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here can be no better time of year to celebrate Mother’s Day, surely, than the dawning of spring. After all the cold temperatures, dark nights and gloomy skies, the return of the sun breaking through the clouds, bringing with it blue skies, warmth and the buds on the trees and plants alive, is one of the stand out moments of the year. And Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate. Celebrating your own mum or revelling in your own motherhood. So as the colour returns to our landscapes, so we should ensure we embrace this time of year and make it a memorable one. So where better to start your search on how to celebrate the big day in style than inside this month’s mmm? Our special Mother’s Day feature includes a host of ideas, among them beauty and spa treatments – the perfect way to pamper that special woman in your life. In addition, we also have a special feature on where to get the very best afternoon teas in the county; you guide to the perfect way to spend time either with your mum or those others nearest and dearest to you. While we’re on the subject of great days out, we’ll be attending the Holiday & Leisure Show at the Dover Cruise Terminal on March 13th. We’re media partners for what is always a great event. I always love seeing all the local exhibitors – always a reminder of what a vibrant county we are with such diverse industries. And the travel sector is one which continues to go from strength to strength. We hope you’ll join us down there. And if that’s not enough for you, we have all our usual features to keep you entertained. Our star interview this week is Dame Maggie Smith – who over the decades has proved to be one of the most talented and best loved British actresses. Her remarkable success is an inspiring one. So, plenty for you to enjoy inside this month’s mmm. We hope, as always, that you enjoy your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back next month. And, as ever, please do let us know what you think about what we should be covering. Our pages are the perfect opportunity to reach out to a huge audience and celebrate this great county of ours. See you next month! Rasa






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hen Dame Maggie Smith made her stage debut, the nation was still coming to terms with the end of the Second World War. In 1952, she was a mere teenager, taking her first tentative steps into a theatrical career which would continue to rise over the coming decades. Remarkably it is now, at the tender age of 81, where she has arguably the highest profile of her career. Refusing to let the passing years slow her down, she has appeared in a host of recent movies – including The Lady in The Van. The tale, of a woman who parks at the end of playwright Alan Bennett’s London driveway in her van and decides to live there, saw her making a trip to Thanet. Almost a year before its release she braved the chilly air to shoot scenes for the film in a number of locations in Broadstairs. All rather at the opposite of the spectrum for reprising her role of Muriel Donnelly for the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – where much of the filming took place in sun-soaked India. a CELEBRITY FEATURE

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Yet it is her role as two strong women in recent years which have catapulted her back to the A-list. First, her casting as Professor McGonagall saw her play a key role in all seven Harry Potter films – portraying the Hogwarts staff member. Adored by millions, it introduced the veteran actress to a new generation of cinemagoers. And then, just before the Harry Potter films took a bow on the big screen, she took on what is surely the most memorable role in the enormously successful Downton Abbey. As the Dowager Countess of CELEBRITY FEATURE

Grantham, it was she who injected a biting wit into proceedings, which generated the finest comedy moments and was, arguably, the only cast member who managed to steal every single scene she ever appeared in. From 2010 until last Christmas, she appeared in every series of the global success story. So was she pleased to see the back of the character? “‘It was right to stop,” she says, “It was one of those odd things – nobody knew it was going to go careering on as long as it did, and it was jolly exhausting. “But I did much less in the last few months, so I sort of faded rather nicely.”

When I started out I didn’t have any film or television roles in mind. Not a scrap of it. I just thought it was going to be all theatre and wonderful

“ Not that you get the impression Downton was one of the most treasured of the many she has portrayed over the years. “I haven’t actually seen it,” she admits, “I don’t sit down and watch it. They’ve sent me the box set, but I haven’t viewed it. “I may watch it one day, but I know if I do I will just agonise over my performance. It’s frustrating as I always see things I would like to do differently.” It may well be that fiercely critical eye and desire to do better, that many see as so glorious which has seen her enjoy such remarkable success over the years. Her trophy cabinet boasts two Academy Awards, five Baftas and three Golden Globes and Emmys. Yet she has little time for the celebrity and fame which has come with all the success. “I have absolutely no time for it,” she admits. “I don’t feel any different to the way I felt before and I’m not quite sure what being a star or celebrity means. I am familiar to people now, which is what I was not before. “That is entirely due to the television set.” Her career has, in truth, rarely seen her out of the spotlight from that time as a 17-year-old a

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when, as part of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, she took to the stage of the Oxford Playhouse as Viola in a production of Twelfth Night. Two years later she had a small role in a TV series – and two years after that she got her first minor film role. By 1958 she received the first of her 18 Bafta nominations for her role in the film Nowhere To Go. She performed opposite the likes of Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Williams. John Gielgud and Dirk Bogarde. She won an Oscar for her role in 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and, in 1978, for best supporting actress in California Suite. But it was the theatre she initially intended to start on her career path and stay on. She explains: “When I started out I didn’t have any film or television roles in mind. Not a scrap of it. I just thought it was going to be all theatre and wonderful.a

“Wherever I got the idea that working in film or television would not be so stressful as the theatre I do not know. The theatre might not be exactly a holiday, but it’s certainly not as exhausting as film can be. It’s an incredibly tough life.” Next to that reputation of being a hard worker there is also a perception that she is somewhat fierce. “I often hear that people have found me terrifying to work with. And, at times, I have been like that. “I’m sort of aware when I’m being difficult but it’s normally as a result of being scared. “Old people are scary and I have to face it, I am old and I am scary and I am very sorry about it but I don’t know what you do.” Married twice – first to the legendary theatre actor Sir Robert Stephens in a sevenyear marriage which ended in divorce in 1974, which saw the birth of two sons – she then enjoyed a 23-year marriage to the playwright and screenwriter Beverley Cross. He died in 1998 aged 66. Her sons are both actors. Toby Stephens, 46, is best known for his role as chief baddie in the James Bond film Die Another Day, and Chris Larkin, 48, who has appeared in a host of TV and films as well as enjoying a long and successful stage career. He changed his name in a bid to distance himself professionally from his famous parents. “God knows, they weren’t encouraged,” their mother says of their decision to follow her into the industry. “I think they sort of fought it, but I’m glad they gave in because even with all its horrors this profession is fascinating.” And the public remain utterly fascinated by her. Now 81, she has five grandchildren, battled breast cancer, and lived alone since the death of second husband. In 1990 she was made a dame. Her legacy will be great – her influence on generations of actors – and more to come - perhaps greater. mmm


Use your initiative and be creative


elping with chores is great, but taking the initiative with some sort of rare project is even better. For example, help plant a new flowerbed, or buy a tree or planter for her garden. You could wash the car, shine her shoes, polish the silver candlesticks — do the things she is too busy to do. Maybe arrange the reupholstering that your your mum’s always wanted to have done.


Buy her a gift f you’re going to buy your mum anything, make it relevant to something she needs or you have discussed. Again, a bland kitchen accessory probably won’t impress. Clothing is a good choice, but make sure you get the right size. Jewellery is another idea, but consider her tastes and your finances before committing to an expensive purchase. You could purchase a new bicycle and encourage her to ride it, or the latest book by a favourite author — all the better if it’s signed. If you live in a different location, something unique and exciting from your town might be a good way to put your lasting personal stamp on it.

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all a babysitter, and take the woman who helps to raise your children out to a chic restaurant for which she has to get dressed up. Pick a restaurant you know she’ll like, and discuss the past, it will make her feel very special indeed. Additionally, you could get tickets to one of those art events that you may not be particularly fond of — like the ballet or the opera — and smile your way through it with her. MOTHER’S DAY

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Enroll her in an interesting class oes she always sing or dance while she’s going about her duties? Odds are, she has a creative side, but never has the time or resources to explore further. Find her a good location with small classes where she won’t feel uncomfortable, in case she has inhibitions. Meet the instructor beforehand to ensure that the woman in your life receives excellent treatment. Also, throw in some accessories with a gift, for example if she draws, get her special pencils and paper; if she sings, get her some sheet music.


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he opportunity to be pampered is something that would probably excite most mothers. Think about what form of professional treatment your mother would most like; it could be an appointment at The Retreat. Being a Clarins gold salon, there are some fantastic Clarins gift ideas for Mother’s day, ranging from skin care sets with the amazing Double Serum to fragrance or make-up sets. The Retreat is also running the Clarins great skin gift promotion until the 12th March, which means you can pick up a FREE gift for yourself at the same time! With the purchase of two or more Clarins products, one to be skin care, you can select your beauty gift presented in a stylish beauty purse. When you visit, you can be sure of a warm welcome and professional advice as all of the team have been extensively trained.


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Create a photo album of old memories eminiscence is good for Mother’s Day because it reinforces family. With a photo album, you can be creative and put a little bit of yourself into it, while also having the certainty that she will like some of the photos. Any pictures that she hasn’t seen in a long time (or better yet, at all) are particularly good for this project. Conversely, removing the photos out of the picture frames on her dressing table will not be quite as effective. Feel free to take a scrapbook approach and include quotes, anecdotes, ticket stubs, etc.


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he development of new types of bicycles— notably the hybrid, which combines the speed of a road bike and the ruggedness of a mountain bike—has made riding easier and offers more options to suit your specific needs. What’s more, cyclists now have more places to ride. Here are ways to improve your performance, safety and comfort when cycling.

Wear a helmet Used properly, bike helmets are nearly 90 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Choose a helmet that meets the European safety regulations. Select a bright colour and a helmet that fits snugly.

Make sure it fits you Buying a new bike? To find the right frame size for your body, straddle the bike and stand flat-footed. On a road bike, there should be one to two inches of clearance between your groin and the top tube. On a mountain bike, the clearance should be at least two inches.Your handlebars should be one inch lower than your seat top. Buy your bicycle from a reputable dealer who will help you find the right bike and fit. HEALTH AND FITNESS

Start slowly If you are out of shape, it’s best to start slowly. Pedal just 30 minutes or so a day on flat terrain for the first three or four weeks. Gradually, you can increase the intensity of your riding and your choice of terrain, adding hills for a better workout. Also, share the fun with others. Riding in a group can make the miles go by faster and motivate you to become a better cyclist.

Dress for comfort If you cycle a lot, consider wearing a pair of sleek cycling shorts. They have less fabric to wrinkle or bunch up, so there’s less chance of skin irritation. For extra protection, choose cycling shorts with special lining or padding. If you use clipless pedals, you’ll need to wear special cycling shoes with a cleat fitted to the sole; they lock into a mechanism in the pedals, holding the shoes in place. These can be a little hard to get used to, but help you pedal more powerfully and efficiently.

Go bright when in low light Avoid riding at night. If you expect to cycle in low-light conditions, wear brightly coloured, reflective clothing, and put reflective tape on your helmet and bike. Also, install a strong headlight and a strobe-type, blinking red tail light. You can attach the strobe light to your bike or your belt to make it easier for others to see you at night or when the light is low.

Use good road sense Ride with traffic, give right of way to cars and pedestrians, use hand signals and obey all signs. Communicate with drivers. That means using hand signals when you turn, staying out of drivers’ blind spots and making eye contact with drivers as it is necessary to insure that they’ve seen you. Don’t ride side by side with another cyclist. Keep an eye out for car doors swinging open, potholes and other potential hazards.

Do your best braking To exert optimal pressure, brake with your hands at the ends of the levers. For a quick stop, press your bicycle’s brakes firmly and slide your buttocks to the very back of the saddle. This will keep the rear of the bike down so that you don’t flip over the handlebars. When you are on long downhills and in wet weather, try to “feather brake” by tapping the brakes and applying intermittent pressure. In general, don’t squeeze your brakes too hard, and don’t squeeze the front brake first. Instead, apply firm pulses to both brakes. HEALTH AND FITNESS

Get in gear Don’t pedal in high gear for long periods; this can increase pressure on your knees. Shift to lower gears and faster revolutions to get more exercise with less stress on your knees. The best cadence for most cyclists is 60 to 80 revolutions per minute (rpm), though bicycle racers pedal in the range of 80 to 100 rpm.

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Help your muscles After a long uphill on your bicyle, don’t coast downhill without pedalling. Here’s why: As you climb up the hill, lactic acid builds up in your muscles and can contribute to muscle soreness. By pedalling lightly but constantly while you are coasting downhill—even if there’s little resistance—you can help remove the lactic acid.

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THE ALETSCH GLACIER hike of a lifetime

JAMES WILSON OF SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE REPORTS FOR BALDWINS TRAVEL GROUP ON HIS GLACIER ADVENTURE’ love Switzerland, and I love rail travel in Switzerland and am very lucky to have enjoyed the vast array of scenic rail journeys and mountain excursions countless times as part of my role at STC. However, it was time for something different, something a bit more adventurous, and something that would take me out of my comfort zone. I passed through Zurich Airport as normal and jumped on the train to Bern. Changing at Bern I then started the journey to the Bernese Oberland and up to Wengen, where my adventure was to start for real. After dinner, an early night in preparation for what lay ahead. The following morning I caught the train from Wengen up to Kleine Scheidegg, overlooked by the imposing north face of the Eiger which never ceases to amaze me. Onwards and upwards to the Jungfraujoch where I would meet my guide and the rest of my group. Between the eight of us, only three had met one another before. And then the adventure starts, and our first view of what lay ahead. Safety demonstrations, harnesses, hooks, clips, ropes and crampons, and 22km of rock and ice – the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe and our home for the next two days. It’s impossible for me to put into words what this felt like. I had never worn a safety harness, never worn crampons, and certainly never been attached by a rope to seven complete strangers before. And as it turned out, none of us had ever done anything like this before either, only our guide, Martin. To say Martin knew the glacier would be a massive understatement. He knew it like the back of his hand, which in itself is an amazing feat, not least because the glacier itself is constantly moving. Not only did Martin know which way to go, it was as if he had eyes in the back of his head, somehow a



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sensing how each of the rest of us was getting on behind him. One after the other, a deep breath followed by a leap over the next crevasse. A wrong move and the rest of us would have to do our job; hold firm and let the rope do what it’s there for. But Martin always made sure that didn’t happen. As we approached the halfway stage and our beds for the night, something hit us and hit us hard. Not that long ago, the Konkordiahütte was reached from the edge of the glacier by a 50m staircase, bolted to the edge of the cliff. A head for heights to climb it was a must back then, but the same staircase is having extra steps added onto it every year, as the glacier melts further and further away from the hut. Martin pointed out where the staircase used to start from and that was when the reality of the melting of these mighty glaciers became apparent. We fell silent as the reality of the situation dawned on us. How much longer will the glaciers last? A sobering thought. Our overnight stop wasn’t your average Swiss hotel, although the hospitality was up there with the best of them. The day’s weather hadn’t been kind and we were all damp to say the least. That was soon to be forgotten however, as once we had hung our clothes up to dry, we were treated to typical Swiss Alpine Club-hut hospitality. Hot, plentiful food, hot drinks, and something a little stronger to put us to sleep. As the eight of us drifted off in our dormitory, the weather finally started to improve. Sunrise over the glacier was unbelievable and there was not a sound to be heard. After breakfast at 05:30, we embarked on the day’s trek to our finishing point – Fiescheralp in the Aletsch Arena. The weather allowed Martin to point out various TRAVEL FEATURE

peaks in the distance, with some of the famous 4000m peaks amongst them – Matterhorn, Weisshorn and others. It also allowed us to fully appreciate the expanse of the glacier. It may well be melting and retreating rapidly but its sheer scale is almost impossible to comprehend. It seems to go on for miles and miles and miles in every direction. Looking at the glacier from various vantage points, the moraine looks like a line of small rocks and the surface of the glacier can look smooth and serene. Up close however, the crevasses are like canyons, the meltwater streams are like raging rivers, and the rocks are actually boulders the size of pick-up trucks. It is an amazing place. As we reached the point where we left the glacier for good, and started the climb towards civilisation, every single one of us fell silent once again and turned back to look towards Jungfraujoch where our adventure had begun only the day before. It felt like a lifetime ago, simply because we had achieved so much in such a short space of time. Martin told us one last tale and we raised a glass and toasted the mighty Aletsch Glacier hoping that it will still be there for us for a long, long time to come. Switzerland has so much to enjoy with something new to explore around every corner, but if you want to boldly go where you have never been before, on so many different levels, then you must hike the Aletsch Glacier. It changed my life and it will change yours. For more information on travelling to Switzerland please contact your local Baldwins Travel Group branch. #HolidayInspirations

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magine a country hotel, nestled in the heart of the … Mediterranean, the South China Sea, South America, Alaska or the Pacific Ocean. Oceania Cruises combines the sophisticated elegance of a private hotel with the flexibility and adventure of sea travel. Exciting and exotic worldwide itineraries with extensive shore excursion choices and expert on board lecturers, fine dining in a wide choice of open-seating restaurants including speciality restaurants all at no additional charge, a private veranda in the majority of accommodations and butler service in suite accommodations blend to create an ambiance that is fast becoming the choice of the more discerning traveller. Boldly claiming to serve “the finest cuisine at sea” might seem to be an overstatement, but Oceania Cruises wouldn’t make such an immodest assertion if not for the tremendous contribution of the legendary Master Chef Jacques Pépin. As the Executive Culinary Director, he inspires the on board chefs to perform feats of gastronomic wizardry. Memorable dining begins with openseating, as it allows you to dine when you are ready and with whomever you choose. Regardless of which of our restaurants you select, there are no dining surcharges. Enjoy Toscana’s authentic Italian dishes, Polo Grill’s steakhouse fare, Continental cuisine in the Grand Dining Room, and made-toorder American favourites in the Terrace Café. You can also indulge morning, afternoon and evening in delicate pastries and freshly made sandwiches along with illy® specialty coffees at Baristas. As well these options, onboard Sirena you can also enjoy our new specialty dining restaurant; Tuscan Steak, inspired by the gourmet cuisine of Toscana and Polo Grill, and Jacques Bistro; which will serve seasonal French fare during lunch in the Grand Dining Room. The 684-passenger Sirena will offer diverse and destination-rich itineraries appealing to both seasoned world


travellers and passionate cruisers who crave a more intimate and luxurious cruise experience. Sirena will enter service in April 2016 and will be elevated to Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance by undergoing a $40 million refurbishment. The ship’s decks will be adorned with the finest teak, custom stone and tile work; and its lounges, suites and staterooms will be entirely refreshed. Each suite and stateroom will exclusively feature custom-designed, expertly-crafted Italian mattresses; the new Ultra Tranquility Bed has superior air suspension capabilities and a new spring structure with 3,000 coil springs. These micro-springs are individually pocketed and joined by connecting thermally-fused points, guaranteeing not only maximum comfort but zero noise on movement. Sirena will also include a world-class fitness centre and spa, six lounges and bars, a casino, and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. During Sirena’s inaugural season, itineraries will include a mix of classic destinations and exotic new ports of call, including the famed beaches of Gaeta, Italy; the pristine rainforest of Golfito, Costa Rica; and the well-preserved provincial township of La Paz, Mexico. Bookings are open now for all sailings up until July 2017 with most sailings offering the OLife Choice promotion; Free Internet plus one of the following; Free House Select Beverage Package or Free Shore Excursions or Free Shipboard Credit (subject to availability, offer closes 31st March 2016).

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Eastwell Manor - Ashford Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, ME17 1RE

n assortment of cakes, warm freshly baked scones and lovely hot tea, at Eastwell Manor you can enjoy excellent service with a lovely afternoon tea experience in superb surroundings. Eastwell Manor tea - £23.50 A pot of tea or cafetière of coffee (your choice from our selection) home-made sandwiches, cakes and scones with preserves and clotted cream. Eastwell Manor champagne tea - £29.50 The Eastwell Manor tea with a glass of champagne, Kir Royale or Bellini. Eastwell Manor celebration tea - £34.00 The Eastwell Manor tea with a glass of champagne and a celebration cake (cake must be pre-ordered).



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The ultimate chocolate brownie

Recipe from: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club


Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4NQ 01622 734334 @tudorPark

• Place the butter in a Pyrex bowl and melt in the microwave. • Whisk the sugar and eggs into the melted butter and then stir in the vanilla essence. • Sieve the dry ingredients onto a plate and then beat into the egg mixture with a wooden spoon until just blended. Do not over beat or the mixture will become stringy, like a batter. • Grease a large Swiss roll tin and line with parchment paper. Pour in the brownie mixture and smooth the surface with a knife. • Bake in a preheated oven, 160ºC, for about 25 minutes until the edges are crispy and a skewer or cocktail stick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. • Cut into 15 squares and serve warm as a dessert with cream and fresh fruit, or leave to cool. • The brownies will keep in the fridge for up to a week, so it’s worth making double quantities.

Ingredients Makes 15 brownies 180g butter 375g caster or granulated sugar (see Chef’s Tip) 3 whole eggs 3 tsps vanilla essence 50g cocoa powder half teaspoon baking powder 180g plain flour

Chef’s Tip Tudor Park Chef Julie Boer Most recipes insist on using caster sugar but when I’ve run out at home, I have used granulated and even brown sugar and these brownies always turn out delicious. Try adding 100g of chopped nuts or chunks of dark chocolate after you stir in the other dry ingredients for an even more luxurious *Chocolate will definitely be on the dessert menu at Tudor Park’s Easter Sunday carvery served in its Conical Grill restaurant with views across the golf course. £24.50pp, available 12.30pm until 2.30pm. To book call 01622 632006 FOOD AND DRINK

Ragu with fresh Tajarin pasta Ingredients 1 pound of beef 1 pound of pork 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 cup finely chopped onion 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot 1/3 cup finely chopped celery 2 cloves garlic, grated 6 tablespoons tomato paste, divided (a 6 ounce can) 1 cup dry red wine, divided 2 1/2 cups beef broth, divided 2 cups crushed or puréed tomatoes, divided 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper Sea salt to taste Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

For the pasta: 8 egg yolks, room temperature 1 1/2 - 2 cups all-purpose flour

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Method • In a large heavy pot, brown the meats over medium heat. Drain the meats in a colander to remove fat. Do not wipe out pot. Add the onion, carrot, celery and olive oil to pot and sauté on medium low heat for about five minutes. Add the garlic and sauté a minute more. Add three tablespoons of the tomato paste and let cook for a couple of minutes and then blend well. Add 1/2 cup of the wine, two cups of the beef broth, one cup of the puréed tomatoes, the oregano, nutmeg and pepper. Return the meat to the pot, stir well and cook uncovered, over low heat so that the ragu simmers, but does not boil. • Place the egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl and whisk. If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook, do this step in that mixing bowl. Add half of the flour and, either with the dough hook or a fork, mix the flour into the eggs. Keep adding more flour until you get a dough that is still a bit sticky. Turn out onto a counter and finish by hand, adding a little more flour at a time and kneading until the dough is not too dry but still a tiny bit moist - it should feel like “Play-Doh”. Wrap in floured plastic wrap and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. After the dough has rested, cut it into four pieces and run through the rollers of a pasta machine, starting at the widest setting and ending at the next to thinnest setting. Lay the sheets out on a slightly floured counter. After you make all the sheets, either roll them up and slice by hand or run the sheets through the spaghetti cutter on your pasta machine.

Place the pasta on a well floured rimmed baking sheet, toss with flour so the pasta doesn’t stick, lightly cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until ready to use. •After the ragu has cooked for about 1 1/2 hours, most of the liquid should be gone. If not, simmer for 20 or so minutes more until this stage is reached. Either with an immersion blender in the pot, or in a food processor, process the ragu until the meats are finely ground. Return to pot and add the rest of the wine, beef broth, puréed tomato and tomato paste. The ragu should soak these right up. Taste the ragu and add salt to taste. Stir well and keep warm, with the lid on this time, until ready to use. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta for about 60 seconds, tossing with tongs as it cooks. Remove the pasta with tongs and place right into a large serving bowl, allowing some of the pasta water to cling to the pasta. Spoon some of the ragu over the pasta and toss well, coating the pasta.

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Pesto-baked cod with potato and pea crush Ingredients Knob of butter 2 x 260g packs Waitrose skinless and boneless cod fillets 4 tbsp Sacla’ classic basil pesto 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 700g potatoes, diced 200g frozen peas Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon

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Method • Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark six. Lightly butter a small ovenproof dish and place the cod fillets inside. Mix together the pesto and tomatoes and spoon on top of the fillets. Bake for 15 minutes until cooked through. • Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water for 13 to 15 minutes. Add the peas and cook for a further two minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain well and return to the pan.

• Add a little butter to the pan and lightly crush the potatoes and peas using a masher. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, and season to taste. • Divide the potato mixture between four plates and top with the cod and tomato-pesto mixture, spooning over any baking juices.

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Dinner 5.30 - 10.30pm 5.30 - 10.30pm 5.30 - 10.30pm 5.30 - 11.00pm 5.30 - 11.30pm

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Chick and the egg Easter hunt

Friday 25th March at 11am - 4pm

Emmetts Garden

iscover Easter characters from the 1920s era as they take you on a good old fashioned adventure around Chartwell. The Easter egg hunt will wind through natural play areas and finish with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat. © NT Robert Morris

Run rabbit run egg hunt


Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March at 11am - 4pm

un rabbit run! Join an activity packed Easter egg hunt, meet bunny and his friends as they race each other around the garden and wild play area. Look for clues to help bunny’s friends around obstacles and puzzles along the way. Collect your Cadbury prize at the end. Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2 per person.

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Easter egg hunt

Saturday 26th March at 11am - 3.30pm

ollow the hunt the Easter bunny has left around the garden and win a Cadbury chocolate prize. There are puzzles and games to keep the family occupied along the way. Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2.50 per person.

© NT Jonathan Buckley

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Easter holiday family fun


Friday 25th March to Sunday 10th April at 11am - 3pm

eep the children entertained during the Easter holidays with a spring activity pack, craft activities and the chance to go wild in the natural play area. Follow the hunt the Easter bunny has left as part of the Cadbury Easter egg hunt on Easter Saturday between 11am-3.30pm.



Hidden animals house trail Friday 25th March to Sunday 10th April at 12noon - 3.30pm

ots of soft toy leopards will be spending the Easter holiday in the showrooms at Knole. Have fun hunting for them amongst the fabulous furniture, precious paintings and beautiful four-poster beds. See if you can find all the leopards before they go home at the end of the holidays. Normal admission charges apply, no additional cost for house trail.

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Easter bunny egg hunt Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March at 11am-3pm

unny has hidden his precious chocolate eggs at Knole. Luckily he’s left some clues for you to solve so you can help to find them. Follow his trail through the medieval parkland, historic courtyards and the atmospheric Orangery to claim your own Cadbury chocolate egg prize - before the deer beat you to it! Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £3 per person.

Easter egg and soldier hunt


Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March at 11am - 4pm

oin in the fun this Easter at the home of legendary soldier, General James Wolfe. Search the garden at Quebec House for hidden boiled eggs and soldiers and learn all about Wolfe’s life as a soldier along the way. Claim a Cadbury chocolate prize as your medal of honour. Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2 per person. © NT Andrew Butler

South Foreland Lighthouse Easter hunt Friday 25th March to Sunday 10th April at 11am - 3pm on Friday 25th March and Saturday 26th March, and then 11am - 4.30pm from Sunday 27th March onwards


unny has been busy this Easter, hopping his way across the White Cliffs of Dover! Follow him to South Foreland Lighthouse where you’ll find the archaeology trail. Uncover the clues, dig out the hidden artefacts and reveal the buried history of the lighthouse and its grounds. At the end receive a chocolate treat!

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Easter treasure trail Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March at 11am - 5pm

unny has stashed his chocolate in secret places across the garden, leaving behind clues about where it may be found. Can you uncover Bunny’s sweet treats along the treasure trail and win your own chocolate prize? Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2 per person.


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Easter egg hunt

Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March at 10am - 4pm

elp! There are missing Easter eggs in the garden. With your treasure map can you search all the corners of the garden and castle to find them? Somewhere amongst the ruins and rhododendrons are the hidden eggs. Find them all, collect the letters and work out the secret word to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize. Whilst you’re here, pick up an explorer map to help you find the den building area and natural play trail. Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2.50 per person. © NT John Miller

Sissinghurst Castle Garden


Easter nursery rhyme hunt Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March at 11am - 3pm

ita Sackville-West, the author and original owner of Sissinghurst Castle, wrote a book all about nursery rhymes, which has inspired this year’s Cadbury Easter egg hunt. See Vita’s book of fairy stories on display and join the hunt around the grounds to walk through your favourite nursery rhymes. Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2.50 per person. NATIONAL TRUST

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Arranging furniture etermine the function of the living room. You should take some time to think about the main function of your living room. Do you have children that need space to play, do you plan on hosting a lot of parties, and does your living room have a large window with a great view? The function of the room should be the main influence on how you design it. If your living room has a natural focal point, such as a fireplace or a view, consider designing around it. Face the seating towards the focal point so that everyone in the room has a clear view. Add rotating armchairs so you can easily adapt the room to a space for entertaining. Some living rooms are large enough to split into two or more areas. If you have a large living room, and you need a space for children to play, consider devoting a part of the room to a play area. Use a table or sofa to create a natural divide between areas. ď Ą

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Keep the entryways clear. Avoid putting furniture too close to an entrance. Guests entering the room should always have plenty of clearance. Keep plants and other room accents away from the entryways as well. You don’t want your guests to have to fight past anything when coming into the room. Leaving clearance around the entrance also makes the room more inviting. Make sure you can walk around the room. Arrange your furniture so that guests can walk around the conversation rather than through it. When designing the living room, you have complete control over how guests will move through the room. Pay attention to any doorways in the living room. If you have one doorway along a wall, then group your furniture in the area along the opposite wall. Two doors across from each other create a natural

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Lighting the room Create layers of light. Don’t rely on a single source of light to brighten your living room. Try to blend several layers of light from multiple sources. Use a combination of ceiling lights, table lamps, sconces, and floor lamps to achieve balanced lighting in your living room. Pay attention to the corners. If you have a lamp in one corner, position two more in the room to try and balance the light. Use tall lights to give the impression of a higher ceiling. Install dimmer switches. This gives you the opportunity to change the feel of the room whenever you like. If you like to host parties, you can use your dimmers to create a flattering light. These switches can extend bulb life and conserve energy. Consult an electrician regarding installation.  HOME SECTION

divide in the room, allowing you to split the room into two distinct areas. If you have several doorways to work with, you can split the room into multiple areas, each with a specific emphasis. Design to fit the size of the room. If you have a small living room, try not to cram too much into it. If you have a large living room, you may be struggling with how to use so much space. Think about the emphasis of the room and how much space you have to work with. If you need extra seating in a small space, consider a combination of floating chairs and sofas. Being able to move the chairs allows you to remain flexible. If you have a lot of empty space in your room, incorporate it into your design. A big open room can be welcoming. Whatever you do, keep the room balanced.

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Adding accents and decor Hang a mirror to open up a room. If you want to increase the visual space of your living room, consider adding one. This works especially well for smaller living rooms. If you have a shortage of windows in your living room, use mirrors to open it up. Try situating one across from a window to give the illusion of two windows. Get a large rug. Rugs can make a room a lot more comfortable, as long as they’re used in the right way. Make sure you get one that is nearly as big as the seating area. If a rug is too small, it can make the room feel smaller and disconnected. Keep the edges of the rug away from entryways or walkways to prevent your guests from tripping. Furniture should either be completely on or completely off the rug. Don’t straddle the legs between it and the floor or your furniture will wobble. Make use of wall space by hanging art. Buy some original artwork to add some life to your living room. Go to art shows and find a piece that makes you feel something. There are a lot of stores that sell mass-produced prints of simple pieces. Use these if you find a piece that has some meaning to you, but try to avoid filling your home with a host of store-bought art. Original artwork doesn’t have to be expensive. Add plants to the living room. Indoor plants help purify the air in your home, and they make a room more inviting. Use potted plants, hanging plants, or shelves to add some greenery to your living room. Stick with plants that are easy to take care of, such as ferns, succulents, and other houseplants. HOME SECTION

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Improved driving dynamics, comfort and safety The fun-to-drive qualities which were a major attraction for buyers of the fourth-generation Sportage have been honed to an even sharper degree in the new model through a combination of a much stiffer body shell, extensive suspension revisions and a new steering system. As a result, the Sportage is now even more precise and stable on the UK’s twisty country roads and more comfortable and refined on highways and motorways. In the UK, all versions have Kia’s latest rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS). Previously, the electric motor which controls the steering was mounted half way up the steering column. With R-MDPS it is mounted directly to the steering rack. This brings sharper responses and greater precision. Kia likens it to trying to steer a blindfolded person from behind: if you direct them from the waist they are able to follow a more precise path than if directed at shoulder level. There is also Blind Spot Detection to act as an extra pair of eyes for the driver when changing lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to warn a driver who is about to reverse out of a perpendicular parking bay that there is a vehicle approaching at right angles. All models from grade 2/KX-2 have Lane Keep Assist to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind; High Beam Assist to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in the vicinity; and a Speed Limit Information function within the instrument cluster. As a result, the new Sportage has earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP under the ever-tougher testing regime. It was commended for its ability to protect passengers of all statures in all seats, faring especially well in a side-on impact with a pole, and scored 71 per cent for its active safety assist technologies.

A dynamic and sporty appearance With the introduction of GT-Line versions of the Sportage, there are now two distinct body treatments for Kia’s compact crossover. All have an almost a sports car-like ratio between sheet metal and glass, with narrow side windows, deeply sculpted sides and bold wheel arches encasing wheels of up to 19 inches in diameter. Sleek and rakish, the Sportage successfully incorporates the key features of an SUV in an urban-friendly, athletic and muscular package. The new Sportage is 40mm longer than its predecessor, with a 30mm greater wheelbase but unchanged width and height – dimensions which make it look even more lithe and sporty while lowering its co-efficient of drag (Cd) from 0.35 to 0.33. Every small reduction in drag helps to lower fuel consumption and emissions at speed. The front is dominated by a wide interpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ main grille featuring a chromed surround with either black diamond or high-gloss black diamond mesh. The dynamically styled bonnet is dished in the centre and features two raised ribs. At the sides, the bonnet sweeps up to cover the elongated headlamps which extend along the sides. LED daytime running lamps are standard, and the headlamps are bi-xenon adaptive units on grades 4/KX-4 and First Edition. There are recessed circular foglamps, which are underscored by two chrome blades. The steeply angled windscreen sweeps seamlessly into the low roofline and its top edge is again castellated, which is becoming something of a Sportage hallmark. MOTORS FEATURE

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Internal affairs The new Sportage continues the leap forward Kia has been making with actual and perceived quality, with flush-fitting fixtures and trim, soft-to-the-touch materials and luxurious detailing. The dash is horizontal in layout and split into an upper display area containing the Thin Film Transistor instrument graphics and 7- or 8-inch colour touch-screen where fitted. The lower section of the dash is the control area, with large, softpainted buttons for the heater switches and the audio system. The touch-screen system which is standard from grade 2 upwards means the interior designers have been able to reduce the number of switches. The front of the cabin is driver-centric, with a pronounced cockpit layout and simple switches grouped according to function. This is not only more ergonomic but also safer because it reduces the amount of time the driver’s gaze needs to be averted from the road. The centre console is angled at 7.2 degrees towards the driver for easier visibility. Visibility has been further improved by lowering the position of the door mirrors, narrowing their plastic mounts and reducing the thickness of the bottom of the A-pillars. The tailgate glass is also

taller and the C-pillars are narrower to expand the rearwards field of vision. The floor has been lowered by 40mm, making entry and access easier and lowering the hip point of occupants. A new organtype boxed accelerator pedal replaces the previous pendant type for greater comfort. Seat comfort has also been improved by studious attention to detail with the padding and side support. The pad density of the cushions has been increased, their suspension at the front edge is now fixed, the foam is softer and the spring diameters have been reduced. There are also firmer side supports, which are replicated with the rear backrest bolsters. And a softer pad is fitted to the headrests. High- and low-tensile steel frames reduce the weight of each front seat by 2.5kg and are more effective at absorbing vibrations. The five-seat cabin is more spacious thanks to the increase in wheelbase. Legroom and headroom front and rear is up to 16mm greater, while the boot capacity has risen by 26 litres (all seats in use) at 491 litres, or 1,480 litres when they are folded down. The rear seats now fold almost flat, with a barely noticeable eight-degree tilt, while the lift-over height of the boot lip has been lowered by 47mm. The two-position cargo floor leaves space for the luggage cover to be stored beneath it when not in use.

DS 3 & DS 3 CABRIO announced


ollowing the global reveal of New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio last month at Le Louvre in Paris, DS Automobiles has now confirmed UK pricing. New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio are available to preorder now in the UK. A DS 3 launch evening at Wilmoths is to be announced for early March, accompanied by a wine tasting celebration. Already renowned for its distinctive personality, unique styling and breadth of personalisation options, the New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio line-up now consists of three core trim levels; Chic, Elegance and Prestige. With enhanced standard equipment and new avantgarde design features, New DS 3 is priced from £13,995 MRRP OTR, whilst the equivalent Cabrio model is available from £16,295 MRRP OTR. DS Automobiles UK has also confirmed that the previously announced Ultra Prestige and Performance models will be joined by Performance Black versions to complete an exclusive range-topping collection. Complete with matt black paintwork and gold highlights, the Performance Black editions are the most distinctive New DS 3 variants of all. With alloy wheels, air-conditioning, an antitheft alarm and a new 7-inch colour touchscreen, New DS 3 Chic delivers stylish good looks and an impressive list of standard features. Cabrio versions also benefit from rear parking sensors, a rear spoiler and dark tinted rear windows. New DS 3 Elegance features brand new ‘Blade’ 16-inch alloy wheels and LED front fog lights. Inside, sports seats with stylish new ‘Dinamica’ cloth trim and automatic airconditioning provides a comfortable and dynamic ambience. Latest-generation functionality includes rear parking sensors and the DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system. New DS 3 Prestige versions are specified, as standard, with eMyWay satellite navigation and front parking sensors, as well as

Alcantara® upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels and a plethora of other enhancements. In addition to these three highly desirable trims, New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio Ultra Prestige, Performance and Performance Black models form a new Exclusive Collection. For example, the Ultra Prestige specification is now available as a Cabrio as well as a hatchback and features luxurious ‘watchstrap’ leather seats - the ultimate expression of DS Automobiles’ refinement and attention to detail.

Performance and Performance Black Equipped with a powerful THP 210 S&S petrol engine that produces 208hp and 300Nm of torque, New DS 3 Performance is priced at £20,495 MRRP OTR, with the Cabrio version priced from £22,795 MRRP OTR. At the very pinnacle of the New DS 3 model range, New DS 3 Performance Black is available from £22,495 MRRP OTR. A Cabrio version is also available priced from £24,795 MRRP OTR.

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DS 3 & DS 3 CABRIO announced


ollowing the global reveal of New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio last month at Le Louvre in Paris, DS Automobiles has now confirmed UK pricing. New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio are available to preorder now in the UK. A DS 3 launch evening at Wilmoths is to be announced for early March, accompanied by a wine tasting celebration. Already renowned for its distinctive personality, unique styling and breadth of personalisation options, the New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio line-up now consists of three core trim levels; Chic, Elegance and Prestige. With enhanced standard equipment and new avantgarde design features, New DS 3 is priced from £13,995 MRRP OTR, whilst the equivalent Cabrio model is available from £16,295 MRRP OTR. DS Automobiles UK has also confirmed that the previously announced Ultra Prestige and Performance models will be joined by Performance Black versions to complete an exclusive range-topping collection. Complete with matt black paintwork and gold highlights, the Performance Black editions are the most distinctive New DS 3 variants of all. With alloy wheels, air-conditioning, an antitheft alarm and a new 7-inch colour touchscreen, New DS 3 Chic delivers stylish good looks and an impressive list of standard features. Cabrio versions also benefit from rear parking sensors, a rear spoiler and dark tinted rear windows. New DS 3 Elegance features brand new ‘Blade’ 16-inch alloy wheels and LED front fog lights. Inside, sports seats with stylish new ‘Dinamica’ cloth trim and automatic airconditioning provides a comfortable and dynamic ambience. Latest-generation functionality includes rear parking sensors and the DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system. New DS 3 Prestige versions are specified, as standard, with eMyWay satellite navigation and front parking sensors, as well as

Alcantara® upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels and a plethora of other enhancements. In addition to these three highly desirable trims, New DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio Ultra Prestige, Performance and Performance Black models form a new Exclusive Collection. For example, the Ultra Prestige specification is now available as a Cabrio as well as a hatchback and features luxurious ‘watchstrap’ leather seats - the ultimate expression of DS Automobiles’ refinement and attention to detail.

Performance and Performance Black Equipped with a powerful THP 210 S&S petrol engine that produces 208hp and 300Nm of torque, New DS 3 Performance is priced at £20,495 MRRP OTR, with the Cabrio version priced from £22,795 MRRP OTR. At the very pinnacle of the New DS 3 model range, New DS 3 Performance Black is available from £22,495 MRRP OTR. A Cabrio version is also available priced from £24,795 MRRP OTR.

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Beats Solo 2 HD headphones by Dr. Dre Experience high definition sound on the move with these ultra-light and comfortable onear headphones. Beats Solo 2 HD headphones brings you amazing sound in a smaller, lighter on-ear design that can reproduce the full range of sound in today’s digital music. The ultraefficient driver design plays at club-level volumes while still giving you distinct mids, brilliant highs and deep bass that will have you looking for a hidden subwoofer. And it’s all done without batteries. £135.00 from

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With the Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter, you can hook your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with lightning connector up to an external screen and mirror your device’s display on a larger scale. Compatible with VGA-equipped TVs, monitors and projectors, this adapter is capable of outputting a resolution up to 1080p Full HD. Please note: Requires a VGA cable (sold separately) for connection to your external display. Does not support audio output. £39.00 from Apple

Dualit Jug kettle black and steel With a 3kW output that is exclusive to John Lewis, the Dualit 72470 is more than just an attractive kettle! It boils a full kettle up to 40 seconds faster than lower wattage models, and this retro-look stainless-steel kettle has non-slip feet to keep it firmly in place. A concealed element ensures easy cleaning, while a twin water indicator gauge means you’ll always know when a trip to the tap is required which thanks to the hinged lid won’t prove too much of a chore. The washable limescale filter ensures debris-free beverages, while the large, heatproof ball knob and finger-guard prevent accidental burning. A boil-dry safety cut-out also prevents damage caused by under filling. Finally, this kettle arrives with a 2 year warranty for peace of mind. £69.95 from John Lewis


Packing a powerful zoom into a pocketable design, the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is bursting with features that will help you capture high quality photos and videos to share with friends and family. Powerful zoom The SX610 squeezes a big zoom into a small design, delivering an 18x optical zoom and 36x digital ZoomPlus so you can get closer to the action. With 25mm ultrawide angle you can fit more in the frame, perfect for capturing large groups and stunning scenery. Images you can show off The 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC 4+ processor combine to form Canon’s HS systems, delivering clear photos with true-to-life details, colours and ambience, even in low light situations. Image stabilisation Reduce the symptoms of camera shake thanks to the built-in Intelligent Image Stabiliser. The image stabiliser will keep your zoomed in photos from getting blurred and help to ensure low light photos stay sharp. £99.00 from Canon


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Jennings Farm Cottage Pluckley, Kent


A beautifully restored Grade II listed three bedroom semi-detached family home believed to date from 1470-1490 with off road parking and a 120’ (36.4m) rear garden, situated in no-through country lane on the edge of the sought after historic village of Pluckley. This charming period property has been lovingly improved by the present owner to create a stylish, well-planned family home cleverly combining period features with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Accommodation is arranged over two floors comprising a JM Interiors fitted kitchen/dining room, utility room, delightful sitting room with exposed timbers and feature inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, hand made solid oak internal doors, three bedrooms (one with en-suite cloakroom) and contemporary family four-piece bathroom suite. Outside, the property enjoys a lawned front garden with a gravel driveway providing off road parking for two vehicles and a sizeable enclosed rear garden. The property is situated in a most beautiful part of the Kent countryside on the outskirts of the village of Pluckley. Pluckley is famous for its orchards and farmland and, in particular, being the setting chosen for the television series “The Darling Buds of May”. The village enjoys historic pubs, Church, Post Office and General Stores, butcher’s shop, farm shop and a well respected primary school. The area is rich in natural beauty with an abundance of public footpaths and horse riding routes, providing an amazing playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Transport links are well served with a main line railway station in Pluckley village which provides fast access to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Ashford International station with its high speed 37 minute Javelin service to London St Pancras, in addition to being just two miles from Charing Station with connections to London Victoria. Excellent road networks are also available leading to the A20 and M20 at junction 9, some 6 miles distant, providing access to London and the Kent coast. Properties of this style are rarely available and we strongly urge interested applicants to make immediate arrangements to view to avoid disappointment.


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RiverHill Apartments Maidstone RiverHill Would you like the chance to live in a new and never-before-lived-in home? Usually this is an option only available to buyers of new-build homes but at RiverHill Apartments Maidstone those in the private rental market will have the chance to move into a mint new apartment in a gated development with allocated parking within a short walk of the town centre. The developers Eco Regeneration specialise in the transformation of former commercial buildings in landmark locations into stunning homes bringing contemporary apartment living within easy reach of shopping and leisure amenities and train stations. This in turn breathes new life into the surrounding areas. RiverHill Apartments are strategically positioned on a prominent site on Maidstone’s London Road just a moment’s walk from Maidstone West Station with its High Speed rail connection to London and a stroll across the River Medway to the shopping amentites at Fremlin Walk, Week Street and the Maidstone Mall or along the river to Maidstone Barracks/ Maidstone East railway stations.

The site offers views to the north across the River Medway over the town centre and beyond to the North Downs and to the south over the charming period architecture of Rocky Hill Terrace. One and two bedroom units are available to rent, all will have a high spec contemporary finish with: • Fitted kitchens with integrated oven, hob and extractor hood a dishwasher and freestanding fridge freezer. • Airing cupboards will be fitted with washer/dryer. • Kitchen/Lounge/Dining areas with wooden flooring.


• Bathrooms with white sanitary suites with integrated shower over bath, concealed cisterns, tiled floors and partially tiled walls with feature mirrors. • Electric combi central heating system. The provision of the white goods by the developer should prove particularly popular with the residents. Beyond the individual apartments residents will also benefit from: • Gated courtyard parking with an allocated space

for each apartment and the possibility of a second space for some units at an additional charge. • Lift access from three resident’s lifts. The show apartment is now available to view by appointment through the sole agents Century21 Maidstone who can be reached on 01622 600333 and further information and a brochure is available at


Reactive Building & Maintenance Services About Overbury Property Group

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



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

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

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

Alarm & fire safety systems; basement conversions; bathrooms; boiler repairs; brickwork; building surveying; carpentry of all types; doors; drainage and maintenance; fencing; flat roofs; flooring carpets, hardwood, laminate and lino; footings; garages; garden clearances; gas safety; heating; kitchens supplied and fitted; legionnaires disease; NIC/ EIC registered electricians; painting and decorating; patios and driveways; pipe work; planning permission; plastering; plumbing repairs; renovations; restoration; rewiring; roofing; rubbish clearances; sash windows; staircases; tiling; window repairs and replacement... and much more!

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Our Residential Team can be found in Maidstone town centre, with complimentary parking, along with our Commercial Dept and offer a full range of property services including u SALES u LETTINGS u PROPERTY

MANAGEMENT u u VALUATIONS u MARKET APPRAISAL u SURVEYS u QUESTED WAY 3 bedroom semi-detached house in Harrietsham £275,000 This semi-detached house has been extended to the side, and with the additional planning permission for the front to be extended on this already spacious property there will be the facility for an even larger hallway and downstairs wc. The hallway encompasses the staircase to the first floor, storage cupboards and takes you through to an L-shaped lounge diner overlooking both the front and rear gardens. The kitchen is fitted with light wood effect units, double oven and electric hob. The first floor shows two double bedrooms, with the master room providing two double fitted wardrobes and is currently containing a king size bed. The third bedroom is also of a good size. The bathroom and separate wc was refitted a couple of years ago giving a modern look with shower fitted over the bath and storage unit under the sink. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with shed and has access through to the single garage and driveway.

Sale Fee 1% + VAT inclusive of professional photography, floorplan and EPC. No further costs and nothing payable up front until completion of your sale. CLOCK TOWER MEWS 1 bedroom home in Snodland £125,000 A one bedroom, purpose built ground floor apartment is available with allocated parking on a Leasehold. This will attract Investors as there is a current periodic tenancy in place, but will also make an ideal First Time Buy. This apartment is within a two storey block built c1990 in a cul-de-sac area. The lounge is open plan to the kitchen and is south facing which gives a sunny aspect most of the day. A passageway offers storage and leads into a double bedroom and separate bathroom. This apartment is centrally placed within Snodland close to all amenities and walking distance to the railway station. The town is located on the A228 between junction 4 of the M20 and junction 2 of the M2 allowing access to all the areas of Kent.

We’re The Property Professionals with experts in all aspect of property As part of the long established Sibley Pares group, we offer our clients a high standard of professionalism and customer service. Our team of experienced letting agents and estate agents will guide you through every step of the process and can offer expert advice on buying and selling in this region.

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Summer Cottage Address - Summer Cottage, 226 Offham Road, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6RG Bedrooms - Three Bathrooms - Two (one en-suite) Price - ÂŁ845,000 Summer Cottage Exceptional three bedroom attached period property set in a beautiful tucked away position, located in a small enclave of properties on the outskirts of West Malling. The property has been recently totally renovated to an extremely high standard and provides a superb mix of beautiful period features and contemporary living. In addition to the high level of finish and the pretty character features including the ragstone walls, exposed timbers and pretty brick open fireplace with wood burner in the sitting room, there is the additional benefit of a Nest security system, CCTV, electric wooden entrance gate, Bang & Oulfsen sound system both upstairs and down. To compliment the stunning accommodation the property is set in a very private position, beautifully landscaped garden with sitting areas in various positions to take in the views across the open

countryside. There is ample parking with the Heritage style garage and car barn together with 160ft gravel driveway providing ample parking for numerous cars. All in all this type of package and attention to detail in such close proximity to West Malling is rarely available and must be viewed to be fully appreciated. Location On the outskirts of the historic town of West Malling with broad high street and specialist shops, as well as doctor’s surgery and Tesco stores. West Malling has a main line station (Victoria Line) and easy access to the M20. Entrance hall Window overlooking garden, radiator, attractive built-in cupboard with solid wood top housing washing machine. Limestone floor, inset ceiling lights, door to cloakroom and part-glazed stable door to kitchen/dining room/sitting area. Downstairs cloakroom Window to front, circular sink in vanity unit with mixer taps, cupboard housing fuses, WC, part-tiled walls, radiator, inset ceiling spotlights, extractor fan, limestone flooring.

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Kitchen area Range of painted wall and floor units with contrasting granite and solid wood work tops, inset Butler sink with mixer tap, Rayburn Aga with cornicing above with down lighters, Miele electric hob and fan assisted oven, drawer units, open oak shelving, American-style fridge/freezer, inset ceiling spotlights, window overlooking entrance hall, integrated dishwasher, larder style storage cupboard, stripped wooden floor, open to dining/sitting areas. Dining/sitting areas Four windows overlooking garden, two radiators, wall-mounted TV linked to CCTV, feature ragstone wall, built-in coats/storage cupboard housing media system and consumer units range of built-in storage shelves, inset ceiling spotlights, door to sitting room/ garden room and door to stairs to first floor. Sitting room Feature brick fireplace with wooden surround tiled hearth and cast iron wood burning stove, built-in shelving, stripped wooden floor, wall lights, opening via ragstone walls to garden room. Garden room Windows and bi-fold doors overlooking the garden, radiator, wall lights, wall-mounted Bang & Olufsen speaker, wall mounted TV and surround sound system (subject to separate negotiation), exposed timbers, two electrically opening Velux windows, inset ceiling spot lights. Master bedroom Double aspect room overlooking garden, built-in double wardrobe, radiator, wall light, wall mounted Bang & Olufsen speaker, radiator, door to en-suite shower room. En-suite shower room Shower cubicle, WC, pedestal wash hand basin, fully tiled walls and floor, window, extractor fan, inset ceiling spotlights, school style towel radiator. Bedroom two Double aspect room with three windows overlooking garden, radiator, inset ceiling spot lights. Bedroom three Window overlooking garden, built-in wardrobe with shelving, radiator, exposed timbers, further storage cupboard. Bathroom Free standing bath with Victoriana mixer tap and shower attachment, part-tiled walls, WC, sink in vanity unit, built-in storage cupboard, school style towel radiator, extractor fan,window overlooking garden, inset ceiling spotlights, painted wooden floor. Outside Approached via electric wooden gates to fenced and hedged gravel driveway and parking area with trees and flower borders with railway sleepers and lighting. There is parking for numerous cars leading to Heritage style garage and car barn. Heritage style garage and car barn Double wooden doors to garage with light and power with attached car barn. Further wooden fence

and double gates opening to garden with Indian sandstone pathway surrounding the property. A number of paved patio areas surrounded by ragstone walls, log store, steps dividing two directions, one set leading to gravel seated area with timber summerhouse and raised vegetable beds and further steps leading up to a substantial lawned area with further raised patio area and ragstone wall, flower beds, mature shrubs and trees, outside lighting and enclosed oil tank. For more information and to view contact Ibbett Mosely Estate Agency on 01732 842668.

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Garmin Vivosmart HR Trackerwatch Track your performance and take a sporting leap forward with the latest in wearable technology. This is the vivosmart HR Sports Activity Trackerwatch from Garmin with a built-in wrist-based heart rate monitor. This sleek and stylish activity tracker is advanced technology packed with a range of features to help you with your sporting, fitness and everyday life. Garmin’s vivosmart HR Activity Tracker calculates distance, calories burnt, steps and your all-round levels of physical activity. Key information is always on show, even in sunlight. With the built-in Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, your pulse rate is monitored 24/7 – so you don’t need an additional heart rate strap. When you know your heart rate you get more accurate calories burnt information as well as being able to change the intensity of your workout for better results. You can even use your Vivosmart HR as a heart rate strap on your wrist when paired with other compatible Garmin devices (sold separately). £119.99 from Amazon

The Targus Lap Chill Pro The Targus Lap Chill Pro is a USB powered laptop cooling mat. Dual fans supply superior active cooling to the base of your laptop at 2500 revolutions per minute (RPM). The fans are positioned below a

ventilated surface which allows heat to dissipate and air to flow around your laptop. Powered using a flexible USB cable, the Chill Pro can be plugged in to your laptop from either side and the cable safely stores inside the mat when not in use. Vented upper casing for optimal airflow around laptop; allows heat to dissipate. Unique tilt mechanism for flexible laptop typing andviewing angle. Compact, low profile design with clutter free cable solution ensures easy storage. Soft touch exterior padding in woven gabardine fabric; waterproof and highly durable. £36.95 from John Lewis

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 Introducing the new BeoSound 35, rather than only serving as a means of boosting audio from your television, this speaker is meant to be what the company calls an “all-in-one integrated music system.” What does that mean exactly? Well, support for streaming services like Spotify and Deezer is integrated into the unit, so you don’t have to mess with your phone to get the tunes going. It also supports Google Cast, AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of design, the BeoSound 35 is rather unique. Rather than a flat or brick-like housing, the BeoSound 35 has a pentagonal shape that’s more narrow at the ends than it is in the centre. With the larger loudspeaker in the centre and the tweeters on the ends, the form follows function here, and contributes to the overall sound. Please contact your local Bang & Olufsen store on Freephone 0808 231 0000 for more information.



WHITEHEAD MONCKTON - WILL POWER Your Will can be a very powerful tool to help your loved ones. Just as you take expert advice when buying a new house or investment plan, it’s even more important to take expert advice regarding your Will. There are many reasons for a lack of a Will, or for not reviewing a current Will – we’ve highlighted a selection below, but you’ll see with our assistance these reasons need not stop you from completing a Will. Lack of time – most Wills are signed and safely stored in our archive after just two meetings: the first meeting to provide your instructions and the second meeting to sign your Will. Complex family circumstances – for us the complex is commonplace, we can advise on the options available to you. Too many difficult decisions to make about Executors, Guardians – we can offer guidance, you do not have to make all of the decisions before your appointment. Cost – yes, there is a cost to making a Will which needs to be considered in proportion to the value of your home, your savings etc. Too morbid – making a Will does remind us of our own mortality, but with a Will safely stored in our archive you can relax knowing that you are leaving clear wishes and that you have provided


for your loved ones. Without a Will the assets you have worked hard for will pass in accordance with the fixed rules of intestacy. So book an appointment now with our friendly solicitors to discuss your Will requirements. You will feel empowered and reassured knowing that your wishes are in place and you can then look forward to the future in a positive light. For an appointment to discuss Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyships and estate administrations please telephone Colleen Clarke on 01622 698031.

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ASHFORD INTERNATIONAL NAMED NO.1 HOTEL IN 2015 VENUEVERDICT AWARDS Ashford International Hotel in Kent, one of QHotels’ 26 UK hotels, has been crowned No.1 Hotel in VenueVerdict’s 2015 Awards. This is the second time Ashford International has been named the No.1 Hotel by VenueVerdict, and the third consecutive year for a QHotels venue. The hotel received Gold Standard Accreditations for every quarter of 2015, highlighting its consistent delivery in providing the best experience for its guests. The VenueVerdict awards are based on customer feedback from event organisers and hosts of venues used across the UK during 2015. Veronica Kingham, General Manager at Ashford International, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to our customers for their valuable feedback throughout 2015. It’s their comments, views and opinions that inspire our team to deliver the very best, not just in the region, but nationally. “To be named the No.1 Hotel for the second year running is unprecedented and to achieve Gold Standard Accreditations consistently throughout each quarter of the year is a real testament to the outstanding experience our team delivers. “The latest feedback will help us to further enhance the experience here at Ashford International as we continue to break records for our guests in 2016!” The hotel is joined by seven other QHotels venues receiving 2015 Gold Accreditations, bringing QHotels’ total accreditations to a record-breaking 35 in 2015 resulting in the group being named No.1 Large Group for the fifth consecutive year. Other QHotels venues receiving the VenueVerdict 2015 Gold Standard Accreditation are:

• Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort • The Cheltenham Chase Hotel • The Midland • The Nottingham Belfry • The Oxford Belfry • The Stratford • The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort Researchers at BDRC Continental - the UK’s largest independent market research agency – analysed over 20,000 responses throughout the year across each quarter and 375 participating hotels in the UK and Ireland. James Bland, Director – Hotels and Hospitality at BDRC Continental, said: “The QHotels customer service success story continues with yet another set of fabulous results at the end of 2015, reflecting the focus, attention and hard work they put into ensuring they provide the best possible meetings and events experience. “It is especially pleasing to see QHotels using the feedback data they receive from VenueVerdict to drive significant improvements for their clients.”

TONBRIDGE APARTMENTS HIT THE RIGHT NOTE WITH KENT BUYERS Buyers in Kent will need to move quickly if they want to secure themselves a dream home at Ward Homes’ Blossom Bank development. The new community has almost completely sold out, with just two houses and a few apartments remaining. For those looking for apartment living Bailey House is the perfect choice, thanks to its range of contemporary apartments that all come with their own allocated parking space. The modern and spacious apartments feature large halls and bathrooms as well open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Anyone looking to secure themselves a special deal on a house need look no further than Plot 104, a four bedroom ‘Larkfield’ style house which will be sold complete with window treatments, lighting, carpets and furniture for

£389,995. The Larkfield style offers a modern mix of materials, textures and finishes. The contemporary feel continues inside with the ground floor hosting a separate kitchen and roomy lounge/dining area with French doors. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and the second floor hosts a further two bedrooms. Pam Reardon, Sales and Marketing Director at Ward Homes, said: “Both the houses and apartments at Blossom Bank have been popular with such a wide range of buyers. Many are available through Help to Buy, which has been a hit with first time buyers looking to get onto the ladder, and investors have also shown great interest in the site, as evidenced by how quickly homes have sold.” LOCAL NEWS

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TREE OF HOPE APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE Gill Gibb has been appointed chief executive of Tree of Hope, the Kent-based charity which offers help to the families of sick and disabled children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment. Her appointment comes as the Tunbridge Wellsbased charity continues to strengthen its team to offer greater support to many hundreds of sick and disabled children and their families. Tree of Hope supports fundraising to help pay for specialist medical treatment, therapy and equipment which is not ordinarily available. This includes funding treatment by medical specialists abroad, where the specific knowledge and facilities are available, in order to treat children as quickly as possible. Gill said: “This is a terrific opportunity to take the helm at one of the most inspiring and respected national children’s charities. I’m thrilled to have joined such a dedicated and hard working team and have been deeply impressed by their passion for helping poorly youngsters. “Tree of Hope is an amazing charity that helps to transform the lives of children throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. I’m looking forward

enormously to leading the organisation through the next stage of its development.” Kevin Werry, Tree of Hope Chairman, said: “My fellow trustees and I are excited to welcome Gill. Her appointment demonstrates our commitment to strengthening the partnerships we have with our families and supporters, and to delivering the best possible outcomes for every child we support.” Gill Gibb was formerly chief executive of the Canterbury Oast Trust, the charity which supports people with learning and physical disabilities in Kent and East Sussex. She led the charity from 2011 until 2014. Before that she was managing director of the Charity Employees Benevolent Fund charity and director of the Charity Leaders Exchange, a networking and knowledge sharing website for not-for-profit leaders. She is treasurer for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint. Previously, Gill was market development director of the Social Investment Business, and director of business development for Charities Aid Foundation, where she led the team that won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the area of innovation – the first charity to achieve this.

HOUSEBUILDER CELEBRATES NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK WITH ALLINGTON SCHOOLCHILDREN Schoolchildren in Allington discovered how books can come to life through the magic of storytelling this week, thanks to help from Barratt Homes. The housebuilder commissioned a professional storyteller to visit pupils at Allington Primary School to celebrate National Storytelling Week as part of its ongoing education programme. Year two pupils, aged six and seven, were treated to a fun and interactive storytelling session from Jeff Baker, who regaled them with traditional tales. Literacy co-ordinator Lucy Abbasi said: “This was a wonderful treat for our pupils and we’re very thankful to Barratt Homes for arranging this for us. Storytelling can reinvigorate children’s passion for reading and we have no doubt our year two pupils will be going home with a renewed excitement for books.” Pam Reardon, Sales and Marketing Director at Barratt Homes, said: “We were delighted to support National Storytelling Week. We actively promote local learning experiences such as these and were delighted to arrange Jeff’s visit for the school. Family homes are at the heart of our nearby development The Orchards and we hope the campaign will encourage storytelling and promote reading as a key part of family life.” LOCAL NEWS

Barratt Homes is due to launch its new development in Allington this month with the new community featuring a range of three, four and five bedroom family homes. National Storytelling Week has been running for the last 16 years and aims to bring the magic of storytelling to life at schools, clubs, museums and other venues across the UK.

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SERVICE TO MAKE IT EASIER TO APPLY FOR BANKRUPTCY From April, debtors will be able to petition for their own bankruptcy by completing an online form instead of having to go through the courts. It’s the latest in a raft of changes to the insolvency landscape being introduced by the Government and is designed to make bankruptcy easier and more straightforward – but the new service could prompt some to make rash decisions without thinking about the potentially serious consequences, warns leading south east law firm Furley Page. The new online portal will be run and operated by the Insolvency Service and, once an application has been made, it will be considered by the newly created office of the adjudicator under powers allowed by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. “The intention is to make the process less stressful for individuals as they won’t need to attend court,” says insolvency specialist Richard Ludlow, an Associate and Head of Insolvency at Furley Page. “But my concern is that it will allow individuals to make applications on the spur of the moment without giving any real thought to how their actions will affect them and their families. “For some, bankruptcy is a terrifying option; others see it as the perfect solution to their money worries and a way of starting again financially. While it may write off most of your debts, so your creditors can no longer ask you to pay them, it can also have serious implications in all areas of your life and really should be the last resort,” says Richard. “Bankruptcy is a legal procedure and can affect you in several ways, from your bank account and work to your home and even your credit rating,” he adds. “It could have an adverse effect on your business and your pension and there are also implications for your confidentiality, as your bankruptcy will be published on the public register.” So are there alternatives to bankruptcy? “Yes,” says Richard, “which is why it’s vital that you seek proper legal advice before even contemplating bankruptcy. “Your personal circumstances and financial situation will all have a bearing on your decision and there are various options that can be explored. These include entering into an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) or possibly refinancing. “With the right legal approach, the issues affecting your personal finances can be resolved so that you can move forward and get on with your life.” The full extent of safeguards and processes that will be put into place to govern the new online bankruptcy service are yet to be determined, adds Richard. “But we anticipate that, initially at least, it will lead to an increase in the number of bankruptcy applications.” LOCAL NEWS

The Kent Spitfire flies over Kent Credit Tony Stigle

The first prototype Spitfire K5054 standing outside its hangar at Eastleigh

Reginald Mitchell (sitting) with members of the Supermarine team including test pilot Mutt Summers (1st left) and Jeffrey Quill (far right)

THE FIRST OF MANY K5054 Spitfire sensation



n 1925 the Supermarine Aviation Company had designed and built the S.5 monoplane floatplane. Capable of a speed of 226mph, it gained the World Speed Record for floatplanes the same year. Two years later a new S.5 won the coveted Schneider Trophy when it obtained a speed of 281mph. Later races won by the aircraft reached speeds of 407mph and ensured that the trophy remained in Britain signifying that British built aircraft were the best in the world. This success bought Supermarine to the forefront of aviation. Away from winning air races much of the work done by the company was concerned with the construction and maintenance of Southampton Flying Boats but with a company take-over by

Vickers (Aviation) in 1928, the new thinking was that the company should not concentrate on floatplanes but on fighters. By coincidence, in 1931 the Air Ministry issued Specification F.7/30 for a fighter to replace the ageing biplanes that were currently equipping the Royal Air Force. The Supermarine design team entered a drawing based on the S.5 racing planes calling it the ‘Type 224’. It was a low wing monoplane to be powered by a Rolls Royce Goshawk engine. The head of the design engineers was Reginald Joseph Mitchell. He joined the company direct from an apprenticeship and had worked his way up to reach this position, all the time wanting to design a land based plane as fast as the S.5. His opportunity came 

The Kent Spitfire named ‘Spirit of Kent’ flying over the county enroute to an airshow Credit T Stigle

Spitfires at Hawkinge for the film ‘Battle of Britain’

with the ‘Type 224’ the development of which featured the now well known ‘elliptical’ wing shape. (This was actually designed by a woman on the team, Barbara Shenstone). It was thinner than a conventional wing enabling the aircraft to reach higher speeds and better able to manoeuvre when dog-fighting. Flown on various occasions by the two Supermarine test pilots, Mutt Summers and Jeffrey Quill, the prototype underwent many months of testing including the replacement of the Goshawk engine for the Rolls Royce Merlin. By March 6th, 1936 the prototype was still just known as K5054. When the time came to actually name the aircraft, several suggestions were made with the favourite being Spitfire. When R J Mitchell heard this, it is reported that he said: that’s the sort of silly blo-----dy name they would give it’! Despite his reservations Spitfire it became and the rest is history. On June 3rd 1936 and even before the test flights of K5054 were completed, the Air Ministry placed an order for 310 examples of the fighter now known as the Spitfire. With this order the company realised HISTORY FEATURE

that it did not have the man power at Eastleigh to complete the order and so tenders went out to sub-contract part of the work. As production of the Mark 1 Spitfire got underway a new facility was opened at Castle Bromwich near Birmingham. This was the ancestral home of Morris Motors later to become the main manufacturing plant for the Spitfire. As the aircraft began to equip the fighter squadrons of No. 11 Group, Fighter Command, the group controlling the south eastern area of the UK, Biggin Hill became one of the main RAF bases to receive the new fighter. The outbreak of war in September 1939 saw the first Spitfires arrive when No. 610 (County of Chester) Auxiliary Squadron flew in from Prestwick in May 1940. By September 8th they had been replaced by 79 Squadron and by the end of the month Nos. 72 and 92 Squadrons, all with Spitfire Mark 1s. This pattern of rotating Spitfire squadrons was to continue for the rest of the war from Biggin Hill and the other Kent airfields such as Manston, Detling, Gravesend, Hawkinge and

A familiar sight over wartime Kent

Lympne. So many sights of the Spitfire in the skies above Kent hastened the start of a love affair between the Spitfire and the people. With the last squadron type leaving Biggin Hill in 1975, the sound of a Rolls Royce Merlin engine faded rapidly. That was until early 2000 when a local airline pilot acquired the remains of an ex RAF and SAAF Spitfire Mark 9 with the intention of restoring it to flying condition. This painstaking work took many years but in 2006 the Spitfire named ‘Spirit of Kent’ and now known as ‘the Kent Spitfire’ took to the air once again.

Today the sound of the Merlin engine is frequently heard in the skies above Kent. The restoration of this single Spitfire inspired the birth of an organisation known as ‘The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’, which is now resident on the ex RAF airfield and currently has five Spitfires and a Hurricane available for displays. Several other Spitfires are in various stages of restoration to flying by the Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd. In addition the recent acquisition of a two seat aircraft gives the public the opportunity to fly in it. From a machine of war the Spitfire has turned full circle to become a purveyor of pleasure and with this the sight and sound of the Merlin engine Spitfire will be heard in the skies above Kent for many years to come. By ROBIN J BROOKS For more information please visit:

The Supermarine S6B, predecessor of the Spitfire and winner of the famous Schneider Trophy

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