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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the August edition. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. The weather has been fantastic this year, I just hope it will last, at least until the end of the month.
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Attractive three-bed family home situated in a cul de sac in the heart of the village. The current owners have completely upgraded this property throughout providing immaculate accommodation.
August is my favorite month of the year, it is the month in which I was born, so I have many memories of celebrating birthdays in the summer sun. Hopefully this year will be equally as enjoyable, as we will be dusting down the BBQ and bringing the whole family together for a drink or two. There’s never a dull moment when my brother is around, I’m sure that those of you that have met him through his work (Derek Hales the Tiler), will understand why. He’s a cheeky chappie, to say the least! As I’ve mentioned before, running a magazine certainly highlights the passing of time, it sometimes feels like I’m continually on a deadline. It’s hard to believe that The Village Directory is now 12 years old. It was such hard work in the early days that I hardly left my desk. For the sake of my sanity my husband used to have to drag me from the office out into the sunshine. We would take the dog for a walk along the seafront in Sandgate, it was such a tonic. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that you need to take a break, but when you do it feels like an immense weight has lifted from your shoulders and you feel able to return to the job with a fresh perspective. Deadlines are still tough but with my young helper, Sam, it’s nothing like it used to be. Until next time, have a great month.
Enjoying an excellent location within the heart of the village, this two/threebed semi- detached bungalow offers good sized accommodation standing in a lovely corner plot.
Attractive three bed property set back from the road in an excellent location within comfortable walking distance of the town centre.
This charming character property nestles in a tranquil position, surrounded by beautiful established gardens.
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It’s Not Always Good To Be Green by Pippa Greenwood
Water is great in a garden and whether you have a large pond, a formal pool, a miniature pond in a half barrel or a selfcontained fountain or other water feature, the chances are that from time to time you will have been frustrated by the fact that the water turns green: the so-called ‘pea-soup’ effect! Generally, this will be due to one of many different types of algae infestation, and this problem tends to get much worse during warmer weather. Sometimes it completely ruins the appearance of the water feature and on other occasions it is just a passing phase, but what should you do about it?
Blanket weed is so called because the long filaments of algae tangle up together, making a mass that resembles a dense green blanket. The easiest way to remove this once it has taken hold is to simply pull or rake it out. Over large areas a rake is worthwhile, providing you can avoid bringing the pond plants with it. Alternatively, use a stick or bamboo cane that you twirl into the mass of algae (rather
as you would load spaghetti onto a fork) and then compost it down in your compost bin. Surface floating pond weeds such as duckweed, which looks like lots of very tiny oval leaves floating on the water’s surface, can be a real nightmare too. Sometimes it is impossible to work out how it got there, but I think it is often brought in on new plants or simply on the feet of birds or other creatures as they come to the pond to drink. It builds up very rapidly, soon forming a bright green layer on the surface and the best control for this is to regularly scrape the weed off using a good-sized kitchen sieve. Again it can be composted, but do make sure that you remove every scrap of it from your pond or it will soon be back. Where possible, try to avoid the build-up of algae by creating your pond carefully and taking precautions with what you grow and keep in it. Avoid making a new pond in a very sunny position, as lots of sunlight increases the algal growth and makes
the problem worse. Bear in mind, however, that a pond situated too close to a large tree will soon become clogged by leaves over the autumn months! You should also make sure that the pond is as deep as possible: shallow water is much more inclined to develop algal problems than a pond which has deeper water. If you want fish that’s fine, but avoid putting too many fish in a pond as their excreta raises the nitrogen level in the water and this encourages algae. It really helps if you grow plenty of surface floating plants – water lilies are a wonderful solution, as they help to shade the water’s surface and so are particularly useful if the pond is in a fairly sunny site. I’d also suggest that with a new or existing pond, you go down to your local garden centre or pond plant supplier and ask for a selection of oxygenating plants. Some of these float in bundles in the water, others can be grown in containers, and all of them help to raise the level of oxygen in the pond and so decrease the problem
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chemical controls for algae, but always make sure that the one you have chosen is suitable for your size and type of pond and that it can be used safely where wildlife or your pond fish are living.
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his month I am going to write about plants. They have been a hot topic in our house! I love eating plants. Plants of any type. Sometimes we have some cat grass and I think it is one of the best things ever. However, my love of eating plants has got me into trouble a few years ago. As soon as I arrived on the scene any obviously toxic plants or flowers were banned from the house. Clive made sure any flowers he bought didn’t have lilies in them and for a while everything was OK. Then my little obsession got the better of me and it all started. Clive had bought some flowers that were thought to be non-poisonous and I then tucked in when they were out- the iris leaves were my favourite. But they gave me a tummy ache and when Jane got home from work I was rolling about in the hall yowling that I was Very Poorly. The humans tracked down the half eaten iris and weren’t too worried but phoned the veterinary poisons information line just in case who told them that iris usually just caused gastroenteritis but in some cases it caused racing of the heart and death! Well, I haven’t had such a fun night since- they took it in turns to stay up with me and take my heart rate. I was given lots of hugs and even Ebony was attentive. The next morning I was still fine and apparently Out Of Danger so I was then in trouble for eating the flowers. Flowers and plants have been banned from our house ever since- years now- and Jane has to take any flowers she gets into her zoo office. Anyway, we now have a few basil plants in the house. I keep breaking into the utility room to get to these and have nibbled a few leaves. They are quite tasty......
here have been a few animals brought into the clinic that have over-indulged on plants that have got their own back. When
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ell, I am off to try and get to the basil plants. If anyone remembers the mice in the larder from last month I am disappointed to report that they seem to have gone. Clive is pleased of course as he can use the oats for porridge again!
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Being an eco-warrior doesn’t have to be a battle. With just a little thought and effort, you can decorate your home beautifully without harming the planet. Can ‘going green’ ever be stylish? Of course! While you might start with some basics, such as switching to LED light bulbs, insulating your loft or lagging your boiler, the end of your journey could be a chic, sophisticated home that’s filled with furnishings that are natural, sustainable and durable – in other words, minimising harm to the planet. From floors to ceilings, fabrics to accessories, small changes in your choices can create big eco-transformations.
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experience when you actually see it. It is hard to describe how it feels when you see it, I think you have to see that with your own eyes to get the idea. It is not 100% that we are able to find the Aurora but from last 12 groups of clients only one group had bad luck and we couldn`t find it. But we try hard to show it to our clients every time. Norway is famous for fishing, beautiful nature etc. What do you think is absolutely a must see thing in this country? We are able to give our clients everything they want to see. We can adjust the trip according to our client’s wishes. Are you an enthusiastic fisherman? No problem. Do you want to see the beautiful Norwegian nature? We can prepare trips for you too. Do you want to do everything and see everything? Absolutely no problem, we can prepare for you a special 2- week trip all around Norway. We can prepare an unforgettable holiday for anybody! Well that sounds nice. And what about the second Nordic country which you have in your offer? What would you tell our readers about Finland? Our travel agency offers several trips to Finland and I have to say that I love that country. You can enjoy romantic weekend in beautiful Helsinki with its historical monuments. Or you can see the other part of Helsinki and go to the modern
galleries, restaurants and clubs. If you choose to travel a bit more around Finland then you can see for example Rovaniemi – beautiful old town in the polar Circle. Or town of Karasjok where we can go to Samian parliament. Or if you decide to go skiing? Absolutely no problem in Finland. There are places that snow even in the summer because the places are very high. As I mentioned above – we can adjust our trips to every client’s wishes. And what about the traditional Finnish sauna? Well is seems almost crazy for us but you can find a sauna in almost every apartment, log hut or almost every hotel room. And when we talk about traditions I have to mention one more thing which is must see place in Finland. It is Santa Claus`s village in the polar Circle. It is a great trip for children and parents. You can see the “real” Santa in the village and much more. There are some nice ski centres near the village. In the end I have to say that Finland is a beautiful quiet country where you can enjoy a nice and calm holiday and gather power for your normal life. I would recommend to everyone to give those Nordic countries a chance and go there for one time with our travel agency and I am sure that people will come for more because of the countries inner beauty. I am looking forward to seeing everyone that decides to try it.
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Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Aldington Village Hall at 7.45 pm for 8.00. We have a varied programme of talks, shows and social events. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details please contact Jean Evans on 01233 720618 or firstname.lastname@example.org Aldington Corner Quilters is a long established group of friendly ladies meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Aldington Village Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. We have a mix of beginners and experienced ladies who share their latest projects and ideas. We always welcome new members so if you are interested come along one evening and meet us. For more information contact Julie Coney - email@example.com or call 01303 813944 (eve). Aldington Tennis Club We are a social / family Tennis Club encouraging all ages and abilities to play. Flood lights and coaching enable us to play all year with our members from around the local villages. All the information is listed on our web site www.aldingtontennisclub.co.uk Continued...
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Clubs & Societies Aldington WI on 3rd Mon every month. All ladies welcome, 7 for 7.30 at The Walnut Tree, Aldington. Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at Sellindge for flying seven days a week, and fly indoors in Ashford Market on various Thursday evenings during the Autumn, Winter, & Spring, please visit www.araclub. co.uk for more details, or phone Iain on 07956501510, or myself (Roger) 01233 627694. Ashford Decorative & Fine Arts Society (part of NADFAS). A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, with inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the countries top experts, together with days of special interest and arts visits. All lectures are in Aldington Village Hall, usually on the third Tuesday of each month, from September to June. Membership is open to all. www.ashforddfas.org.uk Bilsington Ladies meet in Bilsington Village Hall 2nd Thurs. of month at 2.15pm. Interesting speakers and a warm welcome awaits. Call Jan 01233 641820. Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society We meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. New members and visitors will be made very welcome. For further info call Wendy Sanders 01303 813451 or email brabournewendy@ gmail.com. The Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion meet every Second Tuesday in the month at the Brabourne Baptist Church at 7.30 pm. New Members area always welcome, please contact George Taylor 01303 812165 or Ron Cooper 01303 813330 East Kent Morris Men Do you like dancing, beer, socialising, music, having fun? Why not try Morris Dancing? We are recruiting for new members. Weekly Wednesday dance practices at Mersham Village Hall, 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite! No experience required. Why not give it
a try? Details from www.ekmm.org.uk or 01795 536 262 Quilting Group held in the Oak Room, Smeeth TN25 6SA. If you are interested in quilting or patchwork why not come along and learn new skills and share your expertise with like minded people. Beginners and advanced levels are welcome. Bi-monthly meetings, for further information contact Marion on 01233 750319 Sellindge Gardening Association meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall Sellindge (next to the main hall) at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Our programme includes speakers, a summer show, social events, day trips and an annual holiday. For further details contact Linda on 01303 813288. Sellindge Table Top Sale the 1st Saturday of each month in the village hall Sellindge. Tables booked in advance are £5. 00 Each and on the day (If available) £8. 00. Telephone for more information 01303 813475. Refreshments are available and home made cakes.
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Smeeth W.I. We meet on the second Monday of the Month at 7.30 pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further information do contact Joy Taylor 01303 812165 Stanford & Postling WI meet in the committee room at the rear of Lympne Village Hall on the 3rd monday of every month. we are a small but friendly group who would love to wlecome new members. For any further information please contact Elaine on 01303 863096 or Iona on 01303 238390. The Get Together Club meet second Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall, Sellindge from 2pm to 4pm. new members welcome. Lympne Short Mat Bowling Club meets every Mon & Thurs 7 00 pm to 9 30 pm September to May in Lympne Village Hall. It is a small, friendly, sociable club. Do come along and try your hand at an enjoyable, skilful game.
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Hobbies Who Needs To Run When You Can WALK? By Kate McLelland It’s my first time with a local Nordic walking group, and no matter how hard I try, I remain at the back of the line while my companions steam on ahead. When we stop I am more than slightly out of breath and deeply apologetic about lagging so far behind. The others laugh at my serious expression, telling me that most ‘newbies’ quickly learn to keep up, once they have mastered the simple technique required. My fellow walkers come from different backgrounds and are of varying heights, ages and fitness levels. However, all are unanimous in their praise of Nordic Walking. As we sit and chat over a cup of coffee at the end of the session, they tell me about the transformational effect walking has had on their lives, from aiding recovery after a hip operation to helping with weight loss.
Walking the Nordic Way Nordic Walking originally began as a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. In order to walk the Nordic way, you use poles that engage your arms and upper body, propelling you forward. This removes pressure from the
knees, making you feel much lighter on your feet; that’s the reason why Nordic Walking is often taken up by people who have undergone a hip replacement operation. It’s recommended that you learn the technique required from a qualified instructor, and you can find lists at either nordicwalking. co.uk (call 01392 956 856) or britishnordicwalking.org.uk (call 01446 773 876). Classes range from gentle walks for people with health concerns to workout walks designed to improve fitness, encourage weight loss and tone the body. Most instructors will provide the poles required; other than that, all you need is good walking shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing. Why walking is good for health However, if you’re not keen on striding out with the help of poles, a reasonably brisk conventional walk can do you almost as much good. The UK Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines on physical activity recommend that adults participate in 150 minutes of “moderate intensity, aerobic, physical activity” every week,
which breaks down to thirty minutes of exercise per day, five days per week. If every person in the UK followed the CMO’s recommendations, it would save 37,000 lives each year and lead to around 300,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes. The health benefits are even greater for heart patients. Research carried out by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California discovered that brisk walking was more effective than running in reducing the risk of heart disease. What’s more, the benefits of walking aren’t limited to physical health. The mental health charity “Mind” claims that countryside walks can raise self-esteem and reduce depression, and most doctors agree that exercise can improve sleep patterns. Although thirty minutes is the ideal length of time for a daily walk, Dr I-Min Lee, a professor at Harvard Medical School, suggests starting with three ten minute walks each day, then building up to the full 30 minutes when you feel more confident. The right way to walk It’s vital to maintain a good
posture when you walk, so tighten your stomach muscles and keep your spine straight, with shoulders relaxed and your chin parallel to the ground, trying not to lean too far forward or too far back. Let your arms swing naturally and use the whole of your foot as you walk, rolling from heel to toe. Good shoes will improve stability and allow your feet to bend naturally: they should be made of waterproof material, with a thick heel (to absorb the shock as your heel contacts the ground) and flexible soles. Also look out for an Achilles notch: a little dip cut into the back, designed to relieve stress on the Achilles tendon. Walkers should always be aware of any potential hazards in their path, but don’t be tempted to look down at your feet, as this will alter
the alignment of your spine. Casting your gaze just a few feet ahead allows you to keep your head upright whilst still looking out for trip hazards or muddy puddles. Although figures released by the RAC Foundation suggest that pedestrian casualties on our roads are reducing year on year, it is sensible to take precautions if part of your walking route includes a public highway. The Highway Code advises walkers to keep to the right-hand side of the road so they can see oncoming traffic, but to temporarily cross over before a sharp righthand bend in order to remain visible to traffic. Wearing high visibility clothing or reflective materials at night or in murky conditions will also help car drivers see you.
Back at home, after my first Nordic walking session, I’m aware that my body has had a thorough workout and I look forward to soaking in a hot bath as a reward for all that exercise. Next time I see a runner I won’t feel my usual pang of guilt that I’m not out there as well, with my heart racing and my feet pounding the tarmac. I’ve found my ideal form of exercise, and it’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.
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Jet Lag and Joy Lag: How to Recover from Your Holiday
Holidays should be a chance to relax and revitalise ourselves. So why do we sometimes feel miserable and exhausted afterwards, and how can we prevent it? Jet Lag Jet lag refers to symptoms caused by disruption to your ‘body clock’ when you travel to a different time-zone. They can include changed bowel habits, tiredness, headache, anxiety, confusion and nausea. Their severity depends on age and how many time zones you cross. One or two? No problem. Three to six? You’ll feel it. Seven to twelve? You’ll need a few days to adapt, particularly when travelling east, as it’s often easier to delay sleep than make yourself sleep after a shorter day. Reducing Jet Lag Jet lag when you arrive on holiday is inconvenient, but when you return, it can be a problem – especially if you have to adapt quickly to everyday life. While you can’t prevent jet lag, there are ways to help reduce its effects.
• If possible, gradually move your routine closer to that of your new time zone several days before departure. • Ensure you’re wellrested and hydrated before and during your flight. • Nap on the plane if night time will be a long time away when you arrive. If you want to stay awake, keep active (essential for reducing the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis on long flights). • Avoid alcohol, which may increase symptoms. Remember that caffeinated drinks (e.g. tea, coffee and cola) may keep you awake. • Adjust to the new time zone immediately. Resist napping on arrival unless it’s night time. • Use the calculator created by Dr Idzikowski of Edinburgh Sleep Centre, to tell you how to use daylight to reduce jet lag at www.ba.com/jetlag. Joy Lag (Post-Holiday Blues and Exhaustion) It’s not uncommon to feel glum and exhausted when you get back from your holiday. Perhaps you overdid it, packing in too many activities and trips, overindulging and not getting enough sleep. Returning to your work, responsibilities, holiday laundry, gloomy weather and an untidy house can be daunting,
too – and there’s no holiday to look forward to anymore. Preventing Joy Lag Before your holiday, try to pack gradually. Less frantic packing will help to prevent you coming back to a mess. If you can afford it, book a treat to look forward to a few weeks post-holiday. Stock up on easy meals for your return and if you can, book a day or two off after your holiday to adjust. During your holiday, don’t cram every moment with trips or organised activities. Shortlist trips, check the weather forecast and any special events and then plan the best days to venture out. Reserve other days for relaxation or a short trip to a local attraction or restaurant. Try to make the journey home as fun and relaxing as possible. Perhaps you could break your journey at a restaurant, or even a hotel – doing the final run home on a full holiday breakfast. After your holiday, be kind to yourself. Cook easy meals or treat yourself by eating out or having a takeaway. Conversely, though, start on the washing as soon as you’re back. It will only take a minute or two and you’ll know you’ve made a start. Put suitcases out of sight until they’re empty. Here’s wishing you reduced jet lag, reduced joy lag and Happy Holidays!
Master Joe Lok Leader in Natural Energy Qigong for Health Hong Kong based Master Joe Lok will be visiting Kent on his European tour. A heartfelt wish, combined with a passion for martial arts and philosophical wisdom, took him on a great journey. His adventures brought him throughout China, studying with some of the most accomplished practitioners. His studies led to profound understanding. He then created Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessings Qigong, which is the beautiful, humble expression of the deep understanding gained on that journey. He has examined the intrinsic relationship between Tai Chi, Qigong and Internal Cultivation Methods. It complements all holistic therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine. This system provides a set of exercises that can be practised by all, irrespective of age or ability, and contain the deepest wisdoms and principles of Taoist health practice within them. You will learn a set of gentle graceful moves that help cultivate and harmonise your internal energy for health
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