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Issue 44, September 2015 Complimentary

Kent’s Lifestyle Magazine

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Welcome ike plenty of other parents and grandparents, this time of year brings with it rather mixed blessings. After the start of the summer being defined by final exams for A-Levels or GCSEs and August the revelation of the results, September delivers the inevitable outcome. Whether that is the prospect of a new school, college course or apprenticeship, many of us have the sometimes painful experience of waving off our sons and daughters as they embark on a university course. Of course, there is the delight in seeing them secure the place on the course they want, and the sense that they are on a stepping stone in the transition to adulthood, but few would deny there is a wave of emotion which crashes over you at the thought of your child entering the big wide world without you. If you’re in that boat right now, I share the highs and lows with you! It seems just like the other day when they were knee high to the proverbial grasshopper, and now they’re bidding farewell as they start a course at the other end of the country. It’s as much a transition for the parents as it is the child. Hopefully this edition of mmm will give you plenty to keep your mind off affairs of the heart – at least for a while. Inside we’ve got our normal blend of fashion, features and food to keep you entertained and give you plenty of ideas. There’s everything from how to start your own vegetable garden, to healthy eating, fitness and even a special focus on Scotney Castle – a beautiful National Trust classic house in Lamberhurst, near Tunbridge Wells. It is the perfect combination of splendid architecture and heritage both inside and out. So plenty to enjoy. As ever, we always welcome your feedback on the magazine and love to hear from you. Enjoy this edition and here’s hoping we enjoy a bit of an Indian summer this year.


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N A T A L IE P O R T M A N B ea ting the curs e of Sta r W a rs


Y O G A 10 health benefits of yoga


F O O D G lorious f ood r ecipes f or a utumn

Publisher Rasa Dregva Editorial Tom White Robin J Brooks Tricia Lester Sarah Vince Design Matthew Jones Sales Sue Houghton Crystal Fahy Accounts Kerry Head

SO F T F U R N I SH I N G S Find out the best ways to take care of s of t f urnis hi ngs


G A D G E T S mmm s election of ga dge ts thi s Septembe r


M O T O R S Motability schemes and supercar a uctions reve a led


SCO T N E Y CA ST L E A N a tiona l T rus t trea s ure


E V E N T S Highlighting family fun and celebr a tions thr oughout ke nt


H O R O SCO P E S Discover what your future holds for you with Ali Janes

M A K E -U P N ew ma ke - up tips thi s a utumn


T R A V E L Festive markets selected by Baldwins T ra ve l G roup


A L A N D A V IE S T ea rs of the Q I clow n


R O B IN J B R O O K S Looks back at another momentous day f rom the B a ttle of B rita in

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NATALIE PORTMAN IS FAST BECOMING ONE OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST POWERFUL FIGURES, THE FORCE IS WITH HER… ith some very limited exceptions, appearing in a Star Wars film when young is rarely a ticket to greater success. More often than not, it pigeon-holes the actor and guarantees only a place at conventions for those with a keen passion for their favourite science fiction creation. But not when it comes to Natalie Portman. In fact, it could be said she is


second only to Harrison Ford in not allowing the enormous hype which washes over the world when a new Star Wars movie hits the cinema screen to drown any hope of future success. She was just 16 when filming began on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – the first of the three prequels which laid out the story of Darth Vader’s creation and set the groundwork for the classic trilogy released between 1977 and 1983. Certainly she had a role like few others can ever claim. Cast as Padme Amidala, she was to be the mother of both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia – plus be the inspiration behind Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the ‘dark side’ and his re-birth as the terrible Lord Vader. She appeared in all three of the prequels – all of which met with a very mixed critical reception. Yet despite that, the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith did not see her choice of roles, going forward, restricted. Although, she admits, it very nearly did. “Everyone thought I was a horrible actress,” she revealed after the first movie was released. “I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.“ It was only thanks to the positive words of director Mike Nichols who had worked with her on the play The Seagull that she was taken seriously. A reputation further enhanced by the film Anywhere But Here in which she starred alongside Susan Sarandon. It was a challenging role which would secure her a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress. a

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She had leapt over the hurdle of the curse of Star Wars and she would not look back. Since then she has been nominated twice for an Academy Award – winning in 2011 for her role in the stunning Black Swan – in addition to two Golden Globes and a BAFTA. Her list of movie credits include everything from blockbuster Marvel superhero Thor movies, historic drama The Other Boleyn Girl – filmed extensively in Kent, including scenes shot at Dover Castle – the colourful Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, comic book translation for the big screen V is for Vendetta and the as yet unreleased Jane Got a Gun which will see her reunited on screen with Ewan McGregor, who starred with her in those Star Wars films. She has even now branched out into directing too – becoming as she does so one of Hollywood’s most respected and talented performers both in front and behind the camera. It’s been a remarkable journey for someone born in Jerusalem in 1981 to her housewife mother Shelley and Israeli gynaecologist Avner Hershlag. In 1984, aged just three, they moved to the US to follow her father who was receiving medical training. She still holds dual citizenship and has been outspoken in her views on the troubles in Israel – in particular her concern for the move to the right her country of birth has taken in recent years. She said: “I really love the United States, but I have a CELEBRITY FEATURE

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to be honest and say my heart is in Jerusalem – that’s where I really feel at home.” Her love and talent for performing was apparent from an early age. At just four she started dancing lessons – with her parents turning down the chance for her to model at the age of just 10, allowing her instead to focus on acting. She recalls: “I was really ambitious as a child – more so than the other kids. I worked very hard; I knew what I liked and knew what I wanted. I was very serious in my intentions.” At the age of 12 she was selected to star alongside Jean Reno in Luc Besson’s Leon: The Professional – a role which saw her adopt the stage name Portman. And after graduating from high school she studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theatre Dance Workshop in New York and attended the Usdan Centre of Creative and Performing Arts. The roles kept coming too – with parts during the mid 1990s in the likes of Mars Attacks! and in the stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank. When Star Wars came knocking in 1997 – the first movie was released in 1999 – she had to sit out going to the premiere due to school work. Determined to not let her education suffer, “I’d rather be smart than a movie star” she once quipped, she continued to eventually emerge in 2003 with a degree in psychology from Harvard University. a

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Certainly that background in dance paid off with her role as the young ballerina in 2010’s Black Swan – a role for which she had to practice dance for up to eight hours a day for six months. The plaudits and awards will have made the effort worthwhile. During those long hours of rehearsals, she met and began dating the dancer Benjamin Millepied. It was her first major romance after splitting with American folk singer Devendra Banhart. In 2010 she announced she and Millepied were engaged and in June 2011 she gave birth to their first child. The couple tied the knot in California in 2012. The two seek to keep their private life just that. Millepied is director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet and, in order to fulfil Natalie’s desire for her children to be raised Jewish, has converted to Judaism. And, it seems, motherhood is her most satisfying role yet. “I love being a mother,” she admits. “I’m far less judgemental than I was before I had children. I love it.” She is an impressive woman – and one who is a strong role model to young women seeking to find that balance of career, education and family and delivering on all fronts. At just 34, she still has plenty of prime time left to take all aspects of her life to even more staggering heights. mmm

september Diary dates mmm showcases exciting events

featured throughout Kent, for your diary this month Honnington County Fair Honnington Farm

Belmont House and Gardens Faversham

upport the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance as this worthy charity celebrate their 25th year of service, whilst having a fun day out! Weather permitting the air ambulance will be fully operational for the duration of the fair. There will also be another helicopter offering rides. Also, new for this year - camel rides with Joseph’s Amazing Camels. New in the main arena there is sheep racing along with the ever-present birds of prey, dog agility, Splash Pals ferret racing and duck herding. The second arena will be host to the working timber and agricultural display. Have-a-go stands include: clay shoot, archery, air rifles, zorb balls, climbing wall and quad bikes. Also knife and axe throwing. Yes, really! There will be a great fun fair, Scott the Clown’s Circus Workshop with fun packed activities and FREE face painting for all children. Quality local catering on offer will include hogg roast and butchers BBQ, fish and chips, crepes, ovenbaked pizza, fresh hot doughnuts. The food can be followed with a cold one from the beer tent or something from one of the sweet and treat stalls a plenty. Come and wander around a mass of trade stands where you will find anything from country clothing and arts and crafts to home-baked cup cakes. Running again in tandem with the stunning Kent Italian Car and Bike Display and with the chance to win a brand new MINI in the charity’s WIN A MINI Draw, this event is one not to be missed! For more information please call 01892 615742 or visit

follow-up to last year’s successful event – this time with a twiggy twist. The session will begin with a demonstration using the flowers which have been freshly picked from the gardens. You can then enjoy a tour with Head Gardener, Graeme, and you will have the opportunity to cut your own flowers. All materials will be supplied, with plenty of time for oneto-one assistance to create something wonderful. Lunch will be provided during the session For more information please call 01795 890202 or visit








Handmade Homegrown Festival, Hever Castle 11th 13th

celebration of country living in the heart of the TO glorious Kent countryside. Demonstrations from skilled craftspeople; local craft and food stalls; art and photography displays. Also featured is the annual Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition with workshops for children and adult beginners. For further information please call 01732 865224 or visit



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Emotive roar of Spitfire engine, Chatham he Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar has confirmed that ‘The Kent Spitfire’, TA805 ‘Spirit of Kent’, will once again provide an exhilarating air display at the Salute to the ‘40s event, on 19th and 20th September, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Kent is the only county to have its own Spitfire, originally part of a squadron purchased by the people of Kent in 1941. TO Subject to good weather, the distinctive and emotive roar of the Spitfire’s Rolls-Royce Merlin engine will be heard on both days as the pilot performs an exhilarating air display for visitors, accompanied by music and a commentary by the Heritage Hangar’s ‘Master of Ceremonies’, Robin Brooks.

Robin Brooks said: “We are proud to be associated with The Historic Dockyard Chatham and have performed at the 1940s weekend for a number of years. People have come to associate this particular Spitfire, with its distinctive ‘D-Day’ stripes, with the county of Kent and, wherever it flies throughout the UK, it is known as ‘The Kent Spitfire’. Together with what was once a great naval base and now a place of history, they represent all that is great about our country.” Visitors will begin to hear the rumble of the Spitfire’s engine in the distance as they look skyward and will see the ‘Spirit of Kent’ approach The Historic Dockyard along the line of the River Medway. Before long, TA805 will be put through its paces with low level passes and steep climbs in an impressive display. For more information please call 01634 823826 or visit

Milkshake! Party Live Winter Gardens, Margate

Four seasons in the garden Goddington House

ans of Channel 5’s hugely popular children’s TV show Milkshake! will be thrilled to know that a brand new stage show Milkshake! Live ‘Party Party’, will be touring theatres up and down the country for 12 months. This brand new show features lots of Milkshake! friends including two Milkshake! presenters and follows on from the huge success of the previous tour Come Out to Play, 2012/13. The show’s stellar line-up includes: Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas, Noddy and Tessie Pip from Pip Ahoy! Bello from Jelly Jamm, Chloe from Chloe’s Closet, Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc, Toby and Dolores from Toby’s Travelling Circus and Milkshake’s very own Milkshake Monkey! The show will feature 2 Milkshake! Presenters, including Jen Pringle, Derek Moran, Amy Thompson and Olivia Birchenough. This all new musical extravaganza is bound to have audiences up on their feet, singing along, and jumping with delight! As the preparations for Milkshake Monkey’s surprise birthday party get underway, all the guests are busy with their very special party jobs! But what happens when Milkshake Monkey disappears? The presenters will need the audience’s help to find him in time for the party! For more information please call 01843 292795 or visit

t’s not over yet! Looking at ways of extending the interest in your garden until the first frosts and beyond. Take stock and plan for next year. Viv Hunt, Head Gardener at Godinton House and Fiona Abrahams, lecturer at Hadlow College combine their vast experience and knowledge in a series of relaxed, informal workshops. The emphasis will be on small groups enabling individuals to have the opportunity to address their own gardening queries. For further information please call 01233 643854 or visit


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Canterbury food festival Dane John Gardens et in the beautiful Dane John Gardens, this event will be a one-stop-shop for delectable fare and thirst-quenching beverages. Many, many traders will be in attendance, allowing visitors to sample their wares, fill-up as they wander around and take home some delicious gifts to enjoy at a later date. For more information AND call 01227 452853 or visit canterburyfoodfestival.aspx


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End of season gala weekend, Sittingbourne’s Steam Railway he Railway will be holding its annual end of season gala weekend on 26 and 27th September 2015. Trains depart frequently from Sittingbourne Viaduct 11am - 4pm, more information including a downloadable timetable will TO appear on the SKLR website nearer the event. For more information please call 01795 424889 or visit


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Harvest season The home of Charles Darwin

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oin the expert gardeners who will cover a different topic each weekend TO giving you top tips from the harvest season as they draw from their experience tending Darwin’s famous garden – his ‘outdoor laboratory’. Find out about apples and pears – from cultivating heritage varieties to picking and storing problematic pears. For further information call 01689 859119 or visit

he Dutch Jazz groups first appearance at The Criterion providing Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz style music. For further information please call 01795 662981 or visit


Great Broadstairs Bake Off Bessie’s Tea Parlour

Garden Tours Leeds Castle


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reat Broadstairs Bake Off (GBBO) is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, a theme is set for the meetings in advance, giving you plenty of time to decide what you will bring along. It’s a social evening for people to meet, have a taste of everything and even take home a variety of goodies. It’s all very friendly. For more information call 01843 862559 or visit





oin one of the Leeds Castle gardeners for a walk around the gardens. Find out more about the Culpeper Cottage Garden which was initially designed by Russell Page and which grows traditional neat box hedges with colourful flowers such as irises, holyhocks and roses. Then explore the beautiful Lady Baillie Mediterranean Terraces which feature exotic foliage plants such as palm trees and bananas. This tour is included with the price of admission. Meet outside the Fairfax Restaurant at 11.30am. There is no need to pre-book this activity. For further information call 01622 765400 or visit





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make-up this autumn autumn is right around the corner and with the changing

of the season comes new make-up tips SOFT CAT EYE


his make-up tip for autumn doesn’t take any time at all. You can use it for the office or for an evening out. A great modern twist on the classic cat eye and it really does look beautiful. Use a classic eyeliner.

f you are looking for a subtle way to accentuate your eyes, colourful eyeshadow is the way to do it. Just a light dusting of a really colourful eyeshadow can really make your eyes stand out and give them some shimmer and shine. Create a diffusion of colour for a more delicate effect.



STAINED LIPS nother make-up tip for the new season is stained lips. You may know all of the different stains from CoverGirl and Maybelline? Well, start looking at those and give a couple of different colours a try. You can also add a bit of gloss, that way your lips will shine and sheen and really stand out.



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his season, one make-up tip that you will want to follow is the use of purple smokey eyes. They are going to be all the rage and truthfully, the purple looks beautiful in a smokey eye. So forget the blacks this time and go with purple.


hether you are looking for thick eyelashes or you are looking to put some false ones on to add some drama. Dramatic eyelashes are in this season. Whether you use a colourful mascara or just coat them up in black.




oppers are going to be vital, and no matter what colour your eyes are, copper should be incorporated somehow. Just a little sweep along your lids, maybe some copper coloured lipstick or even just adding some copper in with your bronzer can really give you that overall warm look.

ewel tones and metallic makeup is a huge make-up tip that you’re going to want to experience. Whether you use a bit of metallic eyeshadow or you take to jewel toned lipstick, the effect is wonderful.



SOFT BROWNS utumn is all about browns, greens and oranges and going with some soft, espresso browns or even chocolate browns is a great way to really make a splash. Whether you are using brownish-black mascara or even some brown eyeliner, you can really make your eyes appear beautiful. What can really make your eyes stand out is brown eyeshadow paired with some violet mascara, even more perfect if you have green eyes.


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nner peace refers to a specific state of being mentally and spiritually at peace with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong during phases of stress. Bliss, happiness and contentment are the basic components of a peaceful mind which refers to a disposition free from the effects of stress. Finding inner peace is associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and selfrealization. Buddhism describes this peace as an experience of knowing oneself which can be achieved through yoga and meditation. Because during yoga we get more air into our lungs with each breath; we don’t have to breathe as quickly, and gradually our breathing slows down. This relaxing breathing alters our consciousness and transforms stress into peace.

here are various types of yoga asanas and benefits of yoga asanas are numerous. It provides us all round fitness, improves your stamina and reduces the problems of migraines and insomnia. Migraine is a headache that affects the nerves of the head and is accompanied by sensory warning signs like flashes of light, blind spots, nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and darkness. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder, and those who have insomnia have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Yoga asanas help to stretch out the muscles in your body and improves such conditions.



3. AIDING WEIGHT LOSS t has been proven that the breathing techniques that are followed during yoga help to strengthen our body and mind’s connection. It also aids us to deal with emotions that instigate stress and anxiety. Many people during the practice of yoga develop a greater sense of self-awareness. From sun salutations, veerbhadrasana, utkatasana, vrksasana, uttanasana, ardhya matsyendrasana, Badhakonasana, kumbhakasana, halasana, balasana and kapal bhati, all are important yoga asanas which can help to reduce weight. They also help tone the entire body, boost our metabolic system and help to burn fat.


4. BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM oga boosts our immune system by enhancing the circulation of blood cells, decreasing stress hormones and stimulating the lymphatic system that aids to protect our body from the effects of toxins. A toxin is an antigenic poison of plant or animal origin, especially one produced by microorganisms and causes disease when present in low concentrations in the body. Yoga poses improve our breathing technique, strengthen our muscles and organs, stimulate changes in gene expression and improves our immune system.


5. CONTROLLING DIABETES iabetes refers to a condition in which there is too much glucose in the blood, and it damages kidneys, nerves, teeth, eyes, feet and blood vessels which can lead to heart attack and stroke. When you follow a regular yoga schedule, your body commences responding to insulin that helps immensely in the reduction of blood glucose and it is also an excellent way to ďŹ ght stress. Effective postures of yoga for diabetes include pranayam, setubandhasana, balasana, vajrasana, sarvangasana, halasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana, paschimotasana and ardha matsyendrasana which also improve blood circulation in the arms and legs where diabetic patients mainly complain of pains.


6. IMPROVING HEART HEALTH oga plays a pivotal role in protecting us from different kinds of heart disease and also improves cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease refers to conditions that involve blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain and stroke. Yoga asanas can help to reduce blood pressure and potentially increase cardiac rehabilitation, lower cholesterol, blood sugar and stress hormones. The deep breathing yoga exercises help slow the breathing rate, which reduces blood pressure and soothes the nervous system that generates stress hormones.


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7. RELIEVING DEPRESSION epression is a mental illness that causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest. It affects one’s thinking, behaviour and feelings too. It is often accompanied by headache, chest pain, fatigue, irritation, restlessness, anxiety and insomnia and releases harmful free radicals that damage our immune system. Effective postures of yoga for stress include: balasana, bhujangasana, anulom vilom, and shavasana. Yoga can be a great way to get rid of depression because it preoccupies our body and mind.


Child’s pose, bhujangasana, dog pose, warrior pose, reverse warrior pose, bridge pose, supported corpse pose are the important postures of yoga for depression reduction.

9. AIDS IN ASTHMA sthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. A recent research proves that those who follow yoga asanas show a significant improvement in lung function and a reduction in asthma symptoms when compared with those who don’t follow the path of yoga. Yoga is really beneficial to our body, as deep breathing provides oxygen to our bodies and its various organs which is essential for our survival and aids the removal of waste products and toxins from the body. Deep breathing can help to control asthma, and yoga postures help provide enough oxygen to our body.



8. IMPROVING POSTURE AND FLEXIBILITY oga practice tones our body muscles and also makes them strong which helps improve our body posture when we sit, sleep, stand or walk. Stronger muscles help prevent sports injuries and other injuries caused due to overexertion. It can help us move better and felt less tired. It has been proven that people improved their flexibility up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga. Athletes consider it really effective which helps them to avoid injuries over the years. When you become stronger and more flexible, your posture also improves at the same time. The disturbing pain in the neck or back could result from something like using one side of your body more, and the imbalance can be identified and corrected with the help of yoga.


10. TREATING CHRONIC BACK PAIN ower back pain is considered to be chronic when it has been present for more than three months. Chronic back pain can originate from an injury, disease or stress. This type of pain can be felt as bone pain and nerve pain. Yoga stretches act magically for those whose back pain is directly related to depression. Yoga breathing techniques are really effective in the circulation of oxygen throughout the body and breathing also provides an opportunity for meditation which many people consider as the key to overcome pain. Sphinx, pigeon, two-knee twist, spine hamstring stretch, threads the needle and legs up the wall are the important postures of yoga that can reduce chronic back pain.


IT’S ALL About Metafit perfect workout routine f you have not heard about Metafit, it’s the latest way to get an amazing workout in a very short time. The workout lasts for 30 minutes, including warm up and cool down. It is not choreographed, so there are no monotonous dance moves to learn, just simple and effective body weight exercises designed to burn fat and sculpt muscle. The minimal rest method is challenging, but it keeps your heart rate elevated, maximizing your results. During each session, you will melt anywhere between 180 to 250 calories while toning every muscle from your shoulders to your calves. As an extra bonus, you will continue to burn fat for up to 24 hours after your workout. The classes are designed to push you according to your own fitness ability. It doesn’t matter if you are only doing one or two repetitions and someone else is doing five, as long as you are working to your maximum. I have one client I’ve been training since January and she has lost an amazing 10% in body fat, yes its hard work but with those results its worth it. Metafit training should be used 2-3 times a week as part of a varied workout programme.


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FOODS TO BUY in September



1. RASPBERRIES hese delicate, fragile berries are bursting with colour and flavour. At 64 calories per cup, raspberries aren’t just a tasty treat—they’re also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre. These bite-sized fruits come in more colours than classic red—try yellow, purple or black varieties to change it up. Bringing fresh raspberries home? Store them in the fridge or better yet, eat them straight away because these juicy gems don’t last for long.


2. PEARS n the mood for a sweet snack? Share a pear. As a relative of the rose, the pear not only smells sweet, but it tastes that way, too. This autumn harvest fruit’s natural sugars will satisfy your sugar cravings without giving you a guilty conscience. One medium-size pear has about 100 calories. Plus, they are full of fibre and packed with nutrients, such as vitamin C, potassium and folacin (A B-vitamin).


HEALTHY FOOD FACTS • Fruits and vegetables are nutritious in every form • Apples give you more energy than coffee • Fruits and vegetables have a ton of fibre • Watermelons can keep you hydrated • Some fruits and vegetables contain toxins • Broccoli contains more protein than steak • The skin usually has the most nutrition • It does make you more healthy


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3. MUSKMELON he muskmelon is more commonly known as cantaloupe, even though there are subtle differences. Cantaloupes have deep grooves and scaly skin while muskmelons have a pitted surface.


4. APPLES eptember is best known for back-toschool, which is so often represented with images of a shiny red apple. But don’t just send apples for the teacher; pack one for yourself too. This low-fat, high-fibre fruit is full of vitamin C, making it the perfect portable snack. And as a bonus, one medium-size apple is only about 95 calories.


5. COURGETTE id you know one cup of chopped courgette is only 20 calories? It also packs 2 g protein, vitamin A and vitamin C and is low in fat. This popular summer squash has a mild, nutty flavour and is also quite versatile you can even include it in dessert.


Fruit and vegetables and protection against diseases Vegetables and fruit contain phytochemicals, or plant chemicals. These biologically active substances can help to protect you from some diseases. Scientific research shows that if you regularly eat lots of fruit and vegetables, you have a lower risk of: • Type 2 diabetes • Stroke • Heart (cardiovascular) disease – when fruits and vegetables are eaten as food, not taken as supplements • Cancer – some forms of cancer, later in life • High blood pressure (hypertension). HEALTHY EATING

Crab Cake BLT Method • Place your prepared crab cakes into hot oil and cook for around three to four minutes. • Fry off bacon. • Prepare each English muffin in the following order: Toast muffin in halves, spread sauce on either side, add three slices of tomato, one lettuce leaf, fried bacon, two crab cakes, top with sliced avocado and a dollop of sauce and sprinkle with paprika. • Serve with a burger spike to keep everything together.

Recipe by: The Albert Whitstable

Ingredients 200g White crab claw meat 2 teaspoons of English mustard 2 teaspoons of siracha hot sauce 2 teaspoons of sugar One stick of celery, finely chopped Small bunch of chives, finely chopped Pinch of seasoning Breadcrumbs Oil for deep frying 3 English muffins (one per person) 3 slices of smoked bacon 3 leaves of iceberg lettuce 9 slices of tomato 2 teaspoons of tartar sauce 2 teaspoons of mayo 2 teaspoons of siracha sauce 2 teaspoons of chopped chives 2 teaspoons of chopped cucumber


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Eggplant Rollatini Ingredients For the Risotto: 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 cup arborio or carnaroli rice 4 cups light beef broth (or vegetable broth), heated 1/3 cup grated parmesan For the eggplant: 1 large eggplant olive oil marinara sauce

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• Heat a little olive oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the garlic and sauté gently for one minute. Then add tomato paste and cook for one minute. Add the rice and cook for about a minute more. • Start adding the warm broth and stir the risotto. Every time the rice absorbs the liquid, add a couple more ladles. Keep stirring for about 25 to 30 minutes. Take the risotto off the heat and add the cheese. • Transfer to a bowl and let cool before assembling the rollatini. • Slice the very ends off the eggplant. Slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices. You should have five slices for a large eggplant. Salt the slices heavily and place in a colander for about one hour. Rinse the salt off the eggplant and press with paper towels to dry. • Heat a grill or grill pan on the stove. Make sure it’s hot before beginning. Brush the eggplant slices on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on both sides until you have nice grill marks and the eggplant is pliable. • Place a little marinara sauce in the bottom of a small baking dish. Place some risotto all along the eggplant slices and roll up and place seam side down in baking dish. Top with marinara sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes covered. Remove cover and bake an additional ten minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.


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very year more and more people enjoy the unique and festive charm of European Christmas Markets. Traditionally, holidays in winter were seen as an opportunity to escape to the sunshine, yet there is an increasing desire to visit more picturesque destinations closer to home. Sitting outside with a blanket and a warm glass of mulled wine as the snow dances in the winter air; these are the moments that last a lifetime as memories are made and time seems to stand still. From the ever-popular German markets, to lesser-known markets in Rome, Paris and beyond, there is a Christmas Market to suit everybody; whether travelling with a loved one, friends, or family.


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n the middle of the 1980s a young Alan Davies headed to Canterbury to enrol on a drama course at the University of Kent. At the back of his mind he could have only dreamed it would be the first step on a career within the creative arts. He could never have imagined how it would set him on course to become a household name.


Because not only has he become a hugely successful stand-up comedian – an almost endless tour of venues brings him back to Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre this November – but he has also become a team captain on one of TV’s most endearing and intelligent quiz shows and a talented actor in one of the BBC’s best-loved murder mysteries. a CELEBRITY FEATURE

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Not bad for someone who first took to the stage to display his comedy timing in the less than salubrious surroundings of the Labour Club in Whitstable in 1988 – the year he graduated from his university course. Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as mystery solving Jonathan Creek and as the butt of many a gag on QI with Stephen Fry. Yet his past has been far from just non-stop gags. In fact, he has experienced some terrible tragedies in his life – not least his mother passing away when he was just six years old. It is something he admits that he is still struggling to accept even now, at the age of 49. Perhaps not unsurprisingly given the traumatic circumstances. His mother was aged 38 when she passed away from leukaemia. “I remember my mother being in hospital and being allowed to visit a couple of times,” he recalls, “then, without explanation, my visits were stopped. “It was only some years later that I found out that one of her doctors decided that it wouldn’t be healthy for me to see her in that condition.” All these years later, he remains unsure whether his mother was even told about the severity of her condition. Neither he nor his younger sister were told – leaving the six-year-old Alan still regretting not being given the opportunity to say his final goodbyes. “My understanding of it,” he says, “was that she wasn’t told that her illness was terminal. They decided it would be better, because she had three small children, not to tell her. “I don’t think they would have done that to a man, I think it was misogyny. Who knows what she might have done if she’d known? What she might have done for us and what she might have said to us that we would have had for the rest of our lives? I think it was a brutal act.” There was also a delay between her death and him being told she had passed away. a


“My three-year-old sister wasn’t told. I was instructed not to say a word to her. She would keep asking me when we were going to the hospital to visit our mum and I’d have to invent some reason why we couldn’t do it that day. “I wasn’t allowed to go to the funeral. For years I had no idea whether she was buried or cremated.” The trauma around the incident so early in his young life would have repercussions as he got older – a sometimes troubled childhood, a short temper and bouts of depression. He adds: “More than 40 years on, the fact that I wasn’t allowed to grieve properly still seems crazy to me. I was angry about it for years. a

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“On the 20th anniversary of her death, I was having an angst-ridden time and went back to the crematorium. I just sat in the wood and cried my eyes out.” It may explain, to an extent, his desire to perform on the stage – especially in comedy. He admits he started in it “for the applause and the attention” but that, like the classic tears of a clown, he “had been very unhappy for years”. Eventually after chatting to fellow comic on the circuit at the time, Jo Brand – a former psychiatric nurse from Tunbridge Wells – he got some counselling which helped him to cope with the scars of his mother’s loss. Not that his inner turmoil showed on stage. Just three years after that first performance in Whitstable, he was named Time Out magazine’s Best Young Comic, winning the Edinburgh Festival Critics’ Award for Comedy in 1994. His reputation gathering steam, it was perhaps ironic that his big break and the moment he was catapulted into household name status was through a relatively straight role as that of Jonathan Creek in the BBC drama of the same name. Starring initially alongside Caroline Quentin and later Sheridan Smith, the tight scripts, gentle humour and intriguing storylines made it a big hit with a strong following. He swiftly became a regular face on panel shows – culminating in 2001 by securing the role of team © Tony Briggs

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captain on QI, the razor-sharp, informative, BBC2 quiz show. Although he admits he nearly pulled out of that following the BBC’s decision to shelve his popular chef comedy Whites after just one series. Looking back, he reflects: “They killed it after one series. Totally bizarre. I nearly quit QI over it. I thought they were canning Whites because they had me doing another show. “I asked, ‘Is that a factor? Can anyone give me a straight answer on that? If it is a factor, I’d rather quit QI. Will I get cast as anything else? Because QI is never off air. What if someone wanted to cast me as a serial killer, and I’d be perfect for it?’ I worried about that for a bit, and then I came to my senses. But I was quite burnt, I think everyone was quite burnt.” But while his professional life may have had some ups and downs, his personal life is now far more settled. He met the writer Katie Maskell in 2005 and two years later they were married. Today they have two children – a daughter aged six and a son aged four. So has being a parent changed him; helped ease some of those agonies he suffered? “When you have kids, they become your focus. Life becomes far more precious. “Now I’m a father, I imagine what it would be like to lose my wife to leukaemia and my two kids having to grow up without their mum. That’s the position my father was in 40 years ago.

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County Hall Maidstone, prepares for the blitz, October 1940 Credit - Kent Messenger

he odds were great; our margins small; the stakes infinite”. So wrote fellow historians after the event. In order for Adolf Hitler to carry out his plan to invade Britain, known as ‘Operation Sealion’, the fighters of the Royal Air Force had to be neutralised. Since the beginning of July 1940, it had been a daily struggle between Fighter Command and the Luftwaffe. Despite the insistence of Reichmarshall Hermann Goering when reporting to Hitler that the RAF had been cleared from the skies above Britain, nothing was further from the truth. Such was the planning of Air Vice-Marshal Hugh Dowding and his commanders that reserves were always found. After the clearance of some early morning mist, the weather for Sunday September 15th, 1940 dawned clear and bright. As the morning wore on the sun rose in a blue sky as people prepared to go to church or just to walk in the autumn sunshine, much the same as they did on August 18th. Across


the Channel on the German held French airfields, preparations were going on to assemble a great armada of bombers and fighters which it was hoped would bring the RAF to its knees. At the underground operations room for No. 11 Group situated at RAF Uxbridge, the night shift were leaving whilst the early morning shift took over. This room was the heart of Fighter Commands strategy in winning this particular battle. On a raised platform overlooking the large SE map table in the centre were the controllers who gave instructions to the airfields in Kent that came under the umbrella of No. 11 Group. These were Biggin Hill, West Malling, Lympne, Hawkinge, Gravesend and Manston. A team of RAF women were tasked with moving the counters when the instructions from the radar stations and observer corps were received through their headsets. Depending on the position of the counters, the controllers could then scramble the squadrons based at the airfields. It was this system that was to prove infallible.  HISTORY FEATURE

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By 11am the room was busy with activity as plots from the various radar stations situated around the SE coast indicated that a very large formation of enemy aircraft were assembling over the French coast. Fifteen minutes later, the controllers contacted RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire instructing them to get the Duxford wing airborne ready to meet the bombers over the Channel. The scene was repeated minutes later when Biggin Hill, Northolt, Kenley and Hornchurch were told to scramble their Hurricanes and Spitfires. In all 21 squadrons were taking to the air. As the German armada of Dornier 17s and Heinkel IIIs escorted by Messerschmitt 109s and 110s left the French coast the Chain Home radar stations at Fairlight near Hastings, Ventnor on the Isle of Wight and Dover and the men of the land based Observer Corps were sending details of the enemy aircraft to Bentley Priory and Uxbridge. Most of the formation were from Luftflotte 2 of Kampfgeschwader 76 operating from Beauvais and Cormeilles. As they crossed the English coastline at Ramsgate the ME109s were attacked by Spitfires from Biggin Hill followed by the Hurricanes of 253 and 504 Squadron who went for the bomber stream. As the air raid sirens in Kent began to wail shortly after 11.30am, many people rushed to the Anderson shelters built in the back gardens whilst others being

curious, just stood and looked up to the sky. Only at the last moment would they venture into a shelter. The fighters met the enemy aircraft as they crossed Kent and Sussex and within minutes the sky was full of aircraft exhaust trails as the conflict began. By midday the area around the two counties was littered with wrecked aircraft of both air forces. In London Buckingham Palace was the recipient of several bombs which dropped on the immaculate lawns and on the Queen’s private apartments. Luckily no members of the Royal family were at home. With the enemy raiders being attacked by more than 160 Hurricanes and Spitfires, many of them just dropped their bombs at random causing dreadful damage and loss of life throughout Kent. Sadly between 11.50am and 12.20pm eight RAF fighters were shot down by the enemy. Pilot Officer G L Doutrepont was a member of No. 229 Squadron flying from RAF Wittering when he was attacked by ME109s over Sevenoaks. After a ferocious dogfight his Hurricane crashed into Staplehurst railway station, a plaque on the station now reminding us that it was here that a life was lost. There were many others who were to lose their lives during this first raid. As the remainder of the enemy aircraft turned for home having dropped their bombs on London and Kent, the next raid was plotted forming up in France. Three waves of Dorniers and Heinkels 

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Preparing for invasion. A road block in the Tonbridge Road, Maidstone Credit - Kent Messenger

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totalling 150 aircraft together with fighter escort crossed the Channel at around 2pm. This time most of the bombs were dropped on East London as the enemy met with a force of 13 British squadrons. Ferocious dogfights were taking place over Kent with around nine RAF fighters being shot down. Against a numerically superior Luftwaffe the British squadrons fought for the survival of the country. What we lacked in numbers of fighters we gained in the quality of our Hurricanes, Spitfires and Boulton Paul Defiants and the skill of our pilots and ground crews. Long into the afternoon the battles raged as a last attempt was made by the Luftwaffe to clear the RAF from the skies and allow a seaborne invasion to go ahead. The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill living at nearby Chartwell, chose to pay one of his frequent visits to the operations room on this particular day. Noticing the intense atmosphere and the red lights change as squadrons were scrambled, called to refuel and re-arm and scrambled again time after time, he asked of Air Vice-Marshal Park, the commander of No. 11 Group, ‘what reserves have we?’.The answer came back ‘none Sir’. It is said that with this answer, Churchill looked very grave indeed. As evening approached the county of Kent counted the cost of such a battering. Although London was the prime target for most of the attacks, many bombs

had been dropped in haste demolishing property and causing chaos within the county. Yet throughout the raids on this day, just one civilian was reported dead in Kent. On Monday September 16th, 1940, the Daily Telegraph headlines told it all: ‘ 175 RAIDERS DOWN – ONE IN TWO DESTROYED – RAF LOSE 30’. It continued that ‘the mass attack on London and the south east had been smashed’. Though slightly exaggerated, it was a victory for the RAF. Although the Battle of Britain was to continue until late October, Hitler knew that victory in the sky would never be achieved by the Luftwaffe, despite the assurances from his commander-in-chief, Hermann Goering, that it would be. As the autumn and winter nights began to draw in, the proposed invasion of Britain was postponed several times until it was obvious it would never take place. Operation ‘Sealion’ was dead never to be resurrected. The battle was won by young men whom Churchill called ‘the Few’ and Lord Dowding called ‘his chicks’. Together with the ground crews who maintained the aircraft and the women of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who worked in the operations rooms, Sunday September 15th, 1940 was a day to remember and forever would be known as ‘Battle of Britain Day’. BY ROBIN J BROOKS A barage balloon on Meopham cricket ground awaits enemy invasion Credit - Kent Messenger

Had the enemy invaded, troops would most likely have jumped from the Junkers JU52 Credit - Crown


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Rearrange the furniture occasionally this can help to even out wear of the cushions, as there are often favoured locations within a room for such activities as watching television, reading etc. This will similarly affect carpet wear. Cushions and pillows filled with down or similar cushioning material should be hand-fluffed and reversed regularly to retain their original softness and resiliency. Avoid over-exposure to strong daylight - Ultraviolet light can bleach at an alarming rate and can also cause degeneration of some fibres. Though atmospheric pollution can cause the same damage, sunlight is more easily avoided. Pets and small children can damage and accelerate wear, as can metal zips and studs on clothing. New denim can transfer a lot of indigo dye and on lightcoloured fabrics the result can be hard to rectify.

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ruit and vegetables are a good source of many vitamins and minerals, yet most of us don’t eat enough of them. People who eat lots of fruit and vegetables are less likely to develop chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. That’s why it’s important to remember to have your 5 a day, and include a variety of different fruit and vegetables when you do your weekly shop. But there is another way to get more fruit and vegetables into your kitchen. Growing your own ensures you get the freshest pick of the crop, and could also save you money. Gardening is a good way to be more physically active. It also may help to relieve stress and improve your mental wellbeing. Getting children involved can be a good way to encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables and try different varieties. It’s easier than you think, and you can do it even if you don’t have a garden or plot of land. a



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JOBS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER SOWING AND PLANTING Fruit • Continue planting new strawberry beds. Vegetables • Continue to sow vegetables for overwintering, to mature next spring, including: turnip, spinach, winter lettuce, Oriental vegetables. • Plant overwintering onion sets. • Spring cabbages that were sown last month are probably ready for planting out. Cover them with horticultural fleece or netting to stop the pigeons shredding them. • Sow green manures such as crimson clover and Italian ryegrass to act as a soil improver and to cover bare areas. When dug in, they conserve nutrients and improve soil texture. PRUNING AND TRAINING Fruit • Finish tying in shoots on wall-trained fan trees. • Cut back old canes of blackberries and hybrid berries after fruiting and tie in the new canes. • Prune blackcurrants. • Spur prune kiwifruits after harvest. Problems • Watch tomatoes for blossom end rot, and other ripening problems. • Be sure to clear debris created when lifting potatoes, and take care not to damage the tubers. • Control against bacterial canker at the end of the month. • Protect grapes from wasps. GARDENING FEATURE

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HOW IT WORKS ith Motability you simply exchange your higher rate mobility allowance to lease a brand new car for three years. All you will have to pay for is the petrol. You don’t have to be able to drive yourself. You can get up to two other people to drive for you. There are hundreds of cars to choose from. CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAR • Look at the Motability Car Price Guide • Take someone with you • If you use a wheelchair or any other aid, take it with you • Tell the dealer about any extras that you want • Visit a few different dealers • Take the car out for a test drive • If you are going to nominate a driver, they should take the car for a test drive too For some cars you will have to pay some money upfront which we call an Advance Payment. But you can choose from over 400 cars where you have to pay nothing more than your weekly allowance. VISIT A DEALER There are nearly 5,000 Motability dealers in the UK and each one has a Motability specialist to help you. You can get the phone number of your nearest one from or phone 0800 093 1000.

azda has given its Motability programme a boost with the inclusion of its all-new supermini model in the scheme. The all-new Mazda2 went on UK sale earlier this year and four models are now included in the Motability programme with the Mazda2 1.5 75ps SE air con manual available with nil advance payments. Other range models now in the scheme are the: Mazda2 1.5 90ps SE-L Nav, Mazda2 1.5 90ps Sport Nav and Mazda2 1.5 90ps SE-L Auto. On-the-road prices for the Mazda2 start from £11,995. The perennial family favourite Mazda6, available from £19,795, is featured in the Motability programme with a choice of nine models: Mazda6 Saloon 145ps SE Nav, Mazda6 Saloon 145ps SE-L manual and auto, Mazda6 Saloon 145ps SE-L Nav manual and auto, Mazda6 Saloon 150ps SE diesel, Mazda6 Saloon SE Nav diesel, Mazda6 Tourer 145ps SE-L, Mazda6 Tourer 145ps SE-L Nav. The entry-level Mazda6 Saloon 145ps SE Nav is available with an advance payment of just £199. Finally, the Mazda5 multi-activity vehicle is available on the Motability programme in a choice of 1.6 Sport Venture diesel and 2.0 Sport Venture derivatives with an advanced payment of only £499 for the latter featuring easy slidedoor access. On-the-road prices start at £20,495.



he ŠKODA Octavia is packed full of innovative technology designed to improve the comfort and safety of all occupants. Octavia features a touchscreen infotainment system, DAB radio, Bluetooth and alloy wheels as standard across the range. That’s not all. With 590 litres of luggage space with the rear seats up and 1,580 litres of luggage space with the seats down, the ŠKODA Octavia offers an exceptional amount of space. It’s not just the boot that’s bigger – the wheelbase is 108mm longer than its predecessor, giving passengers in the back even more leg room than before.


ubaru UK has announced that the XV and Forester models are now available on the nationwide Motability scheme, accessible to individuals receiving the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance. The Forester, which is Subaru’s best-selling model, and XV are well suited to the scheme as like all Subaru vehicles they have gained hard-earned reputations for practicality, ease of use, build quality and reliability. They are also among the safest SUVs on the road, their unique symmetrical All-wheel drive system bestowing high levels of grip and traction complimented by five-star Euro NCAP and among the highest ratings for occupant protection.



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Salon Privé Supercar Show

015 sees Blenheim Palace welcome the 10th year of Salon Privé, the UK’s premier supercar event. In a short time, Salon Privé has established itself not only as a leading international automotive event attended by the most prestigious premium and bespoke manufacturers from around the world, but also as a social occasion to rival the very best. This three-day extravaganza features the latest super and hyper cars, on display and for sale alongside the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance which is considered to be the UK’s most prestigious Classic Car event.


orn out of Aston Martin’s rich racing heritage, the Vulcan is their most extreme creation to date and is utterly breathtaking. With an all-carbon fibre body the Vulcan promises incredible performance and is an engineering masterpiece. With a limited production run of just 24 cars, the Vulcan is as exclusive as it is exhilarating.

B he track-only version of the Ferrari La Ferrari, the FXX K, is an astonishing technical achievement and it is Maranello’s most powerful creation to date, being the first Ferrari to produce more than 1000bhp. The select few who are lucky enough to own an FXX K will undertake an exclusive dynamic test programme with Ferrari. This is truly one of the most exciting cars the world has ever seen.


he McLaren P1™ GTR is the most powerful and most exclusive model built by McLaren to-date. Underlining its track-focus and performance capabilities, McLaren has resurrected the iconic ‘GTR’ name 20 years on from the famous victory of the McLaren F1 GTR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Drivers of the limited production model become members of the world’s most exclusive McLaren ownership programme. The McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme offers a unique insight into the steps McLaren drivers take after signing for the team, as each driver has access to race-winning expertise and bespoke world-class training. This programme is designed to hone and optimise driving skills at some of the most iconic circuits across the world, as drivers learn how to get the best out of themselves and the car.



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- The star of the show is an as-new Porsche 911 Supersport, with just 743km on the clock – just one of five stunning cars to come from one very meticulous collector. The owner has had all five since new in Germany and the vehicles - Lots 201 to 205 – have just arrived on UK shores. They will open proceedings at Salon Privé, presenting buyers with a unique opportunity to bid on these ultra-low mileage, left-hand-drive models from Mercedes-Benz, Daimler and Porsche.


- An altogether different prospect is a 1988 Daimler Double Six Series III. Three standout highlights are central to the car’s appeal, including an individual specification Nardi steering wheel, a full respray in Metallic Blue and magnificent chrome wire wheels. This Daimler has travelled just 3,297km since new and the overall condition is impeccable. It’s surely one of the finest examples of the marque ever seen.

3 - First under the hammer is one of the most immaculate examples of the Mercedes-Benz 280SE ever seen. Given the model’s popularity during the 1980s, it is rare to find one with such little use; however, this particular model registered in 1985 has covered just 5,700km during its lifetime. All registration, service and maintenance work is documented, along with the original order form, and presents an ideal opportunity to own a unique ‘nearlynew’, 30-year-old car.



- Like its saloon brethren, this Mercedes-Benz 560SEC was also an ‘80s icon and majored on luxury and style. This particular car was first registered in 1986 and supplied new to Germany where it covered a mere 38,000km. All original factory paperwork and service history verify the car’s excellent condition.


- Supplied new in Germany in 1975, this rare manual Mercedes-Benz 280SLC has just 16,500km on the clock. As a result, this car boasts an immaculate red leather interior and unmarked white paintwork. A large history file containing all documentation for its entire 40-year history is included and offered without reserve.


Also at the AUCTION ollowing its Paris Motor Show debut, this 250 GTE spent the majority of its life in Lille, France, passing through the hands of several owners including a Ferrari dealer who kept it as part of a private collection.


nother elegant Ferrari four-seater offered for sale with a vast history is a 330 GT 2+2 Series I. Ordered on July 9th 1964 through Maranello Concessionaires Ltd, it is one of only 49 right hand drive examples produced.

inally, completing the quartet is a highly desirable 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ which was delivered to a Mr. R. Minnick of New York in Argento Metallizzato silver with contrasting black leather interior.



he successor to the 330 GT, the 365 GT 2+2, debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 1967 – and Silverstone Auctions is very proud to present a 1970 RHD example at Salon Privé.


Local News KeNt BUSINeSS NeWS JACK WILLS TO OpEN AT MAIdSTONE’S FREMLIN WALK Jack Wills – the British “university crowd” brand – is cementing its place on the best British high streets with a new letting at M&G Real Estate’s Fremlin Walk scheme in central Maidstone. The retailer has secured a six month trial as it extends its portfolio of over 80 stores internationally to select the best locations for further market penetration. The 3,500 sq ft store will be its fourth Kent location, with Bluewater, Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury stores already performing well. Developed on the former Fremlin’s Brewery site, the 350,000 sq ft open air, single level scheme is anchored by a 100,000 sq ft House of Fraser. The asset comprises 50 tenant units and a 760-space car park. The majority of units are let to leading national brands including Superdry, Zara, Top Shop, H&M, Boots and JD, establishing the

scheme as the region’s leading retail destination. M&G Real Estate is implementing an active management strategy to further develop the tenant line-up at Fremlin Walk as Scott Linard, director – asset management, M&G Real Estate, explains: “Prime retail destinations in major towns – like the county town of Maidstone – remain a key target for acquisitive retail operators and Fremlin Walk benefits from a reputation as the core fashion retailing hotspot for the area. This offers the town good prospects for rental growth, which drove our investment decision last year and is guiding our ongoing strategy for the asset. “With a series of other lease negotiations advancing fast, that would take the scheme to fully let, we look forward to announcing more news from Fremlin Walk over the coming weeks.”

KENT MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL MARKS 68TH YEAR Hundreds of young musicians and singers from all over Kent have enjoyed a range of residential courses over the past three weeks at this year’s Kent Music Summer School at Benenden School, near Cranbrook. As well as orchestral and choir singing ensembles, young singers aged 12 to 19 were able to explore the art of singing familiar songs from the shows in a Musical Theatre Singing Course. Summer School manager Phill Hyde said: “The Kent Music Summer School notched up its 68th year in 2015. These courses allow musicians to flourish in an unrivalled atmosphere of encouragement, expertise and enjoyment. Anyone, regardless of where they live or are educated, can apply for a place.” Benenden School is a stunning building surrounded by 240 acres of countryside near Cranbrook. When students aren’t rehearsing, there’s plenty to do with a wide range of recreational facilities, including a heated, indoor swimming pool,

tennis and squash courts as well as an on-site shop. Students are provided with mainly individual rooms, high-quality catering, and are looked after by a team of experienced supervisors, qualified nurses and lifeguards. To find out about the Kent Music Summer School 2016, call the administrator, Valerie Cordina, at Kent Music on 01622 358402 or email or visit


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LOCAL SpARTAN ON THE ROAd TO RECOVERY ANd pROVING AGE IS JUST A NUMBER Ian Banks-Schofield, a 44 year old military man from Kent, is preparing to prove that age is just a number as he takes on a Spartan fitness challenge this year despite a tough road to recovery following a serious car accident he was involved in 12 years ago. “The vehicle I was driving was hit by another car, spun 360 degrees and then rolled four times across the motorway and down the embankment.” Ian explains: “I suffered bad damage to my back and was unable to stand up straight for two years. It took a full two years to recover from injuries and I didn’t get back into exercise for another 10.” Ian continues: “I’m not a natural runner, and find just pounding the pavement for miles incredibly boring. I needed a challenging event, something to push me, and that’s when I discovered obstacle course races. It was this that gave me the motivation I needed to get fitter, healthier and challenge myself physically again. I came across the Reebok Spartan Races, signed up and took part in my first two races last year as part of my new journey.” As well as building up his strength, Ian started small with his fitness: “I began walking, then running short distances. I started getting off at one or two tube stops before my destination and bought an activity tracker to keep me on target to reach my goal. My partner and family were extremely supportive, and my brother and nephew will be event racing with me at Ashburnham Place.” Having well and truly got the competitive bug

back, Ian has already completed the Spartan Sprint (5km, 15 obstacles), and Spartan Super (13km, 20 obstacles) in Rome and Madrid and has set his sights closer to home for the Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast (20km, 25 obstacles) races set for back-to-back weekends at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex on the 18th, 19th and 27th September. Not content to stop there, Ian has also signed up to finish the season by racing the Spartan Beast in Barcelona, October 10th, followed by the Beast in France, October 17th. “For many people it’s the physical and mental challenge of an outdoors obstacle course race that appeals.” Ian explains: “But for devoted racers, completing all three of the Spartan distances in one season allows them a place in the coveted ‘Trifecta’ club. With the number of races I’m doing, I’m going one step further and completing what is a Triple Trifecta!”

KENT LIFE HERITAGE FARM pARK WINS AWARd FOR INSpIRATIONAL EdUCATION pROGRAMME Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, near Maidstone, has picked up its third award of the year, this time in recognition of its education programme. The popular family attraction, which is also a working farm, has won a Sandford Award, an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles. The award scheme is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Judge Irene Davies, who assessed Kent Life’s education programme while observing schools that visited the site, said: “Kent Life Heritage Farm Park is a lovely little microcosm of Kent rural life. This is its unique feature and all the schools visiting on the day praised this and gave it as the reason for booking a visit. LOCAL NEWS

“The atmosphere is relaxed with children working and playing happily. All aspects of country life, from the village to the farm, are easily accessible and the children can immerse themselves in the past.” This is the third award that Kent Life has won so far this year. In April, it was named winner in the Best Customer Service category at the prestigious Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015, dubbed the Oscars of the museum world; and in June, it was named Attraction of the Year by its parent company, Continuum Attractions. In the last two years it has also picked up gold at Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2012-13 for Outstanding Customer Service; a coveted Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor; and a ‘highly commended’ in the Best in Education category of the National Farm Attractions Network.

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LAW FIRM FURLEY PAGE URGES MEDWAY BUSINESSES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW BROADBAND GRANTS A corporate law specialist has urged Medway businesses to act quickly to take advantage of a new grants scheme to boost their broadband. Medway businesses can now apply for grants of up to £3,000 to get better broadband following the news that Kent has been included in the £40m national Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme. “This is really good news for Medway businesses and another big step in getting better broadband connections across the area,” says Susan Jennings, partner and head of corporate at law firm Furley Page, based at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. “The vouchers are not just for those businesses struggling with connectivity, they can be used to boost superfast broadband to even greater speeds or they can help those businesses who are struggling to access better services. It is available on a first come first serve basis so my advice to Medway businesses is boost your bottom line – apply for your broadband grant now,” adds Susan. The broadband scheme, funded by government and administered by Kent County Council, covers

the costs of upgrading the connection allowing businesses to start reaping the benefits of faster speeds and better connectivity. The grant pays for the installation costs, while businesses pay any VAT charged and the monthly line rental to the service provider. The scheme is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK and is a national programme running across 50 cities offering a total of £40m. This comes in addition to the £50m of funding BDUK, KCC and BT has made available in Kent to help the wider community access better broadband, including businesses and residents in a rural area. KCC Leader Paul Carter says: “Having faster and better broadband is essential these days for businesses wanting to boost their bottom line. It also allows business owners to compete with web-only retailers. Utilising the internet can help companies grow and access new markets with better communication with customers and suppliers.”

RIVERSIDE PUB PROVIDES LOCAL EMPLOYMENT BOOST A total of 10 new employees have been taken on at riverside pub The Anchor at Yalding following its recent acquisition by Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame. The 14th century thatch roofed pub is situated on the River Medway, a few minutes from the village of Yalding near Maidstone, and was taken over by the Faversham-based brewery at the start of July. The Anchor is being run by Chris Peach, who previously managed another Shepherd Neame pub, the Manor Farm Barn in Southfleet. He has appointed a new head chef, sous chef, assistant manager, two supervisors and four front-of-house staff, and is still looking to recruit more employees to cope with demand.


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HytHe ImperIal becomes a classIc Highlighting its intention to be among the country’s top rated hotels, The Hythe Imperial is to join the Classic British Hotels collection. After investing more than £1 million over the last 18 months refurbishing the public areas, Imperial Ballroom and completing phase one of a four phase bedrooms upgrade, the decision was taken by owners GSE Group to switch to Classic British Hotels. Darrell Healey, Chairman of GSE Group, said: “There is a resurgence in demand from UK and overseas visitors for quality independent British hotels, in particular those offering great locations, history, a sense of grandeur and high levels of service. “Feedback from our visitors and group organisers has meant that now is the right time to move to Classic British Hotels as we take the hotel to the next level through our ongoing investment programme.” The move will see the 100 bedroom four-star Kent hotel, with its spa and adjacent golf course, move from being managed and marketed by Accor Hotels, under the Mercure brand, to Classic British Hotels. Denise Vas, General Manager at The Hythe Imperial, said: “This change will appeal to those visitors who want a quintessential English period hotel experience against the backdrop of the English Channel and historic town of Hythe, and nearby Romney Marsh.

“We will be working closely with Classic British Hotels, and our strategic partners at Visit Kent, to attract more people to the county, and in particular to Shepway. “It will also bring the landmark Hythe Imperial back home and reconnect with the local community, once again making it the place where they can celebrate important events in their lives.” Len Louis, Chief Executive of Classic British Hotels, said: “We are proud to call the Hythe Imperial Hotel, Spa & Golf a Classic British Hotel and look forward to a profitable, long-term relationship; working in partnership to deliver all the clout of a global hotel brand whilst retaining what is unique about this stunning seafront Victorian mansion. “The Hythe Imperial will find itself in good company; it joins a collection that prides itself on its quality and individuality.”

fInalIsts to be announced specIal networkIng luncH The finalists in the 5th Asian Curry Awards are being announced at a special networking lunch in the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons on Monday 12th October. Restaurateurs will have the chance to meet the local MPs and discuss challenging issues facing the curry restaurant and takeaway industry with their fellow business owners. Over 50 MPs have already confirmed their attendance. The Parliamentary lunch follows a live cook off competition and chefs workshop, being held in the Pillars Kitchen at the University of West London in Ealing on the 5th October. The cook off will determine the winners of the Asian and Oriental Chef of the Year and the Young Asian and Oriental Chef of the Year (under 30) categories. In London, the early front runners in public voting are Benares, Café Spice Namaste, Chutney Mary, Cinnamon Club, Masala Zone, Quilion Gymkana and Veeraswamy. Around the country, top Thai restaurants currently toping the poll are Blue Elephant, Busabai Eathai, Chaopharaya, Giggling Squid, Rosa, Thaikun, Thai Square and Rosa – although none has established a clear lead. LOCAL NEWS

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BIG MOTORING WORLd’S TO CREATE NEW JOBS IN KENT The UK’s largest independent seller of used BMW’s and Mercedes plans to expand and create over 300 new jobs in Kent. Big Motoring World Group has been trading for over 20 years. In the first two quarters of 2015, the company saw record sales figures and growth across all three car sales sites in West Malling, and both Canterbury branches. The group’s expansion will enable the retention of 250 jobs in Kent and the potential to increase the number of employees to 550 by 2019. The business will also support a wide range of other businesses in Kent and contribute massively to the local economy. Peter Waddell, founder and CEO of Big Motoring World, has said: “We are delighted with how the first phase is progressing and we are looking forward to working with the relevant councils in the months to come. Our expansion will help propel the business into the next stage of its development. We are excited about providing more job opportunities in Kent and becoming one of the key employers in the area.”

CHILdREN CHOOSE FUTURE STREET NAMES AT THE ORCHARdS Pupils from Allington Primary School have had their say in the naming of new streets at Barratt’s brand new development in Maidstone. The youngsters were invited to put forward their ideas for street names at The Orchards as part of a competition, organised by the housebuilder. Suggestions included: Nightingale Road, Bluebell Way and Snowdrop Close - and they were chosen because of their reflection on the natural world and to fit in with the theme of The Orchards. “We were hugely impressed by the creativity of the children taking part,” said Barratt Sales and Marketing Director Pam Reardon. “It was important to us that we involved local youngsters in the future of nearby streets and how they will be known for many years to come. And the response we had was wonderful. “Now our winners can sit back and watch the brand new homes take shape at The Orchards knowing they have had their say in the addresses of future residents here.” LOCAL NEWS

scotney castle 14th century castle with moat an english countryhouse south-east of lamberhurst kent

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cotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the ‘picturesque’ style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May/June with trees and shrubs providing autumnal colour. The estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland.


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The house was built from the sandstone quarried from the grounds of the Old Castle. It is positioned to overlook the Castle and estate and the garden was also designed and created at the same time. This meant that all the three elements: house, garden and estate would work as one in creating a perfect picturesque country home. The wood panelling and some of the significant furniture was also designed specifically for the house by Salvin which gives a lovely flow of continuity to the home. However the Hussey family were great collectors and hoarders of everything, so you will

see many influences from different generations as you walk around. From the early 18th century, British landscape gardeners had been creating gardens inspired by pictures, but by 1800 a backlash had set in. Critics considered the grassy vistas designed by Capability Brown too smooth and tidy. Scotney’s picturesque garden is a last fling in this style of gardening. The garden is like a landscape painting with drama and romance. It has naturalistic planting which is seemingly untouched by human hand. The cloudlike planting of rhododendrons and azaleas create a WHAT’S ON AND NATIONAL TRUST

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a fairytale feel, with the ruins of the Old Castle at its centre. Wisteria and old English roses adorn its sandstone walls, whilst the surrounding herbaceous beds are always throwing out new colours throughout the seasons. Scotney is a gem; the views from the winding path down the hillside gardens prepare you for the Old Castle, but it is only when you walk around the moated site that it really hits you how beautiful it is. Some of that is forced; its a deliberate attempt by Edward Hussey to create a picturesque landscape, but in this case it works so well that you don’t mind if Hussey accentuated the ruined state of the medieval castle and Elizabethan manor for artistic effect. It’s rare that you will see a more wonderfully romantic English castle like Scotney Castle. The estate covers over 700 acres with wonderful viewpoints and vistas. The new house is also open to the public, where you can also learn about the history of the property and see its rooms set out in a victorian style. There are many events and activities ongoing at the castle, making it well worth a visit for a terrific day out especially for the whole family.

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Garden - 10am til 5pm Estate Walks - 10am til 5pm House - 11am til 5pm Old Castle - 10am til 5pm NATIONAL TRUST

what’s on & when Rosemary’s Choice, Eastwell Manor, 9th October osemary Shrager will welcome you with champagne and canapés (chosen by her) at 7.00pm and then a five course menu chosen by Rosemary and prepared and cooked by Head Chef Byron Hayter and his team. Petits fours (again selected by Rosemary) and coffee complete the evenings dining. For more information please call 01233 213020 or visit


Joe Stilgoe Live ,White Rock Theatre, Hastings (East Sussex), 30th October oe Stilgoe is the renaissance man of modern jazz. He has twice topped the UK jazz chart, featured on many radio programmes including 6 appearances on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, The Horne Section on BBC Radio 4, In Tune, Loose Ends and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show among many others. He has played all the major international jazz festivals, had two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and Crazy Coqs in London. For more information please call 01892 615742 or visit


Reebok Spartan Race, Ashburnham Place (East Sussex), 19th, 20th, 27th September ent is getting ready to ‘Spartan Up’ as Reebok Spartan Race, wraps up its season by hosting two consecutive weekends of the world’s leading obstacle race, at Ashburnham Place. Appealing to people of all ages and abilities, the 220-acre estate will host a 5km Sprint on Saturday 19th, a 15 obstacle course designed to be a great introduction for anyone new to obstacle course racing, a 13km Super on Sunday 20th, with its longer distance and 20 obstacles, provides the perfect challenge for those wanting to take their fitness to the next level. Commenting on the events, Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Reebok Spartan Race, says: “We’re incredibly excited to be finishing off our season of events at such a beautiful setting and we’re encouraging everyone in the surrounding areas to get involved and Spartan Up! Spartan isn’t just a race, it’s a lifestyle. We don’t just see our racers on the start line, we work with them from their sign up all the way through to race day in order to encourage a real lifestyle change. For more information visit


Margate Jazz Festival 2015, Margate 24th - 27th September he Margate Jazz Festival enters its 10th year amid a flurry of step-change and reinvention. David Mossman’s celebrated success with bringing top-line jazz to Margate and establishing a meaningful annual jazz event has set the mark for future events. Events taking place at bars, cafés, theatres and venues in and around Margate. For more information please visit



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Moonlit Walk 2015, Heart of Kent Hospise, Preston Hall, 19th September et together with friends , family and colleagues to sign up for this fun 8 mile sponsored walk under the moonlight to remember someone close to you , and help the Heart of Kent Hospice raise money to provide care for local families in need of our services. This event is not just for the ladies – men are welcome to join on the walk or help on the night by marshalling to guide our walkers. The new circular route starts and finishes in front of Preston Hall (ME20 7PU), the approach to Heart of Kent Hospice, going via West Malling. Enter as an individual or as part of a group and wear fancy dress if you want!


Apple and Cider Fayre, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, 3rd - 4th October ome and celebrate the Kent Life Heritage Farm Park fruit harvest at the awardwinning attraction’s annual Apple and Cider Fayre on October 3rd and 4th. Kent Life, near Maidstone, boasts more than 60 varieties of apple which will be hand-picked from its historic orchards just days before the festival. Some varieties date back to Tudor times and visitors will be able to try and buy the fruit throughout the weekend. They can also pick up a free apple cookbook featuring some old-fashioned favourites. Check out the traditional process of apple pressing, when fresh apples will be cut, crushed, pulped and then squeezed in the giant Victorian fruit crusher to produce the most delicious juice. Adults can visit the cider tent and sample the very best that the county has to offer, enjoy demonstrations and tours, and browse the craft and produce stalls. Or just sit back and enjoy live local music and watch the Morris dancers showing off their fancy footwork. There will be plenty of entertainment for the youngsters too, from going wild in the indoor and outdoor play areas, or taking a tractor ride and meeting the resident animals in Cuddle Corner. Explore the beautiful gardens, orchard and one of the last hand-picked hop gardens in the country; ramble along the wildlife discovery trail; and see the last working coal-fired oast house in Britain. For more information please call 01622 763936 visit



Help us create a wall of memories on the night by bringing a photo of your loved one and write your personal message in celebration of their life. The prices will be £18.00 per individual or £126.00 per team. Entry fee includes a commemorative t shirt. For more information please call 01622 790195 or visit

Weald of Kent Ploughing match, The Oast House Hawkhurst, 19th September eald of Kent Ploughing match to be returned to The Oast House. For more information please call on 01580 753205 or visit


Tenterden Folk Festival, 1st - 4th October our days of folk music and dance in Tenterden town centre from the 1st - 4th October. Barn dances, concerts, Morris dancers, workshops, folk clubs, sing-arounds, music sessions, craft, music and street stalls. There will also be a procession, showcases, dance displays and much more. Full weekend and individual event tickets also available For more information please call 01233 626805 or visit


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Leeds Castle Food Festival, 11th - 13th September he fantastic Leeds Castle Food Festival will return from 11th to 13th September. The 900 year old Castle surrounded by its majestic moat, 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens will again host the exciting extravaganza for foodies and families. Food and drink producers, including artisan and bakers, local micro-breweries will set up their stalls in the Castle grounds. Delicious global dishes will be available alongside Kent Cider, marshmallows, cheese, cakes, liqueurs, ice-cream and much more. A food and drink theatre complete with hay bale seating will feature a range of cookery demonstrations and talks from a variety of food and drinks experts. Kent Cookery School will be showcasing British themed demonstrations using local produce to create breakfasts, lunches, dinners and children’s workshops. For more information please call 01622 765400 or visit


Artsfest, Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery 19th September onfirmed acts:- Jamie Johnson, Ella Halpern-Matthews, Nathalie Jobbins, Lupen Crook, Jemimah Dean, Ben Richards, Barry Fentiman-Hall and Halcyon. Incorporating live music, poetry, dance, comedy, alternative street theatre, film, free workshops, and artisan market. All acts free.In association with Mid Kent College, University of Kent, Supajam. For more information please call 01634 812108 or visit


Apple and Orchard Weekend at Ightham Mote Sevenoaks, 26th - 27th September t’s that wonderful time of year again – where Ightham Mote celebrates the apple and all the bounty of the earth. The orchard at Ightham Mote is planted with a variety of heritage apple trees, which visitors are able to sample. There will also be a wide range of apple related crafts and gifts for sale from local suppliers, as well as a National Trust stall. And families can take advantage of a special Apple Trail around the garden! For more information please call 01732 810378 or visit


Tim Vine, Winter Gardens, Margate, 3rd October irst stand-up tour in four years, the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing. Joke, joke, joke. Prop, prop, prop. Song, song, song. (Sorry the laptop’s jammed.) It’s time to put the satire on hold and watch a grown man act the goat. Come along and enjoy the nonsense. WARNING: This show will contain wobbly props, one reference to a panda and a song about getting water in your ear after you’ve been swimming. Tickets are £22 each (booking fees apply). For more information please call 01843 292795 or visit


Artmart, Folkestone Town Centre, 25th September well established and increasingly popular specialist Art, Craft and Artisan Food market, the ArtMart will return to Folkestone town centre for it’s sixth year. A range of stalls in the precinct between Debenhams and W.H Smith, open between 10:00 – 17:00, the ArtMart is an excellent place to purchase a range of Art, Craft and Artisan Foods for yourself and special, unique gifts for others. For more information please visit the website



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Pixels (PG) Woodville Hall, 1st September

The Man from Uncle (12A), Woodville Hall, 28th August


n the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Friday 28th August 7.30pm, Monday 31st August 7.30pm, Tuesday 1st September 3.30pm and 7.30pm, Wednesday 2nd September 3.30pm and 7.30pm, Thursday 3rd September 3.30pm

hen aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration

of war, they attack the earth in the form of the video games. Tuesday 1st September 10am, wednesday 2nd September 10am, Thursday 3rd September 10am. For more information please call 08442 439 480 or visit

Two Cliffs Film Festival, Ramsgate, 5th - 10th October he Two Cliffs Film Festival is proud to give a platform to local and worldwide talent in film making. We boast a full programme of screenings, seminars, VIP events, a family-friendly Film Fair as well as our prestigious Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, all held in the historical seaside town of Ramsgate. The Festival aims to bring independent, international film to an area that does not often receive it, and bring international attention and tourism to the area to help benefit the local community. Another important time to note is that on Saturday morning they will be having a Student Film Festival, costing just £5 per film entry. Anyone from a sixth form, college or university can submit and the winner will receive two tickets to the Awards Night and a certificate and trophy. This will also be held in The King’s Theatre between 10am and 2pm. Two Cliffs Film Festival and students can contact them at to hand in their films. For more information please visit the website




Belmont Wood Fest, Belmont House and Gardens 10th - 11th October he Belmont Wood Fest is a new event for 2015. This is a two day event for all the family, celebrating all aspects of the woodland. You will be able to see why horses are still one of the most effective means of logging, as well as learn why wood is an efficient and a renewable source of fuel. A variety of exhibitors from the wonderful world of wood will be demonstrating their traditional skills and craftsmanship. There will also be a great variety of live music, local food and craft stalls. Groups and coaches all welcome. For more information please call 01795 890202 or visit


Maidstone Visual Artists Network: Shadows Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art, 2nd - 29th October aidstone Visual Artists Network (MVAN) provides Maidstone artists and makers with opportunities to network and discuss creative practices, sharing news of personal projects and exhibitions. Each year members, professionals, graduates, amateurs and self-taught enthusiasts have the chance to exhibit together. This years MVAN exhibition will be based around the theme of shadows, to coincide with the museums programme on Halloween in October, when you will have the opportunity to get involved in ghoulish events. It is free of charge to enter. For more information please call 01622 602838 or visit


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Hop farm guided tours, Scotney Castle 1st - 21st September ucked away on Scotney Castle’s estate, 28 acres of hops are grown on the National Trust’s only working hop farm. In September, take a tour of the hop fields and inside the picking shed, drying oast and hoppers huts and learn how mounds of green hops begin their journey to Scotney Pale Ale. It’s the only time of year you can see inside these buildings. Visitor Experience Manager, Laura Edwards comments: “Seeing traditional methods of growing, picking and drying hops is a truly Kentish experience”. For more information please call 01892 893820 or visit


2015 Cathedral open evening, Canterbury Cathedral 6th October istiors will have the opportunity to try their hand at a number of skilled crafts including applying gold leaf, carving stone, and brass rubbing. Free guided and audio tours will be on offer and there will be visits to the private Chapels, the Bell Tower, the Organ Loft, and the Choir Practice Room. Refreshments will be available in the Chapter House. This year, there will be a special exhibition about important women in the Cathedral’s history. .The evening will finish with a concert sung by the Cathedral choristers, followed by Compline. For more information please call 01227 762862 or visit


Only Fools and Horses dinner, Marina Hotel & Spa Dover, 9th October ake part in the dinner event of the year which combines fine food and comedy action, served up ‘Only Fools and Horses’ style. Marlene and Boycie are hosting a gala dinner, but will things go to plan with Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert (when I was in the war) on the guest list? Will Raquel put in an appearance and sing? Surely not after the last time! Expect an evening of chaos and mayhem with extra large portions of comedy. This is a big fun night out in a party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy actors in the land, professionally produced to the highest standards with your enjoyment at the top of the menu. For more information please call 01304 203633 or visit


Emily Stone Copper Creatures, Cliftonville, Margate 10th - 24th October mily Stone creates her Copper Creatures from her workshop near Dover in Kent. Having studied art at Canterbury and then Hereford, in 2001 she started sculpting full-time, enjoying the versatile nature of copper; creating tactile forms of the essence of the subject. She has exhibited widely around Britain and since 2007 has been artist in residence at The Salutation Gardens in Sandwich. She derives enormous satisfaction from seeing people drawn to touch, stroke, or even be prickled by her creatures. The copper can be coloured and lacquered to keep those colours, which provides stunning contrasts as it ages, giving each piece an extra sense of character and spirit. For more information please call 01843 292757 or visit


Canterbury Catch Club: its music and musicians Canterbury, 12th September - 8th November anterbury Catch Club met from 1779 to 1865, offering members a convivial evening of music, food, drink and tabacco, followed by the witty catches popular in England for centuries. The Club’s archive was donated to the Beaney in 1915, and this centenary exhibition uses new audio recordings, video, and visuals to bring a fascinating slice of Canterbury’s social and cultural history to life. For more information please call 01227 862162 or visit


The Carpenters Story, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone 24th September eaturing all the songs that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of music including: They Long to be Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, I Won’t Last a Day Without You, Goodbye to Love, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Please Mr Postman, Solitaire and lots more! For more information please call 01622 758611 or visit



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Ali Janes

Clairvoyant Ali is an International Clairvoyant and Psychic Teacher. She works from her shop called The Guiding Angels in Herne Bay, Kent where she gives face to face readings for celebrities and locals. Ali has over 20 years experience and will teach anyone who wishes to develop their own skills.

Tarot reading for September birthdays:

Star Signs that fall under September are: Virgo (24th August - 23rd September) and Libra (24th September – 23rd October) A typical Virgo character is very organised. They like to plan ahead and they will always have an agenda with any situation that arises both financially and emotionally. This doesn’t make them a bad person just a person who has a keen sense of self-preservation 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. When they have made up their mind they can be very stubborn as they have dissected and looked into every part of the plan beforehand. LOVE Virgo - You will be drawing away from being too public with your emotions at this time. Instead you are going within yourself to find out how you feel and to build up your own self confidence. This month you are taking more control of your emotional life and plans are being made, so enjoy yourself. Libra - You are able to go with the flow a little more at the moment due to a great deal of kindness coming your way. You feel as though you have been controlled a little too much in the recent past and this is now evening out now and you feel happier and more respected by your loved ones. Finances / Work Virgo - You are shielding yourself due to confusion in a work or financial situation. You are not feeling as confident as you want to be. I can see that you should feel better as this looks very lucrative and things will work out in your favour. I see that you need to sow the seeds first though and you will need to be patient for a month or so. You will then feel the confidence that you should have now. Libra - Financial security is definitely felt at this time and you are feeling blessed with the same kindness as you have felt within your emotional life. A character close to you who hides their true emotions behind a smile is around you. I see travel plans and big wishes linked around this person and yourself. Keys will be shown to you but then taken away again for later on.



elebrities who also share September birthdays:

Michael Bublé 9th September

Prince Harry 15th September

Bruce Springsteen 23rd September

SeptemberHoroscopes Capricorn 22nd Dec – 20th Jan Love/Family: You are being let out or you are letting yourself out of a cage at the moment and you need to find a balance between what is correct and good behaviour and what is naughty. Work/Finances: You will be travelling around a great deal at this time. It seems like you are always climbing into a car / vehicle or getting out of one and having to smile sweetly as you are rushing to the next meeting / appointment. You will be fed up and trying to find a light hearted outlet to your life. Fun is needed and lots of it. Aries 21st March – 20th April Love/Family: Disappointment is around you at this time and you are wondering what you have learnt from it. You don’t feel like you have the support you need or you feel that you don’t want the support offered but either way there is a low energy around you. It’s time to look forward and put these emotions in a category of: Things you can deal with now. Work/Finances: New ideas and inspiration is coming to you and you are going to throw yourself into this with as much energy as you can under the circumstances. You are remembering a character from your past that had a great deal to teach you and you admired this person’s enthusiasm. With these wonderful memories it will give you energy to continue to fulfil your own wishes and dreams. Cancer 22nd June – 23rd July Love/Family: You feel that maybe it’s time for you to put your responsibility to one side and take a chance on fun for a day. I can feel that you have been putting too much emphasis on work and the pressure of being stressed with it and not enough on fun and happiness. Work/Finances: I can see you have your frustration well and truly behind bars now and you are sick of getting so stressed and anxious about money or work. You have felt very down regarding things in this area of your life for a little while now and you are waiting for things to get back to normal or to get better. Libra 24th Sept – 23rd Oct Love/Family: Someone close to you has laid themselves on the line for you and you are not sure how to thank them. They have been very kind and trusting with you and this has led you to think that they must value you. This help couldn’t have come at a better time as you needed someone to stand by you and give you a bit of strength and a boost of confidence. Work/Finances: There is an element of boredom and restlessness around you at this time and you need to recharge your batteries ready for the next round of ambitions. I can see that the person who has helped you emotionally is also giving you financial security too. You are not sure what they may want in return for all their help but you will wait and see and in the meantime you are very grateful.

Aquarius 21st Jan – 19th Feb Love/Family: You are on a new journey towards a new you and you are feeling very good right now. I see that things have been getting better and better and you are very grateful at the moment for how life is. You have had to take leadership and it’s paid off. It’s all about counting your blessings and being thankful for what you already have every day. Work/Finances: You have mischief written all over you at the moment and you are going to be cheeky and naughty. I see that you have a plan that will involve making others laugh along the way and you will end up completing two projects in one hit. Whatever you touch right now will be successful as you have the Midas touch but you must make sure you go with the gut feeling first. Taurus 21st April – 21st May Love/Family: Although you realise that you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want to, to a degree you are still holding back in life. I can see that you are worried about being hurt again or feeling like you need to protect yourself and therefore block out happiness in some way. Work/Finances: You are finding that you are having to watch what you say and how you say it at the moment around your work / financial life. There is someone close to you who is feeling very sensitive and their emotions are right on the surface. Leo 24th July – 23rd Aug Love/Family: You have been taking everything too seriously or others around you have been and you are in need of some good old fashioned fun and happiness. You need to let your hair down and shake that mane (Leo the lion). Organising a night out or arranging something to do is the way forward for you at this time. Work/Finances: You have had to look after someone close to you who hasn’t been feeling themselves recently and this is going to be appreciated so much. You are now looking at how you can get others to also help without asking the direct question and looking like you are trying to pass the buck. Scorpio 24th Oct – 22nd Nov Love/Family: You have been bridging the gap between two people who have not been speaking to one another for a long time now, trying to make each person feel better or even get these people talking again. You have come to the end of what you feel you can do and now it’s time to walk away and let them get on with it. You have so much in your own life that you need to sort out. Work/Finances: You have some travel plans coming up that you need to start arranging and its taking a lot more organising than you once thought it would. I can see you looking at things in black and white like a time table or arranging something that involves times and dates. I see that there is a character that is making things hard as they keep changing their mind.

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Pisces 20th Feb – 20th Mar Love/Family: A character that has shown you both sides to their character is around you at this time. One part of their character is wonderful and everything that you had hoped for in a friend/ family member / partner but on the other side they showed you no loyalty or no trust, this is going to be tricky to work around and equally hard emotionally not just for yourself. Work/Finances: You are looking at your work / finances and you need to have everything done to your own standard. You are finding that these standards in work haven’t been up to scratch and so you have to sort this out. A little reorganising taking place and other people who stand in your way had best watch it.

Gemini 22nd May – 21st June Love/Family: There is a strong uncanny connection between yourself and someone you have just met or just got close to again. It makes no sense how strongly you both feel. You are trying to analyse your feelings and theirs but it is as it is and maybe you both need to accept it. Work/Finances: You feel like you have a little issue regarding wanting everything done perfectly and wanting everything neat and tidy at this time. You may not always be like this and this is something new or you may be already like this and it’s on overdrive. Virgo 24th Aug – 23rd Sept Love/Family: A journey by boat or across water somehow is being spoken of or planned and you are going to organise something special for the people that you love. I see that you are more in tune with your loved ones than you realise. Take a trip to that happy place and you will not regret it. Time to sit and contemplate your emotions. Allow your head to catch up with your heart. Work/Finances: : Study / learning / teaching / education that links to new wishes that haven’t yet been fulfilled. You are looking into plans to expand your knowledge or this can mean that you are helping someone close to you sort out their expansion. A time in your life to look beyond what you have been doing and try new things. There is adventure out there but you may need to look for it. Sagittarius 23rd Nov – 21st Dec Love/Family: Life goes on around you as you are left feeling a little lost and confused. There have been so many changes that your head is spinning. It is time to run through the motions and just pretend that you are fine and you never know you may start to believe you are fine too. Work/Finances: You are worried at this time regarding your own finances and you need to stand by the decision that you have just made and make the very best of your situation as this is what was meant to happen. It’s the universal law. Time to step up and stand your ground. Around the middle of September 2015 you will start to see things improve.

winning Ambitions Doggett’s Coat and badge

enjamin Folkard from Maidstone Kent, successfully achieved second place in the 300th anniversary race of Doggett’s Coat and Badge; the oldest rowing race in the world. Benjamin was spurred on by friends and family who travelled from his home town to cheer him on his way. Louis Pettipher from Swanscombe in Kent, completed the four mile - seven furlong course on August 1st and secured first place. Benjamin Folkard is inspired by the tradition of the race and enjoys the preparation and momentum associated with the contest. His ambition is naturally to win next year!



Colin Boag, Clerk of the Fishmongers’ Company, said: “This was one of the most exciting and closest races we’ve ever had in recent years, and the three front-runners were all in with a shot at winning until near the end of the course. All the competitors did exceptionally well to finish such a challenging course. It was a fitting race to mark the 300th anniversary of Doggett’s Coat and Badge.” The race was sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel, Harold Pincbeck and Cluttons LLP.

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MMM Magazine September '15  
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