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elcome to the October edition of mmm magazine – your indispensable guide to autumn in this great and inspiring county of ours. We were rather blessed, in the end, with the summer weren’t we? It may have taken a long time to arrive, but to still be enjoying sizzling temperatures in September made it all worthwhile.But now, with the nights drawing in, our focus switches from heat and sunshine to the glorious onset of a season which is vibrant in colour as nature readjusts in preparation for the winter ahead. There’s also that delicious thrill of the temperatures dropping and our homes becoming cosy and more welcoming than ever before. Not to mention log fires in cosy inns and restaurants for perfect days and nights out. But here’s one way to warm yourself up this year – simply flick through the pages of this month’s magazine. It’s packed with all the latest fashion and features you have come to expect. This month we focus on Joan Collins, a star of distinction and a timeless classic. She remains supremely glamorous and continues to be such an inspirational character. Inside we feature the work of David Jason – surely one of the most loved of all British actors. Who could ever forget his memorable role as Pop Larkin, enjoying what seemed like an endless summer right here in Kent? Little wonder Pluckley still remains a popular tourist draw as people continue to flock to experience the real life world of the Darling Buds of May. But surely the role we all remember him by is as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter. A man always on the look out for a few bob and creating some of the most memorable moments in television for generations. The cast’s trip to Margate for a Christmas special continues to hold a very special place in the heart of its millions of fans. Somewhere Del would have loved to have been was Salon Privé, held at Oxford’s majestic Blenheim Palace which I attended recently. Packed full of glitz and glamour, it pulled in crowds attracted to the opportunity to see up close some of the most amazing luxury and exclusive motor vehicles. It really was a fabulous day out. Or ‘lovely jubbly’ as Del would have said. With Halloween lurking at the end of the month, we promise you plenty of treats with no threat of a trick inside this month’s edition of mmm. And, as ever, we’d love to hear from you with your views and opinions. We always enjoy hearing your feedback and it all influences how we go forward. So sit back, warm up, and enjoy this edition – we’ll look forward to welcoming you again next month. See you soon! Rasa





Haunting experience

mmm’S SELECTION OF RETAILERS Experience the latest style trends

BEAUTY Fragrances for all



ROLEX 42 Deapsea challenge

FITNESS The perfect gym routine



FOOD 54 Sensational recipes

SIR DAVID JASON Lovely Jubbly!


BEDROOMS Seven tips for designing your bedroom

MOTORS Exclusive Salon Privé 2016

HISTORY Obelisk memorial by Robin J Brooks


HOROSCOPES 144 October prediction by Ali Janes

MMM Media Ltd GHL House, 1st Floor, 12-14 Albion Place Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DZ Tel: 01622 299035 Publisher: Rasa Dregva Editorial: Tom White, Robin J Brooks, Tricia Lester, Sarah Vince Design: Matthew Jones Sales: Sue Houghton, Jessica Kaur Further Contribution: Tracy Jones All rights reserved. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written consent from the publisher. © MMM Media Ltd 2016


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hen it comes to stars with staying power, then it’s hard to look much further than Joan Collins – a woman who first took to the stage in the 1940s and continues to this day. Now 83, she is relishing her role as the elder stateswoman of the entertainment industry – taking cameos in such movies as the big screen outing of comedy’s Absolutely Fabulous – and on October 5th rounded off a UK tour of theatres discussing her life and times in front of a sell-out audience at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre. Still supremely glamorous, her early


career was synonymous with sexy roles which showed off her natural assets, and, in truth, it has never really left her. Find another octogenarian with such style and you’ll be doing well. Now a dame, having been knighted in 2014, she remains a svelte size 10 and remains determined to keep looking her best. “I watch my weight because I’m quite bosomy so if I don’t, I just look like a lump,” she admits, “I don’t count calories and I eat healthily, but I eat dairy. I don’t believe in all this no fat thing. “I have always worn sun protection, and have kept my face away from harmful rays since I was 20.

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‘You should see me when I wake up in the morning; my face is so white, it’s like a sheet. ‘I’m a chocoholic – but I believe that moderation is the key. “And I will never define by style by my age – I’ll wear a leather skirt, even a bikini, if I want to. Clothes are my passion and I adore them.” And that approach has meant she continues to defy age and look almost permanently as the world remembers her the most – as the devious Alexis Carrington Colby in US soap sensation Dynasty; an

extravagant show which, along with Dallas, dominated the world’s screens during the excessive 1980s. Not that clothes have always played the biggest part in some of her most notorious roles, such as the 1970s hit The Stud and The Bitch – both films based on books by her late best-selling novelist sister, Jackie Collins. Jackie, who sold more than 500 million copies of her books, died in 2015 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer which she had kept hidden from the public. 

The world was a pretty good place for my generation in the sixties, seventies and eighties, even into the mid-nineties. as market traders.... Then there was 9/11 and it’s all gone to rack and ruin. I worry for my grandchildren.


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Explains Joan: “I still have not processed it totally and I think that grief, great grief, is something that takes a while to process. You never get over it, you just learn to live with it. “People loved her and there was a tremendous outpouring of grief from the public after she died.” For Joan, her career started young. Born in London in 1933, she grew up during the war years and made her theatrical debut at the tender age of nine when she secured a role in A Doll’s House and went on to learn her craft at the acclaimed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her parents certainly influenced her career. Her mother was a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, while her father was an agent to the stars, working with the likes of The Beatles, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. By the time she was 17 she inked a deal with the Rank film studio and in 1951 appeared in Lady Godiva Rides Again – a movie most notable today for both her debut and an early role for the legendary Diana Dors. She appeared in a string of movies, including the final ‘Road’ movie of the classic double act of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Road to Hong Kong in 1962. And she admits she’s seen a lot of changes in the world since those early days. She says: “The world was a pretty good place for my generation in the sixties, seventies and eighties, even into the mid-nineties. “Then there was 9/11 and it’s all gone to rack and ruin. I worry for my grandchildren.” But it was the role in Dynasty which she secured in 1981 which would make her a household name around the world. And it was a character she says she based on a certain US presidential candidate, explaining: “I based Alexis on Donald Trump - Alexis is very tough in business. “I met Donald around that time. His then wife Ivana was a very good friend of mine.” a CELEBRITY STORY

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And she’s tipping her old pal for victory, adding: “We need a really strong leader of the free world, who’s going to crack down on terrorism - however that’s done. “I have certain ideas but I’m not going to talk about them because they’d be politically incorrect.” Certainly her life has rarely been dull – with her love life making the headlines as much as her movie roles. Married five times, she has three children and three grandchildren. She has been married to Percy Gibson since 2002. One of her headline grabbing romances was with Bill ‘Bungalow’ Wiggins, however they never made it up the aisle, he was a property developer who now lives with his wife in a farmhouse near Leeds Castle. At 83 she shows no signs of slowing down or, quite honestly, acting her age. And quite frankly, would we want her too? mmm


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supernatural phenomena


f you’re looking for something to go bump in the night this Halloween, you need look no further than within the borders of this very county. From ghostly activity at some of Kent’s oldest buildings, to spooky tales of ghostly women walking in front of cars and terrifying stories of a winged beast, there’s plenty to send a shiver down your spine. You can put that scary film you were about to watch back in the box and settle down to some of the most frightening stories we at MMM could find. Don’t have nightmares now...


Of all the stories which haunt the county, perhaps this is one of the most infamous. The tale has slight variations, but all will make you think twice about driving along the main road which links Maidstone and Medway; Blue Bell Hill. The common thread to all stories is of motorists being shocked when a young woman suddenly appears from nowhere and walks straight into the path of their car. Convinced they have struck a pedestrian, the frantic motorist leaps out of the car only to find no trace of any woman and no damage to their car. In 1969 a Rochester motorist claimed to have seen two women step in front of a car, only for the vehicle to pass straight through them. HALLOWEEN FEATURE

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Five years later, in perhaps the most famous incident, Maurice Goodenough had his tale reported by the News of the World when he had, what he described as the most “terrifying moment of my life�. He struck a young girl who walked in front of him as he drove along the road. He jumped out to find her laying injured in the road. He covered her body with his coat and attempted, in vain, to flag down passing cars. Frightened to move her, he drove to the nearest police station and reported what had happened. When crews reached the scene, however, they found nothing but the coat. There was no sign of blood, no damage to the car. Despite nationwide appeals, no-one ever came forward to shed light on the mystery. It was put down to being another appearance by the Blue Bell Hill ghost. And in 1992 bus driver Ian Sharpe, 54, reported how a woman stared straight into his eyes before walking into the path of his car. Convinced he had hit her, he got out and searched under the car and on the verge, only to find nothing. Only when he reported the incident to the police, and a search found nothing, did it become apparent it was another sighting of the Blue Bell Hill ghost. But where did it all spring from? The popular theory is it relates to a 1965 car crash in which three women died. One, it is claimed, was on the eve of her wedding. It is her distressed ghost which haunts one of the county’s busiest roads for ever more. a


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Dating back to 1966, the Mothman is a legend born in West Virginia in the US where a number of sightings were made in Point Pleasant. Sightings continued until 46 people were killed when the local Silver Bridge collapsed, allowing a legend to spring up that the two incidents were related. More recently a movie was made – the chilling Mothman Prophecies – based on a book which in turn was based on the apparently true story. Yet three years earlier, in November 1963, there is a recorded sighting of the so-called Mothman – a man with ten-foot wings and red, glowing eyes – rather closer to home, in Hythe. Walking home after a night out three teenagers reported seeing a man-like figure with wings appear in undergrowth, while five days later someone else spotted a strange flying creature, and tracks were found nearby. It remains unexplained to this day.


The historic monument has stood overlooking the Channel for centuries; protecting our shores for centuries. Little wonder, then, that its walls are said to be teeming with unexplained phenomena. There are tales of a sobbing woman in a red dress, the bizarre sightings of the lower half of a man’s body. Perhaps most spine-tingling is the tale of the headless drummer – said to be a youngster who was ambushed and his head cut off. HALLOWEEN FEATURE


It is impossible to discuss Kent’s history of ghosts without mention of Pluckley – long since dubbed the most haunted village in Britain. There are so many tales of bizarre goings-on that police are forced to step up patrols and frequently issue warnings to ensure crowds of ghost-hunters don’t all descend on the village for Halloween. There’s the Red Lady who is said to rise from her grave outside the church of St Nicholas, and the White Lady – a relative who also comes back to the land of the living. Derring Woods has acquired the nickname the Screaming Woods after claims that at night you can still hear the wails of those who have got lost over the years and died. In addition there are said to be the ghost of a colonel who committed suicide, a highway man who once prowled the area and even a horse and carriage. In short, the place is awash with ghosts and ghouls. Of course, ultimately it comes down to just what you believe in. It can’t, after all, simply be a useful way of keeping visitors flooding into the little village during the quieter autumnal months could it? mmm


Halloween at Kent Life, Maidstone 22nd - 31st October

Little monsters are guaranteed plenty of ghostly goings-on this half-term at the Kent Life Heritage Farm’s Halloween Spooktacular, from October 22nd to 31st. The award-winning attraction, near Maidstone, invites you to brave the snakes, spiders and scorpions in Creepy Cuddle Corner, take a terrifying tractor ride and search for friendly ghouls on the wooden hunt. For something a little less chilling, test your artistic skills with daily pumpkin carving and craft activities and find out who’s the ghoulish of them all in the daily fancy dress competition. Kent Life is also a fun and safe place to go trick or treating, so come and knock on the doors of its frightening farmhouses and historic homes and find out who’s lurking behind them! On October 28th and 29th, there’s after-dark fun from 5.30 to 8pm with the Family Frights by Night, when the whole family can join a spooky guided tour of the historic houses. You can also burn off some steam at the Ugly Bug Ball with the Kent Life entertainers and join in the fancy dress competition. The attraction is perfect for visitors of all ages, whatever the weather. Kids can go wild in the outdoor adventure play area or soft indoor play barn, or visit the resident alpacas, sheep, pigs, goats and horses. There will also be plenty of all-weather fun in Brundle’s Big Top. For further details please call 01622 763936 or visit

Halloween at Belmont Belmont House, Faversham 30th October Spend your Halloween at Belmont where there’ll be lots of tricks and treats for all the family, including a spooky trail around the gardens, pumpkin carving and a scary workshop hosted by ‘Hand Crafted Events’. The tearoom will be open from 12.00pm for soup, cream teas and homemade cakes. For information please call 01795 890202 or visit

Halloween Murder Mystery Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel 28th October Halloween Murder Mystery! A classic Halloween tale with a team of professional actors to take you through a hilarious evening of fun and laughter. A three course meal and murder mystery event. For information please call 0844 815 9045 or visit a HALLOWEEN FEATURE

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Hever Castle Ghastly Goblins and Ghouls 22nd - 30h October

Come dressed in your scariest costume this Halloween half term for Ghastly Goblins and Ghouls taking place from October 22nd – 30th. Meet the resident goblin in his shack telling Tudor Tales and Medieval Myths, suitable for families with children of all ages. Prizes are also on offer for the best Halloween costume in each session. Enter the Castle to take the Medieval Mysteries quiz and learn about some of the mystifying myths around Halloween. Discover how this scary day has evolved over the past 800 years since Hever Castle was built. For further details please call 01732 865224 or visit

Leeds Castle 22nd - 28th October Join Leeds Castle for Halloween fun this October halfterm with a fancy dress competition at 2pm each day and prizes to be won - included with price of admission. For further details please call 01622 765400 or visit

Spooky half-term Penshurst Place, Tonbridge 15th - 30th October

Halloween fun week Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden 25th - 27th October Take part in activities including pumpkin carving and face painting. All activities are included in the ticket price, as well as unlimited journeys between Tenterden and Bodium Station on the steam and diesel trains. Family travel cards are only £38.00 and can be purchased for either 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Adult travel cards are £17.00 and children (3-15) can travel for £11.50. A special timetable will operate during october half term. For information please call 01580 765155 or visit HALLOWEEN FEATURE

Discover the life of some of Britain’s more spooky inhabitants like bats and spiders for the Spooky half-term pumpkin trail, before creating some creepy crafts to take home ready to decorate for Halloween! For more information please call 01892 870307 or visit the website

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that continued success is about more than professional pride as he described the Fort’s status: “Fort Amherst is a registered charity, and so along with the many volunteers who work hard to help raise funds, I do my best to keep making the event bigger and better to keep the grounds open free of charge and to continue vital restoration work.” All the energy poured into ensuring a horrific time is had by all seems to be paying off, with rave reviews leading to an ever increasing popularity. This is a welcome challenge for the Fort’s Marketing Manager Ross Friday, who is a long term fan of the Fort’s Halloween Horrors, having been a regular visitor for the last 20 years! He explained the unique situation in which he finds himself stating that: “It’s a very unusual situation to be so heavily involved in an attraction with which I associate so many memories - even if those memories are of being terrified! Every year I promise I won’t put myself through it again… and every year I do. I have tried other similar events, but have not been able to find the same intensity anywhere.” When asked about the enduring appeal of Fort Amherst’s Halloween Horrors, Ross speculated that “it

could be due to the volunteers who make it what it is - they’re not here for wages, but because they love what they do and I think that enthusiasm makes all the difference. I also wonder if the Fort’s genuine history and atmosphere plays a role - the area includes an ancient Saxon burial ground and is heavily researched by paranormal investigators who regularly report unexplained phenomena, and so the Fort’s genuine history serves to add to the imagined horrors of Halloween”. Credit:

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rue to its passion for underwater exploration, Rolex took an active part in the historic DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition of film-maker and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar ) in partnership with the National Geographic Society. On 26th March 2012, the expedition’s submersible descended 10,908 metres (35,787 feet) to reach Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the world’s oceans located in the Mariana Trench, south-west of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER carried an experimental divers’ watch, the ROLEX DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, on its robotic manipulator arm. The timepiece worked perfectly throughout the dive at extreme pressures, confirming Rolex’s position as the leading brand in waterproofness.




Both James Cameron’s expedition and the ROLEX DEEPSEA CHALLENGE directly echo the bathyscaphe Trieste’s historic dive on 23rd January 1960, the first and until 2012 the only manned dive to the deepestknown point in the Mariana Trench. On that exploit, an experimental Oyster model, the DEEP SEA SPECIAL, was attached to the hull and accompanied the Trieste into the abyss. It reached the record depth of 10,916 metres (35,814 feet), returning to the surface in perfect working order, a feat that remained unrivalled for more than half a century. James Cameron was thrilled at the additional opportunity to take a 1960 DEEP SEA SPECIAL with him

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in the cockpit of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER: “As soon as I got into the sub, I found a special place to attach the ‘Old Lady’, the sister of the watch that went down 52 years ago on the Trieste. She kept me company on the dive to the most remote place on this planet, and was my good luck charm.”


Rolex was therefore a natural partner, with the National Geographic Society, for the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition, a project that combined human adventure and technological innovation, the pursuit of excellence and pushed the limits of man’s potential. Such endeavours correspond to the brand’s core values and the philosophy inherited from its founder, Hans Wilsdorf. The Trieste’s dive in 1960 marked the culmination of Rolex’s relationship with the underwater world. And the partnership with James Cameron’s expedition marks a new and no less spectacular milestone in the history of the brand’s privileged ties with the oceans. A history dating back to 1926 and the invention of the OYSTER, the world’s first-ever waterproof wristwatch.


The Oyster Perpetual ROLEX DEEPSEA CHALLENGE is an experimental divers’ watch guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 12,000 metres (39,370 feet), entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex to resist the extreme pressure present in the deepest reaches of the oceans. Through its inherent qualities, tested and proven in real life conditions during filmmaker and explorer James Cameron’s dive, it is the emblematic product of an entirely integrated watchmaker with unparalleled design and production capacities.


Technically, the ROLEX DEEPSEA CHALLENGE is an enhanced version of the commercial ROLEX DEEPSEA professional divers’ watch (guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 3,900 metres or 12,800 feet) introduced in 2008. The new experimental watch is 51.4 mm in diameter and 28.5 mm thick. Its design is based on the

RINGLOCK SYSTEM case architecture of the ROLEX DEEPSEA. This intricate three-piece case architecture, developed and patented by Rolex, features a highly resistant nitrogenalloyed stainless steel support ring as the backbone of the watch. Placed inside the middle case made of 904L stainless steel, it supports a 14.3 mm thick domed sapphire crystal, made of high-purity aluminium oxide, and a 5.3 mm screw-down case back made of grade 5 titanium.

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A GUIDE TO YOUR perfect gym routine


ou’re a woman and you want to have a toned body, but you don’t want to become masculine. There is news for you! Lifting weights won’t make you bulky. Women don’t have the same hormone balance and body requirements needed to build larger, bulkier muscles like men have. Adequate nutrition and a workout plan will get you into shape. Getting to the gym is already a big step for a woman who wants to get into shape. Don’t worry you’re not the only one skeptical about lifting, however, after a couple of weeks you will become more confident, see amazing results and let yourself enjoy the experience. This is a journey you will never forget.


Women often start working out to tone their bodies. During this weight training process, there is an emphasis on important muscle groups. Remember that the whole body needs to be toned if you want to look balanced and reap the full benefits of strength training. Cardio is important to improve oxygen delivery to muscles and shed fat for a slimmer, toned look. For any form of cardio, make sure you begin at a slower speed, and increase your speed every 2 minutes until you reach the desired effort level. a


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This is your warm up. To make it easier note the effort level required on specific days of the workout routine: • At a 6/10 effort level, you should be breathing steadily, but deeply, and be able to speak a full sentence with little difficulty. • At an 8/10 effort level, you should be breathing heavily, and only able to say a few short words with some difficulty. Remember to cool down afterwards, decreasing the speed every 2 minutes until you are sufficiently cooled down. Your warm up and cool down count towards the total cardio time. This female workout plan is composed of 5 days of training: • 5 days of weight training. • 3 of those 5 days of 10 - 20 minute cardio. • 2 days of rest, you will deserve it.


People often use the word toning to say “I want to get muscle, but not too much”, and they think that doing long repetitions will provide them with this toned body. However, having a toned body actually means that you have strong muscles with a low percentage of body fat, which provides this toning effect. Therefore, toning is

largely caused by your nutrition, in addition to your workouts. Lifting moderate/ heavy weights with a short rest period allows you to burn more fat. During this women’s workout routine the main focus is on lifting moderate/ heavy weights in order to get into shape. FITNESS TIPS

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Now you know that if you want to get fit, you will have to work these muscles effectively. In order to do so, you will have to aim for a recommended rep range of: 1012 reps. This is the best rep range to achieve a good definition to your muscles. When looking at body weight exercises that do not require weights, the rep range can be increased. Since you are not limited by a set amount of weight, you are simply going through the motions of the exercise (flexing and relaxing the muscles) which requires less effort but can be very effective in strengthening and toning the target muscles. The rep range can also be increased in warm ups. When warming up, less weight should be used. The point of a warm up is to get the muscles and joints active and accustomed to the motion you’ll be doing at a higher weight to reduce the risk of injury.


If you want to get toned your body will need to recover between each set and exercise. So rest 30 seconds - 1 minute between sets and 2 - 3 minutes between exercises. Leave at least one day between each of your full-body machine weightlifting sessions. If you’re just starting out and know that you have a slower recovery system, rest for two days. More rest is better than not enough rest, so make sure you’re fully recovered and feeling great each time you step into the gym. As long as you get in at least two workouts per week, you will start seeing fitness improvements and more lean muscle mass. If you can do three sessions, then perfect, but don’t force yourself if you feel like you could use another day off. mmm FITNESS TIPS

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health benefits



umpkin, garlic, leek, pomegranate and sweet potato are all popular ingredients during the winter months, when hearty dishes provide us with comfort as the temperature outside drops. Read on to find out more about this season’s bounty of healthy fruits and vegetables. Pumpkins are native to North America and are commonly used as glowing Jack-o’-lanterns on Halloween. The flesh inside the thick shell is delicious and can be enjoyed roasted, boiled and mashed with butter, or added to casseroles, soups and curries.

When selecting a pumpkin for eating, the smaller sizes tend to be tastier. The British season for pumpkins runs between October and December, making it an ideal ingredient in hearty dishes, such as this pumpkin lasagne. Pumpkin keeps for several weeks if stored in a cool, dark, well-aired place; but should be eaten within a week once cut.


Pumpkins are extremely healthy and an excellent source of fibre. The seeds of a pumpkin can also be used and contain healthy levels of magnesium. Instead of buying ready-to-eat pumpkin seeds you could try preparing your own. Simply scoop out of the pumpkin, clean, boil for ten minutes to soften and then bake in the oven at 120°C/100°C Fan/Gas 1/2 for around 45 minutes.

Vegetables, like fruits, are low in calories and fats but contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals. All the GreenYellow-Orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin K. As in fruits, vegetables too are home for many antioxidants. These health benefiting phyto-chemical compounds firstly; help protect the human body from oxidant stress, diseases, and cancers, and secondly; help the body develop the capacity to fight against these by boosting immunity. Additionally, vegetables are packed with soluble as well as insoluble dietary fibre known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) such as cellulose, mucilage, hemi-cellulose, gums, pectin...etc. These substances absorb excess water in the colon and help its smooth passage out of the body.



Pomegranate’s jewel-like seeds are great in salads, rice dishes or desserts such as Pavlovas and fruit tarts – release the juicy jewels by cutting the fruit in half, hold over a bowl and hit with a wooden spoon. You can then discard the skin and bitter white membrane. Pomegranate is believed to have originated from Iran and is now widely grown throughout the Mediterranean, US, Middle East and India. The fruit has grown in popularity over the years because it is full of antioxidant vitamins. It also contains high levels of vitamin C, which is important for maintaining healthy skin, teeth and bones. The sweet variety of pomegranate sold in the UK varies in colour from deep red to yellow with a blushed pink skin. Pomegranates yield delicious sweet juice which can be extracted by putting the seeds in a sieve and pressing lightly with the back of a spoon – take care though, as the juice will stain clothes. Pomegranate seeds are very versatile and can be used to add flavour to sweet and savoury dishes. Try adding to salmon and spinach salad, ice cream and sorbets or simply as a juice.


Sweet potatoes aren’t actually related to ordinary garden potatoes. They have a lighter, fluffier texture and count towards your 5-a-day. Sweet potatoes, or ‘yams’ as they are known in North America, are native to tropical regions of the Americas. The flesh of sweet potatoes varies in colour from bright orange to cream and purple, making dishes such as sweet potato and spinach curry really stand out. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, while they are also rich in fibre and vitamins A, C and B6. The sweet, lightly spiced flavour of sweet potato makes it an ideal vegetable to get children eating their 5-a-day. Sweet potatoes are a versatile vegetable and taste great in soups, risottos, gratins, as wedges or double baked with a cheesy filling. a

A HEALTHY DIET When increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables, and legumes you eat, be sure to eat them in place of less nutritious foods, not in addition to them. The fibre in fruits, vegetables, and legumes is important. Diets rich in fibre-containing foods may reduce the risk of heart disease. Many fruits, vegetables, and legumes are also rich in nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium. When shopping for fruits and vegetables, choose an assortment of different types and colours to provide you with a variety of nutrients.

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Leeks are easy to prepare for cooking, simply trim off the tough green tops and roots. Slice lengthways, then rinse under running water to remove any dirt. Dry with kitchen paper and slice. Add to soups, pasta, savoury tarts, pies and stews, or fry gently and serve as a side dish. Although related to garlic and onions, leeks have a much subtler and sweeter flavour and can be used for tasty sides with hearty autumn and winter dishes. Just like their two other family members, leeks contain many of the same minerals and vitamins which have proven health benefits. Smaller leeks are often more tender and have a sweeter flavour, making them ideal for use in dishes such as leek risotto.

It is important to prepare leeks well as soil can get trapped between the layers of leaves. If slicing, place in a colander and hold under running water to remove any dirt. Leeks can be cooked easily in a number of ways, from boiling and steaming to sautĂŠing and poaching.



Garlic is one of the most important ingredients in any kitchen and is a staple of Mediterranean and Asian cooking. Just peel cloves and add crushed, chopped or sliced to stir-fries, soups and stews. Garlic, just like onions, is a member of the lily family. It’s known as one of the best medicinal plants, credited with having an ability to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folklore even claims that garlic has the ability to ward off vampires and other evil spirits! These garlic mushrooms on toasted French bread are a great way to use up garlic cloves, Garlic can be easily peeled by laying the blade of a large knife on top of the clove and the pressing down hard with the heel of your hand to loosen the skin. For simple homemade garlic bread, toast some French bread or ciabatta on a griddle pan before rubbing the clove on it and then brushing with olive oil.

FRUIT To gain the maximum benefit from fruit, eat it fresh and if the skins are edible, eat them too. Dried fruits and fruit juices count towards your five a day. Use them in moderation, though, because fruit loses most of its natural fibre in the juicing process and dried fruits lose most of their vitamin C. Try to eat two or three portions of fruit every day. One portion equates to 80g.

VEGETABLES Balance your vegetable intake between the orange/red and green varieties. The more colourful your choice, the healthier it usually is. As an easy rule, the darker and brighter the colour of the vegetable the more vitamins, minerals and fibre they usually contain. For example, spinach contains more nutrients than lettuce. Make sure you balance the more starchy vegetables like corn, butternut squash, pumpkin, peas, root vegetables and sweet potatoes with less starchy vegetables like courgettes, green beans, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower.

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Creamy bacon tagliatelle with caramelised courgettes INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp Bertolli with butter 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into 1cm wide strips 3 courgettes, halved lengthways then sliced 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 300g essential Waitrose Tagliatelle 170ml single cream 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus extra to serve

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METHOD OF HOW TO COOK • Heat the Bertolli in a large frying pan and gently cook the bacon for 5 minutes until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. • Add the courgettes to the hot pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time until tender and golden. Add the garlic, rosemary and crispy bacon, and cook for a further 2 minutes.

• Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of water for 8–10 minutes until tender. Drain and return to the warm pan, off the heat. Add the courgette and bacon mix, cream and cheese, and toss well together until the pasta is coated. • Divide the pasta between 4 bowls and finish with a little more cheese and a good grinding of black pepper.

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Come and enjoy a fabulous Afternoon Tea in the grand surroundings of a Grade II Georgian Mansion which is available to book daily between 2:30pm and 5pm for ÂŁ14.95 per person. Our Afternoon Tea Menu offers a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a collection of desserts and sweet bites.

Chocolate fondant INGREDIENTS 115g good quality dark chocolate 110g butter 125g caster sugar 105g soft peak egg whites 12g plain flour

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METHOD OF HOW TO COOK • Make a bain-marie and gradually melt the chocolate, butter and sugar. • Sift the flour, set aside. • Once chocolate mixture has melted, leave to cool. • Fold in flour gradually into chocolate mixture. • Whisk egg whites, fold into chocolate and flour mixture.

• Put into a piping bag. • Lightly oil a dariole mould and pipe mixture into mould. • Bake at 170°C for approx. eight to nine minutes. • Rest for a minute before turning out.

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INGREDIENTS Serves 2 150g dried pappardelle 250g mushrooms One banana shallot Few sprigs of fresh thyme 1 tablespoon of olive oil 30ml whipping cream 10ml white wine 10 cherry tomatoes 1 tablespoon of pesto 10ml white wine 40g goat’s cheese 1 tablespoon chopped chives

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METHOD OF HOW TO COOK • Finely chop the shallot and slice the mushroom. Strip the leaves from the thyme stems and halve the tomatoes. • Put the pappardelle in a large saucepan and cook in salted boiling water according to packet instructions. • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and gently sweat the shallot and mushrooms with the thyme leaves until soft. Add the cream and wine and simmer for a few minutes. • Stir in the pesto and tomatoes and heat for another minute more. • Drain the pasta and put back into the saucepan with a little

of the pasta cooking liquid and the mushroom sauce. Crumble in the goat’s cheese and stir through. Serve sprinkled with the chives.

CHEF’S TIP Rather than white button mushrooms, use the nuttier tasting chestnut mushrooms or a selection of wild varieties, now available in most good supermarkets, for extra flavour.



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Stylish adventure holidays River cruising along iconic waterways Norwegian fjords ultimate cruise Silversea luxury travel experience

a most beautiful sea voyage


ruising is the ultimate way to appreciate the incredible scenery of this spectacular region. Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships and long Norwegian heritage create a more authentic experience as you sail deep into the intricately carved landscapes. Entering the heart of the fjordland as it weaves through the picturesque countryside, diverting down waterways perfectly sized for our smaller ships to explore, a fairytale picture book of dominating mountains, thundering waterfalls, gleaming glaciers, rolling green hills and rich orchards presents itself as you relax comfortably on deck. You don’t have to move, we bring it all to you. When you’re ashore, the list of ‘must-do’ experiences is almost endless: enjoy a spot of fishing or go kayaking across the glassy waters; venture further into the mountainous landscapes on foot, by bike or even on a unique railway journey; stroll around Hanseatic cities and quaint villages; and much more.



Flåm is a delightful, unspoilt treasure, with quaint orchards, cottages and farmland surrounding the spellbinding waterfront. The views are nothing short of magical, whether you’re standing at the Stegastein Lookout or admiring the mighty waterfalls, Tvinde and Kjosfossen. And don’t miss the magnificent Flåm Railway, a 20km-long spiralling sensation with an abundance of photo opportunities along the way.


The beautiful UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, with its colourful timbered houses and cobbled walkways, is the historic and cultural centrepiece of Hanseatic Bergen, though the famous fish market, Troldhaugen Museum and fascinating art galleries are worth exploring too. Head to the top of Mount Fløyen via the funicular railway for an unrivalled perspective of the city. TRAVEL ASPECT

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The 10km-long Listafjord flows through Vest-Agder County at the southern tip of Norway, meandering between rugged surroundings and hills, before eventually splitting into two. Fedafjord is the southern of the two branches, an aesthetic delight with beautiful beaches dotted along the way.


Cruise the southern Stolsfjord and lose yourself in peaceful contemplation as the rolling green landscapes, craggy islands and deep blue waters surround you. Cruising Hidrasund & Strandsfjord, sail along Strandsfjord and the Hidrasund, a passage between the island of Hidra and the mainland that is less than 300 metres wide at its narrowest point. This is cruising at its best: fantastic views enjoyed from the comfort of your ship.


The Nærøyfjord has been rated joint top in National Geographic’s list of natural heritage sites worldwide: evidence enough that you’re in for something special. At just 250 metres wide at its narrowest point, it’s only accessible to smaller ships like Fred. Olsen’s. The passage through is one of the most dramatic in Europe; each twist and turn gives the impression of heading towards a dead end, which opens up as you turn each corner. Majestic fjordland is wonderfully revealed within this medley of destinations. From the quaint villages of Flåm and Olden you’ll discover dramatic valleys, glaciers and waterfalls, while enchanting scenic cruising unveils the towering cliff of Hornelen and the striking Nærøyfjord – only accessible to smaller ships like Boudicca. A visit to the gloriously remote Orkney Isles concludes this superb holiday.a TRAVEL ASPECT

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Deeply tranquil, the Nordfjord is utterly enchanting and is flanked by stunning scenery in every direction. Cruising along this magnificent waterway, you’ll pass Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff.


Both charming and incredibly beautiful, the village of Olden is a springboard for discovery. It’s the gateway to the astonishing Jostedalen Glacier and its famous branch, Briksdal, as well as the stunning Lovatnet Lake and Olden Church, built in 1759. All this means you’ll never be far from a fantastic photo opportunity.


(Pulpit Rock & Kjerag Boulder) As you make the unforgettable journey along the Lysefjord, only accessible to smaller ships like those in the Fred. Olsen fleet, you’ll be running out of superlatives to describe the incredible scenery that presents itself before you. Look out for the unmistakable Pulpit Rock, a flat-topped cliff with a 604-metre plummet into the fjord below – that’s twice as high as the Shard in London – and the fascinating Kjerag Boulder. Intriguingly wedged in a mountain crevice, this rock has become a popular spot for brave (or foolhardy) tourists to have their photo taken.



A former European Capital of Culture, Stavanger proudly flaunts its rich history. Wander round the Old Town, Gamle Stavanger, taking in the impressive Cathedral; visit the Three Swords monument; explore the Maritime Museum; discover the tropical Flor and Fjære gardens on Sør-Hidle Island; and be sure to immerse yourself in the annual Norway National Day celebrations – an event this call has been specially timed to witness.


Sail along the breathtaking Hardangerfjord. Known as ‘Queen of the Fjords’, it was voted by Norwegians as a top 10 fjord experience. There’s inspirational scenery wherever you look, from towering mountains to shimmering waterfalls, and magical glaciers to idyllic orchards.


At an impressive 127 nautical miles long, the Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway and the third longest in the world. With a steep and rocky appearance, in places it can feel almost eerie. Cruising by Fureberg Waterfall, Maurangerfjord. Experience unforgettable views as you cruise along the Maurangerfjord, past the imposing Fureberg Waterfall – be sure to keep your camera to hand.

A EUROPEAN SERENADE river cruising along iconic waterways

f you’ve ever wished that time could stand still, or at least slow down, to better appreciate the magical moments that life has to offer, a river cruise could be the perfect holiday for you. Sailing along one of Europe’s iconic waterways aboard one of these charming vessels is surely the most relaxing and sublimely comfortable way to enjoy the continent’s grand cultural cities and ever-changing scenic panoramas. There is no need to pack and unpack more than once, and moorings invariably place you at the heart of the action, just minutes’ walk from shops, bars and restaurants. No wonder river cruising has been growing hugely in popularity in recent years. For cruise holidays, there is something to recommend every significant river in Europe, from the Oder to the Volga, the Seine to the Douro, but two in particular stand out for the sheer breadth of attractions that they offer. The Rhine, winding its way 830km northeast from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, has been a ‘history-maker’ for millennia – as the barrier between Celtic and Germanic tribes, the backbone of the Frankish, Carolingian and Holy Roman Empires and, later, as the much disputed border between France and Germany. Though the river begins as a raging torrent plunging through steep mountain gorges and over waterfalls, it stabilises into the peaceful and beautiful ‘heroic Rhine’ of literature and legend,



dotted with fairy-tale castles and picturesque vineyards. This enchanting section, the Rhine of the Lorelei, the nymph who lured fishermen to their deaths with her singing, and Siegfried, who slew a dragon on its shores, forms the focus of the majority of cruises. The Danube, the longest European river outside Russia, rises in Germany’s Black Forest and flows almost 3,000km to the Black Sea, through no fewer than 10 countries, including Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia, whose capital cities stand on its banks. Another important highway of antiquity, the Danube was famed as the long-time frontier of the Roman Empire and, as such, the cultural influences to the north and south can be markedly different. Its majesty has inspired great works of literature and art, including the 16th century Danube school of landscape painting and, of course, music, most notably Johan Strauss’ waltz On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Though its waters may not always be as vividly blue as that music has its visitors expect, the Danube still presents the most romantic and captivating way to travel between Central and Eastern Europe. On both rivers there is plenty of choice for holidaymakers of all budgets, from great value 3* vessels to extraordinary deluxe floating palaces. Food on board is generally excellent, freshly prepared and inspired by the regions cruised, and many operators will also routinely include complimentary wine

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with lunch and dinner. Public spaces will most likely include lounges with panoramic views, a library, sun-deck, small gym and perhaps even a spa centre. Shore excursions vary – most operators include at least two or three in your holiday price, but some (such as Uniworld) include a choice of excursions in every major port of call. MS Serenade 1 is an enticing prospect for 2017 river cruises. This classically elegant, 136-passenger, 4* ship will undergo a refurbishment over the winter to further enhance the onboard experience, and next year it will exclusively sail the Titan flag on a full programme of imaginative itineraries. Its season begins in spring among the flower fields of Holland, high summer sees it ply fairytale stretches of the ‘Romantic Rhine’ and in late summer it continues to the mighty Danube, so rich in landscape and culture. Titan holidays are on sale only in the UK and so, with only Titan holidaymakers aboard, every

element of the cruise, from the itinerary to the cuisine, the entertainment to the shore excursions (and of course the language), will be tailored perfectly to the interests and preferences of British travellers. Cabins are more spacious than most vessels in this class, and uniquely include a separate bath and shower in every en-suite. And you also get to enjoy Titan’s multi award-winning VIP Home Departure Service, transporting you from your home to the airport and back again in comfort and style, ensuring that your river cruise holiday really does begin the moment you close your front door. Prices start at an amazing £1,049 per person, including door-to-door transfers, scheduled flights, full board accommodation, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, gala welcome and farewell dinners, and three shore excursions (on 7-night cruises, five or six on longer cruises) with Quietvox personal audio headsets. Speak to your local Baldwins Travel agent to book. TRAVEL ASPECT

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SILVERSEA MUSE ultra-luxury ship

ilversea is a world apart from other luxury holidays, delivering the ultimate all-inclusive travel experience. Owned and operated by one family, Silversea is committed to offering superlative service and an exceptional on-board experience, with large-ship amenities aboard intimate, beautifully appointed vessels. With an accent on space and privacy, the atmosphere is one of unhurried elegance. All-suite, ocean-facing accommodation comes with butler service and superior extras, from designer cosmetics to a bar stocked according to preference. Exquisite à la carte dining is served in association with Relais & Châteaux; Silversea’s preferred culinary partner, and complimentary champagne, fine wines and spirits are served throughout the ships. All on-board gratuities are also included. With


unique itineraries, including expeditions to some of the most remote places on earth, Silversea reaches all seven continents and sails to more destinations than any other cruise line. So with unique levels of choice, exquisite inclusions and outstanding service, Silversea truly offers the ultimate experience in luxury cruising. To compliment the current fleet of ships, Silversea has announced the construction of its brand new flagship, Silver Muse. Set to redefine open-air cruising for the next generation, Silver Muse begins her inaugural season in Mediterranean waters in spring 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship, with just 286 suites and a maximum capacity of 596 guests, will make its maiden voyage from Monte Carlo to Nice at the start of an exciting 2017 season. The 13-day sailing will depart on 20th April 2017 and arrive in Nice on 3rd May 2017, stopping a


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at many beautiful ports, including Barcelona, Valletta, Amalfi and Sorrento. During 2017, Silver Muse will sail throughout Europe, Canada, North and South America as well as the Caribbean, taking in over 130 destinations in 34 countries. It represents an exciting evolution of the Silver Spirit, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious allsuite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. She will boast the highest number of large suites in the fleet, the most flexibility in accommodations, and crucially more dining options than any other ultraluxury ship at sea. With eight unrivalled restaurants available, the new flagship Silver Muse is, quite simply, the superlative choice when it comes to dining. Experience the gentle aromas of Asian– fusion in Indochine, and be enthralled by the theatrical a TRAVEL ASPECT

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teppanyaki of Kabuki. Relax in the casual atmosphere of the Regina Margherita pizzeria, grill your own steak under the stars in Hot Rocks and taste the finest French cuisine at La Dame the only Relais & ChâteauxŽ restaurant at sea. Dine and dance the night away in Silver Note, not forgetting the iconic Italian restaurant, La Terrazza, and the flagship seafood and grill restaurant, Atlantide. With such a varied choice on offer, embrace your stay on board by savouring what is simply the most divine cuisine at sea. With inspired design, quality craftsmanship and technology, Silver Muse will be the highest expression of Silversea excellence.



SIR DAVID JASON Lovely Jubbly!


f there is one talent which Sir David Jason has managed to achieve during a television and radio career which has stretched back more than 50 years, it is surely that he manages to allow us to suspend our belief. Not merely that he is an actor playing a role, but that when he appears on screen we are not simply looking at his legendary comedy character – Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter. Because for 35 years he has, surely been best remembered for Peckham’s most lovable rogue. Alongside Nicholas ‘Rodney’ Lyndhurst, the Trotter family’s exploits have managed to not only keep a very special part in the British affections, but been passed down through the generations. Mutter the phrases “lovely jubbly” or “you plonker” and immediately you are reminded of their flat in Mandela House and that three-wheeled van.a

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Yet despite the stars, literally, walking into the sunset in what was billed as the final ever episode, the clamor for the show was such it returned – as well as reappearing for sketches such as when David Beckham joined them in a short film for Sport Relief. Explains Jason: “It was just a TV show, with the simplest of set-ups: two brothers, Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter and his younger brother Rodney, living with their grandfather in a South London tower block and making their way, very unsuccessfully, as market traders. Yet how its tentacles reached out. “In 2011, I met a former Army sergeant called Liam Byrne who told me how, on a mission in Afghanistan, one of his tight unit of men had been killed and they

were all so distraught that he didn’t know how to pull them back together. “Then he remembered that his wife had packed some things to cheer him up in the event of bad times. At the bottom of his bag he found some Pot Noodles and a copy of The Jolly Boys Outing, the Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special from 1989. “They boiled up the Pot Noodles, they put on The Jolly Boys Outing and watching those wally-brains on screen, being ridiculously British on a trip to Margate, somehow lifted the morale of those battered lads out of the dust.” And that, surely, is a sign of the power of Sir David Jason and his most magical of all comedy characters. mmm

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ave you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of ten, it’s because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks — particularly in bedrooms. Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And beds are big and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. But if you’re lucky enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or remodelling an existing bedroom, you can control the other elements and create a space that’s both practical and looks great. Because the bedroom is one of the simplest rooms in the house, it’s often overlooked. One of the first steps to a great bedroom design is having an efficient and well-designed floor plan that gives you everything you want — no matter how much space you start with.



Try to keep your circulation on one side of the room. Hotels do a great job of this. There’s a reason 90 percent of hotels have the same floor plan: because it’s simple and it works. Circulation plans become a little more challenging with en suite rooms or bedrooms that have doors to the outside. To save on space, pay attention to where you locate the bathroom and wardrobe area in your bedroom. Rooms that have bathroom or wardrobe access before the sleeping area require a longer hall. If you organize the circulation so the bathroom and wardrobe are accessed through the sleeping area, you don’t need a separate hall, and you can add the circulation space into the room to make it feel larger, too.


A bedroom always feels nicer when the first thing you experience is a pleasant view out the window — as opposed to a view looking straight at the bed. If you’re designing a new bedroom or reworking an old one, try to come up with a layout that focuses on the vista — whether it’s something as stunning as a lake or as simple as your garden. a HOME INTERIOR

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KEEP PRIVACY IN MIND It’s always nice when you can leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your privacy. A small hallway can provide separation from the family room. Try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom from a more public space, like a lounge, kitchen or family room.

CONNECT WITH THE OUTDOORS While this might not be feasible in all climates, connecting a room with the outdoors is a great way to make the space feel larger and admit more natural light. If your bedroom is on the ground floor or is on the second storey and has an adjacent terrace, adding a set of French doors can instantly increase visual space.

CONSIDER THE FURNITURE LAYOUT Your bedroom’s architecture should take your furniture into account. Bedroom floor plans usually have a bed wall — but what about dressing tables, bedside tables, chest of drawers, TVs, chairs and a desk? Work with your architect or designer to make sure there is enough space beside the bed for bedside tables and ample circulation so you can access three sides of the mattress. a HOME INTERIOR

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Locating your bedroom at the corner of your home can give you windows on two or more adjacent walls. This gives you the added benefit of cross ventilation and a softer natural light.


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Great design takes a while and usually requires refining before you come up with the perfect plan for your lifestyle. Don’t rush through the design — it’s worth taking a little extra time up front to make sure you have a more efficient and functional plan in the end. The truth is, great design doesn’t necessarily mean a space that’s overly complex and expensive to build. A space that functions better, costs less to build, is more efficient to run and is easier to maintain can be an outstanding example of great design. mmm

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lthough we had some warmer days over September, the autumn is now definitely here for real, and it feels colder. It’s a beautiful time of year, with the trees changing colour. Sometimes it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leafmould you can make! It’s also time to start preparing for early frosts.


Keep on weeding and have a gentle tidy up in your borders but do try to resist the temptation of a thorough spring clean. Leave seedheads for the birds if you don’t want to collect them and as much cover as you can bear for wildlife who will appreciate the winter shelter. Fallen leaves can be left to rot down (or collected for leaf mould), however diseased material is another matter; make it a priority to clear and burn it to prevent pests and diseases overwintering courtesy of your kind hospitality! Put the rest of your garden rubbish (apart from woody stems) in the compost. GARDENING SECTION


If you haven’t already done so, start your compost going by buying a bin or building a partially enclosed area for a heap. It is vital to replace the goodness in soil after a hefty growing season and autumn produces masses of garden waste that will put invaluable organic richness back into the ground for next spring. Add a variety of different materials; spent vegetable and bedding plants, herbaceous leftovers, thatch, moss and cuttings from the lawn, weeds (but not the roots unless they have been through a shredder), hedge clippings, kitchen peelings and tea bags are ideal. Turn once a week or so if you can and NEVER add diseased or pest-ridden material (such as diseased rose petals - heinous culprits) to your compost - it is a warm and welcoming nirvana for unwelcome guests who will reappear with a vengeance next year! Onto the bonfire with them without a qualm.a

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Your soil is your most precious commodity, so start digging in compost, manure and as much organic matter as you can lay your hands on to replace the goodness in it. The earlier you start the better, especially if your soil is heavy. 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!


Hardly an issue at the moment! However, do keep an eye on your pots and containers in dry spells and check for wilting leaves before it is too late; all plants that keep their leaves continue to transpire, so should not be allowed to dry out completely. Ensure trees or shrubs planted in the last couple of years on lawns or in areas of rough grass have a circle of clear earth around them - this should be kept clear to allow moisture to get to the roots. Mulching with bark or compost will help.


With the ideal planting conditions of autumn (warm moist soil), now is the time to plant container grown shrubs, trees, fruit bushes, perennials and bulbs. Even in damp conditions it is worth checking that the rootballs of shrubs and trees are adequately moist when planting - heavy rain will not necessarily penetrate a rootball that has been allowed to dry out, so if it feels light, plunge into a bucket of water before planting. GARDENING SECTION

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It really is worth cleaning out your greenhouse thoroughly now your greenhouse crops are over; it 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 all benches, fixtures and glazing bars with disinfectant, making sure you hose the whole place down really well, especially dark and dusty corners. For effective fumigation, 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 pest free!


Don’t waste fallen leaves (except those perilous rose leaves and evergreens, which take too long to rot down) - given time they decompose into fabulously rich leaf mould - aka ‘nature’s soil conditioner of choice’! Rake up fallen leaves and throw them into a simple frame to make leaf mould (black bin liners spiked with air holes will also do if you can bear the visual offense - but remember to dampen the leaves first). If left to linger on the lawn for long, the grass will turn yellow. Leaf mould takes about a year to mature (2 in the case of oak leaves), makes a great top dressing for woodland plants such as rhododendrons and is an excellent and FREE home-grown substitute for peat. mmm GARDENING SECTION

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RHS GARDEN WISLEY Celebrate the season

et set for sensational colour and fantastic family events at the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden in Surrey, as RHS Garden Wisley announces an exciting line-up of autumn events set to inspire and entertain visitors this season. Woodfest, sponsored by STIHL, takes place on 8th – 9th October, and features talented exhibitors and demonstrations of traditional woodcraft skills and artisan products. There will also be a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Roadshow with Britain’s top lumberjack athletes who will demonstrate the jaw-dropping original extreme sport


by sawing, chopping and slicing at speed. A range of handcrafted artisan pieces will be available for purchase directly from exhibitors. Look out for the steam saw and tree climbing demonstrations. Wood sculptor and environmental artist Paul Sivell will also be creating stunning wood carvings in the Wild Garden. Children can pick up a Beauty of Bark trail guide and set off on an exciting hunt around the garden, exploring the trees of Wisley. The RSBP will be running guided walks each day to discover the wildlife at Wisley, and the Surrey Fungi group will show visitors areas of the garden where they can discover the magical world of fungi. a RHS NEWS

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Taste of Autumn, 19th – 23rd October Back by popular demand this year and will be brimming with over 30 exhibitors, offering visitors the chance to buy delicious artisan food and drink, from ales to olives, and cheese to traditional sweets.. The Wisley Edibles Team stand will be running apple identification and pressing sessions, as well as offering free samples of delicious Wisley apples: the perfect place to taste fresh apple juice and get advice on growing your own. Visitors will see over 700 varieties of apple cultivars and bountiful produce and colour as the Edibles Team offer tours of the Orchard, Fruit and Vegetable Gardens each day. For the children there will be a ‘Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin’ competition run by the National Vegetable Society, alongside kids cookery classes with Fun Kitchen (prebookable only). A display of vintage tractors will also delight the agricultural history enthusiasts among you. For October Half Term, celebrate Animals of the Night from 22nd – 30th October. Discover the world of bats and learn how to attract these stunning creatures to your garden. Each day there will be fun, free events for children including craft workshops, sow and grow sessions, storytelling plus pumpkin carving! All activities are free with the exception of the pumpkin carving which is bookable and chargeable in advance. To book tickets visit Activities will run from 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 3:30pm unless otherwise stated. Visit rhs. for more full details. Normal garden admission applies.


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Woodchurch, Ashford Address - Sandhill House, Brook Street, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3SX Bedrooms - Five Bathrooms - Six (five en-suites) Price - ÂŁ1,450,000 Woodchurch This beguiling detached country house has been lovingly extended and renovated to make the most of the original features. The truly amazing, handmade open plan kitchen/breakfast room with a pantry and laundry room is the social hub of the house providing a fabulous entertaining space. Leading off the reception hall is a study, a lovely drawing room with a wood burner, the impressive dining room with an open fireplace and wood panelling, the cellar with a bar. Upstairs is like a boutique hotel. The principal bedroom suite has rural views, a dressing room and en-suite. Four more double bedrooms all with en-suites; one with a study. Set in some 2.5 acres of manicured grounds with garages,

outbuildings and stables. Set back from the road and just 9.4 miles from the Ashford fast train link to London. Further adjacent land with stocked ponds is available by separate negotiation For details and to arrange a viewing, speak to The Country Property Group on 01580 211888 or visit

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Panasonic’s high-value small screen is the perfect treat for your kitchen or living room. With its crisp HD Ready display, high-contrast Adaptive Backlight Dimming and suite of sophisticated Smart features, you’ll have everything you need to quench your media fix. Make the set yours with the My Home Screen platform, letting you download all the apps you like to make it reflect you. Whether you’re a casual TV watcher or a techsavvy app-junkie, the DS500 will be a brilliant add-on to your home entertainment system. On a smaller-sized screen like this, HD Ready 720p gives delightful compact detail. Delve in the crisp visuals of this backlit display, and reap the bill-busting rewards of a greener home with its efficient energy consumption. Panasonic’s display has an exceptional brightness and colour range, so you’ll get a full spectrum to enjoy a spectacular viewing experience. £230.00

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In today’s modern age having a gadget that only has one function doesn’t seem to wow us anymore. Our phones do more, our fridges do more, our TV’s do more, and we want to keep the trend going with the T900. This amazing rechargeable, portable speaker not only lets your music sound great, but also look great! This is all thanks to one side of the speaker being covered in LEDs that light up when music is played. There are 5 different animations to choose from and it even has a built in ‘gravity sensor’ to detect if the speaker is lying flat or stood up. £49.95 from

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The Sony h.ear headphones combine premium audio with a striking design to bring your music to life. Equipped with precision engineered components and an in-line mic with remote, you’ll be able to listen with convenience in great detail. Playing your music as the artist intended in High-Resolution Audio. This refers to a collection of digital processes and formats that allows the encoding and playback of music using higher sampling rates than the standards used in CDs. The h.ear headphones have titanium-coated diaphragm domes to deliver superior clarity. A 40mm HighResolution compatible HD driver units to deliver authentic sounds throughout the frequency range. And they even have Beat Response Control technology which makes them perfect for listening to low-end focused music styles. £49.95 from

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Panasonic KX-TGH220EB Digital Telephone

Block unwanted calls with the sleek Panasonic KX-TGH220EB. Featuring a 40-minute capacity answering machine and 200 name and number directory, the KX-TGH220EB is a great all-purpose landline. A Nuisance Call Blocker means you can do away with unwanted calls. It’ll let you block up to 30 individual numbers and groups of numbers based on the first few digits, as well as blocking all calls from withheld numbers, making it easy to avoid sales calls. The large colour screen is easy-to-read and the icon based menu system lets you access functions without confusion. It also features a hands-free speakerphone which allows you to talk on the phone while your hands are busy. Key benefits: Nuisance call blocker. Large 1.8-inch backlit colour LCD display. Caller ID with 50-station memory. Hands-free speakerphone. 200 name and number phonebook. Power-saving eco mode. Please Note: In order to use the Nuisance Call Blocker function you must be subscribed to a Caller Display Service from your network provider. Charge may apply. £50.00 from

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Faster, slimmer and stronger, the 4th-generation Moto G has a thinner build yet boasts a more impressive screen – 5.5” Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) – and advanced 1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU for quickfire multitasking and the option for 3D gaming. As good as a digital camera, the 13-megapixel camera on this Moto G has dual LED flash, 4x digital zoom and ultrafast f2.0 lens to snap high-quality photos in almost any environment, day or night. Its High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode makes it easy to capture the brightest highlights and darkest shadows to record rich colours and exceptional detail. £160.00 from LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Part of the connected lifestyle range from Netatmo, the Weather Station for Smartphones has an indoor and outdoor module so you can effectively adapt your lifestyle according to the environment. Place this module anywhere inside the home to maximise your family’s comfort. Using the app you can access: indoor temperature, relative humidity, indoor air quality, C02 readings and even a sound meter so you can live in a healthier home. This module means that you can plan your outdoor activities in accordance with realtime weather readings. With the app, you can access data to: outdoor temperature, outdoor relative humidity, outdoor air quality, barometric pressure and the weather. The Netatmo web app will display all data in the form of graphs. This not only allows you to observe the cycles and forecast variations around you, but you can also get a more accurate idea of your environment over time. £130.00 from www.

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Apple Watch Sport 38mm Gold Aluminium

Made from lightweight aluminium with super strong Ion-X glass, Apple Watch Sport is ready to work out with you. Apple Watch makes technology more accessible and more personal. It opens new doors for interacting with technology, and has been built from the wrist up for easy, intuitive and precise use. Get simple and discreet notifications at a glance, connect with family and friends, keep an eye on your health and fitness and keep up with the time thanks to a remarkably accurate clock. Apple Watch innovates at every turn. Taking the classic watch crown, Apple has designed a timepiece that’s made for navigating the web and inputting data. Simply turn the crown to precisely zoom and scroll between apps and menus or see your schedule using the Time Travel function. When you’re done with a certain page, just push it like a button to go back to the home screen. It will ensure that your finger doesn’t have to get in the way of navigation. Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, designed to sync with your iPhone and give you the time accurate to within 5 milliseconds. It’s also connected to your calendar, your contacts and schedule, helping it deliver timely updates that are relevant to you. £260.00 from

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alon Privé presents automotive style and elegance against the sensational back drop of historic Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. It is the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party as well as one of the most glamorous social event. Attracting exhibitors, concours entrants and visitors from around the world, (and a number from Kent of course) it has become a destination to which like-minded friends and enthusiasts flock every year to indulge in their shared passion of all things automotive and luxury. The courtyard is usually open to the public and the cars presented there alone could have Salon Prive considered one of the best events on automotive calendar. The presence

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of cars both old and new, race cars and road legal was incredible. Away from the crowds and queues of public shows and with lobster on the luncheon menu and champagne throughout the day, it’s an opportunity to relax, admire and experience this uniquely intimate event. There are no barriers separating you from the vehicles, lobster is on the lunch menu, and Champagne is served throughout the day. There’s no better way to browse the collection of Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Ferraris, and other dream cars you’ll find there. Salon Privé is the UK’s premier ‘boutique’ motoring event comprising of the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, a Tour d’Elégance, Boodles Ladies’ Day, an Art & Memorabilia Fair and a Luxury Brands Village. Combining stunning jewellery, elegant dresses and magnificent hats and hair pieces, the Boodles Ladies’ Day is a glamorous celebration amidst the automotive wonders of Salon Privé. It is a glamorous, elegant yet fun event which has become a very firm fixture on the social calendar. 

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This much-awaited day sees beautifully dressed ladies descend upon the lawns in chic flawless demure, each hoping to make her outfit even more striking with the addition of a stunning piece of jewellery from the Boodles collection. The only requirement is the wearing of a hat, headpiece or fascinator. Salon Privé is a hospitality-only event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate and engaging experience. It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles. Guests can also get up close to the latest concept cars, world-famous hypercars, and enjoy car parades throughout the day. As always the collection of automotive brands on display is simply stunning; the best of the best and all open and accessible for all guests to enjoy to which mmm’s Publisher Rasa Dregva can testify! Complementing the lifestyle aspect of the event are carefully selected artists and luxury brands, some of whom are well known premium brands and others are more niche. Now permanently located on the grounds of the Blenheim Palace, the Salon now has a venue which lives up to its prestigious standing. Next years dates have been confirmed by Salon Privé organisers, taking place Thursday 31st August to Saturday 2nd 2017.

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CITROËN’S NEW C4 Cactus Rip Curl


itroën and the world famous surf brand, Rip Curl, have joined forces to create the C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition. Featuring unique interior and exterior styling elements to complement the adventurous nature of the model, the new C4 Cactus Special Edition boasts Rip Curl graphics on the wings and rear quarter-lights; white roof rails and door mirrors; orange seat belts; orange detailing on the audio speakers; and orange-trimmed carpet mats. Embodying both brands’ values of innovation, creativity and spirit of adventure, the Special Edition also introduces Grip Control to the C4 Cactus range for the first time. This intelligent traction system allows drivers to select different modes to deal with the types of surfaces encountered as part of an adventurous outdoor lifestyle, such as snow, mud and sand. The Special Edition also features 17-inch diamond cut ‘Cross’ alloy wheels with Goodyear 4 seasons Mud+Snow tyres. MOTORS SECTION

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The C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition will offer customers a choice of two engines, the award-winning PureTech 110 S&S and the Blue HDi 100. Revealed for the first time at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, this new Special Edition features a panoramic glass roof, as standard, and will be available with five striking body colours – Obsidian Black (metallic), Arctic Steel (metallic), Pearl White (pearlescent), Sport Red and Tapenade Grey. All versions come complete with Citroën’s innovative Airbump® technology, which is designed to avoid scrapes and scratches to the bodywork. Standard equipment also includes alumnium-effect front and rear bumper protectors; rear parking sensors; a colour reversing camera; automatic air conditioning; automatic headlights and wipers; satellite navigation; a 6-speaker MP3 audio system; cruise control/speed limiter; and tinted rear windows. Visit our recommended dealer on




he new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman offers all the style, practicality and freshthinking of the Clubman, combined with the high performance and sporting dynamics of the John Cooper Works range. The result is a unique and exclusive proposition that combines the John Cooper Works-specification engine and corresponding modifications with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system. In creating this potent model, able to take full advantage of the maximum possible traction in all conditions, MINI has created a powerful but practical vehicle that’s fun to drive in the true spirit of a MINI. As the latest member of the John Cooper Works family, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman features all the upgrades already seen on the John Cooper Works Hatch and Convertible models. These include the 231 hp engine with modified MINI TwinPower turbocharger, sports suspension and powerful braking system. A 0-62 mph time of just 6.3-seconds and a top speed of 148 mph is the result, but not at the

expense of economy or emissions; with up to 41.5mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions as low as 154 g/km. The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is instantly recognisable thanks to its more aggressive front and rear bumpers, and its rear wing. These not only help reduce lift, but in the case of the front section, assist with the additional cooling requirements of the more powerful engine. Unique alloy wheels and John Cooper Works badging also denote the top-of-the-range Clubman, as does the option of the special colour ‘Rebel Green’. Inside, the John Cooper Works specification includes sports seats, an Alcantara headliner, and a wide array of standard equipment including MINI Navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and cruise control with brake function. MINI logo projection is also included within the standard package. Beyond that, MINI offers a huge range of personalisation options and further equipment, allowing owners to create their own, unique, MINI John Cooper Works Clubman.a


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The design of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman maximises the presence of this unique vehicle, with the added flair of a high performance model. It’s instantly recognisable thanks to a bespoke front apron, with air inlets now cited where other Clubman models have parking and fog lamps. These intakes channel fresh air to brake cooling ducts and to cool the additional radiator of the Works specification cooling system. Integrated air curtains and air breathers help optimise the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle. Unique side sills, roof spoiler and a rear apron help to reduce aerodynamic lift. Further exclusive touches include the side turn indicator surrounds, which feature a red accentuation line along with the John Cooper Works logo applied against a black background, and the hexagon pattern grille with a red crossmember bar at the bottom edge. The ‘John Cooper Works’ logo appears here too, as well as on the right-hand door at the rear of the car. The standard LED headlamps are surrounded by a daytime driving light ring that also uses LED technology, the lower section of which is white and acts as the turn indicator. The horizontally arranged rear light units also comprise LED lamps.



The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman uses the same highly tuned engine as the John Cooper Works Hatch and Convertible models. The 2-litre unit features the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and Valvetronic fully variable valve control on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. To effectively realise the increased output of 231 hp between 5,000-6,000rpm (up 39 hp on the standard Cooper S engine), the John Cooper Works Clubman uses a modified turbocharger made from a particularly heat resistant material. A correspondingly larger intercooler is also fitted, which contributes to an increase in torque to 350 nm which develops over a particularly wide band from 1,450-4,800rpm. Increasing the boost pressure is teamed with a lower compression ratio thanks to the use of modelspecific pistons. Unsurprisingly, the cooling system has also been upgraded to cope with the increased heat generated by a more powerful engine, and now features a second coolant radiator found in the left-hand wheel arch. Finally, a sports exhaust helps to reduce the engine’s backpressure and also gives the John Cooper Works Clubman a sporty sound familiar from other models in the John Cooper Works range.


With the new John Cooper Works Clubman, MINI is for the first time combining its most potent engine offering with its ALL4 all-wheel drive system. The result is the most efficient possible deployment of the available power, providing very strong acceleration in all conditions. The considerable power and torque of the 2-litre turbocharged engine is fed through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed sports Steptronic transmission. The manual gearbox offers ideally spaced ratios, a model-specific gear lever and short shift mechanism for rapid gearchanges, and also features an engine speed adaption facility via a gear sensor for the smoothest possible downshifts. Carbon friction linings for the synchronising rings add to the inherent efficiency of this lightweight, easy-to-use gearbox.


Naturally, the suspension and braking set up of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman has been upgraded to match its increased performance. As with the other John Cooper Works specification MINIs in the range, the John Cooper Works Clubman features a firmer suspension set-up, in this case specifically tailored to the Clubman’s wheelbase and weight distribution. Variable Damper Control is available as an optional extra, offering a choice of two set-ups for the electronically controlled dampers, which can be accessed via the MINI Driving Modes, a standard feature on the John Cooper Works Clubman. SPORT mode

provides the most dynamic driving experience, while in MID and GREEN mode the damper characteristics support a more comfortable driving style. The standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also includes Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) - which acts as an electronic locking function for the front axle differential - and Performance Control, which assists agile turn-in when taking bends at speed. The standard functions of the electromechanical power steering include speedrelated steering support for maximum precision when cornering at speed and for comfortable manoeuvring at low speeds. MOTORS SECTION

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Kent business news MAIDSTONE FuNDRAISERS TO HOST BLACK TIE EVENING FOR ALzHEIMER’S SOCIETY Stephanie Bryant of Maidstone has taken up the challenge of hosting a black tie evening with the help of some close friends for Alzheimer’s Society. Stephanie hopes to raise more than £3,000 from her event, at the Harlow Manor Hotel in Tonbridge on Saturday 22nd October. Tickets are now on sale for £45 and include a drink on arrival, three-course meal and an evening of stunning entertainment. Guests will be invited to make a bid in a silent auction with prizes such as a dress from ‘Twobirds’, wine tasting for two at Chapel Down, and a family photoshoot with Clare Edmead Photography is up for grabs. Stephanie and her team have found local businesses to be very generous, with additional prizes including High Street Vouchers worth £90, and a trip on the Kentish Lady River Cruise being donated to the raffle which will be drawn on the night. Stephanie said: “I am looking forward to watching everyone’s hard work over the past few months come together. This is a project close to our hearts, and I am sure I speak for everyone we are mostly certainly looking forward to promote awareness and much needed support, to enable the society to continue the outstanding work. “It’s great to think that I will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia and to fund research to one day find a cure for dementia.”

SOuTH EAST RESIDENTS COuLD LOSE £43 IN HOuSING BENEFIT A WEEK A proposed cap on Housing Benefit could see the South East’s supported housing residents asked to make up a shortfall of more than £43 a week to pay rent. According to figures from the Starts at Home campaign, roughly 4,600 people could be affected in the first year alone. The Starts at Home campaign aims to highlight the importance of supported housing, a diverse sector made up of schemes that provide extra care and support ranging from women’s refuges and specialist dementia accommodation to veterans’ services. On 1st September, housing associations are taking part in ‘Starts at Home Day’ – a day of campaigning to celebrate supported housing across England. In the South East, there are more than 55,000 living in this type of housing, nearly three quarters of whom are older people. The estimated £43 a week shortfall in Housing Benefit would mean that these groups need to find more than £2,200 a year to cover their rent.


If you are retired or looking to finish work in the next few years, an inspirational event full of good planning advice and ideas to make your time fulfilling is being organised by Furley Page Solicitors this autumn. The leading Kent law firm is teaming up with The Marlowe Theatre, and Tarvos Wealth Financial Planners in Canterbury, to host a friendly, informal day at the theatre’s Marlowe Studio, to explore aspects of life after work. Experts will be talking on many topics including how to ‘MOT’ your Will; funding an enjoyable retirement; securing peace of mind if nursing care becomes an issue; and top tips for parents who want to help their children get on the property ladder. There will also be an open forum to exchange ideas on how you can spend your time, what sort of activities you might like to try, and tips if you are considering paid or voluntary work after retirement. Sarah Bogard, a Partner and Chartered Tax Adviser in Furley Page’s Private Client team, says: “Everyone should be able to enjoy a happy and fulfilling retirement. This event is a chance to explore the wealth of choices available while also focusing on the importance of getting your affairs, such as your Will and finances, in order.” Joining Sarah will be Furley Page colleague Val Prosser, a Chartered Legal Executive who is part of the firm’s Elderly and Vulnerable Client Team; and Ruth Dolan, a Chartered Financial Planner from Tarvos Wealth Ltd, along with representatives from some local organisations who will explain what they can offer. LOCAL NEWS

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Nish Kumar is set to tour the uK with his fifth solo show ‘Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words unless You Shout The Words Real Loud’. This follows a month long run at the Pleasance Courtyard Cabaret Bar in August, where the show premieres. The tour takes in 40 dates and starts on Saturday 1st October in Maidstone at The Hazlitt Theatre and culminates on 12th December at London’s Duchess Theatre. Last year Nish received a Fosters Comedy Edinburgh Award nomination, and had the best reviewed show with the critically acclaimed sell out that was ‘Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah…I’m So Clever’, which went on to tour the uK and included a 4 week run which was extended at London’s Soho Theatre. Following on from last year’s show ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words unless You Shout The Words Real Loud’ is similarly political. This show includes topics like gentrification and colonisation. He wonders, have rich people ruined the world? Are hipsters and trendy people to blame for bad legislation? And why are we still proud of the British Empire and not ashamed? He puts across his own conspiracy theories. He also moots is there any point in doing comedy about politics? Does shouting from the sidelines actually achieve anything? Is profiting from political comedy a double standard?

TOWNHOuSE DESIGN OFFERS MODERN AND FLExIBLE LIVING AT THE ORCHARDS Barratt Homes has created properties for buyers with even the most unpredictable of lifestyles in the form of its townhouses at The Orchards. The Barratt Homes development, situated in the popular village of Allington near Maidstone, features an exciting range of three and four bedroom homes. And its townhouses are proving particularly popular among those wishing to move to the area. “We’re pleased to be offering stylish townhouses here at The Orchards,” said Sales and Marketing Director, Pam Reardon. “Among those in demand is the three bedroom Padstow design.” Priced from £339,995, this impressive townhouse features a spacious lounge / dining room with French doors leading to the rear garden. A separate kitchen and cloakroom complete the ground floor. upstairs on the first floor there are two bedrooms, while the second floor is home to the master bedroom, complete with its own en suite and dressing area. “This three-storey home is ideal for those seeking flexible accommodation to suit their own lifestyles,” added Pam. “It appeals to a wide range of buyers because of its innovative and adaptable design. Pam concluded: “Lifestyles are constantly changing and I think the beautiful Padstow townhouse offers the perfect solution for that. The added bonus of an excellent location, close to the vibrant centre of Maidstone and easily commutable to London, means our team is experiencing high demand for the selection of homes on offer here.”

KENT’S MuSIC TEACHERS ExCHANGE IDEAS AT CONFERENCE Eighty music teachers from across the county attended this year’s Kent Talks Music Conference organised by Kent Music, on 2nd September at The Orchards Events Centre, East Malling.The conference enjoyed presentations from two principal guest speakers: educationalist and author Paul Harris spoke about his Simultaneous Learning approach to music teaching while Dr Rachel Drury, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, discussed music teaching for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in a mainstream setting. Teachers also had the chance to take part in a body percussion workshop with Ollie Tunmer, a former cast member of the West End show STOMP, as well as a LOCAL NEWS

singing session with Kent music education specialist Anita Memmott, in which she suggested resources for integrating singing into instrumental learning. In the foyer, local music industry professionals staged an exhibition, featuring displays by Artswork, DJM Music, Kent DJ Academy, Trinity College London and Trinity Laban and short lunchtime sessions with Sing up and Rock School. Peter Bolton, Chief Executive of Kent Music, said: “The Kent Talks Music Conference is a great opportunity for peripatetic music teachers who deliver individual and small group tuition across the county the chance to network with colleagues and to discuss the latest developments in music tuition.”

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DAME BARBARA WINDSOR DBE CALLS ON THE PEOPLE OF WEST KENT TO SuPPORT THE POPPY APPEAL Actress Dame Barbara Windsor has joined forces with The Royal British Legion to urge the people of West Kent to volunteer their spare time during this year’s Poppy Appeal campaign. Dame Barbara accompanied poppy volunteers to launch the Legion’s Poppy People campaign – a national recruitment drive for Poppy Appeal volunteers. Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers in West Kent and surrounding areas, are being sought to form part of The Royal British Legion’s army of fundraisers for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Each year more than 350,000 poppy volunteers are needed across the country to raise much-needed funds to support current and former Armed Forces personnel, and their families. The Legion is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to help run the Poppy Appeal in local communities across the nation. Volunteers are being sought across West Kent, in particular in Gillingham, Rochester, Maidstone and Bluewater. Officially launching this year’s Poppy People campaign, Dame Barbara said: “I’ve been a strong supporter of The Royal British Legion for many years now, and I’ve taken part in many events like this in support of the Poppy Appeal. “It’s a charity and cause which is close to my heart, and I feel a tremendous debt of gratitude to servicemen and women for protecting our country. It’s only right that we show our appreciation and support at this time of year.” Jane Ayers, The Royal British Legion’s Community Fundraiser for West Kent, said: “Each year the Legion’s Poppy Appeal takes place over a two-week period leading up to Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on November 13th. “The Appeal is The Royal British Legion’s main fundraising event of the year, and it is the uK’s biggest charity campaign. The charity relies heavily on its volunteer collectors who are out and about, rain or shine, in communities across the country. “The Poppy People campaign highlights the hugely important contribution made by those volunteers and, it is hoped, will encourage more people to join the Legion’s army of volunteers.”



According to new research from Strutt & Parker, homebuyers are becoming increasingly keen to move to rural village locations as long as they offer local amenities within a close proximity. Access to shops within walking distance was rated one of the most important factors for 60% of those surveyed, whilst 48% rated local transport links high among their priorities in order to consider a rural location. Coming soon to the sought after village of Headcorn in Kent, Countryside’s new Kingsbridge development, will offer house hunters the perfect balance between rural village living and good local amenities. Kingsbridge will comprise 29 three and four bedroom detached and semidetached homes, ideal for those seeking village life with a fantastic range of amenities right on their doorstep. Headcorn boasts all the essentials for the modern day country dweller, including: a doctor’s surgery, dentist, range of convenience stores, butchers, bakers, bank, idyllic country pubs and quaint tea rooms. Andrew Loveday, Sales Director at Countryside comments: “Kingsbridge is perfectly located in the charming village of Headcorn, enjoying a beautiful landscape and a community feel with classic country living. Whether it is a visit to the hairdressers, meeting friends for a coffee or buying the ingredients for dinner, residents just need to take a leisurely stroll into the centre of the village. The village also offers homebuyers excellent transport links, including boasting its own train station which is less than a mile walk from Kingsbridge. This is an unusual feature for most rural villages and will be appealing for the London commuter”.

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ExCITING NEWS FOR WHITEHEAD MONCKTON LAW FIRM Whitehead Monckton are delighted to announce they are embarking on a new development through the acquisition of an established law firm in the heart of London Docklands. Docklands Solicitors, as its name suggests, provides residential and commercial property services plus family advice to the local community. They plan to continue providing these services together with offering full range of corporate and individual services from the Dockland Solicitors offices in Canary Wharf. Alex Bak and Katie Broadfield, two experienced lawyers, will be relocating from Maidstone to the Canary Wharf office from October onwards when the deal will be completed with a number of other members of the Whitehead Monckton team providing support as needed. With such a strong name associated with the area, they will initially retain the Docklands Solicitors brand, with new material and website produced to reflect the new ownership by Whitehead Monckton. Stephen Beck, Managing Director, announcing the news commented: “We see this as a great opportunity to push on with the development of Whitehead Monckton, broadening our geographic coverage to take in this new exciting market.” Pam Thomas, one of the founding partners of Docklands Solicitors. added: “We are really pleased to be joining Whitehead Monckton and are able to offer the full range of services to our existing and future clients. Whitehead Monckton’s approach mirrors our own - so important for our future joint success.” They plan a formal relaunch of Docklands Solicitors in the new year, together with further updates as the merger progresses.


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HOuSEBuILDER RAISES A CuP TO NEW TEAROOM Staff from Barratt Homes visited a different building site in Aylesham this week to find out how their money is helping to create a community hub for the future. The housebuilder, which is building new homes at its Aylesham Village development nearby, is supporting a project to bring a new tearoom to the village. The mission is being driven by local volunteers, who have raised £48,000 in just over two years and their hard work has paid off, with construction of the new tearoom well underway. Set behind the parish council offices in Milner Crescent, the footings were laid last month and the building could be complete and serving food and drink by Christmas. Pam Reardon from Barratt Homes’ Kent said: “It’s fantastic to see how quickly the new tearoom is going up. The fact that the volunteers managed


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An astounding show of support for a Tunbridge Wellsbased charity means nearly £10,000 has been raised for ill and disabled children through a single event. More teams chose to raise money for Tree of Hope than for any other charity at the Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst. The specialist children’s charity had six teams paddling on their behalf, including M&S, local businesses Southpaw and Infinity, friends of Tree of Hope staff and two families who are being supported by the organisation. Fundraising manager, Emma Bourne, says they had so many people involved that there was, in effect, a Tree of Hope village at the event. “It was absolutely amazing. Each of our teams set up eye-catching stalls with a raffle, fabulous cakes and facepainting. In fact, the M&S team won the £100 prize for best stand and donated that money to Tree of Hope as well. “The four teams being sponsored directly for Tree of Hope raised almost £7,000 between them and the two families were sponsored for their own campaigns.”

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he film ‘Saving Private Ryan’ tells of one son who was returned to his family after the Second World War whilst sadly his brothers perished. The late 1700s saw the return of all three brothers of a Sevenoaks family who fought in the ‘Seven Year War’. On a high ridge along the outskirts of Sevenoaks stands an Obelisk overlooking an exclusive housing estate that bears the name ‘Montreal’. Forever associated with the family name of Amherst, both are set deep in the recorded history of Sevenoaks. The legacy and story began with the first Jeffrey Amherst. A Kentish lawyer by

profession, Jeffrey died in 1750 having fathered seven sons and two daughters. Of the sons, Jeffrey, John and William entered into the army and over the years were to become inseparable. The father had acquired great wealth during his lifetime, using this money to acquire large areas of land upon which he had built a large mansion calling it ‘Brooks’. Much of the house was constructed from materials obtained from the demolition of the hospital of St John the Baptist, which was situated in an area of Sevenoaks now known as St. Johns. The house was built by a builder named Culpepper and over the intervening years, the estate grew to considerable size as further land was acquired. a LOCAL HISTORY

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Jeffery Amherst, the first son, was born on January 29th, 1717 at the ancestral home of Brooks. Followed by his brothers, he grew up in a military household becoming page to the Duke of Dorset then living at nearby Knole House in Sevenoaks. It soon became obvious that Jeffery was destined to join the military and in 1735 aged 14, he became an ensign in the Grenadier Guards. Quickly rising through the ranks he was to prove very able at military strategy, so much so that he soon obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. This was a time of troubles in Austria which eventually became known as ‘The War of Austrian Succession’. Many European powers disputed the succession of Maria Theresa to the throne of Austria upon the death of her father, Emperor Charles IV in 1740. The dispute ran to a war between Austria, supported by England and Holland, and Prussia supported by France and Spain. During this period, Jeffery became an aide to General John Ligonier seeing action at the Battle of Dettingen in June, 1743 and the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745. Further actions were the Battle of Rocoux in 1746 in which Jeffery became aide to the Duke of Cumberland who was the commander of the British forces. Ten years later he was in Germany where, in 1756, he was appointed commissar to the Hessian Forces. With the threat of a war between England and France, he was instrumental in a The Obelisk commemorating the brothers reunion


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arranging the transportation of thousands of Germans to south east England in an attempt to stop a French invasion. In the event the French did not invade and with a rise in rank to Major General, Jeffery joined Brigadier General James Wolfe who was preparing to lead a British attack on Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island in June 1758. This signalled the start of the ‘Seven Year War’. Appointed commander-in-chief of the British Army in North America, Jeffery led an attack against the French troops on Lake Champlain. On September 8th, 1760 he led an army down the St Lawrence Ricer and captured Montreal ending the French rule in North America. Knighted in the same year, Jeffery Amherst became the 1st British Governor General of the Territories that eventually became Canada. Holding this post till 1763 he returned

Montreal House - Seat of the Amherst family

The graves of Amherst family in Riverhead Church

Inscription on Amherst Memorial Tablet in St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks

triumphant to England. He returned to his birthplace at Riverhead in Sevenoaks and quickly had the old family home of ‘Brooks’ demolished, building in its place another stately home calling it ‘Montreal’. It was here that he continued to live whilst serving as commander-in-chief of the British Army from 1772 till 1795. Made a Baron in 1776, he became known as ‘Baron Amherst of Holmesdale’. His two brothers, William and John, had also fought with distinction in the army. With the ending of the British/French wars, all three were re-united at Montreal. To commemorate this joyful occasion, a granite Obelisk was erected within the grounds of the house upon which was scribed the achievements of the brothers. On the north facing side the following was cut:

“To commemorate the providential and happy meeting of three brothers on this their paternal ground on the 25th January 1764 after six years glorious war in which the three were successfully engaged in various climbs, seasons and services”. On the east facing side is recorded the following: OUISBOURGH Surrendered, and six French Battalions Prisoners or War, 26th July, 1758. FORT DU QUESNE Taken possession 24th November, 1758. NIAGARA Surrendered 25th July, 1759.

QUEBEC Capitulated 18th September, 1759. On the south side is inscribed – Dedicated to that most noble Statesman during whose administration Cape Breton and Canada were conquered and from whose influence the British Arms derived a Degree of Lustre unparalleled in past ages. On the west side is inscribed: FORT LEVI Surrendered 25th August, 1760. ISLE QU NOIX Abandoned 28th August, 1760.

TICONDEROGA Taken possession 26th July, 1759.

MONTREAL Surrendered, and with all Canada, and ten French Battalions laid down their arms. The 8th September, 1760.

CROWN POINT Taken possession 24th August, 1759.

ST JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND Retaken 18th September 1762.


With the death of Earl Amherst in 1925 Montreal House was sold to Mr. J Runge of Kippington Court. Finding no use for the mansion, it was demolished in 1933 with the rest of the estate being sold off some years later to become the fine housing estate we see today. The Obelisk remains in the garden of one of the houses in Marlborough Crescent whilst the Summer House, a folly of the Amherst era, continues to steadily crumble. It has recently come to light that the Obelisk was not the inspiration of Jeffrey but of William, one of the younger brothers. Currently under discussion with English Heritage as to its legal owner, it stands as a memorial to at least one family reunited after war. mmm By ROBIN J BROOKS

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he Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury re-opened in October 2011 after an extensive rebuild and has since become one of this country’s leading regional theatres with a wide and varied programme that includes: The National Theatre, the RSC, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, the Philharmonia Orchestra and top West End musicals. Situated in the heart of historic Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre is a fantastic place for everyone to visit and enjoy.


Facing the River Stour with picturesque views of Canterbury Cathedral is The Marlowe Theatre’s own Green Room restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or the full pre-show dining experience, they offer an informal and friendly atmosphere with great food, made from the best locally sourced ingredients.


At the heart of the building, there is also The Marlowe Studio, a space dedicated to new writing and creative activity that reflects the spirit of Christopher Marlowe, Canterbury’s most famous son. Located on the first floor, The Marlowe Studio plays hosts to a wide range of performances, gigs, workshops and other event


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WHAT’S ON & WHEN Autumn Colour Trail Hever Castle 1st - 31st October Collect an Autumn Colour Trail on arrival and discover the top autumn walks and colour hotspots. Besides suggesting picturesque routes through the gardens, it’s packed with interesting information about plants and trees to look out for at the height of their autumn glory. It’s the season to enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot, early morning mists and mellow fruitfulness. So pack your walking shoes or wellies, as the ground may be boggy in places, and head to Hever for an autumn day to remember. For more information please call 01732 865224 or visit the website

Two Cliffs Film Festival Ramsgate 8th October

Bridge Wardens lecture The Rochester Bridge Trust 6th October

Taking place at various venues around Ramsgate. A week-long celebration of the best and most unique new films in the world! Two Cliffs Film Festival is a brand new, independent film festival focussing on the best new international film. The Festival aims to bring independent, international film to the area. Held in Ramsgate in October between the 8th and 15th, Two Cliffs will include six days of screenings, seminars by industry professionals including local filmmakers and the UK’s top Sales Agent Samantha Horley, a Film Fair created for the festival and VIP events including a red carpet Awards Ceremony. Tickets are on sale now on Two Cliffs official website. Go to now to book your place while tickets last!

The Romans had a significant impact on the area in which we live – including building the first bridge at Rochester – and now members of the public can find out more in a free lecture. This free lecture, given by Kentish historian and author Simon Elliott, will explain more about this fascinating time in Medway’s history. Mr Elliott said: “Many people know about the large towns established by the Romans, but what they don’t realise in many instances is where the materials needed to construct these urban developments came from. In the South East, including London, that material came from ragstone quarries near the River Medway.” The talk, entitled The Romans on the Medway, will take place at 7pm on Thursday, 6th October, in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Please note, there is no step-free access to this first-floor venue. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm. The lecture is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked. Please contact Sue O’Reilly to reserve your place by emailing sue@ or calling 01892 513033.

The Three Degrees Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 10th October The Three Degrees are well known for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns, and fabulous stage shows. They are known all around the world for songs like When Will I See You Again, Dirty Ol’ Man, and Take Good Care Of Yourself. They have been continuously touring for more than 40 years and are still touring to this day. For more information please call 01892 530613 or visit the website EVENTS IN KENT

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Snow White Margate Winter Gardens 13th October Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their unmissable production of Snow White. World premiere choreography propels this timeless fairytale and answers the question: who is the fairest one of all? Based on the traditional Grimm brothers’ story, this ballet incorporates all the important elements – a beautiful girl, an enchanted mirror, a poisoned apple. Hip-hopping dwarves help Snow White find her Prince Charming. This spellbinding ballet promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family. Tickets* Standard £19.50, Concs £18.50, Child £13, Schools £12. *Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online. For further details please call 01843 292795 or visit

Student Lock In McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Ashford 13th October After the success of 2015’s event, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford will once again be opening its doors to Kent’s students this term with an exclusive Student Lock In – the perfect excuse to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. On Thursday 13th October, from 4 to 8pm, a host of favourite brands from Superdry and Gap to Ted Baker and French Connection, will be offering students an additional 20% off on top of the already-fantastic prices of up to 60% off the RRP. As if that wasn’t a treat enough, the Food Court will also be offering discounts and giveaways across dining brands including Spud U Like, Pizza Express and Wagamama, as well as free popcorn and candyfloss – just the ticket for refuelling after a busy night’s shopping. Students attending will either need to pre-register online at or simply bring along a valid student ID card on the night to make the most of offers from over 30 brands. For further details please call 01233 895 900 or visit

Spooky half term Penshurst Place, Tonbridge 15th - 30th October Discover the life of some of Britain’s more spooky inhabitants like bats and spiders for the Spooky Half Term pumpkin trail, before creating some creepy crafts to take home ready to decorate for Hallowe’en! For more information please call 01892 870307 or visit the website

Dover Western Heights Grand Shaft, open day Western Heights, Dover 16th October Visit Dover’s unique triple spiral staircase at the Grand Shaft Open Day. Built during the Napoleonic Wars, linking the Western Heights fortifications with the harbour, the staircase descends 140ft through the cliffs. The Grand Shaft’s unique structure will be open free of charge for the public to visit, the last date being this October on the 16th. For more information please visit the website EVENTS IN KENT

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Autumn Week Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford 24th - 28th October A week of activities for families to enjoy, with a traditional treasure hunt, garden games and childrens crafts. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For information 01233 643854 or to book online

Halloween at Kent Life, Maidstone 22nd - 31st October Albee Vector - The Sound Collector Theatre Royal Margate 23rd October Greenlight Theatre presents Albee Vector – The Sound Collector. An epic tale of love, adventure and a soundhoover called Mustard. Find out how Albee and his love Andromeda survived kings, curses and cruelty, on their quest for beautiful sounds across the world. Sounds are running low so Albee will need a few more noises to tell this particular story… Can you help him? He’ll need you to make popping, fizzing, hissing, clopping, whizzing, whooshing, banging, crashing and other noises. Greenlight Theatre was founded in 2011 by Sam Woolf and Sadie Spencer. The company engages with how technology opens up communication channels and affects the way we think and behave. This tour is presented by house. For further details please call 01843 292795 or visit

Little monsters are guaranteed plenty of ghostly goings-on this half-term at the Kent Life Heritage Farm Park’s Halloween Spooktacular, from October 22nd to 31st. The award-winning attraction, near Maidstone, invites you to brave the snakes, spiders and scorpions in Creepy Cuddle Corner, take a terrifying tractor ride and search for friendly ghouls on the wooden hunt. For something a little less chilling, test your artistic skills with daily pumpkin carving and craft activities and find out who’s the ghoulish of them all in the daily fancy dress competition. Kent Life is also a fun and safe place to go trick or treating, so come and knock on the doors of its frightening farmhouses and historic homes and find out who’s lurking behind them!

Family-Friendly Medieval Trick or Treat The Canterbury Tales 24th - 28th October Have a fun and safe Halloween experience, perfect for the whole family! Keep an eye on the website for updated details. For information please call 01227 479227 or to book online


On October 28th and 29th, there’s after-dark fun from 5.30 to 8pm with the Family Frights by Night, when the whole family can join a spooky guided tour of the historic houses. You can also burn off some steam at the Ugly Bug Ball with the Kent Life entertainers and join in the fancy dress competition. The attraction is perfect for visitors of all ages, whatever the weather. Kids can go wild in the outdoor adventure play area or soft indoor play barn, or visit the resident alpacas, sheep, pigs, goats and horses. There will also be plenty of all-weather fun in Brundle’s Big Top. For further details please call 01622 763936 or visit

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Foraging and Wildfoods Day Belmont House and Gardens 18th October Come along for this fascinating event to discover the delights of Mother Nature’s larder and store cupboard. Plant Identification, Foraging and the Law, what to avoid when foraging and an introduction to lighting a fire will be included with this unique event. Once you reach the expedition style camp it’s all hands on deck to prepare the ingredients you have found along the way and participate in campfire cooking techniques. This event will go ahead in most weather conditions so do come prepared! For more information please call 01795 890228 or visit the website

Back to Bacharach Woodville Hall, Gravesend 21st October Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time. This exciting production is touring throughout the U.K. and is performed by 3 of the finest West End singers accompanied by a live 10 piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits. Songs featured in the show include: Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There To Remind Me, Close To You, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Magic Moments, Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more. For more information please visit the website

Halloween Leeds Castle 22nd - 28th October Join Leeds Castle for Halloween fun this October half term with a fancy dress competition at 2pm each day with prizes to be won. Included with price of admission. For further details please call 01622 765400 or visit


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Halloween fun week Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden 25th - 27th October Take part in activities including pumpkin carving and face painting. All activities are included in the ticket price, which also includes unlimited journeys between Tenterden and Bodium Station on the steam and diesel trains. Family travel cards are only £38.00 and can be purchased for either 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Adult travel cards are £17.00 and children (3-15) can travel for £11.50. A special timetable will operate during october half term. For information please call 01580 765155 or visit

Autumn Adventures Walmer Castle and Gardens 25th - 27th October Head to Walmer Castle and Gardens this autumn for a whole host of fun activities in their garden - a great day out for all the family. You can get hands-on, building dens along the woodland walk and enjoy the fruits of harvest while discovering the garden’s wildlife. For details please call 01580 765155 or visit

Halloween Murder Mystery Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel 28th October Halloween Murder Mystery! A classic Halloween tale with a team of professional actors to take you through a hilarious evening of fun and laughter. A three course meal and murder mystery event. For information please call 0844 815 9045 or visit

Opera at the Manor: ‘Don Giovanni’ by Mozart Eastwell Manor Hotel, Ashford 26th October Eastwell Manor welcome back The Narropera Trio for a performance by the talented Dorothee Jansen, Hanns Heinz Odenthal and Haydn Rawstron who will supply the music, the story and the historical background of this very popular opera. This event is suitable for all ages and the price will include a Champagne Reception on the terrace, followed by the performance in the Rose Garden Room. Why not stay the night and enjoy all of the above with accommodation in either a Classic Manor bedroom or a Mews Cottage bedroom with full English breakfast. Special accommodation rates are available upon request. Please call the reservations team to book on 01233 213000. EVENTS IN KENT

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

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Libra (23rd September – 23rd October) and Scorpio (24th October – 22nd November) A typical Libran character likes things to be fair and balanced in all aspects of their lives. They can be very easy to get on with as long as you don’t mind making decisions, as sometimes it takes them far too long to come to a conclusion. A typical Scorpion character is intense when in love. They will sting you if they feel insecure or jealous and they tend to react first and think things over afterwards. This character is a loyal partner or loved one but they have to be the one calling the shots. Librans – Beginning of September: You are feeling very pleased with yourself at the moment as you have been working very hard on making your life better. Your organisation skills have been paying off and you are anticipating obstacles rather than just tripping over them when they happen. For Scorpio’s – Friendship means so much to you at this time and you will be making more of an effort to keep those special connections going. I can see that you are having second thoughts about an issue linked to trust in a character connected to work/finances. Librans – End of September: There have been a great deal of issues surrounding money in the recent past and now this is turning about and a breakthrough is in front of you. I see a new opportunity within a work or financial basis that will potentially change your life for the better. A character linked to your past will give you advice that you will find invaluable. For Scorpio’s – You will be reading an article or a book that will trigger an idea for your future and with it will come even more inspiration. You will be getting ready for a holiday or a trip that is just what the doctor ordered. I see a motorway or long distance journey. It seems like the perfect opportunity to put pen to paper, maybe you have the makings of a book inside you.


23rd Sep - 23rd Oct

General: I see talk of a holiday or short break away around you with a more realistic plan to actually make it happen. Motorway travel plans will lead to a sense of fun even if this wasn’t the initial plan when starting the journey. Catapulting yourself onto a new level linked to work / finances is what I see around you now. Love/Emotions: Things have been far too serious lately and you are in need of some good old fashioned fun. Facing what is in front of you is needed though before you can truly relax.



24th Oct - 22nd Nov

General: Too much advice coming at you from too many directions at the moment is driving you mad. You feel as though you should not be telling anyone about your intentions or your hopes and dreams, as they are being too critical. Love/Emotions: Things feel very comfortable around your personal life and you are enjoying the tranquillity. Peace of mind is precious and this cannot be bought. You have been looking deeply at your wants and needs which is leading you to make decisions about your future and who you want to be around.


23rd Nov - 23rd Dec

General: I see a person linked to you is becoming a little too big for their boots so to speak. This character is making life more stressful than it needs to be. You have tried to see things from their point of view, but it’s time for them to learn what it feels like to be on the other end of their verbal attacks. Love/Emotions: You have reached a stage in your life where you are not afraid to be on your own as you like your own company. You have worked hard to reach this level of balance in your emotional life.


24th Dec - 20th Jan General: You have met someone recently who has a beautiful exterior but inside they have an ugliness to them that you really can’t connect with. These types of people though teach us the biggest and most important lessons in life. You should be proud of what you have achieved in your own right and also be proud of who you are now. Love/Emotions: If you feel like you have lost your emotional direction in life, you can and will pick yourself up and refocus but for now it’s time to allow yourself to feel lost. A new purpose will open up right in front of you just when you feel you have given up.

21st Jan - 18th Feb General: There will be a new discovery linked to money and your family unit this month that will change the way you think of them. Love/Emotions: A family party or get together socially with friends is happening this month. You guys will be having so much fun that it would be silly not to do this more often.


Gemini 22nd May - 21st June General: I see disruption in a home connected to you and a disappointment linked to an official document or contract. Love/Emotions: A needy type of person is connected to you at this time. Patience and understanding is needed in order for this to be resolved. Are you comfortable in your current situation?


19thFeb-20thMar 22nd June - 22nd July General: In order for life to move forward we must say goodbye to the past and that includes anyone or anything that has held us back or caused us stress. Love/Emotions: A change of direction in life is in front of you and you will need to plan this journey independently as it will work out better in the long run.

Aries 21st Mar - 20th Apr General: Secrets and protective behaviour in your life at this time are causing even more paranoia or is the paranoia causing the secrets and protective behaviour? Love/Emotions: There are trust issues emotionally that are needing to be addressed in your personal life. These don’t have to result in a problem but they do have to be sorted out. I can see that there are two sides to this and you are not innocent.


General: You are holding the keys to a new beginning and the keys to a new property or links to one. Celebration is around you, due to you being clever with your own research into your financial / work situation which has now led you to this success. Love/Emotions: There is a party or social gathering that you are invited to and I see you being in two minds whether to attend.

Leo 23rdJuly - 23rd Aug General: An emergency travel plan will lead you on a surprising adventure that you really had no idea that you would have ended up doing. Love/Emotions: You are trying not to expect too much from an emotional new beginning or a renewed relationship from the past.


21stApr-21stMay 24thAug-22ndSep General: A time for a little solitude to think things over. You may need to wrap yourself up in cotton wool for now. It can mean that I’m picking up on you looking after someone close to you. Love/Emotions: There are very outspoken words exchanged regarding a complicated love life situation that has become much too complicated. These outspoken words will pull a punch to someone who has not been truthful or honest even to themselves about their own feelings.

General: You have a brand new focus in your life at this time. Your mind is active and clear on where you wish to be in the next year and beyond. You have taken enough nagging and advice from others and it’s time to put into place what you want now. Love/Emotions: Communication lines are down regarding your personal life and you are trying a different tactic to get your message across to that special person.

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