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DANIEL CRAIG - MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

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PERFECT PICNICS

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PINUP FOR A DAY

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QUICK FIX BEAUTY TIPS

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PEARSONS ARMS

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SPECTACULAR SANTORINI

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WIN! GET READY FOR SUMMER BEAUTY PACKAGE - P35 WIN A POWERMAT HOME AND OFFICE, POWERCUBE AND AN IPOD/IPHONE RECEIVER! - P64

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KENT'S SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

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SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL GIVEAWAY - P88

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KENT NEWS What's going on in the Garden of England

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HISTORIC KENTISH PUBS Good beer and sumptuous food

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BUSINESS Wilkins Kennedy's Fred Coleman on easing the VAT burden

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RECIPE FROM MICHAEL CAINES MBE Chilli ginger and crab cake, baby spinach and lemon butter sauce

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BUSINESS TRAVEL Hotel Verta for a business trip with an extra special twist

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LOCAL ARTIST ANNE WELCH Versatility across all mediums

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LOCAL BUSINESS Interview with Ripples owners

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HOT GADGETS FROM HOTCRAZE Plus win a Powermat and accessories

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LAW Gardner Croft give you simple strategies for employee engagement

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THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND Beautiful gardens right on your doorstep

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BATHROOM TRENDS High tech kitchens & bathrooms with KeySpaces

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EXPLORING KENT'S CASTLES Fun filled days out

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SOLAR ENERGY An introduction to solar energy from Ball Contractors

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BEST KENTISH PICNIC SPOTS Enjoy lunch in the sunshine

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SQUEAKY CLEAN SPACES Contemporary bathroom curves with Ripples Canterbury

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ESCAPE TO THE LANCERS A romantic getaway in the centre of Tunbridge Wells

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BRITISH SUMMER STRAWBERRIES Grow your own quintessentially British summer strawberries

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A CANTERBURY GETAWAY Modern living with an historic flavour at Mercery Court

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PERFECT PICNICS Outdoor eating is back on the menu

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SPECTACULAR SANTORINI At the luxury Tholos resort

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NSPIRATIONAL GARDENS Garden design in any space

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SANTORINI PLACES The best attractions in Santorini

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WIN A SUMMER BEAUTY PACKAGE Get set for summer with Harrisons Hair Team

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THE AUDI A1 Super small, mighty drive

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HIP TO BE SQUARE This season's fashion for men and women

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SOCIAL The Chamber Business Awards ceremony

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PIN-UP FOR A DAY! Purse those lips and pose

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SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS The best outdoor music events in the south east

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BAGS OF STYLE The coolest men's fashion tips from Rachel Gold

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READER OFFER Win two tickets to 4 different festivals

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QUICK FIX BEAUTY TIPS An easy guide to quick fix makeup with Gemma Morpurgo

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GOLF OPEN The open returns to Sandwich

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AFFAIRS OF THE HEART Treating heart conditions with Foreman and Jones

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BENN BARHAM insideKENT talks to the professional golfer

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EYELID SURGERY With Plastic Surgeon John Davison

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FORE! Other things to do in Sandwich

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COVER STORY Daniel Craig - More Than Meets the Eye

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LONDON EVENTS View London's top picks for summertime fun in the city

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SPRING FASHION High street fashion with Park Mall

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KENT EVENTS What’s happening in your neck of the woods

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A TRUE HIDDEN GEM Lunch at The Mulberry Tree

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10 BEST Festival accessories

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FOOD AND DRINK HEROES Taste of Kent awards


NEWS

DAME KELLY HOLMES NAMES P&O FERRIES’ SPIRIT OF BRITAIN

DEMELZA CORPORATES REWARDED AT BLACK TIE DO

P&O Ferries’ Spirit of Britain, the biggest ferry ever to work the Dover to Calais route, has been officially named by Britain’s double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes. Boasting a size almost twice that of the old Pride of Dover, The Spirit of Britain can hold 2,000 passengers and more than 150 Freight Lorries. Weighing in at a colossal 49,000 tonnes, the 700 foot long ship will operate between Dover and Calais daily, making an estimated five journeys every 24 hours. The Spirit of Britain represents a new era in cross-Channel passenger travel. P&O Ferries has invested £150 million in the state-of-the-art ferry, built in Finland. It comes equipped with four engines and the very latest in ‘safeto-port’ technology, making it one of the most secure and technologically advanced passenger ships operating anywhere in the world.

Businesses which support Demelza were recognised at the charity’s annual awards at the Marriott Tudor Park in Maidstone on 4th March.

The Spirit of Britain will soon be joined in service by its sister ship the Spirit of France, which is practically identical to the Spirit of Britain and will go into service in September this year.

The winners were:

OYSTER AND VINEGAR - THE NEW CRISPS ON THE BLOCK A deliciously different range of premium crisps reflecting the flavours and landscapes of Kent – the Garden of England – went on sale in March in more than 60 farm shops, delis, and independent fine food specialists across Kent. Kent Crisps, made from locally-grown potatoes, introduced us to four flavours including a first for the crisps industry – Oyster and Vinegar. Others include Ashmore Cheese and Onion, Sea Salt and Biddenden Cider Vinegar, and Sea Salt. Kent-based Quex Foods, a division of Quex Park Estate, is behind the new hand cooked crisps which contain only natural flavours and colours and are produced using sustainable methods – an important contribution to the estate’s conservation aims. Only quality Kent potatoes are used. Varieties are Lady Rosetta, Lady Claire, Lady Jo and Hermes. The farm at Quex Park is also growing its own crop with the first harvest due in July. Anthony Curwen, Quex Foods Managing Director, said, “The response we’ve had so far from people who have tried them has been amazing; the Oyster and Vinegar flavour has been singled out as being very different from anything currently available.” For more information visit www.kentcrisps.co.uk

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Heart Radio presenter, Neil Kefford, presented the awards to corporate supporters across Kent and London.

• Outstanding Individual Fundraiser – Micky Chilman – Searchflow (based in Kings Hill), • Outstanding Fundraising Team - Reeves (Canterbury, London, Gatwick, Chatham), • Most Innovative Fundraising Idea - Chapel Down (Tenterden), • Outstanding Voluntary Project - Sainsbury’s Under 25’s (regional – across Kent), • Outstanding SME Supporter - Romax (Greenwich), • Outstanding Corporate Supporter - Adept Telecom (Tunbridge Wells), • Outstanding Long Term Supporter – Fenn Wright Manson (London) Guests at the black tie event heard Sally Brighton, Director of Income Generation, talk about the charity’s plans for the future including information about the Bricks and Water appeal; Demelza’s first music festival, Music on the Hill and the launch of the Demelza Business Club. They also heard from mum Ruth Gage whose daughter, Ivy, uses Demelza. The event was sponsored by Regular Cleaning Services. Donna Wells, Demelza’s Corporate Fundraising Manager said, “The annual Demelza Business awards is our chance to show our appreciation for all the hard work our corporate supporters do for Demelza over the year. Congratulations to all those who won awards as well as all those who were nominated.” Demelza provides hospice care for over 700 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South East London. They rely almost entirely on fundraising, donations and gifts in wills. To keep its services running, Demelza needs to raise £7 million this year.


NEWS

HEART FM'S CHARLIE O’BRIEN CATCHES UP WITH insideKENT One of the perks of my job is getting to mingle with the celebs. I caught up with cheeky chappy Olly Murs who’s busy touring this summer (Including Margate Winter Gardens 29th April). After wowing me with his beatboxing, Olly revealed his love life is not as bad as the papers like to make out and although still single, he’s not crying himself to sleep just yet!

can’t wait as they loved their Kent fans when they performed in Rochester last year. OUT AND ABOUT As part of Kent’s biggest breakfast show we like to get out and about and see what’s going on in the county. James and I popped along to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to see Ambam the gorilla, who’s become a worldwide internet sensation for walking like a man and he didn’t disappoint! We caught him on camera standing up (albeit for ten seconds). PLACES TO TREAT YOURSELF The beauty of radio is that it doesn’t matter what you look like, but sometimes a bit pampering is in order. My aim is to discover the best places to do this and tell you about it. James and I went along to AquaSanctuary in Strood to try out the latest beauty fad; a fish pedicure. After some initial screaming, it was really relaxing and left our feet incredibly soft. The harsh winter and constant early mornings has also left my hair in need of a bit of TLC. Thankfully the lovely team at Jellybeanz in Whitstable have been there to help. Not only do they really know what they’re talking about with your style and colour but they love a good gossip and make a great cup of tea.

We also chatted with the gorgeous JLS boys who are so hyper it’s hard to get a word in! JB exclusively told us he’s moving to Kent in the summer because he thinks it’s time to grow up and move out. I’m also so excited about The Wanted headlining ‘Live at the Castle’ at Leeds Castle with Heart in July. Nathan from the band called us to say he

If you’re stuck for an outfit, perhaps for a special occasion, I’d recommend popping along to Ashford Designer Outlet for a personal styling session. I’ve got two weddings coming up and stylist Debbie was able to show me exactly what suits my shape. I’d recommend going there just for the Kurt Geiger shop. The shoes are to die for and yes, I did get a pair. At £69 it would have been rude not to.

KENT INVICTA CHAMBER BUSINESS EXHIBITION Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual business exhibition will take place at the Ashford International Hotel on 29 June. The Chamber exhibition began as a simple business to business networking event and has grown over the years into one of Kent’s largest business events. This year there will be over 120 exhibitors from a huge variety of companies in both size and business category, and over 1,000 visitors expected to attend.

The event offers exhibitors and visitors alike the facility to browse amongst and network with 'the cream of Kent business'. Kent Invicta Chamber covers the areas of Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling and Sevenoaks. Many people come from further afield to exhibit and to visit. Exhibitors range from sole traders to multinationals and over the years exhibits have included hot air and decorative balloons, cinema-sized projection screens, key fobs, laptops and full computer network support.’ One exhibitor last year rode to and from the Exhibition on the electric scooter he was exhibiting. There will also be a dedicated Exhibition Networking Lunch, giving even more opportunity for interactive promotion. Make a date for your diary and do some great business. Admission is free to visitors and the doors are open 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Contact Kent Invicta Chamber on 01233 503838, email events@kentinvictachamber.co.uk for further details, or visit our website at www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk.

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NEWS

HEVER CASTLE ROSE LAUNCH WITH DAME JUDI DENCH For the first time in its history, Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, has its own rose. The Hever Castle Rose was launched by Dame Judi Dench, the award-winning British actress, during a press and media preview on 22 March. Dame Judi planted the Hever Castle Rose in a flower bed against a backdrop of the romantic castle near Edenbridge in Kent. Bel LeGrice Roses formally introduced the rose at The Midsummer’s Rose Festival at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show last July. Bred by the highly regarded rose hybridiser, the late Colin Horner, the floribunda ‘Hever Castle Rose’ (Horquinsey) produces masses of velvety deep-red blooms which fade to cerise, offset by golden-yellow stamens. Growing to a height of 4-5ft, the blooms are complemented by attractive, glossy dark-green foliage. The Hever Castle Rose has a long flowering period from May to the first frosts in October and has proved itself resistant to disease in rose trials. Hever Castle is famous for its rose garden which boasts over 4,000 rose bushes. Varieties include the deep mauve, highly perfumed ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and the heavily scented, dark red velvety Rosa ‘Deep Secret’. Other recent arrivals include the ‘Super Trouper’, a bright orange floribunda, and the famous old glowing red hybrid tea, ‘Tintinara’. Along the Rose Bank on Two Sister Lawn, visitors can delight in the musky fragrances of Gallica, Bourbon Moss and Damask roses. Dame Judi is to feature in a VisitBritain TV commercial to be broadcast worldwide following this spring’s royal wedding. This piece forms part of a £100m drive to attract tourists to Britain. She chose to film ‘Invitation to the World’ at Hever Castle, describing the romantic castle as one of her favourite British landmarks which she visits with her family in all seasons and all weathers whenever she can. For more information, visit www.hevercastle.co.uk

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BUSINESS

EASING THE VAT BURDEN… BY FRED COLEMAN

THE UK IS EXPERIENCING ITS HIGHEST VAT RATE SINCE VAT WAS INTRODUCED IN 1973. VAT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED NOT TO BE A TAX ON BUSINESSES BUT A TAX ON THE CONSUMER, HOWEVER IN PART, THIS PRINCIPLE HAS BEEN LOST OVER THE YEARS. It is perhaps now more important than ever for businesses to look to utilise any 'reliefs' within the VAT system that may help to ease the burden of VAT, whether financial or administrative. Listed below are some of the options that may help.

CASH ACCOUNTING

This allows businesses with an annual turnover of less than £1.35m to simply account for VAT on a receipts/payments basis. It means that you only account for the VAT to Customs, once this money is received by the business. The benefits are twofold. Firstly, you do not have to account for VAT on your debtors and secondly, VAT is not accounted for on what may turn out to be bad debts. This means instant bad debt relief, unlike using the somewhat time delayed systems normally required by Customs. Of course, with the ability to avoid paying VAT on your debtors, you lose the ability to recover the VAT on your creditors. Most businesses run a larger vatable debtor book than vatable creditor book (you will appreciate a large proportion of creditors of a business are not vatable, such as bank borrowings, the finance element of hire purchase, PAYE, etc). Not every business will benefit by cash accounting, but many will and the initial changeover from accounting for VAT on an invoice basis to cash accounting can be significant. As a practical example, I recently reviewed the VAT affairs of a wholesale parts business turning over approximately £1.2m. Their debtor book was circa £250,000 but their main supplier was very aggressive on their payment terms, which resulted in the company’s vatable creditors being circa £70,000. By changing to cash accounting, we had the ability to reduce the VAT liability for the quarter by approximately £27,000, a very useful cash flow saving.

CONTINUOUS SUPPLIES OF SERVICES

Certain businesses whose turnover exceeds the above threshold may also be able to take advantage of ‘cash accounting’. Businesses that provide services to their clients on a ‘continuous basis’ could change their invoicing procedures to improve their VAT cash flow position. These services are essentially those where there is a long-term project or engagement in place where payments are made periodically. These businesses can take advantage of the tax point rules and issue ‘demands for payment’ followed by tax receipts (VAT invoices) once payment has been received. In this way, output VAT is only due on receipt – providing the above benefits of the cash accounting scheme –although such businesses could in fact claim input VAT in the ‘normal’ way provided a valid VAT invoice from the relevant supplier is held.

CHANGING YOUR VAT RETURN PERIODS

For businesses that receive regular refunds from Customs, it is generally always sensible to apply for monthly VAT returns. This means that any refunds are received monthly as opposed to having to wait potentially four months to receive your refund.

ANNUAL ACCOUNTING

Businesses can also choose to use the annual accounting scheme. Effectively, this means that you submit a VAT return once a year. The advantage of this is that VAT is paid periodically during the year based on the previous year’s liability. This enables the company to know exactly how much is due each month or quarter, but perhaps more importantly, enables a business with a growing turnover to defer part of the additional output VAT that would be due as a result of the increase in turnover, year on year. Again, there are conditions to entering the scheme, with the VAT threshold not exceeding £1.35m. Of course like most schemes, this is not necessarily designed to suit everybody. For instance, a business with a decreasing turn over would have to wait longer to see the benefit of the reduced liability.

FLAT RATE SCHEMES

Flat rate schemes were introduced some years ago to assist smaller businesses, namely aimed at those with a taxable turnover of up to £150,000. This scheme was initially designed to ease the administrative burden on smaller businesses by not having to complete 'standard' VAT returns. The scheme allows for a preset percentage of your gross turnover, with this figure then being accounted to Customs. There are one or two exceptions, such as capital items over £2,000 but ordinarily, no input tax is recoverable on purchases. For example, a firm of management consultants would charge VAT at 20% to their customers but under the scheme would simply pay over to HMRC 14% of its turnover per VAT accounting period. Again, like many schemes, there are perhaps 'winners and losers' with respect to the VAT yield, but there are a number of businesses who have low levels of input VAT recovery and who have found once they have joined the scheme, they have reduced their VAT burden significantly, albeit proportionate to their level of activity. There are some potential pitfalls with this scheme; for example you have to account for VAT as a percentage of all your income (regardless of whether it may be exempt, such as rent received) and as such, the business will need to undertake the calculations to ascertain the potential benefit. The reduction in administration can also be attractive as well. In fact, it is possible to use the flat rate scheme in conjunction with the annual accounting scheme. All of the above schemes come with various conditions and implications. Professional advice should always be sought before any decisions are made.

For further information or any concerns about compliance please contact Fred Coleman on 01233 629255 or fred.coleman@wilkinskennedy.com

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BUSINESSTRAVEL

Hotel Verta

FOR A CITY BREAK OR A BUSINESS TRIP WITH AN EXTRA SPECIAL TWIST, CHECK OUT HOTEL VERTA IN BATTERSEA, SITUATED AT THE LONDON HELIPORT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RIVER THAMES. WHY NOT ESCAPE THE LONDON CONGESTION AND ARRIVE IN STYLE WITH A HELICOPTER TRIP OVER THE CAPITAL?

As well as the possibility of catching a glimpse of the rich and famous arriving at the helipad, you will also be treated to spectacular views of the Thames and London’s skyline, all from the comfort of your hotel room. Rooms feature stateof-the-art technology and luxurious décor successfully mixing the ultra-modern with a classic feel; a style which continues throughout the hotel. Enjoy dinner in the Patrisey restaurant which features floor to ceiling windows so guests can continue to take in those panoramic views of the Thames and heliport. Then visit the Vertilon Bar for some out-of-the-ordinary but fantastic cocktails. Like the hotel itself, the cocktail menu is full of classics with a modern twist like the Mojito with Sage and Pineapple.

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All guests can also enjoy entry to Spa Verta featuring a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam rooms, experience showers and heated loungers. The spa features a floor dedicated to highly personalised massage, skincare and grooming treatments for ultimate pampering.

Hotel Verta London's Vertical Gateway Bridges Wharf, Battersea London, SW11 3BE Sat Nav Ref: SW11 3RP Telephone: 020 7801 3500 info@hotelverta.co.uk www.hotelverta.co.uk


LOCALBUSINESS

insideKENT INTERVIEWS HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM

DEAN AND JOY CHESTERTON OF RIPPLES CANTERBURY

How long have you been in business? We opened Ripples Canterbury in May 2008 and our showroom is conveniently situated along the cobbles of Iron Bar Lane, Off Burgate. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a fabulous retail experience, selling the highest calibre brands the world of bathrooms has to offer. What made you want to go into business and why Ripples? The beginning for us was seeing an advert for a ‘Ripples’ franchise in Kent. We had always planned to open our own bathroom showroom, so we decided to make the call. After meeting Ripples founder Roger Kyme, we discovered we were on the same page when it came to a business model and being part of a franchise operation meant we would have the benefits of a tried and tested business format. Ripples started in 1988 and now has 18 showrooms nationwide. What's the single best business decision you've made? For us, the best decision was to make the move and open the showroom in Canterbury. We worked closely with the architect and provided major input into the design of the showroom, resulting in a light and airy space, covering 1,800 sq ft with 22 displays showcasing the ultimate in contemporary and traditional bathroom designs. What's the hardest part about owning your own business? Fabulous design and a beautiful showroom is only part of the process. We believe customer service is paramount and we take great pride and put tremendous effort into all our projects. Running your own business takes a lot of work, determination and planning. We all work six days a week and as a result, many of our clients come to us having been recommended by friends or family. What makes you stand out from your competition? Ripples has become famed for designing and creating bespoke, luxury bathroom spaces. All designs are individually hand-drawn by our talented designers which highlights their natural creativity and their 'Wow' factor. We are less sales people and more skilled bathroom stylists and designers, who listen to our customers to help them make the most of the hidden potential of their bathroom. We live, eat and breath Ripples and we enjoy what we do. We feel very positive about 2011 – we will remain focused on making the most of every opportunity to develop our business. What advice do you have for those looking to go into business? Our advice for anyone going into business would be (a) allow enough money for start up and cash flow in the first few months, (b) be sensible and don't overspend when you are starting up, and (c) know your potential clients, trust in the brand and trust in the products. What's the most interesting product you stock? We are finding an increased interest in shower solutions that are very minimal and the ‘walk-in’ idea is still very much in vogue, but big rain shower heads and radiators that look like pieces of art are really changing the look of bathrooms. Our latest display is creating a lot of interest - a handmade copper bath, glass mosaics and teak furniture. What's next for your business? We have already gained awards for our bathroom designs and have recently been nominated in the top four under 25's category for bathroom designer 2011 in the KBB industry awards. The winners will be announced at a gala 900 seat, black tie dinner on Monday 16th May at ExceL in London – so fingers crossed.

Ripples Canterbury 1-3 Iron Bar Lane Off Burgate Canterbury Kent CT1 2HN 01227 459525 www.ripples.ltd.uk canterbury@ripples.ltd.uk

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Employee Engagement

LAW

SIMPLE STRATEGIES CAN REAP HUGE REWARDS By Hannah Lockyer, Solicitor at Gardner Croft LLP Employees are a business’ most valuable resource. It is well established that the level of their performance is directly related to how they feel about the business that they work for. We all know that it’s a difficult climate at the moment. Jobs are hard to come by and because of that people might be hanging on to employment that is not right for them. Likewise, employers are often faced with low staff morale because of the very real fear of redundancies due to the current economic climate. The concept of 'employee engagement' is a measure of just how motivated some employees are to succeed and how valuable they are to the business they work for. Exploring the extent to which its employees are 'engaged' can give employers a valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their organisation from a people perspective and help them to look at ways of improving productivity and output. Employees who are highly engaged are those who are a positive force in the workplace. They are reliable and interested in what is going on in the business that they work for. They demonstrate a willingness to learn, absorb and respond to feedback, enjoy their work and can assume the best intent in any given scenario. By contrast, employees who show low levels of employee engagement (or who are actively 'disengaged) can potentially be very damaging to an employer’s business. Studies show that businesses with high levels of disengaged staff usually suffer a decline in operating income, whereas high levels of employee engagement within an organisation can directly generate substantially more revenue. A disengaged employee, for example, will take on average 6.2 sick days each year according to a recent GALLUP poll, in comparison with an engaged employee who will average 2.7 sick days a year. The cost of sickness absence to employers can be enormous.

Given the substantial benefits to employers of having a highly engaged workforce, it is helpful to look at strategies that employers can use to ensure that they not only recruit engaged employees, but that they hold on to them. As we come out of the recession, job opportunities are likely to increase. Positive employees will find new opportunities. Employers would be well advised to look at ways to ensure that they do not lose their highly performing staff to competitors. This does not necessarily need to be complicated. There are many fairly straightforward ways for an employer to motivate and thus retain its highly engaged employees. Incentives (financial or otherwise) may well go a long way to motivating staff and promoting loyalty. Incentives can include bonus schemes, which reward performance financially, and long service increments which reward loyalty and long service. However, strategies do not have to cost the earth. Offering an engaged employee career progression or training opportunities can do much to encourage high levels of employee engagement. In addition, ensuring that communication channels are clear, investing time in your employees and having an effective appraisal system are all essential components of the same objective. By contrast, much can be gained through appropriate use of reasonable restrictive covenant clauses such as non-competition and nonsolicitation clauses. When drafted carefully and reasonably, such clauses can be very effective in ensuring that employers do not lose their employees or their existing clients to competitors. We must not forget that employers do not have to tolerate poor performance. It is never advisable for an employer to let poor performance go unmanaged. Employers must make sure that they have adequate performance management procedures in place to address situations in which their employees are not meeting standards.

If standards are falling short and business efficiency is affected, employers are best advised to get early, timely legal advice and act quickly and fairly and follow their own procedures. Our experienced and dedicated employment team at Gardner Croft LLP are on hand to help you with your employment queries. We are happy to offer efficient and effective advice to both employers and employees alike on the employment issues affecting them.

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 ‘no surprises’ approach. Remembering that all our clients are real people who require personal attention, Gardner Croft strives to build a strong relationship and ensure our clients’ 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, to speak to one of our team or to arrange an appointment please call 01227 813400 / enquiries@gardnercroft.co.uk / www.gardnercroft.co.uk

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HOME+GARDEN

A REMOTE INTEREST IN HIGH TECH KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS REMOTE CONTROL IS NO LONGER CONFINED TO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS OR TELEVISIONS, AS THE LATEST GENERATION OF SMART TECHNOLOGY CAN NOW BE FOUND THROUGHOUT OUR HOMES. BY PAUL BATCHELOR / Director and Head Designer at KeySpaces Kitchen and Bathrooms

Many manufacturers now producing amazingly innovative products specifically for Kitchen and bathrooms that are designed to make our lives easier when it comes to cooking, cleaning and even relaxing in the bath.

BATHING IN TECHNOLOGY For those of us who are less able-bodied, remote controlled technology can play a key role in facilitating greater independence by simplifying some tasks into the touch of a button. For example, not only can you turn on your shower before you get underneath it, you can also preset the temperature to suit both your personal requirements and those of other household members. When it comes to whirlpool baths and hydrotherapy pools, you can experience a whole new world of comfort and relaxation. Gone are the days of jumping up and down to change the settings; you can now whip up a storm or calm the waters with the touch of a button. There’s no longer any reason to compromise on aesthetics as remote technology means you can finally eliminate clunky dials and switches replacing them with sleek, stylish lines.

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For those of us juggling busy schedules, remote control technology can offer the promise of carving a little extra time for ourselves. For some, it also appeals to the IT geek within who is always excited by the latest technology.

You can even watch your favourite programme or catch up on the news whilst in the bathroom. Safety-rated televisions can be easily connected to your Sky system and DVD player allowing you to watch Psycho while in the shower.

Although we have been talking about smart homes for a while, it is only recently that the technology and the possibilities it brings has become widely available.

A LIGHTER APPROACH For those who think flicking a switch is too much trouble, smart technology will ensure the lighting comes on as you enter a room. You can even change the lighting effect from task to mood or

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brighter to softer depending on what atmosphere you are trying to create. For example, softer lighting can enhance a relaxing bathing experience or can create the perfect ambiance for entertaining guests. However, brighter lighting is better for creating the perfect meal or achieving a close shave in the bathroom mirror. SMART APPROACH TO MONEY Smart home technology can also help you save money by improving the energy efficiency of your home from remotely controlled ventilation hoods to self-ordering fridges. You can even turn your oven on or off whilst on the train and you can set your washing machine and tumble dryer to run at the most cost effective time of day (or night). A efficient smart home, however, still needs to start with the right design. To further discuss the possibilities that home automation brings, call KeySpaces now.

KeySpaces Kitchens and Bathrooms Evegate Business Centre Station Road Smeeth Nr Ashford TN25 6SX T: 01303 812985 info@keyspaces.co.uk www.keyspaces.co.uk


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an introduction to solar energy systems

THE SOLAR ENERGY MARKET CAN APPEAR TO BE A VERY CONFUSING PLACE, BUT IS IN FACT QUITE SIMPLE PROVIDING YOU FIND A LOCAL CONTRACTOR WHO WILL TAKE THE TIME TO ASSESS YOUR NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS, EXPLAIN HOW THE SYSTEMS WORK AND ITS BENEFIT TO YOU, THE CUSTOMER. In essence, a Solar Energy system is a way of harnessing the Sun’s immense natural power and converting it to either electricity using silicon cells, or hot water and direct heating using thermal energy.

• PVT Hybrid Solar Solution (HSS) System: This is a combined unit which uses Solar Panels, a Solar Thermal System and a third innovation to provide electricity and all hot water needs. This HSS System has been invented and produced by a Kent based Company and is the only one of its kind to work in this manner. Whichever system you choose can be fed back into the National Grid to reap the benefits of the UK Governments ‘Feed In Tariff’ (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI).

There are different systems on the market which offer different energy solutions. We recommend the following systems: • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System: This system generates electrical power that can be used to fulfil all electrical needs within the home.

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The UK government have committed to decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels and have legislated the ‘FITs’ which became effective on 1 April 2010. Under this scheme energy suppliers must (compulsory for big six suppliers) make payments to householders who generate their own electricity from renewable sources such as solar panels (PV). Additional payments can be collected under the ‘RHIs’ for Solar Thermal Systems. Strict government guidelines cover the materials and system installations that qualify for ‘FITs’ payments, which means that installed products and the installing Contractor must be approved under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Ball Contractors are extremely proud to have recently achieved this prestigious accreditation and have suppliers that provide the approved systems. Benefits of PV and PVT Systems: • ‘FITs’ and ‘RHIs’ payments for energy generated. • The energy generated is used for all electrical and hot water needs within the property and any surplus electricity is exported to the grid. • Reduction in cost of energy bills. • Help to minimise the impact of rising energy costs over the coming years. • Typically in the UK, 850kWh (kilowatt hours) can be generated annually from every kw of solar panels installed. • PV and PVT Systems require little maintenance. • Investment in a highly reliable system should give a typical lifetime of 25 – 30 years. There is no better time to invest in either a PV System or a combined PVT Hybrid Solar Solution ‘HSS’ System. At Ball Contractors we feel this isn’t just an investment in our own futures, but in the environment's future too.

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Grow your own Quintessentially British Summer Strawberries

THEY ARE A QUINTESSENTIAL PART OF EVERY BRITISH SUMMER AND GROWING (AND EATING) YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES IS TASTY, REWARDING AND SAVES YOU MONEY. Anyone can grow their own strawberries; even if you only have a space as small as a window ledge and for those of use who aren't blessed with green-fingers, or just don't have the time to spend on our gardens, help is at hand. There are tonnes of self watering planters and fruit kits on the market which just about look after themselves. One of our favourite planters is the Windowgrow available from www.greenhousesensation.co.uk which keeps your strawberry plants perfectly watered for up to two weeks at a time. You can fit up to six strawberry plants in one of these and from you should typically be able to pick around 2kgs of fruit in the season. Growing your own strawberries requires very little space or effort, the plants can be bought and planted from April until August and they produce fruit very quickly. Where to grow - pot or ground, patio or windowsill? Slugs and snails adore strawberries, so they are better planted in pots than in the ground, and window ledges and hanging baskets are ideal spots out of reach of these slimy pests. Strawberries in full sun will produce the most fruit and they should be planted out of the wind. If you want to buy new plants each year you can plant 3 or 4 in a hanging basket or five or six in

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a windowsill planter, so that you get maximum fruit from your available space. If you are growing in a raised bed or directly in your garden give each plant 35cms of space so that you can keep the same plants for 3 years; when the last strawberry has been enjoyed, simply cut the leaves back to around 10cm. Varieties The 2 most popular types of strawberry plant are: 1: Summer Fruiting – these produce one ‘flush’ of fruit. Plant an early, a mid and a late summer fruiting variety so that you have fruit all summer. Popular varieties are El Santa and Cambridge Favourite. 2: Perpetual Fruiting (also known as everberaring) – these plants produce three lots of fruit spread throughout the entire summer. Popular choices are Flamenco, Albion, Finesse, Aromel and Calypso. Caring for your strawberries Strawberry plants do not like standing in water and if the soil becomes waterlogged the plants will rot. To keep the soil moist you will need to water a little every day unless you have a selfwatering planter. Feed your strawberry plants with a tomato feed every 10 days. Although strawberries like a lot of light, they don’t like to be too warm, so if you are planting on a windowsill, open a window regularly to let in some cooler air. Greed is good when it comes to strawberries. Pick them as soon as they are ripe otherwise they will rot on the plant and don't forget to check the plants every other day during the ripening period.

Quick Facts • Hold the cream? - Strawberries have no fat and only 27 calories per 100g, but all those good intentions are often undone by the cream. Try balsamic vinegar and black pepper instead, or of course a strawberry or two in a glass of Champagne. • A rose by any other name? - The strawberry belongs to the rose family, explaining the delicious fragrance.

• Berry or not? - A strawberry has, on average, 200 seeds on the outside. It is argued that for this reason, it cannot be considered a real berry, since berries carry seeds on the inside. • Eat them whole - Capping, cutting, injuring or squeezing the fruit reduces the vitamin content. • Wimbledon - According to the organisers approximately 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream.


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WITH SUMMER AROUND THE CORNER AND THOSE LONG BALMY EVENINGS NEARLY IN REACH, OUT-DOOR EATING IS BACK ON THE MENU. IF YOU'RE WONDERING HOW TO KEEP THOSE FINGER FOODS FRESH OR HOW BEST TO CHILL A GLASS OF SOMETHING BUBBLY THIS SUMMER, LOOK NO FURTHER. WE'VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST SELECTION OF THE SUNNY SEASON'S MUST-HAVES.

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inspirational garden design in any space

A RECENT BRIEF TO ME FROM A WELL-KNOWN COOKERY WRITER SPECIFIED THAT THE GARDEN SHOULD BE ‘INSPIRATIONAL’. THE CLIENT NEEDED SOMEWHERE TO RELAX, SOMEWHERE TO ESCAPE, SOMEWHERE OF COURSE TO ENTERTAIN AND DINE, SOMEWHERE FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY BUT ALSO WHERE AN ADULT COULD SIT AND SIMPLY ‘BE’. THINKING OVER THIS, I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ALL THE GARDENS COMING FROM OUR STUDIO ARE IN SOME WAY INSPIRATIONAL, FITTING IN WITH AND HOPEFULLY IMPROVING CLIENTS’ LIFESTYLES.

When asked to design a garden, my first step is to find out what the space is now and who it’s for. What it is to be comes later on in the design process. Easy to use as well as easy on the eye is a prime aim. If I turn a previously-unused garden area into an attractive space that’s easy to get to via an equally attractive route, we use it; if it’s comfortable, we sit in it; and if that’s a good experience, we’ll use that area again. Looking at the elements I tend to incorporate in my design, (both public and private) there are a number which crop up consistently; somewhere comfortable and accessible to sit, large trees to provide the required atmosphere as well as giving structure and shade, and strong lines softened by abundant planting.

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The spaces themselves develop further than their original brief and tend to have more than one function. A series of grass terraces transform a necessary but uninspiring supporting mound of earth into a mini amphitheatre; a play-space in the garden of a children’s hospice is also a retreat for families as well as a dining area for medical staff; a display garden in a plant nursery showcases new plants, provides visitors with a place to sit and also becomes a stage for summer music events; a terrace in the Docklands is accessed by workers who want to escape the office and relax in a garden setting, it also becomes a meeting place and provides the main view from the boardroom.


At the onset of the design stage for the Thrive Urban garden at RHS Chelsea 2010, I took what I needed in my own garden – essentially large trees and places to sit – and then put them in a space I’d be happy in. Clean structural lines, neutral wall colours and fabulous multi-stemmed Prunus serrula were brought together to create a restful place where a few people can comfortably relax or garden, or both, as they wish.

I love the long herbaceous borders in Kent, with the repeat-planting of Rosa 'Mary Rose' and gauzy veils of Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Transparent' planted at relevant points to stop the eye zooming along to the end. There are paths behind these borders to enable the visitor to peek through and get surprise views rather than just the obvious ones.

Going against the ‘less is more’ banner often adopted, to me a garden is a living space, and therefore I need to incorporate within it those elements which I need to ‘live’ outside. So we start with a list which usually goes something like this: seating (lots of it in different areas if possible); a source of heat and cooking facility (fire pits are big news at the moment but please seek advice before going and buying an apparent bargain from a garden centre. Remember that these are essentially an open fire and so need to be capable of giving adequate heat, being located safely and sturdy enough to survive the winter). Added to the list we have planting (vegetable and ornamental), play area, storage, lighting, screening, shelter, shade. I know this is a pretty long list to get into any space, let alone a smaller area, so rather than compromise I need any feature that I design to fulfil more than one purpose. So we have trees, and we have function. We also need abundant planting for its softening effect and its scents and colours. A piece of art might sit within this planting or be framed by it, giving something to talk about, or just to sit and look at. Again, it’s easy to be seduced into doing a ‘supermarket sweep’ of half a dozen plants at a nursery. Far better to think this through and end up spending less money on a planting design that after a few months looks vastly superior to that initial bundle of plants in your trolley. ‘Looking at’ is key in laying out the space and routes in a garden. The vista is often neglected by a man in his van coming to lay your terrace, by-passing intrinsic elements which make a garden work. Every garden can have at least two vistas or viewpoints. In the 5m x 7m Chelsea garden I managed to create four clear views and even some surprises.

magical, amazing, awe-inspiring, exciting and relaxing. It all depends on where you're standing and that's what I try to achieve in my small way. In this country, I'd say the most important vista is initially from the house, as we don't really tend to venture too far out into the garden for at least half the year. The lines of the gardens I design are quite classical, and I like to intersect the main vista with a route to at least one other vista - the views and routes around my gardens are probably the uppermost thing in mind as I design. And as for ugly views, I do anything but screen them - putting a trellis panel around a bin screams "Guess what I'm hiding!" (Unless it's a neighbour's unfrosted bathroom window, in which case you have to put something in front of it, otherwise you keep looking, however much you don't want to.) So how to distract the eye away before it falls on that tower block view at the back of your house? I would direct the vista away from it if possible, making some form of route that makes us concentrate on it as we walk along. Perhaps it's edged by trees with good interest for most of the year, or there are repeats of plantings, or a little surprise on the way in the form of an unexpected seat, or a mirror which tricks us just for a moment. And from the locations of these items, I would then work out where to place the next one, distracting and detracting from the ugly view all the way.

Another favourite is a corner view looking along a length of the Chelsea 2010 garden. Naked stems and frothy flowers again provide a veil, then the fabulous bark of the Prunus serrula and the tiniest glimpse of a fern sculpture behind the wall make an appearance, before your eye travels and glimpses the chill-out area in the distance with its tables and cushions. This was all done to show you can create interest and mystery in the smallest of gardens, keeping the attention and not being distracted by what's going on around it in neighbouring properties. This is especially important in small urban gardens.

Inspirational garden design is not complicated, but we can over-complicate it. Make your garden a place where people want to go, make sure you can get to it, and make sure it’s a pleasant experience once you’re there.

My favourite all time view are the gardens of Villa d'Este outside Rome. Whether looking down onto the pools, looking up at the tremendous fountains from them, or looking across them, it's

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inspirational show gardens Float Garden - 2010 winner

Haven in August - 2010 winner

It was dubbed a mini Chelsea flower show; now it’s being extended for a second year so there will be even more to see. Here’s how a Kent company has visitors flocking to see their show gardens. In May 2010, celebrity TV gardener Joe Swift unveiled four fantastic show gardens for Jacksons Fencing at their HQ in Kent. The gardens were the result of a competition run by Jacksons aimed at garden designers with the prize being the chance to have their design built. The gardens showcase Jacksons and other top quality garden suppliers products, in designs that wouldn’t look out of place at any of the big garden shows. The difference is, Jacksons gardens are open to the public, not just for a week like many garden shows, but all year round. This allows visitors who have never had the chance before ample opportunity to see a show garden and get inspiration for their own garden projects. Jacksons marketing manager, Louise Tomlin, said, “I was even more impressed with the standard of the designs this year. So much hard work and thought had gone in to them - the

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presentation was amazing. I thought we asked for a lot of detail, but many of the designers went beyond the call of duty.” This year’s competition winners are ‘The Fragrant Front Garden’ by Justine Jobson, ‘The Chill Out Garden’ by Helen Elks-Smith and ‘The Paradise Garden’ by Mary Ann Le May. Justine was one of only two designers who thought to create a front garden using Jacksons’ steel railings and other products to ingenious use. Helen’s garden is a space to relax and unwind, with a wild flower lawn, hammock and footbridges over a moat. The Paradise Garden however is bound to cause a stir – it comes complete with five colourful water windows, ripples in the sand and a rill running down to a pool where the water is then recycled. The existing show gardens that proved very popular with visitors last year are all being revamped. On 21 May, the weekend before the Chelsea flower show starts, Jackson’s seven show gardens will be officially opened once more

by Joe Swift. So if you can’t make it to Chelsea, check out Jacksons’ web site for opening times. Remember the gardens are open to the public all through the year. Many of Jacksons products, like their wonderful new Venetian and Paliframe panels, are featured in the show gardens plus other goodies like the Zone shelter, raised beds, Jakwall, decking and pergola systems. See them in the new Good Fencing Guide out now.

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Harrisons hair team Leanne Woodward, manager of the Sandgate salon

the Harrisons hair team celebrating 20 years in business

Sue Harrison, owner of Harrisons hair team

Sue Harrison of Harrisons hair team recently celebrated 20 years in business with a party for over 200 clients at her Evegate studio, near Ashford. Sue is a Redken platform artist and trainer. Her salons combine this high standard of professionalism and service with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

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THINKING ABOUT COLOR, PRINTS, AND TEXTURE - DREAMING UP FRESH WAYS TO BRING OUR LIMBS BACK INTO THE SUNLIGHT. THESE LOOKS - A LONG DRESS WITH FEMININE ARMBARING RUFFLES, SHORTS THAT ARE CHIC ENOUGH TO PAIR WITH A LADY-LIKE BLOUSE AND A SUPER-SHORT MOD DRESS WITH SKY HIGH - HEELS HAVE US DIZZY FOR SPRING!

Baracuda Frill Front Emerald Green Maxi Dress £14, Monsoon

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Sussex Dress £99, Hobbs

Lucas Jack - White Spike Ring £50, House of Fraser

Suede Shorts £25, A|wear

Elm £135, Pied a Terre Faith Collie Leopard Print Platform £45, Debenhams

Lark Rise Lace Dress £165, French Connection

Neon Yellow Lace Sleeveless Top £21.99, New Look

Tan ‘Robinson’ bowling bag £150, House of Fraser

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Sienna Cross Dye Cropped Trousers £40, Monsoon

Expander Bracelet £10, Next Ruffle Ballerina £25, Accessorize

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PURSE THOSE LIPS AND POSE:

Pi nup

for a day!

THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT VINTAGE PINUP GIRLS THAT SEND ME DAYDREAMING - TO A MORE STYLISH TIME WHEN HATS WERE EVERYDAY FASHION AND LADIES WORE GLAMOROUS RED LIPSTICK AND STYLISH VICTORY ROLLS IN THEIR HAIR. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO STEP BACK IN TIME TO SEE MYSELF AS A PINUP GIRL, SO I EMBARKED ON A MISSION TO GET IN FRONT OF THE LENS, PURSE MY LIPS, AND POSE. BY MOLLY NEZNANSKI GIL

The quest to find my inner va-va-voom led me to the United States, the birthplace of pinup photography. Just a quick flight from London, the sunny international city of Miami, Florida is home to the studio of Terribly Girly and photographer Janette Valentine. Since 2005, Janette and her all-girl crew have photographed hundreds of women from all walks of life – both local and from abroad - in classic and modern pinup shoots. When the day of my session arrived, I drove to the Terribly Girly studio near South Beach. I was excited but nervous, so I did what every reasonable girl would do - I gave myself a pep talk in the rearview mirror with Janette’s instructions of “Be confident, come with a positive attitude and be ready to have fun”. It sounded easy enough, so, with some deep breaths and lots of trust, I stepped into the Terribly Girly studio and back in time.

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The studio was how I imagined my best friend’s apartment would be in the 1940’s or 50’s. Rock and Roll classics played on the stereo, record players, antique furniture, and vintage wallpaper filled the space and, on every wall, classic pinups winked at me from their frames. When my imagination started to take over, I felt myself slipping back in time. It really started to feel like hanging out in my best friend’s apartment when I met the friendly and hilarious crew that would release my inner bombshell. My talented retro-squad included stylist Aurora Natrix, makeup artist Virginia Le Fay, hair stylist Marilyn San German and photographer Janette Valentine.


Next, I was off to makeup and hair with Virginia and Marilyn. They worked quickly, transforming me with lipstick, lashes, and voluptuous hair in the time it would normally take me to put on mascara. My funny and friendly glam-squad had a clear vision and stuck to the rules, not letting me peek until the transformation was complete. After makeup and hair, it was back to wardrobe where I got dressed and Aurora helped me pull on my stockings so the black seams were even. This was a team effort and I was gaining more and more respect for what stylish women used to do to look fabulous every day. When my styling was complete, Virginia turned me to look in the mirror and waited for my reaction. At first glance, I was overwhelmed and quickly looked away, but then I stepped closer to study my face and hair. The crew busied themselves and melted away to give me a moment. I imagine they must see this all the time - a wide-eyed speechless woman seeing herself looking like a movie star for the first time. I couldn’t believe it - what I saw in the mirror took my breath away! I saw myself, but in an entirely new way as a bombshell, a siren of the silver screen and more glamorous than I’d ever dreamed of looking. When Janette told me it was time to start the shoot, I stepped away from the mirror and into the studio, confident and grinning.

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The team had created a set that was brimming with personality, with a bright yellow background and vintage typewriter. Ooh-la-la! Janette got to work quickly, giving me a crash course in classic pinup poses. Stick out your chest at all times, pull your arms back as far as you can, point your toes as much as possible - pinups back in the day, I discovered, definitely didn’t just lounge around looking pretty. The studio, the camera, and the pushing and pointing was a bit intimidating at first, but Janette’s infectious enthusiasm, positive energy, clear instructions and Ray Charles’ Greatest Hits helped me loosen up after the first few shutter clicks. As Janette moved quickly from shot to shot, coaxing her vision out of every frame, I enjoyed my time in the limelight. I was having so much fun I completely lost track of time and could have happily posed all afternoon. When my session was over, I reluctantly changed back into my clothes, vowing not to forget the amazing feeling I had during my time with the ladies of Terribly Girly. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced and unbelievably fun. Between you and me, I couldn't resist having my own mini-shoot in the car when I left, I waited an extra day to wash my hair so I could rock my curls just a little bit longer, and, for the next week, found myself stopping in front of the mirror saying things like, 'hello you!’ to myself with a wink and laugh. The best part of the whole experience? The girl I discovered stayed with me - she’s the inspiration behind my confident new swagger and she can’t wait to step in front of the lens again. For more information about Terribly Girly, visit www.terriblygirly.com. Follow Molly on Twitter: @lolachiffon

Photographer: Emma Jones www.missboudoir.com Miss Boudoir® specializes in luxury boudoir photography, vintage glamour, pinup photography, burlesque and sensual nude portraits especially for women. Black Book Sessions © Black Book Sessions

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The crew whisked me away and Aurora got to work quickly, showing me the wardrobe she’d chosen from the inspiration photos I’d selected the week before. As I pulled on outfits, the girls chimed in with stand-up worthy commentary and confidence-boosting oohs and aahs. I had to admit, I was eating up the whole experience. When I pulled on the red halter dress, the decision was unanimous. We all knew I definitely had to go red, baby.

Itching to point your toes, pout, and wait for the shutter to click? The demand for pinup sessions is spreading - and photographers can be found around the globe including throughout England. Why wait? These local photographers are ready to transform you!

© Miss Boudoir

© Terribly Girly

“WE HAVE A ‘SHED YOUR INSECURITIES’ RULE AND FOCUS ON CELEBRATING EVERY WOMAN WE WORK WITH TO GIVE THEM THE BOOST THEY DESERVE. SO MANY WOMEN HAVE BODY ISSUES AND BEAT THEMSELVES UP ABOUT THEM DAILY. PART OF WHAT WE DO IS ART AND THE OTHER, MORE IMPACTFUL PART, IS CREATING A POSITIVE ALL-FEMALE ENVIRONMENT SO EVERY WOMAN THAT COMES INTO THE STUDIO WALKS AWAY WITH RENEWED CONFIDENCE.” - JANETTE VALENTINE OF TERRIBLY GIRLY

Photographer: Jules Fortune www.blackbooksessions.co.uk 07786 355408 Black Books provides boudoir photo shoots tasteful and classy but always sexy,with an edge! Offering a range of boudoir styles, stunning albums and products at competitive prices. Raquel Rouge Photographer: Rachel Spivey www.raquelrouge.co.uk 01926 886357 Rachel has been a professional photographer since 1998. From her Regency studio she creates glamorous pinup images with a vintage twist in a fun and friendly environment. She’ll work with you to devise looks and poses that show you at your best.

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BAGS OF STYLE THIS MONTH RACHEL GOLD GIVES HER FORECASTS FOR THE COOLEST SPRING/SUMMER KIT I was in Camden last week having an early dinner and doing some people watching. In the restaurant there was a cross section of very cool and eclectic men ranging in age from their 20’s to 50’s. Amongst them I spotted a very stylish and well put together guy. My eye was drawn not only to his clothes, but also to his fabulous Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviator bag. There is nothing more unsettling than a welldressed man with his pockets bulging with rattling keys and such. It really spoils the look. So, get right on trend this season and grab yourself a man-bag. THE GOOD, THE BAG AND THE UGLY The 2011 man-bag is usually a rectangular or square messenger-style with an over-flap. It can be canvas or leather dependant on the brand

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and it may have a wide comfortable shoulder strap. In 2011, this is the way to carry your gear to work. It looks so much cooler than a ruck sack or attaché case. GOOD REASONS TO CARRY A MAN BAG • No ugly bulging school boy pockets. • It shows you have really paid attention to your look. • You must have a practical, neat and organised mind. Ladies like that. • You are a man who is on trend and not shy about style. WE NO LONGER LIKE • Great big bulky sports holdalls - unless you're going to the gym. • Rucksacks - they crease your suit and get in the way when you sit.

• Hard attaché cases - shin and hip crucifiers when you crash into someone. • The old zipped Filofax with a wrist strap - too small to carry anything and so 70’s - 80’s, but not in a good way. No, no, no!

Here are some of my favourites: Doshed up Mark by Marc Jacobs Aviator bag £220, www.matchesfashion.com Messenger bag £1,620, www.louisvuitton.com Atlantic Blue trainspotting £480, www.bally.com Doshed down Green canvas satchel £20, www.asos.com Black flap over bag £21.99, www.riverisland.com Black Leather Eyelet satchel £70, www.topman.com

SHOW HER YOU CARE For many years male grooming was confined to the barber’s chair. Now grooming has taken a 360 degree turn. Male products are being advertised everywhere and it is a standard procedure to groom and preen before leaving the house. Grooming tells a woman a lot about you and how much attention you pay to yourself. It's a sign that you have confidence and want to take care of your presentation. For the latest products and tips on problems like in-growing hairs, blackheads and oily or dry skin, take a look at www.mankind.co.uk. They even have a master class covering important pre-dating do’s and how to get the perfect shave. If you are in London, a visit to The Refinery on Brooke Street, Mayfair is a must. It's a one stop grooming emporium for men. There are some fabulous treatments on offer from barbering to skincare to spa treatments. Buff up for summer with www.the-refinery.com. Remember, being stylish is not just about the clothes you wear, it is the whole package!

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Quick Fix BEAUTY TIPS

AS WE WELCOME SPRING/SUMMER BACK INTO OUR LIVES IT CAN BE AN AWKWARD TRANSITION WHEN IT COMES TO STYLING. TAKE THE STRESS AWAY AND CHECK OUT OUR EASY GUIDE TO QUICK FIX BEAUTY AND MAKEUP THAT CAN ALTER YOUR LOOK IN A FLASH. WORDS BY GEMMA MORPURGO / PHOTOS BY NV-ME PHOTOGRAPHY Feminine Flutter

5 Minute Smokey Eyes

As you may well know, I have a love for lashes like no other! I believe they can alter your look in seconds, transforming you into a glamorous goddess in the blink of an eye (or two).

Picture this, you get in from work with very little time to spare, your girlfriends are waiting for you at your favourite wine bar and you need to look ‘hot to trot’ in 5 minutes. Just follow my plan:

How to apply your lashes • Always apply your mascara prior to lash application • Apply glue to the spine of the lashes paying extra attention to each corner (as the corners may need a little more adhesive) • Allow glue to go slightly tacky for approximately 20 seconds • Position yourself in front of a mirror and tilt your head back. Look down and apply the lash from the outer edge • After 10 seconds pinch the false lashes and your lashes together for a seamless finish

• Using M.A.C Black Track Fluid Line, apply a small amount on the lids of the eyes and blend out using a small fluffy eye shadow brush. It's both gel based and waterproof, so do one eye at a time before the fluid line sets • In the water line and bottom eye line apply a black coal pencil and smudge using a cotton bud. If you prefer a harder look then try applying a dark/ black eye shadow along the pencil line. This is a good trick if you find the pencil runs slightly as the powder helps the pencil to set in place leaving you free from panda eyes • Along the brow use a skin colour or slightly lighter than skin colour shadow to gently highlight the area and soften the hardness of your previously blended fluid line. This is a great technique to balance out and make the eyes more symmetrical where the colour has been applied • Add lashings of your favourite mascara and hey presto, a smokey eye in five minutes. The girls won’t believe their eyes

Long Lasting Lusciousness Not everyone has the time to reapply lipstick throughout the day. In these demanding times it is a godsend to find a product you can pop on, forget about and believe in. So when it comes to lip colour I can absolutely recommend M.A.C Pro long wear lip colour, in a host of shades. You apply the lip colour and allow to dry (it’s almost like a lip paint). Then, to keep lips looking sumptuous, apply the lip gloss on top and voila! All you need to do is remember to top your gloss up throughout the day and your lips will remain vibrant and kissable until you remove your make up.

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Jazzy Gem Stones Have you created a fabulous makeup look but feel there’s something missing? Do you have occasions where you'd like to stand out from the crowd? Then look no further than the power of the gem stone. Whether you're after like a subtle twinkle or a big sparkle, gem stones are a quick

yet beautiful addition to any look. You can buy gemstones from most chemists or cosmetic outlets and they are very simple to apply. • Using lash glue, apply a small dot of glue on the skin where you intend to apply the gem stone. You can use a cocktail stick or cotton bud to do this • Allow the glue to go slightly tacky for about 10 to 20 seconds • Apply the gem stone to the desired area. Twinkle twinkle looking fabulous If, however, you do find yourself with extra time to spare, why not try the smokey eye techniques incorporating other coloured eyeshadows? So simple yet effective.

Gemma Morpurgo is available for makeup artistry of all kinds. Get in touch at gemmamorpurgo@hotmail.co.uk or follow Gemma on Facebook www.facebook.com/GemmaMUAMorpurgo

Gemma would like to thank Natachia Vecsi of N.V.ME for the amazing photography.


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Affairs of the Heart month AT

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HERE AT FOREMAN AND JONES, WE TREAT ALL OF THE CONDITIONS THAT YOU MIGHT ORDINARILY TAKE TO YOUR DOCTOR. THIS MONTH WE ARE FOCUSING ON ‘AFFAIRS OF THE HEART’ BOTH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL. WE TREAT MANY PATIENTS WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS FOR EXAMPLE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, PALPITATIONS, POOR CIRCULATION, RAYNAUDS DISEASE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL (TO NAME BUT A FEW). WE ALSO TREAT PATIENTS WITH EMOTIONAL IMBALANCES AND THESE CAN RANGE FROM GRIEF TO FEAR AND ANXIETY. Here is a case study of a lady we treated with high blood pressure with much success. A 45 year old patient had been consulting me on and off for many years for varying complaints ranging from a hormonal imbalance to stress and anxiety related to work. During a routine check up at her doctor she had been diagnosed with high blood pressure of 178/103. The doctor was concerned as the patient had also been recently suffering with palpitations and headaches. My patient was worried that once she started taking beta blockers, prescribed by her doctor, that she would be ‘stuck’ on them forever. During consultation we discussed the patient’s life circumstances. She had no history of high blood pressure, in fact her blood pressure had always been low at 110/70 but she had recently lost her job due to the recession and had experienced a great deal of anxiety looking for another job. In my opinion, having treated the patient for years, the high blood pressure was purely related to

her life circumstances and following an ECG that came back normal she decided to take herbal medicines for her hypertension. I asked the patient to monitor her blood pressure at home and she recorded her readings daily. I prescribed a herbal medicine which would help to calm her nervous system and support her adrenal (stress) glands. At her follow up appointment the patient was very pleased her blood pressure had come down to 135/85 and her palpitations and headaches were gone. She also reported sleeping more soundly. The patient continued on her herbal prescription and was monitored over 3 months. After this time, she lowered the dosage and has now stopped her herbs completely. She continues to monitor her blood pressure and her GP is happy for her not to have any conventional treatment at present. My patient called me shortly after stopping the medicine to say that she had just got a new job and was elated.


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A Focus on Eyelid Surgery with John Davison EYES HAVE THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ON THEIR OWN; OFFERING COMPASSION AND SHOWING EMOTION AND INTENT. EYES ARE ALSO AN INDICATOR OF AGE, TIREDNESS AND HEALTH. WITH SO MUCH OF OUR TIME FOCUSSING ON EYES THIS MAY BE WHY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SURGICAL PROCEDURES PERFORMED BY PLASTIC SURGEONS IS EYELID SURGERY.

Eyelid surgery rejuvenates old, tired and puffy eyes; removing droopy eyelids and bags to make us look more youthful and give a firmer complexion around the eyes. Technically the surgery requires the removal of fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower lids, but it is the end result which is the overriding motivator. John Davison carries out many cosmetic eyelid operations every year. We had to ask him for his thoughts and ideas. What is eyelid surgery? Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, encompasses a group of operations which improve the appearance of the eye and eyelid area. Eyelid operations may be for general facial ageing changes, often combined with a facelift or other surgery. Alternatively, they may be used to balance out age related changes, such as when someone’s eyes seem to have aged faster than the rest of their face. Why would someone need eyelid surgery? Eyelid surgery is not solely confined to older ages; this is a common misconception. Inherited bulgy lower lids or skin excess on upper eyelids can often trouble younger people and be a cause of much distress. Heavy upper eyelids are not only a cosmetic problem. The skin rests on the upper eyelash line, causing inrolling of lashes and a feeling of heaviness and irritation. The skin also hoods over the upper part of the eyes thereby interfering with peripheral vision. I remember an elderly lady telling me she was noticing more of the chimneys and rooftops in her street after having surgery! Is eyelid surgery a straightforward procedure? Upper eyelid surgery alone is usually done under local anaesthetic and as an outpatient procedure – this means no admission to hospital and not being put to sleep. This also reduces the costs considerably.

I perform a lot of upper eyelid operations and feel that it is one of the best cosmetic surgery procedures for a number of reasons; recovery is quick (usually a week or two), problems are unusual and the results are impressive with high patient satisfaction. Lower eyelid operations are usually more complicated and often require a general anaesthetic and a day case admission to hospital. Compared to upper eyelids, the recovery is slower and a little less predictable. Some eyelids may look good at one week, but some look a little tight, puffy and pinkish for a number of weeks until they settle. Will the results of eyelid surgery be permanent? After any cosmetic operation you would continue to age in a normal way and with eyelid surgery it is unlikely that I would be recommending another operation within 10 years. Are there any possible complications from an eyelid surgery? There are always possible problems after surgery, as I have mentioned with lower eyelid surgery. Complications are uncommon after upper eyelid surgery which is why it is such a good procedure. As with any surgery, I would need to discuss potential problems with a patient before the operating; detailing what they are, how often they happen, what I can do if there is a problem and how this may delay recovery. It is only with this type of information that you can make decisions about going ahead with surgery.

Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). You must talk to someone and be fully informed. Please do not use the internet as a substitute for medical advice by a qualified plastic surgeon. Working with Kent Plastic Surgery, I am also one of a group of 50 plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom who all have busy practices and all have over 15 years experience in cosmetic operations. We have just launched Liberate, a brand which hopes to emphasise the importance of being able to choose and develop a relationship with your surgeon, rather than being a customer passing through a large corporate cosmetic surgery company. A recent survey has shockingly shown that, of women who had undergone cosmetic surgery, 30% had never seen their surgeon! Please visit www.liberatecosmeticsurgery.com for more information.

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 enquiries@kentplasticsurgery.co.uk www.kentplasticsurgery.co.uk

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THE EPITOME OF COOL, DANIEL CRAIG ENVELOPS ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AT ITS HIGHEST. HIS INSPIRED RAZOR-EDGED PERFORMANCES EMBRACE A REALISM THAT EXTENDS PAST MERE “ACTING”. HE FILLS THE BIG SCREEN WITH A PERSONA THAT CANNOT BE MATCHED AND REDEFINES EACH CHARACTER AS A SCULPTOR MOLDS HIS CLAY.

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With his strong, even temperament, Craig’s presence engages the attention and admiration of all those around him. Although, Craig seems immune to his own image; his attitude is that of humble pie. Sauntering around in jeans and a plain t-shirt, he seems to be a far cry from the image of 007 and then again, maybe not. Born in Chester, England - the Walled City - Craig never had a thought to follow any skill or occupation other than his love for acting. “I always wanted to be an actor. I had the arrogance to believe I couldn't be anything else.” His artistic intentions were no surprise; his mother studied art and his stepfather a painter, his life was infused with creativity. Raised in Frodsham and then in Liverpool, at 16 he relocated to London to train at the National Youth Theatre and in 1991 graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A year later he made his film debut in the drama, The Power of One, with the incomparable Morgan Freeman. This was the same year that he married his fiancée, Scottish actress and Jazz singer, Fiona Loudon. Craig’s next role was a huge stretch as a Nazi SS officer in the A&E satire Genghis Cohn. Continuing his low key roles, Craig finally gained notoriety in his homeland playing a homeless musician in the BBC's nine-part serial Our Friends in the North. Although his career was moving forward, his four year marriage with Fiona ended abruptly. Amongst his next few roles was the period piece Love is the Devil, which was viewed with mixed reviews, but Craig was the recipient of high acclaim and received the Best British Performance award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The next year he was involved in a few more obscure projects for television, but snagged a part in the historical biography Elizabeth which was widely acclaimed and starred Cate Blanchett as the Queen herself. Craig went from sharing the spotlight to the major role in many new projects during 1999, including the period piece Love and Rage and The Trench, a World War I piece. He finally received the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his interpretation of a schizophrenic man who was released from an institution and had to deal with survival in the real world in Some Voices. This role was a huge risk and a step out of his normal realm. Craig shares his mindset about his role decisions saying, “This is what I do for a living. If I don't take on challenges, then what's the point? It’s difficult in film because everybody wants to make a safe bet with roles. But if you are going to do stuff, then you should be getting strong reactions. I don't want audiences to be saying, 'Yeah, that's all right’.” Craig made his large screen jump a few projects later when he appeared as the past love interest of Angelina Jolie in the action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He continued to gain a larger American audience in Road to Perdition as the angry son of an Irish mobster in which he shared the screen with American greats, Paul Newman and Tom Hanks and pushed further with Sylvia opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. The spring of 2004 produced a new love interest for Craig with model Kate Moss. This propelled him further into the American press spotlight. Known for enjoying his anonymity, Craig began to feel the pressure of the paparazzi’s

attention. “It affected me for a bit but I got into myself and my work and that strengthened my resolve. I learned to throw the computer away and not look on the internet. That's the best thing to do.” After a few more films, that made small dents in the box office despite Craig's rave reviews, the media storm began. Rumors surfaced that he was the top choice for the new James Bond film. At the time, the current Bond, Pierce Brosnan was still being considered to continue his run as 007. However, Brosnan was hinting that he was ready to move on and Craig was the front runner to replace him as the sixth actor to play the infamous MI6 spy. While the gossip wheel churned, Craig was cast by Steven Spielberg to co-star in Munich, the true story of the Israeli athletes that were massacred by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics. After months of waiting and just before the release of Munich, it was finally revealed that Craig was indeed the choice to play the new James Bond, becoming only the second authentic British actor to play the role. Craig denied the rumor that he had signed to star in the next Bond thriller, and also two more 007 pictures. In fact, he would indeed grace the screen as the iconic agent for all three of the new films. The fans and critics alike began to go public

with their skeptism over his capability to step up to the expectations of the Bond franchise. From his acting to his physical appearance, the public scorn was almost relentless. The diehard fans felt that Craig’s short stature and blond hair went against author Ian Fleming's original vision of the character. Taking it all in his stride he explained, “Obviously, I know that this job comes with a lot of scrutiny and a high profile; it’s part of the work.” The completed film Casino Royal was kept under tight lock and key. A few photos were leaked showing Craig in top form and shirtless and the female fans began to swarm and swoon. When it was finally released, the portrayal Craig gave of Agent James Bond suddenly changed the critics and fans views in an instant. It was announced that “Craig's Bond rivaled Sean Connery with his complex and in-depth take on the Bond character.” His popularity with the ladies soared; fan sites bloomed over the internet and he was officially the newest sex symbol featured in People Magazine. Embarrassed by the new title he says, “My female fan base frightens me. I just imagine there's this room somewhere called 'Daniel's Female Fan Base'. As far as I'm concerned, the sexiness, the sex symbol, it's not a consideration. I didn't go out to play sexy...It's nice...I don't know, I'm embarrassed, I don't know what to say...”. Anonymity gone, Craig’s

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“THIS IS WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING. IF I DON'T TAKE ON CHALLENGES, THEN WHAT'S THE POINT? IT’S DIFFICULT IN FILM BECAUSE EVERYBODY WANTS TO MAKE A SAFE BET WITH ROLES. BUT IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO STUFF, THEN YOU SHOULD BE GETTING STRONG REACTIONS. I DON'T WANT AUDIENCES TO BE SAYING, 'YEAH, THAT'S ALL RIGHT’.” life became an open book to the public, with paparazzi shots published in all the rags and magazines. He continued to protect his private life as much as possible, “I don't see why I should have to discuss the details of my private life in public.” Now in the mainstream of Hollywood, Craig was as busy as ever finishing three more films in the following year including starring as Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass and a second film opposite Nichole Kidman, The Invasion. After which he returned to the James Bond role for the highly anticipated Quantum of Solace. The smooth British “agent” used his newfound fame to benefit charities that he felt strongly about by donating his Bond memorabilia to auction. His support of the RNLI charity included a mention during his acceptance of the Variety award at the BIFA in 2007. He also spoke about the organization in his December 2007 interview with GQ magazine, which featured photographs of him working with the volunteers of RNLI. The charity saves lives at sea by providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Craig is also a regular supporter of Barnardo's Barnet & Benfield Children's Rights Service. Its aim is to promote children's rights to be involved in their life decisions. “Barnardo's is such a worthwhile charity. I really enjoyed meeting all the children and young people. It was good to hear first-hand about their experiences and the important role the service plays in their lives.” the actor shared after a recent visit to the centre in Palmers Green in London. His latest charity project is a two-minute short for International Women's Day by EQUALS, a partnership of leading charities and led by Annie Lennox. The 007 star undergoes a dramatic makeover as he appears in drag for the video which also features the voice of Craig’s Bond co-star, Dame Judi Dench. In the video, “M” interrogates Bond who is costumed in a blonde wig and dress.

The purpose of the short is to highlight the levels of inequality that persist between men and women in the UK and worldwide, including pay differences and gender issues like domestic violence. Craig’s's call sheet has been in overdrive in the past two years with a minimum of six new films and a stint on Broadway in Steady Rain. His new projects include Jon Favreau's much-anticipated Cowboys and Aliens, opposite Harrison Ford and the American remake of the foreign film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He will then complete a third Bond work in the newest 007 story, Bond 23, appropriately named; it will be the 23rd film in the popular franchise. (Release date is November 9, 2012.) Pre-production had been placed on hold while the parent studio MGM underwent new financing, but now the project is in full swing and will be filming soon. The burning question is, who will the next Bond girl be? Media scrutiny has projected that it may be Craig’s newest real life flame, Rachel Weisz. Of course Craig holds his personal life close to his chest and won’t comment on any gossip that may be surfacing. He continues to let his work speak for itself, overcoming every critic’s doubts and proving with every project that he is up to any roles or challenges that come along. “I don't believe in self-promotion, really I can't be arsed. This is all I can do; this is it; all I want to do.” His impressive list of awards and acclimations speak to his talent as well. His shelf includes not only numerous BIFA's, but also European Film, London Critic Circle Film, Empire, Spirit and Saturn Awards amongst others. Daniel Craig is content and happy with his place in life. “As far as I'm concerned, I want to be nowhere else.”

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PARK MALL SHOPPING CENTRE, ASHFORD THIS SEASON'S MUST-HAVE TRENDS INVOLVE SWEET FLORAL, CLEAN DENIM AND CHIFFON. NOT TO MENTION THOSE KILLER WOOD BLOCK HEELS AND WEDGES. Smoke Stetson with Bow Trim £20, Accessorize Maxi Bandeau Dress £35, Dorothy Perkins

Fuchsia Bead On Chain Drops £7.50, Topshop

Cream Flower Crochet Insert Sundress £34, Topshop

Tan T-Bar Platform Sandals £40, Dorothy Perkins

Tresor Paris Blue Ball Earrings From £5.99, J J Jewellers

WONDA 3 Strap Mid Wedges £50, Topshop

Tan Lock Cross Body Bag £15, Dorothy Perkins

Vintage basics are right on trend this season and if you're lucky, you might still find some locked away in your wardrobe!

junction 9 or 10 of the M20. With over 700 parking spaces, Park Mall offers a no-hassle start to your shopping experience.

Look out for lots of embroidered pieces in natural colours, straw hats and oversized layering.

There's a great range of shops to choose from including Accessorize, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Wilkinson. You’ll find popular high street names mixed with independent boutiques for that one-off gift.

If you feel a bit more daring, try teaming your chiffon dress with desert boots and a bike jacket for a wilder look. Leather is making a comeback through brogues and stylish satchels. Park Mall Shopping Centre is located in Ashford town centre and only a short drive from both

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Park Mall successfully combines modern shopping with a quirky courtyard feel complete with an abundance of greenery and plenty of seating areas.

If it’s not retail therapy you’re looking for, Park Mall is also host to a number of public services including Ashford Library, Ashford Gateway and Learn Direct. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ashford TN24 8RY T: 01233 630 811 www.parkmall.co.uk


Visit Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Accessorize, Superdrug, Wilkinson, Millets, Gregg’s plus many more Opening Times Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 6.30pm Thursday: 8.00am – 8.00pm Saturday: 8.00am - 6.30pm Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm See stores for individual opening hours Park Mall Shopping Centre, Ashford 01233 630811 www.parkmall.co.uk


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a true hidden gem WORDS BY DONNA MARTIN

THE PHRASE ‘HIDDEN GEM’ IS OFTEN USED TO DESCRIBE NOTEWORTHY VENUES OFF THE BEATEN PATH. RESTAURANTS, BARS, CAFÉS AND OTHER SOCIAL SPOTS THAT ARE TUCKED AWAY IN LITTLE HIDEY-HOLES CAN BE COINED HIDDEN GEMS AS LONG AS THEY’RE AS EQUALLY FABULOUS AS THEY ARE UNEXPOSED. ONE VENUE THAT DESERVES THE TITLE OF HIDDEN GEM MORE THAN ANY OTHER IS THE MULBERRY TREE.

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Tucked away in Boughton Monchelsea, The Mulberry Tree is about as hidey-hole as a restaurant can get, but worth every driving minute and country lane mile. The Mulberry Tree is completely off the beaten path – in the middle of nowhere to be true – which makes it all the more enchanting. The restaurant appears out of nowhere on a quaint quiet road, a traditional old house with a modern and minimalistic twist. The large wooden doors welcomed us into a beautiful reception where we were greeted warmly and taken to the bar for a pre-dinner drink. Though tempted by the vast array of wines, beers and cocktails, I decided to relax with a simple Diet Coke. My drink was placed on the bar, and at first glance I thought it was unbalanced on a beer mat, but after close inspection I found that it was served in a quirky slanted glass; quite a conversation piece! After a leisurely drink we were brought to our table in the centre of the spacious restaurant. The décor was decadent, with sumptuous fabrics, textures and patterns working together to create a magnificent ambiance. Our wooden table was complimented with luxurious cushioned dining chairs, an ideal setting for our meal to come. The multi award-winning Mulberry Tree is headed by chef Mark Pearson who has created a menu with something delectable for every taste. The cuisine is coined as ‘modern British & European’ using seasonal, free-range and organic produce that is sourced from local suppliers such as Griggs of Hythe, Watts Farm in Orpington and EC Wilkes & Son in Cranbrook. For those looking for the ultimate in local, order any of The Mulberry Tree’s delicious pork dishes which come from the restaurant’s own pigs reared on the field at the back of the restaurant. As I sipped my drink and partook in pleasant conversation with my dining companions, I eyed

the extensive menu and immediately noticed the many Kentish dishes on offer, including Croquette of Ham Hock with Puy Lentils and Kentish Apple Verjus, Broadstairs Halibut, and Angley School Farm Ribeye Steak. I decided on the Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese and Walnut Vinaigrette for my starter (I’m a sucker for goat’s cheese). A beautifully presented plate was in front of me quickly, leaving just enough time between ordering and arrival for a bit more gossip with my fellow diners. My starter was divine, with big chunks of creamy goat’s cheese sandwiched between delicate slices of fresh beetroot. Oh, and how could I forget the bread? We were brought baskets filled with two types of warm homemade goodness: Crusty White, and Walnut and Raisin. Enjoyed with a lashing of butter, I had to refrain from eating too much as to not spoil my meal ahead. I found it quite difficult to decide on my main meal; I was in the mood for everything on the menu. In the end, I narrowed my choices down to two: Whitstable Bream with Potato Gnocchi, Brown Shrimp and Capers, or the Angley School Farm Ribeye Steak with Triple Cooked Chips, Brochette of Button Mushrooms and Peppercorn Sauce. With all eyes on me (I was the last to order because of my lack of decision-making skills), I asked for the Ribeye Steak, medium to mediumrare. After the sizzling steak reached my table, I had no regrets. The meat was tender and succulent, cooked to the absolute description of ‘medium to mediumrare’. My meal was accompanied by button mushrooms and a rich and creamy peppercorn sauce, and best of all, triple cooked chips. I don’t know what their secret is, but The Mulberry Tree knows how to fry a potato. They were so good, so exquisitely crispy, so temptingly golden, I considered ordering another portion for my dessert.

My generous tablemates let me indulge in a forkful of their meals as well. I first taste-tested the fresh Mulberry Tree Pork, juicy and flavourful, with a small helping of Rosemary Fondant Potatoes. Secondly I was able to steal a few bites of a gorgeous Halibut dish with Red Wine Poached Egg, Mousseline Potato and Bacon Crumb. Needless to say I was as far from disappointed as a diner could be, and though I was tempted to order those to-die-for triple cooked chips for pudding, I spotted one of my favourite sweet treats on the dessert menu: Dark Chocolate Fondant. What could possibly be better than chocolate fondant? How about chocolate fondant with chocolate soil, malt ice cream and caramelised banana? Oh yes, one of my most loved afterdinner confections was brought out with delectable accompaniments for my complete and utter enjoyment. My dessert was followed by a strong coffee and easy conversation; the perfect end to a perfect meal. I now understand why The Mulberry Tree has won award after award, including the prestigious Taste of Kent Award for Best Restaurant two years in a row. After experiencing The Mulberry Tree for myself, I’ve been enlightened as to what ‘hidden gem’ truly means.

The Mulberry Tree Hermitage Lane Boughton Monchelsea ME17 4DA 01622 749082 info@themulberrytreekent.co.uk www.themulberrytreekent.co.uk

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The Pearl in Whistable’s Crown

BY CHARLIE O’BRIEN

IF IT’S DELICIOUS LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD, JAMMED PACKED WITH STYLE AND TASTE WHICH STILL AFFORDABLE THAT YOU’RE AFTER – THEN PEARSON’S ARMS IN WHITSTABLE IS FOR YOU. OH, AND DID I MENTION THE BREATHTAKING SEA VIEWS?

Pearson’s is the latest venture of Kent’s very own celebrity chef Richard Phillips, and although recognisable as a relation to Chapel Down, Thackerays and The Hengist, still has its own distinctive character and vibe. In its prime location literally feet away from the East Kent coastline, this pub and restaurant is perfect for the individualism of trendy Whitstable. With pub food available downstairs and a 60 seat restaurant upstairs, it really does cater for everyone. I enjoyed my Pearson’s experience so much I’ve been twice, on two very different days, but sat at the same table with a panoramic sea view. On my first visit the roaring fires and cosy interiors were the perfect antidote to the chilly wind and crashing waves just outside, but on trip number two - one of the hottest days of the year so far, Pearson’s was also perfect for a relaxed, summery meal right on the beach. Pearson’s gives you the option of a full menu or a lighter lunch menu which is great value with Mains at £8.95, 2 courses £10.95 and 3 courses £12.95. As we wanted to sample a bit of everything we mixed and matched between the two. To start I went for the Tenderstem Broccoli Soup with Blue Cheese and Extra Rapeseed Oil and my lunch companion Lucy chose Smoked Duck. To say my soup was the best I’ve ever tasted in my life would not be an exaggeration. Soup can sometimes be the poor relative of starters, but this was rich and creamy with proper chunks of broccoli and cheese and was just the right portion size. Oh, and it was piping hot, just how I like it! Lucy described her Smoked Duck as ‘packed full of flavour and just the right size’. We enjoyed our starters with complimentary bread served on a rustic wooden platter. We

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were given a generous portion of the delicious home cooked bread, with a proper serving of butter. Perfect with the soup. As a vegetarian I opted for Roast Red Onion, Woodland Mushroom and Sussex Goat’s Cheese Tart for the main course, and although this was a starter on the menu, the chef was kind enough to make this as a main portion. Lucy chose the Bream, freshly caught from Whitstable Harbour on a bed of pearl barley and rocket. The goat’s cheese tart was melt-in-the-mouth and served with a generous portion of cheese and a selection of different types of mushroom. It was seasoned perfectly with just enough garlic for it to be tasty but not overpowering. The kitchen also made me an accompanying beetroot salad (I crave them oddly!) which complimented the tart perfectly. The Bream in Lucy’s opinion was as she described, ‘fresh, light and delicious – perfect for a lunchtime meal’. Alongside the food we opted simply for a bottle of ‘house white’ as I always believe you can tell the standard of a restaurant by its house wine – and it didn’t disappoint. It was fresh and fruity, and a great accompaniment to the meal. For the more discerning wine connoisseur there is plenty on offer with a whole blackboard of choice from old to new world wines. Ale and beer drinkers are also catered for with lots of locally brewed options and I’m assured the Chocolate Beer is a firm favourite! So that just leaves pudding. I don’t normally manage three courses, but with so many mouth watering treats on offer I couldn’t hold back. As a chocolate lover, I couldn’t resist the Baked Dark Chocolate Fondant. Served on a slate plate

it was perfectly gooey in the middle like a soufflé and was served with an amazing lime crème fraiche with pistachios. The contrast of the sweet chocolate and the sharp lime was literally out of this world – and despite being full I managed every last bit! Lucy went for the Sticky Toffee Pudding with the rather retro Brown Bread Ice Cream. In her words; the pudding was ‘perfectly crisp on the outside and soft in the middle’ and the Brown Bread Ice Cream ‘sublime, and not at all what you’d expect’. Two satisfied customers I’d say. I must just mention trip number two. Although I am a creature of habit and had the same things, my lunch date went for the Steak and Ale Pie with Thrice Cooked Chips. He said the pie was ‘stunning’ and the ‘best he’d ever had’ and I believe him as it wasn’t on the plate for long! I sampled the chips which are served in mini silver buckets (a nice seaside touch) with passatastyle tomato sauce – and once you’ve had one, you’ll want a whole bucket! Pearson’s Arms is a real jewel for Whitstable and worth a trip even if you live further away. It’s classy without being pretentious, and it’s just good honest food, served in great surroundings, by warm and friendly people.

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as the TASTE OF KENT AWARDS recognises the ‘Garden of England’s’

THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL

FOOD AND DRINK HEROES

Companies across Kent were celebrating their win last week, 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 Gemma Sterba, presenters on BBC Radio Kent’s breakfast show, whilst speeches were made by the recently honoured Amanda Cottrell OBE patron of Produced in Kent, Janet Goode - Partner, Whitehead Monckton the Main Sponsor of the Taste of Kent Awards 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!”

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EASTERN PROMISE The east of the county clinched six category awards with some seasoned champions picking up a Taste of Kent award for a second time, whilst other newcomers rose to win an accolade for the first time. Kent Meat Retailer of the Year 2010 (sponsored by NFU Mutual) was extremely closely fought with the three nominees reaching very high standards for all areas of the judging. In the end family-run Godmersham Game based in Mystole, near Canterbury was delighted to lift the award. Godmersham Game, run by Phil and Pam Miles, provides top quality game and game products, much of which is sourced from the county including pheasant, partridge, wood pigeon, wild rabbit, hare, venison and a delicious range of Godmersham-made venison sausages and burgers. After three consecutive years of making it to the final three, the victory was particularly sweet for the company.


Another closely fought battle in the east of the county came between former winners Ramsgate Brewery and Whitstable Brewery in Best Kent Brewery 2010 category (sponsored by Cask Marque). But in the end both the public and judges vote saw The Whitstable Brewery surge ahead as the winner with the small, independent brewery, which specialises in short-run and custom made beers, responsible for putting delicious beers such as ‘Oyster Stout’ and ‘East India Pale Ale’ on the brewing map. One of the most popular categories amongst the general public, Kent Local Food Retailer (sponsored by Stephens Fresh Foods), was a particularly strongly contested category. Macknade Fine Foods, just edged past Quex Barn to clinch the award for the second consecutive year, with Faversham’s flagship food hall offering both a breadth of produce and a great retail experience, with both a fishmongers and café on-site. The newly branded Kent Artisan Food Producer category (sponsored by Barclays Bank) saw an exciting newcomer lift the award. Corinne’s Creative Kitchen, based in Selling, south east of Faversham, was only established in 2007 by the Bengali born owner and in three years Corinne’s Creative Kitchen has already come to prominence with its stunning range of Asian meals produced from local produce for direct order, corporate events and retail customers, whilst Corinne’s Asian cuisine cookery classes have also made their mark in the county. The Kent Restaurant of Year (sponsored by Visit Kent) category proved the most closely contested of all with The Secret Garden in Mersham Le Hatch, Ashford, picking up the award for the very first time and just edging past the other two finalists – two times former winner The Mulberry Tree and Eddie Gilbert’s. Added to the outstanding dining experience, the mystery diners said the restaurant showed a great use of local produce and that this allegiance to local sourcing was highly visible within the restaurant and on the menus.

The popular Kent Dining Pub of the Year award (sponsored by Kent Frozen Foods) was justly won by The Plough at Stalisfield Green. This is the second time the award as been bestowed on this authentic country pub who pride themselves on their strong links with the local farming community from whom they source seasonal ingredients for their menu. MID-KENT MOVERS & SHAKERS Mid-Kent, famed for its outstanding vineyards, performed particularly well again in the drinks categories of the Taste of Kent Awards. Best Kent Vineyard 2010 saw some of the county’s most respected vineyards competing for the title - with each vineyard asked to present two wines from their collection to showcase for tasting amongst a panel of expert tasters. In the end the multi-award winning Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden was judged the most outstanding vineyard during last year; whilst the multiple former winner Biddenden Vineyards lifted the title for Best Kent Cider Maker 2010 (sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy FKC) for the second year. WEST KENT’S WINNERS Kent Seafood Retailer of the Year 2010 (sponsored by South East Seafood) was another closely contested category between previous winner Eddie Gilberts, new entry Sankey’s of Tunbridge Wells and Octopusy. Despite a close result, Sankey’s shone through in the final vote. Sankey's, a family owned and run business based in Tunbridge Wells since 1961, boasts a unique pub and seafood brasserie in its old cellars, with the restaurant selling fresh fish and shellfish delivered daily. The Fishmongers is only in its second year, but already offers what is claimed to be the ‘largest range of fresh fish and seafood products in the South East’, which clearly impressed the judges. With the rise of Kent Farmers’ Markets across the county, now standing at 40, the competition was always going to be tough in this popular category. So the second consecutive victory for the Hadlow College sponsored category of Kent

Farmers’ Market of the Year 2010 was all the more impressive for Shipbourne Farmers’ Market. Shipbourne, which has now won a Taste of Kent Award three times since the awards were first launched, holds its multi-award winning weekly market in the grounds of the historic church at Shipbourne. Bob Taylor, the manager of the market, was particularly commended by the judges for having taken on board the judges recommendations from previous competitions. Owlet Fruit Juice was delighted to pick up its very first Taste of Kent Award by winning the Kent Juice Producer of the Year 2010 (sponsored by Kent County Council). With 20 years experience in making high quality fresh pressed juices from fruit grown in Owlets’ orchards, the company has won 28 awards over two decades and was delighted to add a prestigious Taste of Kent Award to its trophy cabinet. NORTH KENT’S SHINING STAR Kent Food Product of the Year 2010 (sponsored by Opies) proved something of a sweet sensation this year with Kent Honey Caramels from Madame Oiseau, Kent Honey from Bluebell Hill Apiaries and Lavender Jelly by Kent Fine Foods all competing for the category which recognises the most unique and innovative new food product in the county. In the end the award went to first time winner Kent Fine Foods for its top quality Lavender Jelly, hand made in small batches with natural, local ingredients

Visit www.producedinkent.co.uk or www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk to read in full about the Taste of Kent Awards winners 2010.

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kentish pubs HISTORIC

BY SARAH SMITH

IF YOU FANCY A GOOD BEER, SOME SUMPTUOUS FOOD AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF HISTORY THEN WE’VE GOT THE RIGHT PUBS FOR YOU. HERE ARE FOUR HISTORIC PUBS IN KENT THAT ARE WORTH A VISIT:

The Ship Inn The Ship Inn first entered Dymchurch's historical records back in 1530. This was a time when smuggling was rife along the south east coast. The pub has loads of hidden passageways, including a secret hatchway in the lounge which leads to the 5th quarter restaurant. Having worked in the pub as a teenager, I heard plenty of tales of people spotting the resident ghost, the Grey Lady. Luckily, we never crossed paths. Enjoy real ale, lagers, Belgian beers and traditional pub grub at a reasonable price. 118 High Street, Dymchurch TN29 0NS T: 01303 872 122 www.shipinn.biz

on Roman foundations back in 1370, just inside the Roman city wall. The Parrot has recently been refurbished and is a stunning drinking and dining venue with some original features dating back to the 14th century. Choose from over 30 selected wines or a range of cask ales and lagers, not to mention the pub’s food. At the Black Rock Grill you can choose from light bites, sandwiches and main meals, all at a fantastic price. 1-9 Church Lane, St Radigunds, Canterbury CT1 1AG T: 01227 762355 www.theparrotcanterbury.com

The Castle Inn

The Black Horse If you like a spooky atmosphere, the next pub is in the most haunted village in Britain, Pluckley. The Black Horse is right in the centre of the village and offers a wide range of hot food and drink. The village is rumoured to have around 14 ghosts, including the highwayman, speared to a tree at Fright Corner, and is home to the Screaming Woods, where it is said that at night you can still hear the screams from people lost amongst the trees. The Black Horse is very popular with the locals - they must be used to the ghosts. Are you brave enough to venture to Pluckley? The Street, Pluckley TN27 0QS T: 01233 841948

The Parrot The Parrot is not just the oldest pub in Canterbury, it's one of the oldest buildings in the city. The pub was built

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The oldest pub on the must-visit list is the Castle Inn, Chiddingstone. This historic pub is set in a picturesque Tudor village, which was first recorded in 814 AD. The Castle Inn is first mentioned in 1420 but it has been re-named a few times in its history; in 1420 the pub was known as the Waterslip House and in 1730, The Five Bells. The Castle Inn has been run as a conventional public house since 1939, run on the behalf of the National Trust. This beautiful village pub has two bars, a restaurant and a secluded courtyard with a garden - and is definitely worth a visit. Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7AH T: 01892 870247 www.castleinn-kent.co.uk


RECIPE

CHILLI GINGER & CRAB CAKE,

Baby spinach and Lemon Butter Sauce Makes 6 Crab Cakes • 210g white crab meat • 100ml olive oil • 50g lemongrass, smashed and finely chopped • 30g garlic, finely chopped • 30g ginger, finely chopped • 50g onion, finely chopped • 50g red pepper, finely chopped • 10g red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped • 420g mash potato (quite dry, not too milky) • 40g fresh coriander, finely chopped • 200g baby spinach • 2 shallots, finely chopped • 75ml white wine • Pinch of thyme • 150g unsalted butter • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 30ml lemon juice • Flour, egg and breadcrumbs • Rocket, to garnish

Method: 1. Add olive oil to a pan over a medium heat and add the onion, lemon grass, ginger and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until soft, take off the heat and allow to cool.

to reduce by half. Dice the butter in small cubes and whisk in to the pan slowly, one at a time. Do not boil as the sauce will split. Finish with a pinch of salt and pepper and the lemon juice and then pass it through a sieve.

2. Once cold, place in a bowl. Squeeze the crab to get rid of any water and add to the bowl together with the mash potato, chilli and coriander. Season with salt and pepper, mix well, mould into 6 cakes and place in fridge to set.

4. Take the crab cakes out of the fridge and bread them using flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Shallow fry until golden-brown on both sides, then place in a hot oven for 6 minutes.

3. To make the sauce, put the shallots in a pan with the wine and thyme and put on the stove

5. Wash the baby spinach, fry off in a knob of butter and finish with salt and pepper.

6. Place the spinach in the centre of the plate, place crab cake on top and spoon the sauce around the plate. 7. Garnish with rocket.

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. In February 2009 he was also made 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. A chance encounter with Andrew Brownsword subsequently led to the creation of ABode Hotels. Recent career highlights include cooking at 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister and taking part in ‘The Great British Menu’, a competition broadcast on BBC2 television where contestants compete for the honour of cooking for the Queen’s 80th birthday.

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ARTS

versatility across all mediums AS AN EXPLANATION FOR HER LOVE OF ART, PARTICULARLY THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD, ANNE WELCH TELLS US OF LONG CHILDHOOD WALKS IN THE SANDWICH COUNTRYSIDE, ENDING IN THE QUIET SPLENDOUR OF AN ASSORTMENT OF COUNTRY CHURCHES. Born in Manchester in 1947, Anne’s treasured visits to her great Aunt in Canterbury eventually led her to move there, where she worked as a display artist for Ricemans. A leap from the busy window displays sprang her into the world of the famous Liberty of London, where her working day was filled with visual stimulation from the wonderful fabric designs, old and new, that were on the market at that time. Ann became interested in the art of batik, a traditional Indonesian craft using a manual waxresist dyeing technique. After some experimentation, she travelled to Jogjakarta, Indonesia, to study with the grandchildren of the former Sultan in order to better learn the traditional techniques of the art. With her own inimitable sense of colour, Anne worked on fabric designs, batik framed pieces and wearable art. Her creations have since been sold at Julie Artisan’s

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gallery on Madison Avenue – a foremost showcase for wearable art - and at numerous other venues in the U.S. It was in New York that Anne was introduced to watercolour and studied oil painting with Nick Buhalis at his East Village Studio. Her experience as a dyer helped her to develop a treatment of colour, which is undoubtedly a unifying element in all of her art. The themes for the pieces were mainly inspired by images of Greece, particularly Lesbos, where her family live for much of the year. It was here that Anne was to have her first lessons in Orthodox iconography, an art which she continued to study in New York. On returning to England, Anne developed a course for Medway Adult Education Centre entitled ‘Understanding and Making Icons’. Now in its eleventh year, Anne still teaches the course

and in 2009, helped some of the participants to display their work in the Divine Dimensions exhibit at St Peter’s Church, Oare, alongside that of many international contemporary masters. Anne continues to work on commissions for an icon at the Methodist Church in Chislehurst, for Rochester Cathedral, oils and watercolours for her Greek patrons in Lesbos and also work for an exhibition in November at the Russian Cultural Centre. Despite her impressive workload, Anne also hopes to have a new body of work for the UNESCO Geopark Museum on Lesbos, and for Francis Iles and other galleries in and around Kent in the near future. www.annwelch.co.uk ann.j.welch@gmail.com www.thewestendstudios.com


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– GARDEN OF ENGLAND

The weather is getting warmer and gardens are beginning to burst into life. Why not take the opportunity to explore some of the stunning places, renowned for their beautiful gardens, right on your doorstep – or even some of the equally lovely gardens that are perhaps not so well known. Kent has 180-plus to choose from, so there’s one to match your every mood and interest – here’s a little taster. Goodnestone Park Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle

Hever Castle

Culpeper Garden, Leeds Castle

Sissinghurst Castle This internationally renowned garden was developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It comprises small enclosed compartments, with colour throughout the season, resulting in an intimate and romantic atmosphere. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst

Penshurst Place and Gardens The Sidney family, owners of Penshurst Place since 1552, are related to Percy Bysshe Shelley the Romantic poet and to the Churchill’s through the Spencer family. The gardens are considered to be one of the most beautiful in England and are also one of the oldest with records dating from 1346. The gardens are divided into a series of ‘rooms’ each with its own season and colour. www.penshurstplace.com

Hever Castle and Gardens Visit this thirteenth century romantic castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and see the spectacular gardens laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal and Son. Wander through the majestic formal Italian Garden and topiary, to the informal meanderings of the lakeside and Sunday walk. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges adults and children alike! www.hevercastle.co.uk

Leeds Castle Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for almost 900 years. The gardens offer continuous colour throughout the year, from a mass of spring bulbs and wild

flowers in the Wood Garden, fragrant herbs and roses in the Culpeper Garden, to late flowering borders in the Mediterranean Lady Baillie Gardens. www.leeds-castle.com

Goodnestone Park Gardens Visitors to Goodnestone are always surprised to discover such a haven of beautiful tranquility hidden away in south east Kent. The gardens have many centuries of history behind them and have been created by generations of the FitzWalter family who have lived here since they built the house. The gardens have been brought to their present level of acclaimed quality during the last forty years. www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk

The Secret Gardens of Sandwich Situated in the heart of Sandwich and encircled by the old stone city walls, the gardens are an oasis of serenity waiting to be explored. At their heart stands the Grade I listed manor house designed by famous English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who also devised the 3.5 acres of ornamental gardens with the help of Gertrude Jekyll. www.the-secretgardens.co.uk

Lullingstone Castle and World Garden of Plants Tom Hart Dyke, heir to the Castle, has recently built the famous 'World Garden' within the grounds of his family castle. The famous World Garden is laid out in the shape of the map of the world and contains plants, planted in their respective areas of origin, collected from around the globe. www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk

Scotney Castle Garden, Lamberhurst Scotney Castle is a hidden gem. One of the most romantic gardens in England surrounds the fairytale 14th-century moated ruined castle. Early in the year snowdrops appear, followed by banks of primroses, daffodils and drifts of bluebells. Scotney looks beautiful all year round, with magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmia and rambling roses in the summer. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/wscotneycastlegarden For further information on any of the above or more ideas of things to see, do and experience in Kent go to www.visitkent.co.uk.

Walmer Castle Gardens Walmer Castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry VIII's chain of coastal defences and evolved to become the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Centuries of domestic refinements have transformed it from a fortress to an elegant stately home with beautiful gardens and a woodland walk. www.englishheritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/walmercastle-and-gardens

If you have a favourite garden or day out in Kent, share it with others on mykent.co.uk. There is no limit to the number of things you can share – you could even become Kent’s top explorer!

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Exploring KENT’S CASTLES B Y

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Image supplied by Leeds Castle Foundation

CALLING ALL SIGHTSEERS AND EXPLORERS. THE WEATHER'S HOTTING UP - ABOUT TIME TOO - AND NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO PACK UP A PICNIC AND HEAD FOR SOME OF KENT'S OLDEST HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS: IT’S CASTLES. SINGLES, COUPLES AND FAMILIES ALIKE, TAKE THE CHANCE TO SWOT UP ON SOME HISTORY AND ENJOY A FUN-FILLED DAY OUT. THERE ARE MANY CASTLES TO UNCOVER DOTTED AROUND THE GLORIOUS KENT COUNTRYSIDE. HERE'S A TASTER OF SOME OF THE BEST. Hever Castle, Hever www.hevercastle.co.uk

Dover Castle, Dover www.english-heritage.org.uk

The oldest part of Hever Castle dates back to 1270 and was made up of the gatehouse and a walled bailey. In the early 1500s the castle was bought by the Boleyn family and they added a Tudor dwelling within the walls. It became the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Jam pack your day with the castle's many things to do. The stunning gardens are a must see, especially in the spring and summer. The variety of flowers and vibrant colours is superb. Take a peaceful stroll along the Hever Lake or hire out a rowing boat. The yew maze measures 80 feet by 80 feet and the hedges reach over eight feet high. If you’re like me, it's one of the only times when getting lost is great fun. Be sure to also visit the water maze. Carefully tread on the stepping stones which sit over water and watch out for the hidden water jets, otherwise you might get a little surprise. The 13th century gatehouse is home to a large collection of historic swords, armour, instruments of execution, torture and discipline - it's an eye-opener.

Chilham Castle, Canterbury www.chilham-castle.co.uk In the village of Chilham, between Ashford and Canterbury, you'll find Chilham Castle. The original medieval castle structure no longer exists, only the octagonal keep - the oldest building in the village, which dates back to 1174. A country house now stands on the site of the ancient castle. Chilham Castle is surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens, fields, a lake, a vegetable garden, topiary and pretty much every type of flower imaginable. The house is privately owned and not open to the public, but the gardens are open at certain times of the year - they're both pleasant and peaceful. It has to be said that a visit to Chilham wouldn't be complete without stopping in the village itself. You feel like you've gone back in time. It's so quaint, with a town square, old Tudor buildings, a fabulous church and delightful shops and tearooms. Why not treat yourself to a cream tea? You won't regret it. Now you've swotted up on some of the castles in your county, here's hoping the spring and summer bring us glorious sunshine for you to make the very most of your visits.

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Proudly standing on top of the White Cliffs; overlooking Dover, the port and the English Channel, it's easy to understand the origins of its moniker, as guardian of the gateway to England. Dover Castle goes right back to the Iron Age and is steeped in history. The giant structure has withstood some eventful times - you'll enjoy learning all about it during your visit. Venture down to the underground tunnels beneath Dover Castle. It was from here, in 1940, that Admiral Ramsay and his team rescued 338,000 soldiers from Dunkirk. Now's your chance to experience the miracle of Dunkirk in these atmospheric secret wartime tunnels and the underground hospital. You really feel part of what things were like in the Second World War. Pay a visit to The Great Tower and become a part of Henry II's world. Check out the vibrantly furnished chambers, the costumed characters and the film snippets, which bring the historical figures to life. Prepare yourself for the sights, sounds and smells of medieval times. Walk the battlements, go on the hidden Dover tour and enjoy the stunning views across the White Cliffs - you're sure to have an actionpacked day.


Leeds Castle, Maidstone www.leeds-castle.com

Kids can go wild in the Knights' Realm playground. If you fancy being daring, Go Ape is just for you. Fly through the trees, hang from obstacles, throw yourself into spiders' webs and zoom down zip lines. You'll find more than enough here to get the hairs on the back of your neck bristling. Before you leave, grab some presents from the souvenir shops to remember the fun you had. Leeds Castle holds events throughout the year, including a jousting tournament, at the beginning of June, and an open air classical concert, on July 16

Deal Castle, Deal www.english-heritage.org.uk Shaped like a Tudor rose, Deal Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 as another coastal artillery fortress - just like Walmer Castle. The outer walls of the castle and bastions are rounded for strength, and to deflect shots better than flat walls would have. More than 200 cannon and gun ports were positioned within the walls and the whole structure was surrounded by a moat. Today you can explore the whole castle - the storerooms, the first floor captain's residence and the outer bastions where a few of the original cannons have been left behind. You'll find little dark passages that wind through the huge bastions, which have a bit of an eerie feel to them. Well, it's rumoured to be haunted after all. Don't miss the audio tour of the castle and officers' quarters, as well as the interactive exhibition. If you enjoy a spot of cycling, there's a nice cycle path along the seafront which links Deal and Walmer Castle - why not combine both castles in one day?

Walmer Castle, Deal www.english-heritage.org.uk

Dating back to 1119 and set in over 500 acres of gorgeous parkland, Leeds Castle is often referred to as one of the loveliest castles in the world. It was acquired by the royals in 1278 and, over the space of 150 years, it was held by six medieval queens. In the Tudor times, Henry VIII frequently visited with his Queen, Catherine of Aragon.

The castle you see today has had over 900 years worth of alterations and changes made to it. It has Norman foundations, a medieval gatehouse, the Gloriette - built by Edward I and updated in Henry VIII's times - a Tudor tower and a 19th century country house. All of these were refurbished in the 20th century. The castle might be the main attraction, but there’s plenty more to explore. You can take a walk around the amazing gardens and aviary before losing yourself in the maze. Check out the dog collar museum, it's full of historic and unusual dog collars, and is the only museum of its kind in Great Britain. Images supplied by Leeds Castle Foundation

Walmer Castle was originally built as a coastal artillery fortress during the reign of King Henry VIII. The castle's had many wardens, including the Duke of Wellington - who held the post for 23 years - and Sir Winston Churchill. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother also made regular visits to the castle in more recent years. As you venture around the castle you'll see Wellington's bedroom, the armchair in which Wellington died and an original pair of Wellington boots. You'll also see some of the rooms used by the Queen Mother. Make sure you wander around the picturesque gardens, admire the beautiful pond and stretch your legs and take yourself on the woodland walk - a great opportunity to do a bit of bird spotting. If you're feeling peckish and didn't bring a packed lunch, try out some homemade treats or a spot of lunch at the Lord Warden's Tea Room. As you're already by the sea, why not combine a visit to the castle with a trip to the beach?

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the best kentish picnic spots WORDS BY SARAH LINNEY

IT MAY HAVE TAKEN A WHILE, BUT SPRING'S FINALLY HERE, THE COLD'S EBBING AWAY AND THE SUN'S SHOWING ITS FACE MORE AND MORE OFTEN. NOW'S THE TIME TO PUT THE SANDWICHES, SAUSAGE ROLLS, CRISPS, CAKE AND LEMONADE IN THE COOLBAG AND SET OFF FOR A PICNIC. HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO SETTLE DOWN AND ENJOY LUNCH IN THE SUNSHINE‌ Eastwell Lake, Ashford

Lower Leas Coastal Park, Folkestone

This peaceful, secluded spot isn't that well known, but those who do know it adore it. The 14th-century St Mary's Church, tucked away on the south side of Eastwell Park, was ruined by bombings in the Second World War, but the tower still stands. The ruins are maintained by the Friends of Friendless Churches charity, as a scheduled ancient monument. Richard Plantagenet, the illegitimate son of Richard III, is buried in the churchyard. Settle down on the cool, grassy area next to the church, underneath the trees, and admire the tranquil beauty of the 40-acre Eastwell Lake, one of Kent's largest. Make sure you bring some spare bread to feed the ducks.

The 11-hectare park is home to the largest free children's adventure playground in the south east. Rocking boats, climbing walls, tunnels, wobbly bridges, tube slides, sand pits with mini diggers and a sunken pirate ship mean the kids definitely won't get bored. The park also has a 300-seat amphitheatre, which hosts free music events and entertainment during the summer, as well as landscaped gardens, flower gardens, pine avenues, picnic sites and barbecue facilities. The park was completed in 2006 and now attracts about half a million visitors each year. www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk

Bewl Water

Samphire Hoe

The biggest lake in south east England and reservoir supplying much of Kent is a fantastic place for a picnic or family day out - there's so much to do. The reservoir and surrounding land are home to more than 3,000 species of wildlife and part of the area is a nature reserve. Walk, cycle or horse-ride around the lake - the full route is twelve and a half miles - take a boat trip, go fishing or have a game of crazy golf. Children can play on the giant slide or in the adventure playground, where hours of fun are to be had among the wooden forts, towers and bridges. More adventurous visitors can take a turn on the zip wire and 3G swing or go hydroballing; walking on water inside an inflatable ball. Probably not right after you've had your picnic though. The reservoir also holds events throughout the summer, including a classic car show on June 5 and the Infinity Dragon Boat Festival in September. www.bewlwater.co.uk

Royal Military Canal, Hythe The 28-mile canal runs from Seabrook, in Hythe, to just past Winchelsea in East Sussex and was built in the early nineteenth century to defend Romney Marsh in the event of a Napoleonic invasion. However, construction took so long that by the time it was finished, in 1809, the threat had passed. The hugely expensive canal was just a useless embarrassment to the government, and had to be opened up for public use and transporting goods so some of the money could be recouped. Today, the canal's tree-lined banks are a pretty and peaceful place for a picnic, a walk or a spot of fishing. It's home to an abundance of wildlife, including swans, herons, kingfishers, moorhens and glowworms, and parts have been desginated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are picnic tables and benches by the canal at various points in Hythe, along with areas for disposable barbecues, play equipment and sculptures near the cricket club. The Romney Marsh Countryside Project organises free guided walks along the canal, or you can hire boats from near Ladies' Walk Bridge and go rowing.

Officially the newest part of Kent, the Samphire Hoe nature reserve was created from 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl dug up to create the Channel Tunnel. The huge array of wildlife includes 140 species of bird, 26 species of butterfly, lizards, slowworms and 190 species of plant. You can also enjoy a spot of sea angling - the reserve has more than a mile of sea wall - or look landward and admire the majestic White Cliffs. There are regular guided walks around the Hoe from which you can learn about its wildlife and history and frequent children's events, such as rock pooling and seashore creature costume making. At the annual open weekend in August, children can take part in lantern making, bug hunts, pavement art and a ghost walk. www.samphirehoe.com

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On the beach

King's Wood, Challock

Deal Beach

King's Wood, so named because it was Henry VIII's hunting ground, covers 1,500 acres and is home to a diverse range of plants and animals - deer are the number one creature to spot. Above all, the wood is famed for its bluebells, which, for a few weeks in April or May, transform the ground into a stunning carpet of uninterrupted violet. Sculptures by members of the Stour Valley Arts group are also dotted around the wood. The car park has a picnic area, along with children's play equipment designed to represent creatures of the forest. Guided walks are organised throughout the year by the Friends of King's Wood. www.forestry.gov.uk

Bedgebury National Pinetum

Of all the attractions it can be proud of, Kent's beaches are possibly the greatest. Eighteen of them were recommended in last year's Good Beach Guide, from Whistable round to Dymchurch, and nine - all in Thanet received Blue Flags. There's quiet, secluded St Margaret's at Cliffe, former smugglers' haunt Botany Bay, in Broadstairs, and Pegwell Bay, a nature reserve famous for its birds. If you love a good old-fashioned seaside resort, Kent's beaches are the place for you. Thanet's beaches have all the traditional stuff - Punch and Judy, funfairs, ice creams - while Dymchurch has donkey rides and sandcastle competitions. Explore quirky Whitstable, with its art galleries, craft shops and seashell-bedecked houses or delightful Deal, with its newly restored Victorian pier, colourful seafront, individual shops and spooky castle.

Goudhurst

The 320-acre Pinetum is the most complete collection of conifers in the world - it's home to more than 10,000 trees, including many rare and endangered species. But don't envisage a samey succession of trees - it's a colourful, varied expanse of parkland with streams, lakes and open spaces which you can walk, cycle or ride a horse around. The wide variety of birds and animals to be found there include wild boar, slowworms, fallow deer, goldcrests, hawfinches and more than 20 species of dragonfly and damselfly. The Pinetum is also home to Go Ape - a giant obstacle course up in the trees with ladders, walkways, bridges, tunnels and zip wires. There are picnic benches and a children's play area with some innovatively shaped equipment - a tree house, a giant spider and webs, a huge rope swing and a dragonfly. Guided walks around the Pinetum can be arranged. www.bedgeburypinetum.org.uk

Headcorn Aerodrome

Indisputably one of Kent’s loveliest villages, Goudhurst, with its traditional oast houses and 12th century church, is guaranteed to warm the heart. As you round the corner into the high street, you'll be equally delighted by the picturesque village in front of you and the fantastic views over the Weald. Halfway down the hill is the village duck pond, with picnic tables next to it; it's a simple, tranquil and beautiful place to stop for a spot of lunch or some cake from the bakery opposite. The village is also home to the Finchcocks musical instrument museum, which is in a Grade I listed manor house and surrounded by parkland, and the church tower is open to the public in the summer months.

One for the plane enthusiast, this is an enjoyable place to sit and watch the aircraft taking off, performing acrobatics and coming in to land again. Grab a glass of wine in the bar and sit on the picnic benches outside the cafe, or just spread a rug on the grass in the car park. There's plenty of space for children to run around and a wooden aeroplane for them to play on. If you feel like going up in the air yourself, book a pleasure flight piloted by one of the aerodrome's instructors. www.headcornaerodrome.co.uk

Paddock Wood Hop Farm There's so much to do at the Hop Farm, you might need to arrange a whole week of picnics. The former working farm totals 400 acres and has the largest collection of oast houses in the world. Children can hunt for treasure in the Pirate Cove, bounce on the Giant Jumping Pillows, get behind the wheel in the Children's Driving School, learn some tricks in the Magic Factory or meet the animals on the Shires and Friends Animal Farm. Yesterday's Village is a recreation of a village from times past, with shops and thousands of historic objects on display. There are funfair rides, including a Victorian carousel, a pitch and putt, a maze, a pottery and craft centre and a waxwork museum. The picnic area surrounds the outdoor adventure play area, which has rope ladders, slides, wobbly bridges and balance beams plus a salon, a farm store and a works department where children can play imaginative games. www.thehopfarm.co.uk www.insidekentmagazine.co.uk

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THE LANCERS

A ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY IN THE CENTRE OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS TUCKED IN A QUIET CORNER, ONLY A STONE’S THROW AWAY FROM TUNBRIDGE WELLS’ SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS, THE LANCERS BED & BREAKFAST HAS BEEN DELIGHTING CUSTOMERS WITH DELICIOUS FRESH FOOD, BLISSFUL BEDS AND THE MOST WONDERFUL WELCOME SINCE 2007. When my boyfriend told me he was taking me to a B&B for a birthday treat, I was underwhelmed. I had spent too many childhood holidays in seaside guest accommodation that smelled of lavender and mothballs, with decor that used granny's flouncy underwear as its guiding theme. During wet and windy days, we had to while away hours in cafes that clearly wanted us gone after our third pot of tea. Battleaxe landladies would unceremoniously eject us after breakfast not allowing us back inside until after tea time. Then there was the ignominy of sharing bathrooms with complete strangers, but I won't go into that.

Like an oasis right in the centre of town, The Lancers is a beautiful Georgian building which boasts a courtyard with fishpond, a pretty little garden and, for that evening at least, our own accommodation completely self-contained. A real secret hideaway!

Still, I put on a brave face and we arrived at the B&B, which was ideally located bang in the centre of Tunbridge Wells; a very pretty market town with plenty of shops, restaurants and theatres within a few minutes stroll.

Despite the suspect motive behind his booking, Hugh was forgiven. Slithering into bed after a fantastic meal at the Himalayan restaurant just over the road was a lovely experience - cool, hand-pressed cotton sheets over a memory foam mattress made for simply the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I think we are going to have to buy one of those mattresses, darn it.

The property is the former home of Dr Who actor Tom Baker. Hugh, the boyfriend, is a big fan. A fact, of which I have little doubt, influenced his choice of accommodation greatly, despite the B&Bs’ obvious charms.

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Our annexe, which had a high-beamed wooden ceiling and an ensuite shower room, was the most romantic spot on earth. No wonder Tom Baker claimed it as his 'den'! The fire was lit, the bedside lights gave the room a warming glow, and there was fruit, bottled water, home-baked cakes and tealight candles.

The next morning there was the most humungous full English breakfast, all freshly cooked and, thank goodness, free range, including melt-inthe-mouth fresh baked bread. Absolutely delicious.

We had all the little touches that make you feel welcome; a TV guide in the room, free internet access, fresh milk and attentive hosts who were happy to help us choose a restaurant or to book a taxi. Perhaps most important, though, was the big smile and friendly greeting from owners Pam and Gilly, for whom nothing was too much trouble and who clearly enjoy welcoming their guests. The Lancers is a long way from my image of the traditional B&B. This wonderful experience is starting to banish my image of an old-fashioned, chintzy establishment run by a harridan. I think I need to update my attitude!

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GETAWAYS

M OD E R N C ITY LIVIN G

with an historic flavour

BY PAUL DAVEY

BY PAUL DAVEY

THE CATHEDRAL CITY OF CANTERBURY HAS ATTRACTED VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR CENTURIES. TODAY THE AREA OFFERS A RICH MIX OF HISTORY, CHARACTER AND OLD WORLD CHARM THAT COMBINE TO MAKE THIS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR A RELAXING WEEKEND GETAWAY. TUCKED NEATLY AWAY IN THE HEART OF THE OLD TOWN, JUST A STONE’S THROW FROM THE WORLD-FAMOUS CATHEDRAL, MERCERY COURT OFFERS A MODERN, CONVENIENT VANTAGE POINT FROM WHICH TO EXPLORE THIS WONDERFUL CITY.

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Nestled deep in the heart of the Kentish countryside and within easy reach of the M2, M20 and Channel Tunnel, Canterbury’s popularity with both locals and international travellers is easy to understand. From world class dining and shopping to architectural and cultural highlights aplenty, this is a city which truly does have something to offer everyone.


“MERCERY COURT OFFERS A DELIGHTFUL FLAVOUR OF CONTEMPORARY CHIC AND MEDIEVAL CHARM”

Historically, the region has remained a key place of interest for close to 2000 years. Starting out as an Iron Age settlement, the city played host to the Romans for almost 400 years and – following the assassination of Thomas Becket became an iconic religious centre, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. Today, Canterbury Cathedral (a World Heritage Site) remains one of the country’s best loved attractions. So it is with some surprise that, set deep in the heart of the city centre’s conservation area and just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral itself, one might find an exclusive development of award winning properties that typify the best Canterbury has to offer. Mercery Court offers a delightful flavour of contemporary chic and medieval charm. To the casual observer the discreet, historic oak entrance doorway might go completely unnoticed. Set amongst a row of shops off one of the city’s many quaint cobbled streets, the building’s exterior has been sympathetically restored to reflect its surroundings. Once inside though, this deceptively spacious building begins to reveal some of the charms which lay within. Accessed via a picturesque private roof terrace (offering partial views of the Cathedral itself), 1 Mercery Court is a triplex apartment and the largest of eight properties in the development. Lending an air of exclusivity, this is the only apartment accessed in this way. Once inside, however, any thoughts associated with traditional apartment living quickly disappear. Arranged over three floors, this exquisitely decorated property truly deserves its 5 Star (Visit

England) status. Restored medieval beams blend beautifully with contemporary styling throughout, creating a luxurious feel with a touch of homely warmth. On entering the open plan kitchen/diner/living space, one cannot help but be surprised at the amount of space on offer for a city centre property. The kitchen is finished to an extremely high standard, offering all the conveniences associated with modern living. A particularly nice touch, the owner supplies everyday ‘essentials’ such as tea, coffee, milk and orange juice as standard – making it that little bit easier to settle in after a long journey. The dining table comfortably seats six, or for a spot of al fresco dining during the warmer months, the roof terrace features a similarly-sized patio dining set. Despite a February visit, it is easy to imagine many pleasant summer evenings seated here enjoying a bottle (or two) of red, the sounds of the city floating up from the street below. The main living area itself offers plenty of space, tastefully decorated according to the owner’s unique taste. Both hi-fi and flat screen are on offer featuring CD, radio and Freeview respectively, although there is a notable absence of Mp3 accessibility. Two spacious windows offer a clear view out to the narrow street and shops below. Other essentials such as an ironing board and vacuum cleaner can be found in a discreet understair cupboard. The first floor reveals more of the same wonderful blend of contemporary and historic. An ultramodern bathroom features spotlighting (also present throughout the ground floor), heated

towel rails and a particularly innovative ‘antisteam’ mirrored cabinet. A large bath/shower is also on offer. The main bedrooms – whilst individual in terms of style and feel – offer the same high standard of finish and comfort. The first bedroom is light, spacious and features a built-in wardrobe, dressing table and large double bed with an entirely unique wooden headboard. Two windows again offer views over Mercery Lane below, although it has to be said the single glazing offers little resistance to the inevitable hustle and bustle of city life outside. The second bedroom is brimming with character, featuring a high-beamed ceiling and cathedralstyled double bed. A flat-screen LCD television, built-in wardrobe and dressing table help to lend the room an air of sophisticated luxury. A third bedroom can be found at the top of the building. The low gabled ceiling and two single beds make this a cosy hideaway for two children, although adults should be wary of clashing with the beams above. 1 Mercery Court offers an ideal blend of luxury and practicality aimed squarely at the discerning traveller. City living doesn’t get much better than this.

For more information on Mercery Court, please visit www.mulberrycottages.com Mulberry Cottages, The Granary, Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5ED T: 01233 813087

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SPECTACULAR SANTORINI

MUCH BELOVED AND WORLD-FAMOUS, THE ISLAND OF SANTORINI IN GREECE IS A PLACE OF AWESOME BEAUTY AND BEWITCHING ATMOSPHERE. ITS EXCEPTIONAL CHARACTER IS A BLEND OF BLAZING VOLCANIC ROCK, AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE DEEP COBALT-BLUE SEA AND THE CLEAR AEGEAN SKY. TO MAKE A VISIT TO AN ALREADY AWEINSPIRING ISLAND A TRULY MAGNIFICENT ONE, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE LUXURY THOLOS RESORT

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When insideKENT visited the island we found that it certainly lived up to its reputation. The imposing Caldera is the result of the volcano’s biblical eruption, a crescent of cliffs rising steeply hundreds of meters above the water with white villages nestled upon their tops.

the day, panoramic vistas to the crater, submerged into the deepest blue waters, sparkle under the bright sunlight. While at night, the spectacular sunsets transform the landscape into a mélange of romantic scenery that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

One of these picturesque settlements is Imerovigli, a small distance away from the capital of Santorini, Fira, where you can find Tholos Luxury Hotel Resort. The Tholos Resort Hotel is a deluxe hotel only 6km away from Santorini (Thira) National Airport and 8km from the port. Perched on the cliff of the Caldera, the hotel offers luxury accommodation and traditional hospitality in a magnificent setting overlooking the volcano. During

The whitewashed apartments and studios, all in the traditional Cycladic style, are built on different levels of the cliff, with terraces or balconies facing the superb surroundings. Our deluxe room captivated the senses with its majestic Aegean


AT NIGHT, THE SPECTACULAR SUNSETS TRANSFORM THE LANDSCAPE INTO A MÉLANGE OF ROMANTIC SCENERY THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WITH UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES

views. The patio by the outdoor pool is perfect for enjoying relaxing moments under the sun or romantic time under the stars. The service, day and night, is friendly and impeccable, while the hotel’s owners are always at your disposal for your every need while staying here. An exclusive collection of twelve units, there is a great variety of deluxe studios, apartments and suites to choose from ranging from a studio for two to a family house for up to six. All accommodation features air-conditioning, private balconies, satellite TV, kitchenette, hairdryers and direct dial phone and internet access. Some have the added luxuries of hydro-massage showers, Jacuzzi tubs or your very own external Jacuzzi from which to enjoy that incredible view; but all offer discreetly luxurious interiors providing plenty of comfort and relaxation. And whichever room you chose your holiday will get underway with a bottle of wine in your room on arrival. Stay and enjoy the pool and pool bar or indulge in some massage and beauty treatments. Alternatively the hotel is an ideal base from which to get out and explore the island with car and motorbike rental available, or take a boat trip to the volcano. The island is full of archaeological finds, of which the most significant are the Minoan

City in Akrotiri and the ancient ruins of the City of Thera. Scattered throughout Santorini you can find historical churches, monasteries and Venetian castles such as the Gizi building in Fira, which has been converted into a cultural center. The Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums are also well worth visiting. Several spectacular beaches are very distinctive in character due to the volcanic nature of the area, such as the Red and White Beaches in Akrotiri and the Black Beaches in Perissa, Perivolos, Monolithos and Kamari, as well as Vourvoulos Beach. Do not miss a visit to the isles of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia, which are opposite the Western side of the island and were created by volcanic eruptions. Legend has it that the ‘magic’ energy of Santorini comes from the volcano itself and imbues everything. It is no wonder then, that so many couples from around the world choose to travel here to get married. The island’s enchanting vibes and out-of-this-world beauty make it the perfect setting for a wedding and honeymoon. Tholos Resort would provide the perfect location for a couple’s special day and honeymoon. The juxtaposition of the lovely whitewashed suites to the harsh imposing cliff on which they are nestled,

the awesome charm of the volcano as it lays half sunk in the sea and the white villages crowning the Caldera top in the distance, compose breathtaking scenery. Just before nightfall, the sunset transforms the entire scene by painting it with beautiful reds and golds; the ideal romantic background for you to tie the knot with your beloved. Tholos Resort can suggest and provide a variety of options for making the wedding of your dreams come true, depending on your needs and preferences. Santorini Island is one of the most southwestern islands in the Cyclades Cluster. It has frequent boat, hydrofoil and airplane connections with major Greek cities and other Greek islands (in the Cyclades, Rhodes and Crete).

Tholos Resort tel: +30 22860 22618, fax: +30 22860 24549 email: info@tholosresort.gr Winter Contact: tel: +30 210 9760606 mobile: +30 69792 66011 www.tholosresort.gr

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Santorini

Where to go

Fanari Restaurant

To sample a great selection of original Greek cuisine try Fanari restaurant in the capital Fira. The restaurant offers an extensive menu including old favourite and famous specialities such as Moussaka, barbecued meat and freshly caught fish as well as lesser known home made dishes made with Santorini salad and local cheeses. A great opportunity to try something new and the ideal destination to feast on real authentic Greek dishes. All dishes are made with local ingredients and spices utilising the unique flavour of local produce grown on this island’s rich ecosystem.

Why not visit the museum which explains the history of wine and the craftsmanship employed here in the pre-industrial winery of 1861. The adjacent underground cavern of the old barn is where you will find the modern winery in operation today. Although the Art Space winery is small it is clearly a labour of love, making use of ultra modern technology to focus on quality over quantity. The Art Space winery produces Vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine; Nychteri, traditional dry white wine and Saint August, dry white wine. Art Space Exo Gonia 84700 Santorini www.artspace-santorini.com

Bella Aurora and Thalassa Tours and Excursions

Prices are also very reasonable with main courses starting at around ¤8 so you can afford to make a night of it at Fanari. Indulge in desserts such as Baklava and enjoy cocktails or local beverages, Tsipouro or Oyzo. Fanari also has a good selection of Santorini wines; White Assyrtiko, sweet Vinsanto and red Mavrotragano. Excellent climate and soil conditions combine to create very distinctive wines unique to the island and Fanari has carefully chosen a selection to complement their dishes. With magnificent views across Santorini’s Caldera, Fanari will quickly become a firm favourite while holidaying on this breathtaking island. Fanari Restaurant Fira 84700 Santorini www.fanari-restaurant.gr

Art Space Wine tasting is a very popular excursion for visitors to Santorini but for a wine tasting visit with some interesting added extras, visit Art Space in Exo Gonia. Now in its twelfth year, Art Space is a modern winery and art gallery home to important artwork by established Greek and foreign artists as well as well as being a venue to showcase the work of new and promising artists. Housed within the carved chambers of an old winery dating back to 1861, representative works of art from the sphere of painting and sculpture are on display, offering visitors an insight into contemporary Greek art and the course of artistic expression in Greece.

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The picturesque port of Fira is home to sailing boats schooner Bella Aurora and brigantine Thalassa. For a unique way to see some Santorini sights, step back in time to a golden maritime era and take a trip aboard one of these beautiful boats. Both Bella Aurora and Thalassa are exact replicas of the Santorini sailing boats that were used during the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. Boats may be chartered for private Santorini cruises in the Caldera area, or indeed for social or business functions and weddings. Day trips are also available as is the sunset cruise. Setting sail around 3:30pm, the first stop is the small port of the Nea Kameni volcano. The tour guide will escort you to the rim of the volcanic crater where smoke rises up and the stones are hot to the touch. From here the ship heads for the hot springs where you can enjoy bathing in the warm waters while the captain and his crew prepare some traditional Greek meze to be served with Santorini wine. The remainder of the trip takes in Thirassia, the second largest of the complex of islands forming the Caldera; and the northern tip of Santorini and the town of Oia with its two small seaports of Ammoudi and Armeni. Oia has some of the best scenery on the island and there is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of this traditional settlement. Santorini is famous for its amazing sunsets. As the crew set sail back to Fira, watch it into the sea while you enjoy some wine and live music. Bella Aurora & Thalassa Tours & Excursions Imerovigli 84700 Santorini www.santorini-cruises.com


MOTORING

S U P E R

S M A L L ,

MIGHTYDRIVE

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY LUKE YATES

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THE A1 IS AUDI’S ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE SMALL CAR MARKET, BUT WHILST IT MAY BE CONCEPTUALLY DESIGNED AND CLEVERLY MARKETED, IN TERMS OF BUILD QUALITY IT’S IN A WHOLE NEW CLASS OF ITS OWN.


Despite having nearly reached a respectable age, I can't honestly say I've had a lot of personal experience of Audi cars. Obviously there's the infamous Quattro, fired up and hurled into the realms of cool retro by Gene Hunt back in the 80s, a couple of years ago. But, generally speaking I've always had this stereotypical idea that whilst being magnificently made cars, Audis tend to have a bit of a blah image, are ridiculously expensive, and usually driven by middle-managers much older than myself. Having confessed this, it appears that the Audi A1 may well have been specifically designed as a well-engineered, wet fish slap to the face of bigots like me; a wake-up call to those of us who have wrongly assumed that 'classy' and 'fun' cannot exist in the same car. When you get into it, you instantly feel you are climbing into a larger, much more expensive executive car. The seats practically greet you with a hug, as they embrace you in their plush leathery goodness. The ergonomically designed, solid feeling buttons and dials dispel the usual cheap feel associated with cars in this class. A computer console display that raises from the dashboard will likely elicit an impressed “oooh” from your passengers too.

When it comes to technology, Audi definitely haven't held back on the A1, incorporating many of the systems and features found on other cars such as the much bigger A8. The in-car system has all the usual modern treats for the discerning traveller such as bluetooth for your phone, optional satnav and a fancy but comprehensive digital radio. All of these are implemented well and are easy to use. I figured out how to get them working without so much as a sniff of the manual. The A1 also has the ability to take an ipod, but there are no unsightly docks or cables protruding from any visible surfaces – the dock is hidden away neatly in the glove box, so as not to spoil the inside of the car from looking shiny. Taking the A1 out onto the main roads is a very comfortable and pleasant experience. Once again the comfort of the ride may trick you temporarily into believing you are cruising in some enormous managerial 4 litre beast. With the six-speaker Concert Radio system (or perhaps even the optional BOSE surround sound system) effortlessly pumping out Ken Bruce over the minimum of road and engine noise, you and your A1 will eat the miles up and you might forget you are even in a car (but hopefully only if you are a passenger!). At the end of a motorway journey you will clamber out of your car feeling refreshed and relaxed, and still being able to stand up straight. Not so true with other smaller cars... and especially at my age...

In fact the only real annoyance I experienced at all with the A1 was a brief embarrassment at the petrol station, which ended with me reaching for the manual to try and fathom out how on earth the petrol cap cover opened. In the end it turned out to be driver/human error (perhaps what you'd call a nearly-senior moment) and my faith in Audi's designers was restored (sorry Audi for ever doubting you!). The manual, I can attest, is very well laid out and easy to follow, should you ever have a moment as silly as mine. So ok the car is well made, comfortable and cleverly designed. But surely that means that this car, with its quintessentially Germanic efficiency, its flawless 'aircraft-inspired design' and its comfortable ride, isn't capable of such 'emotion' as the designers claim it has. Surely, if truth be known, it's really bound to be a bit dull, isn't it? Well no. For a start it really does look fantastic. The designers have done a superb job creating a car that looks eye-catching and original whilst remaining clearly an Audi. This car has style oozing from every outlet and will look equally at home in the countryside at a village pub, or in town outside a trendy coffee shop, as you sit nearby sipping premium quality Espressos. Even in Paris, London, Milan or Rome, this car would fit right in. This car is after all, for the pretty people, the smart set. It is in short, a cool car.

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MOTORING In fact, so cool is it that I suddenly faced the realisation that I no longer fitted the demographic for this sort of car. A bit like the day I realised that the stuff played on Radio 1 isn't “noisy, mindless rubbish”, I'm just supposed to be listening to Radio 2. After all, I am pushing 40, a bit scruffy and I have kids. I seldom go out for 'fun' any more, because 'fun' requires wrestling the aforementioned kids, usually screaming and wailing, into bed before leaving them with a babysitter who charges by the hour to watch my TV all evening and phone their friends in Miami. This is not the sort of challenge I ever expected to receive from an Audi, but as it is so well implemented, I am willing to accept my fate and gaze admiringly and point, as it, and my youth, glide effortlessly past... If unlike me you aren't a potential candidate for 'Grumpy Old Men' and do still go out just for fun, perhaps even having the sort of lifestyle that finds you coming out of a posh VVIP nightclub, waving a friendly goodbye to Tinchy Strider and his entourage, then the A1's look will doubtless have even your most hardcore gangster rap friends clicking their fingers and gaping in awe and envy. It is cutting edge enough to pass muster with even the most discerning of tastes. Even the air vents are based on jet aircraft engines, for goodness' sake!

TESTED: AUDI A1 1.4 TFSI SPORT; 1,390CC, FOUR-CYL TURBOCHARGED PETROL ENGINE. FIVE-SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX, FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE. PRICE: £15,333.33 (BASIC RRP) TOP SPEED: 112MPH ACCELERATION: 0-60MPH IN 8.4SECONDS FUEL ECONOMY: 53.3 (AVERAGE) CO2 EMISSIONS: 124G/KM

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Okay, so good looks aren't everything right? The car still drives far too sensibly and a small car feeling like a bigger car is hardly fun – yes? Here again, I must return to my previous answer – no! You see, this car has a split personality (and we all know that being bipolar is oh so very cool right now...ask Katy Perry). Yes it's true that on the main roads it's Dr Jekyll – albeit a reliable, smart and dependable version, as opposed to a mad scientist type. But as soon as you turn on the indicators and decide to go cross country, the Audi A1 does something akin to drinking a fizzing test tube of green potion, before disappearing under the desk with blood-curdling screams and growls, emerging a few seconds later as Mr Hyde.

Suddenly you find that this same car is a slavering, screaming beast, prowling the back roads at speed, devouring corners with accompanying squeals and roars, whilst maintaining fantastic handling and very constant velocity. With it's well-balanced little 1.4L TFSI engine and intelligent S-Tronic gearbox, making it capable of 0-60 in just over 8 seconds, the A1 Sport TFSI I drove certainly went very nicely! So much fun did I have hurtling around the very narrow and very muddy Kent country roads (where it really is still all hills as far as the eye can see), that I had to take it home and wash it before I took any photographs... And despite all this rock'n'roll action, the car corners beautifully, you are never left in any doubt that you will be able to go round the next bend, and that if need be, the brakes will stop you in time (and did, as one very relieved tractor driver will be able to attest). This really is the best of both worlds - a car that feels solid and safe, whilst delivering plenty of outrageous fun when called upon to do so – as any real super-mini must. And thanks to its extremely tried and tested MacPherson strut front and torsionbeam rear suspension, it delivers this without any crushed vertebrae or white fingers for the driver. The Audi A1 is a car that challenges on many levels. It will challenge any misconceptions you have about well-made cars being 'dull' cars. It will challenge any misconceptions you may have about our German friends not understanding style or emotion and it will challenge any misconceptions you may have that small cars have to injure their drivers, and feel cheap and tacky. Put on your best Armani suit, hide the TV remote and the phone before booking the babysitter for a couple of hours, and go take a test drive in one. You'll be very glad you did.

East Kent Audi Stour Valley Business Park Ashford Road, Chartham Canterbury CT4 7HF 0845 128 6138 www.eastkentaudi.co.uk


SOCIAL CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS CEREMONY

– DRUMMING UP BUSINESS ON WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH, AT THE PRESTIGIOUS VENUE OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL LODGE, THE 2011 CHAMBER ‘EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS’ AWARDS WERE PRESENTED, FOLLOWED BY A ROUSING SESSION OF AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION DRUMMING WITH THE AFRICAN DRUMMING GROUP, DRUM CAFE. The proceedings opened with a welcoming address from Chamber Chief Executive Mrs Jo James. "It is always pleasing to celebrate Business Excellence” she said “but it is particularly encouraging to celebrate successes when faced with a very harsh business climate. Each year I stand here and announce that we have had a record number of entries and this year is no exception. The quantity and quality of applicants just goes to show what an entrepreneurial County we work in."

Trevor Smith of Bedfont Scientific – Winner of the Kent Invicta Chamber 2011 Business of the Year with Award Sponsor Carole Barron of the University of Kent

The Awards were interspersed with the courses of a wonderful three course dinner, and presented by representatives of the Sponsors of the relevant categories.

Steve Huxham of Recruitment Genius – Winner of the Most Promising New Business Award with Sponsor Graham Jordan of HSBC

Derek Pestridge of D&D Autos (Ashford) Ltd – Winner of the Excellence In Customer Service Award with Sponsor Clive Morris of Lloyds TSB

Excellence In Customer Service Sponsored by: Lloyds TSB Winner: D & D Auto Repairs Finalist: Woodley Coles LLP Finalist: Nova IT Solutions Excellence In People Development Sponsored by: The GSE Group Winner: Medway Safety Ltd Finalist: Secure Engineering Ltd Finalist: Medash Signs Ltd

Steve Gerring of Medway Safety – Winner of the Excellence In People Development Award with Sponsor Declan Cogley of The GSE Group

Most Promising new Business Sponsored by: HSBC Winner: Recruitment Genius Ltd Finalist: Sleeping Giant Media Finalist: Nova IT Solutions Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by: Kent Innovation & Enterprise Winner: Dan Maudhub of Wonderful Creative Agency Finalist: Wayne Hodgson of Red Eagle Ltd Finalist: Steve Gerring of Medway Safety Ltd

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Business of the Year Sponsored by: University of Kent Winner: Bedfont Scientific Ltd Finalist: Reeves & Co. LLP Finalist: Mather & Smith

As the dust settled on the presentations, diners were treated to the drummers of Drum Cafe with stirring African drum rhythms. Great entertainment in itself, but more was to come. The drummers revealed that under the dining tables was a drum for each person at the table, if they would like to participate. Everybody joined in with great enthusiasm, and led and encouraged by the Drummers they soon picked up basic skills they never knew they had. The room resounded to a welter of African drumming accompanied by much jollity and choreographed gesticulation. In fact the entertainment was so well appreciated that the programme overran the original schedule! Commenting on the event, Jo James said "I hope everybody enjoyed themselves; I certainly did." "Not only with reference to the entertainment and the wonderful Drum Cafe, but also with regard to the ‘Excellence in Business’ represented by the Award winners and finalists – and indeed all the entrants for the Awards."

Photographs by Tim Stubbings Photography www.timstubbings.co.uk. Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Waterbrook Avenue Sevington Ashford TN24 0LH Tel: 01233 503838 info@kentinvictachamber.co.uk www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk


ENTERTAINMENT

KENT'S

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

JOIN IN WITH THOUSANDS OF FESTIVAL GOERS THIS SUMMER WITH THE BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC EVENTS IN THE SOUTH EAST. HOP FARM FESTIVAL

Kent’s premier festival returns once again sporting a fantastic line-up of some of music’s greats acts as well as some of the brightest up and comers. This year will see a Friday line-up headlined by the legendary Eagles as well as performances by Bryan Ferry, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, 10cc, The Human League and Stornoway to name but a few. Sunday will play host to what is sure to be another epic day of music with Manchester’s first son Morrissey, completing a legends heavy line up that includes Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges, Patti Smith, Noisettes, The Guillemots plus many more. The two-day festival will take place on 1st and 2nd July in Paddock Wood, Kent. The Hop Farm Music Festival, whose past artists include Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Weller, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons etc is a totally independent festival, which has a policy of no sponsorship, no branding and no added VIP areas so that all festival goers enjoy the same experience, great bands and a great time! Tickets are now on sale. Weekend tickets are priced at £130 and Day tickets at £70. Camping is £30 for the weekend or £25 per day. Children under 12 go for free. For all line-up details, tickets, announcements and news visit www.hopfarmfestival.com The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

LIVE AT THE CASTLE This summer sees a spectacular line up of Britain’s hottest artists at Leeds Castle on Sunday 17th July, 2011. ‘Live at the Castle’ promises to be Kent’s biggest and best outdoor concert, with six hours of live entertainment from the newest and biggest names in music. Innovative boy band, The Wanted, nominated for Best British Single at the Brits and chosen to sing the official Comic Relief single, will perform alongside Eliza Doolittle, the button cute 22 year old singer songwriter from London, whose eponymous debut album was a platinum-selling hit in Britain last year.

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Aggro Santos, Brazilian born, English rapper will be gracing the stage with his lyrical genius. After recently taking part in the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, Santos was also nominated for Best Newcomer in the Urban Music Awards 2010. He has completed work with the likes of Kimberly Walsh from Girls Aloud and Kimberly Wyatt - former Pussy Cat Doll member. Many other up and coming bands on the music scene will also be appearing live on stage. It promises to be an evening packed full of eclectic performances. Chris Yates, Director, Heritage Events says, “We are thrilled to bring such an exciting line up of young talent to Leeds Castle, performing for the first time ever together. This is the first year we have organised Live at the Castle and we aim to make it an annual event.” Exciting new name China Soul, the daughter of 70’s icon David Soul, has also agreed to perform. She has already built up an outstanding live reputation with her rich and soulful voice, with recent appearances on Jools Holland and Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show. Her debut album, Secrets & Words is steeped in the sound of West-Coast 70’s folk-rock. Shane Guy from Leeds Castle added “This event opens Leeds Castle to a whole new audience and combines well with the classical concert to deliver a weekend of open air entertainment to a variety of music lovers.” Live at the Castle, 17th July, 4pm – 10pm. Gates open: 3pm For further information or to book tickets go to www.heritageevents.co.uk www.thewantedmusic.com Leeds castle, Maidstone

LOUNGE ON THE FARM Lounge on the Farm is very much a Kent success story, born out of a desire to bring music back to the Garden of England and to remind young and old that Kent has as much to offer them as events outside Kent. On 8th - 10th July 2001 Lounge on the Farm is back with headliners The Streets, Ellie Golding and Echo & The Bunnymen amongst many other fantastic acts. The marriage of minds of a philanthropic farmer, two DJs and a girl obsessed with the local food movement created something very special indeed. 2006 saw the first ever


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Lounge on the Farm playing host to 1,200 visitors, Nizlopi (most famous for the hit The JCB song), The Egg, Wild Billy Childish and a host of brave, local food producers. It was a hit and it hasn’t looked back since. 2011 will see 10,000 punters join the fun in Canterbury. From the word go the focus of the festival was its home; the rolling Kent countryside and the farmers that make it green and plentiful. There are festivals the length and breadth of the country, but none who place such enormous value on local infrastructure and food. It is this coming together of Kent based food producers, suppliers, contractors, sound engineers, anything and everything that can be sourced from within Kent, that gives the festival its warmth and cohesion. The festival aims to keep as much money as it can within Kent - the festival should have an economic value to everyone in the county.

Great music for a great cause Music on the Hill, an exciting new outdoor summer event of worldclass music performances and entertainment will be staged over the weekend of 24th, 25th and 26th June 2011. Classical music star, Katherine Jenkins will be performing with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Anthony Inglis on Friday 24th June and internationally renowned boy-band McFly will take to the stage on Saturday 25th June. The third day offers a change of pace from the concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, as a family festival atmosphere plays host to some great family music and entertainment, with children’s activities and entertainers, plus plenty of stalls to browse with treats for all the family. Confirmed acts on the Sunday include, Björn Again, ABC, fronted by Martin Fry, X Factor’s Ben Mills and rising stars Some Velvet Morning. 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 experience, there will be high quality food and drink, sourced from Kent producers where possible.

The food at the festival is unique and special. Burger vans are banned and so is food from anywhere but Kent or East Sussex. Hosts of farmers and producers from within 20 miles of the festival provide much of the food and drink to the traders and bars. The farmer himself who believed in the event from the word go sells his own burgers at the festival - that's exactly zero food miles from pasture to plate without even leaving the farm gate. Another young pig farmer from Shottenden realised the need to diversify in order to keep his farm going and started a hog roast back in 2006. As with many other producers like Al, the festival nurtured them, teaching them how to set up their stalls and make money. Drink comes from Shepherd Neame of Faversham, Gadds of Ramsgate, Hopdaemon of Canterbury and Pawley Farm of Painters Forstal. At Lounge at the Farm, food and music are intrinsic to the festival’s values and sit side by side as equals. To book tickets visit www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk Merton Farm, Canterbury

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. Tickets cost from £29.50. To book, visit www.musiconthehill.org.uk or call the 24-hr hotline: 0844 873 7339. Fri/Sat Gates open at 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm. Sun – Gates open 12 noon, music from 1pm, event finishes 8pm. For more information on Music on the Hill visit: www.musiconthehill.org.uk, and on Demelza: www.demelza.org.uk and The Children’s Development Trust: www.childrensdevelopmenttrust.org.uk If you’re not the lucky winner of insideKENT's Summer Music Festival Giveaway, visit: www.musiconthehill.org.uk to book your tickets or find out more about the event. Kings Hill, Kent

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ENTERTAINMENT LEEDS CASTLE OPEN AIR CLASSICAL CONCERT

insideKENT's Summer Music Festival Giveaway

The Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert on 16th July, led by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra’s signature blend of superb music and stunning spectacle, features a prestigious line up and welcomes back award-winning actor Robert Powell as the narrator. Stirring performances, under the baton of much respected conductor John Rigby, will be given by many well known classical names such as soprano singer Elizabeth Watts, baritone Richard Morrison and Wynne Evans (recently known as Gio Compario from the Go Compare's television advertisements). One of the UK’s leading tenors, Wynne has sung as a principal at leading opera houses including the Royal Opera House, the Welsh National Opera and English National Opera, and performed at more than 20 Welsh Rugby Internationals. He has recently signed a six-album record deal with Warner’s and says of his new album: "I’ve basically had a ball recording all my favourite songs and I hope people will enjoy it. I’ve included quite a few Mario Lanza songs, which I have adored since I was a child. It was also important to me to get exciting new arrangements done." The vocal talents of Capital Voices will also be performing a number of West End songs from the hits of the Abba musical Mamma Mia, which last year certainly warmed up the crowd! The dynamic conductor orchestra partnership promises to provide an exceptional and diverse musical repertoire. They will be accompanied by spectacles such as a nostalgic flypast by two Spitfires marking the 75th Anniversary of this iconic aeroplane and a solo display of the WWII Mustang, who is in turn celebrating 70 years. Billed as one of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s favourite events, John Rigby said "What a great show this is. Last year, the hairs on the back of my neck prickled as I watched 12,000 people stand and wave their flags as the spitfires flew past. I can’t wait for this year!” Just bring along a picnic, light your candelabra and enjoy an impressive musical programme. Tickets are on sale now for the Classical Open Air Concert at £34 each for picnic style and only £44 each in the seated areas. For more information go to www.heritageevents.co.uk Leeds castle, Maidstone

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One lucky reader will win two tickets for Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert, Hop Farm Festival, Live at the Castle and Music on the Hill in our amazing summer music festival giveaway. To enter*, go to www.insidekentmagazine.co.uk/festival and answer the following question: Name the classic hit song from Hop Farm Festival's headliner, the Eagles: a) Hotel California b) Hotel Barcelona c) Hotel Caledonia *No purchase necessary to enter. Entries must be received by Friday 3rd June 2011. Winner will be notified by email by Friday 10th June 2011 and will be announced on facebook and Twitter


5 June - Taste the Best of Produced in Kent, Biddenden Vineyards 15 -17 July - The Kent Show, Detling Show Ground 23-29 July - Whitstable Oyster Festival


GOLF

The Open

THE OPEN RETURNS TO SANDWICH’S ROYAL ST GEORGE’S GOLF COURSE THIS YEAR, THE ONLY SOUTHERN COURSE TO HOST THE CHAMPIONSHIP. FIRST PLAYED THERE OVER A CENTURY AGO, IT IS NOW THE ONLY COURSE SOUTH OF MERSEYSIDE ON THE TOURNAMENT’S ROTATION.

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RETURNS TO SANDWICH

The county’s unique coastal courses lie across an area designated for its outstanding natural beauty. With Royal Cinque Ports at Deal and Prince’s at Sandwich Bay having hosted the Open in the past, a small corner of East Kent can boast a rich history in the sport. They are exceptional standard courses, demanding but challenging for the players. Nearby North Foreland in Broadstairs, with views of the sea from every tee, and Littlestone, on the natural undulating land between Romney Marsh and the Channel, make up the five championship courses on Kent’s coastline known as the Regal Golf Coast. From these classic courses to the iconic modern designs of Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus, there are over a hundred courses across Kent, offering golfers a great choice. Hailed as one of the finest recently-built golf courses in England, Chart Hills, set on 200 acres of gently undulating Kentish hills in Biddenden, is the British architectural debut of six times Major winner, Nick Faldo. This and the two Jack Nicklaus designed courses at the London Club in Ash, in the heart of Kent, are listed in the top 100 golf courses of England.

You can even play golf in the grounds of medieval castles. Golfing at Leeds Castle is a special experience with the pay and play course, built in 1924 for the owner Hon. Lady Baillie, open all year round. The course has undergone continuing improvements, culminating in the creation of a brand new 143-yard, par 3 hole, whose tee nestles beside the Leeds Castle moat with its abundance of waterfowl. The 250 acre 27 hole course at Hever Castle also offers an inspiring setting in the hills, built originally as a nine hole course by the Astors in the 1920’s. 2011 is an important golfing year for Kent, with the Open being played here. Why not take advantage and relive some of the famous moments in golfing history by playing where some of the legends of the sport have built their names and helped shape the history of golf. For more information on Kent’s golf offer go to: www.visitkentgolf.co.uk


GOLF

insideKENT talks to Kent professional golfer

BENN BARHAM

You’re back playing after life-saving surgery in October. How are you feeling? I’m feeling good. It’s 6 months since the surgery. It’s been a slow recovery but I’m feeling fitter and stronger every day. I didn’t touch a club for 2-3 months but now I’m making good progress.

What are your aims and goals for this season? I’ve reached one of my goals already to get back playing competitively. My next goal is to play a full season, health permitting. I‘m working hard practising up at Chart Hills and using the gym at London Beach to make myself as good a player as I can so I can get my card back on the European Tour for next year. What about The Open at Sandwich in July? The Open is fantastic. I’ve been lucky enough to play at two Opens. It’s just a wonderful event; the atmosphere, the players and to have it on our doorstep this year is amazing; I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to have to go to a qualifying event to get into The Open and will be trying extra hard because it’s in Kent. I was close last time and missed out by a shot to get in it. It took me a couple of days to get over it.

How did The Kenya Open in Nairobi go? I was a bit apprehensive going into the event having not played competitively for a while even though I had been practising hard. Nothing really prepares you for tournament conditions. I was pleased with the way I played really. I shot a good first round and made the cut, which was a good feat, but then didn’t play well at the weekend.

Do you like playing at St Georges? I love St Georges. I’ve been playing there since I was 12 years old. I love the course. They have made some changes by lengthening it and it’s always in immaculate condition. You really are at the mercy of the weather down there. If you get a nice day it’s fantastic. On a nasty day with wind and rain, you can’t wait to get off the course. What was it like to play in the European Open in Kent? My highlight of 2008 was playing at the European Open at the London Club. People didn’t realise how big it was going to be. There were some big stars playing. I also had the added pressure of playing in my home county, but I loved it.

Tell us about being appointed an Ambassador for James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer? I had 2-3 months not doing much but was always looking to get involved in stuff. I thought it was a good idea to get involved in a charity that’s relevant to me. I’m happily involved in Demelza and enjoy the local charity feel. The James Whale Fund is relevant to me now. It’s something I’ve been through and I can talk about. I thought it was the perfect link between me and golf, and I can use it as a vehicle to help the fund. You do a lot of charity work for Demelza? A few years ago, for every birdie on tour I donated £1 and had about 40 people also sponsor me. It’s a great feeling to help kids with fewer opportunities. I made 250 birdies raising around £10,000 for Demelza. We have now started the Demelza cup, open to all golf members. They pay to enter a competition at their clubs and the winners go to a ProAm at Prince’s at the end of the year. We also have the Demelza team challenge which is open to groups of four golfers. The top three teams from four qualifiers will go through to the final at Chart Hills in September. I hosted the Demelza ProAm last month and 21 teams entered at the London Beach golf club. We had a good day and raised £24,000.

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OTHER THINGS TO DO in Sandwich

Photos courtesy of English Heritage.

Just because The Open Championship will be the main event in Sandwich this summer, it doesn't mean other local attractions are out of bounds. If you don't know already, the prestigious golf tournament will be held over four days at Royal St. George's from July 14. I'll be taking a look at four alternative places to visit, and sights to see, in and around Sandwich. BY NICK THOMPSON

SEAL SPOTTING ON THE STOUR

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A relaxing trip down the Stour with Captain Colin makes it easy to appreciate Sandwich's medieval character, as well as the Stour's varied wildlife. Regular river buses depart from the Quay, not far from the Barbican. At high spring tide the swing bridge will need to open to allow the boat to pass. A half an hour trip cruises past the town. An hour long trip takes you all the way to Richborough Roman Fort. Or you could go for a two hour wildlife trip, where there’s a good chance of catching a glimpse of some seals.

RICHBOROUGH ROMAN FORT Walk in the footsteps of thousands of other visitors. The ancient Roman fort of Richborough was the the landing place for the Roman invasion of Britain back in AD 43. If you decide to take the river boat to Richborough, you’ll be arriving at the fort how the Romans would have done. Explore this English Heritage site’s impressive ruins, including defensive ditches and huge walls. When you’ve finished taking the audio tour, which is included in the price, there's a small museum and shop to potter around too.

SANDWICH TOWN

Enjoy the tranquility of the quayside and take a sedate walk along the leafy riverside. Feeling energetic - follow the Historic town trail and learn more about Sandwich's rich heritage. Discover the many fine shops and quality restaurants. Enjoy a Sandwich in Sandwich! Wander around the historic streets and visit one of the many tearooms for afternoon tea.

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THE WHITE MILL Go back in time and visit the miller’s cottage, furnished to show what it would have been like at the turn of the 18th century. The White Mill, which supplied flour and animal food throughout the Victorian era, is the sole survivor of eight of Sandwich's windmills. This iconic, three storey mill was built in 1760 and has been restored as a heritage and folk museum. Browse farming and craft tools, as well as kitchen and laundry equipment. Wander around the outbuildings and you’ll stumble across workshops that used to be used by a blacksmith, a cobbler and a wheelwright.

Photo used under Creative Commons from law_keven

The ancient town of Sandwich has some of the best-preserved medieval houses in Great Britain. Step back in time and experience traditions that have remained unchanged throughout centuries - they still ring the curfew bell from St Peter's Church every evening at 8pm!


LONDON IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

HEAD UP TO LONDON FOR SOME FABULOUS SUMMER EVENTS Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Hard Rock Calling

Thursday 19th May – Saturday 10th September 2011

Friday 24th June – Sunday 26th June 2011 More outdoor live music comes to the capital courtesy of the huge two day festival in Hyde Park, as Hard Rock Calling returns for 2011. A festival dedicated to rock music, funnily enough, sees Bon Jovi headline the Saturday, followed by that evergreen smoothie Rod Stewart on the Sunday. Throw in Stevie Nicks, a whole host of as yet unconfirmed acts and the fact that it’ll be celebrating its fortieth year of bringing live music to the capital, and this ever-popular event looks set to once again be very impressive indeed. Hard Rock Calling takes place in Hyde Park from Friday 24th June – Sunday 26th June 2011. Tickets cost £55 - £59 per day. For more information and to book tickets, please head to www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/hard-rockcalling-tickets-article-6068

Taste of London The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the highlights of the outdoor summer events calendar, with a programme packed full of alfresco plays. The 2011 season starts with a stage adaptation of William Golding’s dark tale, Lord of the Flies. Other productions include The Beggar’s Opera, where theatre fans can rediscover the colourful characters of Polly Peachum, Lucy Lockit and Macheath in a comedy featuring highwaymen and bawdy ballads.

Thursday 16th June – Sunday 19th June 2011

Meanwhile, younger audiences can join in with all the fun with a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, specially adapted to suit ages six and over. The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2011 season runs from Thursday 19th May – Saturday 10th September. Tickets for the adult productions cost £19.00 - £49.50, while tickets for Pericles Re-Imagined cost £14.00. For more information, go to www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/regents-parkopen-air-theatre-feature-676

UEFA Champions League Football Festival Saturday 21st May – Saturday 28th May 2011 Hyde Park is taken over by footie fever this May, as a free festival celebrates the UEFA Champions League men’s and women’s finals. There’s plenty to see and do in the park, with interactive events and shows for all ages. Cheer on some football legends at the Ultimate Champions Match, when a team of European greats take on a UK team headed by Gary Lineker. A pop up museum will display the UEFA Champions Trophy as well as other memorabilia connected to European club football, and there’s even a bar where you can relax with a pint. The UEFA Champions League Football Festival at Hyde Park runs from Saturday 21st May – Saturday 28th May 2011. Admission is free.

Regent’s Park plays host to four days of foodie heaven, as some of the world’s finest chefs and most prestigious restaurants head to London for an event that’s firmly established itself as a must for food fans in the South East. Visitors can expect to see Michel Roux Jr., Chris Galvin, Alexis Gauthier, Pierre Koffmann, Silvena Rowe and Gary Rhodes all taking part, as well as restaurants such as Skylon, Club Gascon, Benares, The Ritz and Kai Mayfair showcasing just why they’re seen as some of the best in the business. Whether it’s cooking demonstrations, chef master classes, wine tasting sessions or getting the inside scoop on what’s hot in the restaurant world, Taste of London is on hand to help. Taste of London takes place in Regent’s Park from Thursday 16th June – Sunday 19th June 2011. Tickets cost £22 for a standard tickets and go up to £95 for a Secret Garden Pass. For more information and to book tickets please head to www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/taste-oflondon-tickets-article-6321

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EVENTS

ROBOTS GALORE // 4 APRIL - 17 JUNE

GO POLKA DOT CRAZY FOR DEMELZA IN MAY // 14 MAY - 21 MAY

Demelza Hospice Care for Children is calling on schools, businesses and individuals to “Go dotty for Demelza” in May. Following on from two successful Go Dotty days the polka dot campaign this year is now a week long event. Being held in the same week as Children’s Hospice

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. Some are friendly, others helpful, and a few are simply scary. An exciting exhibition brings together a collection of robots in all their guises in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham with full size robots, robot parts, film props and collectible robot toys on display. This amazing exhbition is included in the normal admission price to the dockyard!

Week,organisations are being encouraged to wear polka dot or do something dotty to raise money.

Admission: Adults £15.50, concessions £13, children £10.50. All tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. www.thedockyard.co.uk for more information The Historic Dockyard, Chatham (SAT NAV: ME4 4TZ)

JAZZ CLUB AT CHARTWELL // 15 MAY

KITSCH AND STITCH VINTAGE AND MAKERS FAIR // 7 MAY

Bringing the best of vintage and craft together, the first Kitsch and Stitch fair promises to be a colourful and eclectic mix. Beautiful handmade crafts, and genuine vintage and kitsch treasures await you at the Grade 2 Listed Vestry Hall in Cranbrook between 10am – 3pm. Teas, coffee and cakes will be served all day by the ‘Hospice in the Weald’ who will receive all the proceeds from the refreshments. Free entrance. For more info visit http://kitschandstitchfair.blogspot.com The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook (SAT NAV: TN17 3HA)

FAVERSHAM PUTS FOOD AND DRINK ON THE MAP // 7, 8 - 15 May

Eight circular walks which will celebrate Faversham’s local food and drink and its surrounding villages’ heritage and natural beauty are being launched. The routes take in some of the finest food and drink producers, restaurants, pubs and retailers in Kent and launch officially from Saturday 7 May 2011 with a guided walk along one of the routes during the following week. Each walk can be started at any point and there are extra loops which can be used to extend the walks. Walks range in length from 5 miles to 11 miles and are rated according to fitness levels and are suitable to walk all year round. There are many fine Shepherd Neame pubs to visit along the way and the historic Visitor Centre should not be missed. Places are limited to 15 per walk on a first come first served basis. Walks will start in the morning and will finish around lunchtime. This is a free event. For general enquiries email enquiries.fep@faversham.org or call 01795 539339. Visit www.faversham.org/walking for more information about each walk. Faversham Area

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For more information or for a fundraising pack ring 01795 845288 or visit www.demelza.org.uk

Enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch in Chartwell's Mulberry room and listen to the 'The Cool Jazz Trio' as you dine. With a range of musical delights from laid back swing, through mellow Latin grooves to hard driving Bop. Booking essential. 12pm - 3.30pm. £30 per ticket. To book please call: 01732 866368, 01732 868381 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk Chartwell, Westerham, Kent (SAT NAV: TN16 1PS)

EXCLUSIVE GOURMET TASTING AT THE GOODS SHED // 15 MAY

Pilgrims Hospices are offering a unique opportunity to experience four tutored tastings with the resident Goods Shed experts: • Craft bottled British and International beers from The Bottle Shop. • Award Winning Kentish Cheeses from The Cheesemakers of Canterbury. • French Basque and Spanish charcuterie from Patriana. • Fine English and French wines with The Goods Shed’s resident Master of Wine Clive Barlow. Take part in the wine competition, raffle and the silent auction with incredible prizes – many of which ‘money can’t buy’. 6.30pm till 9.00pm, £25.00 To book your place, please email Deborah.kellond@pilgrimshospices.org or phone 01227 812621. For full details please visit www.pilgrimshospices.org. The Goods Shed, Station Road West, Canterbury (SAT NAV: CT2 8AN)

THE ONE AND ONLY RAT PACK SHOW AT GRANVILLE THEATRE AND CINEMA // 28 MAY

Head to the Granville theatre this May to see the One and Only Rat Pack Show. In a performance that truly captures the essence of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, expect timeless songs, amusing anecdotes, classic comedy and charismatic performances. Performance starts at 8pm. Tickets £15.50, Friends of the Granville £14.50 available from www.granvilletheatre.com. Granville Theatre, Ramsgate (SAT NAV: CT11 8DG)


ONLY PAWS AND HORSES // 11, 12 JUNE

If you love DOGS and HORSES this is the event for you! Whether you are a competitor or a visitor, a host of exciting arena displays, quality competitions and attractions will make it a fantastic day out for all family! For dog lovers and their dogs there will be top class agility, K9 athletics and fun attractions such as; the dogstable course, companion dog show and aqua zone.

PILGRIMS HOSPICES MOONLIGHT WALK – HERNE BAY // 18 JUNE

Exclusively for females, the Pilgrims Hospice Moonlight Walks are nighttime sponsored strolls packed with camaraderie, flashing lights and laughter. Many people choosing to decorate their race numbers with photos and tributes to remember someone special to them. £15.00 (includes special t-shirt and finisher’s medal) Registration from 7.30 pm. Walk starts at 9pm. Walking time 2-3.5 hours. 13km seafront route. Please visit www.pilgrimsmoonlightwalk.org to find full details. Start and end point at Pier Pavilion Sports Centre, Central Parade, Herne Bay (SAT NAV: CT6 5TN)

MUSIC ON THE HILL // 24-26 JUNE

For horse fanatics there will be various competitions, open show jumping and working shire horses . Open from 10am until 5pm daily. Adult tickets from £6.75, Child/Senior from £5.75 Visit http://www.thehopfarm.co.uk for more information The Hop Farm Family Park, Tonbridge, (SAT NAV: TN12 6PY)

SCOTNEY CASTLE FATHERS DAY BEER TASTING // 19 JUN

This Fathers Day head down to Scotney Castle to sample a delicious selection of locally produced ales, including Scotney Best Bitter and Little Scotney Pale ale. 11am to 5pm. Free Event, Normal admission charges apply. Visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more information. Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, (SAT NAV: TN3 8JN)

CRAFT FAIR // 18 JUNE

Launch of a brand new craft fair, so far confirmed stalls include home treasures, home-made cakes, magical memories, flower arrangements, bb fashion and many more. There will be a collection & raffle in aid of the MS Therapy Centre Canterbury. Doors 12-3pm. Iron Room, Boughton Aluph, Nr Ashford. Are you a stall holder: To book a table for £10 call Laura on 07772 417 858.

THIRD ANNUAL CAMRA REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL // 18 JUNE

The Kent & East Sussex Railway will once again play host to the annual CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival on Saturday 18th June between 11:00am and 10:30pm (or until the beer runs out!), Throughout the day visitors can relax and enjoy the traditional activities on offer, including steam train rides, beer tasting and live music. Try a diverse range of the finest Ale, Cider and Perry in the exclusive beer tent, or relax and listening to an eclectic mix of live music. All this, complemented with a delicious selection of food from a BBQ or the station’s licenced refreshment room.

A new and exciting outdoor event of worldclass music is being held this summer at Kings Hill in Kent. The opening of the festival sees Katherine Jenkins performing with the National Symphony Orchestra. Day two will see McFly perform, supported by City Stereo. Stacey Solomon has been confirmed as the host for the event and will join Bjorn Again, ABC, X Factor’s Ben Mills with his Simply Rod tribute and rising stars, Some Velvet Morning, on Sunday 26 June. Festival goers should not only expect a fantastic musical experience; the high quality food and drink, sourced where possible from Kent producers, promises a few gastronomic delights all of their own. Music on the Hill is a fundraising event in aid of both Demelza Hospice Care for Children and The Children’s Development Trust. All profits generated from the festival will be donated to these two causes. Tickets cost from £29.50. To book, visit www.musiconthehill.org.uk or call the 24-hr hotline: 0844 873 7339. Fri/Sat Gates open at 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm. Sun – Gates open 12 noon, music from 1pm, event finishes 8pm. Kings Hill, West Malling (SAT NAV: ME19 4RL)

Admission: Purchase of Kent & East Sussex Railway platform ticket Festival info call 01580 240104, festival@camra-kent.org.uk or visit camra-afrm.org.uk Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden (SAT NAV: TN30 6HE)

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