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Welcome to Issue 5 of insideKENT, filled with more Kentish goodies than ever before. So how are you keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions? Not so well? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Statistics show that between 75-90% of resolutions aren’t kept. Don’t let it get you down; spring is around the corner and we all know what that means: flowers, sunshine and warmth! This issue of insideKENT is all about celebrating spring, from making the most of your garden (p29) to easy breezy fashion (p38). To help bring on the springtime cheer, our reader offers are better than ever, so don’t miss entering the competitions for a spa day at Rowhill Grange (p50), a Microlab Hi-Fi Audio System (p87) or dinner and a movie for two (p97). I’m also proud to announce the winning features of our first-ever Reader’s Choice issue. During January, our lovely readers voted on what they’d like to see in this issue of insideKENT, including our cover star, 10 best, car review and more. Turn to the Contents (p6-7) to see what came out on top. For the music and entertainment buffs, read about our gorgeous and talented cover star, Katherine Jenkins (p46), and her upcoming performance at Music on the Hill - Kent’s newest festival supporting Demelza and the Children’s Development Trust. Also, don’t miss insideKENT’s exclusive interview with comedian Terry Alderton (p91).
There is no shortage of Kentish food and drink in this issue, including features on Thackeray’s Restaurant (p52), The Bottle Shop (p56) and all about Kent’s fabulous farmers’ markets (p58). You can also try your hand at one of celebrity chef Michael Caines’s delicious recipes (p60). As always, we want to thank all of our readers for the incredible feedback and support we’ve received for insideKENT. Keep the comments coming, and don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest and greatest.
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ROYAL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS
SUPPORTING LOCAL PRODUCE WITH CAMEO APPLES
There’s no need to abandon your loyalty to British apples when the springtime brings an end to the traditional British apple season. Cameo, a late maturing variety, is grown locally, in orchards in South East England. Having recently been harvested, it will continue to be available from now until Easter, in UK supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrisons.
April 29th marks a day of national celebration for the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton. The service, at 11am, will see the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, marry the couple. While millions of people in England will enjoy a day off in honour of the Royal wedding, analysts are predicting that more than one billion people worldwide are likely to watch the couple tie the knot. Kent’s beautiful Royal Palace, Leeds Castle, will be commemorating the big day by broadcasting the wedding live on a big screen. Having housed six Medieval Queens during its 1000 year history, Leeds Castle is the ideal place to watch history being made. The castle, located near Maidstone just off Junction 8 of the M20, is only an hour’s drive away from London. Gates for the morning event open bright and early at 9.30am. Following the excitement of the Royal Wedding, the celebrations will carry on into the evening with an open air film screening of the musical comedy Mamma Mia! A magnificent 30 minute fireworks display, set to music, will conclude the historic day. Gates open at 6pm for the evening screening of the PG rated film Mamma Mia! Tickets cost £20 for adults and £15 for children under 16 years and must be pre–booked. You can book online at www.leeds-castle.com/events or call the Leeds Castle box office on 01622 880008. The box office is open from 1st March, from 10am to 5pm during the week.
Cameo is thought to be a cross between Golden Delicious and Red Delicious which occurred through natural pollination. The apple, red with golden flecks, has a deliciously sweet flavour, crunchy texture and is exceptionally juicy. Background citrus flavours, such as a hint of grapefruit, make for a unique apple that complements both sweet and savoury foods. Cameo apples also have good keeping qualities, which mean they will stay fresh in your fruit bowl for longer, cutting down on waste. A thin skinned variety of apple, there’s no need for peeling, allowing you to benefit from the nutrients held just under the skin. The Cameo apple has proved popular so far with consumption up by 25% in the last three years. This year more than 9 million Cameo apples will be consumed. Tasting great and ready to enjoy now and until late April the Cameo apple gives those who like to buy seasonal local produce a new apple option to add to their shopping lists - long after other more famous British varieties have disappeared. For more information visit www.cameoapple.co.uk.
GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS’ COOK IT! COMPETITION Kent-based TV chef Richard Phillips is to judge the finalists of the Cook It! annual children’s competition organised by the Guild of Food Writers and sponsored by Gold Top milk. Entries are open until 28th April for youngsters to submit their own recipes for a two-course meal for 2 – 4 people, to take no longer than an hour and a half to prepare. Entrants have to have been aged 10-14 on 31st August 2010. Dishes should show originality and skill, with marks also given for recipe writing skills and presentation. Six finalists will be invited on an all expenses paid trip to London on 9th June 2011, to the kitchens of BBC Good Food Magazine to prepare their meals for a panel of judges, including Richard Phillips. BBC Good Food magazine will also publish a feature about the day. The winner go on to experience working as a real chef in the kitchens of one of Richard Phillips’ four Kent restaurants – Thackeray’s, Richard Phillips at Chapel Down, Hengist or The Pearson’s Arms – preparing lunch for themselves and three guests.
The Royal Wedding also means that pubs can potentially stay open until 1am without having to apply for permission. Kent-based brewery and pub chain Shepherd Neame welcomed the proposals as recognition of the central role pubs play in national celebrations. So whether you decide to watch the wedding on big screen or head down to your local pub, make sure you raise a glass to the happy couple!
Phillips, a champion of Kent food and drink, has previously sponsored the Kent Young Chef of the Year award. “It’s an honour to inspire young people and to reinforce their enthusiasm and passion,” said Richard, speaking of his involvement with both competitions. “The talent and flair of some of the kids today is amazing, many tackling challenging ingredients with a high degree of technical skill.” Application forms can be downloaded at www.gfw.co.uk.
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THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL AS THE TASTE OF KENT AWARDS RECOGNISES THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND’S FOOD AND DRINK HEROES
Companies across Kent were celebrating their win in February, in the county’s most prestigious food and drink awards – the Taste of Kent Awards 2010. The brainchild of local food champions, Produced in Kent, the glittering awards night at Leeds Castle on Friday 25th February recognised the county’s most outstanding food and drink producers, retailers, restaurants, dining pubs and farmers’ market during 2010. The night was hosted by John Warnett and Clare McDonnell, presenters on BBC Radio Kent’s breakfast show, whilst presentations were made by the recently honoured Amanda Cottrell OBE, patron of Produced in Kent, and Julie Monkman, manager of Produced in Kent. Julie Monkman told the gathered audience, “Each of these Taste of Kent Award winners, together with the finalists, is doing something amazing in this corner of England. The Taste of Kent Award 2010 winners are our county’s food and drink heroes and have put the Garden of England on the British food and drink map! Not only are these entrepreneurs growing, producing or working with local ingredients, but they are helping to revive and maintain traditional Kentish food and drink and centuries old production methods, but with cutting edge 21st century technology. They should all feel very proud of what they have achieved and Produced in Kent is deeply honoured to present 2010’s dining dynasty to the county.” Pick up the May/June issue of insideKENT for a full pictorial review of the prestigious awards, but for now read on to find out who picked up what at the awards night...
Kent Meat Retailer of the Year – Godmersham Game, sponsored by NFU Mutual Best Kent Brewery – The Whitstable Brewery, sponsored by Cask Marque Best Kent Vineyard – The Chapel Down Winery, sponsored by Kent Life Kent Seafood Retailer of the Year – Sankey’s, sponsored by South East Seafood Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year – Macknade Fine Foods, sponsored by Stephens Fresh Foods Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year – Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Hadlow College Kent Juice Producer of the Year – Owlet Fruit Juice, sponsored by Kent County Council Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year – Corrine’s Creative Kitchen, sponsored by Barclays Bank Kent Food Product of the Year – Kent Fine Foods – Lavender Jelly, sponsored by Opies Kent Restaurant of the Year – The Secret Garden, sponsored by Visit Kent Kent Dining Pub of the Year – The Plough at Stalisfield Green, sponsored by Kent Frozen Foods Best Kent Cider Maker – Biddenden Vineyards, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy FKC
A SOLUTION TO OPERATION STACK? Following on from a packed meeting at Higham in February where over 500 people crowded in to hear about the prospects for a new lower Thames crossing near Gravesend, campaigners Protect Kent have written to Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, to request an early meeting to discuss plans for a permanent solution to Operation Stack. Protect Kent’s solution for the disruption caused by Operation Stack would be to reconsider the contribution of the Port of Dover itself to the growing amount of freight traffic on Kent’s roads, and its responsibility for the congestion that is caused periodically. A planning application to construct extended port facilities at Dover is already under consideration; Protect Kent consider that it would take very little extra construction work to reclaim an area of land in the channel – following the precedent set by Samphire Hoe – to create sufficient parking for 5000-6000 HGVs, freeing the M20 from the burden of Operation Stack and allowing the rest of Kent to go about its business unhampered by delays at the channel crossings. For more information, visit www.protectkent.org.uk
ARE YOUR TREASURES LOST AT SEA? Cross-Channel ferry operator DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline’s) New Year’s Resolution is to try and reunite items left on its ferries with their owners. Last year, Dover Harbour Board handed responsibility for lost property found on ferries, and around the Port over to the ferry operators. Since then, the operations team at DFDS Seaways has worked hard to reunite many lost items from its vessels, and corresponding areas in the Port. Some items have been successfully restored to their owners. One boy, for example, was reunited with the teddy bear he thought had been lost forever, and was delighted to discover that his teddy had sailed to France and back. Other success stories include a man reunited with his wallet, with all the money intact, as well as a priceless photo of his father. Another widow was also reunited with a sentimental item that belonged to her late husband. Chris Newey, Director of Passenger Services for the English Channel route at DFDS Seaways, said, “It’s great to hear about all the stories that restore our faith in mankind. After all, it’s not just the DFDS staff that help recover lost items, but also our customers, and we want to thank everyone who hands anything in that they find onboard.” Other items lie languishing in the depths of Dover Port, waiting to be reclaimed. Among those are the usual suspects that you might expect to see, including mobile phones, glasses, keys etc, but there are also some surprising things left behind, including a pushchair, keys to a safe, and even a white shoe! Other valuable lost property includes 54 passports and ID documents, which remain unclaimed, one wedding ring, and even a piece of medical equipment from a doctor’s bag.
HMRC CRACKDOWN TO CONTINUE WITH ANNUAL BUSINESS RECORDS CHECK PLANS FOR SMES
DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR, HMRC IS PLANNING THE INTRODUCTION OF A BUSINESS RECORDS CHECK CAMPAIGN, A PROGRAMME TO INVESTIGATE THE ADEQUACY AND ACCURACY OF RECORD KEEPING BY SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES (SMES). 50,000 businesses with a turnover of less than £50 million and less than 250 employees will be targeted by HMRC each year under this scheme, as their existing enquiry programme suggests that approximately 40% of all SMEs (circa 5 million businesses) suffer from poor record keeping. Research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) indicates that poor record keeping generally leads to an underassessment of tax even where there is an audit-type check into a return covered by such records. HMRC will be using their existing powers under Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008 to carry out the campaign within the SME sector. According to the consultation document issued on 17th December 2010 HMRC hopes to “achieve a major improvement in the standard of record keeping across the SME population.” Businesses with significant record keeping failures that don’t meet the required standards will be subject to a penalty. Requirements regarding record keeping are available to SMEs in the Finance Act 2008 and guidance continues to be updated. HMRC consider that the following benefits will arise out of the proposed checks:
Benefits to HMRC • Improved record keeping leading to a reduction of tax lost
• A reduced likelihood of a subsequent compliance intervention (such as a full inquiry into their returns) for those who are seen to be fulfilling their record keeping obligations. • Improved financial management (for example, keeping better track of debts and debtors); leading to improved chances of business success. A business that has an adequate and running record of its trading position and profitability has more information available to be able to make the necessary business decisions and adjustments to ensure survival and success.
Keeping accurate records is of the utmost importance as records for self employed individuals and partnerships have to be kept for a minimum of 5 years following the filing deadline by law. Companies must keep records for 6 years following the end of their accounting period and employers need to keep PAYE records for a minimum of 3 years in addition to the current year. Similarly, as a contractor in the Construction Industry |Scheme, you need to keep your CIS records for 3 years in addition to your current year. Records for completing a personal (non business) tax return need only be kept for 22 months from the end of the tax year to which they relate provided that Returns are filed on time. HMRC’s plans are currently under consultation and businesses are invited to take part if they fit the category of SME (turnover less than £50 million and less than 250 employees). The consultation period runs from 17th December 2010 until the 28th February 2011.
• A greater degree of assurance as to the likely accuracy of returns in cases where there has been a Business Records Check
Benefits to the Business • Opportunity during a business records check to ask HMRC questions and seek clarity about record keeping obligations.
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OR WON'T YOU?
Seven good reasons to make a Will Did you know that about two thirds of the population do not have a Will? It is easy to put off making a Will as people do not like to think about death. Common misconceptions include a belief that what you own will automatically pass to your spouse / partner or to your children, or that your assets are too small to justify making a Will.
Making a Will is the ONLY certain way to ensure that you provide for your family or loved ones as you would wish. If you die without a Will in place then the Intestacy Rules will decide how your assets are to be distributed. The Intestacy Rules can produce often unexpected results particularly if you are married for a second time or if there are children from a previous relationship. The Intestacy Rules do not recognize cohabitees so that if you die without a Will in such a case, your partner would have to apply to the Court for an appropriate share of your estate. A simple Will is all that would be needed to ensure that your partner and children were properly provided for in such a case.
So what are the reasons for making a Will?
1. You can choose your Executors
Your Executors are the persons who have the responsibility for sorting out the legal and tax formalities that have to be dealt with and then distributing your estate in accordance with the terms of your Will. If you do not make a Will then you will not be able to choose who manages your affairs in the event of your death; the law will decide this for you. This could result in the appointment of someone who does not have the appropriate skills to deal with your assets and ensure they pass to the entitled beneficiaries. In some cases this can cause unnecessary cost and delay in completing the administration of the estate.
2. Your children
If you have children you can appoint a Guardian in your Will for the children whilst they are under the age of 18. The Guardian would legally be able to look after the children and to make decisions on their behalf in the event of your death. This is an important matter and your opportunity to make the right decision in the best interests of your children.
3. To choose your beneficiaries
You can choose your beneficiaries and decide how best to distribute your estate to reflect your wishes. If you want to leave something to friends or charity you can only do so in a Will. If you do not make a Will then your beneficiaries will inherit outright at the age of 18. You may feel that this is too young in some cases and wish to delay the inheritance until the age of 21 or 25 years. You can do so in a Will and include powers for the Executors to make funds available to or for the benefit of a beneficiary before your chosen age, so that the beneficiary is suitably maintained and would be able to continue with his or her education.
4. To provide for more complicated family arrangements
Wills can be used to provide for more complicated family circumstances, for example including children from a previous relationship or your stepchildren. A Will can give a second spouse a right to occupy the family home whilst protecting the capital for the children of an earlier marriage or relationship. This can ensure that assets are kept within the immediate family whilst also making proper provision for all dependents. Wills can provide flexible solutions to practical problems often by using an appropriate form of Trust. A well drafted Will may pre-empt any costly Court challenge to the distribution of the estate.
5. Asset protection
An ever-aging population means that more and more family homes are sold each year to fund the cost of residential care. A carefully drafted Will can provide that the family home (or a share of it) passes into a trust to allow the survivor to occupy it, whilst at the same time ensuring that the capital is protected from residential care home fees and is available for your intended beneficiaries. This type of trust can be drafted flexibly to allow the survivor to 'downsize' or move home. Trusts can also be used to protect assets in case your beneficiaries should suffer financial or matrimonial difficulties in the future, or if you have any vulnerable or disabled beneficiaries.
6. Estate and tax planning
A Will is a useful tool to undertake longer term estate planning to reduce the burden of inheritance tax on your children or future generations. If you have business or agricultural
property a Will is essential to ensure that the tax reliefs are available. By making a Will and taking advice at an early opportunity you can ensure that your interests are protected and suitable succession arrangements are in place. And finally...
7. Peace of Mind
A Will can deal with many other issues, such as your funeral wishes or arrangements for the care of a pet. Once you have made a Will you can be reassured that all the important issues have been addressed. Your Will is an important document and should be prepared by a suitably qualified professional such as a Solicitor who will be able to advise not only on the Will itself, but also on related issues such as Tax, Trusts or Care home fees or even property or family law issues. Many qualified professionals will also be members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Making a straight forward Will need not be expensive and with the right advice need not be a long or complex process. About Gardner Croft With a strong reputation as a modern law firm in historic Canterbury, Gardner Croft brings experience and personal service to your legal requests and requirements. Established in 1900, Gardner Croft is today a firm of depth and talent and as a leading city centre law firm possesses an enviable team of private and commercial lawyers. Whilst our clients range from private individuals to businesses to multi-site organisations they each benefit from our â€˜no surprisesâ€™ approach. Remembering that all our clients are real people who require personal attention, Gardner Croft strives to build a strong relationship and ensure our clientsâ€™ needs are our foremost consideration. This firm-wide philosophy surrounds not only how we manage each case, from high profile or sensitive cases to on demand legal advice and contracts support, but also our transparent approach to the management of time and costs. For more information or for a free initial interview please contact Gardner Croft today. 01227 813400 / email@example.com / www.gardnercroft.co.uk
SWEET SMELLING SELLING
SUCCESS AS WE VENTURE INTO 2011 PHIL PEARTREE, DIRECTOR OF GREYFOX PRESTIGE, SUGGESTS SOME EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PROPERTY MORE SALEABLE IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE MARKET. For many people, the New Year will mean a new home and even a new start. It is an exciting prospect, even if it is a little daunting. Moving home is a big step. Plus this year both buyers and sellers will have to contend with a market that is still suffering from the recessional hangover and austerity measures. Buyers will have to ensure that they are in a good position to obtain a mortgage at a time when lenders aren’t doing much to help. But sellers can do much to help themselves in making their property as attractive as possible. Some thought and action before going onto the market and some small touches when receiving viewers will make a big difference both to saleability and to the eventual sale price. Here are some simple tips to help make the first step to a successful move. To get top price for a house or flat it must tick a number of boxes. Nothing can be done to improve location, and increasing the space is a bit radical and expensive, but price and condition can always be made more attractive to buyers. First, the property should seduce the senses by appealing to the nose, the eye and the ear. Would you prefer the smell of fresh flowers, freshly brewed coffee and baking bread or the odour of somebody else’s pungent cooking and unaired bedrooms and bathrooms? Best to take spicy foods off the menu for a while and open some windows. Buy an expensive aromatic candle or two and light them up before a potential buyer arrives. Then they will be delighted to follow their noses. De-cluttering is vital to make the space look as large as possible. There should be a place for books, magazines, clothes, kitchen utensils, etc and all these things should be in their rightful places. Removing just one piece of furniture from a room can make a big impact to the sense of space. Clashing colours may be some people’s idea of great interior design, but many buyers would run a mile. Repaint in white – it looks clean, offends no one and makes rooms look larger. It will be worth some time with a roller and the relatively small cost of trade emulsion.
Does your property sound good? Is there loud music blaring or an off-putting television in the background? Turn them off. Are there young children screaming? Turn them off too. Let peace reign. Or if there is intrusive noise from outside like traffic or aircraft play some soothing music to please the ear. Don’t forget the first impression. Most unkempt front gardens imply an unkempt house. Cut the grass. Prune the plants. Hide the dustbin. Store away the red plastic children’s slide that has faded to pink in the sun.
Finally your property should appeal to a buyer’s pocket. Price it to sell. Follow these rules, gird yourself for cancellations, no-shows and less-thantactful viewers and you will be on the way to sweet smelling selling success. Woe betides the seller down the road who lives in an overpriced mess within an overgrown garden. You will have moved to a new life long before they wake up and smell the coffee.
PROPERTY THE OLD HOUSE
The Old House is an amazing property and benefits from a wealth of history and character with its exposed brickwork, beams and floorboards. To the ground floor the main reception hall measures 17'2 x 13'5 with exposed original beams and wood burner, and leads to the formal dining room with open fire and leaded light window to the front. Also on the ground floor there is a playroom/study, utility room, cloakroom and spacious modern kitchen/breakfast room.
On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and a family bathroom with a modern but cosy feel. To the second floor there is a further bedroom measuring 21’ which could easily make two bedrooms subject to the necessary consents being obtained.
Location: Lower Rainham Road, Rainham Price: £550,000
Downsway Barn is a converted barn which dates back to 1860 and in recent years has been maintained and refurbished to a very high standard. The property is accessed via a porch with two sets of doors leading to the main reception hall with double doors leading to the rear garden, stairs to the upper floor and doors leading to the four double bedrooms with the master bedroom having a modern en-suite.
Orchard House is a beautifully appointed executive house situated on a most prestigious lane. The property occupies a third of an acre plot and would make a fantastic family home and an ideal house for those who enjoy entertaining. The ground floor boasts a modern kitchen/breakfast room with French doors to the rear garden and includes ample wall and base units, fully integrated appliances, high gloss work surfaces and an island with breakfast seating area. The kitchen opens onto a formal dining area and leads to the main lounge which measures 16' x 15'4 with French doors to the rear and 14' conservatory overlooking the front garden. There is a modern family bathroom and four good size bedrooms; the master measuring 16' x 15'4 with a modern en-suite shower room with Porcelanosa fittings and French doors to the balcony with views over the garden. Under section 21 of the Estate Agency Act, we must advise all interested parties, that this property is owned by a related person of Greyfox Estate Agents.
Location: Rectory Lane South, West Malling Price: £549,995
To the first floor there is a modern cloakroom and a spacious landing with double doors leading to a balcony which gives views of the surrounding area. Also to the first floor there is a modern kitchen/breakfast room with matching wall and base units and granite work surfaces, breakfast table and under floor heating. The main lounge measures 29’ x 16’ with original beams, Juliette balcony, double aspect windows with far reaching views and the main feature of the property is the original hop press. This truly is a remarkable property for entertaining and really does warrant your internal inspection.
Location: Nashenden Farm Lane, Borstal Price: £499,995
For more information on these properties and many more, contract Grey Fox Prestige on 01732 617227 or visit www.greyfoxprestige.co.uk
insideKENT TAKES A MOMENT TO SPEAK TO DOMINIQUE HANSON OF ASHBURY FURNITURE. How long have you been in business? This is our 6th year and we have achieved a lot. Our main plan is to roll out Ashbury Furniture to the rest of Kent. The recession has put our plans on hold for the time being, but we feel positive about the future. Tell us a bit about yourself. I am originally from Canterbury but lived in Zimbabwe for 15 years, returning home in 2000. I am happily married to Nick, my best friend and business partner and have four wonderful daughters, Beaulieu, Abby, Isobelle and Emily and 2 stepsons. Family is my priority and I’m a motivated, optimistic person. I have run my own business before and am interested to do many different things in the future. What made you want to start your business? Nick and I have 6-year-old twins and when they were born, we knew our finances would be stretched and we both wanted to start our own business. We are both from Canterbury, but wanted to start our business in Ashford, with its beautiful surrounding villages. One Sunday we put our 6 month old twins in the back of the car and drove around Ashford until we found the perfect place. Ashbury (Ashford/Canterbury), originally Ashford Bed Centre, was born. What is the single best decision you have made in your business, and the worst? The single best: taking the leap from a bed shop to a fully-fledged furniture store with all the top brands. We were the new kids on the block in a very well established industry, but we set ourselves up properly and professionally from the start. The worst…hmm, that’s a hard one, I would have to say supporting West Ham (haha, Nick’s boyhood team). What’s the hardest part about owning your own business? We are open 7 days a week, so we have to make sure family time happens. Nick didn’t have a day off in the first 2 years, which I think is amazing. It’s hard to ever really switch off and we talk about work all the time (but the good times far outweigh the bad). What does an average day entail for you? We’re up early and first thing is making sure all the family get off safely to school, uni and work. My main role is the financial side of the business, but we have recently hired Margaret, a bookkeeper, to enable me to become more involved in the creative side to include marketing,
layout and PR. I still bring work home but hopefully that will stop with time. I’m always there to pick up my girls from school. What makes you stand out from your competition? We have a great team of people who work with us, and we work hard but try and have fun too. Customer care is important to us, a nice environment, lots of parking, and flexibility because every customer is different. We like to be innovative, fresh, ever changing, listen to new ideas, take pride and we care. Oh, and of course we have a fantastic range of products too! What advice do you have for those looking to go into business? Go for it! I once read ‘never regret what you haven’t done, only what you have’. It never occurred to either of us that we wouldn’t be able to do it, and it took off from the outset. Believe in yourself, because your confidence rubs off on others and they will all believe too. What’s the most interesting product you have stocked? Our extensive leather gallery was a big investment, but has been very successful. Definately Ekornes, and we expect our new acquisition of Duresta to cause a real stir among our loyal customers. What are you doing new to promote the business? We never sit still or take anything for granted. We are always looking for new products and visit as many trade shows as possible. We have many plans for our current store, a new entrance being priority. We are being approached by top brands all the time, Parker Knoll are about to come on board. We want a dedicated gallery showing local artists’ work and hopefully a coffee shop and gift shop. We want our customers to feel comfortable to visit our store and spend as long as they want. The future looks bright.
Ashbury Furniture Foster Road Ashford Business Park Ashford TN24 0SJ 01233 502220 www.ashburyfurniture.co.uk
What A Difference A Year Makes TODAY CATCHING LIVES IS PROUD OF ITS FIRST YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENTS. FOR THOSE NEW TO THE CHARITY, ITS AIM IS TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS AND HELP SOME OF THE MOST DISADVANTAGED IN AND AROUND CANTERBURY. IN JUST OVER A YEAR THE CHARITY HAS HELPED 230 HOMELESS OR VULNERABLE LOCAL PEOPLE. AS ITS NAME SUGGESTS, IT ACTS AS A NET TO TRY TO STOP VULNERABLE LIVES SPIRALLING DOWNWARDS, AND TO HELP REBUILD THOSE LIVES IN WAYS APPROPRIATE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL.
Staffed by a handful of full-time expert staff and supported by a legion of selfless volunteers, Catching Lives’ Canterbury Open Centre is seeing record numbers. Last year Catching Lives helped 60 service users find accommodation, 34 link up with drug and alcohol services, 34 access mental health services, 3 enter residential rehabilitation, and 6 enter full-time/part-time/voluntary work. In 2011 and beyond it anticipates those numbers rising (already the first month of 2011 has seen Catching Lives help 12 clients into accommodation), especially of those rejoining society and moving into work though the new Social Enterprise Programme. Building Support Even in these challenging times there exists a huge level of support from the public, whose generosity often knows no bounds. Similarly, there has been growing support from communitydriven businesses, alongside support from local and regional government and politicians. The latter have been quick to identify Catching Lives’ ability to actually make a positive impact in tackling homelessness, perhaps greater than they are realistically able to achieve themselves, as local government departments work in an environment which, although statutory, is both costly and
difficult to improve under bureaucratic bounds, particularly in a time of increasing financial constraints.
The Work As an independent charity, Catching Lives is able to work how, when and where it needs to; as a self-directed organisation it is also able to react instantly to new demands and opportunities. Whilst over the last 12 months Catching Lives has exceeded all its own expectations, the team behind it are certainly not resting on their laurels. There is still growing homelessness in the area and ever-changing challenges. For instance, Catching Lives created a winter night shelter for the homeless during December through to the end of January to help provide shelter at the time when rough sleepers in the area are at their most vulnerable. Named the Canterbury Community Shelter (CCS), after having raised the necessary donations to fund its operation Catching Lives was then able to draw upon huge support from local churches who offered to host the night shelter on a rolling basis in local church halls across Canterbury. CCS was originally an idea by a few members of Catching Lives’ staff and was born out of the frustration of having to close the centre at the end of each short winter day aware that most of the people using this service had nowhere safe and warm to go for the night. Knowing that the winter of 2009-10 had been harsh and the coming winter potentially just as bad, the team questioned what more could be done. It was clear, due to the modest size of the charity and the lack of resources, that the only practical approach was to work in partnership with other agencies and the local community. Thanks to the commitment of local churches and community centres, alongside Catching Lives’ fundraising efforts (over £19,000 – more
than had been forecast as needed to operate the project), the night shelter opened on the 20th December. Throughout the deepest winter period, with the Canterbury Community Shelter working alongside Canterbury Open Centre, an almost 24-hour service was offered to the homeless in the area. Interestingly, while the average age of male guests was 36, the average age of female guests was just 22. In line with the charity’s ethos, the CCS helped tremendously in catching, and indeed changing, lives. To date, 14 guests who used CCS have moved on to detox or rehab, reconnected with family, gone on to supported accommodation, moved into independent housing or found work. Plans for 2011 Buoyed by the success of this project in delivering positive and life-changing outcomes, Catching Lives will seek to create new programmes aiming for similar or better results. In 2011, plans are already underway for a range of Catching Lives social enterprises, the aim being to help service users build self-esteem and self-confidence, and ultimately move on into paid employment. Like the CCS these social enterprises will draw upon the support of the local community and community-minded businesses keen to help make a difference. For more information about how you or your business can get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.catchinglives.org.
BOUVERIE PLACE shopping centre
Located in the heart of Folkestone, Bouverie Place Shopping Centre boasts an exciting and vibrant range of shops and cafés. Shoppers can find themselves spoilt for choice, with twenty stores including an ASDA superstore, a three-storey car park, a covered mall and an open air square, all making for an attractive and bright, accessible shopping haven. To ensure all tastes are catered for, Bouverie Place combines a striking mix of independent shops with major high street names; the likes of Next, New Look, The Body Shop and Sports Direct sit comfortably alongside Studz Hairdressers. And when shoppers find themselves weary, they can simply grab a newspaper or magazine from Bouverie News and relax in one of the food and catering outlets that suit every whim, from Starbucks and Caffe La Delizia to Burger King and Subway. At the shopping centre a unique emphasis is placed on ensuring that customers enjoy the experience of their shopping trip as much as they do
the shopping itself, which is why family facilities and entertainment are key. There are plenty of accessible parent and child parking spaces in the car park, reliable and speedy lifts to provide quick access to the shops, and comfortable and well equipped parent and child rooms. The extensive calendar of entertainment and events ensure that there is always something fun happening at Bouverie Place and the shopping centre’s own ‘Little Rascals’ kids club invites younger visitors to become part of a wider community and participate in events during their school holidays. Easter will see children’s characters Fifi and Bumble appearing at Bouverie Place, to meet and greet younger shoppers, as part of a special week of Fifi and Bumble events. These community style events provide free entertainment and activities to shoppers, making Bouverie Place Shopping Centre the ideal day out family destination.
bathroom trends THESE DAYS BATHROOMS ARE MUCH MORE THAN A PLACE TO WASH; THEY CAN ALSO BE A SANCTUARY WHERE WE CAN RELAX, UNWIND AND TAKE SOME MUCH NEEDED TIME OUT OF OUR BUSY SCHEDULES. BY PAUL BATCHELOR / DIRECTOR AND HEAD DESIGNER AT KEYSPACES KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS
Most of the clients that come to us to remodel their bathrooms are looking for us to not only make the rooms look better, but also make sure that they work well. It can be a fine art making a small room feel spacious, while also ensuring it has all the required elements. BEAUTIFUL BATHS Despite the rise in popularity of showers in recent years, baths are still one of the classic bathroom essentials. Perfect for washing the day away, or helping the kids relax before bedtime, baths remain an important part of our ablutions. Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, there is a bath to suit to everyoneâ€™s tastes. WALK-IN SHOWERS There is always a need for a good shower in the bathroom, as few of us have the time or inclination to have a bath everyday and with water saving a hot topic, showering on average uses less water than bathing. Walk-in showers are very popular, and serve as the perfect hybrid between a traditional enclosed shower and a contemporary wet room. They are not only easy to access, but
can also offer a sense of extra space to the bathroom. UNDER-FLOOR HEATING Whilst bathroom tiles offer a beautiful and practical flooring option, they can be a little cold on wintry days. Under-floor heating, however, offers an affordable and pragmatic solution that is often more energy efficient than other forms of heating. Electric under-floor heating can be incorporated as part of a bathroom refurbishment and programmed to come on in time for your morning shower, giving you even more reason to spring out of bed. It is also compatible with all tiles, including ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate. COLOUR Long gone are the days of avocado, pink and brown sanitary ware; these days the vast majority of toilets, basins and baths are white, accompanied by chrome finished taps, showers and accessories. This means that colour is often introduced through tiles and furniture, such as cupboards and mirror units.
As a result, there is an almost bewildering choice of floor and wall tiles to choose from, from intricate mosaics to vast marble slabs and everything in between. However, no matter what size your bathroom or en-suite, it is possible to achieve a great combination of form and function. The key is to understand what you want from the space and then tailor the design and materials to achieve the desired end state. If you are interested in a new bathroom or en-suite, why not get in touch with KeySpaces and see what their design team can create for you.
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stone to a more enticing garden. Created with high quality softwood and full height glass doors, it makes the perfect cosy garden retreat. Designed on a traditional garden cottage, The Wordsworth is an idealistic garden room for that quaint English outdoor space. The handcrafted roof detailing and Georgian-style windows and doors means you can step back in time, enclose yourself within, and really escape from the pace of today’s society. For the more extravagant, The Davenant is designed on a grand scale and makes the perfect home gym or games room. Crafted with locallysourced Cedar, this garden room creates a statement, not only out, but inside as well. All Chameleon garden rooms come with internal fit out encompassing your bespoke specification of colour and internal finish, as part of the package price. The Tennyson offers the ultimate sanctuary; the space of the Davenant with the benefit of a generous veranda. If it’s space you crave, The Tennyson gives you everything you could possibly need – an open plan environment for working, relaxing or an opportunity to wow your friends
with an alfresco dining experience on the external timber veranda. As with all Chameleon Garden Rooms the Tennyson is beautifully handcrafted by skilled carpenters, with an attention to detail and the highest quality finish. Moving with the times does not take away Southern Sheds’ core business as owner Peter Everett highlighted, “Southern Sheds continues to have a loyal base of customers who know we go that extra mile, help to install and plan and offer expert advice on what would best suit their requirements”. Southern Sheds may now have Chameleon but they have not completely morphed away from what they are known and loved for: your favourite be it humble garden shed. Southern Sheds 01634 200695 firstname.lastname@example.org www.southernsheds.com
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REMOVE THE WINTER BLUES FROM YOUR HOME WITH A TOUCH OF SPRING TIDYING. STORE EVERYTHING IN STYLE WITH ONE OF THESE FABULOUS SOLUTIONS TO GET YOU READY FOR THE EASTER SUNSHINE.
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the heart of the home THERE’S NOTHING MORE FUN THAN GETTING A NEW GADGET OR ACCESSORY, ESPECIALLY IN THE KITCHEN. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO ADD A BIT OF SPICE TO THE HEART OF YOUR HOME, GET YOUR HANDS ON ONE OF THESE MUST-HAVES FOR 2011.
Sagaform Water Carafe With Oak Stopper £22, www.redcandy.co.uk
Guzzini G-Plus Red Toaster £94, www.redcandy.co.uk
Screwpull Corkscrew £99, www.wineware.co.uk
Jme Alphabet Cookie Cutters £24.50, www.jamieathome.com
Jme American Oak Large Mezzaluna and Board £41, www.jamieathome.com
Vacuvin Pineapple Slice – Stainless Steel £13.23, www.wineware.co.uk
Mr Teatowel £11, www.hunkydoryhome.co.uk Isak Lidded Cups (set Of 2) £28, www.cloudberryliving.co.uk
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Sharpaz Hexagonal Grater £25, www.maxwellandwilliams.co.uk
Bespoke Cut Frosted Window Film £60, www.purlfrost.com
Soldier Egg Cup & Toast Cutter £6.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk
Birdy Teapot £30, www.hunkydoryhome.co.uk
‘I Only Have a Kitchen’ Novelty Apron £11.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk
SPRING INTO ACTION THIS MONTH RACHEL GOLD GIVES HER FORECASTS FOR SPRING TRENDS AND GROOMING TIPS
Men’s grooming and styling can be a minefield, particularly when it comes to fashion. This spring, I have made some style suggestions that can suit all ages and help you look cool and on trend. THE LATEST CLOTHING TRENDS TO HIT THE STREET THIS SPRING • Desert boots are going to be huge this season in great spring colours • Chino’s are still in, which can be worn casually instead of jeans • Tan and natural colours, burgundy and khaki are in, also grey and navy blue • Smart scarves in soft fabrics like the ones Granddad used to wear • Traditional and classic cuts are back which is good as not all men suit fashion
With the warmer months approaching, it’s time to come out of hibernation. The scarves, hoods and hats must come off, but what’s underneath? Here’s what the Capital’s top specialists recommend: MAKE YOUR FACE MORE SOFT AND KISSABLE Dr Ariel Haus is London’s most talked about Brazilian dermatologist. At his clinic in Harley Street, his treatments for men are giving fantastic results. The facial peels are particularly popular as they help freshen the look of your skin – the peel treatment is used to soften fine lines around the eyes and forehead, brightening a dull complexion. Peeling also works well on mild acne scarring and large pores. LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND REMOVAL OF UGLY RED FACIAL VEINS Hair removal has come on in leaps and bounds – this is fantastic news for those of you who have unwanted hairy backs. Laser hair removal and treatments can take between 10 minutes to one hour depending on the treatment area. Tracey Smyth, who works from her Harley Street clinic says, “Most patients experience a little discomfort, however the results are amazing. The treatment may even be used on the face for small thread veins and also for leg veins, age spots and for facial skin rejuvenation.” BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN Bethany Alderson, makeup artist to the stars, suggests, “If you want to lift those under-eye bags, freshen up your whole complexion by starting a skin regime and banish redness and irritation with soothing cleansers and moisturisers. Clinique do a fabulous range, especially for men!”
FASHION CAN BE CONFUSING, I KNOW. HOWEVER, HERE A FEW ABSOLUTE ‘NO-NOS’ • Wearing sunglasses at night (I don’t care if you do look like P Diddy) • Wearing too much orange fake tan or bronzer • Bitten finger nails or dirty long fingernails • Avoid dressing head to toe in one designer outfit (we love Ed Hardy, but not all over) • Tight fitted T shirts (unless you are buff) • Beware of the black and over dark hair dye • Pale green business shirts (they really do wash out the complexion)
One of the most important parts of good skincare is moisturising and hydrating the skin by drinking lots of water and using a quality day and night moisturiser. Also invest in a good under-eye cream or serum to help soften the lines and lessen eye bags and darkness. HAIR CARE A good haircut is one of the most important grooming aspects, so make sure your hairstyle suits your face. Find a stylist you trust or who has come highly recommended, then stick with them. Pre-book your appointments so that you continuously have a well-groomed look. I know you may not feel like buying products, but they really do work and you will notice the difference when you use a good quality shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Get your stylist to show you how to style it for everyday wear. PAMPER PAMPER One of the first things we ladies look at is the teeth and hands. Teeth whitening is an interesting option, as well as regular visits to the dental hygienist. So many male grooming salons are now springing up all over the place, try having a mini manicure and notice the difference. Male grooming and styling has become commonplace and very popular, thank goodness! It really improves confidence and self esteem. Until next month, have fun and be stylish whatever you do.
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Brilliant Brollies Spring sunshine is here, but so are April showers. Prepare for whatever the weather throws at you with insideKENT's pick of quirky umbrellas.
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Rob Ryan Umbrella £17.99, The Gifted Penguin
White Daisy Umbrella £39.99, Aye Do
Purple Heart Umbrella £26.99, Aye Do
Gunbrella Bang Brolly £14.99, Totally Funky
Large Square Hot Pink Umbrella £24.99, Aye Do
Flamingo Umbrella £18.00, Beyond Retro
THIS SPRING, GO CASUAL IN RELAXED SHOES, PRINTED T-SHIRTS, LIGHT POLOS, AND CLASSIC AVIATORS - YOU’LL LOOK COOL AND FEEL COMFORTABLE WHETHER YOU ARE ON THE BOAT DECK OR ON FRESH GREEN GRASS. Blue Polo, Marks & Spencer
Black Graphic T-shirt, ASOS.com
Criminal Red & White Aviators £12, House of Fraser
Khaki Cargo Trousers £30, Jacamo J Jeans by Jasper Conran Chinos £35, Debenhams
Blue Harbour Polo Shirt £12, Marks & Spencer
Converse White Leather Trainers £70, Jacamo Striped Espadrille £18, Next
Shark Denim Jeans £57, French Connection
WAKE YOUR LIMBS FROM HIBERNATION…AND CELEBRATE THE FRESHNESS OF SPRING! HIGH-WAISTED DENIM TROUSERS, CHERRY-RED FLATS OR A SUNNY SKIRT WITH ACCESSORIES THAT FLASH ARE PERFECT FOR FROLICKING IN THE SUNSHINE. A CLASSIC DRESS THAT BURSTS WITH BLOOMS OR A BREEZY JUMPSUIT ARE CHIC AND SOPHISTICATED WAYS TO DELIGHT IN LOVELY WEATHER. Cheyne Tunic £139, Hobbs
Star by Julien MacDonald Multi Hoop Earrings £6, Debenhams
Halter Cross Over Jumpsuit £39.50, Marks & Spencer
Turnlock Purse £32.50, White Stuff Eliza Dress £95, Phase Eight
Twist Chain Bracelet £12, French Connection
Colour Block 50’s Full Skirt £16.99, Internacionale
Square Straw Weave Shoulder Bag £36, ASOS
Wyldes Slingback Sandals Midnight, £110, Hobbs
Silver sandal £30, Fifty Plus
Apple £120, Pied a Terre
Therapy Bird Blouse £30, House of Fraser
Crystal Rocks Statement Jet Earrings £130.50, Martine Wester
Limited Edition Empire Cropped Jacket £199, Hobbs
High Waisted Jeans £79, Hobbs
House Pendant £10, Accessorize
David Emanuel Navy/White Striped Top £14, Bonmarché
Selby Bow Detail Pump £60, French Connection
Love Label Shorts, Very.co.uk
Butia £120, Pied a Terre
LUSCIOUS LIPS WORDS BY GEMMA MORPURGO / PHOTOS BY NATASCIA VECSI, NV-ME PHOTOGRAPHY
SOMETIMES THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A GREAT SET OF POUTY LIPS. BUT NO MATTER HOW YOU WANT TO SHOW THEM OFF, THERE ARE TRICKS TO MAKE THEM NOT ONLY LOOK BEAUTIFUL, BUT KISSABLE AS WELL.
Lip makeup plays a crucial role in the makeup process – if it’s not done properly it can ruin your entire appearance. When it comes to lips, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when choosing the right lipstick colour or when redefining their shape to make them look thinner or fuller depending on the result you’re looking for. The main thing you need to remember is if you are wearing heavy eye makeup, then don’t go too strong on the lip colour; otherwise you run the risk of looking over-the-top. Therefore, if you’re planning on sporting a dark or bold shade of lipstick then go lighter and understated on the eyes. Golden Rules Obviously, make sure you have selected a lipstick which suits you. Generally, darker haired women should opt for red or maroon shades, blondes should choose lighter colours in pink hues. However, the 1950s pin-up look is making a massive comeback, and blondes sporting this look with a bold red lip are ultra-sassy and feminine. Red haired ladies look fantastic when they go for an orange lipstick shade, especially "Morange" by MAC. Ladies with thinner lips should avoid dark red lipsticks, as this will make lips look thinner than they really are. A great trick to combat this is to apply your foundation to the lip area as well as your skin; this creates the perfect base to redraw
the contours of your lips, where if you choose you can exceed the outer line of your lips. Dark lip application A lot of ladies I come into contact with adore dark and rich lip colours but are put off by the chance that the colour will bleed (by bleed I don’t mean in the painful sense, instead when the lip colour spreads outside of the lip line and into tiny lines surrounding the lip area). My top tips to avoid this situation and ensure you can be as bold and daring as you wish are as follows: • Lips need TLC, and it definitely won’t harm them to be exfoliated. I like to exfoliate with sugar. This will not only soften your lips, but it will also clean them and leave a lingering sweetness behind. • Polish the lips straight after exfoliating, either with your favourite lip balm or even petroleum jelly. I know the weather recently has probably left your lips feeling dry, chapped and far from luscious, so this is a cheap and easy fix to get those smackers looking and feeling desirable again.
2. Using your favourite liner, line the lip area. Sometimes I like to cover the whole lip with the liner, as this makes a great surface for the lip colour to adhere to. Using a slightly darker liner to your chosen lipstick can help create the illusion of even fuller, plumper lips. 3. Apply your chosen lipstick. Using a lip brush will give a sharper and more even finish. 4. To give your lips that extra sultry pout, I recommend adding a little gloss to complete your ‘mini lip makeover’. The more reflective a surface, the more it stands out.
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Then, follow these four simple steps to ensure you achieve the most luscious lips every time: 1. To exfoliated lips, apply MAC Prep and Prime Lip to the lip line (be generous), and then lightly blot using a tissue.
Gemma would like to thank Natachia Vecsi of N.V.ME for the amazing photography.
insideKENT VISITS ROYAL DAY SPA IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS FOR A DAY OF GLORIOUS RELAXATION BY DONNA MARTIN
We all love to be pampered. Whether it be a full body massage, a manicure, or even an at-home foot spa, we should all take the time to be pampered every once in a while. If you’re looking to be spoiled, look no further than the luxurious Royal Day Spa in Tunbridge Wells. From facials to massages to complete wellbeing packages, Royal offers it all. As I walked through the signature red doors into Royal for the first time, I was greeted by relaxed staff and relaxing music; everything inside oozed relaxation, even the comfortable décor. After being given a full tour of the facilities, I changed into my robe and flip-flops and began my Royal Day Spa experience with one of their delicious Royal Picnics. Winter Slaw, Caesar Salad, and Orzo Pasta Salad with Fresh Pesto and Toasted Pine Nuts were waiting for me on a perfectly set table. I also enjoyed a selection of Cured Meats and Salamis, Fresh Olives, soft bread and refreshing sparkling fruit water. I don’t know about you, but for me, good food is the perfect beginning to a day of pampering. After lunch, I found my way to ‘The Bedroom’, a specially considered space for preand post-treatment relaxation. The area features one huge bed with a custom-made Tempur mattress, and the space is climate controlled to keep you as snug as a bug in a cashmere rug. As I waited to be called for my treatment, I
savoured the peace and quiet with a complimentary cordial and magazine. For my treatment, I received an 80-minute Fairy Godmother Facial – a renewing, luxurious and relaxing facial using preparations to hydrate, soften and sooth the skin. The temperature of the treatment room was utter perfection, the smells were soothing and the music was just right for putting me into a purely pampered state. I might have even dozed off a few times. For the benefit and pleasure of their members and guests, Royal only uses the finest quality products including Ren and Aromatherapy Associates. If you fall in love with any of the products used during your treatment, rest assured you can take some home. Though the atmosphere in your own bathroom won’t quite compare to the luxury of Royal, at least the product aromas and benefits will take you back. After my facial, I spent the remainder of the day lazing around the salt water swimming pool, Moor Mud infused Jacuzzi, Crystal Mist steam room and sauna. With only a handful of guests booked in each day, privacy is never something I had to fight for. If pure pampering is your cup of tea, the Royal Day Spa in Tunbridge Wells is one Kent spa you can’t afford to miss.
Royal Day Spa Post Office Square 12 Vale Road Tunbridge Wells TN1 1BP 01892 616191 firstname.lastname@example.org www.royal-dayspa.co.uk
The Inside Story on Plastic Surgery with John Davison PLASTIC SURGERY MAY NOT ALWAYS RECEIVE THE CREDIT IT REALLY DESERVES. FOR MANY PEOPLE, PLASTIC SURGERY HAS POSITIVELY CHANGED THEIR LIVES BY REDISCOVERING CONFIDENCE, WELLBEING AND IN SOME CASES PROVIDING SIGNIFICANT HEALTH BENEFITS. OUR RESIDENT PLASTIC SURGEON JOHN DAVISON HAS LET INSIDEKENT HAVE A PEEK INTO THE WORLD OF PLASTIC SURGERY.
What is the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon? Surprisingly, cosmetic surgery can legally be performed by a doctor who hasn’t had specialist training. A Plastic Surgeon is an extensively trained specialist surgeon in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery with specialist registration on the General Medical Council (GMC) Many cosmetic surgery companies claim their surgeons are GMC registered (all doctors working in the UK are GMC registered) and claim their surgeons have FRCS. These qualifications may not be in plastic surgery. It is the specialist registration that counts. What are the most common surgeries asked for? Breast augmentation is the most common. It is an excellent operation, with high patient satisfaction, but with very important considerations. Other surgeries are about equal in my practice including eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, facelift, browlifts, ear surgery, breast uplift, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck, female labiaplasty and male breast tissue removal. Trunk lift, arm lift, thigh lift and other procedures are less common. If someone is considering cosmetic surgery what should they ask their surgeon, and are consultations free? Patients are often embarrassed to ask me about qualifications and experience, but this should not be the case. If I’m not asked I assume I’ve been researched on the internet! There are many lists on the internet of questions to ask your surgeon. At the beginning of our consultation a patient may unfold a scrap of paper with questions. I politely ask them to put it away; I know I’ll be covering all they need to know about surgery. If I went by their list I may forget to tell them something important! At the end I check their list – just in case.
Free consultations offered by the larger cosmetic surgery ‘factories’ usually involve a nurse counsellor or salesperson. Many patients I see describe their visit as impersonal and pushy. Many people, however, do not seem bothered by this approach, and seem not to be interested in establishing a personal link with their surgeon, or knowing about experience and qualifications. Cosmetic surgery can have emotional and physical consequences, so how do you address these when working with a patient? A great deal of effort goes into assessing whether a cosmetic operation is suitable for a patient, not just technically, but for their whole wellbeing. Recently a lady came to see me referred by two friends of hers whom I’d seen but had refused to operate on. My reputation was obviously validated as the lady went on to have an eyelid operation and all worked out well. I may have concerns about the safety of surgery or I may have concerns about motivations for surgery, sensing emotional or psychological problems. Operations are usually expensive, and seldom reversible, so careful consideration is essential. Will patients always be informed about possible complications, if any? Yes, this is essential for you to make an informed decision about surgery, knowing possible complications, how often they can happen, how we can reduce the risks of them happening and what happens if you do get a problem. Occasionally something doesn’t settle down in a way I’d expect and a minor revision procedure under local anaesthetic, or even a full revision surgery can be carried out. This is included in your fee, and the terms and conditions we would have talked about. Where will the cosmetic surgery be carried out, will it be at a clinic or a hospital?
I operate in registered hospitals, owned by the big private healthcare providers. You may need to stay overnight. There are many operations which I can carry out in a minor operations theatre. This means no hospital admission, which helps to keep the costs down. How soon after making a decision would the operation take place and can I change my mind before the surgery? I generally suggest 4 to 6 weeks from the time I meet a patient to the time of them going ahead with an operation. My Personal Assistant, Teresa Dimmock, looks after that side of things. I write you a letter after the consultation and Teresa will send you a quote. From then it is up to you to contact us if you want to take things further. You can book an operation and cancel again at any time; there is no issue and no requirement for a deposit. If you decide not to go ahead at the last minute, I get to go home earlier! However, this seldom happens.
John Davison has a busy and well-established plastic surgical practice based in central and East Kent. He is on the GMC Specialist register in Plastic Surgery. He is a member of BAPRAS, BAAPS ISAPS and the Safer Cosmetic Surgery group. For more information and enquiries contact 0800 756 9677 or email email@example.com www.kentplasticsurgery.co.uk
A Natural Approach to Embarrassing Illnesses WORDS BY JODIE FOREMAN PHOTOS BY PAUL DAVEY
Here at Foreman and Jones, we treat all of the conditions that you might ordinarily take to your doctor. Over the years we have seen many, many patients with complaints that may potentially cause embarrassment, ranging from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to fungal skin complaints – all using herbs and a natural approach to treatment. Here is a case study of a lady that we treated some years back with much success.
RECURRENT THRUSH, ATHLETE’S FOOT AND FUNGAL NAILS – COULD HERBAL MEDICINE BE THE ANSWER? A 34-year-old female patient consulted me about recurrent thrush which had plagued her since the birth of her last child. She was prone to bouts of itching at least once a month with ‘full blown’ thrush once every couple of weeks. The patient had noticed that the episodes of thrush tended to coincide with periods of stress at work. The patient really was desperate to get her condition treated; she had used anti-fungal creams and pessaries from the doctor and had even taken an internal anti-fungal tablet to no avail. Her symptoms would clear and then reappear weeks later. The condition was affecting her sleep and even her relationship with her partner. During an hour-long consultation, it emerged that the patient had been very ill three years previously with a long-standing chest infection. She was prescribed numerous courses of antibiotics and during this treatment she started to get the symptoms of thrush. In the years that followed she continued to get thrush on a regular
basis; a situation which seemed to be exacerbated by the birth of her child. The patient had also changed jobs after a long maternity leave and her new job was very stressful. She found it extremely difficult juggling a full-time job and two children, both under five years old. Her diet was irregular and although she ate well at her evening meal (consuming lots of vegetables) she ate lots of sugary snacks throughout the day in a bid to keep her energy up. She was also prone to binge drinking on the weekends, which the patient put down to her attempt at relieving her stress levels. I felt that the patient was suffering from an overgrowth of a yeast called Candida albicans. This may have been brought on following longterm antibiotic treatment and the increase in hormones during pregnancy. The patient was also stressed and run down and, as it’s the immune system that keeps Candida ‘in check’, when the immune system is low then Candida is more likely to grow excessively and cause symptoms within the body. I recommended that the patient make some changes to her diet, which included cutting out refined sugar, yeast and alcohol. I also asked her to add things into the diet – healthy snacks like humus and oat cakes, for example, and chopped up vegetables like cucumber, celery and carrot with a dip. She also started eating lots more garlic (a natural anti-fungal) and eating more regularly. During the consultation the patient also came to the decision that she would need to make changes to her job situation, as she hadn’t been
happy for many months and she knew that her work/life balance was completely out. I prescribed her herbs to calm her nervous system, clear the Candida albicans and balance her gut flora, boost her immune system, support the liver and improve bowel function whilst balancing her hormonal system. I saw the patient three weeks later. She reported that she had felt quite headachy to start with and during the first week she had experienced a thrush attack but she persevered and continued to take the herbal medicine and it subsided. By the third week she had started to feel much better. After three months of treatment the patient reported no more thrush attacks. She also had more energy and felt she was coping a lot better at work. She clearly hadn’t realised how much the recurrent attacks of thrush had affected her. She also reported that her athlete’s foot had completely cleared. The patient continued to take herbal medicine for a further three months and then dropped down to just a half dose, wishing to remain on herbal treatment as she was planning a further pregnancy, so we adapted her medicine accordingly.
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JENKINS BY LIZZY CLINE
ON SEEING KATHERINE JENKINS FOR THE FIRST TIME, WITH HER PETITE FRAME, BRIGHT EYES AND BEAUTIFUL BLONDE WISPS, ONE WOULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING SHE WAS A MODEL OR BIG-SCREEN ACTRESS. EVEN IN SITU, GRACING THE STAGE OF A PACKED ARENA, IT SEEMS REMARKABLE THAT SUCH A MAGNIFICENT SOUND COULD BE PRODUCED FROM SUCH AN UNLIKELY SOURCE. YET, THERE SHE STANDS, A VOCAL FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AND A POWER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY KNOWN NOW AS THE FASTEST SELLING MEZZO-SOPRANO IN THE HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC.
Jenkins was born in Neath, Wales, where she and her sister Laura were raised by their parents, Selwyn John and Susan. At the tender age of four, her love for singing emerged when she performed in a local talent show with a song about eating worms. The crowd loved her and she went on to become the head choralist in her church choir. She attended Alderman Davies Church at Wales Primary School in Neath and later Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School where she participated in productions such as Calamity Jane and Guys and Dolls. She attended singing lessons with John Hugh Thomas and passed her Grade 8 examinations with distinction in both singing and piano. Jenkins then became a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and won the St Cecilia Award, the highest RSCM award for female choristers. Singing had become her whole life and with the support of her parents, she excelled and continued to follow her musical dreams throughout her schooling. She has expressed her thankfulness to her parents, not only for their emotional support, but also for the sacrifices that were made to provide lessons and competition trips on very small means. Jenkins’s greatest influence and supporter was her father who taught her that she could accomplish any goal she set for herself; so it was no surprise when she won the BBC Radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year contest twice, and the BET Welsh Choirgirl of the Year competition. When Jenkins turned fifteen, her father was diagnosed with cancer and very quickly his health declined. He passed away at the age of 70 from lung cancer. Jenkins has been very forthcoming about the inspiration she gathers from his life and belief in her talent. She has remarked on missing him in her album liner notes and speaks of feeling his presence with her at concerts and special events, including her performance in Sydney, Australia where her father had been stationed while in the Services. At the age of 17, Jenkins won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated with honours and received a music teacher's diploma. Jenkins has talked about her struggles of being away from her family for the first time, whom she held and still holds close. After graduation she worked as a freelance singing teacher and tour guide on the London Eye. She entered a modelling competition and became the Face of Wales 2000. Jenkins believed in her dream to have an accomplished musical career and began to push forward to make that dream a reality. After Universal Classics and Jazz heard her demo, she was invited to an interview at
which she sang Rossini's Una voce poco fa, the piece she had sang for her parting program at the Academy of Music. She recalls that day in disbelief, “They sat there just bored to death. I thought I had blown it and went back to my flat in tears.” No more than an hour later Universal called and offered Jenkins a six-album deal, the most lucrative in the United Kingdom's classical recording history, reportedly worth £1 million. “I couldn’t believe it,” she remembers. “It was such a remarkable thing, but you know it’s not a sure thing that you will succeed because it all depends on that first album and how well it does.” Succeed she did as her first album soared to the top of the classical charts straight to number one, as have six out of seven of Jenkins's studio albums, selling a total of more than 4 million copies. After her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest selling mezzo-soprano to date, she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year. The critics did not know what to make of Jenkins, calling her an “overzealous opera singer”. Jenkins has not performed an opera as of yet. “When I do an opera, then I will call myself an opera singer. I am now a classical music singer.” When asked if she would like to try her hand at an opera if given the chance, she nods her head enthusiastically, “Of course I would love to if the opportunity presents itself and it’s right for me.” In a career that has also had its uphill battles, Jenkins has dealt with adversity holding onto her grace and dignity throughout. In 2008 she was interviewed by the infamous Piers Morgan for GQ Magazine. When asked a question about any past drug use, Jenkins denied any use of recreational drugs. Later that year she called Mr Morgan and publically shared her story of cocaine and ecstasy use as a young person. “It laid heavily on my mind and I knew I had to come out and be honest. We all have things in our private life we would rather keep private of course. Taking drugs is the biggest regret of my life.” Jenkins has also opened up about issues with food, her eating habits and her struggles with self-image, bringing strength and encouragement to many young people today that suffer from these issues. As with any celebrity, she is sometimes portrayed in the press in an unflattering light, but Jenkins smiles and quietly denies any of the ‘diva’ rumours. “When I think of a diva, I think of a voice. I think of a woman who’s independent and in charge of her own career. I think of a woman who knows what she wants to do artistically and I think of a woman that does that thing, effortlessly. I’m ready to go down that route. I choose to keep my private life private
because I want my music to speak for itself. I’m not ashamed of my personal life, I just prefer to keep it that way, personal.” The public still loves her and is drawn to not only her golden and hypnotic voice, but also her genuine personality. She is the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards. Her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK pop charts and was Album of the Year in the 2005 BRIT Awards. At the start of 2007, Jenkins made her first appearance in the British Young People's Sunday Times Rich List which ranked her as the sixty-second richest young person in Britain with an estimated wealth of £9 million. In 2010, the Sunday Times Rich List placed her at joint 11th in the Top 20 Young Millionaires List alongside Leona Lewis and Charlotte Church with an estimated wealth of £11 million. “I don’t do this for the money, I feel extremely blessed really,” beams Jenkins in her second Morgan interview when asked about her income ranking. After performing with Dame Vera Lynn at the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005, the newspapers dubbed Jenkins "the new Forces' Sweetheart", a nickname given to Lynn during World War II. Lynn had suggested to Jenkins that she should "go out and entertain the troops," which Jenkins promised she would and in December 2005 and 2006, she travelled to Iraq to entertain the soldiers for Christmas. On her first visit to Iraq in 2005, when travelling to Shaibah, the largest British base in Southern Iraq, the helicopter she was travelling in was targeted by missiles. Anti-missile flares were deployed and the group landed safely. Jenkins still returned the next year and continues to show massive support to the forces overseas. Her fifth album, Rejoice, was released on 19 November 2007 and entered the pop album charts at number three, beating the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud. Jenkins commented, "I never imagined when I was a young girl listening to them on the radio that I would outsell the Spice Girls and Celine Dion. It’s almost too much to take in. I can’t thank my fans enough for all their support.” Her next album, Believe, released on 26 October 2009, was the first with Warner Music. This album featured Andrea Bocelli and other musicians such as André Rieu and Chris Botti. Her new album, Believe Platinum Edition, is reaching out to the masses in the US. Having accomplished the impossible in the UK by proving that there is a bridge between classical and modern music, she now holds out her hand to the fans on the other side of the pond.
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COVERSTORY Jenkins refuses to see any limits to her music, “I’m not used to someone telling me that I have limitations. I like to see the possibilities. I knew I could do it.” Jenkins has shared that she has learned to hear her own unique take on the song in her head. She feels ready for the international stage as she continues to move forward undaunted by any challenge put before her. Working with world-class star-maker and producer David Foster and new label, Warner Brothers, Jenkins shows that her attitude in this new venture is one that agrees with her completely. Mixing traditional opera duets instead of just pushing pop songs, she shares, “This isn’t about turning my voice into a pop singer’s voice. I don’t want to do that. I just don’t believe that I cannot interpret pop music with my voice. When you’re hoping to take classical crossover music to the next step, it’s all about how it is going to be translated to the bigger setting.” Although many would share that trading in on a classical voice in the US is a task that might be unimaginable, Jenkins doesn’t subscribe to this thinking in the least and will not be “put in a box”. “I don’t see any reason why I can’t go further with this. I’ve touched something here that feels right. People expect that because classical music is the music I make, it’s the only music I have a great knowledge of or listen to. But I love all different kinds of music. I’d love to do something completely left-field. I love the idea of someone doing what Eminem did with Dido on Thank You, taking a folk song and putting it right in the middle of an iconic hip-hop record. I don’t see any reason why someone like Kanye West couldn’t do that with opera. I’ve realised contemporary opportunities for an opera singer with this record.” As well as her music, Jenkins’s life has also been transformed with her engagement to her partner of three years, actor and presenter Gethin Jones. The duo moved into a house in Richmond, southwest London, last summer. Continuing with her quest for a private personal life, she has stated, “You won’t see me selling photos of my wedding or home to reporters or publications of course.” Proud of her accomplishments, Jenkins holds to her ‘never say die’ adage, “Whatever happens here, happens. I am not the sort of person to plan every last move and decide where I am going next. All I know is that I have made the album that I am proudest of in my life. It is mine. I was there for every step of the orchestration, from conception to completion. I am ready for something new.”
Now on a world tour, Jenkins will be joined by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, on Friday 24th June when she performs at Music on the Hill, a brand new Kent festival, which will be one of the county’s biggest ever events. All profits go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children and The Children's Development Trust. Book your tickets online at www.musiconthehill.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 873 7339.
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BY CHARLOTTE READY
KENT IS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE HOME TO ALL THREE OF THE MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF RICHARD PHILLIPS AWARDWINNING RESTAURANTS: HENGIST IN AYLESFORD, RICHARD PHILLIPS AT CHAPEL DOWN NEAR TENTERDEN AND THACKERAY’S IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS.
Richard’s first restaurant, Thackeray’s, is housed within the oldest building in Tunbridge Wells, built c.1660. Named after its nineteenth century owner, English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, the Grade II listed building has plenty of history, charm and character. Inside, the elegant décor and low ceilings create a warm and intimate ambiance which was beautifully enticing when insideKENT visited on a freezing cold January evening. Comfortably seated and enjoying a great bottle of French red wine, we eagerly perused the modern French menu. Full of seasonal and local produce, we had a difficult choice on our hands. Whilst trying to decide we sampled all three of the freshly baked breads on offer: Walnut and Cranberry, Pancetta and Caramelised Onion and, the wonderfully moreish Gruyere Cheese and Cumin. Finally, we settled on Pan Seared Scallops with Weald Smoked Haddock Bonbon, Marinated Carrot and Orange Puree and Tomato and Cumin Vinaigrette and also Honey Roast Quail with Walnut and Pommery Mustard Relish, Quail Rillette and Roast Quail Broth. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the marinated carrot and orange purée was something a little different but enjoyable, and was balanced nicely with the
outside crispness and saltier flavour of the smoked haddock bonbon. Roast Fillet of 28 Day Hung Herefordshire Beef with Braised Ox Tail Ravioli, Butternut Purée, Fried Veal Sweetbreads, Onion Marmalade and Smoked Beef Jus and Roast Loin of Local Venison with Roast Root Vegetables, Pancetta, Cèpe Mushroom Purée, Pomme Fondant and Game Jus were up next for the main course. Every element on the plate clearly had careful consideration, combining perfectly to create an adventure of texture and flavour. The ravioli with the beef jus was delicious and we really loved the salty pancetta with the rich, earthy venison. Generous portions for fine dining (that delicious bread was free-flowing all evening), this was fantastic tasting comfort food served with plenty of good wine. Mix that with the warm intimate atmosphere and relaxation and conversation flowed easily. We would have loved to have finished the meal off with the Thackeray’s Sharing Plate of Desserts – a wonderful indulgent treat including Honeycomb and Dark Chocolate Fondant, Pineapple Soufflé, Green Apple Crème Brulée and Frozen Nougat Parfait. As we had thoroughly overindulged on the preceding courses we decided to sample
just one dessert each, the fondant and the soufflé. Both were delectable. We were intrigued by the cream cheese ice cream which turned out to be delicately flavoured with lovely texture against the warm zesty pineapple soufflé. In addition to great food, the service was second to none with the friendly and knowledgeable front of house team working hard to ensure a memorable dining experience. Location, interior, food, wine and service have combined to achieve a deserved reputation as one of the best restaurants in Kent.
Thackeray's Restaurant 85 London Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1EA 01892 511921 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thackerays-restaurant.co.uk
Discovering DEESON'S BY EMMA HOGAN
Deeson's Restaurant, situated in the heart of Canterbury, has earned an excellent reputation for oﬀering hearty British dishes in a relaxed and welcoming environment. From Kentish free range chicken to Romney Marsh lamb, the restaurant prides itself on using the very best produce that Kent has to oﬀer.
When I visited Deeson’s for a weekday lunch date, it was the perfect place to take respite against the brisk chill outside, with a menu full of hearty dishes and an interior that is guaranteed to appeal. My lunch guest and I were seated at a plain wooden table with charmingly odd chairs, just across from some of Cath Deeson’s jaunty artwork. Our waiter presented us with menus on photocopied paper, a refreshingly unpretentious touch. Deeson’s celebration of all things Kentish can also be seen in the drinks list, dominated by local companies like the Kent Cider Company, Gadds Micro Brewery and Kingsdown Water. To drink, I went for a glass of the Chapel Down Flint Dry, a white wine that seems to compliment every meal. My companion also kept it local with a Skrimshander I.P.A (4.5%) from award-winning microbrewery Hopdaemon in Newnham, Kent. Drinks were followed by fresh bread to tide us over before our starters arrived. My starter, Deep Fried Whitebait served with Garlic Mayonnaise, was a generous portion of delectably salty fish. My companion went for the Deep Fried Pig’s Head with Baby Leaf Salad and Fig Chutney. The pork was delicious and perfectly complemented by the flavoursome figs. At £6.00 a head, the starters were very reasonably priced,
especially considering how filling they were. For a smaller starter, I would definitely recommend getting a few rock oysters; served with shallot vinegar and a wedge of lemon, the oysters go down a treat, especially at £1.25 apiece. For mains, my partner sampled the 8oz Sussex Steer Rump Steak, the epitome of hearty British food. The plate was brimming with accompaniments including mushrooms, homemade chips, onion rings, and tomato chutney. The homemade chips were thick cut and fluffy inside while the steak was nicely cooked. My main course, the Fruit-fed Pork Chop with Curly Kale, Potatoes and a Fried Egg was beautifully seasoned. With a lunch menu featuring traditional Shepherd’s Pie and Brogdale’s Sausages and Mash, Deeson’s clearly champions British classics. Using local produce, the restaurant is able to present robust dishes that taste that much better than the usual fare; Gadd's No. 3 Beer Battered Local Haddock and Chips, for instance, is a local take on a much-loved dish, and is still good value for money at £10.00. While I personally don’t have much of a sweet tooth, my companion was spoilt for choice with the dessert menu. After much deliberation, he
opted for the Bakewell Tart served with Clotted Cream, which was moist, light and beautifully presented. I went for the cheese board, which had a great selection including Hereford Hop, a mellow buttery cheese with a crunchy bite. Thankfully, after such a large amount of food, dessert wasn’t rushed, as can so often be the case. Service at Deeson’s is well paced, with just the right amount of time between courses. All in all, Deeson’s is a great dining experience; the restaurant boasts a laid-back, family-friendly environment, where good quality food is complimented by affordable prices and excellent service. Moreover, with a private dining room located above the restaurant, Deeson’s is just right for private parties and functions.
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The Bottle Shop THERE’S BEEN A CRAFT BEER EXPLOSION IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND NOW KENT CAN ENJOY THE VERY BEST OF IT AT THE BOTTLE SHOP IN CANTERBURY. WITH OVER 250 BEERS AVAILABLE TO TAKE HOME OR DRINK ON THE PREMISES, IT’S LIKE HAVING A BOTTLED BEER FESTIVAL EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.
The Bottle Shop is owned and run by Andrew Morgan, a TV Executive who left the media world to realise his dream of bringing the world of ‘good beer’ to the home of hops in East Kent. It opened in November 2010 at The Goods Shed, Kent’s premier artisan farmer’s market, and is offering something genuinely fresh and unique to Kent’s beer drinking community. The concept of ‘thinking beyond the pint glass’ is a guiding principle of The Bottle Shop and customers are given the opportunity to try beers that would never be served in pints in pubs. However it’s not all about rare and unusual beers as classic British ales from Harvey’s, Fuller’s and St Peter’s are always available for those looking for something more traditional. A series of fortnightly tasting events are proving to be very popular and allow The Bottle Shop to showcase a particular brewery or style of beer. “We recently opened over a decade’s worth of Vintage Ales from Fuller’s as well as a range of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts from Mikkeller, one of Denmark’s most spectacular breweries,” says Andrew. “We’re being visited by BrewDog and The Kernel brewery in the coming months and are always planning exciting events to encourage people to try new and interesting beers. “We’ve seen a great number of students in search of good beer as well as young professionals looking for something more satisfying than supermarket lagers and poorly conditioned pub beers. The craft beer market has bucked the recession, with a year-on-year increase in sales against a 10% decline in overall beer consumption. People are voting with their wallets and demanding greater selection and quality than ever before.” Bottled beer bars are popular in Belgium but this is the first time that British bottled beer has been championed in the same way. With British, Belgian, American and German beers available, alongside a rotating stock of new and seasonal offerings, there’s a bottle to suit every taste – even those who claim they don’t like beer at all! As Andrew says, “For many, their idea of
‘beer’ is what they’ve experienced in pubs. The bottles we offer, from fresh fruit wheat beers to ginger beers, coffee stouts and pumpkin ales, offer flavours and experiences that many would never expect from a pint glass. We’ve converted many a beer-doubter into a believer since we opened.” With the winter behind us, the prospect of al-fresco drinking at The Bottle Shop is soon to become a reality. “We’ll have tables and chairs outside The Goods Shed for our customers this summer and with Canterbury West station only a minute’s walk away, it’s great to know that people far and wide will be able to enjoy the range of beers we have on offer.” To help customers choose the right beer there are menus on every table giving concise descriptions of each and every bottle available along with well-trained beermongers who are happy to offer beery assistance. Ninepint mini-kegs are available from a variety of breweries and a selection of traditional bar snacks including scotch eggs and crisps are available all day. There’s 10% off for students on Tuesdays, Canterbury card holders on Wednesdays and CAMRA members on Thursdays as well as regular special offers and free taster beers. Opening hours are noon to 10:30pm Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sundays. Visit www.bottle-shop.co.uk for more details about upcoming tasting events and a full list of the ‘good beers’ that are available.
The Bottle Shop The Goods Shed Station Road West Canterbury CT2 8AN www.bottle-shop.co.uk
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The days when farmers’ markets consisted of a handful of local farmers and growers rolling up to a muddy field to sell fresh fruit and veg from the back of a trailer are long gone. Kent Farmers’ Markets are now a sophisticated network of events, selling high quality, locally produced food and drink, which offer a viable and very pleasant alternative to food shopping at a supermarket near you. So insideKent pulled on its country casuals, and met up with Benjamin Dent, chairman of the Kent Farmers’ Market Association (KFMA) to find out more. Kent Farmers’ Markets first began springing up in the late 1990s and were set up to provide Kent’s artisan food and drink producers, farmers and local growers with a local, cohesive outlet to sell their produce. The idea was to give smaller businesses the opportunity to sell direct to the public, providing fairer prices, fresher and more locally grown/reared food, and provide an increasingly rare opportunity for communities to come together.
“One of the biggest challenges of representing Kent Farmers’ Markets, is you are not talking about one retail concept or a single shop. Although we all share the same principles, we have 40 different locations, some markets are indoors and others are held outdoors. Some markets take place every week, whilst others are fortnightly or monthly. So communicating with our customers is a challenge!”
So could it be that people might even be able to enjoy food shopping at a farmers’ market? “Absolutely,” says Ben, who is not only the chairman of KFMA, but is also the manager of the highly successful Penshurst Farmers’ Market, which last year The Times named in its ‘Top Ten UK Farmers’ Markets’.
The KFMA has largely resolved this hurdle by developing a one-stop-shop website on www.kentfarmersmarkets.org.uk which shoppers, stallholders and managers can visit to find the answer to just about any question on farmers’ markets. Now at the click of a button, shoppers can find out where and when the next market is on, what’s in season, who’s selling what at which market, and the answers to dozens of other questions.
“When you consider the alternatives of hurtling down soulless supermarket aisles and filling your trolley with lots of mass-produced food that’s been flown in from around the world and packed with additives and preservatives, I know where I’d rather shop every time.” Clearly Ben is not alone in his views as thousands of customers are switching to shopping at their local farmers’ market. Indeed, there are currently 40 farmers market in Kent, with over 450 growers, producers, breweries and vineyards now regularly taking part across the county. In 2008 the KFMA was set up to provide an umbrella organisation to assist the volunteer market managers, the growing band of stallholders and to communicate with a rapidly rising legion of loyal customers in search of ‘honest food and drink’ and a more pleasurable shopping environment.
The popularity of farmers’ markets in Kent was highlighted last year following a period of research and consultation amongst Kent’s consumers, commissioned by KFMA. The research revealed that 62 per cent of farmers’ markets shoppers were committed to attending their local market every time it ran. “It was great to see the high level of shopper loyalty created by Kent Farmers’ Markets, and their increasing contribution to the rural economy – evaluated at around £3m a year,” said Ben. “The most important reasons for consumers buying at farmers’ markets included, “locally grown”, “locally sourced”, “fresh” and “seasonal produce”, whilst the myth that markets only sell fresh fruit and vegetables also seems to have been dispelled… at last… as consumers cited “diverse product choice” and the choice of “locally reared fresh meat” as key reasons for shopping at markets.”
Ben’s 10 big reasons to try a farmers’ market in 2011
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1. Enjoy the food shop Farmers’ markets give you a great opportunity to have some fun on your food shop. You can see, smell, touch and, best of all, ‘try before you buy’!
The average Kent Farmers’ Market has between 15-25 regular stallholders and represents around 15 to 20 key sectors of food and drink products including:
2. Spend wisely With tough times predicted for 2011, we all want to save a few pounds off our food bill. Whilst lots of consumers are under the misapprehension that farmers’ markets are more expensive, a like-for-like comparison on everyday basics shows the contrary. That’s because farmers’ markets cut out the middle man, you buy direct from the grower/producer, and therefore get the best value for money. 3. Enjoy tastier, quality produce Each farmers’ market in Kent brings together the regions’ growers and artisan producers selling the freshest high quality produce and using high grade and locally sourced ingredients. 4. Eat with the seasons Farmers' markets allow you to ‘eat with the seasons’ so it’s much tastier, more nutritious and fresher, local produce that you’ll be consuming.
5. Eat ethically Most farmers’ markets feature a good range of ethically reared freerange meat, free-range eggs and organic meat and cheese. There is also a wide selection of vegetarian deli products. 6. Eat greener Shopping at your local farmers’ market ensures you support local farmers who care about the environment we share. By buying produce that has been locally grown and made, you’ll be reducing the amount of produce that gets flown around the world. 7. Invest in your local community Every £10 spent with a farmers’ market is worth £25 to the local economy, compared with just £14 for every £10 spent in a supermarket. Most markets run a regular cake and refreshment stall too, which raises thousands for pounds each year for local charities. 8. Live a little…laugh a little Farmers’ markets are great social occasions. Many stage themed markets for all the family, from Easter and Christmas, to Apple Day and Halloween, so the children can have fun whilst you shop and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of
homemade cake at the refreshment stall. 9. Know what’s in your food One of the greatest appeals of farmers’ market is the unique opportunity you have to find out where your food has come from and what ingredients it contains. Whether it’s artisan bread or cheese making you’re interested in, or you want to know what makes rare breed meat tastier, there’s plenty to learn by chatting to each of the suppliers you buy from. 10. Make a day of it As well as the family fun at some of the special seasonal farmers’ markets, lots of the markets are located in beautiful rural locations perfect for a ramble in the countryside. Other markets are located in the grounds of historic houses such as Penshurst Place and Sissinghurst Gardens, or are close to historic town centres such as The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, so you can combine a visit to the market with a great day out.
• Fruit and vegetables • Free-range meat • Game • Bread • Cakes and puddings • Cheese • Eggs • Fresh fish • Jams and honey • Chutneys and preserves • Deli • Fruit juices • Dairy and ice-cream • Wine, beer and cider • Flowers and plants • Salads, herbs and spices • Soups and sauces • Olives, nuts and seeds • Chocolate and confectionery • Cards, crafts and gifts To find your nearest market visit www.kentfarmersmarkets.org.uk
with Creamed Leeks and Wild Mushrooms Serves 4 • 4 x corn-fed Goosnargh chicken breasts (or use local free-range or organic) • 4 x large leeks, cleaned, cut into quarters and shredded very finely • 100g mixed wild mushrooms, cleaned • 1 packet baby spinach, cleaned • Chicken white wine sauce (see below) • 100ml reduced cream • 1 tsp garlic purée
1. Prepare the white wine sauce (see below). 2. Pan-fry the chicken breasts in a little vegetable oil and butter to help colour the skin and then place in a hot oven for around 10 to 15 minutes until cooked.
the spinach. Slice each chicken breast into thick slices and place on top of the creamed leeks. Warm the sauce and use a hand blender to froth to achieve a cappuccino effect. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and around the plate and serve at once.
then add the white wine and reduce down to nothing. 2. Now add the chicken stock and reduce by half, then add the cream and whisk in the butter. 3. Season and keep warm for later.
3. Blanch the leeks in boiling salted water until soft. Take the leeks and add the reduced cream and a 1 tsp of garlic purée and season to taste. 4. Sauté the spinach in a little olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. 5. Pan-fry the mushrooms in a little butter and season lightly with salt and pepper. 6. To serve, place a pile of spinach in the middle of each plate. Scatter the wild mushrooms around the outside. Place the creamed leeks on top of
Chicken white wine sauce 20g unsalted butter 25g shallot, sliced 2 clove garlic, peeled 5 sprigs of thyme 100ml dry white wine 500ml chicken stock 50g cream 175g unsalted butter (to finish) 1. Sweat the shallots and garlic in the 20g of butter until soft (without colour). Add the thyme and bay leaf and sweat for a further 2 minutes,
MICHAEL CAINES is one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. AA Chef's Chef of the Year in 2007, and awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry, Michael is an Operational Partner and Director of ABode Hotels and Michael Caines, in overall charge of all food and beverage operations throughout the fast-growing group. He is also Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park, the acclaimed and prestigious country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor at Chagford, Devon, where he has earned his reputation - as well as two Michelin stars - serving distinctive modern European cuisine utilising the finest local and regional produce and ingredients. Since February 2009, he is also Executive Chef at The Bath Priory, Bath, Gidleigh Park's sister establishment. In 2000, he founded Michael Caines Restaurants and took over food and beverage operations at The Royal Clarence, Exeter, Britain's first hotel. A chance encounter with Andrew Brownsword led to the creation of ABode Hotels. Amongst numerous other recent accolades, Michael has cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, and he took part in ‘The Great British Menu' chef's competition broadcast on BBC2 television for the honour of cooking for the Queen's 80th birthday.
an evening with Michael Caines On Tuesday 30th August, the combined talents of Michael Caines and ABode Canterbury’s Executive Chef Jean Marc Zanetti present a celebration of local seasonal produce. In his own unique fashion, Michael will introduce each course, with the assistance of Steve Edwards offering tasting notes on the carefully selected wines that accompany each course. Diners will be treated to a Champagne and canapés reception with Michael at 7.00pm, before moving through to the restaurant at 7.30pm for a truly spectacular dining experience.
The cost for the evening is £90.00 per person. Dining Club members receive 10% off the cost of their table booking. If you would like to book this event please telephone 01227 826676. Why not settle in for the evening by booking a room at ABode Canterbury? Please book online at www.abodehotels.co.uk/canterbury
After spending the day in the kitchen alongside Jean Marc, Michael will host this special evening in his own relaxed and inimitable style, with stories and anecdotes, as well as explaining the foods, and above all outlining his philosophy about the importance of cooking locally, regionally and seasonally. Steve Edwards, ABode's Head of Service, will offer tasting notes and information about the wines and wineries. With Michael and Steve in attendance, this promises to be a unique, popular and very special evening.
luke yates: SHAPING A NEW APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY
TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE KINETIC ENERGY OF THE MUSIC WORLD AND THE VIBRANT LIFESTYLES OF THE ROCK, FASHION AND ART SCENES, LUKE YATES FUSES HIS INFLUENCES INTO THE RAW AND EXCITING STYLE OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHY. Constantly moving forward, drawing on classic and new ideas from his artistic and photographic heroes, Luke creates an action-packed atmosphere when shooting his models and subjects. He has photographed music legends and the brightest new stars and loves to shoot fashion and artistic work, capturing his subjects in innovative and spectacular ways. Shaping a radical new approach to personal photography is Luke’s aim. The publishing and photography worlds have changed, and the old rules have been broken by Luke’s revolutionary ideas. Taking photographs is his great love, but Luke knows that the images themselves are the most important thing in this digital age. Luke’s radical approach gives the ownership of the images back to the client, and puts Luke ahead of the competition in providing quality photography. He may have control of the photography but the client has control of the images, and he has turned modern photography on its head. What made you want to get into professional photography? The main reason is that I loved the idea of being paid to do what I love! Up until recent years, I spent most of my adult career life doing things I can do adequately, rather than doing the thing I wanted to do. With photography it started as
a hobby, mainly to document my kids growing up, but I just had to keep running with it and pushing it to the next level. I had a lot of luck too I must admit, meeting and working with the right people at the right time, so to a certain degree it just ‘happened’. What's the hardest part about owning a photography studio? Resisting the urge to muck about with my photography equipment, and to sit down and do some other, more urgent work. I find it quite weird sitting on the high street too, you are always on display. What does an average day entail for you? One of the best things about this job is that there is very rarely an average day! Some days I will be out on a location shoot at a restaurant/hotel etc, or I might be doing a portrait shoot in the studio, or doing commercial work for the local traders here in Hythe, or down on the beach shooting windsurfers, or off on a fashion shoot somewhere a bit warmer. My working life is very eclectic these days, and I absolutely love it. What's the strangest thing/subject you've been asked to photograph? A tongue seemingly being stapled to a table. It was for a campaign about TV before the watershed and what images kids are bombarded
with - a very good cause. And yes, it was my own tongue, not a stunt-double! What advice do you have for those looking to take up photography? Somebody very wise once told me to stop trying/wanting to be a photographer, and just be one. Take photos. Take lots of photos. Don't worry what other people are doing, or what your critics say, just get on with taking photos, immerse yourself in it. And don't worry too much about the equipment and gadgets - it's expensive and it won't make you a better photographer. Concentrate on what's on the other side of the camera, that's what it's all about.
Way Ahead Photography 149 High Street Hythe CT21 5JL 07956 584178 email@example.com www.wayaheadphotography.com
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A traditional chocolate haven filled with unique and luxurious treats. Chocolate Deli serves the best hot drinks, their speciality being indulgent Hot Chocolate of course!
The Way Ahead Photography studio in Hythe is run by photographer Luke Yates. Luke has worked in all areas of photography, including fashion and music, for several years. Bringing the resulting style to his high street studio work, Luke is able to create individual, eye-catching portraiture, at high street prices.
There’s a well-stocked cabinet of handmade English, French and Belgian chocolates from simple cocoa dusted truffles and smooth pralines to classic fondant creams and rich fruit ganaches.
149 High Street, Hythe CT21 5JL T: 07956 584178 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wayaheadphotography.com Studio Open Mon - Sat 9.30am-2.30pm
You’ll find shelves of fudge, ginger, nougat and marzipan, as well as chilli truffles, fair-trade and allergen chocolate. Chocolate Deli also offers chocolate favours for weddings and corporate events. ‘Go on, indulge yourselves…’ 153a High Street, Hythe CT21 5JL T: 01303 267236 email@example.com www.chocolatedeli.com Open Tue - Sat 9.30am – 5pm
Recently reopened and personally managed by husband and wife team Nicki and Darragh Cartmill, Hythe Brasserie offers classical cuisine with an imaginative twist. Simple, warm decor creates an intimate ambiance and is complemented by first-class service to create a great dining experience.
Quirky boutique Sassy was opened by mother and daughter team in March 2010. Positioned in the Waitrose end of the Hythe high street, it offers a relaxing and friendly environment, selling the latest trends in fashion, gifts and costume jewellery. Sassy is a fabulous find for the ultimate shopper.
Fresh, fun and a little different, Hythe Brasserie raises the bar for modern and contemporary cuisine. Douglas Avenue, Hythe CT21 5JT T: 01303 267 912 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hythebrasserie.com Open Tues - Sat 10am – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10pm
141 High Street, Hythe CT21 5JL T: 01303 230166 email@example.com Open Mon – Sat 9.30am – 5pm
my kent OUT
FIND SOMETHING NEW TO DO AND SHARE YOUR DISCOVERIES
Do you ever have those days when you want to do something, but you’re not entirely sure what and you don’t really want to spend ages trawling different websites and publications for ideas? Well have a look at mykent.co.uk, a new user-generated content website that is full of great ideas for places to go, things to do, restaurants, entertainment and accommodation ideas. The beauty of it all is that the information is ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’; residents like yourself who have had a great day out or experience and want to share it with others. And it’s not just the well known places to visit that get a mention, there are many great lesser known ‘discoveries’ to enjoy. To give you some idea, below are a few snippets from the site: Howletts Wild Animal Park
Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway © Stephanie Rixon
© Lianne Groves
“Owned by the Aspinall family - like Port Lympne - Howletts is a huge zoo featuring the most wonderful selection of animals, tigers, elephants, gorillas and much, much more. Set out over smaller grounds than its sister zoo, the walk is somewhat easier and gentle. Plenty of food stalls that are reasonably priced. This is a great day out for all the family or couples alike.” Lianne Groves
Rough Old Wife Cidery “Real Kent cider making at its artisan best. Beautiful location in Old Wives Lees, just above historic Chilham village and lovely highly informative owners. See the barrels, sample the ciders, hear about the making process and wander in the orchard - what more could you want from an award winning real cider maker?!” Simon Reed
© Martin Burke
Old Lighthouse, Dungeness “A fantastic way to see the stunning views of Dungeness and the Romney Marsh. Climbing the 169 steps to the top you can then go through a small door and face the elements that await. Make sure you check with the staff that the outside is open as it is a long climb to the top!” Martin Burke
“A steam railway that runs from Sittingbourne to Kemsley and is looking to be re-opened after having been shut for a year. A great place for families and kids love the steam trains.” Stephanie Rixon
This Art of Mine, Thurnham “A fresh, contemporary art studio run by an extremely friendly local team. Lots of different activities on offer for all ages. I had a great day out with the family and will definitely return very soon! May even book my daughter's birthday party there!” Tor Harmer
The Chequers Inn, Laddingford “The award-winning Chequers is a 15th Century Inn, situated in the heart of the English hopping countryside. Heavily beamed and with roaring log fires in winter, the Chequers offers a relaxed atmosphere in a centuries old environment, representing a true family village pub. The Chequers is listed in the CAMRA Good Pub Guide 2010 and was one of the first pubs in the South to be awarded the Cask Marque Award for serving quality real ale.” Jane Shotliff
Ashford Designer Outlet “Ashford Designer Outlet offers designer labels at discount prices, located near junction 10 off the M20.” William Upfield
Rochester Castle “Ask a child (or an adult) to draw a picture of a castle and it would look like Rochester - just what a castle should look like! The Norman keep at 113ft offers fantastic views of the river Medway and the surrounding area. It's over 200 steps to the top but well worth it, and if you take an audio guide, or read the panels on the way there are plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities.” Tracy Stringfellow © William Upfield
© Tracy Stringfellow
To find out more, or to share your own discovery, go to www.mykent.co.uk
JOIN IN THE ‘MY KENT BIG WEEKEND’ CELEBRATIONS
WHY NOT JOIN THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS KENT AND MEDWAY SETTING OUT TO EXPLORE MORE THAN 100 TOP ATTRACTIONS IN A WEEKEND-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE COUNTY’S TOURISM, LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY. The ‘My Kent Big Weekend’, taking place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, has grown out of the ‘Kent Big Day Out’ which was set up by tourism champions Visit Kent five years ago. The wide range of visitor attractions and destinations taking part in the Weekend range from historic castles, golf centres and gardens to steam trains, river tours, wildlife reserves, country parks, theatres, guided walks and museums. Interactive maps and detailed information about all the special places to go and entertainment to be enjoyed over the two days are available on the event website at www.mykentbigweekend.co.uk. There are prizes to be won for the best photographs capturing the spirit of the event uploaded to the website. Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive at Visit Kent, said, “Kent welcomes more than 45 million visitors each year and they regularly ask local people for information about where they can go and the best experiences to enjoy in our county.
“We launched the ‘Kent Big Day Out’ five years ago for local people to explore the attractions on their doorstep and discover new days out in Kent and Medway. “The event was a big hit from day one and has grown year on year. Making it a full weekend means that more will be able to take part and so we will all be better placed to recommend great destinations to family, friends and visitors to our county.” The concept of a special event to showcase attractions and destinations to local people has now spread across the Channel and Visit Kent works closely with tourism experts in the NordPas de Calais who are staging a similar event. “Tourism and visitors are vital to the Kent economy contributing more than £2.5 billion every year supporting 3,000 businesses and at least 50,000 jobs. It is the same story in the Nord-Pas de Calais,” said Sandra. “Next year we are expecting a major influx of visitors to Kent taking advantage of our great accommodation, hospitality and superb transport
links to London to combine visits to the Games with a delightful holiday in our county. This will be a major opportunity to showcase our county to people from across the world and the global media. “The Visit Kent partnership, which brings local authorities and private industry investors together to promote our county at home and overseas, is determined to maximise the benefits of the London Games and position Kent as a top UK destination for many years to come. “The economic benefits of tourism to Kent and Medway are key. But we must also remember that it is the wide range of destinations, our diverse natural landscapes, our fabulous coast and our wealth of fine restaurants serving locally produced foods that make our county such a great place to live, work and enjoy our leisure.”
To find out more about the ‘My Kent Big Weekend’ log on to www.mykentbigweekend.co.uk or call in at your local visitor information centre.
kent county fair
AT THE HOP FARM 30TH APRIL TO 2ND MAY
FOR 2011, THE THREE-DAY KENT COUNTY FAIR AT THE HOP FARM WILL EMBODY A NEW COUNTRY VIBE; CELEBRATING UNIQUELY KENTISH ACTIVITIES BUT WITH A FEW ADDED TWISTS AS THE HOP FARM INTRODUCES NEW ENTERTAINMENT FOR VISITORS OF ALL AGES. New themes developed for this year include the Village Fete where everyone can have a go at tug of war and stocks or try their hand at the coconut shy and other traditional games. In support of preserving the beautiful Kent countryside the Fair will also feature a Green Zone, where visitors can discover how to reduce their carbon footprint and browse some of the sustainable products and services on offer. New live music performances will create a buzzing atmosphere throughout the day, when visitors can also enjoy Morris dancing and other acts. As day turns to night, the entertainment will continue for families taking advantage of the camping experience, with more live music and a disco.
dog demonstrations along with ferret racing. Children will love the duck and rabbit shows and the chance to ‘hug a husky’. The main arena will also play host to the ‘Sport of Kings’ as Xtreme Falconry show off their stunning collection of birds in their thrilling crowd demonstrations. At various times throughout the day The Hop Farm’s very own shire horses will star in arena demonstrations, providing a unique opportunity to see these beautiful horses in action. There will also be the chance for visitors to show off their own four legged friends during the companion dog show and agility knockout. In the Shopping and Food Mall an array of stalls will be offering a delicious range of mouth-watering treats. Tickets to this year’s fair will also include entrance into The Hop Farm Family Park attraction, where families can enjoy great activities from the driving school to the jumping pillows and magic factory.
Along with the new activities, traditional elements will feature strongly at the Fair, from vintage tractors, hop picking, Kentish crafts and produce, to poultry, wildlife and gardening stalls. The all-day arena is sure to provide entertainment as visitors watch musical dressage and sheep
New attractions at The Hop Farm Family Park for 2011 are swashbuckling adventures in Pirate Cove and interactive football pitch, shooting alley and climbing wall in the Alps Active area. Tickets Adults and Children: £10.80 (online/advance) or £12.80 (gate price) Family: (2+2) £40 (family tickets only available via advance booking)
Visitors can take advantage of the online booking discount and enjoy fast track entry. For ticket enquiries please contact 01622 872068 Camping Alternatively, visitors looking for a truly Kentish experience can purchase the three-day camping ticket, which includes entry to the Hop Farm and Fair over the weekend. Adult/Senior: £37.50 (online/advance) or £42.50 (gate price) Child (3 - 15): £17.50 (online/advance) or £20.00 (gate price) Family (2 + 2): £99.00 (advance booking online only) Electric Hook up: £12.30
Camping Packages include 3 nights camping (Friday 29th April, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May) and 3 show days (Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and Monday 2nd May). Campers can arrive from midday on Friday 29th April and must report to the touring office on arrival. For camping enquiries please contact: 01622 870838
For more information about the Kent County Fair or The Hop Farm please visit www.kentcountyfair.net or www.thehopfarm.co.uk
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kent life ON THE FARM
LOOKING FOR SOME FAMILY FUN THIS EASTER? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN KENT LIFE.
Tucked away on the outskirts of Maidstone, just off junction six of the M20, Kent Life has offered fun for all the family for over 20 years. With an array of farm animals, including lambs, pigs and ducks, a nature trail and an aviary, the attraction is ideal for nature lovers. What’s more, 2011’s Kent Life is now even better value for money with a cosy coffee bar and a brand new tea room, to be opened at Easter. Throw in a picnic area and expansive gardens and there’s plenty of space for children and grown-ups alike to relax between activities. With 28 acres, Kent’s premier heritage farm attraction offers an incredible amount of activities, suiting every mood. There’s pot painting for those feeling creative, junior electric quad bike rides for the more energetic and traditional farm activities, such as bottle-feeding lambs and animal grooming lessons. Moreover, Kent Life frequently hosts special events throughout the year, with highlights including Halloween trick or treating around the village and the ever popular Bonfire and Firework Spectacular.
There is even a wealth of opportunities for group and/or private hire from business meetings and functions to weddings and children's birthday parties, with a myriad of additional tours, workshops and demonstrations, tailored to suit, including stained glass, pottery, blacksmithing, bee keeping, gardening, and Victorian and Wartime themed activities. In recent years, outside investment has breathed new life into the much-loved site and marked a new beginning for the attraction, with the old favourites like tractor rides and boat trips combined with the introduction of fun new elements. Kent Life now has a bespoke outdoor Adventure Play Area and an indoor Play Barn for all-weather appeal. Children will also undoubtedly love the hands-on Cuddle Corner where visitors can enjoy donkey rides, piglet racing and much more. Kent Life was initially set up as a working heritage farm on which to tell the story of everything once Kentish. The historical essence of the site remains, with the attraction being one of the few enduring places in Britain where hops are grown, harvested, dried and packed in the magnificent Oast house by hand, using only time honoured, traditional techniques, a process that is celebrated every September at the popular Beer and Hop Festival.
The attraction has worked hard to preserve the region’s heritage and now boasts numerous historical buildings, including Vale Farm Barn, Cuxton Chapel and Ulcombe Village Hall, all reconstructed by Kent Life. These historic buildings depict a wealth of history and changes that are sure to resonate with visitors of all ages. Heritage is of huge importance to the attraction and for 2011 even more heritage related themes will be added to this famous site. Kent Life is definitely bigger and better than ever this year, with everything you need for a ‘farmtastic’ family day out!
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Discover A VERY KENTISH SAFARI IN LYMPNE
EXPERIENCE SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND TAKE A SNEAKY PEAK AT THE EXTREMELY UNFAMILIAR WILDLIFE THAT INHABITS THE LOCAL AREA.
Swiftly leaving Lympne village your route ambles down a former cliff, passing Lympne Place and onto the remains of Stutfall Castle â€“ Portus Lemanis, the former Roman Fort. Originally built to protect the fleet, it was the site of the fourth Saxon Shore fort taking advantage of a natural haven and key routes to Canterbury and London. In Roman times this is where the sea met the River Rother.
After the Norman Invasion the Roman fort was left to decay. Lympne Castle was later built at the top of the cliff overlooking the marshes. Stone from the Roman fort was used in the construction of the castellated mansion. It is also thought that there once was a Roman watchtower on or very close to where the castle stands today. The dramatic views across the marshes and waterways make it clear why this was considered such an important strategic position. From Stutfall Castle, follow the peaceful banks of the Royal Military Canal. A fortification built to protect against any invasions during the Napolionic Wars – skirting the foot of the former cliff line through tranquil woodland. You may notice on-route a concrete pillbox stands as a reminder of more recent military threats to the Kent coastline. Passing alongside Port Lympne Wild Animal Park you could be forgiven for thinking you are on another continent altogether with the fascinating cries of alien wildlife all around you. The park, owned and managed by the John Aspinall
Location: Lympne, CT21 4LF Distance: 2.7 miles (4.3km), allow 1 hour 45 minutes OS Explorer Map: 138 Terrain: Tracks and paths, very steep in places. Step count: 5,400 Parking: There is limited parking in Lympne village Refreshments and facilities: County Members public house, Lympne
Foundation, is host to more than 50 species of animal from around the world. It also contains the world’s largest family gorilla house and the world’s largest captive breeding herd of black rhino outside Africa. If you keep an eye out you may spot a resident giraffe or zebra enjoying the sunshine in the Kent countryside. On the return leg of your walk, continue uphill to reach the summit of the cliffs to rejoin the road. Take a moment to enjoy the splendid views that open up behind you over the reclaimed lands and beyond to the open sea.
Local attractions If you want to make a day of it, why not plan your day in advance? Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is home to over 500 rare and endangered animals including Przewalski horses, Siberian tigers and the largest breeding herd of black rhino outside of Africa. Port Lympne is the home of the African Experience: a 100-acre guided safari adventure where animals such as wildebeest, giraffe, black rhino, ostrich and zebra roam free together as if on the plains of Africa.
Within 5 miles: • Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Kent's world-famous mainline in miniature, the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway first opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway', and now covers a distance of 13.5 miles. For more information visit www.rhdr.org.uk • Brockhill Country Park A popular family-orientated park, Brockhill Country Park has lots to offer, from its rich variety of wildlife, to its wonderful walks. For more information visit www.kent.gov.uk/kentcountryparks
To find more walks in Kent visit www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent
The Maiden’s Tower
AN IDYLLIC NEW WEDDING VENUE AT LEEDS CASTLE
The Maiden’s Tower is an elegant new venue at historic Leeds Castle in Kent. Set on the castle island, surrounded by a moat and 500 acres of tranquil parkland, the Maiden’s Tower provides luxury, peace and seclusion for an idyllic wedding or special event.
The 16th century stone building, originally a Tudor bake house, has been fully restored and refurbished to create a lavishly romantic wedding venue. Every effort has been made to sensitively preserve and restore the fine Tudor features of the building. The imposing entrance hall with its stone flagged floor gives way to Gallery and the Tudor Hall: two generous reception rooms with huge fireplaces and polished oak floorboards that can accommodate up to 100 guests for a ceremony, 60 for a wedding breakfast and 100 for reception drinks. The French doors in the Gallery open onto a charming private walled garden, where guests can enjoy a drink on the terrace or a stroll on the lawn. Upstairs there are five stunning bedrooms for the couple and their guests to prepare before the ceremony and retire at the end of the celebrations. All beautifully decorated in period style with a contemporary twist, they each have ultra-modern en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views over the moat to the golf course and across the estate.
The Maiden’s Tower is entirely self-contained and separate from the areas used by castle visitors so the wedding party can enjoy exclusive use throughout the day. The castle chef will work with the couple to create a delicious seasonal menu for the occasion, ranging from canapés and a finger buffet to a five-course banquet, and the castle’s wine cellars store an impressive selection of fine wines to compliment the cuisine. From the initial enquiry to the final carriage, a highly professional team will be on-hand to tailor the arrangements and ensure that everything is perfect.
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RIGHT TIME Tucked neatly away in the heart of The Cotswolds, the picture-postcard town of Chipping Campden offers everything you might expect to find in one of the UK’s most beautiful – and sought after – locations. Situated at the centre of this charming old wool merchants’ town,Maiden’s Row provides a taste of country life equally suited to both friends and family looking for a relaxing getaway.
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With easy access to the main M40, M42 and M5 motorways and featuring some of the best views the English countryside has to offer, The Costwolds has long been a favourite destination for both domestic and international travellers alike. For those who enjoy the opportunity to do a little shopping, nearby Oxford, Cheltenham Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon should satisfy even the most demanding high street warrior. Despite its relatively compact size, Chipping Campden offers a wealth of accommodation options including numerous hotels, bed & breakfasts and self catering properties. Maiden’s Row is situated close to the heart of the town, with easy access to all local amenities including the post office, pharmacy and shops. The 5-star, Grade II listed building is immaculately presented over three floors, all finished to an extremely high standard. As one might expect, the building has changed somewhat over the last few hundred years, yet retains much of its original charm. Large sash windows and high ceilings create an airy living space with a hint of grandeur, with many original features such as open fireplaces remaining. Maiden’s Row offers three unique and generously sized bedrooms each with a king-sized bed dressed with high quality bed linen and pillows. The fully-equipped kitchen features a family-sized oven/hob, butcher’s block and seating area. The spacious kitchen opens out into a breakfast room
boasting a William IV antique dining table – an area which, judging by the guest book, has witnessed many an enjoyable family meal over the years. For a more formal dining experience, the ground floor also features a beautifully decorated dining room replete with chandelier, silk wallpaper and walnut dining table comfortably seating 8. The rear of the property was originally a Jacobean cottage which was extended in the 18th Century to create a residence for the family of a wealthy local merchant. An ancient stone building – originally used as a donkey shed - forms the rear boundary of a picturesque, landscaped courtyard on 3 levels. Those who venture into this rather unassuming structure will be rewarded with the sight of a modestly furnished modern gym room (use optional!). During the summer months, guests can also enjoy the use of a large marble table situated on the mid-level of the courtyard, alongside a rather convenient Weber gas BBQ sizeable enough to cater to the most famished of guests. Back inside, the first floor offers a spacious and beautifully finished living room dominated by an ornate fireplace. Modern facilities such as a flat screen TV, DVD player and iPod-enabled stereo allow guests to while away the evening in comfort. Special mention really must go to the bathrooms, which are finished exquisitely. Whether you’ve spent the day sampling the local shops, countryside or any of Chipping Campden’s
numerous drinking establishments, the first floor bathroom offers a wonderfully decadent bathing experience, lazing in a huge standalone claw foot bath complete with under floor heating. A second bathroom on the top floor offers a spacious double shower and heated towel rails for those who wish to freshen in a more modern style. The high street offers a wonderful array of cafes, restaurants and public houses, including the best Indian takeaway (courtesy of the Maharaja Restaurant) this side of Birmingham. For a more formal dining experience, the Kings hotel provides a menu that will satisfy the most discerning of palettes. Whether you’re looking to treat the family to a weekend getaway, a short break with friends or for a truly memorable family Christmas – Maiden’s Row and the surrounding area offer a little something for everyone. After all, it’s good to get away from it all every now and then.
For more information on Maiden’s Row, please visit www.homeaway.co.uk/p426224 or www.vacationcotswolds.co.uk/northend Find your perfect self-catering holiday at HomeAway Holiday-Rentals www.homeaway.co.uk
TROPICAL ISLAND BY PETER DA SILVA
AT THE SOUTH WESTERN TIP OF EUROPE LIE THE ISLANDS OF THE MADEIRA ARCHIPELAGO. MOST PEOPLE HAVE HEARD OF MADEIRA AND ITS CAPITAL FUNCHAL, BUT LESS PEOPLE KNOW OF PORTO SANTO, AN ISLAND 15 MINUTES AWAY BY PLANE FROM MADEIRA.
On board the ATP aircraft from Funchal to Porto Santo I barely had time to pick up the in-flight magazine before we had touched down. On approach, the tiny island’s main asset was on show for all to see - a 9 km golden beach, something its sister island, Madeira, doesn’t have. Surrounded by the deep Atlantic Ocean and its temperature never rising much above 25 degrees, Porto Santo with its 5,000 inhabitants is a very welcoming island. The island boasts a handful of only 13 hotels. I stayed at the all-new Pestana Porto Santo. Pestana have luxury hotels throughout the world and this is by far the best on the island. From my balcony I could admire both the beach and sea; you are never really far from either. I decided to get active and found that all manner of sports are available and encouraged on the island. The most prominent recent sporting arrival is the Porto Santo Golf Course. Designed by former world champion Severiano Ballesteros, it is the largest course in the archipelago allowing 500 golfers to play at the same time. From the course, the views of both the north and south coasts of the island are breathtaking. Away from the land, the sea awaits you. Game fishing, diving, sailing, rowing, jet skiing and windsurfing are all readily available and promoted. The deep sea is ideal for catching blue marlin weighing in at over 500kg! Being so clean and with the temperatures mild, the water is also perfect for diving. If you fancy more traditional activities like tennis and swimming then most hotels offer courts and pools. The Pestana Porto
Santo boasts vast indoor and outdoor pools and a tennis court that was practically untouched. Away from the therapeutic properties of the beaches’ fine golden sands, the tiny centre, Vila Baleira, offers all you need from restaurants to bars and free Wi-Fi. A taxi trip from one side of the island to the other won’t set you back more than ¤15, and a ride from the hotel to Vila Baleira was only ¤5. Food as on mainland Portugal is plentiful and each portion is much larger than in the UK. Fish is fantastic and is accompanied by potatoes or rice, vegetables and salad. The Solar do Infante restaurant has great sea views and is right in the heart of the picturesque palm tree lined centre. I really had escaped. To be on an island with such few inhabitants, at a hotel that offers everything you need, enough beach to jog on and not see anyone, meant this island is truly untouched and relatively undiscovered. Challenged by the perception that the bigger island Madeira and it’s its capital was exclusively a grey destination, I took the two-hour ferry and checked into two different hotels at opposite extremes of the beautiful, green and friendly capital city of Funchal. The Vine Hotel, part of Design Hotels, is the ultimate hotel right in the centre of the city. Its rooftop swimming pool has the finest views out to the sea and city centre. The four floors with bedrooms are all themed by season and the furnishings and design are all heavy on design and technology. The ‘Madeira Waterfall’ shower effect in the bathroom is particularly exciting! The service is full-on, polite
and genuine. As the only hotel of its kind on the island the hotel is eager to attract a young, styleconscious clientele. Further along the Funchal Promenade where you find a cluster of hotels, sits the newest hotel in the Pestana collection – the Pestana Promenade. Opened earlier this year it boasts large rooms with balconies overlooking…you guessed it – the sea. Whilst Madeira hasn’t become Ibiza and it shouldn’t, it does what it does well and with the arrival of new, trend-led hotels it will attract a younger crowd and families who will fall in love with one of Europe’s best kept archipelago secrets!
GETTING THERE & WHERE TO STAY Fly to Funchal direct from London or Bristol with easyJet or with various other carriers from all over the UK. Onward connections to Porto Santo are either made via the: 4 Four daily flights: www.sata.pt Daily ferry crossing: www.portosantoline.pt Pestana Porto Santo & Pestana Promenade (Funchal) www.pestana.com/hotels/en/hotels/europe /MadeiraHotels The Vine Hotel (Funchal) www.hotelthevine.com
Sheer Unadulterated I RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH MY CHILDREN TO WATCH STAR WARS. NOT THE CLASSIC, BRILLIANT, SUPERB, FLAWLESS EPISODES IV-VI - BUT THE NEW MULTI-MILLION-BUDGET, GLOSSY CGI-INFESTED MODERN ONES - EPISODES I-III. THE ONES EVERYONE HATED BEFORE THEY’D EVEN BEEN RELEASED. THE ONES THAT ARE AN ‘OFFENCE’ TO THE TRUE FAN.
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In the same respect, I would like to suggest that the automotive legend that is MINI (or Mini, as it used to be known) is very like Star Wars. Okay, an unconventional opener to a car review, but please, hear me out won’t you? After all, I am a huge, huge fan of the films, and the car. Recently reinvented, the poor little car has suffered, not at the hands of those at BMW, who carefully and respectfully re-engineered it for the modern digital age, but by those who’ve stood by and praised the original as the ‘greatest car ever made’. Those who really should have been its most loyal supporters, no matter what.
2011 MINI COUNTRYMAN
In an attempt to berate the new MINI and all they perceive it as representing, they omit to recall that the original Issigonis concept of a cheap, style-less car for the common man was something that the great British public utterly despised about the first ever Minis. They also fail to recognise that which actually made the original Mini so paradoxically huge - the option of individuality, lifestyle, and the perceived classiness of the Mini as the likes of John Lennon and Peter Sellers, ambassadors of Sixties’ London’s ‘Smart Set’ advocated the Mini and spent piles of cash on their own cars. A very clever chap once said, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. So I will confess to being as equally cynical and spiteful when then last original rolled off the production line at Longbridge, and talk turned to the new version. These days however, I own a new MINI Clubman, having made the terrible mistake one day of test driving one. My original Cooper was traded in before you could say ‘rust-ridden sub-frame’. It is true therefore; I have been to the dark side that fear and nostalgia lead to, but I have returned again, stronger and more objective perhaps about this new MINI, than others might be able. Turning up at the MINI garage in Broad Oak, I was greeted by the sight of a ‘giant’ MINI, sitting amongst its much smaller counterparts, looking at the world like the boy in the playground who grew much faster than all the other kids. Initial thoughts that it looked a bit odd soon gave way for appreciation of the detailed styling of the new
car - which I concluded had unconventional beauty; beautifully crafted detail all over the bodywork, showing throughout the quality of manufacture that we have come to expect from BMW. At first glance the MINI Countryman appears to be suffering from an identity crisis, but on closer inspection you realise that it’s been cleverly designed to tick lots of boxes and suit all sorts of lifestyles that its smaller predecessors simply can’t accommodate. This is a MINI, for example, that you can safely install the kids in. With its four doors and roomy interior, there’s no clambering over the back in the rain, wrestling kids into ill-fitting child seats. And once the kids are in, they will love the MINI too. Its funky stylings are large and loud, but yet luxurious and likable. The interior focal point is the gigantic speedometer/information centre which not only provides a modern-retro tip of the hat to the original Mini speedometers (the outer bit rotates and a small plastic pointer indicates your speed, in an almost analog fashion) but also provides an excellent SatNav, a great sound system (iPod-friendly too) and bluetooth phone capability. My kids were rather taken with the ‘gizmo rail’ that ran through the middle of the 4-seater model I test drove, from front to back, separating the two rear seats in the process; a fun device for holding all manner of electronic gadgets,
sunglasses, cup and phone holders and other toys (it even provides power to charge devices). Owners are even encouraged on the MINI website to dream up new and exciting uses for the gizmo rail. Sadly I don’t think they liked my idea of an in-car shower at all, which is a shame as it would be a good way to get the kids to wash once in a while without a fuss. But the question remained, how on earth could this “large MINI” (surely an oxymoron) retain any of the handling and driving fun of its more diminutive predecessors? A question easily answered the very moment I took the keys and drove it away from the forecourt. I have this image of the engineers at MINI as being the sorts of people who, when told that something cannot possibly be done, or indeed should not be done, will then go out of their way – if necessary working around the clock – to utterly disprove it. These are, after all, the very same innovators who took the most popular British car for the past 50 or so years and transformed it into a modern and equally iconic best-seller. In the case of the Countryman, they have once again worked a miraculous feat of engineering. Not only is it a comfortable and luxurious larger car to drive, it somehow manages to not only feel like a MINI inside, but still does a pretty good job of handling like one as well.
“ON CLOSER INSPECTION YOU REALISE THAT IT’S BEEN CLEVERLY DESIGNED TO TICK LOTS OF BOXES AND SUIT ALL SORTS OF LIFESTYLES THAT ITS SMALLER PREDECESSORS SIMPLY CAN’T ACCOMMODATE”
2011 MINI COUNTRYMAN Price starts at £16,340 OTR for the MINI One Countryman, £22,495 for the Cooper S All4 Countryman 0-62mph: 7.9sec Top speed: 130mph Economy: 42.2mpg CO2: 157g/km Engine: four-cylinder, 1598cc, turbo, petrol Power: 181bhp at 5500rpm Gearbox: six-speed manual Fuel tank: 47 litres Boot capacity: 350 litres The Cooper S All4 has a 182bhp 1.6 four cylinder engine which can manage 0-62mph in under 8 seconds. Throwing it into a curve with a bit of exuberance resulted in the same cheesy grin of appreciation that other MINIs have always provided. To be honest I didn’t really notice the All4 bit, but that’s kind of the idea behind it. It provides power to all four wheels as required, when required, whilst you just drive. And grin a bit more. For all those die-hard cynics who will doubtless cite the successes the original Mini had in the motor racing arena, referring along the way to legendary drivers I admire myself, such as Paddy Hopkirk; well, you might be interested to learn that the moment the Countryman All4 was announced, it was earmarked for the Dakar Rally so violently, you could give it a paintbrush and call it Vincent. Once again a MINI will be out there competing against bigger, more powerful and far more expensive competitors. Some things never change, it seems! Overall the Countryman felt rugged enough to be manly, but still small enough to be cute and accessible, modern enough to be fashionable but with enough interesting design features to tip the hat respectfully to the original Issigonis creation, without ever overdoing it. This is a MINI for those of us who want a bit of practicality, but flatly refuse to trade it for fun. The Countryman exudes individuality and fun and these are infectious. Sporting a vast and sprawling range of options from everything from engine type to stickers for the roof, this car, it transpires, is everything the original Mini stood for but in a 21st century package. It incorporates comfort, speed, reliability and usability; something the original certainly couldn’t manage, despite being unbearably cute. To end I return to my tentative Star Wars reference. My kids sat and watched the new trilogy with every ounce of the same awe, joy, and fascination as I originally did back in the Eighties with the ‘other trilogy’. The luxury of not having nostalgia to cloud their vision meant they could see the films with all the brilliance that Mr Lucas had put into them.
And the same applies perfectly to the MINI Countryman. My kids utterly loved it, in the same way I had loved sliding around in the back of my dad’s (rear seat-less) Mini van all those years ago. Sheer unadulterated fun. And with the added advantage of rugged modern safety and all the mod cons. A wise newspaper editor once famously remarked, “If you're yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.” Maybe, just maybe, this bizarre ability for people to turn on remakes of films and cars so viciously and without mercy, is merely down to the fact that change, any sort of change, makes us realise that we’ve all become a bit older. Perhaps even a bit more boring? So when you go to look at the new MINI, take the child within with you. Look at it through fresh eyes, not blinkered with nostalgia or unfettered by hangups about the good old days and you will discover a car that will suit your mood as well as your practical requirements, on any day of the week. The MINI refuses to grow old and boring, so why not take a leaf out of its book?
Broad Oak Ashford Mini The Boulevard, Orbital Park Ashford TN24 0GA 01233 504333 email@example.com www.broadoakashfordmini.co.uk Broad Oak Canterbury Mini Broad Oak Road Canterbury CT2 7PX 01227 828899 firstname.lastname@example.org www.broadoakcanterburymini.co.uk
New Bentley Continental GT Preview OVER 100 GUESTS ARRIVED AT BENTLEY KENT ON A RAINY FEBRUARY EVENING TO AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE ICONIC NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT.
The best of British canapés and mini desserts were served by Raffertys of Sevenoaks, proprietors Russell & Dale and their team kept guests fed and topped up with Champagne all evening. Top jewellers Burrell’s had beautiful displays of their prestigious Breitling watches include the Breitling for Bentley range. The new Continental GT was unveiled to the guests with special lighting effects to show the car’s sculpted, athletic body and powerful styling lines, accompanied by music and video images from the car’s initial design to production. The designer behind the styling of the first groundbreaking Continental GT coupe in 2003 and Bentley’s Design Director Dirk van Braeckel, said, “In 2003 we designed a car like no other – a striking, luxury GT coupe combining the craftsmanship and refinement Bentley is renowned for with a purposeful, sporting road presence. Now we’ve taken the opportunity to write a new chapter for the Continental.
“The styling and design story in 2010 is just as dramatic and we believe this Bentley GT will be as instantly recognisable as its predecessor. We look forward to the moment the cameras are switched on and sharing the new Continental GT with enthusiasts across the world.” Over 22,000 Continental GT models have been delivered to customers since 2003 and the strength of the original engineering and design inspired Bentley to create a 600bhp GT Speed stablemate, the convertible Continental GTC, as well as the recently launched Supersports – a muscular 204mph supercar reviewed in the Nov/Dec issue of insideKENT. For more info on the new Continental GT contact Bentley Kent on 01732 453700 or visit www.kent.bentleymotors.com
A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE Whilst boasting an impressive academic track record, St Edmund’s School Canterbury is rightly proud of another string to its bow, as a centre of excellence in the performing, creative and visual arts. Former pupils include actor Orlando Bloom and the concert pianist (and winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year) Freddy Kempf, both nurtured in an environment which encourages commitment, enthusiasm, and the highest performance standards in its pupils.
Professional partners, professional standards The school is the first ‘Creative Connection’ linked to the English Chamber Orchestra, bringing members of that ensemble to work with pupils from the school and the wider community; the first collaboration takes place at the school’s Canterbury campus on March 9th. Other events – the Strictly St Edmund’s dance competition for example – allow pupils to work with professionals from disciplines such as
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choreography and lighting design. The school presents several drama productions each year, a recent highlight being Remember, a haunting reflection on the Holocaust, as well as over twenty concerts, from large-scale orchestral performances to intimate chamber concerts. The school is of course renowned as the choir school of the Canterbury Cathedral choristers. St Edmund’s actively involves pupils in music and drama from the Pre-Prep school onwards, encouraging them to start learning a musical instrument from the age of five.
Individual attention, delivering success St Edmund’s small size helps develop each child’s interest in the arts, as Director of Music Will Bersey comments, “The intimacy of the school enables us to work on an individual basis... furthermore the standard of pupils gives the opportunity to push new levels.” The proof comes not only in high quality arts examination results, but in the success children attain both during
and after their school careers; several music scholars are also members of the junior departments of conservatoires such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. Music and drama are not, of course, the only areas of arts excellence at St Edmund’s. Pupils regularly produce outstanding work across fields as diverse as fine art, photography and ceramics – something Head of Art Alison SlaterWilliams attributes to the opportunity to “nurture talents and develop strengths, interests and needs; resulting in thoughtful, visually exciting and highly skilled outcomes.”
For more information about forthcoming events, visit www.stedmunds.org.uk or contact the school: St Edmund’s School Canterbury, St Thomas Hill, Canterbury CT2 8HU, 01227 475600
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This summer, Kent is proudly hosting an exciting new outdoor event of world-class music and entertainment – Music on the Hill – including performances by some of the UK’s biggest stars: Katherine Jenkins and McFly. The event will take place over the weekend of 24th, 25th and 26th June 2011, beginning with Katherine Jenkins (performing with the National Symphony Orchestra) on Friday the 24th. Topping the bill on Saturday 25th June will be internationally renowned boy band, McFly. Tickets for both nights are now on sale. A family Summer Sunday rounds off the weekend. Relax together and enjoy a great programme of music from the hugely popular Bjorn Again, ABC, Simply Rod with X Factor’s Ben Mils plus the cream of local talent and more bands to be announced. Also a host of family entertainment, children's activities and entertainers and stalls. Music on The Hill will take place in a dedicated arena at Kings Hill in Kent, close to the picturesque village of West Malling, and will offer an opportunity to enjoy favourite artists in more intimate surroundings. In addition to a great musical
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experience, there will be high quality food and drink, where possible sourced from Kent producers. Apart from offering a first class entertainment experience, Music on the Hill is a fundraising event in aid of two charities: Demelza Hospice Care for Children and The Children’s Development Trust. 100% of the profits generated will be donated to these two causes. In addition, the event is being generously supported by a number of companies and organisations including the site development partners, Liberty Property Trust UK (Liberty) and Kent County Council (KCC). Katherine Jenkins said, “I’m delighted to be headlining the very first Music on the Hill event in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children and The Children’s Development Trust. I’ve performed at a number of different venues over the years but it is always very special to be singing in this type of informal setting, where I can really interact with the audience. I hope people will come along with their friends and family, bring a picnic and enjoy a whole host of classical music, hopefully in the Kent sunshine!”
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Music on the Hill Event Director and Trustee of the Children’s Development Trust, Colin Thacker, commented, “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to host such truly incredible artists in a local venue and all for the benefit of The Children’s Development Trust and Demelza. It has been so exciting putting this together and we are looking forward to June 2011, when everybody can expect a fantastic weekend!” Tickets for Katherine Jenkins on Friday 24th June and McFly on Saturday 25th June are now on sale from the event’s website: www.musiconthehill.org.uk or via the 24-hr hotline: 0844 873 7339. Gates open at 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm. For more information, please visit the following websites: Music on the Hill: www.musiconthehill.org.uk Demelza: www.demelza.org.uk The Children’s Development Trust: www.childrensdevelopmenttrust.org.uk
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insideKENT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH COMEDIAN
TERRY ALDERTON Following his appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show (BBC One), sell-out runs in Australia and New Zealand, Perrier Award nominated comedian Terry Alderton returns to the road with his critically acclaimed 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival smash hit show. Having contended with the voices in his head for years, Terry Alderton now promises to bring them to life on stage, entertaining and astounding comedy fans across the UK in his 29-date national 2011 tour.
Your tour stop in Canterbury coincides with April Fool's Day. Will you have any tricks up your sleeve? Do you know I never remember April Fool’s day? I think I spend most of the year being fooled. In short, no. On a tour of this scale, is it difficult to keep the material feeling fresh and exciting for you, as well as the audience? Well I start the show with a new character called Victor Retis, which I am really enjoying; it’s like being new again! As for my show, it’s never the same EVER! You may see me bend things around certain set plays so this keeps it nice and fresh, and on the edge. How do you unwind after a show? I don’t until I get home. I put the TV on, have a sandwich and a beer… Yeah Rock and Roll! Do you ever find yourself using the inner voices from your show when you're not performing? Do you switch off from comedy at home? The truth is, it’s no act, so no. Although I do have a greater control over them i.e. not for comedy value they just drive me crazy. What made you want to move away from conventional comedy? I wasn’t enjoying it, and I felt anyone could do it. To really succeed you need to find your own voice (or voices). Izzard did it with a dress, Lee Evans became hyper and sweaty, Robin Williams was a motor mouth and Steve Martin was just out there! I think what I’m trying to say is that I just wanted to do something that in a hundred years time, if someone was trying to copy it, another person might say, ‘That’s been done. Terry Alderton did it at the turn of the Millennium.’ Which comedians do you rate? All of the above as well as Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Tim Vine, Carey Marks, but the list is endless! 2010 saw you win a Best International Guest Award at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards as well as a Three Weeks Critic's Choice Award in Edinburgh. What are you hoping to achieve comedy-wise this year? Just to keep pushing the boundaries until there aren’t any left. Also, to keep my performance free, and make some progress on a bigger scale. I’d really like someone to take a punt on me again, as this time I think I’m ready. If they’re not going to, I might get out of the UK and go live in the USA.
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HEAD UP TO LONDON FOR SOME St Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday 13th March 2011 Green Park to Trafalgar Square
Friday 29th April 2011 Westminster Abbey The streets of London are being transformed into a huge St Patrick’s Day party once again for March 2011. The free celebrations include a parade that features everything from floats, marching bands and entertainers on stilts to costumed characters and street theatre, in a massive event that winds its
way from Green Park to Trafalgar Square. After the parade finishes there is still plenty to keep all ages entertained in Trafalgar Square during the St Patrick’s Day festival. Regardless of your nationality you can join in with a mass singalong of Irish songs and even have a go at some traditional ceilidh dancing. Kids and adults alike can also enjoy contemporary Irish music from the main stage. The St Patrick’s Day parade starts in Green Park at 12pm, Sunday 13th March 2011. The festival takes place in Trafalgar Square from 11.30am – 6pm on the same day. Admission to both the parade and festival is free. For more information, go to: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/st-patricks-day-london-paradefeature-645.html
Easter Chocolate Festival Friday 8th April – Sunday 10th April 2011 Southbank Centre Easter comes early to London for 2011 in the form of the popular chocolate festival, held once again outside the Southbank Centre. There’s simply loads to see and do here, with tutored tasting sessions, book signings, workshops, demonstrations and more. Chocoholics can browse the market stalls for products from award-winning chocolatiers and chocolate companies, and shop for the perfect seasonal Easter gift or self-indulgent treat. If you want to try chocolate cocktails and chocolate-coated churros or fancy having a go at making a bar or two yourself with your very own chocolate making kit, this is the place to go. Families can also join in with all the fun by attending the Big Chocolate Tea Party on the Saturday, which is being held to support The Sick Children’s Trust. Kids can take part in a range of chocolatey-themed events, including arts and craft activities, and also sample some of the cocoa treats on offer. The Easter Chocolate Festival takes place at the Southbank Centre from 8th April – Sunday 10th April 2011. Admission is free. For more information, go to: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/chocolate-festival-at-southbankcentre-article-8105.html
The highly anticipated wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton takes place on Friday 29th April, with much of London putting up the bunting to celebrate the royal occasion. The extra bank holiday makes a four day weekend, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the special events taking place to celebrate the marriage of the young couple. On the day of the wedding itself, you can join the rest of the crowds to line the official processional route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. After the service in the cathedral, the newlyweds will take part in a carriage procession back to the palace and wave to the crowds before attending a reception with the Queen. Meanwhile, the Southbank Centre is hosting a royal wedding themed weekend with live music from Billy Bragg and all manner of public events, while the ever popular Club de Fromage party takes us back to the 1980s for a retro style royal wedding special. The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton takes place at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29th April 2011. Public events to celebrate the occasion take place throughout London over the bank holiday weekend. For more information, go to: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/royal-wedding-london-feature3872.html
Miró: The Ladder of Escape Thursday 14th April – Sunday 11th September 2011 Tate Modern The first major London exhibition of Joan Miró’s work for nearly 50 years opens at the Tate Modern on 14th April 2011. This major retrospective features over 150 paintings by the Spanish artist, as well as drawings, prints and sculptures. Titled ‘The Ladder of Escape’, the exhibition spans six decades of the acclaimed artist’s career and features many of Miró’s striking surrealist and abstract paintings. Much of Miró’s work reflects the social upheaval and political repression caused by the Spanish Civil War and the fascist regime under General Franco, while celebrating his own Catalan roots. Highlights of the landmark show include the iconic Head of a Catalan Peasant from 1925, as well as the arresting The Hope of a Condemned Man. The Miró exhibition at Tate Modern is open from 14th April – Sunday 11th September 2011. Standard tickets cost £15.50. For more information, go to: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/miro-exhibition-london-article10134.html
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FABULOUS SPRING EVENTS Festival of Britain 60th Anniversary Friday 22nd April – Sunday 4th September 2011 Southbank Centre The 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain is celebrated in grand style at the Southbank Centre, with themed weekends, art shows, live music, comedy and more over the spring and summer of 2011. Highlights include a weekend of comedy curated by Stewart Lee, a hip hop showcase, a new exhibition by Tracey Emin at the Hayward Gallery, as well as concerts by The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the London Sinfonietta and the London Philharmonia Orchestra. To tie into the anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s vintage festival is also moving from Goodwood to the Southbank Centre during the summer. Meanwhile, along the South Bank visitors can walk around the artist-customised beach huts and enjoy a series of outdoors events. The Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations take place at the Southbank Centre from Friday 22nd April 2011. Ticket prices vary. For more information, go to:
Grimshaw, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson and of course, winner Matt Cardle, on hand to entertain. In fact, the last nine contestants will be taking part, so you can expect to see the wonderful Wagner too. They’ll all be belting out all manner of classic numbers (plus the odd new one) at four concerts that are pretty likely to get booties shaking aplenty, so make sure you don’t forget your dancing feet. The X Factor Live Tour comes to Wembley Arena on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March, and to the O2 Arena on Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March 2011. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/tickets/x-factor-live-tickets-feature-551.html
NBA Basketball Friday 4th March and Saturday 5th March 2011 02 Arena
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London once again plays host to the world’s premier basketball league as the NBA makes a very welcome return to our fair shores. This time, the New Jersey Nets will be lacing up their sneakers to twice take on the might of the Toronto Raptors, promising match ups between two of the biggest basketball sides in the business. Fans can expect them to be pretty good contests too, with both sides keen to have bragging rights on that long plane ride back to the States. The games between the Raptors and the Nets also represent the first official NBA games in Europe, with any points taken going towards the NBA championship. So expect to see two hard-fought games as some of the best basketball players in the world lock horns up on high at the O2 Arena. The Raptors play the Nets at the O2 Arena on Friday 4th March and Saturday 5th March 2011. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to:
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 02 Arena
Symphonic Rock Thursday 31st March 2011 Royal Albert Hall Find it hard to marry your love of classical music with your penchant for Led Zeppelin and Meat Loaf? Well fret no more, for the Royal Albert Hall is inviting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform classic rock songs in grand orchestral fashion. This is always one of the year’s live music highlights, with music fans marvelling at the unique interpretations of songs by Bon Jovi, Queen, U2, Coldplay and even Michael Jackson. There are always a few surprises thrown in too, so don’t be surprised to hear something even more contemporary belted out by the oboes et al. And when it’s all being done from within the really rather splendid Royal Albert Hall, what more do you need? The Symphonic Rock concert takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 31st March 2011. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to: If you’re missing all the thrills and spills of the hit ITV talent show then relax; the huge UK tour hits London in March, bringing all your favourite acts to the O2 and Wembley Arena. Although the live tour won’t have Simon, Cheryl and Louis offering their salient pearls of wisdom, it will see the likes of Aiden
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JOHN PIPER IN KENT AND SUSSEX
Whitstable’s Playhouse Theatre hosts a fantastic evening of comedy starring Ed Byrne, a regular on the TV and comedy circuit. The show is likely to contain strong language and adult themes. Tickets cost £14.00, show starts at 7.45pm. To book call the Box Office Office on 01227 272042, open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 12 noon. Online booking is also available via www.theplayhousewhitstable.co.uk. Playhouse Theatre, 104 High Street, Whitstable (SAT (SAT NAV: NAV: CT5 CT5 1AZ) 1AZ)
Tunbridge Wells Wells Library, Library, Museum Museum and and Art Art Gallery Gallery showcases showcases the the work work of of John Piper, telling the story of the artist’s love of the local landscape. More of John Piper’s Piper’s work work can can be be seen seen at at the the two two other other exhibition exhibition venues: venues: Mascalls Gallery in Paddock Wood and Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst. Free admission, call 01892 554171 for more details. TW Library, Museum and Art Gallery, Gallery, Civic Civic Centre, Centre, Mount Mount Pleasant, Pleasant, Tunbridge Wells Wells (SAT (SAT NAV: NAV:TN1 TN11JN) 1JN)
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JAPANESE COLLECTION AT MAIDSTONE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY // 4 MARCH
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THE COYLER-FERGUSSON CATHEDRAL CONCERT // 12 MARCH
Music performed by the University of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Concert held in the nave of Canterbury Cathedral, with entry via the South West Door. Door. The The performance performance begins begins at at 7.30pm. 7.30pm. For tickets, call 01227 751196 or visit the Canterbury Bookings Box Office on Sun Street. Tickets are also available from the University Music Office; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01227 827335. Canterbury Cathedral, the Precincts, Canterbury (SAT NAV: NAV: CT1 CT1 2EH) 2EH)
EQUINOX BEER AND FOOD EVENING // 19 MARCH
Discover the history of Japan with an opening lecture focusing on the ‘floating world’ of the Edo period (1605-1868) and covering the impact of westernization and tourism on Japanese culture. The lecture, held at St Faith’s Faith’s Adult Adult Education Education Centre, Centre, will will be be followed followed by by aa tour tour of of the the collection collection next door at the museum. To To book, book, call call 08456 08456 065606 065606 and and quote quote the the following code: AY007 MAI-10-B. Maidstone Maidstone Museum Museumand andArt ArtGallery, Gallery, St St Faith’s Faith’s Street, Street, Town Town Centre, Centre, Maidstone Maidstone (SAT NAV: ME14 (SAT NAV: 1LH) ME14 1LH)
THE CHARLESTON CHASERS AT THE GRANVILLE CINEMA & THEATRE // 5 MARCH
Dance the night away with exhilarating swing music from the roaring twenties and thirties. With an array of toe-tapping hits, the critically acclaimed Charleston Chasers are guaranteed to get you on your feet. Tickets are £15.00, £14.00 for Friends of the Granville. To To book book call call the the box office on 01843 591750. Victoria Parade, East Cliff, Ramsgate (SAT NAV: NAV: CT11 CT11 8DG) 8DG)
Celebrate the vernal equinox with Shepherd Neame. A guided tour of the brewery is is followed followed by byaafour-course four-coursedinner, dinner,with witheach eachcourse course matched matched with with a specially a specially selected selected beer.beer. £49.95 £49.95 per person, per person, to book to book please please visit visit www.shepherdneame.co.uk or call 01795 542285. Shepherd Neame Brewery, Brewery, 17 17 Court Court Street, Street, Faversham Faversham (SAT NAV: NAV: ME13 ME13 7AX) 7AX)
TRAVEL FOR A POUND - EAST KENT RAILWAY // 20 MARCH
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM // 9-11 MARCH
Arguably Shakespeare’s Shakespeare’s greatest greatest comedy, comedy, AA Midsummer Midsummer Night’s Night’sDream Dream brings dazed lovers, bumbling players and angry fairies to the Gulbenkian stage. Caught in the rapture of Puck’s Puck’s love love potion, potion, Lysander, Lysander,Hermia, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena will fall in love with the first person they set eyes on – however unsuitable. Tickets are £8.00 with the show starting at 7.45pm. To To book book call call 01227 01227 769075 or visit www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian. The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury (SAT NAV: NAV: CT2 CT2 7NB) 7NB)
The incredibly popular ‘Travel for a Pound’ event is the perfect opportunity to ride a lovingly restored heritage train for just £1.00 per person. See www.eastkentrailway.co.uk for www.eastkentrailway.co.uk for more more details details or or call call 01304 01304 832042. 832042. East Kent Railway, Station Road, Shepherdswell, Shepherdswell, Dover Dover (SAT NAV: NAV: CT15 CT15 7PD) 7PD)
SEAL SPOTTING AND WILDLIFE WATCHING // 3 APRIL
KENT COUNTY FAIR // 30 APRIL – 2 MAY For 2011, the show will be a celebration of Kent life, past and present, with an emphasis on Kentish crafts, local produce, the history of hop picking and country dancing. The Village Fete Zone will feature traditional games such as tug of war and a coconut shy, and there will be quad bike rides for thrill seekers. Open 10am until 6pm, for more information visit www.thehopfarm.co.uk or www.countyfair.net. The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge (SAT NAV: TN12 6PY)
Get back to nature with a Sea Searcher boat trip from Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour to a local seal colony in a National Nature Reserve. Trip costs £20.00, boat sets off at 10.30 am, ring 07837 562076 for details. Ramsgate Royal Harbour, Ramsgate (SAT NAV: CT11 9RN)
DOWNLAND CYCLES SPRING SPORTIVE // 10 APRIL
Give your fitness a boost with a spot of cycling. With two distances to choose from, either 110km or 100 miles, enjoy a scenic ride through countryside and coastal areas. On your return you will be treated to homemade cakes and warming beverages. Ride starts at 9 am, entry fee is £25.00, enter online at www.downlandcycles.co.uk/springSportive or call 01227 479643 for more details. The Malthouse, St Stephens Road, Canterbury (SAT NAV: CT2 7JA)
JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA // 20 APRIL
PLANET THANET EASTER BEER FESTIVAL // 22-23 APRIL
Celebrate Easter with live entertainment and a selection of around 200 real ales, cider, bottled beers and wine. With a tombola and a giant pub quiz on Saturday, the Beer Festival is guaranteed to be great fun. Children accompanied by adults are welcome until 7pm. Friday: 12 noon until 10.30pm, £3.00 entry or Saturday: 12 noon until 9.00pm, £2.00 entry. See www.easterbeerfestival.org.uk for more details. Winter Gardens Margate, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent (SAT NAV: CT9 1HX)
SPRING INTO EASTER // 22-25 APRIL
Leeds Castle presents the perfect Easter weekend for any aspiring gardeners. Keep your children entertained with gardening activities, planting demonstrations, scarecrows and paper flower making. Children can follow a trail through the grounds to collect an Easter egg from the Bunny Burrows. Key to the Castle tickets: Pay once and visit all year round, Adults: £17.50, Seniors: £15.00, Children: £10 (under 4’s free). Additional charge of £2.50 per child applies for Spring into Easter. For more information see www.leedscastle.com or call 01622 765400. Leeds Castle, Maidstone (SAT NAV: ME17 1PL)
HEVER CASTLE ANNUAL EASTER EGG TRAIL // 22-25 APRIL
Catch the piano maestro Jools Holland on his 2011 tour featuring Gilson Lavis, special guest star Sandie Shaw and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Tickets are £33.50, show starts at 7.30pm. Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells (SAT NAV: TN1 2LU)
Bring all the family to Hever for the Annual Easter Egg Trail. With clues hidden around the gardens, claim your chocolate egg with the help of Henrietta the Hen. Rare breed hens and brass bands will be on hand to entertain throughout the day. For further information please telephone 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Nr. Edenbridge (SAT NAV: TN8 7NG)
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