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In this edition:

Outdoor Film Screenings with Folkestone Film Factory What’s On in Our Local Area Local Clubs and Societies Shepway’s Hidden Gems Project Skabour 2012

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Editors Letter Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Folkestone Handbook; and what a fantastic time we’ve been having in the last few weeks with all the events in and around our local area! As we go to print, the Shepway Hidden Gems project is about to launch, making use of empty shops throughout the town; a really great idea and definitely one to look out for! We’re also really looking forward to the coming weeks, with the return of Skabour, and the fantastic outdoor film screenings by The Folkestone Film Factory. Do have a look in the handbook for more details. We’ve gone slightly further afield with the events coming up over the next month or two in this edition of the handbook, so that those with time to spare or on holiday from

work and school can enjoy some of the great things our county has to offer. We also continue with our feature on supporting local talent, where we hear from Will Grover, a local resident and talented singer and performer. We hope you continue to enjoy the handbook. As ever, as our local community magazine, we are always delighted to hear of local positive news and events that we can help you to spread the word about. Please do continue to get in touch with any thoughts, comments or ideas for the coming editions. With kindest regards,

Tuija

Tuija Foster, Editor

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Contents Local Talent

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Crossword

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What’s On

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Contact Us

Local Clubs

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Children’s Puzzles

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& Societies Garden

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House & Home

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Useful Numbers

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Invest in Local Talent The ultimate in style and swing: entertainment for all occasions! Does your private party or corporate event need the wow-factor? Are you looking for an entertainment act which will get your guests smiling and leave them talking? Introducing “Michael Dublé” – the UK’s most credible Michael Bublé tribute act. Will Grover is the man behind the face, the voice and the moves. A talented performer who has performed with solo and with swing bands

for 17 years. Will sounds, looks and moves just like the great man himself. Michael Dublé is available for weddings, private parties, birthdays, family celebrations, corporate events, gala dinners, hotels, restaurants and more. Will is a genuine class act whose warmth and stage presence will shine through his performance, making your event one to remember. With authentic moves, unbelievably accurate vocals and stagecraft to rival Michael Bublé, his show continues to be a great success wherever it plays. See page 19 for contact details.

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Have you heard…

The Film Factory CIC a not for profit film production company based in Folkestone and is now entering its 4th year of film screenings. Last years success meant screening to over 6,500 people in Shepway and Dover. This year this is set to increase as The Open-air Cinema is touring East Kent. The Open-air cinema screenings are free with a charge made for charity events and drive-ins, of which there are 4. The aim has always been to get whole families and parties of friends to picnic together and watch great films under the stars. All locations have to be financially and physically accessible, plus have some kind of social importance or focal point.

businesses to be played before the film. For the first time we have a few people make donations for onscreen birthday wishes and/or proposals. So it’s going to be even more fun than last year.

10 to 15. The output of which will be played at some of our screenings throughout East Kent. Imagine how it would feel to have your short film played in front of hundreds of people...

The Folkestone Film Factory, who run this event are delivering a host of film making workshops this summer. These workshops are for young people aged

For more information on our event visit www.thefilmfactory.org and click on open air cinema. Or call 01303 489515 See programme on P21

We have been lucky enough through our reputation to partner up with a number of organisations, to help raise funds. We are also raising money by making commercials for local P4

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Heat and Sunshine Well, by now we should be well and truly into the Summer. Here’s hoping for fine warm weather by the time we go to press! But what about the draw backs to the heat and sunshine, and how can herbs help? Sunburn – we all know the best advice is not to get burned and use protection. If the worst does happen then a number of herbs may help. An infused oil of St Johns Wort can help ease the pain of sunburn. A cream made from chickweed or lavender may help take the itch away from inflamed burned skin and marigold flowers help to promote healing of the skin and act as an anti-infective. If you are feeling unwell after too much sun chamomile tea is internally cooling to the body too, try making it up and leaving to cool before drinking. Insect bites and stings can be a real nuisance. Pleasant smelling Citronella essential oil mixed with a little feverfew

and witch hazel can help repel – contact me for advice on how to put this together if you’re unsure. If you do get bitten then again, St Johns Wort and Lavender are effective because of their analgesic and antiinflammatory properties. If you have sage leaves to hand grab a few and rub immediately onto the bite or sting, it’s been used in this way for years and can be a real help in an emergency. Given the tendency of bites to become infected due to

constant scratching a good topical anti-bacterial may be indicated, lavender will have this effect perhaps enhanced with some echinacea too! If you are exceptionally prone to being bitten do contact me for advice on herbal prescriptions! For further advice on herbs for the Summer, or for any enquiry regarding herbal medicine or food intolerance please contact me: Lynda Jones BSc (Hons) Medical Herbalist

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Hidden Gems

The Hidden Gems project is an empty shops initiative instigated by Shepway District Council and supported by many partners. Local artists have created window displays for the empty shops, looking at the undiscovered and forgotten gems around Shepway. These dis-used shops sit lifeless, with their run down

exteriors and no prospective tenants looking to snap them up anytime soon. We aim to bring these empty shops back to life, with interesting and insightful artwork which really means something about our community. The overall aim of the Hidden Gems project is to bring the high street back to life.

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What’s On

popular The Dualers and being supported by The Estimators; and on Sunday evening the excellent Reel Big Fish will be supported by Bottlenex and Popes of Chillitown.

Skabour 2012 Following on from the fantastic success of Skabour 2011 where 10,000 people enjoyed Ska bands and DJs, the Skabour organisers are putting on an even more varied show for 2012 with loads of venues across Folkestone also joining in. The festivities run from the afternoon of Friday 10th August from 4pm at the Skabour Pre Gig Party at Onyx and for the die-hard party-goers it finishes in the early hours of Monday the 13th. The headline gigs are being held at the Quarterhouse with tickets are selling fast! On Friday, Bad Manners will be supported by The Skatonics; on Saturday, it’s the ever

There will also be FREE daytime family beach parties over the weekend – with more live bands including the legendary Dave Barker of Double Barrel fame, King Hammond and Charley Anderson ex Selecter. The popular Trojan Lawn will be back by the fountain and Dr. Martens and Trojan Records have a seriously cool programme of Ska and Reggae music. The Onyx club for the Skabour Lawn 11 till 11, with serious old skool ska sound systems and Skabour Nite Klubs, The True Briton, Gillespies, Halletts, Home Ground, and Space Gallery will all have bands and DJs. Paintings from the Ska legend Horace Panter will be on display at Space Gallery, and Teflon’s 2Tone artwork will be on display at the Lower Leas Lift station and Chambers. Googies will be cooking up a fantastic Ska breakfast – with music, and down the Old High St there’ll be market stalls and pop-up shops where you can buy Ska memorabilia, vinyls and clothing including more ska art from Paris artist Jean-Christophe Molinéris. And for those of you who like your chromework, there’ll also be a scooter park with scooters from across Kent. Radio support from BBC Radio Kent and Folkestone Academy FM. More information about Skabour can be found at www.folkestoneskabourfestival.co.uk and on Facebook; and updates via Twitter; and also look out for free programmes. Traders and venues are still welcome to join in the fun – please call Joe on 07946 408462.

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Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August

Summer of Culture in Kent

Pilatango – Beginners course

Enjoy a cultural, fun day out in the Garden of England this summer. With traditional festivities taking place at picturesque gardens and farms, cultural inspiration at Kent’s finest attractions, and tours and tastings at award winning vineyards, this is a great time to enjoy the county of Kent.

4 weeks of progressive classes on Tuesdays in August 6.45pm to 7.45pm – Absolute beginners class – £7.50pp 8.00pm to 9.00pm – Improvers class – £7.50pp 9.00pm to 10 pm – Practica - £5.00pp (free to class participants)

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Broadstairs Folk Week This popular festival takes place all over the town and there’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music, dance, crafts, workshops, the children’s club and much more.

Tel: 01843 604080 or www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk

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What’s On (Cont...) 30th July – 4th August Ramsgate Week Ramsgate Week is the Royal Temple Yacht Club’s annual regatta and widely recognised as the alternative to Cowes. Watch a full programme of racing from Ramsgate Royal Harbour. Tel: 01843 591766 or www.ramsgateweek.com

8th – 12th August Canterbury Cricket Week 2012, Kent County Cricket Ground, Canterbury Cricket’s oldest and most illustrious festival takes in its 161st year. Tel: 01227 456 886 or www.kentcricket.co.uk/ news/kent-county-cricket-club-release-2012fixture-list

Other Cultural Events in Kent throughout the summer July and August Tours and tastings at Shepherd Neame, Faversham Find out more about Shepherd Neame’s great beers on one of their brewery tours,

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then enjoy a refreshing tasting followed by a 2 course supper. Or following the tour and tasting with a 4 course dinner at which you get to savour seven distinct and flavoursome beers, ending with a fun beer quiz. Tel: 01795 542285 or www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brewery

Until 23rd September Tracey Emin, She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea at Turner Contemporary, Margate Specially conceived for her hometown, Emin’s exhibition explores the themes of love, sensuality and romanticism in her oeuvre, featuring both new and existing works. Free admission. Tel: 01843 233000 or www.turnercontemporary.org

7th – 27th August Edwardian Summer Holidays at Goodnestone Park Gardens Kent Costume Trust Exhibition ‘Edwardian Summer Sundays’. Tel: 01304 840107 or www.thekentcostumetrust.org

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11th August Victoria Park, Ashford

School of Rock (PG) 18th August Folkestone Amphitheatre, Lower Leas, Folkestone

Labyrinth (U) 24th August Herne Bay Festival, Herne Bay Memorial Park

The Open Air Cinema The Open Air Cinema is an annual event now in its 4th year. The Film Factory CIC is a not for profit production company and tours East Kent screening films in great locations. These locations are chosen to be both physically and financially accessible to all sorts of people. The Film Factory hope that at the end of one of their screenings, viewers have not only had a great time, but they may perhaps have: • Made new friends • Tried something new • Visited a new location • Helped reclaim a local space • Spent time with friends and/ or the whole family. 28th July Haguelands Farm (Drive-In) (in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital)

Hook (U) 4th August Dane Park, Margate

Close Encounters of The Third Kind (PG)

Goonies (PG) 25th August Connaught Park

Ghostbusters (PG) 26th August Haguelands Farm (Drive In)

The Italian Job (PG) 1st September Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable

Jaws (PG) 22nd September The Gulbenkian (Drive In)

Back to the Future (PG)

What you will need It is important for you to book tickets prior to the event, and to be comfortable when you arrive. Please see The Film Factory website for full details. www.thefilmfactory.org or call 01303 489515

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Negative thinking patterns – do you do this? Here are some negative ways of thinking, if you recognise yourself having these thoughts then now could be a good time to start to change these thoughts to something more useful. •

Personalisation: Even though it’s mostly out of your control you blame yourself for a negative event that occurred ‘If I had not had to rush, I would never have lost my door keys.’

Filtering: One negative happening, such as a rude or thoughtless comment made to you during an otherwise enjoyable evening changes your whole perspective on the evening and makes you feel quite bad.

Rejecting praise: Rejecting a compliment or an affectionate gesture or praise that goes unnoticed, ignored or deflected; you might reply to a comment about how well you look with, ‘oh, I think I look terrible in this outfit’ or you might think ‘she is only saying that but doesn’t really mean it’.

Drawing false conclusions: You assume negative conclusions without checking the facts. You try and predict the future or guess what someone else is feeling ‘My best friend is upset, she must be angry at something I have done’ or ‘this is bound to go badly wrong now’.

Negative reasoning: You are sure that your negative opinion of a situation reflects reality. Such as: ‘My husband leaves the lid of the toothpaste just to wind me up.’

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Writing things down on paper really helps. Take some time out of your day to write down a negative event, notice your negative thought pattern and then write down a different perspective with a more rational and optimistic response. Just because you may have gotten into the habit of thinking like this doesn’t mean that you cannot change it. The first and most important step is to recognise that you do it. The second step is to start to create a new more positive way of thinking. Jan Holben NLP Hypnotherapist Folkestone and area

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Local Clubs & Societies Arthritis Aware A friendly support and social group for people with arthritis which meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 10am to 12pm in the United Reformed Church, Hythe. 01303 266673

Art & Creative Classes Informal classes for the arts, yoga and theatre in Marine Walk Street, Hythe. www.whitehorsestudio.co.uk mail@thewhitehorsestudio.co.uk 01303 239625 / 01303 812242

Ashford Astronomical Society Friendly, welcoming astronomy society, meets the last Friday of every month at Woodchurch Memorial Hall. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned observer, young or old, there’s something for everyone.

8.30pm – 11.30pm – Dance to hot stompin’ sounds from the 1940’s and 50’s. 07896 654571 revboogie@hotmail.co.uk

Capel Farmers Market 10am to 12.30pm every Tuesday in Capel-leFerne Village Hall. 07899 082356 ww.capel-le-ferne.org

Cats’ Protection Folkestone and Hythe branch are seeking volunteers at their charity shop at 139a, Hythe High Street. Please call the duty manager. 01303 238661 We are also seeking fosterers for our cats and kittens. If you can help, please do ring.

01233 333945 / 07971 435835 (Jason) www.ashfordastro.org.uk jacethebace@gmail.com

01303 237744 (Lin)

Badminton

Classes on Mondays, 1.45pm at Guide Hall, St Nicholas Road, Hythe, and Wednesdays, 10.15am at Hawkinge Community Centre.

Check Shirts Line Dance Club

service is free, independent, confidential and impartial. Full details of opening times can be found on our website or at the drop-in centre at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre. Shepway CAB is a charity. www.shepwaycab.co.uk Adviceline: 0844 499 4118

Classic Bike Night Every Tuesday evening, 7.30pm at The Drum Inn, Stanford nr Hythe. 01303 812125

Development for Mediumship Group Every Tuesday evening, 7pm – 9pm. £6 per person. 01303 265513 (Pauline Mason)

Elham Farmers Market 11am – 1pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday. An Elham in Business initiative, a vibrant and popular market.

Elham Valley Twinning Association (EVTA)

01303 230433 (Cleo)

www.cinqueportmorrismen.org info@cinqueportmorrismen.org

Boogie at The Grand

Citizens Advice Bureau

Did you know that villages in the Elham Valley are twinned with six villages in the famous wine-growing Beaujolais region in south-eastern France? EVTA members enjoy annual exchange visits with our French twins, alternating between the two countries. In addition, there is a lively social programme of events throughout the year, usually with a French flavour.

Every Monday at Keppels Bar, The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone.

The Citizens Advice Service provides advice on your rights and responsibilities. The

Visit us at www.evta. org.uk for more details or call 01303 840367

Castle Badminton Club meets on a Tuesday evening between 8pm and 10pm at Saltwood Village Hall. 01303 237968 (John Dennis)

Bell Ringers Bell ringers needed, full training given.

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7.30pm – 8.30pm – Beginners jive/swing dance class

Cinque Port Morris Men Every Thursday from October to April, 8pm to 10pm at the Memorial Hall, Benenden.

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Exercise through Movement and Dance Classes Monday evenings, 7.15pm – 8.15pm, at Salvation Army Hall, Hythe. £3 per night. 01303 892946

Folkestone and District Family History Society

folkestone@nadfaskentarea.org.uk

Prior, Director of Tennis)

Folkestone Duplicate Bridge Club

Health Walks in Hythe

Every Monday, 7pm for 7.15pm, at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone. Visitors are welcome with partners (except 1st Monday in month when there is a club competition). 01303 222222

First Thursday of the month, 7pm, at Radnor Park Community Centre, Folkestone.

Folkestone, Hythe and Dover Wildlife Group

www.folkfhs.org.uk Contact: The Chairman Alan F. Taylor on 01303 252567.

www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk 01304 853503 (Pauline Bateson)

Folkestone Camera Club

Folkestone & Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society (FHODS)

Every Monday from September – May. 7.30pm. www.folkestonecameraclub.co.uk jenny-bar@dsl.pipex.com 01303 245399 (Jenny Barraclough)

Folkestone Choral Society Would you like to sing? We exist to enjoy together the choral music we prepare and to share that with local residents as well as the many visitors to the area. Rehearsals are held each week to prepare for the three or four major concerts normally presented each year.

The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For show information, please visit the website or call the box office. www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 01303 223925 (Box Office) To hire theatre and function area for parties etc: 07711 710952 (Peter)

Friends of Oaklands Health Centre Coffee Morning

www.folkestonechoral.org.uk 01303 237968

First Monday of the month, 10am – 11.30am, in the Randall Davis Room (1st Floor), Oaklands Health Centre. Come and join us for a friendly chat.

Folkestone Decorative and Fine Arts Society (FDFAS)

Hayne Barn Indoor Tennis Centre

Third Thursday of the month, 2pm for 2.15pm, at The Tower Theatre (home of FHODS), Shorncliffe. Guests/prospective members welcome, £5.

In Saltwood, 2 indoor courts available to book for members and non-members. Coaching available for juniors and adults.

www.nadfaskentarea.org.uk

01303 265512 (Court Bookings) 07723 958911 (Duncan

Every Thursday, 10.15am for a 10.30am start. All are welcome to join these free health walks. Meet at Reflections, Terrace Bar, Hythe Imperial Hotel. www.whi.org.uk/eastkent 01304 828700 (East Kent Health Walks)

High Thai Society Every last Sunday, 7pm at Thailand Tom, 38, Hythe High Street. 01303 264168

Hythe and District Gardeners Association First Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm, at St Johns Ambulance Hall, Albert Lane, which runs at the side of The Hope Inn off Stade Street. £5 subscription per year. 01303 262171 / 01303 260827 / 01303 265927.

Hythe Film Society Our first film show will be on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at the Hythe Bay School, Cinque Ports Avenue. We will be screening the Irish film “Once” which is a modernday musical about a busker and an immigrant, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. Directed and written by John Carney, starring Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova.

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Local Clubs & Societies (Cont...) Nov 6th is the award-winning comedy “Dr Strangelove” Directed by Stanley Kubric, starring Peter Sellers. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month 7.10 for 7.30pm members tickets are £3pp, Guests £5pp. Application forms are available from the Hythe Camera Shop. Our web-site is www.hythefilmsociety.co.uk and we have a “Facebook” page.

Hythe and Romney Marsh Lions Club Second Monday of the month at Red Lion Pub, Hythe. Fundraising for local charities.

Blooming Babies

Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm

Thursdays 1.30pm – 3pm

Improving your spoken Spanish

Sensory Play and Baby Massage from newborn upwards.

Fridays 10am – 11.30am French Conversation Group Fridays 2pm – 3pm Please contact 07796 177584 (Nick Lord)

Groups for Parents and Children, at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre One is Fun! Mondays, 1.30pm – 3pm

01303 267392 (Margaret)

Activities for tots aged 6 months to 18 months.

The Royal Air Forces Association

Blooming Babies

Hythe and Romney Marsh Branch. 01303 238435

Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club

Tuesdays 10.30am to 12pm Sensory Play and Baby Massage from newborn upwards.

To book a place on either session: 07900 882664 (Shirley) Two’s Too Fridays 9am – 10.30am For toddlers aged 18 to 30 months. Community Café Fridays 2pm – 3pm Come and have a cuppa and a natter.

Other Services, at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre Citizen’s Advice Bureau Fridays 10am – 12pm Drop in service, no appointment needed.

Marine Parade, Hythe.

To book a place on either session: 07900 882664 (Shirley)

www.hssc.net 01303 265178

Midwife Surgery – by appointment only

Ladies Walk, Hythe

Hythe Bay Children’s Centre (within the

Wednesdays 8.40am – 12pm.

Hythe Book Club

Health Visitor Surgery

Third Thursday of every month, 7.30pm, at The Red Lion, Hythe.

grounds of Hythe Bay School, but open to all)

Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe, CT21 6HS 01303 267802

Adult Education, at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre Art Appreciation: How to Look at Pictures Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm P26

Spanish Improvers Course

Wednesdays 1pm – 2.30pm Drop in to talk through any issues with the Health Visitor, bring your red book, have your baby weighed. Mucky Pups Thursdays 9am – 10.30am Messy play for all – birth to pre-school age.

Hythe Bowling Club 01303 266793

Hythe Bridge Club Every Wednesday, 1.45pm, at Seabrook Church For friendly Duplicate Bridge. Subscription £5 per year, table money £1.50. 01233 720597

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Hythe Civic Society Guided Walks

Guide Hall, St Nicholas Road, Hythe. For girls aged 10 – 14.

large dance floor & great vintage music

Every Thursday, from June to September, 10.30am, meet at Hythe Town Hall, High Street (TR 163 347) Distance: 0.5 miles (1.5 hours). Grade 1, No Dogs.

07725 525445 (Jo Day)

Established in Folkestone since 2008, jive/swing dance teacher with 15 years experience teaching

A leisurely walk around Old Hythe, including St Leonard’s Church and Crypt. Charge 50p per person (Crypt extra), which includes a descriptive leaflet. No need to book. Parties (10+) at any time by arrangement.

Hythe Snooker Club 01303 265141 (Mr W.Garrad)

Hythe St John Ambulance Cadets Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm – 8pm, at St John Hall, Albert Lane. For aged 10 – 16 years. All new and renewing members welcome.

01303 266118 (Leader: Hythe Civic Society)

07813 606157 (Grahame Bredbere) 01303 269689 (St John Hall, on Wednesday evenings)

Hythe Farmers Market

Hythe Tennis Club

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10am – 12pm, in the Methodist Chuch Hall, Church Street, Hythe.

Meets at the Canal Bank, Hythe. All welcome. For more information about joining the club and participating in our tournaments and events, please telephone.

01303 266118 /01303 268715

Hythe Flower Club Interested in Flowers? Demonstrations, Workshops, Social Events, Friendship and Fun. Hythe Flower Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 for 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, East Street, Hythe (except Jan when there’s no meeting). Interested? Come along to a meeting or e-mail thekats49@gmail. com for details. New members are very welcome. Yearly subs are £22 or £5 for visitors.

Mondays 7.30-8.30pm class 8.30-9.30 music £5 inclusive shepwayjivenswing@hotmail.co.uk   07582 605274

Lympne /Hythe Needle Club Second and forth Saturday of the month, 2pm – 5pm, in the Lounge of Churchill Court, Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe. Any form of needle work carried out, whether it be cross stich, tapestry, bobbin lace or bead work. Everyone welcome.

Lympne WI

01303 266354 (Membership Secretary)

Second Thursday in the month, 2pm, at Lympne Village Hall. Everyone welcome.

Hythe Twinning Association

01303 230855 (Julie)

Continuing international friendship with Hythe’s twin towns; Berck sur Mer in France and Poperinge in Belgium. 01303 268375 hythe.twinning@hydanthe.freeuk.com

Italy Star Association 1943 – 1945 Veterans! Join us. Please phone our National Secretary. 0208 2410275

Jive/Swing Dance Classes

Mature Movers – Fitness for the 50 Plus Get fit with choreographed movement to music. A well balanced programme of low impact excercises (no floor work involved). Come and have fun while improving and maintaining your mobility. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30am – 11.30am, at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone. £3.50

Hythe Guides

Southcliff Hotel, 22-26 The Leas, Folkestone 

Wednesdays, 2pm – 3pm, at Romney Marsh Day Centre, Rolfe Lane, New Romney. £4

Every Tuesday, 7pm at The

Friendly dance class,

01303 261876 (Vera Neaves)

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Local Clubs & Societies (Cont...) Queen’s Own Buffs Association of Folkestone and Hythe

all sections, and particularly tenors and basses.

South Kent Multiple Sclerosis Society

01303 237992

Ex-Servicemen from other Regiments are welcome. Meet monthly for comradeship with supper, bingo, raffles and much more.

Saltwood Old Time Dance Club

Local support for all those whose lives are affected by MS.

01303 240147 (Stuart McIntyre, Branch Secretary)

Redoubt Sailing Club At Nickolls Lake, West Hythe. Racing and free sailing (non racing) all year round. Adult and Children’s training. 01303 260512 (Rob Purvis, Membership Secretary)

Romney Marsh Walking Society New members and visiting walkers are always welcome. Our programme is varied; usually a Sunday afternoon or whole day walk alternates with a Saturday morning walk followed by a pub lunch. Children are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult, but dogs are not allowed. You will find the programme of our planned walks on our website: www.romneymarshfootpaths.co.uk

Saltwood Choral Society Wednesday evenings, 7.15pm – 9pm, at Saltwood Primary School, Grange Road, Saltwood. We have a wide and varied repertoire: oratorio, anthems, the Mass, folk songs, Gilbert and Sullivan and works from modern composers. We welcome new members in P28

Every Wednesday evening, 7pm – 10pm, at the Saltwood Village Hall. If you like Old Time and Sequence Dancing, why not come and join us? Refreshments provided. 01303 260214

Saltwood Shortmat Bowls Sundays, 6pm – 9pm and the first and third Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 5pm, at the Saltwood Village Hall. 01303 266624

Saltwood Village Hall The Green, Saltwood. A perfect venue for meetings, parties, weddings and fun. 01303 260508 (Lesley Galloway)

Sandgate Writers Circle We hold two meetings a month at two locations in Sandgate, 10am – 12pm. If you would like a friendly, relaxed couple of hours, with gentle folk, please do get in touch and come along. 01303 489736 (Joe Thomas) joe.tom277864@tiscali.co.uk

Shepway Fuchsia and Pelargonium Group Second Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm, at St Andrews Church Hall, Surrenden Road, Cheriton. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome. 01303 851257

www.mssociety.org.uk/branches/ kent/south_east_kent sekentmssociety@hotmail.co.uk 08453 970543

Umbrella Club of Hythe Are you feeling lonely or just need a chat? Then why not visit the Hythe Methodist Church Hall on Mondays from 2pm – 4pm and Thursdays from 12.20pm – 4pm. Everyone welcome.

Shepway & District University of the Third Age (U3A) The U3A is a self-help organization for people who are retired or not in full-time work and who are encouraged to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. The organisation provides educational, creative and leisure groups in a friendly environment, at various locations in the local area. We currently have other 35 different groups, including Board Games, Books, Cards, Computers, Crafts, Cycling, Dance, Golf, Languages, and much more. Please do get in touch for more information. shepwaymembership@gmail.com 07729 443000

Zumba, Latin Inspired Dance Fitness Wednesdays, 7pm – 8pm, Hythe Bay Primary School, Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe. Thursdays, 10am, Hythe Cricket Club. Good fun exercise for all ages.

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Lofty Ideals by Katherine Sorrell Converting your loft can be the ideal way to gain extra space without the expense and hassle of moving house. Katherine Sorrell outlines the dos and don’ts. agent for advice, and you could also go to a website such as www.nethouseprices.com to find out how much properties in your area have sold for recently.

A double bedroom and ensuite loft conversion by Econoloft, 0800 269 765 www.econoloft.co.uk

Dark, pokey and inaccessible, lofts can often be, literally, a waste of space, useful for a bit of dusty, long-term storage and nothing else. Turn that space into one or two useful rooms and – ta da! – not only might you have added real value to your property, but you’ve got extra living space that could make all the difference to happy family life. The simplest loft conversion might just involve strengthening and boarding out the floor, adding a light and sticking in a pull-down loft ladder – giving you a good-sized storage area that’s accessible on a regular basis, at a cost of probably only a couple of thousand pounds. Bear in mind, however, that Building Regulations may apply to even a simple conversion – see more at www.planningportal.gov. uk. Such a basic project may be a good idea in practical, everyday terms, but if it’s added value you’re after, you’ll P30

have to be more ambitious, say the experts, and put in at least one ‘real’ room. ‘It’s a false economy to cut corners,’ says Jeremy Leaf, RICS housing spokesperson (www.rics.org). ‘To maximise your return the conversion has to be designed properly from the very beginning. You should have a proper lobby area when you come up the stairs, there should be sufficient head clearance, it should be properly insulated, you should have a dormer window rather than a Velux. It’s also important to think about how a loft conversion affects the house as a whole, as they can make them top heavy, with too many bedrooms and, in comparison, too few reception rooms. Check out other properties nearby which have been similarly extended to see what has been done and what they’re worth.’ When doing your research, it’s always a good idea to ask a local estate

A word about space planning. If you have room, adding a bathroom to a loft conversion makes sense both practically and financially, and shouldn’t cost any more than adding a new bathroom anywhere else in the house – in other words, anything from around £3,000 for a plain fit-out. Costs will be minimised if you place the bathroom above one on the floor below, keeping plumbing work simple, but Hugo Tugman of Architect Your Home (www. architect-yourhome.com) points out that you should always keep your options open. ‘It’s folly to put the bathroom in the wrong place, just because that’s where the drains are,’ he says.

If possible, try to add a bathroom to a loft conversion. The combination of bedroom with ensuite is not only convenient but is likely to add more value when it comes to selling. This Cora bath is £1,194 by BC Designs, 01206 827100 www.bcdesigns.co.uk

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‘The same goes for staircases – most people think that there’s just one place where a staircase can be fitted in a loft conversion, because Building Regulations require two metres of head room above it, but you can end up squashing your accommodation just because the best bit of loft is taken up with a staircase. It’s really worth considering the possible alternatives when doing your planning.’ And finally, if overall head height is an issue in your potential loft conversion, don’t try to get away with cramped, uncomfortable rooms. Hugo points out that lowering the ceilings of the rooms below is often a possibility, and can make all the difference to the success of a project. ‘It sounds like it would be a massive expense,’ he says, ‘but in fact the additional costs are really only plastering and decorating the rooms below, and it would probably add no more than about three or four thousand onto a simple job.’

BUT WILL IT ADD VALUE? The HSBC’s annual home improvement survey found, in March this year, that a loft conversion is still the improvement that adds the most value, boosting the price of a property by, on average, £16,152. But according to specialists Econoloft, a typical conversion by building professionals costs between £20,000 and £30,000. The answer may lie, therefore, in keeping costs down by doing as much work as possible yourself – but only if you can do it to a good standard. Valuation expert Paul Cutbill, of Countrywide Surveying Services, said: ‘Whilst sensibly improved and well presented homes will generally be attractive to potential purchasers, rising labour and material costs mean that the gap between the cost of improving and monies realised at the point of any sale has been reduced. Poor quality refitting and lack of proper design considerations, often as a result of inadequate project budgeting and planning, can also have a significant knock-on effect to any added value which might be gained when selling a property.’

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A Healthy Balance In Life? Having a balanced, stress-free, debt-free life is not easy these days, on average working more hours than anyone else in Europe! So how do we get that balance in life? Times are changing, we are texting blogging, twittering, and that’s for pleasure! Where’s the down-time? It isn’t happening folks! But just maybe… just maybe there could be a glimmer of hope… EXERCISE!  I know, I know, but I really believe in “Fitness for every body” it’s my no 1 tag line! Yes I know what you’re thinking, I can’t do that! But you can! Everyone can... It just takes some commitment from you to move forward... Generally most people, who I come across during my work, want to lose fat or build muscle, and that’s good, if that’s your fitness\health goal, but let’s step back a page! If you don’t exercise yet, where do you start? Well you could get a personal fitness trainer to help and support you, or how about looking at your food; most people eat too much and don’t exercise, that is why they are fat. People think they can carry on eating like they did in their twenties – well they can’t… Unless you exercise! One of the first things I do with my clients is get them to start writing a food journal, this can really emphasise where you’re going wrong, most people eat far too many carbohydrates; cakes, biscuits, sweets, pasta, rice, potatoes, if you reduce your intake of these and start walking every day for 15 minutes, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw some fat loss results, and that’s just the start! Why not join the health and fitness train…? You never know you might enjoy the ride! Andy King runs AK Health and Fitness, a local business providing personal and corporate fitness training, also exercise for the elderly, exclusive fitness studios in Hythe, Ashford and Dover. P32

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Useful Numbers Churches

Hawkinge & Elham Valley Area:

Folkestone Area: All Souls Church Cheriton High Street - 01303 270604 Rector: David de Verny, Cheriton Rectory, Ashley Avenue, Cheriton CT19 4PX Baha’i Faith - 01303 243907 Cheriton Baptist Church Quested Road - 01303 278717 Christ Embassy Folkestone Loveworld Conference Centre Cheriton High Street - 01303 270970 Folkestone Baptist Church Hill Road - 01303 252259 Folkestone Methodist Church 155 Sandgate Rd - 01303 252542 Harbour Community Church Harvey Street - 01303 211732 Holy Trinity Church Sandgate Road - 01303 256040 Life Church Bowles Well Gardens - 01303 240033 Our Lady Help of Christians and St Aloysius Guildhall Street - 01303 252823 South Kent Community Church Bouverie Road West - 01303 251155 St John the Baptist Church St John’s Church Road - 01303 246422 St Joseph’s Church 2 Ashley Avenue - 01303 275402 St Martin’s Church Horn Street - 01303 270604 Rector: David de Verny, Cheriton Rectory, Ashley Avenue, Cheriton CT19 4PX St Mary and St Eanswythe Church Priory Gardens - 01303 252947 St Peter’s Church East Cliff - 01303 254472 St. Saviour’s Church - 01303 254686 The Salvation Army Canterbury Road - 01303 251379 The Society of Friends (Quakers) Rainbow Centre 69 Sandgate Road - 01303 220459 United Reform Church Castle Hill Avenue - 01303 268621

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Please note there are active websites for news and events for churches in the local area, including: www.elhamchurches.com www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk

Barham Downs Group:

St John the Baptist Barham St Mary the Virgin Bishopsbourne St Giles Kingston St Margaret of Antioch Womanswold - 01227 831340 www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk

Hawkinge Baptist Church:

Hawkinge Community Centre Minister: Alison Boddington - 07584 062866 Secretary: Ann Usher - 01303 891450 St Mary Magdalene Denton - 01303 840219 St Mary the Virgin Elham - 01303 840219 St Lukes Hawkinge - 01303 892369

Chemists

Folkestone Area: The Central Pharmacy 104 Cheriton Road - 01303 254427 Guildhall Pharmacy 110 Guidhall Street - 01303 259414 McCardle Pharmacy 41 Canterbury Road - 01303 251511 Lloyds Pharmacy 114 Sandgate Road - 01303 254383 Paydens 38 Cheriton High Street - 01303 275625

Hawkinge & Elham Valley Area:

Hawkinge Pharmacy 97 Canterbury Road, Hawkinge CT18 7BS - 01303 892283 Lyminge Pharmacy 21 Station Road Lyminge CT18 8HQ - 01303 862425

Doctors Surgeries Folkestone Area:

Park Farm Surgery 1 Alder Road - 01303 851021 The New Surgery 128 Canterbury Road - 01303 243516

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Central Surgery 86 Cheriton Road - 01303 220707 Whitehouse Surgery 1 Cheriton High Street - 01303 275434 The Manor Clinic 31 Manor Road - 01303 851122 Guildhall Street Surgery 67-69 Guildhall Street - 01303 851411

Hawkinge & Elham Valley Area: The Elham Surgery Old Road, Elham CT4 6UH - 01303 840213 The Hawkinge Health Centre 74 Canterbury Road, Hawkinge CT18 7BP - 01303 892434 The Surgery Church Road, Lyminge CT18 7BP - 01303 862109 PALS: Patient Advice & Liaison Service - 0800 085 6606

Emergency Numbers

Gas Emergency 0800 111999 Kent County Council 08458 247247 Electricity Power Loss 0800 783 88 66 Police Station 01303 850055 Water Leakline 0800 7311 933

01303 266755 Helplines Alcoholics Anonymous 08457 697555 Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics) 0207 4030888 Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting 01303 660747 Childline 0800 1111 Crime Prevention Advice 01303 896336 Dentaline 01634 890300 Frank (Drugs Helpline) 0800 776600 Kent Crimestoppers 0800 555111 Mental Health Helpline 0800 1070160 National Domestic Violence 0808 2000 47 Stop Smoking Service 0800 849 4444 Samaritans 01303 255 000

Hospitals

Kent & Canterbury 01227 766877 Maidstone 0845 155 1000 Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone 01303 850202 William Harvey Hospital Ashford 01233 633331 NHS Direct 08 45 46 47

Taxis

Folkestone Taxis 01303 252000 JJ Taxis 01303 244442

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Dry Weather Gardening by Pippa Greenwood the soil is never allowed to dry completely. Installing perforated or permeable pipe beneath the soil surface or beneath the mulch provides what they need. Don’t risk new plantings for the patio becoming drought stressed. When planting up late season patio pots, make sure you line the insides of the pot with bubble-wrap polythene.

After all those weeks in early summer when it didn’t stop raining, many plants will have been lulled into a false sense of security. And we’re also likely to have become too used to not worrying about watering and how to minimise the effects of dry weather. Here are my tips for coping: Mulching really does help to keep the moisture in the soil. Make sure it’s really well watered BEFORE you apply the mulch. Then around the area, covering the roots of the plant (or preferably a bit further) shovel on well-rotted manure, composted bark or garden compost. Mulching benefits vegetables as well as flowers. A slow but steady supply of water is more use and appreciated by plants more than intermittent heavy drenching. Newly planted trees and shrubs establish better and suffer drought stress less if

When you need to water your garden, apply it in the evening or early in the morning. Less will be lost by evaporation and there will also be less likelihood of plants suffering scorching. Avoid buying new plants right now. In dry conditions it’s much harder for a plant to become established and more likely that it’ll suffer stress. Temporary shading, such as shade netting (available from garden centres) or some large, leafy branches driven in to the soil, will help to keep things a little cooler during the hotter weather. Vegetable plants can be covered with netted cloches (like the Giant Easy Net Tunnels available from my website) to achieve the same effect. Siphoning water out from the bath is a great way to re-use domestic water. The tiny quantities of soap won’t cause any problems. Remember that some plants are more tolerant of dry conditions than others. On the whole, plants with silvery

or densely hairy leaves are pretty drought tolerant, as are those of Mediterranean origin. My favourites include: Convolvulus cneorum: stunning silvery leaves and miniature white flowers, often with a touch of pink, which resemble those of morning glories. Rosemary: this shrub has great purple flowers and wonderfully aromatic foliage, perfect for cooking. When mature many people use the wood to make barbeque skewers, imparting a delightful rosemary aroma to the meat. Senecio maritime: a pretty divided leafed plant with dense hair on the leaves making it look silvery. Gazanias: with their large orange, brown and burgundy flowers and silvered leaves, they look a treat in patio pots of summer borders. Lavenders: aromatic leaves and perfumed blue, lilac purple or white flower spikes, this cottage garden favourite is also a magnet for bees. Geraniums and their cousins, Pelargoniums, are both very drought resistant, and come with foliage that is often attractively marked and pretty flowers. Pelargoniums, usually the more flamboyantly coloured of the two, are not hardy but great in summer containers and the herbaceous geraniums should last for years.

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Cars, Driving & Taxis

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Hythe Dental Care

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Lynda Jones Medical Herbalist 6

Autospot Repair

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Dent Direct

8

Folkestone Vehicle Rental

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JJ Taxis

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NLP Hypotherapist

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Play Therapy The Dental Care Centre

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Community Information

Absolute Locksmiths

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Emerald Electrical Services

11

Emma Bussey Curtains

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Upholstery

Fashion and Jewellry Owlets

40

Fitting Creations Curtains

Needles and Pins

35

& Blinds

23

Shepgas Plumbing & Heating

7

SimGas Plumbing & Heating 13 Tradex Kitchens & Appliances 13 Utility Warehouse

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Wilco Plumbing & Heating

15

Cafés, Hotels & Restaurants

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Legal, Financial & Business Estate Legacy Services

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Nicki’s Accountancy Services 15 Oriac House Learner Centre Virtual Personal Assistant

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Puzzles & Articles

Garage Hire at The Grand

Garden

LH Property Services

The Grand Home & Interiors

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7

Lisa’s Learners Driving Instructor 35

What’s On

Inspiring Interiors

3

Children’s Page

16

Gary Frake Plumbing & Heating 35

Crossword

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East Kent Mowers

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Quercus Tree Services

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Handyman Service

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Solutions

Matthews Garden Services

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Heat Design

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Useful Numbers

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