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elcome to the November edition of mmm which you will probably be reading with the sound of fireworks exploding all around you! With the nights now drawing in, the explosion of light and sound can bring a little colour and excitement back to our days...just that it seems to last for weeks doesn’t it? There are lots of great organised displays taking place where you can enjoy a hot drink while you admire the pyrotechnics and I, like many others, will be joining the crowds to have a memorable evening out. Now, just to bring you back down to earth, but – whisper it – there are just a little over six weeks to go until Christmas...and that means there’s no better time to start your planning for the festive season. Inside this edition we’ve got details of a number of special events designed to get you in the mood for the season of goodwill. And, of course, we’d urge you all to pay special attention to our advertisers’ messages – they can be relied upon to offer some great inspiration for gifts; from fun-packed nights out to traditional and sometimes unusual present ideas. With most people just two pay days away from Christmas Day itself, there’s no better time to start your preparations. I’m sure you don’t need reminding that it’s so important to support our local shops and traders at this crucial time of the year. So rather than going online, why not make a day of it in our town centres? You can enjoy the thrill of seeing the items you want to buy, enjoy a coffee and a meal, and then not have to worry about your items arriving in the post. While you’re planning your shopping trip, we think we’ve got plenty to keep you entertained. Here at mmm we’re all very excited about the prospect of seeing Strictly Come Dancing’s glamorous duo Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag when the two make a special appearance at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel next year. Inside we take a look at the wonderful pair and their remarkable success so far and how you can get tickets to watch them in action. They’ll even give you some tips on how to improve your footwork! Anton is certainly no stranger to Kent as he grew up in Sevenoaks, so the the show should be a very happy homecoming. In addition to that, we have our normal dose of fashion, business and leisure for you to read and enjoy. So we hope you enjoy mmm this month and please don’t hesitate to get in touch ahead of our fun-packed special Christmas edition.


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LEEDS CASTLE 58 Good tidings we bring

FOOD Sensational recipes

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HISTORY Halcyon days of flight by Robin J Brooks


HOROSCOPES 144 November prediction by Ali Janes

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dancing into our hearts Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are putting on a show not to be missed right here in Maidstone next year


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t’s a rare opportunity to get the chance to learn how to dance in the company of perhaps the two most famous ballroom performers in the country, but next year there’s an opening to do just that. Because at the Mercure Maidstone Hotel, the glitz and glamour of Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will waltz in for a very special evening. Not only do those attending get to learn to dance with the stars in a 50 minute workshop, but they then can enjoy a fourcourse gala meal and watch the dance duo perform their breathtaking ballroom showcase up close and personal. For Anton it will be a return to a county in which he was raised – having first discovered the delights of dancing at the age of 14 whilst born and bred in Sevenoaks. The appearance will come hot on the heels of their spring 2017 nationwide Swing Time tour, which will be touring UK theatres from January through until April. Featuring such classic tunes as I Could Have Danced All Night, I Got Rhythm, Guys and Dolls, Moondance and Strike Up The Band, the duo are already rehearsing in between Anton’s appearance on the current series of Strictly Come Dancing. The top rated show, which culminates with a grand final at Christmas, has shown no signs of its popularity declining in what


is the final year with Dartford’s Len Goodman as head judge (a role, coincidentally, many believe may go to Anton next year). Viewing figures are already up on last year, with more than 8.5 million viewers tuning in. Anton, 50, who has appeared on all series of the show, was this year partnered with actress Lesley Joseph – best known for her long running role in comedy Birds of a Feather. Erin, 41, who’s been in 10 series, sat out this year’s show. And for Anton, the joy of being on the annual TV extravaganza remains as compelling as ever. “I’ve been the luckiest of all the professional dancers,” he says, “by having the most interesting and lovely ladies to dance with over the years. a


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On Strictly, we’re just making a television show – the person I’m dancing with can’t dance, they’re doing their best and we’re not going to win the world championships. At a professional level, I expect things to be great.

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“If I hadn’t danced with Ann Widdecombe that would have been my loss because she was a joy – such a scream, and fun to be with. “I wouldn’t have missed those wonderful moments, like throwing Judy Murray across the floor, and our routine with her as Cruella de Vil accompanied by two Dalmatian dogs. “And, for heaven’s sake, Jerry Hall’s a living legend and also hilarious. I’ve enjoyed every second of it all. “That’s my goal when I partner someone on Strictly, that they’ll have a nice time and enjoy it. If they do, of course, it helps them give a good performance, but for me, whatever their result, I want them to look back and say, ‘I had a great time’.” And while Erin can focus her time on the upcoming tour – she and Anton have been selling out arenas for years – she admits she still has much to prove.

“As a performer you always want to prove - and improve – yourself; you need challenges. I spent many years competing worldwide before taking part in Strictly which had a competitive buzz all of its own. “Every series brought the fresh challenge of training my celebrity dance partner to dance the best they possibly can. “I’m always busy touring and teaching with appearances and presenting, even designing dance costumes - it’s a full time job all year round.” Erin met Anton Du Beke in 1997 and the pair have danced together ever since. Born in New Zealand, she started dancing when she was just 3 years old. Like so many, she began with ballet before progressing into ballroom, Latin and jazz. a

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A soap’s pH level is usually more than 9, while the skin’s pH is 5.5. This high pH causes the skin barrier to breakdown, exuding water, lipids and nutrients. This contributes to dryness and irritation. Excess usage of soap can even result in rashes known as ‘irritant dermatitis.’ No soap on the face, is an absolute. Solution: Opt for moisturising washes. Body washes’ pHs are more balanced than soaps. Also, try to look for washes that include ingredients known as natural moisturising factors. a BEAUTY FEATURE

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Changing trends and seasons are always refreshing, however winter poses the worst challenge for the skin and not to mention make-up. These basic tips will help you to retain your skin’s lustre. Solution: Put aside all your rich foundations and switch to tinted moisturisers. Avoid powders or mineral based products. Always apply a lip balm before wearing a lipstick and remember ‘less is more.’

problem in winter. Refrain from licking your lips to moisturise them at all times. It will make them even drier. Keep a chap-stick or Vaseline handy just in case. • Use products that are versatile and provide moiturisation as well as sun protection. • Physical exfoliation like using a pumice stone to shed dry skin is a‘no-no.’ Chemical exfoliation with products having lactic acid or using a home-made milk pack is preferable. • Fabrics like wool can aggravate irritation. Opt for lighter winter-wear versus your usual woollens but if you must, layer cotton apparel under your woollens. • Any inflammation, redness, itchiness or flakiness should not be overlooked. Do visit a dermatologist immediately. • Moisturise and moisturise again.


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Most people bathe, rub their skin dry with a towel and then get dressed. This process ensures that the water from the shower / bath doesn’t penetrate the skin, resulting in a drier epidermis. Solution: The correct post-bath regime should be to first pat the skin dry, instead of rubbing. Then, use a body lotion generously immediately after bathing to seal in the moisture. The body lotion does not need to be expensive but effective. It should contain at least five per cent urea for optimal water binding, as well as essential natural moisturising factors. Hands and feet require special care, particularly during winter, since they have the thickest epidermis and as mentioned before, urea-based products work the best for these regions. a

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Trying out hand-picked home remedies every now and then might actually bring you closer to the soft, supple skin you desire without burning a hole in your pocket. Solution: Keep aside 4 – 5 tsp of raw milk every morning before boiling it to brew your tea/coffee. Add a few drops of rose water to it and dab this mixture over your face and body. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

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You’ll boost your metabolism for the day. If you wait, something else will come up. It’s all too easy to find an excuse not to hit the gym at the end of a long day — and while you may feel groggy in the morning, you’ll be surprised how quickly a jog will wake you up. Not only does it pose the advantage of getting your gym routine out of the way, but a morning workout will also give you a healthy adrenaline kick. This will keep you awake more than any amount of coffee intake.


Fasting won’t do anyone with serious toning and weight loss goals any favours. Cutting a substantial amount of calories from your diet will slow your metabolism, making the dieter feel deprived. This typically ends in a binge eating session and subsequent weight gain. Rather than cut calories so drastically, try eating smaller meals on a more frequent basis throughout the day. Kaehler also recommends that you eat slowly: Count to ten after each bite. Are you hungry, or are you just eating for the sake of eating? Give your body and brain time to decide. FITNESS TIPS


One of the biggest fitness mistakes women make is just doing cardio. Cardio alone can enable you to look thinner however it will not add to your body’s overall definition. In other words, you’ll wind up smaller but completely lacking in muscle tone. To avoid this problem, try incorporating some strength workouts into your cardio routine. Pilates is a great way to feel the heat, especially when compounded with definition-building squats and lunges. With enough variation in your routine, you’ll see noticeable changes within weeks.


People who go to the gym should avoid being distracted by the screen in front of them. You don’t work out as intensely, which means you burn far fewer calories than if you go hard for that same amount of time. Turn off the TV and get more results out of your precious minutes at the gym! You can strain your neck. When you’re on the treadmill, you really need to face forward with your head, your heart, and your hips all lined up But if you’re looking down at the screen—or even if you’re looking all the way up if your treadmill doesn’t have its own TV and you’re watching one on the wall—you aren’t looking straight ahead.

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Your body is very smart; it will adjust to any workout routine in six weeks, so you’ve got to switch things up. This doesn’t mean a complete overhaul of your routine every week: Simply make minor adjustments and tweaks to maintain your body at a peak level of strength.


Doing a little bit all the time is so much better than doing a lot once in a while. A consistent routine — no matter how insignificant it may feel — will give your metabolism an ongoing kick in the right direction. Set your daily workout goal at a reasonable measure and time, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the need to race to the gym; a little bit done consistently will go a long way.


Working out isn’t always about self-punishment and a “no pain, no gain” mentality: It can also serve as a retreat from the stresses of everyday life. If you’re considering taking a day off from your usual routine, yoga is a great way to keep the body and mind active, while also reducing the risk of overexertion and injury. a


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If you alternate your cardio — biking, running, whichever suits you best — at your normal pace with just a minute or two or all-out quickness, you’ll be burning fat faster than ever. Intervals can be especially effective when combining strength and cardio: Try doing ten minutes of cardio, then adding three or four strength and conditioning moves to your regimen — think lunges or bicep curls. mmm



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child and includes a wrapped gift. Santa’s wishing well, will once again be raising money for the local Medway branch of Guide Dogs. Children can also hand deliver their letters for Father Christmas and post them in the big red post box and collect their free, personalised reply back from the grotto elves. For information please call on 01634 387 076 or visit the website


Artisan Christmas Gift Fair, The Canterbury Tales 26th - 27th November

Christmas at Hever Castle 24th November - 23rd December For one weekend only the Canterbury Tales will be opening its doors free for all guests to come and enjoy the Artisan Christmas Fair. Building on the success of last year, this is a totally unique experience. Inside the historic 12th Century church you will not only find the lively costumed characters to welcome you, but also an array of different artisan stalls to browse at your leisure. It’s time to start your Christmas gift shopping as you step back in time to medieval England to browse the various stalls. Canterbury Tales look forward to welcoming you to the medieval fair! Souvenirs were as popular then, as they are nowadays, with badges made of tin, lead or pewter which were sold as a visible sign of a pilgrims journey. Why not take your own pilgrimage to the Canterbury Tales and see what trinkets you find. N.B. Please note - The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction will only be operational at the Gift Fair on 26th/27th November. It will not be possible to take the usual tour. For information please call the number 01227 479227 or visit the website

Immerse yourself in the history of the pantomime at Hever Castle in Kent this festive season. The rooms of the fairytale castle will be adorned with beautiful decorations, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees celebrating this year’s theme. Follow the Jack and the Beanstalk Christmas trail in the grounds and meet costumed characters along the way. Then head to the Castle forecourt where a vintage fairground and carousel provide fun for all ages. Visitors will also have the chance to ‘hug a husky’ with the popular dogs from the Siberian Husky Welfare Association (weekends and daily from 19th to 24th December). Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas in his Grotto. Children will be enchanted by the magical Grotto where they will be taken by an elf through the snowy ‘forest’ to meet Father Christmas in his log cabin. Each child will take home a special age-appropriate gift. For details please call 01732 865224 or visit

Apollo 5 ‘Let it Snow’ Highsted Grammar School, Sittingbourne 25th November

This British five piece a-cappella group has a wide ranging repertoire of pop and classical works, that they have performed in UK, Europe and USA. Their ‘Let it Snow’ programme of traditional carols and festive hits is a good opener for the Christmas season. For information please call 01795 477233 or visit the website

Holly at Christmas 2016, The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone 23rd November Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies! Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family. Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!” For information please call the number 01622 758611 or visit the website Hazlitt-Theatre


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The High Street will be transformed on the last weekend in November - let Christmas begin! A traditional Christmas market will be held over three days, with Christmas market stalls and local artisan food producers offering street food, Christmas gifts and crafts: shops and cafés open, Friday 12noon to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. The Woolpack Hotel will be running Santa’s Grotto. For details please call 01580 765546.

Rochester Christmas Market, Rochester Castle Gardens 26th November - 11th December Set in the historic and picturesque Rochester Castle gardens, overlooked by Rochester’s 12th Century Norman Keep, market visitors will enjoy a selection of festive foods including mulled wine, hot chocolate with Baileys and roasted chestnuts as they browse stalls for unique gift ideas and unusual stocking fillers. Features of the market include: Magical festive atmosphere with live music, luxury and unique gifts throughout the market, a Bavarian village and craft fair, tasty treats from local producers, easy access to historic Rochester High Street with its eclectic mix of independent retailers, eateries and period architecture and a step back in time to a Victorian Christmas to meet some of Dickens’ heroes and villains. For information please call 01634 338141.

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he newly discovered Kitty-inBoots story will be read out loud for the first time by Patricia Routledge, actor and official Beatrix Potter ambassador, to groups of lucky prize-winning school children on Wednesday 7th December as part of the ‘The Tale of Christmas at Leeds Castle’ which marks the 150th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth. Leeds Castle is inviting Year Three primary school classes to take part in this special prize draw by entering on the Leeds Castle website to win an exciting festive trip on 7th December (closing date to enter was 21st October). The children will sit down to a fireside reading in the Castle Library with Ms Routledge and see the wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake that accompany the story. The children will be taken on a guided tour of the Castle to see hallways, window ledges and fireplaces decorated with the famous Beatrix Potter characters including an interpretation of Ms Potter’s writing desk complete with sketchbooks and paintbrushes and the 25ft Christmas tree in the Entrance Hall, dressed to support the Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary.



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Aside from this special storytelling day with Patricia Routledge, there will be plenty going on for everyone during the ‘Tale of Christmas at Leeds Castle’. From 3rd December until 2nd January visitors will delight in the wonderfully themed Beatrix Potter rooms in the Castle. The annual Christmas Market will take place from 10am to 5pm on selected dates in December with a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink and a chance to meet the reindeer and birds of prey. In the centre of the market, visitors can enjoy a nostalgic fairground with rides on the Victorian carousel and the high flying ‘chair-o-planes’ or a leisurely trip on the big wheel for a spectacular view of the Castle, plus a festive programme of live musical entertainment. The two on-site gift shops will be stocked with up to 40 lines of Peter Rabbit licensed merchandise and a series of events including additional Beatrix Potter storytelling, wreath-making and visits from Father Christmas, will ensure that all visitors to Leeds Castle become re-acquainted with the magic of Beatrix Potter this Christmas.

The Christmas Market, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd - 23rd December Leeds Castle delights in hosting the annual Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle. Discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink and meet the reindeer and birds of prey. In the centre of the market, enjoy the nostalgic fairground attractions, children’s rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment. Take a ride on the Victorian carousel and the high flying ‘chair-o-planes’ or take a leisurely trip on the big wheel for a spectacular view of the Castle. Small additional charges apply for the rides. The Christmas Market is open 10am to 5pm. The Tales of Beatrix Potter, 4th, 11th, 18th, 22nd - 23rd December Hop along to a delightfully interactive storytelling of Beatrix Potter’s classic tales brought to life for all to enjoy. The storyteller, dressed in character as Beatrix, will read from a giant book in the Castle Library at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. £3 per child (2 – 15yrs). Accompanying adult free. Storytelling tickets can be purchased by calling the Booking Office on 01622 880008. A valid entrance ticket is also required. A Tale of Christmas at Leeds Castle, 3rd December 2016 - 2nd January 2017 Relive the classic Beatrix Potter™ tales on the 150th anniversary of her birth, with characters expressed in delightfully creative ways including an interpretation of Beatrix Potter’s writing desk complete with sketchbooks and paintbrushes! Children will be captivated by miniature displays throughout the Castle and Peter Rabbit’s ‘muddy’ footprints as part of an enchanting trail across the estate. Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall, 2nd, 9th, 15th, 16th - 27th December Celebrate the festive season in style with your clients, colleagues and friends against the beautiful backdrop of Leeds Castle in Kent. The 17th Century oak beamed Fairfax Hall provides a festive feast for the eyes with traditional Christmas decorations and spectacular views across the moat to the Castle.The Christmas Party menu will tantalise the taste buds with delicious seasonal dishes to choose from including traditional roast turkey served with pigs in blankets and chestnut stuffing, followed by festive desserts, tea, coffee and mince pies.

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othing fills a home with Christmas spirit like the aroma of mulled wine on the stove. Cinnamon, orange peel, allspice, cloves, pink peppercorns and ginger are some of our favourites. Similar to a warm Sangria, there are many ways that this can be prepared and rules don’t apply as strictly compared to other cocktails, so have some fun with it. You can use fresh fruits or dried, but a great way to share with friends is to make mulling spice gift packs. Then all they need to do is add some wine, sugar and brandy and they are off to the races.

Mulled Wine Ingredients

2/3 cup of honey or sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 8 to 10 cloves 2 tablespoons ground ginger (can be substituted with allspice) 1 orange, peeled and sliced (keep the peel to add zest for taste) 2 ounces of brandy (optional) Combine the ingredients (except the brandy) in a large pot over low to medium heat and warm carefully. Keep below a simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Despite its Hungarian name, ‘forralt bor’ (boiled wine), it’s important not to boil the wine, as the boiling point of alcohol is lower than that of water so by the time it comes to a boil both its alcohol content and wonderful aroma will be gone. Finally stir in the brandy, serve hot and enjoy.

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• Carefully pour over the syrup on the egg whites, incorporate and leave to chill. • Place the sponge sandwich in the centre of the plate. • Place a scoop of ice cream on top. • Pipe the meringue from the base to the top and the colour the meringue with a blow torch and serve.

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METHOD OF HOW TO COOK • Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the cumin and cook for a further minute. • Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Pat the beetroot dry on kitchen paper and roughly chop. Place in a food processor with the onion mixture, chickpeas, breadcrumbs and egg. Whizz together to make a firm paste.

• Using damp hands, roll the mixture into 20 evensized balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet Brush lightly with oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until crisp and heated through. Serve warm with tzatziki and mixed salad. • These will keep for 2 days in the fridge, and are just as good eaten cold as leftovers. • Please serve and enjoy.

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longtime favourite on everyone’s bucket list, a luxury cruise is the stuff that dreams are made of. But there is luxury and ultraluxury — while the former may take you from destination to destination in comfort; the latter will take you there in style. Banish all thoughts of wave machines and theme nights; ultra-luxury is all about understated elegance and a huge destination choice. From white gloved butler service to exquisite fine dining with a large complimentary wine list, ultra luxury is where it’s at these days. However travel savvy you are, there are undoubtedly many places that you still need to go, not to mention things that you still need to see. And the best thing about an ultra-luxury cruise is that you can tick off ten countries in ten days, each one better than the last. Choose from iconic destinations such as the romantic and spectacularly beautiful Portofino in Italy, perhaps spotting a star or two of the celebrity kind while you’re there. Playground of the rich and famous Monte

Carlo is always a firm favourite too, where the mega-yachts outnumber the moguls at an easy ratio of ten to one. You can try island hopping in Greece, channelling your inner Bardot in Saint Tropez, strolling Las Ramblas in Barcelona or visiting UNESCO sights in Croatia. The freedom to do everything – or nothing – is all yours. Just go to bed in one place and wake up in the next. But while visiting the Mediterranean in all her glory is not to be missed in the summer, where does one travel in style during the winter months? Why, the Caribbean of course! With so many islands in the Caribbean Sea it would be impossible, not to mention costly, to try and visit them all and to choose between the gentle sounds of reggae in Grand Turk, the slick French influence in St. Barts or the paradisiac flour-like beaches in Antigua would be a crime. Can’t choose which one you prefer? Take them all. And if one day you don’t want to get off the ship — after all, travelling in style and having every whim catered too can be so tiring — then sipping a Tequila Sunrise by the pool with a TRAVEL ASPECT

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the soft breeze on your shoulders has a certain seductive quality too. If between the Med and the Caribbean your wanderlust is still not satiated, you’ll be pleased to note that more and more people are taking a longer break to visit farther flung lands. In fact, the old adage that cruising has lost its charm and glamour and only takes you to tried and tested destinations is simply not true. Ultra-luxury cruise companies are seeing a tremendous rise in young couples who are interested in visiting places that traditional methods of holidaying don’t really cover. Silversea’s Circle South America cruise for example not only offers guests privileged entry into national parks such as Machu Picchu, Torres del Paine and Iguazu Falls but covers almost every aspect of a huge continent that would be impossible to see otherwise. From the Panama Canal to Ushuaia – affectionately known as the last city on earth, cruising definitely offers people a new perception of travel. The romance of the seas, constant pampering, off-the-beaten track ports and a hassle free holiday –what’s not to like?


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Winter rail adventures


t’s not everyone’s favourite time of year and who can blame them, especially with the weather here in the UK. Last year was exceptionally wet and windy (yes, that’s when the Met Office started naming storms –all 11 of them), while other years have seen the whole country grind to a halt with just a dusting of snow. And when it does snow properly we end up with wet slush and waterlogged gardens. On top of that we have the short days and long nights to contend with, seasonal flu to avoid, heating bills to pay – the list goes on. But the truth is... winter can be beautiful. You just need to go to the right places. Diamond Rail Holidays are specialists in the travel industry and their extensive collection features a number of itineraries that embrace the magic of winter. Think snow-covered mountains, alpine air and evergreen forests, remote villages, roaring fires and hearty meals. Here’s a closer look at some of the amazing destinations they visit and the experiences you can enjoy:


If you’re searching for a winter paradise, you’re sure to find it in the Swiss Alps. Skiing, hiking, climbing, sightseeing, TRAVEL ASPECT

relaxing – these mountains cater for all kinds of activities and draw visitors from around the world. The railways are particularly special. Not only are they punctual and reliable, they take you places that no other form of transport can, passing through untouched landscapes that leave you totally in awe of nature’s beauty. Even the towns and cities in the foothills offer breathtaking scenery together with that distinct alpine atmosphere.


The town of Interlaken is tucked away in the Bernese Oberland between the glassy waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Looking down on the town are the mighty peaks of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, which are the starting point for many an adventure. It’s a setting like nowhere else and the perfect base for exploring the region.


Standing over 2,000 metres above sea level, this mountain pass is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. The massive amounts of snow here can cause it to close at anytime, even in mid May, but that doesn’t stop the Glacier Express. This shiny

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red train cuts through the heart of the Swiss Alps and reaches its highest point at the Oberalp Pass regardless of the snow.


If Julie Andrews warbling on a mountaintop is your only experience of the Austrian Alps, you need to do something about it. This stunning region brings together the magnificent alpine scenery with a unique culture centred on the traditions of farming, cheese-making and woodworking. One of the best ways to get around is aboard the little trains that crisscross the mountains, giving you the opportunity to visit different resorts, meet different people, enjoy different views, and form your own opinion of the Austrian Alps.


Hugged by the Zillertal Alps with the Ziller river tumbling along its floor, this valley is made up of a wonderful mix of landscapes. The local folk music group Schürzenjäger – who are known way beyond the local borders – started out here, but it’s the views that most come to see. From the skiing town of Mayrhofen to the Ziller Valley Railway, there’s plenty to enjoy.

This secret mountain range spreads across the middle of Little Trains of Germany and is characterised Austria Winter Magic by its thick forests and mining | 5 days from £769 | history. It may not have the Departs January to March and popularity or exposure of December 2017 other mountains in Europe, but it will feel oddly familiar for this is the place that gave rise to some of the most well-known childhood fairytales. Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, and many more started out here. Rumour has it that this is also where some of the treasures stolen during the Second World War are hidden.


At 1,142 metres, the Brocken is the highest peak in the Harz. It has featured in art, literature and is the focal point of Walpurgis Night, when witches are said to gather on the mountaintop. Broomsticks aside, the best way to reach the summit is with a ride on the Brocken Steam Railway. This heritage line is frequented by polished trains that climb the mountain under pillars of steam and reveal a magical white landscape to eager passengers. a







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It is less than half the height of the Brocken, but this mountain plateau is equally mysterious. The name translates to ‘witches’ dance floor’ as it was believed to be the site of an Old Saxon cult. Even so, it is scenically beautiful and lies high above the Bode gorge. You can reach the top of the plateau via the gondola lift, which runs from the tiny village of Thale and offers panoramic views.


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WHY THE WORLD has fallen for Emilia Fox


ometimes it feels as though the distribution of talent has been, well, just a little over generous to some people. Take Emilia Fox. Since she first took to our television screens she has been a regular sight – renowned for her acting ability and her beauty. She has starred in period dramas – Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth (her major TV debut in 1995) – she’s taken on the highly acclaimed lead role of Dr Nikki Alexander in BBC hit drama Silent Witness, comedy drama in the revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) with Kent’s very own Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, and she’s even taken to the wild with born survivor Bear Grylls in one of his celebrity-heavy reality TV survival shows. What’s more she can speak fluent French and German. Oh, and she plays the cello, piano and even the trumpet.

And, now, at 42, she has comfortably taken her place among one of Britain’s most famous thespian acting families. She may even eclipse them. Her father is Edward Fox, star of the classic Day of the Jackal, her mother actress Joanna David, vice president of the Theatrical Guild. Her uncle is the actor James Fox and her cousin the popular Laurence Fox – best known for being the former husband of Billie Piper as he is as side-kick to Kevin Whately in the ITV detective series Lewis. She was always born to be a star, many would argue, but she has certainly earned her place at TV’s top table. But she admits the famous name can have its drawbacks. “It becomes much more of a challenge to be seen in your own right,” the motherof-one explains. “That’s why I always liked going to America, because there were no preconceptions of who you were. People weren’t expecting your mum or dad to a


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walk through the door. You were just taken at face value. “I’ve always been brought up to stand on my own two feet and not rely too heavily on everyone else around me. My parents instilled a really good work ethic from when I was little – if you want to have money to spend on holidays, you earn it. “So I’ve always been someone who wanted to be able to survive by myself, but I think you have to let down the barriers a little bit – let other people in.” With recent roles including filming in Kent for the second series of Sky One’s success Anglo-French thriller The Tunnel: Sabotage, her personal life has not been as apparently straight forward as her career. Engaged to Charing Heath’s Vic Reeves back in 2000 after the pair fell for one another during filming for Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), five years later she was married to Jared Harris, son of actor Robert Harris. But she suffered a miscarriage two years later and by 2009 it ended in divorce. A year later, she was pregnant with the child of her relationship with actor Jeremy Gilley. Little Rose was born later that year, but her relationship with Gilley was over the following year. “Being a mum is quite simply the most important thing in my life and the best and most rewarding thing of my life so far,” she reflects. “Being with Rose makes getting older better and better and better and my priorities are different.

My life now is about family. Work life is important but it’s a secondary thing and that makes me more settled with who I am. I’m much more able to sit down and be at one with myself, but I’d be lying if I said I’d found the perfect balance. It’s always a juggling act, but it’s just that you get better at the juggling.


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From the film The Tunnel 2

“Your twenties are so focused on work and being all around the world, then suddenly your thirties are about working out the home life and now I’m 40 I just love being able to go to work as well and finding that balance. “My life now is about family. Work life is important but it’s a secondary thing and that makes me more settled with who I am. I’m much more able to sit down and be at one with myself, but I’d be lying if I said I’d found the perfect balance. It’s always a juggling act, but it’s just that you get better at the juggling. “Am I a workaholic? I think that’s still there, but having a child puts things in a different order. You choose work in a different way. I’ve been very lucky. I’ve done little bits here and there and had lots of time at home during the last series of Silent Witness. It was much more weighted in the boys’ favour so I got to be at home more.” Silent Witness has ensured her household name status and with the series returning earlier this year, it continues to pack viewing figure clout. “I have loved the crime genre since I was little. I grew up reading Agatha Christie novels and Sherlock Holmes, and

watching Inspector Morse and Cracker. “I still remember the first time I saw the film Seven. So being asked to be part of Silent Witness was a dream come true. When I got the part I watched all the Amanda Burton episodes [she replaced Burton as the main lead] so that I got to know the show, and I loved that it had crime-solving and the science, where you learn something. I consider myself very lucky to be working and doing something I truly enjoy and am interested in. “Silent Witness is a crime-solving show with a difference because it is so focused on solving the crime through the body. That’s interesting because you get to learn about forensic science as well, so you see not just the solving of the crime, but how it is solved and all the medical knowledge, science and technology used in that process. I also think there was an appreciation for the format of the show, which is much rarer now, in that it is more satisfying having the story completed over two consecutive nights.” With both the star and broadcaster so at one with the show, it seems almost inevitable she will return to it soon. Ensuring the Fox name burns brightly. mmm CELEBRITY STORY

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When it comes to energy efficiency, wood burners can help reduce your energy bills if installed correctly. A wood burner is mainly effective in smaller homes where it can heat up each room a lot faster. You may find heating your home by burning wood will help you get closer to nature, as well as saving those extra pennies each month. You’ll improve your green credentials too, as burning logs from sustainable sources is almost carbon neutral. Remember that an unlined chimney will need lining and that you can use a twin-walled external flue. Bear in mind that you will need space for wood storage.


The style of gas fire suitable for installation is determined by chimney design. They are another traditional option for your home, but they can give your home a newer and fresher look. Built in gas fires are designed to fit a variety of fireplace openings, they can be available in a diverse range of styles and sizes. From the breathtaking collection of Studio gas fires to the hearth-mounted Inset gas fires; creating a snug area in your home has never been so rewarding.


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With so many designer radiators on the market today, it can be easy to forget that energy efficiency also matters. Modern radiators are often sleek and aesthetically pleasing, but don’t overlook how energy efficient they are. When choosing radiators for your home, be sure to ask plenty of questions about their efficiency and running costs to make sure that the radiators you choose will give you the most usable heat for your money. Modern radiator designs are much more efficient than their predecessors. Time was - when you were thinking about how effective your heating system would be - you would focus on choosing a boiler with the best specifications. Now, the right radiators are every bit as vital. Choosing good quality radiators that have been designed with performance in mind is an important consideration when looking at your home heating.


Underfloor heating can help keep floors and rooms warm and offer a space-saving alternative to radiators. It can sit beneath pretty much any type of floor, including stone, tile, wood and carpet. There are two main types of underfloor heating: electric underfloor heating, which is also known as a dry system, and water underfloor heating, namely a wet system. mmm


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WINTER GARDEN preparations



eaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants (such as bananas) will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can’t, it is worth wrapping plants or pots in situ. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.


Cut down herbaceous stems and clear the tatty remains of annuals, but do leave a little cover of the perennials that fade relatively elegantly. They will provide winter interest as well as some much needed wildlife shelter - ladybirds especially appreciate winter quarters and will repay your hospitality by disposing of aphids in industrial quantities next year. Leaving sodden debris and fallen leaves around plants will only encourage pests and disease. a


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Clear out the greenhouse, wash pots and trays, clean, mend and oil your tools and throw away anything that is beyond hope or reasonable repair! Cleaning your greenhouse thoroughly will prevent pests from hibernating and leaping into action next spring. Wash the windows inside and out to allow maximum light in over the winter and scrub benches, fixtures and glazing bars with disinfectant, making sure you hose the whole place down really well, especially dark and dusty corners. For really effective pest elimination, fumigation is the ticket. Move all plants outside, shut the windows, light a sulphur candle in the middle of the floor, (retreat at speed!), shut the door and wait until the smoke and fumes have completely dispersed several hours later. Your greenhouse should now be delightfully pest free!


Save yourself untold irritation and expense by draining and lagging standpipes, outdoor taps, irrigation lines and water pumps in advance of sudden hard frosts.


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For beds that lie bare in winter, carry on with the winter digging until the soil is too hard - use compost, manure, leaf mould in fact as much organic matter as you can lay your hands on to replace the goodness in it. It can be left in a pretty rough state over the winter when the elements will break the clods down, making spring planting infinitely easier. For text book soil improvement, you should add a layer of organic matter and dig it in by turning over spadefuls so it is buried below the surface. If this seems too much like hard work, just mulch the bed and leave the rest to the worms. If your soil is thin or heavy clay, just fork it over now; too much digging on the former will bring up infertile matter from below whilst great chunks of wet clay will remain rock solid over the winter and become nigh on impossible to break up next year.


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RHS GARDEN WISLEY Christmas spectacular

HS Garden Wisley in Surrey will be holding a fantastic programme of events throughout November and December to delight visitors young and old. Back for a second year, Christmas Glow (1st December – 2nd January 2017) promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever. Designers of cultivated illumination, Jigantics will be creating a captivating light installation with giant, botanically inspired blooms, set to spark the imagination. This event offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season in a beautiful garden setting. There will be even more gigantic blooms to discover than last year, as visitors get the chance to wander through the garden, as well as seeing all the natural Christmas decorations. In addition, we will also be lighting up some of our own magnificent Wisley trees, including the liquidambar on Seven Acres West Lawn, giant redwood around the Pinetum edge and the Scots pine in the Loggia.


Wisley is open every day except for Christmas Day Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm (8pm throughout December) Saturday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays) from 9am – 6pm (Closes 4:30pm 30th October 2016 – 12th March 2017). Last admission is one hour before closing time.

The Glasshouse will be decorated in the style of a magical gingerbread lodge complete with colourful floral displays of poinsettias and seasonal plants such as Christmas cactus and bromeliads. There will also be an exhibit of the Wisley Citrus Collection in The Glasshouse Gallery. The lake surrounding the Glasshouse will be illuminated with lanterns, offering magnificent views. There will be a special Light Switch On ceremony at 6:30pm on 30th November with a late-night Christmas shopping evening. A special parade is also planned by Jigantics, who have been working with local schools to create and design paper lanterns from tissue paper and willow. The garden will operate extended opening times during the month of December until 8pm (last entry 7pm) to allow visitors time to enjoy their visit, grab a bite to eat or browse the fantastic range of gifts on offer in the Wisley Plant Centre and Gift Shop. The Wisley Plant Centre will be transformed into a magical grotto to a RHS NEWS

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welcome Santa and Mrs Claus. Come along for stories and songs with Santa and receive a small gift or, for an extra special treat, book into an exciting gingerbread-decorating workshop at the Clore Classroom. Booking in advance is essential: prices can be found online at Find everything you need to transform your home this Christmas at the Wisley Christmas Shop which will be open from 22nd October to 24th December. Choose from unique gifts, baubles and wreaths including Christmas trees as well as gifts for the whole family. A new seasonal café will also be opening to provide shoppers with hot and cold drinks while they shop. Don’t miss the Christmas Craft Fair (23rd – 27th November) for a wide range of original products made by some of the finest craftspeople in the country. Visitors will also be able to browse and buy from wooden chalets offering food and gifts outside the Plant Centre. For those interested in learning new skills, RHS Garden Wisley offers a range of Christmas courses and workshops – including one focused on how to make Christmas decorations from your garden.


The Christmas Craft Fair is held outside the garden. Free for RHS members; RHS member’s family guest entry £7. Accompanied under 16s free. Garden entry included in Craft Fair ticket.

This new course will show you clever design tips for using natural materials to create beautiful decorations. This one-day course on 26th November must be booked in advance. Colour is not lacking in the garden at this time of year: find it in the many different coloured stems that surround the lake at Seven Acres. Follow the paths around the Pinetum to discover trees from all over the world and discover beautiful colours and textures from the bark that protects them. Find out more in our Bark trail that can be picked up at the entrance. Or wander through the Rock Garden and marvel at the series of raised planted beds and alpines. For gardening enthusiasts there are several superb winter vistas to see, including flowering cherry trees and a huge number of Helleborus x hybridus plants. The scent of witch hazels cannot be missed, alongside carpets of Cyclamen hederifolium that cover the ground, both of which can be found throughout the Wild Garden or Seven Acres. To top off your visit, head to the restaurant for a delicious festive lunch or afternoon tea.

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EAT is continuing its relentless product offensive with the unveiling of the New Leon, ahead of its launch in early 2017. The latest incarnation of the Barcelona-based brand’s best-selling model already has a multi-award-winning recipe , blending key ingredients of comfort, technology and quality, with emotional design and driving pleasure. The successful “Leon formula” is now having a drop of extra technology and design added to the mix. Without a doubt, one of the main reasons for the current Leon’s success has been its striking and high quality design, so, for 2017, some subtle changes have been added. SEAT Design Director, Alejandro Mesonero Romanos, affirmed: “The Leon is a very attractive model and it isn’t necessary to change its image,

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only reinforce it, refresh it. The objective is to harmonise all parts of it, in particular the front and the rear, with the sides of the car.” For that reason, the front and rear have sharper, more assertive lines than the current model, with incisive lateral lines that are less distinct at the front and rear. The intention has been to emphasise this sharp image, achieving it with a more coherent look. It is noticeable especially in the new bumper design. Another goal was to increase the perceived size of the car, stretching the grille an extra 40mm in a richer chrome, like that more traditionally found on more expensive, larger cars. The character has also been reinforced as much inside as outside in terms of quality. It is worth noting too, that the new Leon is also even quieter than a MOTORS SECTION

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before. Inside the car, the ambient lighting LEDs’ intensity can be regulated as the driver wishes from the newly designed eight-inch screen, which eliminates the need for many of the buttons and dials on the current model. Following the launch of the Ateca with such a vast range of driver assistance systems, it’s now the Leon’s turn to take onboard the latest technological developments. For example, Traffic Jam Assist, a function that offers great comfort in traffic with frequent and intermittent stops. Thanks to the combination of Lane Assist and ACC, in traffic jams the car manoeuvres, accelerates and brakes automatically within the limits of the

system. Up to 37 mph, the system provides assistance with speed while keeping the car in the correct lane. Another added feature is the Pedestrian Protection System which recognises vehicles, as well as pedestrians, ensuring that safety is paramount both in the city and on the motorway. Further new systems include Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, and the most advanced parking assist technology with both bay and parallel parking, Emergency Assist and High Beam Assist. The camera and navigation systems have been improved too, to now recognise a higher number of traffic signs. The New SEAT Leon also includes a new centre console with an Electric Parking Brake.

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The new SEAT Leon will be offered with five trim levels at UK launch: S, SE Dynamic, SE Technology, FR and the new XCELLENCE. The new highlight is the latter with its distinctive upmarket feel, including luxurious upholstery, extensive trim elements and multicolour ambient interior lighting. On the outside, it gleams with a chrome design front grille. The New SEAT Leon’s range of Euro 6 compliant engines satisfies a wide range of needs. The TDI engine range begins with a 1.6 90 PS and goes up to the 2.0 184 PS, plus, it includes a new 1.6 115 PS powertrain. In terms of petrol power, the New Leon’s options range from 110 to 180 PS, with a new 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder 115 PS for the UK being the latest addition.


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Official Government fuel consumption figures (Range): Urban cycle, Extra urban, Combined (litres per 100km/mpg) & CO2 emissions (g/km); Highest: New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual Feel 6.1/46.3, 4.3/65.7, 5/56.5, 116. Lowest: New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso BlueHDi 100 S&S manual Touch Edition 4.5/62.8, 3.5/80.7, 3.8/74.3, 99. MPG figures are achieved under official EU test conditions, intended as a guide for comparative purposes only, and may not reflect actual on-the-road driving conditions.




itsubishi Motors in the UK is launching a new high-specification special edition of its awardwinning Outlander PHEV called the Outlander PHEV Juro, giving buyers even more reason to choose the nation’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. For the same price as the Outlander PHEV GX3h+ on which it is based, £32,749[1], the limited edition Juro offers the added convenience of a touchscreen CD/DVD infotainment unit with TomTom satellite navigation, smartphone integration and DAB radio as standard, while the exterior is enhanced with an Outlander bonnet emblem. As you would expect from the UK’s best-selling plug-


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Baldwins Travel Group was recently named as ‘Leisure Agent of the Year 2016’ by Advantage Travel Partnership. Advantage Travel Partnership hosted its first ever awards ceremony on Friday 30th September to recognise success among members and suppliers. In total 17 awards were handed out at ‘The Big Celebration Lunch’ at The Grange in London. The award was collected by Nick and Chris Marks – Joint Managing Directors. Nick Marks said: “We are so proud to receive this award as it comes from a direct result of all our incredibly knowledgeable and experienced team members in all our eight locations in Kent and Sussex. It’s their award as we continue to offer our clients the right holidays for the right prices to the right destinations. Wow what a team we have.” The winners, which included Baldwins Travel Group were selected by business partners, members and an independent panel. This is the 2nd year in a row the award has been won and joins their National and Regional Agency of the Year Awards won in July 2016 in the trophy cabinet. Business development director at Advantage, Colin O’Neill, said: “We are delighted to celebrate and give our valued members the recognition they deserve. “This prestigious event is about celebrating our collective success with our members and business partners, with a range of awards including Best Agent in both leisure and business travel categories.”

An independent Chatham hospital has pledged to become dementia friendly, by joining Medway Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). As a part of this initiative Spire Alexandra Hospital will introduce the use of a butterfly identification marker to signify when a patient has dementia. As well as this, visitors and patients will be accompanied by a trained individual throughout the duration of their visit, in order to receive the support they often need. The hospital is working to ensure patients with dementia are allocated longer clinic appointments, with the appointment to take place at the start of the clinic, and thus reduce waiting times. Ann Hughes, Clinical Governance Lead for the hospital, said: “We are excited to be working with Dementia Action Alliance, to share resources and networking with other businesses to ensure our hospital is a safe, less threatening environment for those living with dementia or learning difficulties. We also aim to support staff members who are carers for, often elderly, relatives who have dementia.”


Kent music is hosting a Fun recorder ensemble day at Rochester Grammar School, in Maidstone Road, Rochester, on Friday 28th October. Peter Bolton, Kent music Chief executive, said: “Fred gives recorder players the chance to make music together in a friendly atmosphere, to meet people with a similar interest in music and to enjoy playing together as a group.” Everyone is welcome so long as they can play at least three notes, with no audition and no additional commitment. The fee for the day is £20 and participants are asked to bring their own refreshments. Friends and family are invited to come along to hear the end result of the day’s efforts in a final play-through. LOCAL NEWS

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Britain’s Best Children’s Retailer, Great Little Trading Co (GLTC), is bringing its unique collection of award-winning children’s furniture, toys and interior decor to the Intu Shopping Centre in Bromley with the opening of a new retail store. The 1300sq foot retail space, has been designed to compliment the London showroom which showcases larger furniture items and sets, and the focus for the Bromley store is on take-home orders to instantly transform family homes; GLTC will be offering a shop and collect service, so customers, particularly those Christmas shopping, will be able to buy and then collect their purchases at the end of the day. Bromley has a footfall of 18 million and the intu Shopping Centre is a fantastic location for GLTC to have a presence with other prestigious stores around them, amidst affluent shoppers. The brand new store, opening to the public on 21st October 2016, sees the much-loved and multi-award-winning family brand come to life in a new retail space. Offering exceptional customer service, personal shopping and friendly expertise, the store will offer extended shopping hours in the run up to Christmas so customers will have plenty of time to get hold of that must-have gift. experts will be on-hand to offer interiors, playtime or gift advice to suit their needs, and amongst the most popular products the perfect wooden toys for children will be displayed – each encouraging learning and development through play, and lasting for generations. GLTC is passionate about the quality of its products: ‘‘Our new store at Intu Bromley puts our award winning range in a prestigious shopping centre for the first time, says CeO, father of three and ‘Proud Parent’ of GLTC, Jamie Reeve: “We’re pleased to introduce GLTC’s beautiful wooden toys and smart children’s storage and furniture to a massive new audience in South London and Kent. Children and families are at the heart of everything we design and we’re proud to promise that everything we make, makes a happy home. alongside our Wandsworth flagship, this is the second store we’ve opened in 2016 and we hope for many more in 2017 and beyond”.


The Duke of Edinburgh in Barming near Maidstone has been shortlisted for Best Pub restaurant in the national FreeFrom Eating Out Awards. The Shepherd Neame pub launched a 100% gluten-free menu in march this year, which has been a huge success, with customers regularly travelling down from London and across Kent, and support from celebrity Chef Phil Vickery on Twitter. its Gastropub-style menu features a variety of dishes to be enjoyed in a tapas style, such as mini fish and chips, garlic and lime marinated chicken skewers, and mini pork and apple burgers. A selection of dishes is served on the Duke’s Sharing Tapas Platter, and there are also oven baked flat breads with a variety of toppings available. The Duke of Edinburgh is one of eight independent pub restaurants across the UK shortlisted for the honour in the FreeFrom eating Out awards, which recognise excellence among establishments catering for allergic, Coeliac and ‘freefrom’ customers. Licensee Adam Phillips said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award. We are one of only two places in Kent with a 100% gluten-free kitchen, which means customers can order anything off the menu without any fear of cross-contamination. When we launched the menu, we had no idea of the impact it would have on people. Customers have been getting emotional and thanking us before they have even eaten anything. there is a real demand for gluten-free food out there, and it is so rewarding to be able to provide that service.” LOCAL NEWS

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JULIAN BARNES NAMED KENT’S FOOD AND DRINK HERO OF THE YEAR 2016 Biddenden Vineyards is thrilled to announce that owner Julian Barnes has been crowned Kent’s Food and Drinks Hero of the Year at the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink Awards 2016, which were held recently at the Ashford International Hotel, Ashford. Biddenden were also delighted to reach the top three in the Drink Producer of the Year category, which was awarded to Anno Distillers, Marden. Julian Barnes, Managing Director at Biddenden, comments: “I am very honoured to have been awarded the Kent Food and Drink Hero of the Year award, it was a complete surprise as they don’t announce the finalists for this category before the award ceremony. “We are also extremely pleased to have finalised in the top three best drink producers in the 2016 Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink awards, especially as this is the first year we have been nominated! On behalf of the whole Biddenden team, we would like to thank all readers who voted for us and congratulate all the other winners and finalists. “From our estate bottled wines like Ortega, to our Strong Kentish Ciders, and our new products such as the Red Love® apple juice, we are incredibly passionate about all the drinks we produce at the vineyard. We work hard to ensure all our products are crafted with Kent in mind and keep all aspects of the business as local as possible from the grape picking which is still done by hand by a team of local workers, to our apples which are sourced within a 15mile radius and even our distribution is still done independently.”


A disabled man supported by Tunbridge Wells charity, Tree of Hope, has returned from the world’s first Cybathlon with a Silver medal for Great Britain. Using bionic assistive technology that enables him to pedal despite being paralysed, Johnny Beer, from Aylesbury, saw off competition from nine different countries in the qualifying rounds of the FES bike race. The event in Zurich, Switzerland, showcased technology that helps people living with disabilities cope more effectively with daily life. Despite his eventual success, Johnny says the first few hours in Zurich were a nightmare. “There were so many problems after arriving it looked like it was going to be a complete disaster. Luckily, the BerkelBike team persevered, resulting in me smashing my personal best and winning a Silver medal. Thanks for all the great support from everybody; it’s been one heck of a week.” Johnny, 21, was paralysed in a trampolining accident five years ago. His extraordinary commitment to staying fit and active is supported by fundraising through Tree of Hope that helps him pay for pioneering training sessions at Neurokinex, based in Watford.

FURLEY PAGE MAKES A BIG IMPACT AT PLOUGHING MATCH A bomb scare failed to spoil the fun as law firm Furley Page welcomed guests to its marquee at the 72nd East Kent Ploughing Match at Grange Farm, Mill Lane, Nonington, near Canterbury. In addition to its annual laser clay competition, this year Furley Page teamed up with The Hawking Centre from Doddington Place Gardens and guests were entertained by a birds of prey flying display, terrier racing and ‘have a go’ archery. A highly competitive laser clay competition ended with Paul Abbott claiming the highest score. Unexpected drama was provided when an unexploded mortar shell was discovered during the ploughing match. Police and a bomb disposal team were called and a controlled explosion was carried out. LOCAL NEWS

“We welcomed clients old and new to our stand while also supporting local food and drink companies,” says Senior Associate Ethan Desai from Furley Page’s Agriculture and Rural Business Team. “Produce from The Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Kent Crisps and Westwell Wines all featured in our wonderful buffet lunch.” Ethan adds: “The East Kent Ploughing Match is a terrific day out suitable for adults and children alike. It has been a popular feature of the region’s agricultural scene for many decades and we were delighted to be involved yet again.” Furley Page’s expertise in Agriculture and Rural Business is recommended by The Legal 500 while its specialist team is also regarded as a recognised practitioner by Chambers UK.

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WillOW GranGe PaSSeS WitH FlyinG COlOUrS When searching for a new home, ensuring that there are good schools in the surrounding area is a strong deciding factor for parents. According to Santander Bank, over a quarter of parents with children of a school age have bought a new property in order to secure an address within their desired school catchment area . Nestled in the beautiful Kent countryside and boasting an exceptional collection of homes, Countryside’s Willow Grange requires no compromise when it comes to the proximity of highperforming schools. With a range of options, families will be spoilt for choice at Willow Grange. Schools in the local area include Coxheath Primary School and the recently renovated Cornwallis Academy, both of which are less than a mile from the development. Oakwood Park Grammar school and Maidstone Grammar school are also within close proximity and are rated outstanding by OFSted. Overlooking the Weald landscape of Kent, Willow Grange is a collection of 66 two, three and four


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Kent place names, field names and surnames will be discussed at a conference at Canterbury Christ Church University on Saturday 12th November (2016). Some of today’s Canterbury place names remind us of orchards, fields and meadows that disappeared many years ago. Solly’s Orchard is now a garden at Greyfriars Chapel; miller’s Field, beside the river Stour, is now mostly covered by a car park; Beverley Meadow, St Stephen’s, is now a public park. Chapman’s Meadow, on the Pilgrims’ Way, is still unspoilt but is threatened by a vast 4,000-homes garden suburb, the biggest planning application in the city’s history. It will cover an area of farmland larger than the city centre. in maidstone, Fairmeadow, where the town’s fairs were held, is now a multi-lane highway to the m20. Examples like these will be cited by Dr Paul Cullen, an authority on English place names. Originally from Pluckley and Canterbury, Paul is now a research associate at the University of the West of England in Bristol and is also known as folk-punk musician Paul Carbuncle. LOCAL NEWS

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October saw the launch of three and four bedroom detached homes at Heron Fields, in Sittingbourne, Kent, a flagship development from Westerhill Homes and Hyde New Homes. Local Kent family man, Adam Phillips, an electrician, has already purchased one of the three-bedroom homes and recently moved in with his wife, young son and new-born baby. Adam Phillips said: “We are so impressed with everything at Heron Fields. Having the chance to live and work in such a superb location and within the perfect home to raise our family - we just had to sign up there and then. We are so lucky to have the playing field close by as well. It will be perfect for my son and I to have a kick-around in when he is a little older.” Set on the fringes of open countryside, Heron Fields is a new development of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached homes with landscaped gardens at Great Easthall. The properties have access to a multitude of recreational pursuits and leisure activities, with large playing fields close by. Kings Cross St Pancras is accessible within an hour direct from Sittingbourne station, just 2.5 miles from Heron Fields. With the first phase of the development nearing completion and over thirty residents already calling it home, Heron Fields is a growing community with a number of well-established schools nearby, such as Murton Infants, alongside Independent and Grammar Schools, with both Borden CoE, Rodmersham Primary School and Estlands School rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

A group of disability campaigners from the South East have criticised local NHS bosses for ignoring calls to invest in specialist care for people with muscular dystrophy. NHS providers have refused to fund a single, vital ‘care advisor’ role in the South East, a decision which is costing the taxpayer £6million a year on avoidable hospital admissions. The lack of coordinated care is only leaving patients vulnerable to severe health complications. Sulaiman Khan, from Woodford Green, East London, has congenital muscular dystrophy, while Andy Robertson, 35, from Canterbury, has limb girdle muscular dystrophy. Both conditions cause severe muscle-wasting and weakening. Care advisors provide practical and emotional support for families affected by muscle-wasting conditions. They also offer advice and information, and educate other local health professionals. Shockingly, there are no care advisors based at the eight specialist neuromuscular centres in London. These centres provide healthcare for around 9,000 people in London, as well as a further 5,000 in the South East area. This compares to four expert care advisors for 6,000 people in the South West, three for 6,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber and three for 5,000 people in the East Midlands. In July, an in-depth report from Muscular Dystrophy UK revealed 40% of hospital admissions could have been prevented had patients had access to better coordinated care.


23% oF PARENTS IN THE SoUTH EAST ARE STRESSED ABoUT HALF-TERM With half-term fast approaching, although the kids might be excited to have some time off, 1 in 5 parents find the break stressful due to the associated costs – both for childcare and keeping the kids entertained. According to the latest research from Equifax, parents pay on average £144 for childcare during half-term and £179 on keeping their children entertained. This brings the average total to £323 for the week - over £60 per day. The holiday appears to be taking its toll on parents in Scotland the most, with 32% saying they are stressed out about the cost, followed by 29% of parents in the South West and 23% in the South East. The cost of keeping the kids entertained also comes at a price and, again, parents in the North East are some of the biggest spenders with 18% having to pay out up to £200. Parents in the North West are also having to dig deep, with nearly a quarter of those living in the region spending up to £150. “The cost of half-term is clearly taking its toll on parents, with an overwhelming 62% saying that the cost of school holidays is increasing year on year,” said Lisa Hardstaff, Equifax credit information expert. “It is only the first half-term of the academic year, yet it is interesting to see just how quickly the costs can add up. In previous research we found that parents had to find an additional £300 to kit their child out at the start of new academic year.”

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CHARITY CALLS FOR SCHOOLS IN KENT TO CLOSE GAP FOR DISADVANTAGED PUPILS National education charity, Achievement for All, is calling for schools in Kent to implement its schools programme after an independent review by PwC revealed that disadvantaged pupils from schools supported by the charity are closing the achievement gap with their peers in reading, writing and maths. A review of 25 schools supported by the Achievement for All Achieving Schools programme between 2011 and 2015, indicated that pupils with special educational needs (SEN), those eligible for Pupil Premium funding and low attainers consistently made progress at a higher rate than expected for their year groups. One school reported that it had moved out of the bottom cohort in the country for maths into the top 25 per cent. Achievement for All is focused on raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. The charity’s Achieving Schools programme aims to create better life chances for children and young people, and provide a solution to break intergenerational poverty. Achieving Schools is a two-year whole school improvement framework aimed at helping the one in five children who are falling behind at school. The programme is delivered directly into schools by Achievement for All coaches - education specialists who have an extensive background in the sector. PwC’s review shows that the Achieving Schools programme has reached 2,547 schools since the charity began five years ago, with nearly 100,000 children directly benefitting from the programme.



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“What has impressed me most, apart from the excellent facilities is the high calibre and commitment of all the staff, they really care and have been supportive of us.” Daughter of resident

The session to become a Dementia Friend involves learning more about the disease, what it’s like to live with and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities, turning understanding into action. Sarah continues: “It is so rewarding to hear people have chosen actions, from sharing what they’ve learnt with a friend, being more patient when out in their community to volunteering for an organisation that helps people with dementia.” The next session is now taking place on Tuesday 15th November between 6pm and 7pm, so please get in touch if Sanctuary Care can support you or if you’d like to become a Dementia Friend and help to make a real difference to the lives of those living with dementia by emailing Sarah on Sarah.webber@



ention the name Gravesend Airport and most memories reflect back to the Battle of Britain when it was a fighter command station. Long before this however, the airfield was home to a company producing racing planes designed to bring glory to an industry that had mainly manufactured fighting aircraft during World War One. The story really begins during that conflict when Australian born Edward Wikner Percival had travelled to Britain and joined the Royal Flying Corps. He was assigned to No. 60 Squadron in France in 1917, where he honed his flying skills before transferring to No. 11 Squadron and seeing service in the Middle East. It was whilst serving in Egypt that he designed and built his first aeroplane based on the Bristol F.2B. With the Armistice Percival was appointed to the Air Ministry as a test pilot but not happy with this, he left to form his own aviation company in partnership with Lieutenant

Commander E B W Leake. In 1932 he set up business in the former British Aircraft Company premises owned by Jimmy Lowe-Wylde in Maidstone (See July 2015 issue) and began to manufacture the first of his designs known as the Gull series. The Percival Aircraft Company, as it became known, soon found that the production of this series of aircraft was too large for the Maidstone premises. It was necessary for Percival to contract work out to George Parnall and Sons of Yate in Gloucestershire. This arrangement lasted for two years until 1934 when an opportunity came to move the company to the new airport at Gravesend. With all the legal requirements completed the setting up of the new factory went swiftly ahead. It was not long before Percival turned his thoughts to the King’s Cup Air Race and just how he could adapt one of the Gull series to win. In a few weeks he designed and built a small, single engine, low wing monoplane of wooden construction. It was powered by a 165hp Napier Javelin 1A engine with the first flights taking place in a

The modern day equivalent of the King’s Cup Race, the Red Bull Air Race pictured at Kemble LOCAL HISTORY

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Advertising the air race from Folkestone in which the Mew gull took place

Gravesend Airport between the wars

The Mew Gull G-AEXF pictured at Gravesend Airport LOCAL HISTORY

March 1934. Exchanging the Javelin engine for a Gipsy Six engine, Percival entered the aircraft, G-ACND, for the King’s Cup race of July 13th, 1934. Sadly he failed to find a place despite a speed of 191mph and disillusioned, he bought the aircraft back to Gravesend and promptly dismantled it. Undeterred, Percival built the Mew Gull Mark II G-ACND which after its first appearance at the Hendon SBAC show was re-engined with a French 180hp Regnier engine. With this the aircraft was entered in the French Coupe Armand Esders, a race of 1,046 miles. Averaging a speed of 188mph, it won the premier award. Returning to Gravesend the French engine was replaced by the usual Gipsy Six but on subsequent flights, the Gull was flown by Count de Chateaubrun, the Percival representative in France. Unfortunately he acquired the reputation of being the only pilot to bail out of a Mew Gull when he was forced to abandon G-ACND due to a blanket of fog. By now the company was firmly established at Gravesend Airport. Two hangars had been constructed to accommodate the Percival works and with an increasing workforce, production of the Gull series gathered pace. Edgar himself, apart from being around the factory most times, was busy arranging entries to most of the air races of the day. A noted and well respected character, he could always be recognised due to the fact that he chose to fly dressed in a lounge suit topped by a Trilby hat. Consequently he became known to all as ‘the hat’! September 1935 saw Percival enter his third Mew Gull G-AEKL (this was the first production aircraft) in the King’s Cup Race managing a respectable 4th place. Later in the year the Folkestone Trophy Race gave him a 7th place and with two more Mew Gulls coming off the production line, this was encouraging enough for Percival to enter the aircraft in the Schlesinger African Air Race in 1936. The three aircraft chosen were G-ADKL flown by Tom Campbell Black, ZS-AHM for Major A Miller and ZS-AHO for Captain S Halse. Tragedy

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was to strike before the race started when Campbell Black was involved in a taxiing accident at Speke Airport and was sadly killed. The other two aircraft were also beset by problems caused by fuel and earth getting up into the Spats or wheel housing. None of this however was to deter Percival from racing his Mew Gulls and over the next year or so there were wins at the Newcastle Race when Charles Gardner reached a speed of 221mph and Alex Henshaw won the Folkestone Trophy Race at a speed of 210mph. In 1937 all three Mew Gulls were entered for the King’s Cup Air Race with wins for two of them. By this time Gravesend and Percival were becoming well known throughout the aviation racing world. This fame also attracted many personalities to fly the Gull range from Gravesend. In 1933 Charles Kingsford Smith flew a Percival Gull Four named ‘Miss Southern Cross’ from England to Australia in the record breaking time of 7 days, 4 hours and 44 minutes. Miss Amy Mollinson (Johnson) left Gravesend on May 4th, 1936 in a Percival Gull Six setting a new world record for a flight to South Africa and back followed by Miss Jean Batten from New Zealand who flew a Percival Gull from England to Australia in October 1936. With his production of the Gull series and the fact that Gravesend Airport was becoming a starting point for breaking records, Edgar Percival began to look around for a less crowded site. He chose Luton Airport in Bedfordshire and with the move completed by 1938 Gravesend was set to become a fighter command airfield for the RAF. Percival went on to design and build the rugged little Proctor aircraft which saw service at many wartime airfields. In 1944 the company was taken over by Hunting Aircraft and although Edgar Percival did form a new company, the halcyon days of flying were long gone. Very little remains of Gravesend Airport today, the site being swallowed up by the Riverside housing estate but the Mew Gull, G-AEXF, is seen at many air displays as part of the Shuttleworth Collection. mmm By ROBIN J BROOKS

Another beautiful design by Percival, the Vega Gull

Edgar Percival with his Mew Gull

Mew Gull G-AFAA - A similar plane that won the King’s Cup Air Race in 1937 at a speed of 230mph

Mew Gull G-AEKL at the Folkestone Air Trophy Race at Lympne on July 30, 1938


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GET CREATIVE Folkestone Book Festival


olkestone Book Festival is a place to feel part of a community, to gather and listen to stories, to question and to laugh, to reflect on the big picture and take the long view. It will also be a place to nurture one’s individual creativity and to reflect on what makes us human. The programme is as eclectic as possible so that everybody can find something they like. Whether you want to bring the kids or come with a friend, listen to talks about Monet or money, food or poison, gay culture or Tudor Queens, fighting depression or terrorism, you should find something you want to attend. There will be lots of occasions to take part through walks and workshops. As to


Featuring: Philip Ardagh, Jonathan Coe, Damian Collins, David Crystal, Margaret Drabble, Marcus du Sautoy, Claudia Hammond, Victoria Hislop, Shappi Khorsandi, Ken Livingstone, Michael Pennington, Martin Rees, Axel Scheffler, Lemn Sissay, Rose Tremain, Alison Weir, Mike Yardy.

your Christmas shopping, the Canterbury Christ Church bookshop will sort you out. So do explore the programme (and don’t miss the fringe either) and Folkestone Creative look forward to seeing you on Friday 18th November to switch on the Christmas lights with the wonderful Jonathan Coe.


Release Date: December 21st, 2016 Two hours and twenty minutes Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.


Release Date: December 21st, 2016 One hour and fifty six minutes On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.


Release Date: December 21st, 2016 One hour and thirty nine minutes A grieving Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) examines her husband’s (John Carroll Lynch) legacy as the nation mourns his death. The film follows Jacqueline Kennedy in the days when she was First Lady in the White House and her life following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. It focuses on Theodore H. White’s Life magazine interview with the widow at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. FILMS FEATURE

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Release Date: December 9th, 2016 One hour and fifty six minutes


Release Date: December 16th, 2016 One hour and thirty four minutes

A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner’s idyllic life is marred by the constant travelling of her handsome second husband. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband, who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths.

When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.


Release Date: December 16th, 2016 Two hours and eight minutes


Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

A hardworking bus driver (Adam Driver) in Paterson, N.J., writes heartfelt poems every day before his shift begins.

Release Date: December 28th, 2016 One hour and fifty eight minutes

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WHAT’S ON & WHEN Christmas Shop Biddenden Vineyards 5th November - 24th December

November Farmers Market Penshurst Place 5th November

The Christmas shop opens on Saturday 5th November. So get your Christmas shopping underway by personalising your own hamper or gift tray, ideas to suit any budget. You can choose from a festive selection of local jams, chutneys, beers, honey, cheeses, liqueurs and much more… A perfect present for the ultimate foodie or avid drinks enthusiast! Warm Monks Delight will also be on offer whilst you have a browse. For more information please call 01580 291726 or visit the website

The Times named Penshurst Farmers’ Market in its list of top ten markets in the UK, with over 40 stalls offering the best local food and drink, the market is a must for anyone looking to learn more about the produce of Kent, and the people who supply it. Set in the car park of Penshurst Place, the market is held every month with a special Christmas market in December. For more details please call 01892 870307 or visit the website

The Mousetrap Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 7th - 12th November The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London and now the 60th anniversary production is here for the first time! The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. For more information please call 01892 530613 or visit the website

Talk: Mira Calix Turner Contemporary, Margate 9th November Mira Calix is an award winning artist, composer and performer, recognised internationally both for her releases on the Warp label and for multi-disciplinary installations and performances commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Portrait Gallery. This artist talk will focus on Calix’s recent project, ‘The Moving Museum”, a public sound work installed in a public bus running daily through Nanjing, China. Created in collaboration with students at Nanjing University, the piece was a response to a collection of Colourfiled paintings curated by Calix.. For more details please call 01843 233 000 or visit the website EVENTS IN KENT








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Rock The Night Away! Elvis Tribute Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel 11th November 2016 - 17th June 2017 Rock The Night Away! - Elvis Tribute. The ultimate evening of entertainment -enjoy a delicious two course dinner and join the legendary Scott Elvis, Elvis tribute, as he sings all your favourite songs from the King of rock and roll. For more details please call 0844 815 9045 or visit the website

Commando Series Hever Castle 12th - 13th November Commando Series returns to Hever Castle in 2016 but this time for the whole weekend! Pick your experience, from: ‘Treat Me Like A Commando’ with authentic instructors on course and the chance to carry a rifle and webbing weighing 21lbs, to ‘Just Get Me Round’ and ‘We Are Family’. There are different level obstacles and it is open to 8 years plus (accompanied by an adult). Over and above the obstacle course, you can immerse yourself in the experience by sleeping in the Castle caves and taking part in a survival experience. For more information please call 01732 865224 or visit the website

Abba Forever The Woodville Theatre 12th November ABBA Forever is one of the UK’s leading International tribute shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band. The unique ABBA sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. Two outstanding ABBA girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a wellpolished and gently humorous show. The wonderful lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful harmony by all six performers on stage. Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top class musicianship and an ALL LIVE performance ensures that the ABBA Forever Show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final singalong chorus of this two hour spectacular. For further details please call 08442 439 480 or visit EVENTS IN KENT

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Shalamar Margate Winter Gardens 22nd November

A Shot In The Dark - Murder Mystery Evening Eastwell Manor Hotel 19th November

Shalamar - one of the most successful soul groups of all time, selling 25 million albums worldwide – add Margate Winter Gardens to their UK tour (22nd November). Soul Train producer Dick Griffey had the idea of a Soul Train singing group and drafted in Jeffrey to start forming the band. Shalamar went on to have world-wide hits such as ‘Night to Remember, There It Is, I Can Make You Feel Good,’ and many others. Shalamar toured the world and filled arenas and stadiums. For more information please call on the number 01843 292795 or visit the website

Welcome to the 1930s where this dastardly murder will keep you guessing until the end. Events unfold on the wonderful Darling Estate - join an assortmant of guests as they prepare for tomorrow’s big shoot and look forward to their evening meal. Who will die and how? With so many weapons being polished anything could happen! Try to solve this cunning murder and find out for yourself. This event is suitable for all ages and the price will include a champagne reception, three course dinner with house wine, coffee and petits fours. Themed Dress Optional. For further details please call 01233 213000 or visit

Black Friday Event Ashford Designer Outlet 25th November Shop till you drop at our Black Friday event this year on the 25th November, with even more savings across the centre from all your favourite designer brands in the run up to the festive period. For more details please call 01233 895 900 or visit

World War I - A Soldiers Life Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 19th November Come and find out about being a soldier in World War I. Hear about the call up, uniforms, rank and PALS from the ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ re-enactment group. There will be three interactive sessions throughout the day at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30 with opportunities to look closely at and handle objects in between. Children can also make a WWI Sopwith Camel plane to take home (£2 per child). For more information please call 01622 602838 or visit the website EVENTS IN KENT

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Jon Richardson: Work in Progress Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone 15th November Come and see Jon Richardson as he works on his new material ahead of a major UK tour. Away from his live stand up, the British Comedy Award 2013 Nominee is best known as team captain on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. He is massively in demand for television and radio appearances and his recent TV credits include ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC ONE), ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC ONE), ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02’ and most recently ‘Taskmaster’ (DAVE). He also hosts ‘The Warm Up’ show on talkSPORT with Matt Forde every Saturday. For information please call 01622 758611 or visit

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind Ramsgate Music Hall 18th November After last years balls out rock n roll full throttle show, Jim wanted to return… and round 2 is lining up! Singer/guitarist Jim Jones’s distinctive musical history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. “Jones is clearly in the business of thwarting expectations; no bad thing when the group are as good as this… It’s controlled chaos and The Righteous Mind deliver on all levels tonight” – Louder Than War. “Seductive, slow burn narco rock” – The Independent. “Channelling the moody atmospherics of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds… Boil Yer Blood ramps up the raunch with whisky-soured hellaciousness to spare” – Classic Rock. The latest manifestation of his ever-evolving sonic vision, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind were in the studio recording a new collection of songs a mere five days after the Revue’s final sold out show at London’s Forum, setting course for darker musical waters in search of rare and exotic beasts. For further details please call 01843 591815 or visit


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The Dickens Experience Rochester High Street 26th November - 18th December Join Elijah Puddlephat and his nemesis, Mr Charles Dickens on an exciting adventure back in time. Born and bred in Dickens Country, Elijah Puddlephat is Medway’s second most famous novelist. He firmly denies any feelings of jealousy towards Mr Dickens, describing their relationship as a healthy rivalry. Elijah is thrilled to welcome you all on this fascinating journey visiting some of Dickens’ haunts, houses and literary inspirations. Are you are sitting comfortably? Then let the tour begin. Tours start from the Guildhall Museum in Rochester at 10.30am and 2.00pm on the following weekends: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December. Each tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Prices £12.50 adults and £10 concessions. For more information please call 01634 338141 or visit the website

Matt Woosey Sarah Thorne Theatre Company, Broadstairs 26th November Matt Woosey’s time is now. His 8th studio album, Desiderata, captures the most daring and progressive music of his career. His acclaimed solo shows movement between folk, roots, ambient and electronica. He’s an artist who slips the creative straight jacket of the modern industry, a trailblazer with no reverse gear, a performer who drags the acoustic guitar kicking and screaming into fresh relevance. “You’ve got to keep progressing”, says the Malvern based singer songwriter. “Like John Martyn. Like Robert Plant. Like Radiohead”. Ticket £10 in advance/friends, £12 on the doors. For more details please call 01843 863701 or visit the website

Festive Family Fun Day Ashford High Street 26th November Join in for Ashford’s biggest festive celebration right in the heart of the town centre. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto and enjoy family fun activities taking place throughout the day under twinkling Christmas lights. For further details please visit the website

Santa Specials 2016 New Romney Station 26th - 27th November A sell out in 2015, with November dates being especially popular with busy families in the lead up to Christmas. Depart New Romney station for the 30 minute journey to Dungerness where you will spend the next hour. Meet Santa for the children to receive their gift and enjoy seasonal refreshments in the End Of The Line Restaurant, before re joining the train for the 30 minute return journey to New Romney where there will be a chance to frolic in the snow. For more information please call 01797 362353or visit EVENTS IN KENT



he Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. This is achieved by challenging men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Since Movember’s humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia when 30 men grew moustaches, Movember has become a truly global movement, inspiring more than 4 million men and women to participate across 21 countries. The Movember community has raised over $550 million, and has funded more than 800 programmes to date. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Men and women sign up online to grow or support only the moustache. Men start November 1st clean-shaven and grow their moustache for 30 days, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their moustache-growing efforts. CHARITY FEATURE

The Movember Foundation’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. This is achieved by getting men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Together with the Movember community over $550 million has been raised, and has funded more than 800 world-class programmes in 21 countries.

Men (also known as Mo Bros), with their new moustaches, become walking, talking billboards. Similar to a run or walk for charity, they use their hairy ribbon to spark conversations around the often ignored issue of men’s health and seek to raise funds to support the work of the Movember Foundation. Movember’s not just for men. Women who support men’s health, known as Mo Sistas, are an important part of Movember’s success. They get involved in the same way as men, except they don’t need to grow a moustache. They sign up on, start a team, recruit the men in their lives to participate, donate, fundraise, plan and participate in events. Most importantly they rally the men in their lives to join the movement, grow moustaches and have important conversations about men’s health. Meaningful strides have been taken toward achieving many goals, but there is more work to be done. Each of the causes they support remains in desperate need of further funding, and continue to be issues that men are often uncomfortable discussing.



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MMM Magazine November '16  

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

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