuals. Senior Partner Nick says: “Richard is a first class agent, a heavyweight with considerable experience of this highly specialised and complex area of the business. He has an excellent background and as our newest partner we are confident he will make a huge contribution to our business. “We are long-time admirers of his work. Richard shares our values and ethos and is a perfect fit for Watson Day. The partners are delighted he has joined, and he has a vital role to play in taking the business forward as we enter a new and exciting era of growth.” Talking of his decision to join Watson Day, Maidstone-born Richard says: “I have known the LOCAL NEWS

partners for many years, both in a professional and private capacity, and in a way they have mentored me since the early days of my career. “I’ve always been a big admirer of how the partners run the business, and how they have developed and maintained a reputation for excellent customer service. “The partners want me to play a major role in taking the business forward and I’m determined to repay the faith they have in me. We have plans to expand but it’s going to be evolution, not revolution,” adds Richard.

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DOVER MP VISITS REGENERATION PROJECT Regeneration was on the agenda in Dover when local MP Charlie Elphicke visited Barratt Homes’ Aylesham Village development to see how work is progressing on the new garden village. Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes are building 1,210 new homes together with community facilities and improved transport links as part of the overall plans for Aylesham Garden Village. Original plans for the village were drawn up by renowned architect Sir Patrick Abercrombie, who was the advocate for the then popular ‘garden city movement’. During his visit Charlie Elphicke was given a tour of the site and learnt more about the overall plans for the development which has already proved successful with buyers in the region. Already the entire first phase of Barratt’s homes have been sold off-plan, which the house builder’s

Sales and Marketing Director, Pam Reardon, says is evidence of the need for new homes in the area. “Aylesham is a highly-sought after area for homebuyers and we’ve seen that reflected in the level of demand for our homes,” she said. “It’s in a great country location with good links for commuters, already popular with those renting locally in Canterbury who are now able to buy their own home. There’s a strong sense of community here, so it’s no surprise that houses have been selling almost as fast as they’re released and it was great to showcase the work so far to MP Charlie Elphicke.” Charlie Elphicke MP said: ““It was great to have the opportunity to have a look around some of the beautiful new family homes that are being built in Aylesham. The houses are selling like hot cakes, and it was wonderful to hear how much interest there has been in the development from local people. “Around half of the homes are being sold as part of the Government’s Help To Buy scheme. It was good to hear from potential buyers how Help To Buy has been instrumental in helping them get on the housing ladder. “More and more people in our area are feeling the benefit of owning their own home. The 1,210 new homes that are being built on these two sites alone, are just one example of how Dover and Deal is again a community on the rise.”


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24-HOUR FUND-RAISING MARATHON IS RIGHT ON CUE A fleet administrator at Swale Heating has organised and played in a 24-hour pool marathon to raise money for Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance. Josh Barker chose the charity after the air ambulance saved the life of a friend involved in a car crash. He and seven other friends played pool non-stop at their club in Rushenden, Isle of Sheppey, raising almost £1,450 in sponsorship from families, friends and colleagues. They played doubles for the whole 24 hours, using two pool tables, and Josh says there were times it was difficult to keep going. “The main struggle was lack of sleep but also just being on our feet for 24 hours. We had lots of Red Bull to keep us going!”

It is the first time Josh has ever taken part in a fund-raising event but says this was an important cause. “When our friend was involved in the car crash, if it wasn’t for the air ambulance rushing him to hospital, he probably wouldn’t have made it so we decided to raise the money for that reason.” Family-owned Swale Heating – the South East’s largest independent heating installer – has a tradition of encouraging fund-raising among its staff and of supporting the local community. Sales Manager Luke Mantoura says: “Swale Heating recently won an award for helping young jobless people on Sheppey and a group of our ladies in the Contracts Department completed Race for Life last year. Our congratulations to Josh and his friends for such an outstanding effort.”

NEW £30 MILLION PRIVATE HOSPITAL OPENS IN ASHFORD One Ashford Hospital (One Ashford), a new £30 million private hospital developed by the One Healthcare Group, has now opened its doors to patients. The hospital, which has been funded by Octopus Healthcare, a leading UK healthcare property investor and part of the Octopus Group, has created 90 jobs in Ashford as it aims to provide the very best level of care for local people. Adrian Stevensen, CEO of One Healthcare, said: “We are very excited that One Ashford is now open and working alongside William Harvey Hospital and can help care for patients in the area. Our objective is to provide the very best level of care for local people, delivered by leading consultants, in state-of-the-art, well equipped and purpose-built hospital facilities. “We are especially pleased to welcome a number of nurses and clinicians from St Saviour’s Hospital in nearby Hythe which closed last year, who bring with them their fantastic experience while ensuring there will be familiar faces to many local patients.” Mike Adams, CEO of Octopus Healthcare, said: “One Healthcare is innovating and changing the way private healthcare is delivered in the UK. We are delighted to be backing the team to help them bring their vision to life as they look to deliver high quality care to more people. There is an urgent need to reduce the burden on our NHS hospitals and One Ashford Hospital is a great example of how private investment can help to build more facilities to support the growing need for healthcare in the UK.” Rt Hon Damian Green MP for Ashford said: “It is a pleasure to welcome the opening of a new hospital in Ashford. Any increase in medical capacity in the area is good news, as it helps reduce waiting times. I know that the One Ashford Hospital team have been LOCAL NEWS

working closely with the William Harvey Hospital, and I am sure this will continue into the future. I am delighted to see another highly advanced hospital open for people in Kent, and I wish all the staff well.” The hospital’s facilities include: ten consulting rooms; three operating theatres; four treatment rooms; and a new generation MRI scanner and radiology department. One Ashford has also invested in a unique online booking facility, whereby a patient is able to book a consultation, physiotherapy or radiology appointment online and within 90 seconds. The facility offers the ability to select by named consultant or next available appointment. Recognised by all medical insurance companies and offering compelling self-pay rates, One Ashford will reserve a theatre for two days per week to accommodate ad-hoc needs from consultants who are either seeking to grow their practice or currently have limited access to theatre slots elsewhere.

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APPLY FOR A SHARE IN GRANT FUNDING Organisations across Kent are invited to apply for grants worth £200 to £25,000 from one of the country’s oldest charities. The Rochester Bridge Trust has opened a new round of grant schemes for 2016 and welcomes applications related to heritage structures; history and agriculture; the River Medway; and civil engineering, including education projects. Bridge Clerk Sue Threader explained: “The Trust’s main purpose is to provide crossings of the River Medway, however, when funds allow our trustees are able to offer a range of grants. “We particularly welcome applications to fund well-planned projects from sound and wellgoverned organisations. “In the past, these have ranged from supporting a primary school’s construction club to providing funds towards Medway Aircraft Preservation Society’s ongoing restoration of the Short Scion Floatplane.” Applications are welcome from areas associated with the Rochester Bridge Trust: the historic county of Kent; Hassocks in West Sussex; Springthorpe, Somerby and Corringham in Lincolnshire; and Holme and Conington in Cambridgeshire.

Applicants are asked to familiarise themselves with the full grant criteria before making an application. This information, along with advice and case studies, can be viewed at Round 1 grant applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 12th April 2016, with two further rounds closing in July and October.




t was at Manston on March 15th, 1931 that the squadron was formed. It carried the privilege of bearing the first number ever allocated to a Special Reserve Squadron together with the official badge bearing the white horse of Kent and the Latin inscription ‘Quo Fata Vocent’ meaning ‘whither the fates may call’. Within weeks the first of several Vickers Virginia bombers and two Avro 504N trainers arrived to be greeted by the Mayors of Margate and Ramsgate. Firmly established, an intense recruiting campaign began to attract Men of Kent and Kentish Men to join the squadron. By January 1st, 1933 the manpower strength had increased sufficiently to allow the first summer camp to take place at Tangmere in Sussex. Returning to Manston the squadron co-operated in exercises with the local territorial army units as rumbles of another war with Germany became prevalent. 1938 saw a deterioration in the international situation. The squadron were put on a war footing and left Manston to go to Detling near Maidstone where they would be stationed until 1941. They re-equipped with the Avro Anson, a twin engine reconnaissance/light bomber aircraft. With conversion to the type beginning immediately, it was none too soon as September 1939 approached and the talk was of total war. The personnel of the squadron listened on Sunday

The Ansons of 500 over Dover Harbour 1940

September 3rd to the wireless as the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain stated: ‘I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany’. The Anson’s were armed and bombed up ready to carry out some of the first bombing attacks on the enemy held harbours along the French coast. Though the aircraft were obsolete and far from practical for the job intended, the crews carried out their duties in bad conditions to the best of their ability. The weather was the main enemy and with Detling sitting on top of the North Downs, fog was often the problem with returning aircraft finding difficulty in locating the airfield. The Christmas of 1939/1940 saw one of the worst winters ever. With snow and ice being the main problem it was difficult to fly any sorties. The first few months of 1940 saw many incidents resulting in the loss of aircraft and crews, one of the worst being over the night of May 30th /31st. On that night an Anson was forced to return to Detling when the bomb release mechanism refused to work. Landing with a bomb load was very dangerous and with one engine stopped through lack of fuel, this danger was amplified. Problems also became apparent with the undercarriage forcing the pilot to crash-land the aircraft on its belly. It was a bad landing, the impact of which killed the navigator. As the aircraft burst into flames two of the crew a HISTORY FEATURE

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Section Officer Daphne Pearson after the investiture of the George Cross. Credit: IWM

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managed to get themselves out but realised that the pilot was unconscious in his seat. Hearing the crash Corporal Daphne Pearson, a medical orderly, pulled on her Wellington boots and rushed to the crash scene. Realising that the pilot had not got out she entered the cockpit, released the straps and pulled Pilot Officer Bond away from the aircraft. Minutes later the bombs on board exploded just as Corporal Pearson jumped into a ditch and placed her tin helmet on the pilots head. But for her heroism Pilot Officer Bond would have lost his life. For this act of bravery she was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal which was later exchanged for the George Medal. With the Battle of Britain raging overhead and the threat of an invasion to come in the autumn, the work of 500 Squadron increased to include mine spotting in the Channel, escorting shipping together with attacks on known German barge positions along the French coast. One of the highlights for the squadron that year was when the Anson’s were fitted with extra machine guns. These were placed along the fuselage to fire through the glazed windows with supports manufactured by the Maidstone company of Tilling-Stevens. Later in the year at the instigation of the armament officer, Flight Lieutenant Harold Jones, a very large 20mm cannon was installed in the middle of the fuselage. When fired rearwards it was said it added at least another five knots to the speed of the Anson. August 13th, 1940 saw a devastating raid on Detling in which the squadron lost many personnel and several aircraft. A large force of JU87 ‘Stuka’ dive- bombers attacked the airfield at around teatime causing several hangars to burst into flames at the same time as a direct hit on the semi-sunk operations room killed several personnel including the Commanding Officer of Detling, Group Captain Edward Davis, when a piece of concrete pierced his skull. In addition 67 men and women were killed with over a hundred injured. It became known as Detling’s blackest day. There were moments of bravery by the WAAF’s with Military Medals going to Corporal Josie Fairclough and Sergeant Youle. 1941 saw much of the damage of the previous year renewed. In April the squadron converted to the Bristol Blenheim and moved to Bircham Newton in Norfolk. Accepting responsibility for North Sea operations they took on the additional role of air sea rescue at the same time attacking the German freighters that were hugging the Dutch coast. A conversion from the Blenheim to the American Lockheed Hudson took the squadron in to new realms of armament. With fixed twin .303 machine guns in the nose, twin .303 machine guns in a dorsal turret and one .303 gun in a ventral position plus a top speed of 246mph, success for the squadron took a leap forward. In March ‘B’ Flight were detached to Limavady in Northern Ireland to help combat the U-boat menace whilst the rest of the squadron moved to Stornaway in the Outer Hebrides. Attacks on German U-boats 

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now became the main duty of the squadron but a move to St Eval and then Portreath in Cornwall heralded a change as the aircraft were painted white to suit the environment in which they would now be carrying out operations. On November 5th, 1942 500 Squadron said goodbye to England and nine white Hudsons flew from Portreath to Gibraltar to commence operations over North Africa. Further deployments took the squadron to the Mediterranean and Italy with 500 seeing the end of the war whilst part of the Desert Air Force. On August 25th, 1945 the Air Officer Commanding Desert Air Force, Air-Vice Marshall Whitford paid a visit to the squadron and congratulated them on playing a decisive part in defeating the enemy. This ended a cherished career during which members of the squadron were awarded three Distinguished Service Orders – 21 Distinguished Flying Crosses and one Bar to a DFC – one George Cross – nine Distinguished Flying Medals and 25 Mentioned in Despatches. Although the war was over, it was announced that No. 500 (County of Kent) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force would re-form as part of the peace-time air force and would be based at West Malling in Kent. In June 1946 the squadron became a night fighter unit equipped with the De Havilland Mosquito NF30. On August 14th, 1948 they received the first of the Gloster Meteor jet powered aircraft being the first squadron to do so. The role now changed to that of a day fighter unit as they now became known as ‘the weekend flyers’. War reared its ugly head once more in 1951 when the Korean crisis erupted and in common with all the other auxiliary squadrons, 500 were called up for six months full time service. When it was established that the situation was not as originally envisaged, they returned to their weekend flying. With Sir Anthony Eden accepting the role of Honorary Air Commodore, 1954 was a significant year when the squadron won the coveted ‘Cooper Trophy’. This was an annual award given to the auxiliary squadron which had shown the greatest overall efficiency throughout the year. In 1955 and 1956 they won the ‘Esher’ Trophy’ for the best squadron but sadly this did not change the mind of the government of the day when it was announced that all the auxiliary squadrons would be disbanded by March 1957. It was a bitter blow but holding their heads high, a unique ceremony was held at Maidstone Army Barracks on Saturday September 21st, 1963 when the squadron was re-mustered for one day to receive the Standard from Sir Anthony Eden. The Standard was then paraded through Maidstone High Street to All Saints Church where it rests today. The squadron may have disappeared from the Royal Air Force Order of Battle but it will never be forgotten. Robin J Brooks is the author of ‘Kent’s Own-The History of 500 Squadron-Royal Auxiliary Air Force’ on sale at all bookshops. mmm By ROBIN J BROOKS HISTORY FEATURE

Sir Anthony Eden, the honorary Air Commodore of peacetime 500 Squadron, presents the Esher Trophy to the commanding officer, Squadron Leader Chandler

500 Squadron march past Maidstone Town Hall at the disbandment of the auxiliary squadrons in 1957

The memorial to Daphne Pearson




The UK’s original Pleasure Park, Dreamland Margate, is once again ready to welcome guests to an old-fashioned yet oh-so-fashionable world of fun, thrills and good times! With beautiful vintage rides that span across the decades, guests will enjoy the Great British seaside amusement experience first-hand! However, Dreamland is much more than the glorious rides that it has to offer. Why not step back in time, strap on your skates in the retro Roller Room and skate until your heart’s content?

Diggerland is the ultimate adventure theme park experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery. Diggerland with its 18 different rides and drives and an array of additional activities is the ideal theme park for small to large groups looking for something exciting and truly unique. Get to grips with real JCBs and 180/360 excavators, take a head-reeling turn or two on the Spindizzy, rise to lofty heights and enjoy the views on the Skyshuttle, experience a bone-rattling off-road ride on the Groundshuttle, or have a go on the Dodgems and Go-Karts! There are indoor and outdoor play areas, sandpits, coin operated rides and much more where younger visitors can let off steam while their parents can just sit back, relax and watch the fun… or join in!

Tel: 01843 295887

Tel: 0871 2277007


Tel: 01227 862162

The Beaney is an art gallery, museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. This stunning Victorian building features state of the art exhibition galleries, over 1000 permanent collection items and a varied programme of events for all ages. Themed galleries provide a stunning visual experience, with displays ranging from Explorers and Collector’s treasures to Old Master paintings and local portraits. Temporary exhibitions are a highlight alongside a variety of workshops and activities. The Beaney is also home to Canterbury’s Visitor Information Centre and a Café.

JETSTREAM TOURS Tel: 01634 525202

Sun Pier is located in the heart of Chatham near to the town centre, it has become the home of Medway’s latest successful attraction. 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. ATTRACTIONS GUIDE

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Steeped in history, this award winning maritime heritage attraction is the world’s most complete dockyard from the age of sail and is home to a remarkable range of museum galleries, iconic buildings and historic warships; together with an excellent programme of family activities, outstanding exhibitions and events throughout the year.

THE HAWKING CENTRE Tel: 01795 473680

The Hawking Centre is the ultimate specialist provider of falconry and bird of prey experiences for London, Kent and the South East. With two locations to choose from nestled in the heart of Kent and East Sussex on secluded private estates, the falconry experiences take place within the formal gardens, woodland and parkland, offering clients an exclusive falconry experience with a stunning range of birds of prey.


Wrotham Classic Car and Steam Rally has existed for more than 30 years. As has been the case for the whole time of the Rally, it is run by enthusiastic volunteers who give their time completely free of charge. Successfully running now for over 30 years, Wrotham Classic Car and Steam Rally rolls round again this June, with the volunteer-led event helping to raise funds for a host of local causes.


THE HOP FARM FAMILY PARK Tel: 01622 872068

The Hop Farm Family Park in Paddock Wood is one of Kent’s major, historic, visitor attractions. Open every day and costing only £1 per person to enter the park, it features children’s rides, animal farm, indoor entertainment shows, 4D cinema showing “Poseidon”, bouncy castles, slides and more. The £1 entry fee also includes all day access to the popular indoor soft play area, outdoor adventure play, crazy golf and free parking representing amazing value for money.

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Tel: 01843 823067

Tel: 01622 753740

They offer helicopter flights to view Kent from the air. Select where you want to go - why not get a birds eye view of Canterbury Cathedral or fly along the White Cliffs of Dover and take in the breathtaking views of the Kent countryside and coastline. Each flight is tailored individually there are so many spectacular places to see in Kent - why not take in the best views and fly wherever you wish.

Take in the sights and splendour of the Maidstone stretch of the River Medway from the comfort of your own seat aboard the Kentish Lady River Boat. Cruising between Allington and Teston the Kentish Lady with its fully licensed bar is also a unique venue for a wedding reception or private party.


Tel: 01622 765400

WHITE ROCK THEATRE Tel: 01424 462280

Situated in a commanding position on the Hastings shoreline the White Rock Theatre is the perfect concert and theatre venue, with a recently-refurbished, sea-view CafÊ Bar. The Theatre’s programme is varied and includes one night concerts, musicals, drama and an annual pantomime.

Visitors never forget their first breathtaking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for over 900 years. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, special events and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to come back time and again!


WHAT’S ON & WHEN LAMBING WEEKEND, SPRING LAMBING, JUDDWOOD FARM 5TH APRIL Saturday April 5th is the lambing day at 4 Winds Farm, parking is available at Juddwood farm shop with a short walk across the field, between 11am and 4pm. Come into the farm shop on that day and spend any amount of money to qualify for entry into a raffle to win a £100 freezer box of beef, pork and lamb! For more information please call 01892 871080 or visit SWEET PEAS, GODINTON HOUSE & GARDENS 9TH APRIL New for the 2016 season, Head Gardener, Viv Hunt will share her knowledge and experience offering advice on sweet peas at Godinton House & Gardens. Learn how to grow this most popular annual flower as Viv will talk about ground preparation, sowing, training and support methods for growing strong plants to give you flowers for cutting or giving height to borders right through the summer. You will be welcomed with coffee and then enjoy a relaxed and informative morning, the emphasis is on small groups giving everyone the opportunity ask questions. Booking is essential. Hot drink and homemade cake from the stables included afterwards. For more information please call 01233 643854 or visit SPRING WALK, IGHTHAM MOTE, SEVENOAKS 10TH APRIL Join a free spring walk around the estate of Ightham Mote, spotting bluebells as you go. The walk sets off from the visitor reception, normal admission fees apply. Swathes of bluebells can be found in Scathes Wood, running alongside the driveway. The ancient woodland is home to around 15 acres carpeted in the distinctive blue colour of spring. Ightham Mote is running a passenger buggy service to the entrance of Scathes Wood this spring, subject to volunteer drivers being available. Pick up an estate walks leaflet for suggested routes. For more details please call 01732 810378 or visit

THE KVB, RAMSGATE MUSIC HALL 11TH APRIL Supported by Throw Down Bones. The KVB is drone-rock produced by ex Southampton based duo, mixing and matching new romantic synths, motorik rhythms and narcotised voices. They release their brand new album ‘OF DESIRE’ on March 6th on Bristol’s Invada Records, produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. The now Berlin-based productive pair have released four albums of woozy and immersive anthems since 2010, with their prolific work ethic also extending to the release of a number of tapes and EPs too. ‘OF DESIRE’ is The KVB’s most fully formed record to date, taking in influences such as Death In Vegas, Scott Walker and Roxy Music to create something that is at once familiar and yet inventive and original. Steeped in musical history, it’s an album that hums with devotion and captures a band ready to emerge from the underground and embrace an ever-growing audience. Kent – get ready! For more details please call 01843 591815 or visit the website

HANAMI BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, BROGDALE COLLECTIONS, FAVERSHAM, 16TH APRIL Visit the Hanami Blossom Festival in Faversham to picnic under the blossom, tour the orchards, view the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy Japanese drumming. This unique day out in the Kent countryside is a cultural experience and fun for all ages. The Hanami Festival will celebrate the spring blossom with the traditions of Japan. Visitors can picnic under the blossom on ground mats with lanterns hanging throughout the trees. The blossom tours will take visitors on a journey around the seasonal highlights to view the different blooms, and a Japanese tea ceremony will demonstrate the ritual of serving tea. An exhibition of Japanese artefacts will be available to view and there is a Japanese drumming performance. The National Fruit Collection preserves both fruiting and ornamental trees including apples, pears, cherries, plums, and apricots. East fruit has a different flower and each variety shows vaiation between the blooms. Tickets can be purchased online through the website. For any enquiries please contact by phone or email. For more information please call 01795 536250 or visit

ST GEORGE’S DAY EXTAVAGANZA, SITTINGBOURNE HIGH STREET, 23RD APRIL Sittingbourne High Street extravaganza to celebrate St George’s Day and his connection with other countries. A fun packed day for all the family with classic cars and motorbikes, live music, street performances, Morris Dancers and fun fair rides. A tug of war competition is held throughout the day and local retailers enter into the celebration with shop window displays featuring St George and the flag. There is plenty of choice for food and drink and a real ale tent to sample local brews, plus stalls selling crafts, cakes, jewellery and much more. The town crier will be in attendance announcing the entertainment and St George and the Dragon will be making appearances throughout the day. For more details please call 01795 426081.

EASY SUNDAYS: CAMERA OBSCURA, MARGATE TURNER CONTEMPORARY, 24TH APRIL Inspired by our current exhibition Joachim Koester: The Other Side of the Sky, develop your own analogue prints in this photography inspired workshop. £3.50 per child / free for adults, under 3s and CT9 residents. For more details please call 01843 233000 or visit JEREMY HARDY LIVE 2016, HAZLITT THEATRE, MAIDSTONE, 17TH APRIL Jeremy Hardy begins his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 32 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 32 years to go. Last year, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said he likes him, “but he’s only on the radio”. However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio. He is on the road all year round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. After briefly hibernating in the winter, he’s back out on the road in 2016. For more information please call 01622 758611 or visit LOCAL EVENTS

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DODDINGTON BLUE BELL WALK, DODDINGTON CHURCH, 1ST MAY Bluebell Walk from Doddington Church, Doddington, Kent. Led by local wildlife expert Richard Moyse, starting at Doddington Church at 2pm and taking about two hours, the walk will go through an area of outstanding natural beauty before returning to the church for tea and homemade cakes. Cost £5, with proceeds going to Doddington Church funds. For more details or to make a booking please call 01795 886332.

KATHY KEEFE ORIGINALS, MAIDSTONE MUSEUM & BENLIF ART, 29TH APRIL - 22ND MAY Kathy Keefe, winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ from the 2015 Bentlif Art Prize exhibition, displays her love of vintage style and textiles, with her exciting range of innovative pastel and collage artworks, millinery, headdresses, upcycled shoes and book art. For more information please call 01622 602838 or visit BLUEBELL AND WILDFLOWER WALKS, SISSINGHURST CASTLE, 30TH APRIL Venture into Sissinghurst Castle’s woodland and be rewarded with around 126 million individual bluebell flowers. Spot them to the far left and right of the property’s woods which are also bursting with other wild flowers from wooden anemones, red campion Greater stitchwort and cookoo flower to common violet, white and red dead-nettle and yellow archangel, all trying to establish themselves before the tree canopy closes. Before the bluebells emerge, the woodland lays down a dapple carpet of wooden anemones. These are low lying white or pinkish petal-like sepals, which close overnight to protect them from the frost and open again in the gentle spring sunlight. In the garden, made world famous by its creators Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, the wall flowers, tulips and narcissus are ablaze in the cottage garden and along lime walk. Enjoy the high scent and colour of the season with a guided walk of the woodland, led by our ranger. Finish off the walk with a cream tea in the restaurant. For more details please call 0844 249 1895 or visit

ARTICHOKE DEMONSTRATION, BELMONT HOUSE, FAVERSHAM, 9TH MAY Learn how to grow, prepare, cook and make some amazing dishes with fresh artichokes from the Kitchen Garden. Lunch on the day will include: kitchen garden salad, roasted artichoke salad, asparagus quiche, soda bread and locally produced apple juice. Price: £15.00 per person, including demonstration and a delicious light lunch. Starts from: 10:30am till 1pm. For more information or to make a booking please call 01795 890 202 or email

THE KENT GARDEN SHOW, THE KENT SHOWGROUND, DETLING, MAIDSTONE 28TH - 30TH MAY A wide selection of plants, sundries, stunning floral displays (some are Chelsea and Hampton Court medal winners) feature gardens, expert forums, demonstrations, crafts, food hall, flower arranging competition, quiz-time, scarecrow competition, brass band, children’s rides, catering and so much more. Tickets available on the gate; adults £8.00, seniors £7.00, children free, no dogs. For more details please call 01795 474660 or visit LOCAL EVENTS

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C elebrities who also share April birthdays

Ali Janes


Ali has been using her psychic gifts all her life and now enjoys teaching others to develop their own clairvoyance. She has over 20 years experience in teaching others to develop their own skills. At her Academy she runs Psychic Development 10 week evening courses and daytime workshops. Her face to face readings are renowned for their accuracy and she reads for people internationally as well as in the UK.

Russell Crowe 7th April

Tarot reading for this month’s birthdays: Star signs that fall under April are:

Aries (21st March – 20th April) and Taurus (21st April – 21st May)

Emma Watson 15th April

Queen Elizabeth II 21st April


A typical Aries character: Likes the sound of their own voice and is or can be very opinionated. They like to sit back and let others try and then inform them after they have failed that they could have shown them how to do it. A typical Taurus 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. Pisces – Beginning of April: – There are legal or official documents around you at this time which will need your urgent attention. This isn’t just the usual bills, there are signatures or you will need to fill out forms of an official nature at this time. I can see also the need to sort out issues with transport, either your car or public transport – like a ticket or pass etc. You are going on a journey that isn’t the usual. I see there is a feeling of a home from home and a lovely energy that doesn’t happen very often. Go with it and see where it leads. For Taurus – There is a very controlling person around you this month who is connected around learning / education or training. You are doing very well but there is no confidence coming from this person. There really should be, as this is the only way you are going to keep moving in the right direction. This could link to a child or someone that you are emotionally connected to. Pisces – End of April: – Look within yourself at this time for the answers to the choices that you are being asked to take. I can see that you are looking too deeply at a personal situation expecting there to be a problem. Remember that if you look too deeply at ANY situation the cracks will automatically start to appear from nowhere. Maybe it’s time to count your blessings rather than look at what you don’t have. For Taurus –You will need to have your ears open if you are to be one step ahead of the game this month. You will hear gossip through the whispers of people close to you which could disrupt your life or someone that you love dearly. You will put a stop to this gossip before anything happens and it is then up to you whether you tell the whole story or whether you keep the truth of the matter secret.

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21stApr-21stMay General: You will be faced with a character who will be hard to reason with, and you will need to be very patient, if not you may say things that you will regret later. I feel that this person likes things given to them on a plate, rather than work hard for them. Love/Emotions: You are confused over a conversation that you have had with someone dear to you. Have you blown things out of proportion? Did they really mean to put a doubt in your mind? You have a choice to both keep it all to yourself and stew on it, or should you confront it and talk things over in order to maybe make things better?

Gemini 22nd May - 21st June General: You are being very mischievous this month as you feel carefree and relaxed. You have choices in your friendships/relationships and it all looks really good and exciting. You have a feminine lady around you who is trying to make your life more fun by her kindness which is greatly appreciated. Love/Emotions: In the past you have had insecurities of feeling unwanted or confused about how others felt about you. This month you will see clearly that this isn’t relevant anymore as you now understand where all the insecurity came from.

Cancer 22nd June - 22nd July General: In the past you have had insecurities of feeling unwanted or confused about how others felt about you. This month you will see that this isn’t relevant anymore as you now understand where all the insecurity came from. Love/Emotions: Too much of putting someone on a pedestal is not good for them or for you and so you may need to see things how they really are between you and a person that you love dearly. You are not perfect any more than they are and so we all make mistakes and say the wrong things and act in a way that we shouldn’t on occasion.

21st Mar - 20th Apr

General: An outsider of the family/friendships will be causing a commotion due to an extreme emotional opinion. I can see that things will be complicated and you do not want to be stuck in the centre of all of this. Love/Emotions: You are looking for a little peace and harmony after all the drama that has surrounded you either directly or indirectly. You are looking for a quiet place to ponder your thoughts and make plans for your future. I can see someone making a kind or romantic gesture that will make your heart sing.



23rd July - 23rd Aug 23rd Nov - 23rd Dec General: Good news comes your way in April which will bring with it new and old friends. I see that you have to step onto new ground and trust that you are going to be fine. Love/Emotions: I am hearing the words commitment and understanding either someone saying this to you or you saying this to someone dear to you.


24thAug-22ndSep General: A conversation with a wiser but maybe not so polite character who thinks they know best for everyone. They are making you feel like they could have power over you with their words. Love/Emotions: Someone very close to you is needing you to show them how special they are to you. They have been feeling sensitive recently and so it’s time now to give them a kind gesture to show how you feel.


23rd Sep - 23rd Oct General: You will be moving forward with your ambitions and wishes this month. You can now think clearly about the plans that you have already had success with. Love/Emotions: Try not to isolate yourself too much this month as you have been putting a great deal of pressure on yourself emotionally.


General: Things around you have been crashing down and it’s time to do something in your life that makes you smile and throws caution to the wind, so to speak. Love/Emotions: Have you been taking other peoples affections for granted recently? Is it time to show some commitment back or at least show them how you feel about them?


24th Dec - 20th Jan General: A new opportunity through work or finances shows up for you this month. I can see a hard working person around you who has seen the same qualities in yourself. This person is offering you something that is worth more than money. Love/Emotions: You are ready to receive and to give love in equal measures. You have barriers but they can come down, if you only trust that you can and will cope with whatever life and love throw at you.


21st Jan - 18th Feb General: You are being asked to make a choice and to speak your mind over matters linked to money/finances/work. You have been skirting around the outside of a problem for a long time, trying not to get involved as you were afraid of the outcome. Love/Emotions: Someone close to you has made you promises that they haven’t kept and so you feel disillusioned.


24th Oct - 22nd Nov 19th Feb - 20th Mar

General: There are the keys to the future in your hand this month with a happy and successful feel to them. You have been waiting for a sign and now you see that the future is yours for the taking. Love/Emotions: There comes a time when you have to let people go. I can feel that this is hurting you but it is the only way for people to be truly happy. They say if you love someone you have to let them go and if they come back you know it’s in truth and honesty.

General: You have been noticing a pattern in your life of people that you connect with sometimes manipulate you for their own benefit. There are times that this benefits you so you are happy to do this for them. Love/Emotions: A tearful character is close around you this month and they need your words of wisdom. As a sensitive birth sign you are able to give an emotional ear to this person and you are also capable of seeing both sides to every story too.

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Borough Green facility launch

On March 14th 2016 fish sourcing company Chapman’s held a launch event for their new processing facility in Borough Green. Now 25 years old, Chapman’s are the premier fish sourcing company in the South East. They have forged close connections with local fishermen to collect catches straight from the boats, transport it to Borough Green and move it on to their clients within hours. Thanks to their consistent delivery, high-quality product and responsible sourcing policy they now serve some of the most prestigious restaurants in the South East and London. More than 60 of the head chefs and managers of these restaurants were in attendance at Chapman’s event on Monday 14th, invited to see what goes into the delivery of fresh fish and get to know the organisation a little better. SOCIAL EVENTS

Keith Chapman, founder of the company, had this to say on the occasion: “When I first opened a market stall to sell fish a quarter of a century ago I never would have imagined this is where I’d be today. The past 25 years have seen us grow slowly and organically, relying entirely on our reputation to gain new clients by referral. We now think it’s time we let more people know about what we do, and our new facility at Borough Green will allow us to expand our reach even more without any negative effect on quality. In fact, we expect to be able to deliver more fish, and greater variety, fresher and faster than we have before.” Chapman’s also now have their own successful fish restaurant in Canterbury – Chapman’s Seafood Bar & Brasserie.

MMM Magazine April '16  

Kent's leading lifestyle magazine featuring what is best in the area:celebrity articles, latest business news, properties, events, fashion,...

MMM Magazine April '16  

Kent's leading lifestyle magazine featuring what is best in the area:celebrity articles, latest business news, properties, events, fashion,...