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Apr/May 2021 Edition • Issue 62 • Royal Mail

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I will keep my language family friendly, but wow, we’ve bought some, err, ‘stuff’ over the years. My son is 25 but I have a cupboard full of toys from his childhood. I can’t bear to throw out things that are perfectly serviceable. Still one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold as they say and thank goodness for the community Facebook and Freecycle groups which are great for recycling and Gumtree and Ebay for shifting anything that still has value. Rather than let any resale profits go into the dayto-day bank account (aka ‘the black hole’) I’ve made a point of putting the money to one side. As soon as we are allowed, I’m planning to spend that extra cash at local pubs, restaurants and retail outlets. Clearly this will be fun for me, but the local element is the really important aspect here. Spending in our own area is so much more than just helping a business owner return to profitability. Those businesses are employers of people and a higher percentage of young people too. They also use local trades and services which breathe life into our community. Finally, for your own wellbeing, it’s time to reconnect with other human beings. You don’t meet other people spending your money via your computer or phone. Feel good and do good by keeping it local.

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The Retreat Animal Rescue & Sanctuary High Halden

www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk The Retreat was born in 1989 out of frustration at the way the human race treats animals. A rescue centre which would save tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death was therefore founded. Some of our residents include: ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, ex-petting farm goats, injured birds, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, disabled nonreleasable wildlife, fish, small domestics, old or feral and FIV cats, and dogs who have failed other dog homes.

Retreat's facilities and where possible, animals are re-homed in permanent, loving homes.​ The Retreat operates a genuine no-kill policy. Our site accommodates our main rescue centre and, wildlife hospital to deal with most animal intakes and emergencies, together with our permanent horses, cows and sheep residents. We now have ample room to care for more animals, our intensive and equine re-homing centre, along with care-for-life wildlife and exotics.

The number of animals being cared for by The Retreat is over 1,000 at any Animal Rescue Sanctuary & Education one time. 1,250+ Animal Residents Due to Covid restrictions we 20,000+ Saved in 30 years are currently closed to the Daily costs excl. vets are £500 public but when we re-open Volunteers and Donations are welcome, we have a newly refurbished Café - Restaurant where you visit our website or call 07514 114613 The Retreat, Brickyard Farm, Cripple can try our vegan delicacies. Our Thrift Shop is where Hill, High Halden, Kent, TN26 3LJ you can find lovely second hand items from clothes to behaviour tests in decorative stuff for home.

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When current restrictions are lifted it will be possible to stay at our Lodges to fully experience life at The Retreat. You will have a great time! Please note we are all-vegan rescue and sanctuary so please do not bring any non-vegan foods and drinks during your visit.

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Look out of your window at your lawn and you’ll probably see that it has suddenly taken off and is growing rapidly. This means that now is the perfect time to get to grips with a bit of spring maintenance. True, your lawn will survive without it, but if you want it to look a good deal better than average, then get your skates on! In most areas temperatures should have evened up a little and the soil in beds, borders and under your lawn should hopefully not be wet and soggy. Grass needs regular mowing from now on; in some areas this may mean once a week, so make sure that the mower blades are good and sharp. On so-called utility lawns you will need to cut to about 2.5cm or 1”, while on higher grade smart lawns cut to about 1-1.5cm. Lawns benefit from a specially formulated spring feed at this time of year to encourage good strong growth and strengthen the grasses up after any winter setbacks. If you use a granular formulation, make sure that you water it in well if you cannot time the job so

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that the rain does this for you! Give yourself a bit of a workout too and scarify the lawn. This means using a spring-tined rake to pull out any accumulated debris or thatch from the base of the grasses. This allows for a better flow of moisture and air, thus ensuring that the grass grows stronger and more healthily. If your lawn has developed a lot of moss (especially likely if it has suffered compaction, is shaded or has been particularly wet), then apply a proprietary moss killer before scarifying. Use a combined feed and moss killer to save yourself


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Worm casts may be there in abundance now too, so if necessary simply use a besom or brush to brush them away or distribute them over the lawn.

It is also worth sorting out any stepping stones that have sunk too low or become uneven. Use a spade to ease them out of the lawn and lift and readjust the level beneath before replacing them. It may sound as if there’s a lot to do, but remember that every hour spent now will make a huge difference to how the lawn looks for the rest of the year!

Humps and bumps in the lawn or indeed any other sort of uneven surface can be dealt with now, but you will need to get this done promptly, just in case the weather gets hot and dry soon. A minor problem can be dealt with using a sandy top-dressing mixture, but if there are some prominent problems then use a sharp spade to cut an ‘H’ shape over the bump or hollow. Now carefully peel back the turf and then remove or add soil as necessary before replacing the turf flaps, firming well and providing a good drink. At www.pippagreenwood.com you’ll find stylish cloches, practical and pretty plant supports, the fantastic SpeedHoe, gardening tools, signed books and the ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa’ system.

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The Lawn Whisperer Spring is in the air and it is the time when many folk start to think about their gardens. The lawn is the centre piece of many properties whether it is ornamental, social or a play area for children and pets.

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y name is Buster and my company The Lawn Whisperer undertakes seasonal lawn care work at residential and business properties in Ashford, the local villages and across the county. I’d like to offer three basic tips regarding Spring lawn care so that you can get the best from your garden naturally: 1.

Fill the gaps: Weeds and moss will take advantage of any weak or balding areas; grab a bucket and mix up some hardy perennial rye grass seed with a top soil, rake the target area and patch the bare spots. Hope for daily rain showers and water well when it doesn’t!

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Edges: Tidy the edges of your lawn with a string trimmer or edging iron, take before and after photos – it makes a huge difference to the overall appearance.

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Mulching – Use a mulch plug or dedicated mulching mower and give your grass natural nutrients. Mulch cutting leaves tiny, almost invisible clippings to break down into the soil. The added advantage is there will be no grass to collect and dispose of after cutting.

It definitely requires patience to improve or revive your grass but it is often the case of a little TLC making a big difference. You may not have the time or inclination to undertake your own lawn care work, if that’s the case contact The Lawn Whisperer to see if I can help:

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I am now fully booked for Spring renovations but welcoming new customers for one off or fortnightly lawn mowing, which is my speciality. Having your grass cut at the correct height with a sharp blade is a great defence against weeds, moss and pests. I offer an eco-friendly service featuring a fleet of high voltage walk behind mowers (no petrol) to suit all gardens and client preferences, whilst aiding the fight against climate change. Returning customers receive a loyalty discount on lawn mowing and price freeze promise extending through the 2022 season. If you’re seeking regular grass cutting or even if you’re just curious to sample a one-off cut with professional cordless equipment, please do get in touch. Lawn mowing is bookable online or via telephone. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Practical and attractive, carpets made from natural fibres look great and have strong eco-credentials. An alternative to conventional carpets, natural fibre floorcoverings are highly sustainable with good insulating and soundproofing qualities. The rougher the surface, the more hard-wearing the flooring, giving a trade-off between durability and comfort (unless the fibres are blended with wool for softness). With an appealing texture, these floorings come in a variety of shades and interesting weaves. All natural floorings benefit from specialist, professional fitting, with a good quality underlay, and a stain-protection treatment. Regular vacuuming (just suction, no beater bar) will keep them in good shape, though some types can be susceptible to water-staining, so check with your A jute rug makes a gorgeous textural contrast against this concrete-effect kitchen floor. Impressive Concrete Wood Light Grey Laminate, £27.99 per square metre; Jute Natural Circle Rug, from £59.99; both Carpetright: 0330 333 3444; carpetright.co.uk.

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Achieve a rugged, rural look that is practical as well as attractive with a sisal carpet. Country Living at Carpetright Sisal Pentel, £39.99 per square metre, Carpetright, as above.

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With the unreliability of our climate here in the UK, an awning increases the potential time available for you to unwind and enjoy the fresh air. Awnings can keep you cool on the hottest days, but also enable you to enjoy your deck or patio when the weather is less than perfect, so that it becomes a proper extension to your home. Awnings also help protect carpets and soft furnishings from fading, without having to draw the curtains and lose the outdoor view, and will also help to protect precious plants from drying out in really hot weather. Combining furniture, plants, lighting and accessories creates the perfect environment for dining or relaxing with loved ones. Weather Sensors A wind sensor automatically retracts your screens and awning when strong winds are detected, protecting your system from damage. A sun senor will automatically lower your awnings to block out strong sunshine and keep your living room cool. Lighting devices can also be added to your electric awnings, allowing you to enjoy longer evenings outdoors. Heating and Lighting Allows you relax in the fresh air, no matter what the weather. Side Screens The addition of side screens cuts down on wind 6 and mist coming under the sides of an awning, creating an outdoor room and a sheltered place for outdoor dining, relaxation or for children and pets to play, shielded from direct sun. Add a Splash of Colour With a variety of fabrics available and a wide range of colours for both the awning fabric and the frame itself you can be inspired to create a wonderful new outdoor space.

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Even in these uncertain times the Heart of Kent Show Choir is on the lookout for keen new members, who love a challenge.! No experience is necessary, but you do need a good singing voice, lots of dedication and a willingness to learn. Truly amazing, is that many of the singers have had no musical training and yet through sheer dedication and hard work have made the choir a force to be reckoned with. Start singing with us now whilst in the safety of your own home until some normality in our lives returns. Do things you always dreamed of and be prepared for lots of fun along the way and grand adventures with new friends.

Throughout the pandemic the choir has been practising and recording in their own homes, producing wonderful music for online campaigns open-air screenings This year alone they have made two DVDs and a mini movie to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now, Brain Tumour Research and NHS Caregivers.

Nestled in the heart of Kent, lies a choir with a lot of heart! They have rapidly grown, evolving from a community singing group, into an outstanding performance choir, raising in excess of £150,000 over  the past few years for national and local charities. The choir is based in Tenterden Kent and will have a second group opening in 2021, in Singleton, Ashford.

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The Heart of Kent Show Choir work  exclusively to support worthy causes by producing tailor-made shows, online campaigns, DVD’s and CD’s. Private clients hiring the choir can expect a brilliant evening for their guests, combined with the knowledge that their fee will be donated to one of our charities.

HKSC are part of the Rockits! Community Choir groups of Hawkhurst, Tenterden & Ashford Please look at our website to find out more about what we achieve and how to join us.

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Thinking outside the box We have become the “Conductor” of our own classical concerts (apologies go to the kind lady in the apartment below). We have all embraced technology and learnt together to Zoom call family and friends. We have taken our daily exercise around the village green or, during poor weather, have taken part in a seated exercise routine to keep limbs supple and to work on our mobility, ready for when we can get out and about again. We have turned green-fingered and planted Spring bulbs and plants to spread a little cheer. The more adventurous have taken part in virtual Yoga classes and had a go at Lockdown Banana Bread! Our helpers have spent their own time finding travel films for clients to watch on exciting places like Australia and hunting for the second verse of a favourite long-lost poem.  Our Lockdown shopping lists have become more exciting than the usual loaf of bread and pack of grapes. Old loves of cooking and baking have re-emerged and we were delighted to discover one of our super 90+ year old clients baking fruit cakes to post to loved ones to lift their spirits.  We do have to say an extra big thank you to the Carer who heaved them all to the post office! Looking ahead Like the rest of the Country, here at Seniors Helping Seniors, our clients and helpers are eagerly awaiting the lifting of Lockdown and the easing of restrictions.   We already have plans drawn up by carers and clients for what they want to experience first. Whether that’s a walk around the local park and a coffee on a bench, a visit to the local pub for lunch, a wander around Canterbury Cathedral, or a much-needed trip to the barbers!  As we count down the days and look back over the long and tiring year we’ve all been through, we take comfort in seeing the smiling eyes of our teams over the top of their masks, knowing they have all gone that extra mile to bring joy and happiness to those whom they visit.   Thank you all. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from our help and support, then please give us a ring, we would love to hear from you.


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Books to uplift, inspire and help you to move forwards. The Shift – Sam Baker Whether you’re just approaching the perimenopause or have reached the other side, Shift is a must read. It covers everything from common symptoms to the media’s treatment of ‘invisible women’. You won’t find a list of all the different types of HRT or discover a magic cure-all for hot flushes. Instead, as the subtitle says, it’s the story of how Baker lost (and found) herself after 40 – and how you can too. I loved the author’s wry humour and admission that she doesn’t have all the answers. Interspersed with her writing are quotes from hundreds of women, revealing differing views to the menopause, ageing and life in general. Where Hope Comes From – Nikita Gill Nikita Gill’s poems take the reader on a journey through the stages of grief, onwards to hope. Gill is at high risk from Covid-19 and lives thousands of miles away from her family. Her poems helped her to find a way forward. As she explained on Instagram, “When I realised that I needed to honour my grief and anger, I finally began to work my way through them.” The result is a truly beautiful collection of short poems to help the reader “… come away with a little more joy and hope than before.” One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot – Marianne Cronin A book about two terminally ill friends may not seem like the most uplifting of reads, yet somehow One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot manages to be just that. seventeen-year-old Lenni and eighty-three-year-old Margot meet in hospital. They set themselves a challenge of painting a hundred pictures, one for every year of their lives. As they grow closer, they reveal the stories behind the paintings. While the original focus in on Lenni, it’s Margot’s life, with all its ups, downs and loves lost, that ends up taking centre stage. Do Pause – Robert Poynton Poynton discusses how pausing (whether to reconsider, question yourself, appreciate your surroundings or just rest) can help us to take back control, become more creative and, ultimately, be happier. If you’re struggling to find a balance in life, or find your brain is always ‘on’, this little book could be the coffee break read you’re looking for. The Atlas of Happiness – Helen Russell Helen Russell explores traditions, practices and beliefs from around the world, from the Italian ‘dolce far niente’ (the joy of doing nothing) to Japan’s ‘wabi-sabi’ (appreciating things as they are, with all their imperfections). She also offers advice for embracing some of these practices in everyday life. An enjoyable read to dip in an out of, The Atlas of Happiness might just help you to see life a little differently. Other books to try… I’ve covered these before, but in case you missed them, I highly recommend: • Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library • Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse • Brandon Stanton’s Humans

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