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elcome to the January issue of mmm – and what a special edition this is! Not only is it the first of 2017, but it is also our fifth birthday and we intend to celebrate in style this month – even if we do go easy with the fizz after the festive season. Inside you’ll find we indulge ourselves a little as we look back over the first 60 editions of your favourite Kent lifestyle magazine. There’s a special feature looking back at years of our celebrity interviews – recalling some of those who have gone on to bigger and better things, and, tragically, some who are no longer with us. We certainly felt rather nostalgic looking back over all the editions we have produced – each seems like a little time capsules of life in this great county of ours. And while you may not agree with us – and feel free to send us your suggestions - we also highlight five personalities who we believe have had a significant impact in their specialist fields over the time we have been publishing. There’s even an article I’ve penned which charts my story of how mmm came to be born and some of the remarkable characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting along the way. I can’t quite believe how quickly the last five years have flown by. What is it they say about when you’re having fun? Of course, for most of us, January is a month of catching our breath after the excess of Christmas. It already seems such a long time ago doesn’t it? We hope you all had a wonderful time and welcomed the new year in style. Also inside you’ll find plenty of inspiring ideas if you’re still seeking resolutions to enrich your life during 2017. Plus there’s all the regular features you have come to know and love – from fashion to travel, history to business and plenty more besides. So turn inside and join in our birthday celebrations – we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do producing this magazine each and every month. We feel confident there is no better way to get a new year under way than with a new edition of mmm.

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CONTENT STAR STUDDED KENT Looking back at 60 editions of Celebrities

WINTER FASHION

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HAIR DRESSERS

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DIET TIPS Get in shape in 2017

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Travel to Switzerland on our 5th anniversary

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TOP 5 PERSONALITIES Our pick of the top personalities from 2016

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KINGSBRIDGE Luxury family living

5 YEARS ON

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Rasa Dregva looks back on 5 years of mmm

NATIONAL TRUST

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Places to go, things to see

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HISTORY

The Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum

EVENTS Heaver Castle and more

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HOROSCOPES Your guide to 2017

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Angelina took her children to the local shops - much to the surprise of unsuspecting residents of Ickham

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KENT HAS PROVED A BREEDING GROUND FOR SUCH AN ARRAY OF TALENT - WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THOSE WE’VE FEATURED OVER OUR FIRST 60 EDITIONS

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F mmm were a Hollywood movie, it is fair to say that the array of talent we have put before your eyes over our five years, would comfortably be the most star-studded line-up ever to grace the big screen. With all our stars having a connection to Kent – whether they grew up, filmed or performed here – we have ensured there’s always a strong link with the county. We seek to provide you an insight into the lives of some of the most remarkable characters. Our diverse array of talent has certainly seen a liberal sprinkling of stardust over our first 60 issues. We’ve featured everyone from royals,

actors, singers and dancers to comedians, designers and sports stars. All of them memorable. Our home grown stars have included Canterbury’s Paul Hollywood, the baker who five years ago was barely known. Yet today is a household name courtesy of his role as a judge on the Great British Bake Off. “It shouldn’t work,” he said of the show, “but it does. And it’s because of all the different cogs. Take one cog out and it won’t work. “Where it works, it is nostalgia. It’s something which takes people back to watching their parents or grandparents cook when they were a kid.”


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He may perhaps be hoping he was wrong about the different cogs after he remained the only original cog to follow the show to Channel 4 earlier this year. In 2012 we featured Peaches Geldof – daughter of Live Aid hero Bob. She grew up in Faversham and was determined to make her own way in life, despite her famous surname. We could never have realised when we wrote “born into celebrity and a cauldron of tabloid interest, it is hard to think that Peaches will spend much time outside of the headlines” that those headlines would include her tragic early death following a heroin overdose just two years later. We added: “For now, though, her focus is on her son and ensuring his upbringing is not as fractured as her own.” Poor Peaches ironically followed her mother, Paula Yates, to a similar death. She was just 25 when her body was discovered at the home she shared with her husband in Wrotham. From Daniel Craig admitting

Catherine Zeta Jones remembering how it was filming in Pluckley, near Ashford, which catapulted her into a world unlike anything else

“” he found fame “scary” as he jumped on the James Bond juggernaut – a creation of Ian Fleming who lived in the county - to household name status, to Catherine Zeta Jones remembering how it was filming in Pluckley, near Ashford, which catapulted her into a world unlike anything else. “Everything changed after the Darling Buds of May,” she explained, “it was like one hour of television transformed my life.” To Harry Hill, who grew up in Staplehurst, confiding his time as a doctor saw him “doing 100 hours a week with no guarantee of a job at the end” prompting him to instead pursue a career in comedy. From Sevenoaks’ Anton Du Beke admitting he had his head turned towards a career in what would make him famous by the opposite sex. He explained in our pages: “One day I just wandered into a dance class full of girls and that was it. I thought, ‘Hang on! I’ll have a bit of this’.” To Maidstone’s Denise van Outen’s battle with getting older. “I do feel 20 inside,” we reported, “I think you always feel young inside. My nan was in her eighties and she still felt 19.” A sentiment we can all share. We had a very special interview with 

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Maidstone fashion designer Karen Millen a luxury cottage and how Angelina took who spoke to us at length about her her children to the local shops – much to remarkable rise to fame, built through the surprise of unsuspecting residents of hard work and a chain of stores she would Ickham. eventually sell but continue to bear her Twice Academy Award nominated Naomi name. Watts, star of a host of major Hollywood Ola Jordan, of movies including Strictly Come King Kong and Dancing and The Impossible, Maidstone fashion designer more recently explained about Karen Millen who spoke to I’m A Celebrity... her upbringing in fame also spoke Shoreham before us at length about her to MMM about she jetted off to find remarkable rise to fame her career and fame in the US. life with husband We reminisced James Jordan at about Madonna’s their home in Kings Hill. show in Maidstone, the Duchess of Angelina Jolie’s stay in the county with Cambridge’s Kent roots, celebrated then-husband Brad Pitt formed the basis of a Dermot O’Leary’s marriage to Thanet’s Dee feature. The A-listers had stayed in the small Koppang in Chiddingstone – a wedding village of Ickham, near Canterbury, while attended by the likes of Holly Willoughby, Brad was completing filming of scenes for who we also featured in a separate edition. World War Z. We explained how they hired We ran in-depth features on the likes of 

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Sir Elton John, Paloma Faith, Bryan Adams and Van Morrison before big shows in the county. We’ve reflected on the careers of the likes of George Clooney, Jude Law, Scarlet Johansson, Damian Lewis and Sir Ian McKellan as they visited the county to film scenes of their latest movies. And that’s without mentioning the likes of West Kingsdown’s Winter Olympic gold medal star Lizzy Yarnold, Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton, who learned his craft at Buckmore Park, or comedians Paul

O’Grady and Julian Clary, who both live in the village of Aldington. But the best thing? We’re not done yet. Every month we will continue to bring you the brightest and biggest names in show business with a link to the county – and you can ensure you don’t miss out on a single one by picking up your copy of mmm each month. Don’t forget if you miss an issue, you can catch up online, we archive a year’s worth of editions on www.mmm-media.com


“ ” We’ve reflected on the careers of the likes of George Clooney, Jude Law, Scarlet Johansson, Damian Lewis and Sir Ian McKellan as they visited the county to film scenes of their latest movies


New Year’s RESOLUTIONS AS MEMORIES OF THE FESTIVE SEASON BEGIN TO FADE TAKE NOTE OF SOME OF OUR TOP NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS hile many resolutions may have already hit the rocks, there’s no time like the present to make those changes you’ve always wanted to. Here are ten of the most popular...how many have you tried in the past?

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STAY AND KEEP FIT

Well, none of us are getting any younger are we? So what better way to put a spring in your step than by improving your health? You don’t have to join an expensive gym to make a difference, of course. Taking up running only needs a decent pair of trainers, while going for a brisk walk will also get the blood pumping. And if you manage to achieve this first one, the second most popular resolution tends to follow hot on its heels.

READ MORE BOOKS

Reports of the death of the book have been greatly exaggerated. While the world may be ever more technologically advanced, the desire for a good read never dwindles. Just ask Amazon. Its Kindles – the handheld e-readers where you can buy books online and have them ready to read in seconds – have breathed new life into the industry. So no more excuses. Get motivated and read some classics now.


SAVE YOUR PENNIES

Now this really is easier said than done. Especially right now. With the constant strain from rising fuel prices meaning heating our homes and driving our cars is ever more expensive, trying to put a few pennies aside for a rainy day is more and more difficult. Especially when interest rates for savings are so low. But it can be done. And the best way is to conduct a full review of your out-goings. The chances are that by saving on the odd takeaway or a meal out you’ll soon find those savings adding up.

DO SOMETHING CRAZY

LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS

The most important New Year resolution for 2017 is to live within your means. Economic conditions are still difficult, and there are many people worse off than you. However, there are also many things you can do to save money and avoid debt. Look for bargain brands when it comes to buying food, bathroom, and cleaning products. One of the biggest rip offs is the toothbrush and toothpaste business. Buy the cheapest of both and you won’t notice the difference. Next look at your utility bills. Are you paying the cheapest rates for gas, electric, water, phone and internet? Switching companies, or combining two utilities with the same company can save money. To save even more, turn off the heating and wear an extra layer of clothing. Look at your travel costs; would catching a bus or train be cheaper than using the car? Research railcards and bus passes to find the best bargains.

How about seeing a bit more of the world? Take an adventure, even if it’s just a hike in your local woods. The therapeutic effects of opening your senses to the sights, sounds and scents of nature are well documented. How about giving skydiving, hang gliding, or bungee jumping a go? Make 20167a year to remember!


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WRAP UP WARM DURING THE CHILLY WINTER MONTHS WITH THESE COSY COATS

Khaki parka coat £700 Hugo Boss Khaki bomber jacket £350 Boss Black Navy joggers £149 Boss Black Checked scarf £30/€39 Howick Lambswool check cap £45 Barbour House of Fraser

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Felted Wool Coatigan £139.00 EAST


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Odelia Coat £349.00 Hobbs

Biba Brown Faux Fur Coat £199.00 House of Fraser

Double Face Oval £259.00 Jigsaw

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Our team of Personal Trainers are on hand to offer you one to one training to achieve your fitness goals, with tailor made training programmes and nutritional advice to kick start your new year training. Join your local Village Gym today and take advantage of the countless perks of being a Village Gym member, including access to our brand new members area where you can book your favourite fitness classes online, as well as our member benefits package offering discounts on all your high street favourites! All this and an onsite Starbucks, Restaurant and Pub.

HAPPY NEW YEAR... FROM CLAIRE HOADLEY HEAD OF PERSONAL TRAINING So, the New Year is upon us again! What’s your New Year’s resolution? Lose weight, look and feel better, training for an event? Now is the time to start acting on it. With 8 years in the fitness industry working with such diverse clientele and teaching group exercise. I have a real passion for fitness and driving clients to achieve their goals. I specialise in HITT training and sport specific, utilising a multi-disciplined approach. I’m here to support and build the tools you need to achieve a healthy lifestyle, body & mind. There has never been a better time to get in shape with Village Health & Fitness Personal Training – a new year, a fresh beginning, energised – so are you ready for the challenge? Its time to take action, not tomorrow, but now! ADVERTORIAL FEATURE


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I have always had a passion for health and fitness, and perusing this as a career has confirmed my drive for the industry. Working for the Village has offered me a variety of different clients to work with which has positively developed me as a personal trainer. As a Personal Trainer, my specialist areas are extreme fat loss, muscle building/definition, core strength, interval training and making fitness fun! If you struggle to motivate yourself to stay healthy because you don’t enjoy working out, I will support you to overcome this. Being my client, you will never repeat the same workout twice, you will be pro active throughout and more importantly enjoy it. If you enjoy a workout it will increase consistency and therefore improve fast results.

HI I’M CLINTON KEEN

After going down hill in my fitness six years ago, I ended up weighing 105kg at a height of 5ft 8”, with a body fat percentage of 32%, it was time to make a change and start a new journey that I now have a passion for. With training and having a clean diet, I now weigh 79kg with a body fat percentage of 12%. This result drove me to working in this industry and helping others reach their goals. I enjoy running, cycling, obstacle races, teaching classes and plan on my first triathlon in the near future. To find out how I reached this within 18 months contact me or have a PT taster down here at the Village Gym, and get youself on your own journey. My specialist areas are weight managment, ploy metrics, core stability, body conditioning, circuit training and obstacle race training.

HI I’M JAMES...

Ever since I can remember I have been involved in competitive sports, until I had a lower back injury in my late teens that prevented me from continuing with sport. The two things that I did gain from that experience were knowing how difficult and determined you have to be to come back from an injury and also wanting to dedicate my career to helping others achieve their health and fitness goals! I specialize in weight management and weight training. Whether it’s packing on some lean muscle, reducing body fat or looking to take that first step to learning the correct techniques and form for weight lifting. I work with my clients step by step to help them get to where they want to be.

HI MY NAME IS JAMES JUDGES...

I’ve been working in the fitness industry for over 10 years now since qualifying with a sports science degree. In this time I have trained with a wide variety of clients helping them achieve to their goals. One previous client was a 70 year old lady who was running a marathon for the very first time. She completed it in just over 7 hours. She had a detailed plan of progression to help her achieve her goal of completing the London marathon. My training methods range from HIIT, Interval, Circuit, Supersetting and Strength Training techniques depending on your own ability and targets. To find out what these training methods are about, come book in for a session at the Village Hotel Maidstone.

MY NAME IS JOSH AND I’M A NEW MEMBER OF THE TEAM

At 16 I began my career in the this industry and throughout that time have completed many sport and fitness qualifications, continuing to improve myself and gain knowledge, in order to give the best service to clients. Whatever your target or goal is I can help you to strive towards achieving it or just to keep fit and healthy. I am here to taper a specific programme with your individual needs. Taking your lifestyle and availability into consideration, a programme will be set with achievable goals and targets to make sure you have the most beneficial and enjoyable plan. With 8 years of experience and knowledge of working in the fitness industry, I will give my best to motivate and generate the best results from you every time you are in the gym!

HI THERE! I’M DAVID

I’m new to the Village team and I’m very excited to start sharing my knowledge and passion for exercise! I hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and you’re all ready to start living up to those New Year’s resolutions. I have great drive and passion for the sports industry and regularly push my own limits in order to reach my full potential. I love experimenting and trying out new exercises through which I can learn new techniques that you would be able to benefit from to obtain your goals. It’s time to stop making the same excuses and start making changes!

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Stone Haidressing Queen Street, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4DA 01732 220 188 www.stonehairdressing.co.uk Since 1999 Stone Hairdressing in Kent has been offering a friendly, relaxing and intimate salon experience. They are leaders in technique and artistry with a commitment to a continuous education programme for their team. At Stone Hairdressing, they pride themselves in offering the very highest standard of creative hairdressing and look forward to welcoming you at their salon.

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LOSE THE SALT

Sodium contributes to water retention, making you look and feel bloated. Do you eat too much salt? Probably — the suggested daily intake is no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium (or about one teaspoon), but most of us are getting more than twice that amount. So keep an eye on your sodium intake, and that doesn’t just mean ditching the saltshaker. Hidden sources include soups, canned foods and drinks, salty snacks such as chips and pretzels and many prepackaged foods.

BUY A SET OF WEIGHTS

Two thirds of Brits want to lose weight and just 14% of us are completely happy with our bodies

It’s a one time investment you’ll never regret. Here’s why: Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories, at work or at rest 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The more lean muscle you have, the faster you’ll slim down. How do you start strength training? Try some push-ups or a few squats or lunges. Use your free weights to perform simple bicep curls or tricep pulls right in your home or office. Do these exercises three to four times per week, and you’ll soon see a rapid improvement in your physique.


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AVOID CALORIES IN A GLASS

Scientists now know that the body does not register liquid calories in the same way it does solid calories. Drinking a grande caffe mocha, for instance, won’t make you feel satiated the way eating a bowl of pasta will. Which means that although the caffe mocha actually has a greater number of calories than the pasta, you’re still more likely to want a second cup rather than another plate of linguine. So monitor your intake of juice, soda, coffee drinks and wine. If you consume one of each of those beverages during the day, you’ll have taken in at least 800 extra calories by night time.

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EAT EVERY MEAL

Skipping meals will not make you lose weight faster. That strategy backfires because your body thinks food is in short supply, so it slows your metabolism in order to conserve energy. Over time, the result is that when you do eat, even if you consume the same foods as always, your body will be slower to use the calories as fuel, thus creating a backlog of unwanted pounds. If a hectic day makes a sit-down meal impossible, stash an energy bar or a piece of fruit in your purse or briefcase anything that will keep you from going hungry.

ADD 20 MINUTES OF EXERCISE PER DAY

If you’re on a diet, you’re probably already working out a couple of times a week. Whether you exercise or not, you can further enhance weightloss by doing a little something extra each day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator; walk to the bus, train, or all the way to the office; window-shop with your best friend rather than sit over coffee. Taking the dog out, gardening and even housework all increase the number of calories you expend. You don’t have to go for a jog to speed up weight loss. Twenty minutes of moderate exercise a day means you’ll burn approximately 700 calories extra per week.

H20, H20, H20

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again. That’s because drinking 64 ounces of water daily is one of the easiest ways to speed up weight loss. Your body needs water in order to efficiently metabolize stored fat. When you shortchange your supply, you’re likely to slow down that process, meaning it’s more difficult for you to burn calories. An easy eight glasses a day (at least!) will keep your system running smoothly. a


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SPICE IT UP

Angelo Tremblay, Ph.D., Director of the division of kinesiology at Laval University, in Canada, found that eating hot peppers can boost a person’s basal metabolism (the total calories the body burns at rest). The reason? Capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers, may increase your body’s release of stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can speed up your metabolism and your ability to burn calories. What’s more, eating hot peppers may reduce your appetite, Tremblay says, helping to curb your cravings. So spice up your stir-fried vegetables, eat low-calorie chilli or salsa, try them on salads and baked potatoes, and watch the pounds come off faster.

GET SOME SLEEP

As funny as it sounds, sleep deprivation may make you fat and not just because you’re susceptible to cases of the latenight munchies (although there’s that too). Women who get less than four hours of sleep per night have a slower metabolism than those who snooze for a full eight hours. So don’t skimp on your sleep, and you’ll be rewarded with an extra edge when it comes to shedding pounds quickly.

GO FOR AN EVENING WALK

42% of those who start their health kick on New Year’s Day will give it up within two to four weeks.

Don’t get us wrong, exercising at any time is good for you. But evening activity may be particularly beneficial because many people’s metabolism slows down toward the end of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner increases your metabolic rate and may keep it elevated for another two or three hours, even after you’ve stopped moving. What this means for you: those dinner calories have less of a chance to take up permanent residence on your hips.

DON’T GO FOR THE GIMMICKS

At any given time, there are dozens of weight-loss hypes in the marketplace that claim to have the ability to take off 10 pounds in 10 days, or more. Desperation can tempt us to try anything, but we all know these schemes don’t work. Save your money, but more importantly, save yourself from the emotional pain when these gimmicks fail. Be realistic. Jump-start your weight-loss programme in ways that make sense, and not only will you be thinner, you’ll be happier too. mmm


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TIGER NUTS

Tiger nuts are a small root vegetable that grow in the Mediterranean and Africa. They’re a traditional food in these areas and may even have been eaten as far back as the Stone Age! Tiger nut milk is also a traditional drink in Spain. Tiger nuts are commonly found in the form of tiger nut flour – a great alternative gluten-free, grain-free flour that can be used in baking or cooking and that’s suitable for all types of diets from vegan to Paleo to nutfree. Tiger nuts are high in fibre and contain calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, amongst other valuable nutrients. They are great when it comes to supporting the digestive system and weight loss.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils have been around for many, many years but have been a little forgotten about. Their return is in line with the 2017 theme of ‘natural’ and ‘holistic’ products. They are among the simplest natural remedies. We’re rediscovering how they can help with a plethora of modern ailments including stress and anxiety, mood, sleep, and even hormonal balance. Essential oils are gaining popularity on the beauty market too. We can see that in terms of skincare ingredients, with brands going back to basics – less is more! Essentials oils are packed with vitamins, amino acids and anti oxidants so they won’t dry your skin. Instead, they can smooth fine lines and

heal blemishes at the same time. Go for natural products, such as new What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum, which combines Aloe Vera and Plantolin essential oils.


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CHEWABLE PROBIOTICS FOR DENTAL CARE

People are becoming more and more concerned about their teeth and dental health. One way to help prevent against infection and the build up of bacteria is by taking probiotics in a chewable form. As well as taking care of our intestinal health, friendly bacteria also live in our mouth and help to take care of our teeth and gums too. For this reason, chewable probiotics could help to keep our oral health in check.

OMEGA 3 FROM ALGAE

Along with the 2017 trend of all things ‘natural’, there are themes of ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘sustainability’. With this in mind, along with the rising popularity of vegan diets, the market for omega 3 from algae is only likely to increase. We know that there is a real concern about the sustainability of fish due to the over farming of our oceans. Omega 3 from algae allows us to have the benefits of the nutrient without affecting our fish stock.

CAULIFLOWER IN ALL FORMS

Cauliflower is amazingly versatile. You can pulse raw florets in a food processor to make cauliflower ‘rice’, steam it and blend to make a delicious mash, or just remove the leaves, put it in the oven and bake it whole. It’s low in carbs and calories and high in fibre, vitamin C, folate and potassium. It also contains compounds called glucosinolates, which are thought to have anti-cancer activity.

PROBIOTIC WATER

We’ve seen probiotic yoghurts and probiotic supplements of course – and even probiotic chocolate has found a niche in the market. Now probiotic water is proving popular too, as another way to naturally help our gut. Tablets are out. Different ways of getting our supplements are in. Food and drink are becoming functional – this trend is an example of how we can get the goodness of water with the added health benefits of probiotics.


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Fabulous New Year Feasts FROM VEGETABLES TO VENISON, WE HAVE LAID OUT SOME WONDERFUL RECIPES FOR YOU TO CREATE THIS YEAR


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parkly snowflakes, cozy blankets, rich hot chocolate… Winter has a lot going for it, but fresh produce is usually not on that list. In colder climates, eating locally through the winter can be extremely challenging. Every meal doesn’t have to revolve around potatoes and onions until April. With a bit of advanced planning and creativity, it’s possible to eat fresh fruits and vegetables with plenty of nutrients and flavour all winter long.

CABBAGE

This super and healthy, budget friendly vegetable is a close cousin to other cold weather favourites like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli. Cabbage is full of vitamins and minerals (Vitamins C and K and folate, in particular), fibre, antioxidants and anti-carcinogenic compounds called glucosinolates. Some studies claim that the spherical vegetable can even reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of cancer and diabetes. • Storage tips: Tightly wrap individual heads of cabbage in plastic and store in the refrigerator to keep fresh for up to a week. • How to eat it: Cabbage’s nutritional benefits are most pronounced when raw, so slice up a few leaves to add crunch to salads or stir fries.

ONIONS

Ideal for flavouring anything from soup to salads, to pasta or meat, onions are a yearround kitchen favourite. They might make you cry, but onions are actually pretty healthy. The unassuming vegetables are low in calories but surprisingly high in vitamin C and fibre. The oils found in onions can lower LDL cholesterol levels and raise HDL cholesterol. • Storage tips: Store onions outside the fridge (they can go soft if refrigerated) in a cool, dry place for several months. • How to eat it: Sautéed white onion spices up a flatbread pizza. HEALTHY EATING


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CARROTS

A favourite food which is full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, a compound that converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for a strong immune system and healthy eyes, skin, and mucus membranes. The orange vegetables are also loaded with vitamin C, cyanidins, and lutein, which are all antioxidants. Some studies show that eating carrots can reduce the risk of cancer and even prevent cardiovascular disease. • Storage tips: Like many root vegetables, carrots will keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several weeks. • How to eat it: Bring out carrots’ natural sweetness with a side dish that combines the orange vegetables, cinnamon, orange juice, and maple syrup.

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FRUIT AND VEGETABLE FACTS

• Beets are in season in temperate climates during autumn and spring, and are available from storage most of the year everywhere else. Fresh beets are often sold with their greens still attached. • Carrots are available from winter storage from local growers in many areas, and fresh in warmer and temperate regions. • Cauliflower may be grown, harvested, and sold year-round, but it is by nature a cool weather crop and at its best in autumn and winter and into early spring. • Onions are harvested in the autumn and then “cured” or dried a bit for storage, which is why we’re used to buying them at the supermarket.

RADICCHIO

Radicchio (pronounced ra-DIK-kio) is a member of the chicory family along with endive and escarole. Its red and white, slightly spicy and bitter leaves are loaded with vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K. Plus, this leafy vegetable is extremely low in calories, so add it to any dish for a low calorie dose of crunch and flavour. • Storage tips: Keep it in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic for up to three weeks. • How to eat it: Sautéed radicchio adds a richness (and a good serving of vitamins and minerals) to any pasta dish.

Potatoes are starchy and high on the glycemic index, but they’re also filling, inexpensive, and boast an impressive nutritional profile including potassium, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, and even protein. Purple potatoes may even help to lower blood pressure and boost antioxidants. While sweet potatoes are considered a healthier choice (since they’re loaded with beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and fibre), regular old white potatoes are still nutritious as long as you don’t fry them or mash them with lots of butter and cream. • Storage tips: Store potatoes in a dark, cool, wellventilated area for about one month. Keep potatoes away from onions and apples. At room temperature, potatoes will keep for one to two weeks. • How to eat it: Try a healthier take on the classic baked potato bar. Twice-baked potatoes stuffed with kale, broccoli, and cheddar make for a comforting meal.


APPLE and blackberry cobbler

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INGREDIENTS 4 Waitrose Best Of British Apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced 340g blackberries 100ml Belvoir Blueberry and Blackcurrant Cordial 100g self-raising flour 100g salted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes 50g light brown muscovado sugar 40g whole almonds, roughly chopped custard or vanilla ice cream, to serve DELICIOUS RECIPES

COOKING METHOD • Preheat the oven to 190ºC, gas mark five. Place the apples, blackberries and cordial in a large saucepan. Heat gently and simmer for five minutes. Spoon into a two-litre ovenproof dish. • Rub together the flour and butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar and almonds. Add two tablespoons of cold water

and bring together to make a soft dough. • Shape the dough into eight rough balls and place around the edge of the baking dish. Place the dish on a baking sheet then bake for 25–30 minutes until the dough balls are cooked through and the filling is piping hot. • Serve warm with custard or ice cream.


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SICILIAN Meatballs HEAD CHEF ALFONSO SALVAGGIO HAS GONE BACK TO HIS SICILIAN ROOTS FOR A RECIPE THAT WILL BRING COMFORT AND A SMILE ON A DULL JANUARY DAY

INGREDIENTS

Makes enough for 12 portions so pop some in the freezer Sicilian meatballs: 1.5 kgs of mince beef and pork (70% beef to 30% pork) 200g streaky bacon or pancetta, diced 150 g grated parmesan or pecorino cheese 80g breadcrumbs 3 beaten eggs Salt & pepper 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1-2 table spoon olive oil Simple tomato sauce: 500g tin of chopped tomatoes (preferably whole peeled ones) 20g tomato paste 1 onion finely diced 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped 50ml chicken stock (or vegetable stock) 1 tablespoon olive oil Fresh basil, mozzarella and toasted pine nuts to serve

Chef’s tip: Add any over ripe tomatoes you might have in the fridge to the sauce before simmering. Once cooked, the meatballs are great to eat on their own or as filling for a ciabatta bread sandwich.

COOKING METHOD • For the meat balls, put all the ingredients into a large bowl and combine. This is best done using your hands. Roll into meatballs of your preferred size. • In a large frying pan, heat the oil and brown the meatballs all over. Pop onto a baking tray and place in a preheated oven, 180C for 15 minutes. • For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a saucepan and sweat the

onion, carrot and garlic until soft. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken stock. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid off to thicken. Season with salt and pepper. • To serve, combine the hot meatballs with the sauce and pour over pasta. Sprinkle over fresh basil, cubed mozzarella and toasted pine nuts.

Recipe from: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4NQ 01622 734334 www.marriottudorpark.co.uk


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INGREDIENTS 2 red onions, cut into wedges 385g pack Waitrose Sliced Butternut Squash 1 table spoon olive oil 1 table spoon cumin seeds 400g can essential Waitrose Chickpeas, drained and rinsed 250g bag essential Waitrose Kale 350g pouch Cooks’ Ingredients Tagine Stew Base 100ml hot vegetable stock Couscous and coriander leaves, to serve DELICIOUS RECIPES

COOKING METHOD • Preheat the oven to 220ºC, gas mark 7. Place the red onion and squash in a large roasting tin, drizzle with oil and sprinkle over the cumin seeds. Roast for 25 minutes until tender and golden. • Stir in the chickpeas and kale. Mix together the tagine base and hot vegetable stock and pour over. Cover with foil and return to the oven for 15 minutes until the kale has wilted and the tagine is piping hot.

• Divide between shallow bowls and serve with couscous and a sprinkling of coriander leaves. • For a fruity twist, try adding chopped dried apricots to the vegetables. The sweetness works well with the spices. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Serves: 4


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VENISON dish INGREDIENTS Braised Red Cabbage 750g red cabbage – thinly sliced with core removed 325ml red wine 250ml red wine vinegar 100g raisins 250g sugar 2 x Bramley apples grated 60g honey Jerusalem Artichoke Purée 500g peeled and washed Jerusalem artichoke 5 x sprigs thyme 500ml chicken stock 50g olive oil 50g unsalted butter 100g double cream Artichoke crisps Wash 2 x Jerusalem artichokes Thinly slice and fry at 160°c until a light golden brown Recipe from: The Swan West Malling

35 Swan Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JU 01732 521910 www.theswanwestmalling.co.uk

DELICIOUS RECIPES

COOKING METHOD Braised Red Cabbage • Mix all the ingredients for Red Cabbage and marinade for 12 hours. • After 12 hours place all ingredients into a heavy base saucepan and gently simmer until the cabbage is soft to bite. • Strain the mixture and keep the liquor, placing in a saucepan. • Bring the liquor in the pan to the boil and reduce by half. • Mix 1 tablespoon of cornflour to a little water to make a paste. • Add the cornflour paste to the reducing liquid to thicken and become glossy. • Add this thickened liquid back to the cooked red cabbage and season with salt to taste. Jerusalem Artichoke Purée • Peel the Jerusalem artichokes and place in a bowl of lemon water to stop them discolouring and oxidising. • Thinly slice the Jerusalem artichokes using a mandolin and return to the lemon water. • Strain the artichokes and pat dry using a cloth and add to the pan. • Place the butter and olive oil into a heavy base pan and heat gently until the butter starts to foam. • Cook the artichokes on a medium heat to caramelise (nut brown colour).

• Add the chicken stock and reduce by half. • Add the double cream and return to a boil. • Remove the thyme then blend the mixture till velvety smooth. • Season with salt and lemon juice to taste. To plate • Put 5ml olive oil into a cast iron frying pan and gently place the venison into the pan, season with a little salt and pepper. • Sear each side of the venison until golden brown and place into a pre-heated oven at 200°c for three minutes. • Remove from the oven and add 10g butter to the pan and allow to foam and baste the venison. • Remove from the pan and rest for ten minutes. • While the meat is resting, warm 2 tablespoons of the red cabbage in a pan and 2 tablespoons of the artichoke purée in a separate pan. • Blanch the sprout tops in boiling salted water for two minutes, remove from the water and place into a little foaming butter and season with a pinch of salt and drain onto paper towel. • Carve the venison making sure you cut against the grain of the meat. • Warm the blackberries gently in the sauce.


FIVE FOODS

To Keep You Warm And Healthy This Winter WE SPEAK TO NUTRITIONIST CASSANDRA BARNS ABOUT 5 FOODS THAT CAN KEEP YOUR WARM AND HEALTHY THIS WINTER

HOT CHOCOLATE

Hot chocolate can be good for you, as well as being a great winter warmer! Pure cocoa is actually highly nutritious, and cacao – the raw, unroasted version of cocoa – even more so. They’re rich in minerals such as magnesium and zinc, which are vital for energy and the immune system; and cacao in particular contains a wealth of antioxidant flavanols, which may have benefits for the heart and brain. For a healthier winter hot chocolate, avoid the storebought versions, which are often laden with sugar and contain very little cocoa. Instead, make your own using raw cacao powder or a raw chocolate bar, such as OMBAR raw chocolate.

GREEN TEA WITH GINGER

Try swapping your regular tea for green tea with ginger, such as Clearspring’s Organic Ginger Green Tea. Green tea is thought to boost thermogenesis – literally meaning ‘the production of heat’ – to a greater extent than normal tea, partly thanks to the flavanols it contains. This property of green tea may also help you to maintain a healthy weight, by literally encouraging the burning of fat for energy. And the flavanols have antioxidant properties too, which may benefit the skin, heart, brain and immune system. Ginger has natural warming and circulatingboosting properties and, like green tea, is thought to increase thermogenesis. Ginger is also fantastic for the digestion, and has been shown to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial activity, to help see off those winter bugs!

SEAWEED (SEA VEGETABLES)

Although it’s not an obvious warming food, seaweed could hold the secret to keeping you warm this winter. Sea vegetables are our best natural source of iodine – a mineral that’s vital for making thyroid hormone,

which controls our metabolism and body temperature. If we don’t get enough of this mineral, thyroid hormone production can slow down and we can feel the cold more acutely. Keep yours topped up by including sea vegetables such as nori, dulse or arame in your diet. They can be used to make wraps (nori), added to salads or added to soups and stews to give flavour.

PORRIDGE

What can be better than a bowl of warming porridge on a winter morning? As well as getting something hot into your tummy before you step outside, wholegrain oats break down and release their energy more slowly than a sugary breakfast cereal or a slice of toast. So they should help keep you warm – and keep your energy up – throughout the morning. They’re also a good source of vitamins B1 and B6 and magnesium, which help the body convert food to energy. I like Nairn’s Gluten Free Scottish Porridge Oats – pure wholegrain oats with nothing added. Stir a teaspoon of cinnamon into your porridge for an extra warming boost.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a fantastic warming winter spice that’s incredibly versatile. Try stirring a teaspoon into your porridge. Or for a delicious healthy snack, stir some into a pot of natural yoghurt with fresh berries or chopped nuts. Sprinkle it on your cappuccino, or use it to make spicy chai tea. Cinnamon may support blood sugar control, including by reducing the rise in blood sugar after a meal. So adding cinnamon to foods may help us to maintain a healthy weight and control sugar cravings – a particular benefit at this time of year!


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TOP 5 things to do in SWITZERLAND

WITH OUR 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BEING THIS YEAR, WE THOUGHT WE WOULD LAY OUT THE TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

SCENIC RAIL JOURNEYS

With its 26,000 captivating kilometres of train, bus and boat routes and many mountain railways, Switzerland is like one big pleasure park. From majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes and verdant valleys, to villages and vibrant cities the country is a truly unique travel experience. From west to east or north to south, along highways and byways, Switzerland is always on the move and always with the most breathtaking scenery and views. Panoramic routes such as the Glacier Express and Golden Pass Line have long enjoyed international acclaim, and to this day have lost nothing of their fascination. a

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MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS

When arriving in the mountain resorts of Switzerland you can’t help feeling a sense of adventure and exploration come over you. Whether it is a cable car, mountain railway or cogwheel train the options for visitors to explore high alpine Switzerland are unrivalled. A simple coffee and admire the view, a short hike to an inviting mountain lake, or to walk back down through the pine forests, stopping for a picnic halfway, the mountain excursions in Switzerland are truly magnificent and have something for everyone. Mount Rigi above Lake Lucerne, one of Switzerlands most popular day excursions and a firm favourite with guests since Victorian times, or a trip to Jungfraujoch (highest train station in Europe) with its ice palace and views over the mighty Aletsch Glacier. a

TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS


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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

The combination of spellbinding scenery, a superb infrastructure and service makes Switzerland the ultimate destination for outdoor activity fans. With the world’s only totally integrated network of marked hiking, mountain biking, cycling, skating and canoeing routes, Switzerland is an easily accessible outdoor paradise. For the more adventurous, extreme sports are available in abundance, from paragliding to base jumping and canyoning to river rafting there are many ways to experience the great Swiss outdoors. Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland is regarded by many as the adventure capital of Europe and whether its earth, water or air activities you are looking for, gentle or extreme there is no better region to get outdoors. 

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MUSEUMS

For such a small country Switzerland offers a remarkable variety of museums ranging from art and culture to history, sport and crafts, to many other, more unusual exhibits. Famous art collections can be visited in Basel, Zurich, Winterthur and Lucerne. Many of the museums are unique to Switzerland and intertwined with its history and standing in the world, such as the Olympic museum in Lausanne or the Ballenberg living history open air museum.

WINTER WONDERLAND

Majestic peaks, snowy valleys, idyllic villages, and world renowned ski resorts, Switzerland has it all for a memorable winter holiday. High Altitude ski areas, outstanding ski runs, and well prepared pistes, whether you are an experienced skier or complete beginner Switzerland offers some of the best ski resorts in the Alps. For the non-skier the winter landscape is just perfect, and the year round fully operational transport system allows you to enjoy every part even when the snow is deep. Winter walks along the shores of a frozen lake or the prepared paths through the forest of spruce tree’s laden with snow, there is a picture postcard scene around every corner. The family run Hotel Waldhaus in Sils is the perfect place to experience the magic of winter in Switzerland. TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS


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A LOT HAS HAPPENED OVER THE FIVE YEARS SINCE mmmWAS FIRST BORN WHICH PUBLIC FIGURES HAVE BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE SINCE OUR FIRST mmm EDITION HIT THE SHELVES IN 2012? WE’VE CHOSEN FIVE CHARACTERS THAT WE BELIEVE HAVE MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ACROSS SHOW BUSINESS, SPORT AND POLITICS – ALL, OF COURSE, FROM THIS WONDERFUL COUNTY OF OURS.

PAUL HOLLYWOOD

Few people have enjoyed such a remarkable rise in celebrity over the last five years than baker Paul Hollywood. It was in 2011 that he first appeared on BBC2’s Great British Bake Off – a series which would grow beyond everybody’s expectations over the following years. He took the star to household name status as the show became the undisputed king of ratings – before sensationally leaving the BBC in a £75m move to Channel 4. Hollywood, who lives near Canterbury, was the only original member to follow the show across the channels and will be hoping it continues its popularity when it returns to our screens in its new home. Today Hollywood has sidelines of lucrative books and branded bread items.

ADAM GEMILI

A little over five years ago, Adam Gemili was still pondering whether a career in football was the sporting avenue for him. Today he stands as one of the world’s top sprinters having dazzled at championships and two Olympic Games. Still just 23, he announced himself by winning gold in the 2012 World Junior Championships, with a record-breaking time of 10.05 seconds in the 100m. Since then he has gone on to dazzle in the 200m too, recording the second fastest time ever by a British athlete over the distance and was the 2014 European champion. In addition, he won silver in the 100 metres and 4x100m in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He only just missed out on success at the Rio Olympics too. What’s more he never loses sight of his Dartford roots and few would bet against him only building on his medal collection over the coming years.

“” he stands as one of the world’s top sprinters having dazzled at championships and two Olympic Games

“” He took the star to household name status as the show became the undisputed king of ratings


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“” his Academy Award winning role in Bridge of Spies catapulted him into the big time

MARK RYLANCE

For years Mark Rylance was renowned for being one of theatre’s most acclaimed performers, directors and playwrights. But in recent years the star, born in Ashford before his family moved to the US, has broken through into the mainstream with a string of memorable and celebrated performances on both big and small screens. His Academy Award winning

DAVID BOWIE

This month would have marked one of the world’s most influential artist’s 70th birthday. But on January 10 the world awoke to the news of his death and sparked a year of both mourning his passing and celebrating his genius. Having grown up in Kent – he lived in both Beckenham, when the borough of Bromley was still part of the county and spent time in Maidstone too – his loss was felt keenly. His last five years had seen him return from a lengthy hiatus – first with the surprising release of The Next Day, his first studio album in 10 years. Then, last year, just days before his death, his final offering – Blackstar. Critically acclaimed it would prove a fitting finale for a man whose music, fashion and art had influenced so many performers and fans alike over a career which stretched from the 1960s to the modern day.

“” he lived in both Beckenham, when the borough of Bromley was still part of the county and spent time in Maidstone too

role in Bridge of Spies catapulted him into the big time, hot on the heels of BBC drama Wolf Hall, part of which was filmed in the county. With a role in the family hit flick BFG last year cementing his status, the 56-year-old continues to prefer treading the boards in the world’s top theatres and is now one of the most in-demand performers of his generation.


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NIGEL FARAGE

Love him of loathe him, there is no denying that of all of Kent’s politicians over the past five years, he has been comfortably the most influential. Which is all the more impressive given the fact that he has never served as an MP. Yet his leadership of UKIP has seen him become perhaps the most charismatic of all political leaders and one who has struck a chord with the public – many of whom had long been switched off by the Westminster elite. His relentless push to ensure Britain’s exit from the European Union may have repelled as many people as it attracted, but it ultimately bore fruit with June’s referendum result. Add to that the performance of his party in the county under his leadership – it, briefly, had only its second MP Mark Reckless in Rochester, is the main opposition party to the Conservatives in County Hall and runs Thanet District Council – it is hard to think of any single person capable of taking a party from nowhere to the top table in such a short

amount of time. For the former City trader, who lives in Westerham, another feather to his cap was added by his friendship with president-elect Donald Trump – with Farage the first British politician to meet with him following his election success in November.

“” his relentless push to ensure Britain’s exit from the European Union may have repelled as many people as it attracted

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he art of designing a good kitchen isn’t so much to do with the way it looks but the way it functions. And the first step is finding the layout that best suits the space, as it is this that allows the sink, appliances and storage to all be placed in a way that makes the kitchen both easy and a pleasure to use.


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WHAT PEOPLE LOOK FOR IN A KITCHEN To create a practical and large kitchen, it’s important to zone your spaces well. Family and guests tend to congregate to islands, so locating the hob and prep sink to the island will create a kitchen that is friendly to guests. Refrigeration and ovens are important to have close by to whoever is cooking or prepping at the island, but remember that sometimes there may be more than one user in the kitchen at a time - for this reason two sinks are beneficial. People want an efficient work space, always wanting storage, and, even if they don’t immediately realize it, they want some basic parameters to separate the wine-drinking guests from the action in the kitchen.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Retrofit your kitchen; helpful products can be installed into your existing kitchen, without having to start from scratch. Make life easier on yourself. If you have a smaller kitchen then think about adding shelves or rails to create space. A limited number of kitchen cupboards don’t have to mean limited storage space. Putting up open shelves can not only help you utilise empty wall space, it can become a design feature too. Store your food in pretty jars, add a few baskets, or put your favourite crockery on display. Adding ornaments, picture frames or plants will make your kitchen feel more homely. Looking for something at the back of a cabinet is not a fun task. Organise your jars, bottles and containers with pull out storage, which allows you to see everything at a glance. For the tricky corner units, install a shelving unit or carousel, depending on your preferences and the shape of the base unit. a


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APPROACHING KITCHEN DESIGN

Kitchens are really the soul of the house. there not just for cooking but also for congregating, so they need to be put in the context of the home’s public or adjacent spaces. In many older houses, the kitchen tends to be isolated and often small. Today, people want a kitchen that incorporates both a workspace and a casual space for dining or even working.

DESIRABLE LIGHTING ELEMENTS IN A KITCHEN

Lighting is important in any room of the house, but is especially so in the kitchen, which is often used for many different functions. Whether you want to set the mood for some intimate dining, illuminate the space for some work at the kitchen table or shine a bright light on food preparation areas, flexibility is key to your lighting options. This means working different lighting styles into the heart of your design. Lighting should be one of the first things you consider when planning your kitchen, because it may affect the style of kitchen units and worktops that you choose. Light is absorbed by textured, soft surfaces and reflected by harder, glossy ones. So if you want to make a room feel bigger you should choose materials that will reflect light around the room. Also, no matter how effective artificial light is, most people prefer the way natural light makes their home look and feel. You should therefore take a look at your windows and try to maximise the natural light by using reflective surfaces in the places where it rests, and adding more artificial lighting options to those areas in shade. So before you start ordering those cabinets and creating your bespoke worktop, remember to consider your kitchen’s lighting.a


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ADVICE FOR SOMEONE DESIGNING A KITCHEN

There’s no ideal kitchen shape, whether it’s a galley, U or L-shaped. Plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than six feet between each for ease of movement. There’s no such thing as too much counter space. Choose a surface that’s easy to work on and care for, but keep in mind that grout between tiles is hard to maintain and that stainless steel will scratch very easily. Avoid reusing appliances or items from your old kitchen where possible. It may seem as if you’re saving money, but an old appliance will stick out like a sore thumb unless it matches the new environment. The biggest

mistake people make at the planning stage is not allowing for enough storage. Use every nook and cranny. Put overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling, rather than leaving a gap on top that collects dust. Make your kitchen as safe and family-friendly as possible by planning for good visibility to the backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area. Don’t forget to plan for garbage and recycling bins. Consider whether you want built-in bins cleverly disguised behind a cabinet door, or a sleek, stainless-steel garbage container that’s positioned out of the way.

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MODERN Kitchenware THESE MODERN MUST-HAVES WILL BRING ANY KITCHEN INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Delonghi Distina Toaster copper £79.99 Currys

Sage Tea Maker £199.99 John Lewis

Sagaform Combined Grater and Spaghetti Spoon, £9.99 John Lewis

Swan Storage Cannister (Set of 3) GBP 29.99 Very

Viners Titanium Copper Knife Block (6 Piece) £59.99 Very Sage Dual Boiler Coffee Machine, £1050.00 John Lewis

Wooden Salad Servers DUE MARCH - GBP 24.00 Oliver Bonas


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LOOKING TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN? THESE RETAILERS OFFER CHIC AND STYLISH SOLUTIONS TO CREATE THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS Hamilton Kitchens Ltd Warmlake Business Estate, Maidstone Road, Sutton Valence, Maidstone ME17 3LQ 01622 844897 www.hamiltonkitchens.co.uk At Hamilton Kitchen’s they pride themselves on a passion for kitchen design. With over 15 years of experience in design and installation they are responsible for some of the very best kitchens available today, with an approach to look and style that surpasses expectation, and an ability to turn your requirements into the focal point of any home. Guy Hamilton has a 20 year background of working with and understanding wood, and will ensure you benefit from this experience. They leave nothing to chance, from personally selecting the exact piece of granite for a worktop

through to personal supervision of each installation. Their showroom is located just outside Maidstone with easy access and plenty of parking. Kitchen Designer, Guy Hamilton began designing kitchens in 1999 bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to any kitchen design. They are able to undertake complete projects including building work and decoration.

Neptune Canterbury The Oust, Wincheap Road, Canterbury CT1 3TY 01227 209300 www.neptune.com Kitchens are so much more than a place to cook. They’re where families come to feast, forage and flop. Where we gather together at the beginning and the end of the day, catch up with our friends over coffee, chat with our children over homework, and enjoy the simple pleasures of a good meal shared. They really are the heartbeat of a home and that’s why Neptune love designing them. And because your Neptune kitchen will last a lifetime, getting better with age, it can be moved around or customised to suit any stage in your life. A bespoke kitchen without the bespoke price tag.


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Ream Kitchens Ream, 10 Matilda Close, Gillingham ME8 0PY 01634 799909 www.ream.co.uk At Ream they do their best to help take the stress out of designing a kitchen, leaving you free to enjoy your new space. From a traditional country kitchen to a sleek, minimal, ultra modern space, their designers are on hand to create a bespoke kitchen design based on the space available, as well as how you want to interact with it. They understand that everyone uses their kitchen space differently. A family home may require a safe, welcoming space to spend time together and enjoy delicious family meals. If you love entertaining guests then you need a kitchen with social spaces perfect for wining and dining friends. In a small kitchen storage is essential and multi-use, time saving appliances are a great way to keep things moving.

Potts Ltd Kiln Barn Road, East Malling ME19 6BQ 01732 848444 www.potts.ltd.uk Potts are here to stretch your imagination and provide you with innovative suggestions and designs for the very best in bathrooms and kitchens. Each kitchen or bathroom installation, whether fitted by yourself or by their expert team, is custom created to suit your every requirement in materials, finish and functionality. The focus at Potts is on providing you with custom bathrooms and kitchens of the very highest standards, and to make sure that all of the fixtures and fittings that can be used as part of their luxury bespoke bathrooms and kitchens in Kent use only the best quality materials available.

Alon Interiors Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, Ashford TN23 1EJ 01732 843900 www.aloninteriors.co.uk Following Alon Interiors recent success with the grand opening of their second showroom in Ashford, they are happy to announce their January sale. Alon Interiors will be offering 10% off kitchen furniture for all customers*. So if you have a project and don’t know where to start? Alon Interiors aims to fulfil your every need, using a combination of their fantastic 3D drawing package and vast ranges, hoping you will leave their showroom excited and inspired. So if you haven’t already come down to check out the new ranges for 2017 and their great range of modern appliances, then feel free to pop in for a coffee and discuss your project with one of the Alon team. *When mentioning this feature. T&C’s apply. Offer ends 31.01.17


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Be inspired by Denim Drift REAM HELPS YOU WORK OUT WAYS TO WORK WITH 2017’S NEW COLOUR


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enim Drift is a soft, diverse foundation for 2017 trend palettes and underlines the theme of “Life in a new light”. Representing the times we live in with different textures and materials to stand

out and take centre stage. Ten tonal colour pallets have been developed featuring a spectrum of blues and tones to compliment Denim Drift. The smokey calming grey-blue can appeal in any room in your home.

Ways to work with Denim Drift in your home TWO TONE

Lara, Ream Kitchen Designer in Gillingham says “The versatility of Denim Drift is everywhere. In the kitchen, utilising deep rich blues on the base cabinets or central island offers a statement piece.” Lara adds, “Warm the grey-blue colours up with soft browns from rustic timber and natural earthy colours too. The calmer greys work well in dresser cabinets.”

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Denim drift is a restful shade which is relaxing in our increasingly hectic, technology-dominated lives where there is no dividing line between work and personal life. Creating a modern twist using layers and depth can work well in areas of the home where dining, home working and the living area, work seamlessly at different levels. Do you want to refresh your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom this year? Visit Ream today and speak to one of their experienced designers to get creative and transform your Ream room.

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Paul, Ream’s Bedroom Designer says “A recent Ream client used a fresh approach by mixing Denim Drift with light reflecting cream and white, adding accents of colour with their accessories to create a beautiful, bright and airy bedroom. Mixing textures with soft cushions, linen curtains and a plush bed throw add comfort and tranquillity.”

Visit www.ream.co.uk Pop into their showroom at: Ream Gillingham 10-11 Matilda Close, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0PY Call one of Ream’s friendly team: 01634 799912 Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 9am – 5pm


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Lismore small clock £85.00 Waterford Phalaenopsis artificial plant £72.00 SIA Home Fashion


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RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE BY SHREDDING IT FOR MULCH

There are several types of conifer that can be brought indoors for decorating at Christmas. Most are available as cut trees, but container grown and containerised trees (dug up with roots and plunged into pots) are also available. Remember to ask your supplier where the trees come from, and to choose a locally sourced and grown tree, or one that has at least been grown in the UK rather than abroad. When displaying trees indoors, avoid placing them too close to a fire or radiator, as this will cause excessive moisture loss and needle drop. 


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CLEAN POTS AND GREENHOUSES READY FOR SPRING

Cleaning greenhouses, gutters and water butts Set aside a good day for the task, ideally in dry, calm weather, then; 1. Remove plants – a sheltered area with fleece protection is a suitable area to hold plants while cleaning is carried out 2. Brush or vacuum to remove all debris for destruction or removal from the garden 3. Clean the structural parts with disinfectant or detergent (hot solutions are often best – consult manufacturers directions for use): Hydrogen peroxide based products, often sold for veterinary purposes, are especially benign to users and the environment; Garden disinfectants, such as Jeyes fluid, are satisfactory; Specialist greenhouse cleaners, such as Just Glasshouse Cleaner and Growing Success Concentrated Greenhouse Cleaner, are also available; Domestic cleaning products may be used 4. Glazing material should also be washed inside and out, but for plastic materials test on a small inconspicuous area first to be sure the cleaning material does not damage the glazing. Scrub off any old shade paint on the outside of the glass from the summer 5. Ease out dirt trapped between panes using a flexible scraper such as plastic plant label 6.Replace broken parts such as vent controllers and draught excluders. GARDENING SECTION


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DIG OVER ANY VACANT PLOTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DUG ALREADY

Soil cultivation or digging may be hard work but, if taken slowly, it need not be back-breaking. In fact, here we describe how it can often be omitted or at least minimised. All bare soil is suitable for cultivating (or digging). However, digging around plants is best avoided as it damages roots and so can be harmful. Soil cultivation (or digging) is mainly carried out to bury weeds and debris. This is usually followed by surface preparation for sowing and planting. Cultivation improves soil structure by alleviating compaction, plus it offers the chance to apply fertiliser, manure and lime.

REPAIR AND RE-SHAPE LAWN EDGES

In mid-spring (often late March to April), use a proprietary spring or summer lawn fertiliser at the manufacturer’s recommended rates. Feeding the lawn will increase vigour and help prevent weeds and moss from establishing. Apply fertilisers when the soil is moist, or when rain is expected. If grass loses its vigour and freshness between late spring and late summer (often May to August), repeat the application of spring or summer lawn fertiliser or apply 15g per sq m (½oz per sq. yd) sulphate of ammonia mixed with four times its weight dry soil. Mixing with soil ensures even distribution and avoids scorching the grass. Apply this mixture in cool, moist conditions and lightly water it in. As an organic alternative, use chicken manure pellets. Repeat fertiliser application a third time if needed six to eight weeks later.

INSPECT STORED TUBERS OF DAHLIA, BEGONIA AND CANNA FOR ROTS OR DRYING OUT

Cannas, dahlias and pelargoniums (commonly known as geraniums) can be lifted and stored in a semi-dormant state over winter. Where lifting and storing are not necessary, then thick, dry mulch over the crown of non-woody plants may be all that is needed for winter protection.

PRUNE APPLE AND PEAR TREES

Before getting started, remember: Take your time and stay safe - if you need to go up a ladder, consider investing in a special fruit tripod ladder that will let you get nice and close to the branches (great for picking fruit too). A sharp pair of secateurs and quality pruning saw can make all the difference.

START FORCING RHUBARB

Rhubarb needs an open, sunny site with moist, but free-draining soil as it hates being waterlogged in winter. Avoid frost pockets as stems are susceptible to frost. It can be grown from seed, but it’s more common to plant dormant crowns between autumn and spring. Prepare the ground by digging in two bucketfuls per square metre/yard of well-rotted manure, then spread out the roots and plant so the tip of the crown is just visible above the soil.

PLAN YOUR VEGETABLE CROP ROTATIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON

The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year. This helps to reduce a build-up of cropspecific pest and disease problems and it organises groups of crops according to their cultivation needs.

KEEP PUTTING OUT FOOD AND WATER FOR HUNGRY BIRDS By putting out additional food, gardeners can make a significant contribution to supporting wildlife over winter.

MAKE A POLYTHENE SHELTER FOR OUTDOOR PEACHES AND NECTARINES

Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease of peaches, almonds, nectarines and occasionally apricots, which causes severely distorted leaves, making them fall prematurely. GARDENING SECTION


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Clarkes Furnishers 33 Sandling Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 2RF 01622 753073 www.clarkesfurnishers.co.uk Clarkes is Maidstone’s largest furniture showroom, showcasing beautiful, luxury furniture from a collection of the world’s best known furniture brand names and manufacturers. Whether you’re decorating your lounge, renovating your home or simply looking for style ideas Clarkes can help. Houses come in all shapes, sizes and styles and that’s why we stock a fashionable, eclectic range of furniture to suit any space. If you’re creating a contemporary dining room, browsing for the perfect sofas, looking for a better night’s sleep or you’re simply searching for comfort, support and practicality Clarkes have it all. Clarkes offers a huge range of upholstery that you can browse in store or online, but we always suggest visiting our beautiful bright showroom where one of our furniture experts can help you with the allimportant choices. We understand how important it is to find the right seating for your home, and at Clarkes we source only high quality upholstery from time honoured craftsmen, who are skilled in using fine fabrics and top gradeleathers in a vast variety of colours.

K Spray Limited Unit 7 Henwood Industrial Estate, Grove Business Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8AB 01233 877 020 www.ksprayltd.co.uk Creating Bespoke Finishes... K Spray Limited is an established paint spraying company offering a range of finishing and joinery services. Business owners Kristian Smith and Dean Wright are passionate about delivering the very best finishes to products and equally the best customer service. Their reputation and experience within the industry has seen them work on some very exciting commercial projects all over the country as well working locally within their communities - Kings Hill & Bexley - respraying kitchens and other domestic pieces. Most of the work is carried out at their factory, which includes two state of the art spray centres - based in Ashford, but they have the facilities to undertake certain work on site or within clients homes. Since opening over 3 years ago K Spray have kept a loyal client base, expanded premises and the business has gone from strength to strength. They keep on top of growing trends are always looking for new ways keep up with the ever evolving world of design. Please visit the website for more information or feel free to get in touch and discuss your needs.


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KINGSBRIDGE aspirational family living XXXXXXXX n an age where appearance is everything, the external and internal design of a house has become increasingly more important in homebuyers’ decisions when purchasing a property. Great design is an element that award-winning home builder Countryside is synonymous with. Having recently launched the show homes at its Kingsbridge development, in the soughtafter village of Headcorn, attention to detail is highly apparent. Cindy De Vos, Creative Director at The Open Door Company explains how they thoughtfully designed the interiors of the show home to create sophisticated, yet comfortable, aspirational family living at Kingsbridge. Cindy comments: “We have designed the

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show home to be adaptable for all types of living, with an emphasis on style and elegance that is comfortable for all. With the colour palette, we took inspiration from the local area which resulted in a contemporary, yet warm and cosy feel.” Andrew Loveday, Sales Director at Countryside comments: “Show homes are an integral part of the marketing of any development, giving a real insight into the living space and feel of the homes on the development. It is an excellent opportunity for purchasers to be inspired by an interior designer’s ideas and tips on how to maximise space and layout. The new show home at Kingsbridge is a fantastic representation of what homebuyers can aspire to.”

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Set in the Low Weald of Kent, this traditional yet stylish development is cohesive with its scenic rural surroundings. Kingsbridge comprises a selection of 29 high-quality three and four bedroom homes. Tailored to the necessities of modern lifestyles, the homes at Kingsbridge have been beautifully designed in a traditional architectural style

with an excellent specification. Designed to maximise natural light and space, many homes include impressive open plan ground floor layouts and are all fitted with contemporary style kitchens and highquality bathroom suites. The new homes have been planned with a comfortable community setting in mind; ideal for family living.

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FIVE YEARS ON & THE JOURNEY has only just begun PUBLISHER AND FOUNDER OF MMM, RASA DREGVA, TAKES A LOOK BACK AT THE CREATION AND EVOLUTION OF YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTY MAGAZINE

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hey say the mightiest oaks grow from the smallest acorns – and that has never been truer of mmm. It must have been around six years ago that the seed was planted in my mind that there was a place in the Kent market for a quality magazine aimed at the Maidstone and Medway area. It was perhaps inevitable that the working title would be mmm – Maidstone and Medway Magazine – and it proved so catchy, it would become the brand you know so well today. Looking across the county's publications, there was a trend towards titles aimed at very localised markets. I spoke and got some great advice from Nick Moore who was behind the So Tunbridge Wells title. He agreed there was scope and gave the seal of approval for my business plan. It was the blessing of a publication already in the market that swelled confidence in my plans to go it alone. Having worked in local media for ten years, I was well aware of the needs

“” If you do it from the heart, it will work Michael Watson

and demands of businesses facing some of the toughest economic challenges in recent years, so my aim was simple – deliver a quality title and make it a publication that was perfect for businesses to get their message out to the widest possible audience. The first few issues were a blur of hitting deadlines, working out page designs and lay-outs. I had some wonderful friends and previous clients who supported me and helped get mmm off the ground. To them I will always be grateful. There was one memorable moment which has stayed with me ever since. I was attending an event at the Mercure Great Danes in Maidstone where the special guest was boxer Michael Watson. You may remember he had been involved in a WBO super-middle weight title fight with Chris Eubank in 1991. He suffered terrible brain injuries during the course of the bout and defied the odds to simply survive. His tale of recovery is truly inspirational. We sat together on a sofa at the hotel and I explained I had just launched mmm. He turned to me and, speaking in a slow voice, said simply, “Rasa, if you do it from the heart, it will work.” 


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I must admit it is something which I often take strength from. It quickly became apparent that mmm's popularity was breaking out of its Medway and Maidstone heartland. We had advertisers coming to us from Swale to Ashford and they were only increasing in numbers. So mmm dropped its geographic limitations and became a truly countywide publication. It is something we did not expect but were keen to embrace. And as our circulation grew, so did our popularity.

Everywhere I went I took copies of our magazine. A regular visitor to Goodwood for its extraordinary Festival of Speed and other events, I would mingle with the great and the good, and the magazine always drew admiring glances – even from Lord March, the founder of the festival! I brushed shoulders with the likes of Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman, the Small Faces' Kenney Jones loved mmm, and flashed its pages at events such as the prestigious Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace and London.


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I also had a fascinating chat with Anthony Russell, grandson of Lady Baillie, the last private owner of Leeds Castle. He was lyrical about his remarkable childhood, spending time with a castle as a playground. Admittedly there was a rather embarrassing incident when I was at the Village Hotel being introduced to a gentleman who asked my name. I introduced myself and then asked who he was. There were plenty of laughs from nearby when it was pointed out that this was the guest of honour at the event – the former Arsenal and Tottenham goalkeeper Pat Jennings – one of the legends of the game and a World Cup hero!

“” Everywhere I went I took copies of mmm

Creating mmm has been something of a rollercoaster ride over the years, but the highs have always outweighed the challenges and it remains something I am immensely proud of. I hope you would agree we have grown considerably over the last five years. And this is only the start of the journey. Feedback from you will help shape our future, so please never hesitate to get in touch. We always love hearing from you. And to all those we have interviewed, who have helped us, who have advertised with us, I owe an enormous debt of gratitude. So here's to the first five years – now raise a glass to the next five! mmm


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February half-term family fun Little ones can run wild at Ightham Mote this half-term on the tree-sure hunt trail around the garden. Those looking for an adventure can pick up a winter activity pack full of fun ideas and tips for playing outside. You could make a trail with sticks, create some wild art or even go hunting for wild animals. Open daily throughout half-term, 10am-3.30pm. Normal admission applies, 50p per tree-sure hunt, £2 per winter activity pack.

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Monumental tree walks Wander beneath the monumental trees in Knole Park on a guided walk this half-term. Explore the woodland, learn about the ancient trees that cover the landscape and experience different views of the historic park and house. Those after a short stroll can head to the Brewhouse Café for a hot drink after an hour, whilst the walk continues for those after a brisk and bracing ramble. Saturday 18 February, walks depart 2pm. Free event (suggested donation £2). Family workshop - porcelain painting Be inspired by Lady Betty Germain's china collection at Knole and decorate your own porcelain mug to take home. This workshop will take place in the new Hayloft Learning Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who are also welcome to participate. All materials are supplied. Workshops run on 15 & 16 February, 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Price £5, booking essential on 0844 249 1895.

CHARTWELL Child of the Commons family trail Tackle the family trail around the gardens to discover fascinating facts about Sir Winston Churchill’s political career. Pop into the winter exhibition after to delve deeper into his story. Daily during February half-term, 10am-4pm. Free event, normal admission applies. Fiftieth anniversary exhibition In 1966 Chartwell opened its doors to the public for the first time. Now 50 years later this exhibition tells the story through the eyes of local communities and artwork created by schools. Daily during February half-term, 11am-4pm. Free event, normal admission applies.

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180 years of Scotney Join us for a series of activities and events to mark the 180th anniversary of the first stone being laid for the new house. See the original plans for the building and the architect’s model. Those inspired by the historic findings will have the chance to consider how to capture history in their own time capsule. Daily during February half-term, 11am-4pm. Free event, normal admission applies.

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International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition Brighten up your half-term with a visit to an exhibition of the very best amateur and professional garden photography from across the world, brought to life by the Sissinghurst gardeners using plants from the garden. Unseen images from their archive will be on display in the tower at the same time. Daily during half-term, 11am-4pm. Combined entry £6.70 per person, members enter for free.

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The National Trust looks after more than 600,000 acres of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: www. nationaltrust.org.uk For more information on National Trust events, please visit the website at www.nationaltrust. org.uk/events

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H New i10 introduces the Hyundai family’s new Cascading grille Integrated 7” touchscreen navigation with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and LIVE services on Premium SE

yundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the New i10, the latest iteration of its multi awardwinning city car. External changes to the New i10 include the first implementation of the new Cascading grille, a feature which will define the exterior design of future Hyundai models. The redesigned front bumper also includes updated LED Daytime Running Lights on Premium and Premium SE models. At the rear, the New i10 is also characterised by an evolved bumper design with a black inlay, round fog lights and refreshed rear lights with a darker housing for a sportier look. Redesigned side mouldings with a new shape and size round off the New i10’s fresh profile. New i10 also introduces two new safety technologies to the i10 range, with Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) forming the Driver Assist Pack, available as

an option on SE, Premium and Premium SE trim. Using a forward facing camera, LDWS alerts the driver with an audible warning if the vehicle moves over lane markings, whilst FCWS acts to warn the driver with a visual and audible alarm if a collision risk arises from another vehicle. The New i10 also makes advanced technology available to more people than ever before. Responding to customer demand for simple connectivity features, the New i10 Premium SE includes the latest connectivity features, all integrated into the new seven-inch touchscreen navigation system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto guarantee seamless integration, safe operation and mirrored functionality of mobile devices based on iOS or the Android operating system. In order to be up-to-date, the New i10 Premium SE’s navigation system comes with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering real-time traffic and weather conditions, points of interest as well as the position of speed cameras in countries where this is permitted by law. a MOTORS SECTION


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Customers do not even have to choose: the New i10 Premium SE is the only car in its class to offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and LIVE Services in a single infotainment system. The handling of New i10 has a modified steering gear ratio for a more direct feel, whilst the larger front shock absorber bump stops enhance both ride comfort and lower suspension noise transmission into the cabin. Prices will start from £9,250 for the i10 S, which includes new 14” steel wheels and wheel covers, a rear spoiler with integrated brake light, electric front windows and remote central locking as standard. It features a new black cloth interior, with grey dashboard insert. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Programme, Brake Assist System and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. The i10 S is available with the 1.0 3-cylinder Kappa engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. i10 SE, from £10,500, builds on the S specification, adding body-coloured door handles and mirrors, with heating and electrical adjustment, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and DAB radio. i10 SE is also available with optional blue or red interior trim as a no cost alternative to the standard black cloth trim. It introduces the Driver Assist Pack two new safety features for the model Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning. i10 SE has the option of three powertrains - the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Kappa engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, or the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa engine available with a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. The i10 SE Blue, available from £10,900, shares the generous equipment levels of the SE, whilst delivering range leading economy. The i10 SE Blue features a combination of Intelligent Stop Go, and a unique weight saving 4 seat interior with 13” steel wheels and wheel covers, MOTORS SECTION


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allowing the i10 SE Blue’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Kappa engine to achieve 70.6 mpg combined. i10 Premium now features privacy glass as standard, which alongside a new design of 14” alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights, increases the New i10’s external visual appeal even further. Interior comfort is also increased, with climate control, and a leather steering wheel and gear knob also available. Enhancements continue with the new connectivity features of DAB radio and a smartphone docking station now introduced at Premium specification. The i10 Premium is available with a choice of three powertrains- the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Kappa engine with 5 speed manual transmission, or the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa engine with a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. i10 Premium prices start from £11,200. With prices from £12,800, the range topping i10 Premium SE builds on the specification enhancements of

Premium, with the introduction of a 7” touchscreen with Navigation and DAB radio. The fully integrated system also offers LIVE services, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, making i10 Premium SE the only car in its class to offer all 3 in a single infotainment system. i10 Premium SE is available with the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa engine with a choice of a 5 speed manual, or 4 speed automatic transmission. The New i10 will be offered in a range of nine vibrant exterior colours in solid, metallic and pearl finishes. The solid colour range comprises Morning Blue and Polar White, while the metallic range is made up of Aqua Sparkling, Iced Coffee, Sleek Sliver and Star Dust. Customers desiring pearl colours can choose between Mandarin Orange, Passion Red and Phantom Black. Black cloth interior is the standard New i10 upholstery, with both Blue and Red cloth available on SE, Premium and Premium SE trim. MOTORS SECTION


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he Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona this weekend saw the unveiling of the latest model to join the ranks of Ferrari’s prestigious international Challenge racing series for clients. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series which, in 2017, celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there are now up to three series organised on three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in

Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 488 Challenge is the first ever turbo-charged model to race and is the most powerful Challenge car ever, powered by the 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 derived from the series production engine that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award. Thanks to extensive development of the car’s engine, aerodynamics and chassis, the 488 Challenge reaches new levels of performance, chopping a second off the Fiorano lap time of the preceding 458 Challenge EVO for a new record of 1’15.5”. Compared to the production 488 GTB V8,a

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the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimised for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios. The variable torque management has been modified to prompt the driver to shift up at the ideal moment during longitudinal acceleration, thus making maximum use of the performance characteristics of the turbo engine. The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight. To enable Challenge drivers to tailor the car’s handling to their driving style to an even higher degree, the vehicle control functions (traction and braking) are now governed independently thanks to the adoption of three manettinos. One is dedicated just to braking, while the other two, set either side of the steering wheel, govern the traction control and electronic differential. These two manettinos regulate the two phases of traction control, meaning they work independently on when and how the intervention activation occurs. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs ‘when’, in other words the point

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These two manettinos regulate the two phases of traction control, meaning they work independently on when and how the intervention activation occurs. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs ‘when’, in other words the point of intervention under acceleration. The left-hand one (TC2) instead governs ‘how’, controlling the degree of intensity of torque reduction as it senses the rear wheels spin.

of intervention under acceleration. The left-hand one (TC2) instead governs ‘how’, controlling the degree of intensity of torque reduction as it senses the rear wheels spin. In such a race-oriented application, the combined action of the two regulations provides a greater integration between the driver’s expectations and the vehicle’s response, especially when referred to the varying conditions met during racing. As a result the average acceleration out of a reference bend (Monza) is improved by 11.6%, thanks to the better torque delivery controlled by the evolved traction control and differential. The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car regard the aerodynamics. To achieve the technical objective of increasing the car’s aero efficiency while respecting the design, the engineers worked closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre. The front radiator layout was completely reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This solution improves the air flow over the radiators in racing conditions whilst, at the same time, reducing drag. The new layout required new vents at the bottom of the bumper ahead of the wheels.


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lfa Romeo announces competitive CAP residual values for the eagerlyanticipated all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia. In the UK, CAP forecast over the course of three years and 60,000 miles, the all-new Giulia will hold a competitive residual value of up to 38.2%. When compared against the competition, the all-new Giulia performs strongly, with the Alfa Giulia 2.2 JTDm-2 180 Speciale securing better CAP residual value percentage (37% based on 3 years and 60,000 miles) than rivals BMW 3 Series 320d MSport and the Mercedes-Benz C Class c220d AMG Line. This strong residual value means the allnew Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available on Business Contract Hire with a starting rental of £269+VAT per month and a competitive profile of 6+23 months and 10,000 miles pa. The top-of-the-range Giulia Quadrifoglio, powered by a new 510hp, 600Nm Bi-Turbo V6 petrol engine, with an eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission as standard, and featuring

sector first AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system, also received a competitive CAP residual value of 38.2% based on 3 years and 60,000 miles. Francis Bleasdale, Fleet and Business Sales Director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK, said: ‘These figures reflect the confidence the industry places on the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia and we’re delighted to not only be competing but surpassing our competitors. With eye-catching Italian styling, efficient engine and driver technologies, a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and a Euro NCAP Five Star rating – the highest score ever achieved the new Alfa Romeo Giulia is a complete choice for business and retail customers.’ Andrew Mee, Senior Forecast Editor at CAP said: ‘“With the introduction of the new Giulia, Alfa Romeo has created an interesting and credible alternative to established models from premium brands. The marque’s sporty DNA flows through the vehicle, from the long bonnet, coupe like lines and muscular rear, to the rear wheel drive. The interior is driver focusedd,

with supportive seating, high quality materials and an uncluttered dashboard. The cap-hpi gold book forecasts reflect this fresh approach, attention to detail, and relatively low anticipated registration volumes, all of which should result in the Giulia being a desirable future used car.” The Giulia range includes comprehensive interior and exterior standard specification across the range, as well as new efficient active safety systems, including Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian recognition, Integrated Brake System and Lane Departure Warning – all of which have contributed to the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia being awarded a prestigious Five Star Euro NCAP rating, with 98% protection result for adult occupants – making it the highest score ever achieved by a car, despite the more severe Euro NCAP evaluation system introduced in 2015. This announcement follows news that the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia has won the prestigious Car of the Year accolade at the Auto Europa 2017 awards. Surpassing the competition, the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia was recognised for its technological excellence and distinctive Italian style. MOTORS SECTION


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An advanced stereo Vision Positioning System (VPS) gives the Phantom 4 precise hovering, even without satellite positioning support, making it easier and safer to fly. The VPS also allows it to brake instantly and hover when joystick controls are released. If disturbed during a hover, it will track the Phantom 4’s movement and return it to its original hovering point. The Phantom 4’s magnesium skeleton reduces weight while keeping stiffness at a maximum to minimize vibration. The new core design lifts the center of gravity closer to the Phantom 4’s heart, improving balance, making it more agile and impressively precise. Switching flight modes to meet your needs, whether you are looking for simplicity and intelligent navigation, speed or smooth cinematic movements is easy. From £1,229.00 http://store.dji.com

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Kent business news SHOWCASE CINEMA DE LUX BLUEWATER SET FOR EXPANSION Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater will unveil four new screens in late 2017, adding to their existing 13 auditoriums. Every new seat will be a fully customisable electric recliner, giving guests the opportunity to lie back and relax whilst watching the latest blockbusters. As part of the expansion, a large format XPlus auditorium will be added, with a supersized, giant screen that will provide crystal clear projection, ultrasharp image quality and the brightest 3D experience, as well as a Dolby Atmos™ sound system, the ultimate multidimensional sound experience. As part of a multi-million pound investment in cinema innovation across the UK, the expansion will utilise the previous Glow location space at the shopping centre, connecting to the existing cinema via a link bridge, and compliment the cinema’s refurbishment in 2014. The expansion is set to be completed in September 2017. Duncan Short, Senior Vice President, US & International Operations, Showcase Cinemas comments, “We are committed to leading innovation within the industry, and the expansion and upgrade of our flagship Bluewater Cinema de Lux will further enhance its standing as one of the finest cinemas in the UK.” Mark Barlow, General Manager of Showcase Cinemas UK added, “Showcase Cinema de Lux in Bluewater is hugely popular with our guests. The expansion will offer even more people the opportunity to enjoy the best cinema experience in unrivalled comfort. The introduction of an IMAX to Bluewater in 2013 and refurbishment in 2014 proved very popular, and we look forward to the additional screens opening next year.”

ASHFORD’S VISITOR ECONOMY SURGES Ashford’s visitor economy continues to thrive, with research commissioned by Visit Kent showing that Ashford saw a 6% increase in attraction spend in 2015. Visits to the district rose to 4.3 million trips, with 3.9 million day trips and nearly half a million overnight trips. The total number of jobs supported by tourism rose by 3.54% to 5,482. This equates to one in 10 of all jobs in Ashford. The total value of tourism across the borough, including all visitor spending, as well as associated and indirect spending was £278 million. The tourism picture was also rosy across the county in 2015, despite the challenges presented by Operation Stack and poor weather during the summer. Kent welcomed more than 60 million visitors in 2015, and the visitor economy’s value rose to £3.6 billion. Cllr Clair Bell, portfolio holder for borough presentation, said: “Ashford’s thriving visitor economy and the value of tourism in the borough cannot be underestimated. Ashford accounts for thousands of jobs and contributes significantly to Kent’s economy. The tourism action plan that was implemented following the tourism review, along with the prestigious National Tourism Symposium, hosted by Ashford and held at Eastwell Manor last year together with the launch of the wine trail in Tenterden, have all helped to raise the borough’s profile as a tourist destination. “We have achieved a great deal and these latest figures show we are moving in the right direction.” Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, said: “In the coming years the town will have a new Chapel Down brewery, an expanded Designer Outlet Centre as well as a boutique cinema and hopefully the Model Railway Education Centre, which will all help to put Ashford on the map as an exciting and vibrant place to experience.” LOCAL NEWS


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KENT, THE GaRDEN oF ENGLaND Visit Kent officially launched its Connecting Kent’s Heritage Railways project on Friday 9th December with a special reception at the historic East Kent Railway. Representatives from five of Kent’s tourist railway lines joined Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mark Dance and Visit Kent Chief Executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh for afternoon tea aboard the vintage buffet carriage at Eythorne station, near Dover. Earlier this year, Visit Kent successfully bid for £75,000 from the Department for Transport’s Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation Fund to help boost the profile of the county’s heritage railways. Working in partnership with Southeastern Railway and five heritage railways, the campaign will bring ‘the old and the new’ together by improving the historic network’s digital presence and forging closer links with the modern rail operators. Sandra-Matthews Marsh MBE, Chief Executive of Visit Kent said: “Kent has a wonderful heritage rail network, each offering something different – from dining experiences on steam trains, to taking tea on retro diesel engines or exploring the coast on a miniature railway.”

LUCy PoRTERCoNSEQUENCES Lucy Porter has announced a new UK tour for 2016/2017 titled ‘Consequences’. It’s a heartfelt and hilarious show that includes personal revelation, political observation and general reflection. This tour follows a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Lucy has performed consistently popular solo shows for 15 years now - her first was in 2001 - although she had a quick break in the middle to pop out two children. The tour takes on 32 dates and starts on 30th September at Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre culminating on 11th February 2017 at Milton Keynes, The Stables. Lucy is a familiar face from TV (QI, Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks) and has a voice that you’ll know if you listen to Radio 4 (The Unbelievable Truth, The Now Show, The News Quiz). Since the 1990s, Lucy has been caught up in the dazzling world of showbiz, rubbing shoulders with big-name stars from both the UK and Hollywood celebrity circuits. In ‘Consequences’ she ignores all that and shares her searing insights into life as a suburban mother of two, stalwart of the local pub quiz team, and wife to a giant with a passion for home-brewing.

MUSICaL FIRST FoR KINGS HILL CoNTRoL ToWER After several years of careful restoration, the iconic Control Tower at Kings Hill is well on its way to becoming one of Kent’s key cultural centres. It is already being used to exhibit artwork by professional artists in a thoughtfully curated changing programme and the space recently came alive with the sound of music for the first time. Virtuoso cellist Richard Harwood gave a solo recital of works by leading film composers as part of Music@Malling - an international festival that brings outstanding music to historic buildings in and around West Malling. “The space is perfect for a number of cultural uses which was our plan when we restored the Control Tower,” said Caroline Binns of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust. “We were delighted to sponsor its LOCAL NEWS

first live musical event for which there was standing room only. “We are currently working with members of the community and art experts to explore other ways in which this shared community space might be used and are hoping to appoint a gallery co-ordinator in due course.” after premiering works by composers including Ennio Morricone, Ernst Toch, Dario Marianelli, John Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch and Frank Ilfman, Richard Harwood said: “It was a great pleasure to perform in the Control Tower and to be the first musician to do so.”


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TUDOR PARK - MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB Carlo Martins’ arrival at Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club as its new Restaurant and Bar Manager made headlines back in his home country of Madeira. The regional daily newspaper, JM, announced his new role on the front cover and devoted a whole page inside celebrating the fact that the hotel in Bearsted was recruiting Madeiran talent. The 36-year-old is now on a mission to strengthen links between Tudor Park in Kent and the stunning Portuguese island. “We have a lot in common, especially the fact that Kent is known as the Garden of England and Madeira is called the Garden of the Atlantic,” he says. “People go to Madeira to play golf and stay in lovely hotels, so I would like to see Madeirans come to Tudor Park to enjoy the hotel and golf, and then explore the

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Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, and new research reveals the important role family businesses play in driving the overall growth and development of the UK economy - particularly in the South East. The annual UK Family Business Sector Report, compiled by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation, reveals family firms are continuing to cement their position as the bedrock of the UK economy, as the sector grows to 4.7 million businesses nationwide. Family businesses in the South East account for 86 per cent of all private sector firms in the region, including businesses such as WTA Group, Osborne, CPJ Field and Reed Recruitment. Additionally, there are almost 756,000 family run firms in the South East, making up over one in 10 of all family businesses across the UK. Speaking about the new report, Elizabeth Bagger Institute for Family Business Executive Director said: “This year’s report really reinforces the immense contribution family firms make to our economy and communities - especially here in the South East, which has a buoyant and thriving family business network. Family firms are here to stay and it is crucial that their value is recognised and championed.” LOCAL NEWS


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A schoolgirl from Kent is fronting a unique TV campaign to raise awareness of Demelza Hospice Care for Children in the South East. Caitlin Goodsell, 11, from Kingswood, Maidstone, who is herself helped by the children’s charity, recites a poem which accompanies a 30-second commercial going out in the Meridian and London region promoting the work of Demelza. The commercial has been made possible thanks to Kent-based Swale Heating generously donating £26,000-worth of their own air-time to the charity, which provides vital care to seriously ill babies, children, young people and their families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. The heating firm is currently advertising its own services around TV favourites such as Coronation Street, Jeremy Kyle and Judge Rinder and is allocating nine of those slots a month for Demelza to use across ITV and Channel 4. Sales Director, Matthew Edwards, says they are always looking for more ways to support such a worthwhile cause. “Demelza is an amazing charity that helps families cope with caring for a very sick child or one with complex needs and we support them by servicing their heating free of charge and displaying their logo on our vans. “We wanted to give them an opportunity to tell

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Three Kent sports clubs are celebrating after each receiving a £250 grant from UK Power Networks, as part of its Team Sport Award Scheme. The Herne Bay Wanderers, Sturry Kings Football Club and the Rebel Runners in Medway were nominated to receive the money by employees Andy Lee, Justin Straffon and Jon Moreton from the power company. Andy who is an engineer for the power company and coaches the Herne Bay Wanderers’ Under 7’s team, said: “I started coaching the team three years ago as my son Alfie plays for them. The squad really needed some new

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more people about their work. Hopefully it will help them reach out to more families in need as well as encourage more people to donate to their fundraising.” In addition to promoting the vital work of the Demelza, the advert prompts viewers to text to donate as the charity is reliant on community generosity to be able to provide care to families in need. Demelza Chief Executive, Ryan Campbell, said: “This is the first time Demelza has advertised on television and we are enormously grateful to Swale Heating for giving us this exciting opportunity. “It will bring our work to the attention of a wide audience and hopefully show them what a vital service we provide to families of children with lifelimiting and life-threatening conditions.” training goals and footballs so I applied for the grant. I couldn’t believe it when we got it, it was such a surprise and we are all so thankful.” The Herne Bay Wanderers aims to develop players to play at the best possible standard, in all areas, and works closely with them to improve their individual and team work skills. The club has four teams ranging from Under 5s to Under 8s. Justin Straffon, who is also an engineer and coaches the Sturry Kings’ Football Club’s Under 7s team, said: “I helped to form the Under 7s team a few years ago, which my son Tylar now plays for. There are now two Under 7s teams and we have to train indoors during the winter months, which requires special indoor footballs, which we needed to buy. “The club received the Team Sport Award grant last year which was a massive help. This year it has gone towards the new footballs, allowing us to prepare for the start of the league, so we are very grateful.” Based just outside of Canterbury the Sturry Kings Football Club has teams for various age groups playing in the Kent F.A. Youth League, and the Faversham Friendly League. Jon Moreton, a field engineer in London, who has been a member of the Rebel Runners in Medway for two years, said previous grants from UK Power Networks had helped the club become more inclusive: “I’m a keen runner with the club and am on the committee and a ‘leader in running fitness’ (LIFR).”


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he story of the museum began in April 1944 when a Spitfire Mark XVI bearing the serial number TB752 was rolled out of the Castle Bromwich factory and was allocated to No. 33 Maintenance Unit at RAF Lyneham. On February 21, 1945 the aircraft was flown to No. 66 Squadron based at Linton-onOuse and given the codes LZ-F. One month later the squadron moved to a forward base at Schijndel in Holland carrying out its first operational sortie on Monday March 19, 1945 with TB752

TB752 in her new home at Manston

flying top cover for bombers from No. 2 Group. During another sortie six days later, the aircraft made a ‘one wheels’ landing sustaining considerable damage. Sent to No. 409 Salvage and Repair Unit, TB752 underwent repairs as well as being upgraded with new guns and several other modifications before being issued to No. 403 (Wolf) Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Flying from the recently captured airfield of Diepholz in Germany, four enemy aircraft fell to her guns in just the space of twelve days. TB752 also laid claim


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to being the last allied ‘combat’ aircraft to have shot down a German ‘combat’ aircraft, an action that was later portrayed in a superb painting by renowned aviation artist Michal Turner appropriately titled ‘Final Victory’. At the end of the war the Spitfire was based at various maintenance units until officially declared ‘non-effective’ stock on December 13th 1954. At around this time, film makers were seeking Spitfires to feature in films such as ‘Reach for the Sky’, the story of Douglas Bader. This bought a new lease of life for TB752 when it was requisitioned to appear in the film. At the end of several months filming in which she appeared in many flying and ground scenes, she returned to ‘non effective’ stock and was flown back to RAF Manston on September 28th 1955. TB752 now began a new life as a gate guardian at the airfield, a position that was to continue until 1978 when a Medway based aircraft restoration company were looking for an aircraft to refurbish. The Medway Aircraft Preservation Society ( MAPS) Ltd began as an aircraft preservation group at Rochester Airport within the newly reformed Medway branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Formed in 1977 by Lewis Deal MBE, the aim of the group at that time was to attempt to bring a flying boat back to Medway in the form of the Science Museum Short Sandringham. This did not happen and the group were actively looking for another aircraft when TB752 came to their notice. By this time, and having been exposed to the elements for many years, the aircraft was looking very sad. Lewis approached the MOD about allowing MAPS to restore her and with permission granted, TB752 arrived in the workshops of MAPS on July 7, 1978. It came with one proviso required by the MOD, that the aircraft had to be returned to Manston by Battle of Britain day September 15, 1979 which gave MAPS just over one year to complete a daunting task. a

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Manston with the museum in the top righthand corner LOCAL HISTORY


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The Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Building

The museums other warbird, the Hawker Hurricane

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The preservation group was broken down into three teams, all of them volunteers, to handle the engine, fuselage and wings respectively. The summer weather helped to progress the restoration at top speed but come the autumn and winter it was a different story. The winter of 1978/9 was a bad one. Heavy frost followed by intense cold and then snow made work intolerable for the volunteers. With very little heating in the workshop and difficulty in blocking the draughts that came with an old building, work continued at a somewhat slower pace. As crisis replaced crisis the date of delivery back to Manston crept even closer. However, the Rochester Air Display in August 1979 saw TB752 rolled out of the workshop for the public to see what progress had been made. She became the star of the show, but there was still a long way to go. Back into the workshop she went for work to continue including spraying the aircraft in green primer. Once this was complete, the time had come to dismantle the aircraft ready for transporting back to Manston. Upon arrival the teams had to reassemble and paint her, and with just two weeks to go before September 15, plans were formulated for the official handover. With the work complete, TB752 looked resplendent in her original RAF paint scheme with No. 66 Squadron. On the day itself over 1,000 people attended and witnessed the rebirth of TB752. Standing proud as the gate guardian of RAF Manston and later flanked by a Canberra and a Javelin, just one thought was in the minds of the MAPS members. After over 8,000 man hours working on it at a cost of around ÂŁ4,000, TB752 could not once again be exposed to the elements. It had to be housed in a purpose built building. a LOCAL HISTORY


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Consultations began which included the then CO of Manston, Wing Commander Colin Campbell, the MOD and members of MAPS. The then chairman of Thanet Council, Councillor John Jones and Wing Commander Campbell launched an appeal to house Kent’s only Spitfire. The donations began to come in and soon reached £5,000. Fund raising days took place and coach companies made sure the Spitfire was included in their local tours. Two legends from the Battle of Britain, Wing Commander Stanford Tuck and Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader gave visible support for the cause which by the autumn of 1980 stood at around £18,000. This was nowhere near the required £30,000 to £35,000 but with the setting up of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with various individuals and companies to cover any shortfall, work began under the capable hands of a local building company, WW Martin (Thanet) Ltd. The building was finally completed in June 1981 when it became known as the ‘Spitfire Hall’. TB752 was out of the cold and was now on view to the public. It became known as ‘The Manston Spitfire’ and during the weeks after the formal opening, no less than 17 pilots who had flown the aircraft were traced and invited to see their ‘old mount’ fully restored. Along with the aircraft, many items associated with the Battle of Britain were also on display. The opening of a shop within the building saw books, pictures, CDs and DVDs and memorabilia for sale, all of which generated income for the maintenance of the building. Later a Hurricane aircraft was refurbished by MAPS and is now housed in an additional building making the duo a permanent memorial to all those brave airmen and women who died or suffered in any way as a result of the war.

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Councillor John Jones and Wing Commander Campbell launched an appeal to house Kent’s only Spitfire. The donations soon reached £5,000.

Since, however, the demise of Manston airfield visitor numbers have dropped dramatically, a fact that threatens the very survival of the Spitfire and Hurricane building together with the very fine cafe known as ‘The Merlin Cafe’. Whereas previously much of the income came from tourists who arrived on coaches as part of the Thanet Tourist Trail, without the flying aspect at Manston the appeal of visiting has sadly decreased. Though there is still a military presence in the form of the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre, the fact that it was once a major fighter airfield in the defence of the country and latterly a Master Diversion Airfield for the RAF seems to have faded from the public’s mind. So too has the museum, and many have the idea that the museum has now closed its doors but this is not so. It continues as a permanent memorial to all those who ensured that today we live in a world of relative security. With the addition of a memorial garden during the 1990’s, where people can sit and reflect on the sacrifices made by the services and especially the RAF, where else in Kent could you find such a fine tribute? The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum needs your help so if you do happen to be in Thanet at any time, pay them a visit. All year entry is free and you will find a wealth of history within its walls, plus, of course, a very warm welcome. mmm By ROBIN J BROOKS

TB752 with Flying Officer Rispler in cockpit when part of No. 403 (Wolf) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force


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THE BEST London Musicals FIND YOUR NEW FAVOURITE WEST END MUSICAL; FROM HEART-WARMING ADAPTATIONS AND AWARD-WINNING SCORES, TO HILARIOUS MUSICAL THEATRE

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

Until 4th February 2018 One of the world’s most beloved characters comes to the stage for the very first time in a brand new production produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a brand new stage play based on the Harry Potter franchise written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K Rowling and is now running at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. The production features a cast of over forty, and is one play presented in two parts intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening), or on two consecutive evenings. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is set “nineteen years later”. The production is directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett. It features set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Imogen Heap, sound by Gareth Fry and special effects by Jeremy Chernick.

HALF A SIXPENCE Until 22nd April 2017 Cameron Mackintosh’s sensational new stage version of the classic British musical Half a Sixpence explodes onto the West End stage following a universally acclaimed run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. This musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semiautobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’, is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites the Tony-nominated book-writer Julian Fellowes with British song-writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, following their previous international success on Mary Poppins. Leading man Charlie Stemp redefines the role originally made famous by Tommy Steele, showing off his impressive singing, dancing and banjo playing that leads to multiple standing ovations at each performance. Stemp became an overnight sensation in the role, alongside the impressive cast of West End leading performers which also includes the Olivier Award nominees Ian Bartholomew and Emma Williams.

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KINKY BOOTS

Until 6th May 2017 Now in its second year in London’s West End, Kinky Boots remains one of the most uplifting musicals in London. After opening on Broadway in 2013 where it went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a score by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, with a book by Broadway comedy legend Harvey Fierstein. Inspired by true events and based on the hit 2005 British film of the same name, this feel-good musical whisks audiences from the factory floors of Northampton to the catwalks of Milan and features stunning costumes, a hilarious book and a powerful message of friendship and acceptance. Book your Kinky Boots tickets, playing at the Adelphi Theatre today.

LES MISÉRABLES

Until 14th October 2017 The West End’s longest running musical, Les Misérables has been enjoyed by over 65 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records as it passes its 30th year in London. The original production, which features direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, continues to run at the Queen’s Theatre, having transferred from the Palace Theatre in April 2004. Featuring a stunning score by Boublil and Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh’s original production opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8th October 1985, where it went on to become a musical theatre phenomenon. Fans of the show continue to revisit this dazzling original that includes hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Bring Him Home” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

IL TROVATORE

Until 9th February 2017 The first revival of David Bösch’s new production for The Royal Opera, with two casts including Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian, Anita Rachvelishvili and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The Count di Luna loves Leonora, but she loves Manrico, the Count’s military enemy. Manrico’s mother Azucena tells him how her mother was burnt to death for supposed witchcraft against the Count’s baby brother. Azucena intended to throw the baby onto the fire – but blinded by revenge she lost her own child to the flames.

JERSEY BOYS

Until 25th March 2017 They were just four ordinary guys from New Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Jersey Boys - The Story Of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, features the hits: December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more. Winner of 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.


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Children’s Half Term Pottery Painting Workshop 14 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017 £8 per person, per session Booking is recommended for all the above events. Children’s events suitable for children aged 7 years or more OPENING TIMES 14 February 2017 - 18 February 2017 10:30 - 12:00 Pick ‘n’ Paint a Pot 68 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate, CT9 2RL Tel: 01843 297778

Camera at Ramsgate Music Hall 15th January The beat hammers like the pulse of a pair of lovers on the run from a gang of thugs – the sound is manic, but from it speaks a seemingly insurmountable inner strength. This arch of tension is home to Camera. Hardly any other band understands how to mutate tiny musical nuances into volcanic eruptions like they do. Camera is a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur at any second. Once you have embarked on this crazy journey, you will be fascinated by the alternating current somewhere between a flash flood and roller coaster running off the rails. The cascades of sound convey a blurry image of a boundless desire to revolt, with each blink of an eye threatening to end in purgatory, yet it is damned near indestructible. Ramsgate Music Hall, 13 Turner Street, CT11 8NJ www.ramsgatemusichall.com / 01732 868381

Commons Family Trail at Chartwell 9th January - 19th February A family trail in the garden and woodland finding out about Churchill’s political career, and leading to their new exhibition. Normal admission applies. Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, TN16 1PS www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell / 01732 868381 EVENTS IN KENT


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Graham Clarke at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 21st January - 18th March

Ruby Turner at Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone 20th January

Artist, author, illustrator and humourist Graham Clarke is one of Britain’s most popular and bestselling printmakers. This entertaining exhibition of etchings, block prints, watercolours and sketchbooks spans 50 years of this prolific Kentish artist’s work, demonstrating his unique style found in national collections, royal palaces, galleries, pubs and private homes across the world. Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, TN16 1PS www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell / 01732 868381

The Vanishing Man at Theatre Royal Margate 21st January Simon Evans and David Aula present ‘The Vanishing Man’. This is a show about magic, but it’s not a magic show. “I’ve been able to work out, deconstruct and rebuild every trick I’ve ever seen. Except this one.” Hugo Cedar was an Edwardian magician known as “The Vanishing Man”; he created the perfect trick and then disappeared forever, but his story lives on. Directors and performers Simon Evans (magical consultant to the NT, Old Vic and Donmar Warehouse, and two-time recipient of the Close Up Magician of the Year award) and David Aula (‘The Cement Garden’, ‘Personal Enemy’, and ‘MEAT’), team up to create a time-hopping, misdirectionabusing, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man, in full sight of his audience, simply ceases to be. This is the story of a magic trick - the greatest one ever performed. Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street, CT9 1PW www.theatreroyalmargate.com / 01843 292795 EVENTS IN KENT

Ruby Turner was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montego Bay. Her Grandfather sang the lead in one of the Island’s Gospel Groups. Moving to England when she was 9, Ruby has lived here ever since. Her career to date has had many unexpected twists and turns with major tours, theatre and TV appearances. And touring with Jools Holland, the future continues to look positive. On 4 June 2012 Ruby performed ‘You Are So Beautiful’ with Jools Holland at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace. In autumn 2012, Ruby was a guest judge on BBC’s ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’ with choirmaster Gareth Malone and in 2013 Ruby was a guest judge on BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise Gospel Choirs of the Year’. Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PL www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Hazlitt-Theatre / 01622 758611


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Ebbsfleet Football Club talk at Gravesend Visitor Centre 28th January Join Paul Harrison for his talk on Ebbsfleet Football Club – take a look back at the history of our local club. Booking is advised as space is limited. To book your place please call. Admission is £3.00 including refreshments. Gravesend Visitor Centre, 18A St George’s Square, Gravesend, TN16 1PS www.visitgravesend.co.uk / 01474 337600

Cirque Enchantment at Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone 28th January This concert style cirque production features stunning choreography, breathtaking vocals and mesmerising circus performers. With an eclectic musical soundtrack including pop, rock and classical, Cirque Enchantment is a stunning family show that will delight you this winter.

Broadstairs Music Recital Society 29th January Act to be confirmed. The society hopes to encourage live music making, with emphasis on young and local musicians and singers. Tickets: on the door £13, Members £11 and Students with ID £5. For tickets & further details please call. York Street Methodist Church, York Street, Broadstairs, CT10 1PB www.broadstairsmusic.org.uk / 01843 601999

Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PL www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Hazlitt-Theatre / 01622 758611

Start the New Year with a real test to blow away the holiday cobwebs! Approximately 2.4 Mile Road Run – 7.5 Mile Off Road Bike Ride – 4.5 Mile Cross Country Run 1st section: Road run - 2.4 miles on the promenade 2nd section: 7.5 miles on the bike - HELMETS MUST BE WORN, NO HELMET NO RACE - After mildly flat grass for one mile, you will come onto the farmland part of the course. This will be two laps. You must dismount and run with your bike to the changeover area. Teams will change over at the end of this area. 3rd section: 2nd run - 4.5 miles, over one lap of the same route as the bike section, but with a little variation of the ditches, dykes and small hills. Prices to be confirmed.Advanced Entry: Individual £30, Team of 2 £45, Team of 3 £50 On the day Entry (if available – entry limit 200): Individual £35, Team of 2 £50, Team of 3 £55 Minnis Bay, The Parade, Birchington CT7 9LX. Tel: 01843 862554 EVENTS IN KENT


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Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Kent is hosting its first Burns Night celebration Friday 27 January 2017 This spectacular event will combine an overnight stay in five star luxury accommodation with a tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. A non-residential option is also available. Providing a picturesque location, Hever Castle is a fitting place to enjoy all the formal pomp and ceremony one would expect at a traditional Burns Night supper. Guests will enjoy drinks and dinner in the elegant Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant, with a bagpiper commencing the evening’s entertainment. An informal knees-up to a Ceilidh band will then keep the party going into the wee small hours of the morning. Residential guests will be transported back to the luxury accommodation for a well-deserved sleep following the festivities. In the morning a delicious breakfast will be served, followed by a private guided tour of Hever Castle. To book or for any further information please email events@hevercastle.co.uk or call us on 01732 861800

Regent’s Park Theatre presents PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Tuesday 31 JAN - Saturday 4 FEB An acclaimed version of the romantic classic. By Jane Austen. In an adaptation by Simon Reade. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” As the Bennet sisters search for love, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match. Following sell-out performances at Regent’s Park Theatre (producers of the recent smash-hit To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord Of The Flies) Pride And Prejudice features the Olivier award-winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice And Men, Cold Blood, Bleak House, Stars In Their Eyes) as Mr Bennet and Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Durrells) as Mrs Bennet. Celebrating the legacy of Jane Austen as we approach her bicentennial, this is Austen “still dazzling after 200 years” (The Observer). Evenings: 7.30pm Thu & Sat matinees: 2.30pm TICKETS (bkg fees apply*) Fri & Sat performances: Premier Seats: £34.50 £30, £27.50, £25, £22 Tue-Thu performances: Premier Seats: £32.50 £28, £25.50, £23, £20 EVENTS IN KENT

DISCOUNTS Concessions: £2 off top three prices (Tue-Thu) The Marlowe Friends: £5 off top three prices (Tue-Thu) Discovery Tickets (for 16-26yrs & full-time students): £8 (Tue & Wed, limited availability, bkg fees apply*) Groups: Bring 10 or more people and get 10% off. Bring 25 or more people and get 15% off. Schools: £10 tickets, one teacher goes free with every 10 students (Tue-Thu) *Booking Fees Apply. By phone & in person: £1 per ticket booking fee. Online: 75p per ticket booking fee. The Marlowe Friends: 75p per ticket booking fee (by phone, in person & online). The maximum fee you will be charged when booking by phone or in person is £8. Booking fees are unlimited online. An extra charge of £1 applies if you would also like your tickets posted. Marlowe Friends do not pay a postage charge. There is no booking fee made for group bookings of 15 tickets or more or customers with access needs, when booking by phone or in person. Marlowe Theatre, The Friars , Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS Box Office 01227 787787


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Join Children’s favorite Simple Simon on another fun filled Live Theatre Interactive Adventure Show! Fairy Moonbeam asks Simon and Tommy the Cat’s to help Robin Hood and beautiful Maid Marion fight the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham as he spreads sadness and

disaster in Storybook Land! A Local Production Tickets* Full Price £7.50, Family of 4 £28 *Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online. Ages: 2 to 11. Running time: 90 minutes plus interval Margate Winter Gardens Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HX Tel: 01843 292795

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Horoscopes for 2017 2017 IS FINALLY UPON US! HAVE A LOOK AT HOW YOUR YEAR MIGHT PAN OUT...

Aries

Gemini

21st Mar - 20th Apr Saturn and Uranus are trine most of the year, meaning that you may just continue with what’s been working well. By December you may have positioned yourself to make a big move. Venus is retrograde this year, partially in Aries. This provides you with more time to socially regroup and to appeal to people’s emotional needs. Your planet Mars is extremely active and you should have the health and energy to be busy every single day. Not a bad thing!

22nd May - 21st June

Lewis Hamilton 7th January

You’ll have endless ideas and insights but it may be hard to activate them on your own. A Saturn-Uranus trine offers discipline and boldness to create the year you want without sacrificing those people or things important to your happiness and success. Venus and Jupiter are powerfully opposed as the Sun enters Gemini in May, giving you clear observations and the ability to make confident, shrewd decisions. Your batteries are fully charged and you’re ready to go!

Taurus

Cancer

21st Apr - 21st May

22nd June - 22nd July

This year, focus on your own Your home life, domestic environment, well-being above all else. You can increase your home town, your country, and your your material wealth and health this way, home planet Earth rarely get this much celestial attention. and also structure a more stable future. Your planet Make great progress on any or all of these home fronts Venus is retrograde this year. Which things and as soon as you can. It’s also a great year to successfully people make you happiest? When this retrograde conclude a long, ends, you may want time to let your feelings settle difficult project or to make that big change that takes you to down to focus on what really matters. Spring may a better place... geographically, mentally, and emotionally. be complicated, but autumn gets simpler and more The separating conjunction of Mars and serious when Jupiter moves into Scorpio in Neptune in Pisces gives you enhanced October. December is a powerhouse for intuition and instincts. This offers powerful all Earth Signs as Saturn goes home advantages all year long. into Capricorn. Changes Will you take them? There are countless doors opening to new, previously are everywhere! unconsidered projects, pursuits, and partnerships. This year, you can do just about anything. The SunPluto conjunction in Capricorn in January keeps your attention on career and public pursuits. You’re not limited to being intense only about work, though. If you have a creative or other passion, you can get intense about that, too. When the Sun enters Sagittarius in November, planets are scattered around the sky. There is a Mercury-Saturn conjunction, however, that sharpens your keen mind and tempers your social activities.

Sagittarius

23rd Nov - 23rd Dec


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Libra

23rd Sep - 23rd Oct

Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge 9th January

Love and all social relationships and connections will benefit from the cool, clearseeing, but compassionate influences of this Air Sign. As the Sun enters Libra, Mercury together with Venus and Mars are all in sensible, accomplished Virgo. Your efforts may sometimes feel modest but they will have great influence and consequences. You natually sacrifice and

Leo

share blessings and good luck. The Moon is in a

Virgo

separating conjunction with Jupiter at the same

23rdJuly - 23rd Aug

time. Feelings and intentions deepen and you’ll focus more

The January Sun-Pluto conjunction keeps

24th Aug-22nd Sep

sharply on what matters

your ambition and work ethic sky high. The

most to you.

separating Mars-Neptune conjunction makes sure

You’ll be looking into the face of magic all year

that emotions, lofty spiritual ideals, and instincts

long, and you’ll be able to tell what’s real from what’s

are not left behind. The deep, quiet, dark Moon

illusion. You will be able to see and think more clearly

provides unlimited access to wise private insights.

about others than perhaps they can themselves. You

The Lunar Eclipse periods will stress intimate

normally act with great consideration and compassion.

relationships and may create self-doubts. The Solar

Your more playful, dramatic actions could have deeper,

Eclipse may have more influence in public or

more subtle and long-reaching consequences.The third of

social arenas. Look forward

this year’s four Mercury retrogrades starts in August and

Capricorn

to emerging from the retrograde with many minor snags

ends in September. You can have some of your best and most successful moments of the

24th D ec - 20th Jan

untangled and more

year now. They may not look

energy to charge

Start out in a cautious wait-and-see mode but after

ahead.

January 8, it’s full steam ahead.

great in the moment, but they are.

A trine between your planet Saturn and Uranus makes it easier this year to be bold and innovative once you’ve weighed your many options. As the year begins, a rash of sextiles involving eight planets will keep you connected and in touch with people,

Scorpio

enabling you to coolly and calmly relate to them, and to see the magic that surrounds many

The Sun-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn that

Keep an eye out for lucky opportunities

starts 2017 keeps your eye on the material prize.

and be ready to pounce. Your modern planet Pluto will

The Moon and Venus are conjoined in Aquarius

keep you sharp and intense all year long. When Scorpio

as 2017 begins, too. You have an easier, warmer

starts, the Sun is conjoined with Jupiter and Mercury.

rapport with people one-on-one because of this.

Your lucky streak comes out of this. Mars is just entering

In 2017, you will want to learn and understand

Libra, too. This keeps you involved and plugged in with other kindred spirits, and those with shared goals and intentions.

21st Jan - 18th Feb

people and situations.

24th Oct- 22nd Nov

Aquarius

Pisces

on a more complex level. Emotional issues may rise to the surface in 2017. Be kind, big-hearted, and solutions will find you. New ideas, fresh

19th Feb -20th Mar With the Mars-Neptune conjunction

projects and people, wisdom, and boldness are all at your fingertips.

in Pisces that opens 2017, you can use charm rather than be charmed, hold true to the loftiest of ideals, and dispel any deceit or deception. The January Sun-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn brings intensity to all your efforts for success. It intensifies your feelings and passions, too. A February Solar Eclipse in Pisces opens another door. Your modern planet Neptune is conjoined with the eclipsed Sun. If the outside world is in disarray, you’ll see through the fog and be a beacon for others to realise what is best.


Announcing the winners of the DEVELOPMENT AWARDS he winners of the 2016 Kent Design and Development Awards have been revealed, with The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne named Project of the Year. Twenty-three developments were shortlisted for the eight categories, with the overall Project of the Year voted for from among the category winners on the night. Taking home the top prize, The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne was designed by Godden Allen Lawn in Folkestone. Owned by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, key consultants included Woodley Coles of Sandwich and Crofton-M&E/structural engineers of Hadlow. The Wing also won the Commercial, Industrial and Retail category, sponsored by Clague Architects. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “The quality of the built environment makes a difference to where we live and work and these awards are a great way to highlight just how good some of the new developments in Kent are. My congratulations to all the finalists, particularly The Wing for being selected as Project of the Year.” Sponsored by Kent County Council, DHA Planning and PR and marketing agency Maxim, the awards showcase the many excellent construction projects taking place across the county and held every two years. Each of the category winners were presented with a unique glass trophy sculpted by Annie Ross and mounted on a base of Kentish Ragstone from nearby Hermitage Quarry, provided by Gallagher Group. These trophies were sponsored by Quinn Estates. Andrew Metcalf of Maxim, who was master of ceremonies for the evening, said: “Some very interesting projects have been highlighted by this year’s awards and all the finalists should be proud of the contribution they have made to the Kent landscape.”

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