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Mixed Comprehensive Academy 11-19 Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre invites current Year 11 students and other prospective Sixth Form applicants and their parents to our

SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING Thursday 14th November 2013, 5pm - 8pm Principal’s Speeches at 5.30pm and 6.30pm Applications can be made on the UCAS Progress website For further information telephone: 01580 764222 or email: Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6LT


Welcome Hi everyone, Welcome to the November issue, I hope you all remembered to set your clocks back for the winter season. Apparently the Anglo-Saxons called November ‘Wind-monath’ or Wind Month, as it was the time when the cold winds began to blow and certainly as I am writing this the wind is blowing a gale outside, let’s hope winter won’t be quite as long and severe as it was last year. “Remember, remember the fifth of November gun powder, treason and plot”! For 400 hundred years this poem has served to remind us of the night Guy Fawkes and his band of followers tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. So with Bonfire night approaching and the accompanying fireworks exploding left, right and centre make sure you take special care otherwise your house may not be quite as lucky as the famous Westminster home of our government! Alternatively there will be a number of organised firework displays on locally, if you have any trouble locating them why not go online to my website and check out the magazines for the other areas. DH (dear hubby) never fails to remind me well in advance of November that his birthday is approaching, dropping not-so-subtle hints on what new gadget he might possibly like to arrive around the 14th of the month, of course backing it up with the fact that Prince Charles was born on the same day. I reckon he expects me to treat him like royalty! Maybe I could stick him in the tower of London when he gets on my nerves, h’mmm now there’s a thought! (only joking dear). Our pubs and restaurants are all gearing up for the Christmas season so do check them out and book your Christmas parties in soon to avoid any disappointment. Have a great month ~ Debbie T: 01233 720488 e: w:

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Ground Cover Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about groundcover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? by Pippa Greenwood


The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, some food and water in drier weather. It has a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the groundcover planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. Make sure you invest a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have loosened the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once growing well the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the meantime,

use landscape fabric pinned down onto the surface of the slope. Don’t be tempted to cram the plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely to become stressed and miserable, more prone to disease and will need thinning out. Make sure the plants are kept just moist at the roots until they’re well established and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of plants which are recommended for use as groundcover you’ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning. So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting makes a wonderful groundcover planting and if you wish you can add a few more flamboyant flowering plants to the mixture too. By using plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your leafy planting will look even better. If you want a reasonable effect all year around, then select at least some of the plants you use from the evergreens. These may lose their leaves, but they do so gradually so you’ll never be left with totally bare soil. Great Shrubby Groundcover Ideas Heaths and Heathers, Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster microphyllus, Stephandra incise ‘Crispa’, groundcover roses eg the

‘Flower Carpet’ roses. Great Shade-Tolerant groundcover Ideas Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis, Mahonia repens, Gaultheria procumbens, Hypericum calycinum, many hebes including Hebe pinguifolia, Euonymus fortune cultivars such as ‘Emerald n’Gold’, ‘Emerald Gaiety’ Herbaceous Ground Cover in Shadier Spots Sweet violets, pulmonaria (lungworts) eg the white-flowered ‘Sissinghurst’, Bugle (the ajugas eg Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’), Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny), Lily-of-the-valley, Lamium ‘White Nancy’ and Lamium ‘Silver Beacon’, Bergenia Sunnier Groundcover Snow-in-summer, thymes, oregano, many of the sedums, chamomile. Visit Pippa’s website www. for a great range of gardeningrelated Christmas gifts including stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card, handmade pottery herb planters, recycled metal sculptures, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, signed books and lots of seriously useful garden items.

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It is not just us cats that hibernate of course. Hedgehogs and dormice should be hibernating by now. The clinic has seen more hedgehogs than ever this year and we hope that those that have been released again sleep well throughout the winter. No such luck about goats hibernating. We are stuck with them right through the winter! Goats are so stupid!

Mowgli Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. It is now the kind of weather that all cats like- time to put on the heating and light the fire! Ebony and I are so happy that we can snuggle into our radiator beds and snooze the afternoon away. Joshua, of course, makes a nuisance of himself and tries to join us but I have found that if I dangle my tail over the edge of the bed he plays with it for a while so that we get a bit of peace and quiet!


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The Clinic has been bursting at the seams spacewise for some time now and at some point next year it is going to move a few metres across the car park to get a bit more space. Clive says that you might all see building work on your left as you drive into Evegate- that is going to be the new Clinic. Ebony and I are of course demanding to go and see it when it is finished and to go to the opening party. Jane says we will see how things go about whether we could be trusted to behave at the party...... this is at least more hopeful than the usual response! Anyway, everything else will be the same about the clinic- there will just be a bit more space to move and it will be across the car park. Clive keeps bringing plans home to decide things like where the lights are going and I make sure I help out of course! Apparently sitting on the plans is not always helpful and tapping pencils off 2
















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Melt the butter in a saucepan then stir in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon to make a smooth paste. Cook over a low heat for 1 minute. Gradually whisk the milk a little at a time. Once all the milk has been added, cook over a low heat for a further 2-3 minutes, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth and thick sauce. Remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks, parsley and two-thirds of the Cheddar and Stilton. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Butter four large ramekin dishes and line the bases with circles of baking parchment. Place the egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl and whisk until stiff. Beat one spoonful of the egg whites into the cheese sauce to loosen it slightly then gently fold the sauce into the remaining egg whites. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared dishes.


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Events November Sellindge Village Hall Table Top Fair Held On The First Saturday Of Each Month From 10. am - 2 pm. Tables Can Be Booked In Advance For £5. 00 Per Table. Phone 01303 813475 To Book. Or £10. 00 On The Day If Not Booked And If Any Are Available. Smeeth W.I. - will be joined by the Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion in a joint meeting to be held at the Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall on Remembrance Day, 11th November, 2013, at 7.30 pm. The evening will hear a presentation by George Taylor and Peter Clayton “We’ll Meet Again” - How music influenced our lives in the Second World War, which looks at the way in which music impinged on the life of ordinary people during this most turbulent and dramatic time. This meeting is Open to All, and should any visitor require further information please contact Joy or George Taylor on 01303812165 or Margaret Garrett on 01303813932”.

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November - 2013 ALISON TEALE (oboe/cor anglais) ELIZABETH BURLEY (piano) Alison Teale is the principal Cor Anglais player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her aim is to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of the Cor Anglais and raise its profile so that it receives the recognition it deserves. Her varied programme for Ashford will be both exciting and full of interest. Venue: The Norton Knatchbull School, Hythe Road, Ashford, TN24 0QJ Time: 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £12 (Adults) and £3 (Students) Contact: Brenda McCormack on 01233 622971 or Hilary Pittock on 01233 623700

Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society

soprano, Juliet Schiemann, soprano, and James Oxley, tenor. Conductor is Mark Deller. Tickets: £20.00, £16.00, £10.00 (Children half price all tickets) Tickets available from: The Gulbenkian Theatre Box Office: 01227 769075, online at gulbenkian

The Friends of Brabourne Church will be holding their sixth Annual Christmas Fair in the Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall from 11.00 am. - 3.00 pm on November 30th:. with a large variety of stalls selling all you need for Christmas! Come & enjoy shopping in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and stay for lunch/refreshments of homemade soup, mince pies, cakes etc. Entry £1 to include coffee or tea. ‘

next meeting is on Thursday the 14th November when we will be having our AGM. We meet at Aldington Village Hall 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618. Christmas Fair Saturday 23rd November Pilgrims Hospice . Forthcoming Events: Now 11.00am-2.00pm at St. Mary’s Community Centre, collecting – unloved gifts .… ‘Gift it Again! Christmas Rylands Road, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9LH - 50p Fair – Sat 16th November New Venue Norton entrance - variety of stalls and refreshments. Knatchbull School. See Ashford (Kent) Art Society Autumn Exhibition for more details and Sale of Work. 20th - 30th November daily, Saturday 23rd November 7.30pm Ashford Choral Society Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB Ashford Choral Society and Orchestra presents Mozart’s Davidde Penitente KV469 and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (The Nelson Mass). With soloists Kathryn Jenkin,

10 - 4 (except Sunday) at St Mary’s Parish Church, Ashford. All welcome to browse and enjoy the varied works. Free admission. Saturday 21st December 7.30pm Ashford Choral Society (Doors open 6.30pm for refreshments)

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‘Half a Sixpence’ This Christmas come and discover the hidden treasures at Evegate. For a Vast Range of Unique and Unusual Gifts, Presents, Toys and Stocking Fillers at Mouth Watering Prices ~ Ample Parking Available ~

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Evegate Business Centre, Station Road, Smeeth , Ashford TN25 6SX Ashford Parish Church, TN23 1QG Ashford Choral Society presents its annual Carol Concert. Mark Deller conducts traditional and less well-known carols with the audience encouraged to join in with some of the more familiar carols. Accompanied by organist Matthew Raisbeck. Tickets: £6.00, children free Tickets available from: Tourist Office, Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road, Ashford (01233 330316); Right Track Music Shop, Tufton Street, Ashford (01233 662682); Wye Newsagents (opposite Wye Church); Also by phone from Hilary Swan (01233 626059)

It’s Panto time again! Bethersden WI panto group present: GOLDILOCKS AND LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD In Bethersden Village Hall on Friday 6th Dec. 7.30pm Saturday 7th Dec. 3pm and 8pm tickets £3.00 call 01233 822565

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Saturday 2nd November Sellindge Village Bonfire with Firework Display Sellindge Sports & Social Club, 69 Swan Lane, Sellindge, TN25 6HB. Tel: 01303 812437. Email Tickets on the night - £3.00 adults and £2.00 children. Children under 3 go free. Gates open at 5 pm, fireworks after 7 pm. There will be food, stalls, funfair rides, entertainment and a licensed bar available. For further information including other forthcoming events go to or www. Facebook/ Raising money for a new play park for Sellindge Village


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Lamb and Coriander burger Handmade burger, grilled and served with salad and chips 7.50

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at Brabourne Lees Sunel and Dudley offer a warm welcome to The Plough Inn, a historic pub in the village of Brabourne Lees. Built in 1750, one of The Plough’s former incarnations was as an officers’ mess in the Napoleonic wars. It has retained its historic charm with numerous oak beams, inviting inglenook fireplace and a relaxed decor. “Dudley and I are both passionate about good food, quality and service. Originally from Cape Town South Africa we decided to sell our restaurant and move to Europe. After a four year stay in Ireland we took a trip to England and fell in love with Kent and the village of Brabourne Lees.”

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November’s Big Bang Fireworks Night By James Smith,


This year’s Bonfire Night will see Britain’s population stocking up on pyrotechnics and hoping for a starry night into which they will launch their rockets and colourful array of exploding projectiles. Guy Fawkes’ commemoration by no means holds a monopoly on the format. An increasing number of dates outside the 5th of November fill Britain’s calendar with spectacular displays at many events. People from all backgrounds, old and young, come together to marvel at the displays and join in the chorus of ooohs and aaahs. It’s an age-old, simple pleasure that makes no distinction between culture, politics, or language. Quite simply, fireworks are just fun to watch.

Britain’s Pyrotechnic History As an English Catholic, Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot of 1605 was born of a desire to rid Parliament of Protestant King James I and replace him with third in line, Princess Elizabeth. Gunpowder was placed in a room (an ‘undercroft’) beneath

the House of Lords as part of an audacious plan hatched by Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators. News of the plan, however, was leaked to King James and Fawkes was captured and arrested. After some unsavoury interrogation and torture, Fawkes confessed to the crime and was banished to be hung, drawn and quartered. Not keen on facing the gallows, he leapt from the supporting scaffolding and met his end by way of a broken neck. Thus, the tale of conspiracy from 1605 became folklore in Britain and spawned generations who collected wood for bonfires and roamed from house-to-house seeking ‘a penny for the guy’, after which the effigy was placed on the blaze to meet its doom. Some of these traditions remain, but the modern commemoration is a more commercial operation with safety and litigation as primary concerns, alongside enjoyment of the events. Notwithstanding this gloomy state of affairs, surfing the Internet reveals some fascinating information on the subject of fireworks as well as the do’s and don’ts of safety. The website Bonfire Night Safety, for example, states that in a recent year there were 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November, and alarmingly, that 285 of them were eye injuries. There are also some interesting snippets on the site; prior to 1959, it was illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK and apparently, some fireworks can travel up to speeds of 150 mph.

Despite the hazards of pyrotechnics, a few precautions will see you enjoying the action in safety. There is plenty of information online and from local authorities to make for a safe and enjoyable night, so be sure to seek it out before lighting the touch paper or joining an organised event.

The Business of Pyrotechnics The history of fireworks dates back to China in the 7th century where displays accompanied festivities, a trend that spread to many other cultures around the world. The popularity of these displays created a firework manufacturing industry and the much-respected profession of the pyrotechnician. It seems, however, that the mainstay of the industry is harking back to its Chinese roots as the majority of fireworks are now made in China and imported. The squeeze on materials and labour costs, plus fierce competition in the business, has caused the UK’s industry to downsize and concentrate on specialist markets and displays, rather than manufacture. Our love affair with the spectacle continues. And for Britain, Guy Fawkes Night provides enough history and national enthusiasm to step out into the cold November air to indulge just one more time. The British Pyrotechnists Association (BPA) Bonfire Night - Your Guide To A Safer Event The Firefighters Charity

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ALDINGTON VILLAGE HALL CRAFT FAIR & BAZAAR DECEMBER 7th 2013 1pm - 4pm Crafts ~ Artwork ~ Cakes ~ Jams Quilts ~ Table Decorations ~ Cards Jewellery ~ Leather Goods Christmas Decorations Bags ~ Sweets ~ Ceramics ~ Candles And Lots More Plus Raffles - Teas & Coffees Please Come And Support Us Tables are ÂŁ10 each Contact

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Art and Camera Club The next meeting is on Tuesday November 12. You are asked to bring your own materials, although some are available. For more details please phone Mike on 01303 812484 CafÊ Wednesday Extra has restarted and is open every second Wednesday of the month for soup and rolls, and tea /coee, costing £1. Everyone is invited; just turn up! The CafÊ will continue to be open every Wednesday from 10am to 11.30am. Drop in for coee biscuits, company and a warm friendly atmosphere. Choice of books available. Graham Kingston, our Community Warden, will try to be there on the first Wednesday of every month, should anyone need to see him. MP’S Surgery: Our MP Damian Collins, will be holding his monthly surgery at the church from 3.45pm to 4.30pm on Friday November 15. If you have any questions, complaints or comments, please book an appointment by e-mailing your name, post code, subject and message to: or telephone 01303 253 524. Meeting Point On Thursday November 28 at 12noon for Christmas dinner. You are welcome to join us for good food and good company! Further details from Tim 01303 813257 or Cathy 01303 814132 Church Bookings If you wish to book the church hall for a meeting or function, please phone Geo Thorpe 01303 813152 Christmas Celebrations Candlelight Carol Service: Sunday December 22 at 5.30pm. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service: Tuesday December 24 at 11.30pm. Christmas Day Celebration: Wednesday December 25 at 10.30am.


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Sellindge Sports & Social Club - Legs, Bums & Tums - New Class An hour of challenging toning & groaning. Body weight exercises to music for motivation & lots of fun. Every Tuesday 18.00-19.00 £5 per class. Please call Hayley on 07843 099912 for more information and to register your interest

Step at Sellindge Village Hall Sundays at 10.00 a.m. Fun fitness for all levels Call Michelle Sinclair ACE Personal Trainer 01233 820109

A New Quilting Group held in the Oak Room,

The Sellindge Get Together Club Meet in

Smeeth TN25 6SA. If you are interested in quilting or patchwork why not come along and learn new skills and share your expertise with like minded people. Beginners and advanced levels are welcome. Bi-monthly meetings, for further information contact Marion on 01233 750319

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We meet on the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 7.30pm in the Peace Room. For further information please contact Jennie Cooper on 01303 862572.

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afternoon 3rd October 12pm - 1pm Also (EASY Intermediate class) Thurs afternoon 1 - 3pm For more details on both these classes contact Raye Warrne on 01303 813098. Tues and Thursday eve. 7.30 - 9.30 (Intermediate classes) contact Maureen Lincoln on 01303 813161 or 07989 210449

the Durling Hall at Sellindge, next to the main hall, from 2pm to 4pm on the second Wednesday in the month. If you are interested just come to our meetings or phone 01303 813454 for more details. the Month at 7.30 pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further information do contact Joy Taylor 01303 812165”

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Hall. Tues Eve 7.30 – 9.30 (Intermediate), Thurs afternoon 1-3pm (easy intermediate) Thurs eve 7.30 9.30 (Intermediate) contact Maureen Lincoln 01303 813161 or 07989 210449.

Body Conditioning Class at Smeeth Scout

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Hi/Low Aerobics at Sellindge Village Hall on Wednesdays 7.00 .p.m. Fun Fitness for all levels Call Michelle Sinclair ACE Personal Trainer for details 01233 820109

meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. New members and visitors will be made very welcome. For further info contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813451 or email

Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet at Aldington Village Hall on 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618.

Aldington Short Mat Bowls Club We play on Monday nights at Aldington village hall from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. No special equipment required you only need a pair of shoes with flat soles and we can supply the woods. Go on give it a try it may be just the sport you are looking for. Interested, give Jim or Janet a call on 01233 632102

Lympne Short Mat Bowling Monday and Thursdays from 7.00 p.m. to 9.45p.m. in the Village Hall. Annual Subscription is £20.00 and the green fees are £2.00 per evening. For more information call Mick or Marian Hatton on 01303 814274

Line Dancing Classes, Sellindge Village Hall. BEGINNERS CLASS commencing Thursday

Hut, Mondays 7.00 p.m. Fun Fitness for all levels Call Michelle Sinclair ACE Personal Trainer for details 01233 820109

Zumba Fitness 7.15pm A latin inspired dance fitness class and Legs bums and Tums 8.15pm Every Wednesday Aldington village hall. Contact Leigh Little 01233 65075 3 M: 07756 726590 Yoga Mondays 7.30-9.00pm, Warehorne Village Hall & Thursdays 10.00-11.30am, St Mary’s Oak Room, Smeeth (off the A20). £7 per class. Please call Daniela 01233860417 or 07939870826

Calligraphy Classes at St Mary’s Oak Room, Smeeth from 10.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. All welcome including complete beginners. Cost is £7 per session. For further information, please call Sue Gray on 01233 720696.

Burlesque Classes. Lympne Village Hall. Wednesday nights 8pm til 9.30pm £7. Ladies only. Get fit, have fun, feel fabulous. Whatever your size, shape or age - release your inner vixen! Learn the sexy moves, including removing boa and gloves. Visit, click burlesque classes.








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Maximising Income Opportunities From Investments Income is important. It’s an obvious statement. The difficulty is that, in an uncertain world, investment income is hard to find right now. Investors looking for income have faced an increasing challenge ever since the financial crisis broke in 2008. Five years on and interest rates in the UK remain almost non-existent. Consequently, investors wanting to secure an income stream have realised that they must accept some risk by looking beyond traditional cash deposits.


History shows that investing in equities, or shares, has provided investors with a better chance of outpacing inflation over the long term versus other asset classes, particularly if the companies are able to increase the dividend payments year after year. After difficult conditions in 2008 and 2009, it appears that this seems to be happening. With dividend payouts on the turn, the outlook for equity income funds could also be on the up. Equity income funds have a strong track record for delivering attractive, sustainable income and steady returns over the long term, but they were inevitably impacted by the global banking crisis of recent times. These funds have had time to adjust to the post-financial crisis world but it is worth remembering that not all equity income funds are the same. Some are better for income, while others provide better prospects for total return investors through the reinvestment of dividends. So if it’s income you are after make sure you research and understand the individual fund fully. It is not just UK equity funds that might tempt income seekers. Corporate bond funds, income producers by nature, remain popular, particularly with cautious investors. But the decision on which bond fund to choose is less than clear-cut and those considering the asset class should consider the contrast between the different types. As applies with all asset types, a diversified fixed interest

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The Marsh Million – boosting rural business

Geographically, much of the Romney Marsh lies in the borough of Ashford. In fact, businesses of up to 50 employees in the following parishes are eligible to apply for the interest-free loans:

Could you be eligible to apply for an interestfree loan from what is known as the ‘Marsh Million’? Many businesses in the Romney Marsh area, including several in the borough of Ashford, definitely are and they are being urged to access this new funding opportunity.

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The Marsh Million is a three-year, economic growth fund for the Romney Marsh, which aims to boost business in this rural area. It is backed by Magnox Ltd, which has put £500,000 into the fund. Magnox operates the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority-owned Dungeness A power station. Further funding that tops the fund up to the one million mark comes from Kent County Council (£400,000), Ashford Borough Council (£50,000) and Shepway District Council (also contributing £50,000). Local companies, entrepreneurs and soletraders will be able to apply for unsecured loans of up to £10,000 aimed at promoting local business growth, supporting new enterprises and boosting access to training.

Stone-cum-Ebony - Warehorne - Wittersham Cllr Clair Bell, Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and the rural economy, said: “I am delighted to be part of this exciting project that will create jobs and stimulate employment in the Marsh area. Helping the area develop new job and business development opportunities following the decommissioning of Dungeness A is vital. “It is important that businesses are aware this money is available for interest-free loans and that they qualify. By working in partnership with Kent and Shepway councils this project will harness the considerable potential that exists in the Marsh, making maximum use of skilled people and demonstrating the collective will to increase economic prosperity in the rural part of the borough. Details on how to apply for the loans are available at

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