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Issue 55, August 2016 Complimentary

Kent’s Leading Lifestyle magazine



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hances are you’ll be reading this before or just after you’ve been on your annual holiday – but here’s the good news; the fun days out don’t need to stop now. The summer brings with it a festival and event season right here in Kent. Plus, if you’ve been away – or simply been enjoying the sunny days here – it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about and top up that tan. Thousands, for example, flocked to a sundrenched Whitstable for its famous oyster festival at the end of last month, as well as music festivals such as LeeFest near Tunbridge Wells. Not to mention the annual Leeds Castle Classical Concert which was a great success. And I joined the 80,000 visitors at the Kent County Show in Detling in July which was another fabulous day, showcasing all the greatest things about this great county. This month there’s everything from military shows at Paddock Wood’s Hop Farm to the open air rock show by Canadian rocker Bryan Adams in Canterbury. Speaking of which, inside this month’s edition, we take an in-depth look at his career ahead of his headlining performance – his first ever show in the county. While we’re on the issue of stars, we also profile Eva Green – the Bond girl turned superstar who is perhaps best known now for her role in Sky’s Penny Dreadful. Did you know she spent some of her childhood right here in Kent? Turn inside to find out more. We’ve also got special features on gardens and bathrooms, plus the ideal starting point if you’re planning to tie the knot soon, with a wedding section too. And while you’re enjoying this month’s edition, I’d like to send out a very special thank you to all our advertisers – without whom we would not be here. We continue to grow as a result of them and we work hard to keep serving up a product they want to be associated with. So enjoy this edition, enjoy the summer weeks, and enjoy this fabulous county of ours.


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BRYAN ADAMS (Everything He Does) He Does For Us


WATCHES Timeless expression


WEDDINGS Your guide to the ultimate day


BALDWINS TRAVEL GROUP Impressive destinations, spectacular scenery


FITNESS Slow and steady wins the race


FOOD Variety is the spice of life

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WHITSTABLE STOVE SHOP Summer deals galore


MOTORS A collection of sports and supercars


GADGETS & GIzMOS Cutting-edge technology


HISTORY Goliath aircraft crash event by Robin J Brooks


THINGS TO DO IN KENT Experiences to enthral


EVENTS Highlighting family fun and celebrations throughout Kent


HOROSCOPES August predictions by Ali Janes

NATIONAL TRUST Summertime adventure


EVA GREEN Casts her spell


BATHROOMS Stylish interior design


HOME Inspirational living

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He Does For Us




or those who can remember the summer of 1991, a certain Canadian rock star was impossible to avoid. Bryan Adams was everywhere...his song (Everything I Do) I Do It For You was released in June and climbed its way to the top by July 1st. And there it stayed, stubbornly refusing to budge for a colossal four months. It was only drowned out by the smashing of records as it became the longest ever UK number one single for consecutive weeks at the top. And for 16 weeks he stayed. It is a record which remains intact to this day and in the fast-paced world of single releases it is hard to see its remarkable feat being matched any time soon. It sold, in the UK alone, in excess of 1.8million copies. And you weren’t safe from Adams in the cinema either. The song was plucked from the soundtrack of Kevin Costner’s blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Between them they dominated sound and vision. Yet to think that Bryan Adams is something of a one-trick pony would be to sell a remarkable career hideously short. In fact, unlike many other performers whose one big hit dominates and colours the rest of their career, Adams almost shrugged off its success and continued to do what he had been doing for years before and ever since – simply delivering some classic rock tracks. From the raw early sound of his eponymous debut in 1980 to the classics Cut Like A Knife and, in many’s eyes still his greatest album, 1985’s Reckless, to 1996’s 18 Til I Die and plenty more in between and since, he has racked up dozens of hits across a career which stretches back to 1976. And he has toured relentlessly – selling out the O2 Arena in London earlier this year.

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During his career he’s sold close to 70 million records worldwide and, perhaps his most impressive feat is coming across as a regular, kind-hearted, human being. A rarity in the world of superstars. He’s an accomplished photographer too. Not to mention a family man – he has two daughters with longtime partner Alicia Grimaldi, 35, who is a co-founder and trustee of his charity foundation. But for many in the county this month marks a day to remember, when he steps out for the latest open air show at Canterbury’s Spitfire Ground St Lawrence. Normally the home of Kent County Cricket Club, it is fast developing a reputation for bringing classic acts to Kent. Earlier this year Simply Red performed in the footsteps of the likes of Madness and Elton John. Touring his latest studio – his 13th, Get Up! - it is sure to be a huge success with a set list likely to include hits such as Run To You, Heaven, Can’t Stop This Thing We Started, The Only Thing That Looks Good On You Is Me, Somebody and, of course, that monster hit from 1991. What many will not be aware of, though, as he steps out on to the stage is that the 56-yearold is far more than your average rock star. Over his career he has donated millions of dollars to good causes. A vegan since he was 29, he’s also a fierce supporter of animal rights movements. He has his own charity – the Bryan Adams Foundation – which he established in 2006 with the aim of transforming the lives of thousands of people. It was set up shortly after the tsunami disaster which struck southern Asia and aims to provide financial grants to support projects committed to bettering the lives of other people. Its goal particularly is to advance education and learning opportunities for children and young people worldwide, believing that an education is the best gift that a child can be given. a CELEBRITY STORY

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I had difficulty with it and used to argue with my manager all the time about some of these press things that would come up. I would shun the limelight completely and didn’t really want to be out there. Laughing at it is key; if you can laugh at yourself, you never cease to be amused. Continued from page 11

Adams provides the funds. He’s been romantically linked, in the past to the likes of super model Elle Macpherson and even Princess Diana – but refuses to discuss any of it. “My love life,” he explains, “is no one’s business but my own.” It’s tough not to like this guy. “I really wanted to be a working musician. The craft was everything to me. To be a celebrity — I couldn’t think of anything more cringeworthy,” he says looking back at his career which started when he famously signed his first record deal for the grand total of $1 (a cheque he still has), but agreed, to allow the then-budding songwriter to “get a foot in the door” of the highly competitive music industry. “I had difficulty with it and used to argue with my manager all the time about some of these press things that would come up. I would shun the limelight completely and didn’t really want to be out there. Laughing at it is key; if you can laugh at yourself, you never cease to be amused.” Today he lives, primarily, in London and has dual British and Canadian citizenship. A return to his family’s roots you could say. Born in November 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, both his parents were British. They emigrated to Canada before having their two sons. His father served both the British and Canadian armies and his early life was spent following his father’s postings as a diplomat, which saw him spend time in Portugal, Austria and Israel. Disrupted by his globe-trotting, he left school at 15. Two years later he was working in and around the music scene of Vancouver, Canada.  CELEBRITY STORY

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mmmWeddings • Wedding checklist • Hen party ideas • Jewellery style • Idyllic settings • Picture perfect • Summer wedding trends


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Kent Weddings Event Diary


isted wedding open days and fairs for your diary:

Chilston Park Wedding Open Day, Lenham 21st August 2016,

Rochester Corn Exchange Wedding Fair, Rochester 16th October 2016,

Mercure Great Danes Hotel Wedding Experience, Maidstone 29th August 2016,

Hall Place Bexley Wedding Show, Bexley 16th October 2016,

Broome Park Wedding Fair, Canterbury 4th September 2016,

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa, Fawkham 20th October 2016, brandshatchplace

St George’s Centre Wedding Experience, Chatham 4th September 2016,

The Wedding Experience at The Kent Showground, Detling 23rd October 2016,

Turner Contemporary Wedding Fair, Margate 8th September 2016,

Botany Bay Wedding Fair, Broadstairs 30th October 2016,

Birchwood Park Wedding Fair, Dartford 11th September 2016,

Chilston Park Wedding Open Day, Lenham 30th October 2016, chilstonopenday

Priestfields Stadium Wedding Fair, Gillingham 11th September 2016, Holiday Inn Hotel Wedding Experience, Sittingbourne 11th September 2016, Port Lympne Mansion Wedding Fair, Ashford 18th September 2016, Bridgewood Manor Wedding Fair, Chatham 25th September 2016, The Spa Hotel Wedding Fayre, Tunbridge Wells 25th September 2016, Marine Hotel Wedding Fair, Whitstable 2nd October 2016, Ashford International Hotel Wedding Experience, Ashford 2nd October 2016, The Orangery Maidstone Wedding Open Day, Maidstone 9th October 2016, The Hop Farm Wedding Show, Tonbridge 9th October 2016, East Kent’s Biggest Wedding Fair at Kent County Cricket Club, Canterbury 16th October 2016,

Tudor Park Marriott Hotel Wedding Fair, Maidstone 30th October 2016, Hilton Hotel Wedding Experience, Maidstone 8th January 2017, Coniston Hotel Wedding Experience, Sittingbourne 15th January 2017, Bridgewood Manor Wedding Fair, Chatham 22nd January 2017, Discovery Park Wedding Fair, Sandwich 12th February 2017, Marine Hotel Wedding Fair, Whitstable 19th February 2017, Boughton Golf Club Wedding Fair, Faversham 26th February 2017, Ashford International Hotel Wedding Experience, Ashford 12th March 2017, Kent Showground Wedding Experience, Maidstone 9th April 2017, Please contact events directly for full details.

Hen Party Weekend Ideas


restorative spa weekend could be just the ticket to comfort a busy bride to be, let yourself and others be impressed by a selection of treatments, a nail bar, gym and pools. They can offer sumptuous meals, afternoon tea and plenty of wine, make sure there is a cocktail bar too. In an party-like atmosphere, set up a perfect day of total relaxation and chitchat by the pool.

Afternoon tea experience

Treat yourself to endless rounds of dainty sandwiches, exquisite cakes and biscuits and pretty teas and coffees are supplemented with nibbles in a comfortable and traditional environment. Make sure you book with a restaurant or hotel that specialises in afternoon tea with a scrumptious menu.

White water rafting

If throwing yourself and your bridal team down the rapids is something you think you could all bond over, or your bride-to-be is a fitness enthusiast, then perhaps a white water rafting package could be the perfect hen party choice. While not everyone will jump at the chance, it definitely tops the list as a memorable day out.

Flower arranging workshop

After all the bouquet samples you’ve undoubtedly become acquainted with in the lead-up to the special day, it’s only natural to develop an interest in the art itself. Gather the bridal team either in the comfort of your own home or at your hen party hotel suite for a lesson in flower arranging. You can pick the flowers and the type of arrangement you want to create – and if you’re planning ahead can even create a personalised

wedding bouquet. A fun hen idea that’s also future mother-in-law proof.

Charter a yacht

Crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches, an ideal place anyone would fancy spending your hen weekend. Charter a yacht with your best friends, a great place to go to would be Sardinia. Where you can set sail around islands with the warm sun, enjoy snorkelling and have lunch on the deck. Then head back to shore for a cocktail. mmm

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Jewellery to last a lifetime T

he world of bridal jewellery this year is promising to be a familiar one with the most popular trend of last year, vintage, promised to continue. Lace bridal dresses and the frequent use of pearls will continue to grace couples as they say their vows, but the catwalk trends are slowly changing and here’s some of the hottest new looks for the year ahead.

Art Deco

Think geometrics, especially amongst rings. Inspired by “The Great Gatsby”, one of the most popular films towards the end of 2013, statement earrings and quirky patterns will be sure to adorn the aisles this year.


Not so much the drink - although we can probably guarantee that this will be included somewhere in the wedding - it’s the colour that we are talking about. Dresses, bracelets and necklaces are taking on a minimalist approach and a deeper champagne colour for this year.


In the form of animals and flowers, motifs are said to be popular this year with their inclusion in a lot more of the minor details of the wedding. mmm


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Hot Summer Wedding Trends


ummer is a popular time for weddings, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the summer wedding tradition standbys. mmm gives you some fresh ideas for your summer celebration.

Dynamic Colours

Bright hues are popular for summer weddings. But if you try to use too many colours in one space, you might wind up with a look that’s more carnival than nuptial. Think sophisticated brights. Sticking with just two hues will keep your space unified. Rather than splashing colour all over your reception space, use one dynamic colour for a strong statement, think all-pink centrepieces or bold orange table linens. This holds especially true for your centrepieces: Instead of multicoloured centrepieces, use alternate single-colour floral arrangements for a pulled-together look.

Laid-back Music

It’s summer, so why not lighten the ambience a little? A pianist or string trio will do the trick if you’re having a formal cocktail hour, but to really embrace the season, think about alternative summery music styles. Create a laid-back vibe during your cocktail hour and dinner with steel drums or a singer accompanied with a ukulele. For the reception, heat up the evening with sultry sounds -- we love the idea of incorporating classic swing or big band music to add a fast, upbeat tempo to the evening.

New Themes

Basic beach or garden themes are classic for the summer. Instead of a generic setting or theme, take the personal route. Think of your favourite summer hangouts when planning your theme. Rather than just any beach, bring in elements specific to the beach you remember as a child. If it was a cabin in the woods, go for a mountain theme. Another idea: Honour your honeymoon destination. If you’re having a garden wedding but honeymooning in Hawaii, add orchids to your bouquets or fill the bottoms of your centrepiece vases with black lava rocks.

Natural Centrepieces

Cut citrus fruit is a tried-and-true favourite for summertime centrepieces, but other options out there are more unexpected and just as visually appealing. Love fruit but want something new? Have your florist use hollowed-out watermelons as a centrepiece container for a casual look that’s fun and seasonal. Another option is to go natural and green with your containers. Incorporate wooden vases or pedestals with grass or moss to give centrepieces a textured, natural feel.

Beyond Wedding Cake

White wedding cakes are popular for every season, and of course, chocolate always reigns for groom’s cakes. But with cake bakers nowadays offering so many delectable flavours and fillings, why not try a seasonal selection? Get inspired by the summer flavours you loved as a child. Think fresh strawberries and whipped cream filling for a strawberry shortcake-style wedding cake, or a citrus-infused filling like Key lime, lemon, or orange vanilla butter cream that honours a summertime fruit.

Eco-Friendly Favours

Classic summer favours like flip-flops and drink koozies will always satisfy, but why not give back to the planet while you give back to your guests? Eco-friendly favours are bigger than ever, particularly if you’re taking advantage of natural beauty and marrying outdoors. One idea: Give guests locally grown herbs planted in recyclable glass jars or tin cans. Dressed up with ribbon or paper in your wedding colours, they’re gorgeous and good for the earth. Beyond plants, you might also consider donating to a local charity for a wedding favour idea that never goes out of season.

Wine Smoothies

Your guests will definitely want something cold and frosty, but margaritas and daiquiris can be had at any summertime bar. Instead, go for a libation that’s a little out of the ordinary. Wine smoothies are cold, frosty, and pack less of an alcoholic punch than margaritas. Perfect for your cocktail hour and as a signature drink for the evening, ask your caterer about serving one of these concoctions. A wine smoothie consists of a fruity wine, like rose, blended with ice and fruits of your choice. Garnished with a couple of berries or fruit slices, it makes for a refreshing and unexpected signature sip. mmm

Hosting your wedding outdoors


ummer is in full bloom. The sun, the gentle breeze, the cocktails with lunch and all the barbecues, summer might be the favourite season; it may even inspire you to try hosting your wedding outdoors. Here’s everything that you’ll need to know for an al fresco wedding day.

The perfect setting

Getting married outside is a perfect suggestion. If you’re going for a free, natural and chilled theme for your big day, then an outdoor wedding is for you. These weddings aren’t stuffy and boring; they’re out in the fresh air, giving you the freedom to do whatever you like. Unlike a church ceremony, you can decorate most outdoor venues any way you want, making them some of the most versatile venues you can find. A great suggestion is getting married al fresco, all the pressure and your worries will just melt away.

Get creative

Unfortunately, in the UK you can only get married in places that have a wedding licence and too few venues have an additional outdoor wedding venue. This leaves couples with a choice to make, they can either give up on their dream of getting married in the beautiful,

lush countryside or they can get creative. They could get married in a registry office, having a ceremony with their friends and family at a later date. They also can find a venue that has one of these licenses, one such venue is the gorgeous Leeds Castle.

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Many outdoor venues include a wooden gazebo, a truly adorable feature. This is not only an amazing photo opportunity, but it’s also incredibly practical. You probably want to be able to see the one you love on your big day, but you might not be able to if you’re squinting from the light of the sun. The cute little gazebo can help to keep the sun out of your eyes and keep you cool in the shade! This is so much better than wearing sunglasses, because you can still stare lovingly into their eyes.

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Have a back up

Summer is always shown as a time for festivals, pool parties and perfect beaches. The British Summer time, however, is just as rainy as it is sunny, so it’s important to have a back up planned. Many venues with an outdoor venue also have an indoor area, often for the reception. Before you book an outdoor venue, ask if you can use the indoor venue; hopefully it won’t rain on your big day, but you never know with the UK weather.

Enjoy the day

Whether you’re thinking about using a mystical castle, a rustic farm or an adorable gazebo, you are going to have some fantastic photos from the big day! So go forth and enjoy your outdoor wedding next summer, come rain or shine. mmm

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Create the perfect wedding photos


e’ve all seen amazing photos gracing the pages of magazines and of course that is what we all want. So here are some tips on how you can achieve the perfect wedding photos.

Getting started

Choosing a great photographer is an obvious start. It’s important to really like their work, but also to like the photographer too as they will be with you all day on your wedding day! It can be a good idea to have a pre-wedding shoot, this will really help you get used to being in front of the camera and therefore you will be much more relaxed in your photos. It’s great to practice poses and see what works for you and just as important, what doesn’t work.

The perfect picture

Now everything has come together, you have a stunning venue, a great photographer and have practiced your posing, its time for the perfect picture. What makes amazing photos is great light. Photographers call the hour before sunset the golden hour, it’s when the light is softer and more flattering. So leave some time on your wedding day for photos later in the day, to make the most of the best light. And don’t worry about bad weather; a good photographer will create their own light!

The poser

When it comes to posing there are a few little rules that can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo. We say “If it bends, then bend it,� all that means is bend your leg instead of standing up straight, bend your elbow to create a bit of space between your body and arm. Bend your head slightly to one side. All of this makes for a more dynamic pose (just like the models in the magazines).

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Then all you have to do is enjoy yourself with the person you have just married. Capturing the chemistry between you is what will make the perfect picture. For more information visit

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inspirational attractions


pen a world map and you will see the extensive Asia/ Pacific region. Almost at the very centre you will observe the Japanese archipelago stretching north to south along the edge of the Asian continent. Japan has lured an untold number of adventurers, since Marco Polo first introduced it to the world back in the 13th century as “Zipangu- the Land of Gold”. Though the Japan of today may not be a land of gold, the “Neo Zipangu” does possess powerful and magnet-like attractions: great cultural variety, colourful and inspiring natural attractions beautifully interwoven by four distinct seasonal changes, not to mention the overflowing hospitality of its people. As such Japan has recovered from the natural disasters of 2011, and is vigorously gaining in popularity as a tourist destination again which anyone can enjoy on a reasonable budget, and with a sense of complete security. This is where the past literally greets the future. This is where they both mingle. Japan has a long history of absorbing advanced cultures from ancient times, through the middle ages. Later it began to assimilate elements of western civilisation from the latter half of the 19th century. Through these influences, the country has added rich new dimensions and depth to its indigenous culture. This marvellous harmony between the refinements of everything ‘Oriental’, blended with leading edge technology and the urban lifestyle you find in Japan today is truly proof of its long and eloquent history. a TRAVEL ASPECT

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No other country has the contrasting seasons that Japan enjoys: If you are undecided when to visit Japan, spring is spectacular when the plum and cherry blossom trees burst into bloom, from the first days of February when the plum blossoms debut in Okinawa, to the last days of May, when the last cherry blossoms fall from the trees of northern Japan. Spring is a time of rebirth in the name of nature and human celebration throughout the land, with numerous flower festivals being held everywhere. Spring is one of the most popular times to travel and planning and booking early is imperative. Summer is playtime in the land of nature, a season of rice planting and total greenery, summer is a

season for visiting Mt Fuji, enjoying the fireworks almost every night and the large scale festivals that will linger through into September, but by October Japan is enjoying the crisp cooler days of its distinct autumn. Autumn brings swirls of changing leaves, vivid hues of crimson, gold, bronze and yellow that paint the hills and mountainsides in carpets of colour, a wonderful time to visit. The Momji maple tree turning a blazing red is not to be missed. Winter offers not only snowfall a skier’s paradise, but sunshine and blue skies as well as cheaper prices and a quieter time to travel. #HolidayInspirations #ExploreBC TRAVEL ASPECT

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SKI INDEPENDENCE Best of British Columbia

ith vast expanses of stunningly beautiful mountains, record breaking levels of snowfall and exceptional Canadian hospitality, it’s no wonder that British Columbia is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. The region’s Canadian Rockies, Okanagan and Pacific Coastal mountain ranges play host to 13 world-class ski resorts, which welcome thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the skiing holiday of a lifetime. So when it comes to inspiring ski resorts British Columbia has something for everyone, here’s our pick of some of the top ski destinations to really get your ski legs twitching:


Undoubtedly BC’s most famous resort, and for very good reason, Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America and was recently voted #1 Ski Resort in North America by Ski Magazine. Simply superb in every way, Whistler offers 2 great mountains with a staggering 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a one mile vertical rise, 12 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, over 200 marked pistes for every level of skier and snowboarder and a world-renowned ski and snowboard school.

Whistler’s impressive mountains and ski terrain are backed up by a compact, pedestrianised familyfriendly village. Whistler’s superb accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and leisure facilities guarantee your experience is as unbeatable off the slopes as it is on. When it comes to après-ski it’s a town like no other, aside from the terrific array of bars and restaurants Whistler has activities to suit the whole family. New to the line-up this year is the Escape Room where families or groups of friends are locked in a room and must work as a team to find clues and solve puzzles with the aim of escaping before the 60 minute timer is up, this fun filled game is a sure fire hit with children and grown-ups alike! Other activities include the high flying zip-line, take in the scenery from a different angle as you race through the trees on Canada’s longest zipline. From snowy mountain scenes to vibrant city scapes, a holiday to Whistler wouldn’t be complete without spending some time in the vibrant city of Vancouver – visit Stanley Park which is larger than Central Park in New York – or the beautiful capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island. You can easily incorporate a city stopover so that you can enjoy absolutely everything that this wonderful region has to offer. 


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Not content with a single resort? BC’s Powder Highway is absolutely perfect for combining a couple of resorts for a North American twin- or even triple centre trip. “A trip on the Powder Highway should be top of every skiers bucket list, hire a car and take the ultimate road trip through these breath-taking mountains whilst fitting in some well-earned turns along the way,” commented Julie from Ski Independence.


At the southernmost end of the Powder Highway you’ll find a big mountain with a small-town, traditionally Canadian feel – you can either choose to stay in the mountain village for the convenience of ski-in/ski-out accommodation, or the nearby old mining town with its cool galleries, cafés and bars. Fernie’s 2,500 acres of terrain caters for all skiers and snowboarders, ranging from the gentle groomers on the lower slopes to some fantastic steep and deep higher up.


For a great value family ski holiday in North America, it’s hard to beat Panorama. Located close to the border with Alberta approximately 2hrs30 minutes north of Fernie, this expansive area of over 2,800 acres has something to suit everyone – from gentle beginners’ slopes to excellent backcountry terrain. Lodging in Panorama is particularly good for families and the ski-in/skiout Panorama Condos offer great accommodation at an excellent price, including access to the resort’s massive outdoor pool and hot tub complex.


Further north along the Powder Highway is Kicking Horse. Advanced skiers and boarders need look no further! Over 2,800 acres of breathtaking terrain, with 4,133 feet of challenging vertical and an abundance of powder, make Kicking Horse a mecca for powder hounds. Most who make the pilgrimage here do so for the adrenaline-inducing pitches of the resort’s bowls, chutes and glades. a TRAVEL ASPECT

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Feeling extra adventurous? Last on the list of recommended Powder Highway resorts, why not add Revelstoke to your itinerary? Although relatively new on the scene, in the 7 years since it opened, Revelstoke has become one of the biggest and best ski areas in North America, with the continent’s highest lift-served vertical of 5,630 feet. And if that’s not enough, the resort also offers cat-skiing in three additional backcountry bowls and another half million acres of terrain for heli-skiing. Revelstoke has some fantastic ski-in/ ski-out accommodation at the mountain base, or you can opt to stay in the old ski town down the road, with its laid back atmosphere and lively après scene. All featured resorts are served by regular flights from the UK with a range of airlines, with daily direct flights to Vancouver and Calgary and connections to Kelowna and Kamloops. With so many fantastic resorts to choose from, there’s a high chance you’ll want to visit more than one during your holiday to British Columbia. Baldwins Travel can make this possible by creating an itinerary that includes everything you want to do. For more information on ski holidays to British Columbia this winter contact your local Baldwins Travel Group branch. #HolidayInspirations #ExploreBC TRAVEL ASPECT

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f you’ve recently signed up for a 5K run, congratulations, committing to a run is often the hardest part. But even with entry secured, you might be unsure of how to prep properly before the big day. Mmm provide easy steps to help get you to the starting line with a stride in your step. a FITNESS TIPS

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Decide on what your goal is and keep that in mind during training and the race itself. If it’s to jump-start a fitness routine or lose weight, you may not be as concerned with your finish time. But if you want to beat a personal best or qualify for another race after your 5K run, make sure your training allows for this.


Whether you decide to run a 5K race with a group or find a running companion to train with, a friend can help keep you accountable. Sharing your goals and scheduling running workouts together will help keep momentum up and ensure that you stay consistent — especially during those times when you feel low.


Sticking with a schedule will help you stay on track without overwhelming you physically. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to train so you can increase both mileage and time while still allowing the body time to rest. FITNESS TIPS


Feeling comfortable during the race, and in training, is crucial to your success. Never race in gear — especially shoes — that you haven’t tested before. Run in clothing that is broken in that you know won’t ride up or cause blisters. If you need a new pair of trainers and have time to break them in before race day, go to a running specialty store to get a gait analysis and test the shoes out on a real track. Remember the saying “cotton is rotten” when dressing to train. It makes clothes heavy, sweaty, and wet.


Keep the old saying “slow and steady wins the race” in mind while training. It’s important to not push yourself too hard, too fast - you want to avoid injury so that you can actually get to the race. A good rule of thumb is to increase your mileage by no more than 10 percent each week. Jot down your plan and increase gradually. Motivation is key, but be careful it doesn’t drive you to bite off more than you can chew.


Positive visualisation will help you before the race and during. While you train, picture yourself on the track and tune out any environmental factors. The race will be full of people running right alongside you, so the more you practice this technique, the better your performance will be on the big day. Keep your eyes on the prize as you complete your 5K run and keep all of the reasons you decided to do it circling in your head. This will help you feel even more accomplished as you cross the finish line. mmm


Pepper & pesto pasta salad Ingredients 300g essential Waitrose conchiglie rigate 77g Cooks’ Ingredients diced pancetta 1 x 45g Sacla’ classic basil pesto pots 400g can essential Waitrose chick peas, drained and rinsed 280g jar Cooks’ Ingredients chargrilled peppers in olive oil basil leaves, to garnish

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Method • Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water for 10 to 12 minutes until tender. • Meanwhile, gently cook the pancetta in a small non-stick frying pan for five minutes until crisp and lightly browned.

• Drain the pasta and cool under running water. Toss with the pancetta, pesto, chick peas and peppers. Scatter over the basil leaves and add black pepper to serve.

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Cook’s tip This dish can be eaten warm or cold. Make ahead and chill for a day or two, then remove from the fridge an hour before serving.

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Confit of duck & watermelon salad Ingredients Serves 4 to 6 Four duck legs Enough vegetable oil or goose fat to cover the duck Half an onion sliced 2 sprigs of thyme 5 black peppercorns. 500ml vegetable oil duck/goose fat For the salad A bag of rocket leaves 10 fresh mint leaves Half a cucumber Quarter of a watermelon Extra virgin olive oil for dressing

Chef’s Tip This dish can be eaten with the duck legs hot or cold. Try it as a luxury filling for wraps. DINING GUIDE

Method • Put the duck legs into an oven proof dish, large enough for the legs to fit tightly. Pour over the oil or goose/duck fat. Cover with foil or a tight fitting lid and bake in the oven for two and a half, to three hours at 140°C. • To test if they are cooked, the thigh bone should come away from the meat easily when touched. Leave to cool in the fat and pop in the fridge for up to two weeks. Ensure the meat is completely submerged in fat if you are going to store it. • When ready to eat, put the duck legs on a roasting tray and bake at 200°C for 20 minutes or until the skin is crisp. • To make the salad, finely chop

the mint leaves. Peel the cucumber and cut into thin matchsticks. Cut the watermelon flesh into chunks, removing as many seeds as possible. • To serve, slice the cooked duck meat into bite-sized pieces and combine with the salad ingredients. Sprinkle over some sesame seeds and a drizzle of olive oil. Recipe from: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4NQ 01622 734334 @tudorPark

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Butternut squash summer salad Ingredients 1 large package of organic mixed baby greens 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped 1/4 cup dried cranberries DINING GUIDE

Method • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and spray metal baking sheet with the oil spray • Spread out squash into a single layer on a baking sheet and spray squash with olive oil then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs. • Bake squash for 30 mins turning over halfway through.

• Squash will be done when they’re tender with a little crisp, and a melt in-your-mouth bite. • Place baby greens in large bowl and add squash, goat cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries. • Drizzle each serving with a desired amount of dressing. Serve and enjoy.

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Apple pie, apple butter, what’s autumn without apples? It turns out late summer is helped by a basket of these amazing fruits as well. This year is a great one for Ontario apples, which means that there are plenty already available. • Health benefits: Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide just 50 calories. They, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, the fruit is rich in dietary fibre, which helps prevent absorption of dietaryLDL or bad cholesterol in the gut. The fibre also saves the colon mucous membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancercausing chemicals inside the colon.




Garlic is an amazing way to add flavour to your food without adding calories, and autumn is the perfect time for it. As a bonus, it’s amazingly healthy: it’s been linked to cancer prevention in medical studies. And did you know that you can grow your own garlic? Conveniently enough, autumn is the perfect time to plant it. • Health benefits: Garlic is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. The bulbs are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Selenium is a heart-healthy mineral, and is an important cofactor for antioxidant enzymes within the body. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.


Smoothies are delicious and can be very healthy, but they can also be expensive. In-season field cucumbers — sometimes called garden cucumbers — are an inexpensive way to add liquid and vitamins to your smoothies. They’re also great chopped and added to your salads, of course, or even sliced and eaten with a Greek yogurt dip. • Health benefits: They surprisingly have a high amount of vitamin K, which has been found to have a potential role in bone strength by promoting osteotrophic (bone mass building) activity. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

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This Chinese vegetable — related to cabbage — is easy to find year round, but it’s great when you can get it fresh. You can actually grill it, which is a great way to use this vegetable while the weather is still good for eating al fresco, but you can expect to find it fresh well into the autumn. • Health benefits: Bok choy is one of the popular very low calorie leafy vegetables. Nonetheless, it is a very rich source of many vital phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and health-benefiting antioxidants. As in other Brassica family vegetables, bok choy too contains certain anti-oxidant plant chemicals such as thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. Together with dietary fibre and vitamins, these compounds help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.


Vegetarian? Eggplant is a great way to add some “meaty” texture to your dishes. You can slice it and grill it, or cook it for a longer period of time to bulk up dishes like curry. The season for this vegetable,which comes in several different varieties, starts in August and continues into autumn. • Health benefits: The peel or skin (deep blue/purple varieties) of aubergine has significant amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins. Scientific studies have shown that these anti-oxidants have potential health effects against cancer, ageing, inflammation, and neurological diseases.


The peach season is coming to an end, but nectarines are here and that’s a pretty good replacement. Nectarines are actually the same species as peaches — the theory is that the nectarines are grown because of a recessive allele, and peaches from a dominant allele for fuzzy skin. You can eat them as is or add them to salads or desserts. • Health benefits: Fresh nectarines carry small amounts of vitamin C. 100 g provides 5.4 mg or about 9% of dailyrecommended levels. Vitamin-C has anti-oxidant effects and is required for connective tissue formation within the human body. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, and helps to scavenge harmful free radicals.

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Emmetts Garden Winnie-the-Pooh trail Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 4th September, daily from 10am till 4pm Follow A.A. Milne’s much-loved characters on an adventure around the delightful informal garden and woodland. Self-led family trail incorporating 50 things activities. £1 per trail.

Chartwell Once upon a time there were four little rabbits… 2nd August, 4.30pm (picnics from 3.30pm) Meet Beatrix Potter as she tells the tale of naughty Peter and Benjamin in Mr McGregor’s garden. A unique production by Quantum Theatre. £12 per adult, £7 per child, from £26 for a family. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895

Winnie-the-Pooh trail Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 4th September, daily from 10am till 4pm Winnie the Pooh needs your help to find the bees around the gardens and woodland of Sir Winston Churchill’s former home. Self-led family trail incorporating 50 things activities. £1 per trail. a


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Ightham Mote Summer holiday fun Daily from Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 4th September, 10am till 4.30pm There are so many fun holiday activities at Ightham Mote you won’t need to visit anywhere else. Join us for our themed Thursdays, including archaeological fun, a Victorian day and teddy bears’ picnic. Discover the house with our quizzes, or go wild in our natural play area and tick off your 50 things in the garden and estate.

Knole Family Mondays Mondays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd August 11am till 3pm Every Monday during the school holidays there are family craft activities and the chance to tick off some of your 50 things activities. There’s a different theme each week, including crests and crowns, wool and weaving, deer and animal tracks. Free event, donations welcome.

Scotney Castle Summer holiday adventures Saturday 23rd July - Sunday 4th September, daily 10am till 4pm You can have your own adventure every day of the summer at Scotney Castle, building a den in a wilderness camp, exploring the discovery room or following a trail around the house. You can also join in a wildlife hunt every Wednesday, please check the website for details.

Quebec House Mrs Wolfe’s recipes Every Sunday, 1pm till 4pm Have you ever tasted potato pudding or homemade lemon drops? Every Sunday volunteers cook 18th century delicacies from recipes used by the former owner of Quebec House.




va Green has rather cornered a particular market in the increasingly competitive world of acting...for she is the Queen of the Dark. She may have the looks to stop a supernatural stampede at 10 paces, but the truth is the 36-yearold is ploughing a particularly fertile furrow when it comes to characters who are, well, a little odd. She was a witch in 2007’s The Golden Compass, in 2009’s Womb, she cloned her dead boyfriend, in 2012 she was another witch in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, and, in 2014, a femme fatale in the sequel to Sin City. And just to reinforce that image, she plays Vanessa Ives who battles forces from the underworld in Sky’s successful Penny Dreadful series. It’s an impressive rise to fame for a woman born in France but who spent part of her childhood in Kent. Yet, she is perhaps best known as a Bond girl – appearing in 2006’s Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig’s debut as 007 – as Vesper Lynd. But even then she is – spoiler alert – a double agent. “I will have to do more normal roles because I don’t want to be put in a box marked ‘weird witch’,” she says. “But there’s something fascinating in darkness. You learn about yourself as well by going to these extremes as an actor.” a

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She’s certainly pushed the boundaries in a career which began in 2001 when she secured roles in key stage productions which, in turn led to her being spotted for a role in the controversial movie The Dreamers – which involved some graphic sex scenes and nudity. “When I did that film I was not aware when I was filming it that all the questions from journalists afterwards would only be about the nudity,” she says. “I was asked all these questions about the sex scenes. I don’t know why people make such a fuss. Sometimes I feel like I’m a porn actress.”


She’s certainly put that behind her, with her role helping her secure a part in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven two years later – a movie in which she starred alongside Canterbury’s Orlando Bloom. But it was Casino Royale which sent her career into the stratosphere. Perhaps more impressive is that she has continued to pursue a career not constantly dogged by that Bond girl tag. “I got very angry when people kept asking me, ‘What’s it feel like to be a Bond girl?’,” she explains, “As if I was soup. “At first, when they approached me to do the Bond film, I thought it would be me wearing a

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bikini and being beautiful, so I said I wouldn’t audition. Then they sent me the script, and I saw that Bond was falling in love with my character—that she was sensitive and full of secrets. I could understand that. “And I had to die. I die in a lot of movies. I don’t know why—it’s one of the unusual things about my career. I guess it’s a big rehearsal for the inevitable.” Born in Paris – moments before her twin sister – acting was very much in her blood. Her mother was Marlene Jobert, a successful French actress who encouraged her daughter not to follow her into the profession. Explains Green: “She was a very, very successful actress who, at about 40, gave it up for writing children’s books and raising her children.” Her mother’s hey-day was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when her roles included appearing opposite Charles Bronson in Rider in the Rain. Adds Green: “She lost the desire. She knew that it’s a very tough profession and was worried that someone as gentle as me wouldn’t be able to deal with it. “She’s kind of appalled by what I do. Sometimes I get so worried about a part she’ll say, ‘don’t stress,’ but there was less competition in her day. She’ll discuss a role and we run through lines. She thinks acting is a terrible business and it’s true that it’s hard to depend on the judgment of other people all the a

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time. You have to not take it personally, to be strong. “If I listened to my mother’s advice, I wouldn’t do anything. I tell her the story and she’s like: ‘Oh God! Why are you doing that?’ Why can’t you play something normal?’.” A naturally dark blonde – she has dyed her hair black since she was 15 – she attended the American University of Paris, an Englishspeaking institution, and spent time during her childhood at homes in Ramsgate, London and Ireland, before returning to Paris for drama school. It provided the platform from which she launched her hugely successful career. A career which has also seen her pick up lucrative model endorsements for the likes of Emporio Armani, Christian Dior and Lancôme. Since she was in her early 20s she’s lived in London – and while still considering France her homeland, she admits she now “even dreams in English”. a


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As for her private life... well she likes to keep it just that. The tabloids have linked her in recent months with the director Tim Burton. “When people first meet me, they find me very cold...I keep myself at a distance, and I think that’s why I’m so drawn to acting. It allows me to wear a mask. “I guess people would be surprised to find out that I am a bit of a homebody. I do not like clubbing or going to wild parties. After a day of shooting, I love to come home and relax by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book. Boring, huh?” As for the future, she insists a permanent move to Hollywood is not on the cards. “My ambition,” she reveals, “is just to find a good script.” With her reputation now well established, chances are it will find her. mmm


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e inspired by design from around the world, including contemporary and traditional bathrooms. The bath will always take centre stage, and whether it is freestanding or wall fitted, it can be a real design statement.


You can either have a shower over the bath or in a standalone cubicle. The key is to first consider the size of your bathroom. Modern technology in respect of the shower is now at the forefront. Function is as important as design.

CHOOSING A BATHROOM SINK AND WC Basins come in a vast array of shapes, sizes, materials and designs. They can be mounted on pedestals, stands, vanity units, counter tops, wall hung, inset or semi-inset. Likewise WCs come in all shapes, sizes and configurations.


Under floor heating designed especially for bathrooms adds a luxurious dimension. As well as using tiles for your floor, it is necessary to use them on the walls around the shower or bath. If you prefer a streamlined look, the same tiles can be used for both the bathroom walls and floor. a BATHROOM FEATURE


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A bathroom design needs to have longevity. While some of the more recent interior design trends for bathrooms have included hotel and spa styles, nautical looks and nostalgic retro designs, by choosing a broader modern traditional or country style, may well prove to be a better longer-term solution.


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Space is very often at a premium as bathrooms tend to be small. When planning a bathroom makeover, consider how much storage space you will need. Many brands offer a wide range of flexible storage solutions, but if your bathroom is a particularly awkward space

you could consider asking a local tradesman to build something bespoke for your bathroom. A vanity unit will give you instant cupboards for example. You may also use any recesses or windowsills for shelf storage, and storage baskets or wire racks for the corner of the bath to help keep toiletries tidy. a


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A bathroom renovation need not be extensive or expensive to realise its potential. A fresh coat of paint, for example, goes a long way in giving a dowdy bathroom the facelift it needs, especially when using current colour trends. Specialist tile paints can also give you a new look without the hassle and expense of re-tiling.


Consider buying new curtains or blinds, perhaps adding a new shower curtain or panel or even putting down new flooring. Replacing the mirror and/or door handles can also make a difference, as can seemingly small touches such as new hand towels. Create your ultimate haven and perfect retreat from the outside world. mmm


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ater thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often - this encourages plants to put down roots in search of water rather than coming up to the surface. Remember, though, that containers and hanging baskets need watering every day also sometimes even twice a day if it is hot and windy. For recently planted large shrubs or trees, leave a hose trickling around the base for an hour. The same goes for established plants in very dry periods - pay particular attention to camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas which will abort next season’s flowers if they get too dry. Mulch around the roots when moist to help avoid this. Recently planted hedges are best watered with a trickle hose a length of old hose punctured with little holes left running for an hour or so. Ensure trees or shrubs planted in the last couple of years on lawns or in areas of rough grass have a circle of clear earth around them - this must be kept clear or grass will prevent essential moisture getting through. Mulching with bark or compost will help. Water is a precious commodity - instigate good practices such as using kitchen and bath water (as long as it is neither too dirty, greasy nor full of detergent) for watering, collect rainwater in butts (available from the centre) and investigate ways to recycle water for your irrigation. Avoid using tap water for lime-hating plants such as camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas - they will not thank you for it! The key to successful planting, whether it be a shrub, tree, perennial or bedding plant is to water in well. Soak the rootball in a bucket until no air bubbles come to the surface, dig the planting hole, fill with water and allow to drain away. Place the plant in the hole, fill with soil, firm gently and water well with a watering can - this will give the plant a huge advantage over one planted with a dry rootball in a dry hole and watered only on the surface. a


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• Water tubs and new plants if dry. • Deadhead faded flowers to encourage more and prolong the flowering period. • Cut back delphiniums to encourage second flush of flowers and give them a feed after cutting back. • Summer is also the best time to tackle perennial weeds when they are growing. Either by digging out or applying a weed killer, which can be more practical, especially for larger areas. • Mulch around shrubs, roses and trees to help prevent moisture loss and suppress weeds. • Pinch out leading shoots on chrysanthemums and helianthuses to encourage bushy plants. • Leyland cypress hedging can be clipped as necessary during the growing season. • Start collecting seed for plants you wish to grow next year such as calendula, love-in-the-mist and poppy. • Fill gaps in borders with annuals. • Prune June flowering shrubs like philadelphus and weigela after flowering. • Liquid feed containers. • Check for green fly and black fly on young shoots or stems.


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• Last chance to sow French beans and runner beans. • Sow cabbage, turnips, fennel and autumn-winter salads. • Carrots can be sown, beware of carrot fly and thin existing seedlings. • Change to high potash feed for container grown fruit. • Continue consistent supply of water to help avoid diseases, disorders and bolting. • Water tomatoes and peppers regularly to avoid blossom end rot. • Watch out for potato blight and tomato blight. • Protect brassicas from pigeons. • Summer prune red currants, white currants and gooseberries. • Pinch out growing tips on outdoor melons twice, at four-week intervals. • Continue to harvest indoor spinach, peas, beans carrots, potatoes, salads, raspberries, and cherries. • Climbing beans may need to be stopped to maximise cropping on existing side shoots. • Pinching out the top of the broad beans once the lowest flowers have set will help prevent aphid attack. mmm



Whitstable Stove Shop

t this time of year you can find real bargains at the Whitstable Stove Shop. Stove and equipment prices are reduced because as the temperature rises, demand slackens and some suppliers lower their prices. This results in significant savings which are passed on to all customers. Heating your home with a 75% to 80% fuel efficient log burner, potentially uses an equivalent amount less, of fossil fuel produced electricity or gas. It is up to five times more efficient than an open fire and is much better for the environment in many respects. Whitstable Stove Shop also provides various types of pizza ovens, pizza peels and cutters, fire pits, chimneys, quality BBQs (powered by locally produced charcoal and kindling), seasoned and kiln dried logs, firelighters (eco and electronic) and ‘the makings’ in small amounts, so that you can experiment with smoking your own food.


Installation: Strict guidelines are provided by ‘Document J’; which help to ensure against damage to property or potential harm to health. It provides guidance in respect of advice to customers and the adherence to work ethics and governs materials used. It is recommended by the Whitstable Stove Shop, that professional installation by an experienced HETAS certified installer is always undertaken. The Whitstable Stove Shop welcomes all customers and offers their unrivalled expertise.

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s the temperature rises, so does the cost of cooling your home, especially if you use an air conditioner. It is the best way to keep your home cool during the summer and to help keep the temperature down, but there are other options that don’t raise your energy bill quite as significantly. You may be cooling your home, but the fossil fuels you’re burning in the process are only making your summers hotter. This summer, leave the air conditioner in storage and try these environmentally-friendly alternatives instead.



If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat, a ceiling fan can be a great investment for your home. This one appliance can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler, and even the most power-hungry fan costs less than £10 a month to use if you keep it on for 12 hours a day. Useful fans make it possible for you to raise your thermostat setting and save on air-conditioning costs. They don’t use much energy, but when air is circulating it feels much cooler. Ceiling fans are best, but a good portable fan can be very effective as well. Make sure to remember that even mild air movement of 1mph can make you feel three or four degrees cooler. Also make sure your ceiling fan is turned for summer, you should feel the air blown downward.


Install white window curtains, shades, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. Close blinds, shades and curtains facing the sun to help keep the sun’s heat out and help fans or air conditioners cool more efficiently. Always remember that the best way to keep your home cool is to keep the heat out. SUMMER HOMES


The most common sources of internal heat gain are: appliances, electronic devices, and lighting. Be aware from where the heat is coming. If you have air conditioning be sure to use it wisely. Don’t put lamps, televisions or other heat-generating appliances next to your air-conditioning thermostat, because the heat from these appliances will cause the air conditioner to run longer. The heat they produce will make it think your house is warmer than it really is, and your system will work harder than it needs to. Unless you absolutely need them, turn off incandescent lights and heat-generating appliances. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescences; they produce the same light but use a fifth as the energy and heat. Also try to avoid heat-generating activities, such as cooking, on hot days or during the hottest part of the day. If you are cooking, use your range fan to vent the hot air out of your house. By reducing the amount of heat in your home, you will have to use less energy to cool it. mmm

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aguar’s new, 200mph-capable supercar and the world’s most demanding race circuit, the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, are now available to be experienced together with the launch of the ‘Jaguar Co-Pilot Nordschleife’ programme. This exciting new offer gives visitors and fans the opportunity to experience the thrill of Jaguar’s fastest-ever series production car from the passenger seat on the circuit famed as the ‘Green Hell’. Customers booking their place for a flying lap in the F-TYPE SVR will be amongst the first to experience its power, speed and enhanced dynamics package around the 12.94-mile (20.83km) Nordschleife circuit. The F-TYPE SVR has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations as the ultimate allweather supercar and is the pinnacle of the successful F-TYPE range. The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR coupé is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine that develops 575PS and 700Nm of torque and accelerates from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds.a



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Before each passenger ride begins, all CoPilots are equipped with a race suit and helmet plus HANS (Head and Neck Support) system to ensure maximum safety out on the track. To capture the memorable experience, on-board cameras are mounted inside the F-TYPE SVR so that passengers can relive the excitement of their adventure at the Nordschleife circuit. Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department has fitted the F-TYPE SVR with a roll cage, Recaro Racing seats, race harnesses for occupant safety and an unmistakable bespoke livery on bright Firesand Orange metallic paint. Mark Stanton, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, presented the keys to the unique F-TYPE SVR to Mirco Markfort, CEO Chief Executive Officer, Capricorn, Nürburgring Gmbh this weekend. Mark Stanton said: “The weather at the Nürburgring is famed for being unpredictable and the new Jaguar MOTORS SECTION

F-TYPE SVR is the perfect car to tackle the undulating track in variable conditions. Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has engineered the F-TYPE SVR to be lighter, faster and more powerful while still remaining a usable supercar every day. The Nordschleife is a fantastic circuit on which to experience all of the engineering enhancements my team has applied to the F-TYPE SVR.” Also present at the ceremony were Phil Talboys, Jaguar Land Rover European Engineering Operations Manager, and former Formula One racing driver Christian Danner. Danner, who also leads Jaguar Land Rover’s Driving Academy Team in Germany, said: “The enhanced aerodynamics package, uprated chassis and custom transmission calibration makes the F-TYPE SVR one of the best cars to take passengers around this challenging track and experience up to 200mph along the Döttinger Höhe straight.” mmm

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he world’s most recognisable and luxurious compact SUV, the Range Rover Evoque, reached a historic milestone today as it celebrated its fifth year of production at Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced manufacturing facility. With over half a million sold globally in more than 180 countries since 2011, the Range Rover Evoque – driven everywhere from Madrid to Manila – is Land Rover’s greatest sales success story. It is also Land Rover’s most efficient model, thanks to its British-built Ingenium engines which offer class-leading CO2emissions of just 109g/km and impressive fuel consumption of 68mpg.


The Range Rover Evoque has become a non-stop British success with 24-hour production at the Halewood plant. Since the first Evoque rolled off the production line on July 4th 2011, sales have increased five-fold from just over 22,000 in 2011 to more than 108,000 in 2015 – with a new Evoque now rolling off the production line every 170 seconds. At the same time, the workforce has also trebled to more than 4,000, with 1,500 recruited specifically to support the launch of this record-breaking vehicle in 2011. Over the past five years, employees have clocked up more than three million night-shift hours, consuming 668,000 cups of coffee, half a million eggs and 125,000 slices of toast to keep energy

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levels up during an eight hour shift. A total of 1.7 billion Evoque parts have been fitted in the Trim and Final assembly area, travelling over 2.5 million miles of conveyor system. Jaguar Land Rover associate Ash Milburn joined Halewood shortly after the launch of the Evoque: “I started as an Apprentice at a very exciting time for the company. The Range Rover Evoque has been hugely successful; it has brought a lot of positive changes to Halewood and has contributed immensely to the success of Jaguar Land Rover, as well as boosting the whole UK automotive industry,” he said. Globally, the Evoque has picked up nearly 200 awards over the last five years. Jaguar Land Rover has invested £600 million at the Halewood plant since 2010 to support the Range Rover Evoque (2011), Land Rover Discovery Sport

(2014) and the Evoque Convertible (2016). The Evoque is also the fastest selling Land Rover of all time, accounting for one in four Land Rovers sold around the world in 2015. Local production also started in China in 2015, and more recently, announced in Brazil. The Range Rover Evoque is available from £30,600 on the road for the 2.0 litre eD4 six speed manual. mmm


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NEW TOP-OF-THE-RANGE SPORTSCAR ercedes-AMG continues to grow and is expanding the top end of its product range with the introduction of the new AMG GT R. “Our sportscar and performance brand AMG has its roots in motorsport and, ever since its formation, has repeatedly faced up to the competition on the racetrack. These genes are particularly prevalent in the new AMG GT R. Boasting a wealth of technological innovations, the new top-of-the-range model is proof of the close collaboration between our constructors of racing cars and road-going vehicles,” states Professor Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. 


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Aerodynamics engineers and designers worked together more intensively than ever during development of the new AMG GT R. The AMG design idiom of “Dynamic Presence” forms the basis for the far more expressive overall appearance and the very distinct look. Form follows function, and function supports form: All elements have an inherent technical benefit and contribute to the enhanced driving dynamics, while the aerodynamics experts have made the designers’ wishes a reality. This networking even resulted in an innovation that now has a patent pending.

The low-slung front section and the forwards-inclined radiator grille create a distinctive “shark nose” impression and make the car appear to sit lower on the road. At the same time, this shape lowers the vehicle’s backpressure point, enhancing the flow of cooling air and the car’s aerodynamic performance. The more V-shaped arrow-like appearance of the front end also enhances the dynamic looks, thus embodying the uninhibited forward thrust of the AMG GT R even before it moves. A front fascia featuring a completely MOTORS SECTION

new-look jet-wing design (based on the A-wing) emphasises the feeling of width and lends the car a more road-hugging appearance. In terms of their shape, the large outer air intakes in the front fascia are reminiscent of jet engines. They ensure that the increased cooling-air requirements of the AMG GT R drive system are met. For this reason, they sport two aerodynamically shaped horizontal fins in place of meshes and as a result route the airflow to the radiators without loss. a

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A special engineering feat is the completely new active aerodynamics profile, which is concealed almost invisibly in the underbody in front of the engine. At a speed of 80 km/h in RACE mode, this carbon component, weighing only about two kilograms, automatically moves downward by about 40 millimetres and changes the airflow considerably. This process results in what is known as the Venturi effect, which additionally “sucks� the car onto the road and reduces the front-axle lift by around 40 kilograms at 250 km/h. The driver can feel this in the steering: the AMG GT R is even more precise to steer when cornering at high speed and exhibits even better directional stability. Especially during fast cornering and under high lateral acceleration, the AMG GT R delivers far more agile response with clear steering-wheel feedback while remaining easily controllable at all times. This innovation was developed using computer simulation at first and then optimised during many hours in the wind tunnel. The results were confirmed in extensive test drives, including on the North Circuit of the Nurburgring. The new-look aerodynamics profile is barely visible on the underbody and thus blends in harmoniously with the overall silhouette. mmm



GADGETS gizmos


Sony MDR-100ABN headphones

Spy Cam Aqua

If you’re planning to go on an underwater adventure, the shopping list is usually pretty extensive. With wetsuits, tanks, snorkel, mask and flippers to worry about, it’s no small feat getting a peak at the subaquatic paradise that lives beneath the surf. Well now you can use the power of infrared technology to swim with the fishes with this amazing Spy Cam Aqua! This wonderful mini submarine immerses you underwater without even getting your toes wet! This nifty sub is easily controlled via the transmitter, with an amazing 6 way orientation control system that lets you dive and swim in every direction. As you perform all your crazy tricks this fantastic Spy Cam can record video or take images of all your subaqueous adventures. Your videos and photos can then be shared onto your computer via the USB cable. For any dark and mysterious spots, there are two handy LED lights to help you on your travels, as well as a super sweet detachable feeding accessory to attract the local wildlife – perfect for getting the ultimate snapshots of your amphibian friends. £49.95 from

With its distinctive design, one-touch connectivity, dynamic range of sound and cable-free option, the h.ear on Wireless Over-Ear Headphones will allow you to fall into a euphoric state of mind with your music, whilst enjoying a comfortable wear. The impressive shape of the h.ear on Wireless Over-Ear Headphones prevents noise distraction from spilling into your music, allowing you to become completely submerged in the music. Digital Noise Cancelling blocks out any background noise using the two microphones built into the headphones by working simultaneously, one inside the can and one outside, to shut out any noise that would disrupt your listening experience. Gain greater dynamism from your music collection with High-Resolution Audio; increasing both audio samples per second, and the bit-rate accuracy of each sample, gives great assurance that your music is heard at the same studio quality that was intended by the studio engineer. £220.00 from

Vizor Glasses Pro

If you want to experience the thrill of riding a rollercoaster, travelling around the world or shooting battleships in space all from the comfort of your living room, then immerse yourself into the world of virtual reality with the Vizor Glasses Pro! Step away from your average evening in and find out about the amazing world that lies inside the virtual world! This incredible headset provides an ultra-wide viewing platform, working seamlessly with your smartphone to immerse you in an awesome visual experience. Whether it’s swimming with sharks, watching your favourite 3D movies or playing cool interactive games, you can do it all with the Vizor Glasses Pro. £29.95 from  GADGETS AND GIZMOS

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Steiner Safari Ultrasharp binoculars

With the visible extra magnification, the 10 x 26 will bring your observations as close as you would expect with a much larger pair of binoculars. The new high-contrast optics shine with high-contrast, natural colours and astonishing clarity. The Steiner Safari Ultrasharp binoculars when folded, fit easily into any jacket pocket. Thanks to the 10 x 26 magnification and high performance high-contrast optics, the most compact Safari UltraSharp will win you over with their brilliantly sharp image. With the new UltraSharp optics concept applied to the successful Safari series, Steiner sets a new standard in the performance of compact outdoor binoculars. £90.00 from

Sphero V2

GoPro Hero Session Camcorder

Lightweight, waterproof and compact – GoPro has simplified their design to give you their smallest camcorder yet. This stripped-back version will easily slip in your pocket and is compatible with all GoPro mounts to let you attach it to your helmet or front of your bike. No need to worry about complicated settings as this cube camcorder features an easy-to-spot power button that will automatically begin recording video, burst or time-lapse photos. You’ll be able to take the HERO Session with you when you go surfing or waterskiing, because it’s waterproof up to 10 metres. Even if you mount the device upside down your photos and video will automatically be captured the right way up. With high-resolution 1440p30, 1080p60 and 720p100 to deliver professional results, and the option to record at 60 or 100 frames per second for slo-mo playback. £159.00 from

Twice as fast, three times as colourful with colours that we humans can’t even detect The Sphero V2 is the new and improved, most fun ball we have ever seen! At a glance it might not look like anything special, but make no mistake Sphero V2 is a revolution in the world of robotics and has wowed everyone at RED5 HQ. This sophisticated and programmable robot is the world’s first robotic ball to be controlled by your Android and iOS device. With 38+ apps to download, you can play with friends on multiplayer games, drawing games, enjoy augmented reality and driving games, it’s even tough enough to play with your pets! Not just a tiny terrier either, Sphero V2 can handle a large bite thanks to the durable housing made from a high impact poly-carbonate shell. This shell is so strong it can even take the weight of you standing on it! Not only is it strong, but it is also waterproof too. Sphero V2 is quite happy to take a splash in the pool with you or why not try playing fetch with your pet fish! Winner of three awards, the Sphero V2 is an incredible piece of technology that connects to your smartphone or iPhone/iPad/iPod via Bluetooth. Once connected you have a ball rolling twice as fast as the original Sphero at speeds up to 7ft per second and with a range of up to 30 metres. To charge the ball, simply place it in the dock and by the power of cable-free induction charging, three hours will give you an hour of play. Deep inside are multiple LED’s capable of producing the 16 million plus colour combinations that will shine through the opaque shell. £99.00 from a GADGETS AND GIZMOS


Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath 155 Broadway Bexleyheath Kent DA6 7EZ Tel: 020 8303 2760

Bang & Olufsen of Bromley 62 High Street Bromley Kent BR1 1EG Tel: 020 8466 8080

Bang & Olufsen of Cambridge 29 Magdalene Street Cambridge CB3 0AF Tel: 01223 464400

Bang & Olufsen of Maidstone 37 Royal Star Arcade High Street Maidstone ME14 1JL Tel: 01622 756756

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y the early 1920s civil aviation had become widely accepted and many people were taking the opportunity to travel by air. One of the more widely used routes was the Paris to London (Croydon) route, which passed through the Kent airspace and it was one of the scheduled aircraft flying this route that came to grief on the fateful day. Despite the fact that it was high summer, August 27th, 1923 was a damp and squally day. At East Malling the showers were accompanied by a south westerly wind making it very miserable. Around 5.15pm with low cloud beginning to increase in density, the sound of a very low aircraft was heard by the village residents. It appeared to be circling and from the sound of its engines was in some kind of trouble. Minutes later a crash was heard and then silence. The local policeman was alerted and quickly cycled to Upper Joy Farm from where the crash had been

heard. Arriving at the farm entrance he came across some wreckage together with a group of very frightened people, some of whom were obviously seriously injured. The realisation came to him that this was the scene of a major air accident. The aircraft that had crashed was a Farman Goliath registration F-AECB. Owned previously by the Compagnie des Messageries Aeriennes it had passed to the French Air Union in January 1923. It had been built at the works of H and M Farman and had been in regular use on the Channel service since July 11th, 1923 with total flying hours of less than 100. The pilot, Mons J J Denneulin, was very experienced having been a wartime member of the French Air Service and had been employed on the Channel service since May 1921. With the six passengers aboard, the aircraft left Le Bourget airport near Paris at 12.45hrs on the 27th landing about one and a half hours later at Berck to take on board three more passengers.  LOCAL HISTORY

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Leaving Berck at about 14.45hrs, the weather appeared to be deteriorating with squally showers every now and then. Flying over the Channel and picking up the English coastline at Hythe, the pilot was forced to adjust his height due to increasing cloud. Approaching Lympne airfield just inland from Hythe, a change in the engine sound developed whilst the instruments in the cockpit told that the port engine was overheating. Mons Denneulin decided to land at Lympne to see just what the problem was. Landing safely the mechanic attended the faulty engine and found that the radiator was leaking. This was not considered serious enough to ground the aircraft and after a temporary repair and refill of the radiator, the aircraft left Lympne at 16.47hrs with both engines sounding and working satisfactorily. Climbing to a height of 1,500ft the Goliath approached Maidstone from the south intending to overfly and cross Biggin Hill to land at Croydon airport. Suddenly whilst flying at about 65 knots at an altitude of 2,000ft and with no warning, the starboard engine failed completely with the propeller coming to a standstill. Over East Farleigh the Goliath began to lose height and Mons Denneulin realised that he had to land somewhere or fall out of the sky. Hoping to have the power to reach either Marden or Penshurst landing grounds with the other engine running on full power, the pilot realised that he could not keep the aircraft in level flight. Coming down even lower he saw a large field on East Malling Heath. With the mechanic, Mons J Morin, sending a wireless transmission to

The only known picture taken at the crash site shows the badly damaged Goliath F-AECB

The original ‘Ship Inn’ hanging arm still remains though the Inn has long gone

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Kent business news ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL The 400th anniversary of the death of England’s greatest playwright and poet William Shakespeare has special resonance for a lawyer from Sevenoaks. The £19m project to create a Shakespearean playhouse and education centre, is a key element in the regeneration of Prescot – the only English town outside London to have had a purpose-built indoor playhouse in Elizabethan times. The Bard is believed to have worked in the Merseyside area when writing for a troupe of players called Strange’s Men who performed in Kent and London before an outbreak of the plague forced them to tour the provinces. The troupe was named after its patron Lord Strange, later the Fifth Earl of Derby, whose ancestral seat was Knowsley Hall. Ten years after his initial involvement Peter Scott’s work is set to come to fruition, with planning permission granted not just for the theatre but also a linked education centre as well as pledges of £5m from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and £6m from Knowsley Council. “This has been a complex cultural and educational regeneration project that required not just legal expertise but also an understanding of the workings of both local and central government,” said Peter. “There have been many false dawns but it appears we are finally on the verge of turning the vision into a reality.”

MAIDSTONE FARMER SHORTLISTED FOR M&S ‘FARMING FOR THE FUTURE’ AWARD Oli Pascall, from Salmans Farm in Maidstone, made it onto the shortlist of this year’s prestigious M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ awards. Oli has been nominated for the Young Producer award for his production of sweet blackberries and raspberries. Salmans Farm is a 50 acre site in Kent which required complete regeneration when Oli began running the site in 2014. Thanks to the hard work and effort that Oli put into developing the site with innovative, irrigation techniques, within just two years, the farm is now producing four times the volume of sweet blackberries, year on year. Judges were impressed with how Oli has dramatically improved the production levels of the old soft fruit site, his willingness to develop and trial new growing techniques and methods, and his enthusiasm to learn and develop his career in the soft fruit sector. M&S Farming for the Future is a programme of initiatives which champions sustainability and innovation. The programme is designed to help farmers identify opportunities for improvement, increase their profitability and provide a sustainable supply chain that can continue to deliver quality and innovation for the long term. LOCAL NEWS

JENNY TACKLES ITALIAN HILLS TO HELP CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES A Kent mother of two who took up cycling to help with the pain of arthritic knees, is taking on an endurance challenge for the children’s charity she works for that will really put the therapy to the test. Jenny Hawkins, 36, from Kings Hill, will cycle 320 miles in just four days through the heat and hills of the Italian lake district to raise money for Tree of Hope, a charity that supports children who need specialist treatment and therapies not available on the NHS. It’s a big undertaking for someone who underwent surgery five years ago after years of pain, only to discover that the cartilage in her knees was depleted because of years of bone on bone wear. Jenny found that cycling was an important part of her recuperation. “For me, cycling is the best form of physio. My knees are good when cycling because I build up muscle that supports the kneecap. It’s really beneficial.” It’s not only her knees that will be put to the test on the gruelling ride from Milan to Verona. Temperatures are likely to be in the upper twenties, with high UV levels when it is sunny but a fair chance of rain at least some of the time. “I work with families that are desperate to help their children but find it so difficult to raise the funds to pay for the treatment, therapy or equipment they need. Although I am there supporting them every day, I wanted to do something extra.”

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MAIDSTONE MAN WINS PRIZE AT DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION The Kennel Club has announced the winners for its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its tenth year, the competition received almost 13,000 entries from a staggering 90 different countries. Jamie Morgan from Maidstone, Kent has been selected as the winner of the competition’s ‘Portrait’ category. After 15 years, Jamie gave up his electrical business following an industrial accident to start his dog photography business, Hound Dog Photography. Upon winning a category in the biggest canine photography competition in the world, Jamie said: “Having grown up in a farming family in beautiful Kent, the outdoors has always had a place in my heart. After a long period of running a hectic business, it was time for a lifestyle change and in 2015 I started training and working as a dog photographer.” Rosemary Smart, Kennel Club Chief Executive said: “The entries for this year’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition were some of the best we have ever seen. Choosing the winners was an incredibly challenging task and we commend every photographer who entered. Each of the winning photographers, beautifully captured the essence of their canine subjects on camera, demonstrating how important dogs are to us in every walk of life. The winners showed great technical skill and we look forward to seeing more work from them in the future.”

CHARITY LAuNCHES A NEW CAMPAIGN TO TAkE NOISE OFF THE MENu IN kENT Eight out of ten people have left a restaurant, café or pub early because of the noise according to a new survey from Action on Hearing Loss, with the charity launching a nation-wide campaign for a quieter dining experience. The online poll that surveyed both people with and without hearing loss, showed that 81% of respondents had difficulty holding a conversation because of the high level of environmental noise. They were also united (91%), in saying that they will not make a return visit to a place where the noise levels were too high. The high level of background noise, which includes noise made by other diners, noise from the kitchen and background music was also responsible for over a quarter (27%) of all respondents receiving the wrong order during a meal out. Paul Breckell, Chief Executive Action on Hearing Loss says: “Through our campaign we want to help the restaurant, café and pub industry to create a more welcoming dining experience for all customers. Whether you’re out for a meal with friends, or if you’re on a date you should be able to enjoy it without having to repeat yourself, raise your voice or receive the wrong order due to high levels of background noise. “There are 11 million of people in the UK with hearing loss so, financially, it’s a no-brainer for the industry to help make dining out even more enjoyable and accessible. Three-quarters of people believe that restaurants, cafés and pubs have become louder in the last five years and we look forward to working with the catering industry to help take noise off the menu.”

RNLI LIFEGuARDS TO RESuME FuLL TIME PATROLS ON kENT BEACHES In a sign that summer is on its way, lifeguards will be back in action at 13 beaches across Thanet and Swale from 10am until 6pm, seven days a week until September 4th. James Uren, RNLI Lifeguard Manager in Kent, said: “The past few weeks have been spent welcoming back old faces, training up new recruits and ensuring our equipment is ready for action. “In line with the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, we’re urging beach goers to stay safe this summer. Last year we rescued 27 people and gave vital safety advice to over 90,000 members of the public. “When you arrive at the beach, familiarise yourself with the red and yellow flags. These will mark the safest place to swim. Depending on tides and the weather, this area may change daily, so speak to a lifeguard if you have any questions. “If people do get into difficulty, our lifeguards are highly trained to help people in and out of the water. They’re equipped with crucial lifesaving kit such as rescue boards and first aid responder bags, allowing them to treat a variety of injuries ranging from scrapes and cuts to broken legs and even cardiac arrest.”

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Located on the banks of the River Medway, Hyde New Homes’ latest development, River View sits within the picturesque village of Aylesford, Kent, and offers an equally idyllic lifestyle for families looking for a new build home. Following its exceptional launch wherein all one and two bedroom apartments were sold, only three bedroom homes now remain. The historical village sits at the northwestern tip of the Kent Downs, connecting residents to the lovely expanse of the ‘Garden of England’. Aylesford is famed for its quiet pastoral heritage, and showcases spectacular medieval architecture. The village also boasts an assortment of local treasures, such as the ancient stone bridge, the long-standing Chequers Inn pub and restaurant with its riverside terrace, and a collection of delightful independent shops and tea rooms. For those residents who enjoy the great outdoors, the village offers the opportunity to meander along the Aylesford Loop, a six mile countryside walk circulating the village and local landmarks such as Pilgrim’s Way and ‘Kit’s Coty’, a megalithic burial chamber. The area is also renowned for its breathtaking cycle trails, water sport avenues, and open air swimming in Leybourne Lake Country Park.

HUGE DEMAND PROMPTS PUB TO EXPAND GLUTEN-FREE FOOD The Duke of Edinburgh in Barming near Maidstone has expanded the availability of its 100% gluten-free menu, in response to overwhelming customer demand. The traditional Shepherd Neame pub introduced food for the first time in March this year, following a £130,000 refurbishment. Licensee Adam Phillips teamed up with Chef Paul Larcombe, and the pair came up with the idea of a gluten free menu as Paul’s three-year-old daughter Layla suffers from coeliac disease. It has proven a huge success, with customers regularly travelling down from London and across Kent to eat at the pub. National magazine Gluten-Free Heaven featured it as the ‘Hottest Place in Town’ in its April issue, and celebrity Chef Phil Vickery has supported the pub on Twitter. The pub has also received 890 likes on its Facebook page, with 4.9 out of 5 stars from reviewers. Paul, who lives in Ashford, said: “There just aren’t enough restaurants or pubs out there catering for people with gluten allergies. We are one of only two places in Kent with a 100% gluten-free kitchen, which means customers can order anything from the menu without any fear of cross-contamination. It is a huge comfort, particularly for parents like me with children who suffer from coeliac disease and can experience bad reactions.” The pub’s gastropub-style menu features a variety of dishes to be enjoyed in a tapas style, such as mini fish and chips, garlic and lime marinated chicken skewers, and mini pork and apple burgers. A selection of dishes is served on the Duke’s Sharing Tapas Platter, and there are also oven baked flat breads with a variety of toppings available.

FAMILY ENGINEERING A GREAT SUCCESS FOR CIVIC DAY Children of all ages learnt to be the bridge builders of the future at a free Family Engineering event. The Rochester Bridge Trust hosted a day of educational activities in the Guildhall Museum as part of the City of Rochester Society’s Civic Day celebrations on 18th June. More than 60 children and adults took part, building a range of different bridge types – including arch, beam, cantilever and truss bridges – using materials provided. Trust Education Officer Sharron Mackenzie said: “The event was a great success, with the children really LOCAL NEWS

enjoying trying their hands at bridge building. We had lots of positive feedback from the day and look forward to hosting more events to inspire young people to think about a future in civil engineering.” Participants were given an activity passport and collected stickers as they completed each bridge challenge, winning a lollypop once the card was full. There was also the opportunity to enter a free prize draw for a K’Nex bridge building kit. Activities were hosted by some of the engineers who are responsible for looking after the bridges at Rochester, as well as a student whose education

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BARRATT HOMES EXTENDS FIVE STAR QUALITY TO ALLINGTON WILDLIFE Kent housebuilder Barratt Homes is offering wildlife near Maidstone a brand new home with a pledge to install hedgehog shelters at its new developments, including The Orchards in Allington. The plans to have ‘hogitats’ at new developments come as the housebuilding industry marks New Homes Week (May 16th - 22nd) and Sales and Marketing Director Pam Reardon said: “This is an ideal

opportunity to extend our five star commitment to the local wildlife. Barratt Homes has a long term pledge to create more wildlife friendly developments to give nature a new home and the hedgehog shelters are an integral part of this mission. “We will be installing these new shelters in areas of open space or around our show homes and hope that the hedgehogs will enjoy their new homes.’’

EXCITING NEWS FROM BALDWINS TRAVEL GROUP Baldwins Travel Group are honoured with winning both the “National High Street Agency Award 2016” as well as the regional “Travel Agent of the Year for London & the South East of England”, at the recent Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards. With more than 850 people attending this year’s ceremony, which was held at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on Wednesday 13th July 2016, the prestigious awards are recognised as the travel industry’s top accolade for excellence and achievement in the UK’s travel agency community. Joint Managing Director Chris Marks said: “This is phenomenal; a great achievement which is all down to our highly knowledgeable team who always have their clients’ best interests at heart”. On winning the regional Award for London and South East England for the tenth time in a row, joint MD Nick Marks added: “This is a victory for all our team and a huge accolade for our father Ron. The business is his ‘baby’ and is down to him; we are just taking it to the next level. “ Trevor Ridler, Branch Manager of Baldwins Travel Tonbridge office also received an Aspire Travel Award, which is an amazing achievement and down to his dedication, hard work and focus on customer service.

has been supported by the Trust through the Bridge Wardens’ Arkwright Scholars scheme. Kate Castle of Bridge Engineers Arcadis was one of the volunteers. She said: “It was fun to be able to share my enthusiasm for civil engineering with the many children and adults who visited my table, where they used wooden blocks to learn about arch bridges. “Giving children the opportunity to try things for themselves helps to engage them and lets them discover how interesting bridge building can be. It’s great to think I might have helped inspire a future generation of civil engineers.” Engineering education mascot Langdon the Lion was also at the event, greeting families and posing for

photographs. He was joined by Rochester Cathedral’s Rory Roffensis, the dragon mascot linked with the Textus Roffensis, a copy of which was on display at the event.


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Leeds Castle Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL 01622 765400 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 provides one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to visit time and again!

THINGS TO DO AND places to be in Kent EXPERIENCES TO ENTHRAL WHF, The Big Cat Sanctuary Headcorn Rd, Smarden, Ashford TN27 8PJ 01233 771915 WHF, the Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the countryside at Smarden, in Kent. The peace and tranquillity of the site provides a sanctuary and excellent conditions for the successful breeding of the beautiful, yet endangered cats both large and small within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. WHF, The Big Cat Sanctuary, was the vision of Peter Sampson and the Sampson family; great credit should be given to them for their enthusiasm and determination to bring this project alive and recognition of their enduring support and enthusiasm for the charity.


10am to 6pm 7 days a week

Chatham Historic Dockyard Church Lane, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE 01634 823800 Just 35 miles from central London, discover how ships, including HMS Victory, were designed and built. Climb aboard a sloop, a destroyer and a submarine. Get hands-on in the Ropery, where rigging for HMS Victory was made and where rope is still made today. Explore galleries that unfurl the secrets of Great Britain’s magnificent maritime past and its command of the oceans. This summer at The Dockyard there is a free ticket offer for one child accompanied by a full paying adult. Please note that Salute to the ‘40s is not included in this promotion as this is a separate ticketing event. Please click buy tickets for full terms and conditions and to get this offer today! THINGS TO DO IN KENT

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The Kent & East Sussex Railway Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE 01580 765155 The Kent & East Sussex Railway is operated by the Kent & East Sussex Railway Co Ltd, a charitable company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. Registered charity No. 262481. Its objectives are to preserve the Kent & East Sussex Railway for the operation and display of railway locomotives, rolling stock and other equipment for the advancement of technical and historical education and general interest.

The Marlowe Theatre The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS 01227 787787

The Canterbury Tales St. Margaret’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2TG 01227 479227 The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury reopened in October 2011 after an extensive rebuild and has since become one of this country’s leading regional theatres with a wide and varied programme that includes: the National Theatre, the RSC, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The theatre offers a major programme of creative activity for the community, that has seen nearly 3,000 people involved in workshops since they opened. These activities are for a range of ages and include regular sessions run by professional practitioners on theatre practice, playwriting and dance. Their annual community production sees over 240 members of the community work on a specially written play, performed in spaces across the theatre. Since it reopened, The Marlowe Theatre has won a number of national theatre industry awards, including UK Theatre’s award for Achievement In Marketing (2012) and Most Welcoming Theatre In The South East (2015).

Nestled in the heart of Canterbury since 1987, the long-running and well-loved visitor experience encapsulates Chaucer’s famous tales in an authentic and engaging way. It has truly stood the test of time, as the attraction remains a must-see experience for domestic and overseas visitors to Canterbury!

Kent Life Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AU 01227 479227 Discover Kent Life, where heritage and family fun sit side by side in beautiful and historical 28 acre grounds. A real working farm, Kent Life showcases and breeds traditional farm animals and the hands-on cuddle corner is always popular. Children will enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, the painta-pot studios, tractor rides and much more! Don’t forget to relax with a homemade cake in Dotty’s Tea Room.

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Hovercraft Adventures Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood TN12 6PZ 0844 358 4505

Polar Helicopters Kent International Airport, Manston, Kent CT12 5FF 01843 823067 Polar Helicopters offer 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.

Flying a foot above the ground, you’ll be part of a group of up to 12 pilots who will be given full tuition by a fully trained and experienced instructor on the purposebuilt training circuit. Once complete, the group will then move down to a top-class HoverCross Track! Once here, the group will be flying over land and water in various events, depending on the experience chosen. Hovercraft Experiences last between one and two hours, are intense and fast paced. You’ll be surprised to discover who shines as the fastest pilot, and anyone can take part as long as they’re in reasonable health. You don’t need a driving licence and pilots can be as young as 12 years old.

Kent Canoes New House Farm, Kemsing Road, Wrotham, Kent TN15 7BU

01732 886688 Kent Canoes is one of the UKs leading canoe and kayak shops supplying a wide range of boats and accessories for all pursuits. Whether you are looking for something to get started or for more advanced performance equipment, all is available in the Kent based shop and warehouse.

Go Ape Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst TN17 2SJ Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL 0845 643 1748 Experience living life adventurously, having fun with friends and family and exploring the great outdoors. Go Ape can be found in 30 of the UK’s most spectacular parks and forests, providing unforgettable adventures for all ages!




Summer Holiday Make It! Workshops Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 3rd - 26th August Join in one of these fun workshops in the Treasures from Trash gallery and use recycled materials to create something unique. Take on a different project each week, with activities including making picture frames, pots, bracelets and musical instruments. Suitable for ages 4 - 11 years. Days open are: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at: 10:30am - 12:30pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm. For further details please call 01622 602838 or visit the website

Open Air Theatre: The Wizard of Oz Leeds Castle, Maidstone 3th - 6th August Click your heels, journey over the rainbow and ease on down the yellow brick road and enjoy an open air performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Leeds Castle. Immersion Theatre proudly present this magical family show guaranteed to have you in stitches from beginning to end! Join Dorothy on her quest to the Emerald City as she and her loyal friends: the brainless but cheeky scarecrow, the cowardly lion and the heartless (literally!), tap-dancing tin man, navigate through the magical Land of Oz in search of the mighty and mysterious wizard. With the Wicked Witch of the West determined to stop them by any means necessary, however, will the spirit of friendship triumph over evil? With lashings of audience participation, dazzling costumes and plenty of laughter, this hilarious and faithful brand new musical adaptation of the iconic story promises to have you shouting, clapping and joining in with a host of toe-tapping original songs! For more information please call 01622 880008 or visit the website WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

Canterbury Tales medieval activities 4th August - 4th September Venture to The Canterbury Tales church yard this summer for a selection of medieval activities, all included in the visitor attraction’s admission price. Split into four zones, the church yard will be transformed into a Medieval Story Garden, offering younger guests the chance to try maypole dancing, hone their dragon slaying skills at Knight School, observe medieval medicine demonstrations and be enthralled by a tale under the storytelling tree from a costumed guide. Activities will be available daily between 11am and 3pm. Before exploring the outdoor activities, visitors to The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction will meet the first of their costumed guides before setting off on their pilgrimage through a reconstruction of 14th century England. During the 40 minute experience, a combination of live interaction and audio guides will regale guests with five very different tales of true love, saucy scheming and spinechilling trickery as each of Chaucer’s colourful characters compete to win the title of best story-teller. The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction is open daily from 10am. Visit the website to book online for a 15% discount or call 01227 479 227 for more information.

Big Fish Little Fish family rave Dreamland, Margate 6th August Back once again for a summer family rave is Big Fish Little Fish! With special guest DJ Ashley Beedle! The Big Fish Little Fish multi-sensory dancefloor experience has glowsticks, bubbles, glitter cannon, huge balloons and a giant parachute dance finale. Integral to the BFLF family rave is Captain Cookie and her kids’ craft activities - cover yourself in temporary tattoos, colour in a giant mural of seaside fun and make dance floor accessories at the Happy Monkey smoothie craft tables. Daft, social, quirky, sometimes teeteringon-the-edge-of-insanity but always a shedload of fun - you can expect upfront tunes spanning all dance genres. For more details please call 01843 295887 or visit the website

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Paws at the Castle Hever Castle 6th - 7th August Paws at the Castle is a weekend dedicated to our canine friends with informative displays, entertainment and a fun dog show. Enter your four legged friend in a dog show, complete with rosettes for the winners in each category. Then shop for yourself and your pampered pooch in the stalls that surround the event arena and talk to experts about your dog’s behaviour. For more information please call 01732 865224 or visit the website

Down To Margate Theatre Royal Margate 10th - 20th August Set your summer on fire with the world première of this energetic disco musical perfect for the whole family featuring all of your favourite 1970’s hits from artists such as: Gloria Gayner, Billy Joel, Donna Summer, The Pointer Sisters, Cyndi Lauper, Sister Sledge and many, many more. Join Bradley, Sarah and the crew, as they travel “Down To Margate” in a colourful, vibrant, fun-kissed show, for all the family. A show full of sparkling songs, dynamic dances, and dreams for the future, all performed by a professional cast and live band. For further details please call 01843 292795 or visit the website

Tanks, Spitfires and Family Fun Headcorn 13th - 14th August Combined Ops, Kent’s only military vehicle and air event, will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of August and has a variety of vintage and modern aircraft displays, on the ground and in the air. A family event, which includes static military vehicles, living history re-enactment groups, arena events, military stalls and children’s mini tanks. As the show comes into its 8th year they are pleased to announce the return of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Red Arrows Flypast and special guest the Royal Netherlands Airforce’s B25 arriving on Wednesday the 10th and staying for the whole weekend. Aero Legends will have the MkIX Spitfire, Harvard and Tigers on display and you can go for a flight in the only de Havilland Devon in the world or a modern Jetranger. Travel back to wartime Britain at the ‘Combined Ops Military and Aviation Show’’ - the only military show in Kent to take place on the ground and in the skies! For further information visit WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

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Peter Pan Belmont House and Gardens 14th August This Summer, presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company comes the unforgetable tale of Peter Pan. Follow the adventure with Wendy, Michael, John Darling and Peter Pan through the magical island of Neverland. Presented in special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd Share a picnic with friends and family while enjoying this magical tale and after the show, try Belmont’s famous cream tea. Book tickets online at:

Mystery quest Leeds Castle, Maidstone 15th - 19th August A wonderfully exciting, engaging and challenging event for all the family. Solve puzzles, find clues, answer questions and watch engaging performances with treasure hunts and murder mystery activities! Included with the price of admission. For more information please call 01622 880008 or visit the website

Much Ado About Nothing Emmetts Garden 18th August Visit Emmetts Garden for a night of theatre. Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer to see Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Wellintentioned plots and evil schemes are abound, as enemies deceive lovers and friends trick friends in this lively summer comedy. Picnics from 6.30pm. Performance starts at 7.30pm. For more details please call 0844 249 1895 or visit the website WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

Bedgebury BioBlitz Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Goudhurst 15th - 19th August After the success of the first event in 2014, experience a second BioBlitz! This great outdoor family event will be used to find and identify the wildlife of Bedgebury National Pinetum. In a 48 hour race to record as much wildlife as possible, you will be able to join the Bedgebury team, along with wildlife experts, to help look for and record the birds, bats, mammals, insects, reptiles, butterflies and plants that live in the Pinetum. Everything you find will be written down to make a ‘species record’ which will feed into national databases that monitor a wildlife citizen science in action! BioBlitz is a fabulous hands-on wildlife experience, and the whole family will be able to get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife right on their doorstep. From wild flower walks and bug hunting, to bat detecting and birdwatching - there is something at a BioBlitz for everyone and no expertise is necessary! For more details please call 01580 879842 or visit the website

‘Oceans of light’, live science experiment Turner Contemporary 19th - 20th August 2 x 2.5 hour workshops, 11am to 1.30pm, and 2.30pm to 5pm. Thanet artist, Rachel Ella Taylor, invites you to join her and a team of local marine biologists and coastal wardens, to explore the exciting and magical world of bioluminescence on the coast of Thanet. For more information please call 01843 577023 or visit the website

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Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair Biddenden Tractorfest, Ashford 20th - 21st August The Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair at Beech Lane Field, Biddenden will have an even larger historic and special interest tractor line-up than in previous years, along with plenty of classic cars and motorcycles. Dogs and other animals will be shown and put through their paces and there will be a wide variety of craft and catering stalls. The event again will have modest entry charges and will offer a convivial day out for families and tractor enthusiasts. Proceeds will be directed towards local organisations and charities. For further information please visit the website or call 07934 270500.

Military Odyssey Kent Event Centre, Detling, Maidstone 27th - 29th August As Military Odyssey enters its 16th year, the show continues with re-enactment groups covering 2000 years of history and conflict. This year there are more groups than ever, with visitors and collectors also having the opportunity to browse hundreds of trade stalls outside and indoors in the new conference hall. There will be numerous multi-period arena events and battlefield re-enactments, see ancient history come alive with battles between the Saxons and Vikings with lots of sword-swinging, shield-bashing action. Groups representing Naploenic and Victorian eras will also be there with their explosive and smokey skill at arms displays. Southern skirmishes will bring alive the American civil war with a major battle engagement with cannon and volley shots. There will be plenty of WWII displays and major battles with tanks, vehicles and artillery so always plenty of bangs and explosions in one of the countries biggest WWII battles! For more information please call 01268 772448 or visit our website

Broadstairs Fireworks Viking Bay, Broadstairs 24th August Come and see the fireworks light up the sky over beautiful Viking Bay. See a fantastic firework display in the skies of Broadstairs. There have been fireworks over the beautiful Viking Bay for many years now. Activities at the bandstand from 6pm, live music at the bandstand 8pm and firework display at 9.45pm Event is subject to changes/cancellations and is weather dependent. For more details please call 01843 868718 or visit the website WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

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Come and see Peppa Pig Ashford Designer Outlet 31st August Peppa Pig and her little brother George will be visiting the Ashford Designer Outlet for story time sessions throughout the day, led by a narrator, in the Food Court. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Please note: this event is free but there is limited capacity per session, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Narration times are: 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. On top of all of this, shoppers will of course also be able to make the most of promotions available across the centre, which hosts over 80 premium, high street and designer brands and offers amazing year-round savings of up to 60%. For more details please call 01233 895900 or visit


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MMM Magazine August '16  
MMM Magazine August '16  

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