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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.
School stops for summer, learning doesn’t have to
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!
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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.
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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.
Installing something which moves the water around, such as a spout or fountain, will help to reduce the amount of algae because it also oxygenates the water, but do bear in mind that water lilies do not like water that is in motion. It is important not to give up on a pond too quickly – if you keep changing the water in an attempt to keep it clear, the pond never gets the chances to create its own natural balance and the situation will not get better. Try to be patient and usually, provided you try all the above, the pond will eventually sort itself out and you can enjoy seeing clear water again. You can consider using various proprietary physical and chemical controls for algae, but
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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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Discover the Beauty of Nordic Countries with Morgan`sTravel Agency! Do you want to see places where it’s daylight 24 hours a day in the summer? Have you ever wondered how it feels to be in the polar Circle? Or do you just like walking in the beautiful nature of Nordic countries? Then call Morgan`s Travel Agency and ask for more info about their beautiful trips to those countries. Jitka and David Morgan are ready to help you. So your travel agency offers trips across Nordic countries. When do you prefer to go to those countries? Is it better in the summer or in the winter? Well that depends on every customer. Some prefer walking in the snow, skiing and doing winter activities. On the other hand many customers prefer going there in the summer and enjoy the sun and the long summer days. We have our specialist Radka Habartova, who is ready to help our clients anytime. She knows those countries well and she loves them too. Your travel agency offers 10-day trips to Norway – Lofoten. Could you tell our readers what they can see on this trip?
For sure! From Spring to Autumn clients can enjoy Nordic summer and during winter months they should be ready for a lot of snow and lower temperatures. Our specialist meets with our clients near the polar Circle and then they go by ship to beautiful Lofoten. There you can see old fishing villages, eat their traditional Viking food, and then continue north. There is a whale trip planned where you can see those gigantic mammals which is I think is an experience of a lifetime. This year our clients can enjoy longer trips where they can see Nordkapp. It takes some time but I think it is absolutely worth that time. It is the most northern place in Europe. How beautiful the Nordkapp is! It’s second name is “The magical end of the world where the sun is always up”. I thought you would mention the famous Aurora. Do you take your clients to places where they can see it? Of course we offer this to our clients. Ideal time to observe the Aurora is from November to March. Because you have to find the Aurora it is a better
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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6TH OPEN GARDEN 2-5 pm, at Brookside, Hope’s Grove Lane, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden TN30 7LT. Secluded country garden on the outskirts of T h e Fo l k e s t o n e J a z z C l u b Tenterden. Afternoon Tea and other refreshments, At T h e To we r raffle, tombola and other stalls. Free parking. Entry £4 per person (accompanied children under 16 free). To B o o k C a l l : 0 1 3 0 3 2 7 7 1 7 5 All proceeds to Tenterden and District Day Centre, a registered charity. For further information, please call All gigs start at 8pm ~ All gigs £12 admission the Day Centre on 01580-762882. Seat Bookings: 01303 277175 11TH WOODCHURCH FILM SOCIETY will be Email: email@example.com showing ‘A United Kingdom’ this month. Doors open Website: www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk 7pm for 7.30pm screening Tickets: £4 (members), £5 (non-members). All available at the door. Venue: The THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch TN26 3PF. Refreshments: hot & cold drinks plus home-made Aug 10th THE ROGER BEAUJOLAIS QUARTET cakes for sale. 13TH SELLINDGE GARDENERS’ Europe’s number one vibes player ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW Sellindge Village Hall (on the A20) Plants Sale, Cakes, Aug 17th MISS TINA MAY & Her Trio Raffle, Refreshments etc. Doors open at 2.30pm Fantastic Jazz Singer --- The Blonde Bombshell Entrance FREE. 19TH BIDDENDEN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Aug 24th THE SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET The Society will have a stand at the Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair on the weekend of 19th The world’s most famous tenor saxophonist and 20th August. Do pay us a visit whilst enjoying returns to The FJC the other stalls and events as well. Our Autumn Show is on Saturday 2nd September. You are invited Aug 31st RONNIE SCOTT REMEMBERED to come to the New Village Hall, Biddenden from 2 – 4pm to see what our members have grown this year. With all his old mates Mornington /Dick & Entry is free. We will have plants for sale and a raffle. Critch. Trev & Tim Tea, coffee and cake will also be available 22ND SMEETH W.I. have no meeting in the Village Sept 7th THE TUMULTUOUS TENORS Hall in August but will make an Outing to Sellindge Pottery on Tuesday, 22nd August 2.00pm to 4.00pm Sept 14th LIANE CARROLL TRIO to watch a demonstration of making Pottery ware. Our normal Meetings will resume on Monday 11th September at 7.30pm in the Brabourne and Smeeth Sept 19th MICK FOSTER / KAREN SHARP Village Hall. We wish all members a happy holiday QUINTET month 25TH BRABOURNE & SMEETH GARDENERS’ Sept 28th From the USA... KEN PEPLOWSKI SOCIETY’s next meeting is 7.15 for 7.30pm in the QUINTET Village Hall when there will be a presentation by Andrew Lapworth titled “Monkeys, Ladies and Oct 5th Derek Nash’s SAX APPEAL ( 5 Saxes ) Lizards: Wildlife in East Kent” For further enquiries please contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. T h e Fo l k e s t o n e J a z z C l u b i s a n o n 26TH THE CHALLOCK FLOWER FESTIVAL this p r o f i t m a k i n g j a z z c l u b. R u n b y & fo r August Bank Holiday 10am to 5pm Challock Church, p e o p l e w i t h a l i k e m i n d e d i n t e re s t i n Church Lane, TN25 4DB. This years theme is An OUR KIND OF MUSIC Afternoon Tea With Beatrix Potter & Friends Grand D e r i c k Wo o d l a n d 0 1 3 0 3 2 6 0 3 3 0
Raffle, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola, Refreshments. Famous for delicious homemade cakes and ploughman’s Live music by Suellen, The Challock Choir, and more. No entry Fee, Free Parking 26TH APPLEDORE FLOWER FESTIVAL “Reach for the Stars. Bank Holiday Weekend Sat, & Mon. 10.00 – 5.30, Sun. Noon – 5.30. Over 30 floral arrangements representing Constellations in the night sky. Free admission and parking, Stalls with books, cakes, local produce, plants, “ancient and modern”, preserves, handicrafts etc. Delicious refreshments and music all day every day. Preview evening Friday 25th at 7.00 p.m. Appledore Parish Church TN26 2DB. Details 01233 758256
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Ashford Writers is a friendly group for writers of all experience and abilities. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in The Queenâ€™s Head, Kingsnorth at 7pm. Admission ÂŁ1. Visit www.meetup. com/Ashford-Writers/ or email cathywhite@outlook. com for more information. Ashford Art Society welcomes new members. All ages & standards. A friendly group with a wide variety of events and meetings. Call 01233 630293 and 01303 850429 for details. Ashford Astronomical Society - Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought â€˜Wow!â€™, but wished you knew a bit more about it? Have you ever bought or been given a telescope and found it too difficult to setup and use? Astronomy is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, but itâ€™s all to easy to be put off by obscure technical jargon, the enormous price of some of the equipment on sale and the sheer difficulty of knowing where to start. Contrary to popular belief, there is no requirement to be an â€˜expertâ€™ or a â€˜top notchâ€™ scientist, or even to buy huge quantities of expensive stuff to get going. All you need to start with is an interest in looking up at the night sky and a wish to know more about it. What else do you need? A welcoming and friendly Astronomy Society to guide you along of course! Contact : David Styles, General Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org. Ashford Birdwatchersâ€™ Club: Meets on the 2nd Wednesday monthly September to April inclusive from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the WI Hall, Faversham Road, Kennington. All welcome to a friendly club; it doesnâ€™t matter if you canâ€™t identify many birds! Admission ÂŁ3 including tea/coffee & biscuits. For information tel 01233 637067. Ashford Board Games Club Come to a session of the Board Games Club to play card, tile and board games of every kind: Carcassonne, Pandemic, Dominion, Small World, Agricola, Settlers of Catan or anything else. Every Sunday evening at 7pm at The Rose Inn, Faversham Road, Ashford TN24 9AJ Games players of every kind welcome. https://www. facebook.com/groups/31085029201 01233 625 362 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. See www.ashforddfas. org.uk Ashford & District Young Farmersâ€™ Club meets every Wed. evening in and around the Ashford
Clubs & Societies Ladies of any age even if you live outside of the Village Hall, Park Drive, Hothfield TN26 1EQ www. area. The club is always keen to see new faces and Willesborough area. We have interesting speakers, contrafusion.co.uk 01233 625 362 welcomes anyone aged 16 - 26 looking for a lively demonstrations and outings and there is plenty of social life and a variety of activities and events to Invicta Ukulele Club meet on 2nd & 4th Monday time during the evening to socialise and catch up take part in. You donâ€™t have to be a farmer to be a at 19.30 in the Queens Head, Ashford Road, with friends. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Young Farmer! For more email: ashfordyfc@gmail. Kingsnorth, TN23 3ED where you can learn to play Come along and give us a try we will be happy to com, www.ashfordyfc.co.uk, contact Charlie on the ukulele, develop your playing and performing see you. For further details contact Ann on 01233 07753381718, or find us on Facebook. skills or just come along for a sing song. Admission 627894 ÂŁ2. Contact John on 07729 999276 or visit www. Ashford Flower Club meets in Furley Hall, Ashford, Willesborough Womenâ€™s Institute has been going invictaukuleleclub.co.uk for more details. on the third Tuesday of each month.For any details strong for over 90 years and today our members or further information about Ashford Flower Club, Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton enjoy the same kind of camaraderie and friendships please contact: K.M Williams (Chairman) 07840 Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.that the ladies did all those years ago. However, 164011 or Mary Wiggins (Secretary) 01233 628278 10 p.m. Contact Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. these days we are much more aware of the world Ashford Mediation Service is a small local charity Kennington W.I. meets at 7.00pm on the second about us and get involved in many issues of the who offers a mediation service to the community Monday of the month at their hall in the Faversham day. At our monthly meetings we enjoy interesting of Ashford which is open to all. Ashford Mediation Road. Besides the Monthly Meeting we have smaller speakers and demos, as well as friendly social time. Service helps to build happier more productive groups covering everything from Darts & Table We have great fun at our Art & Crafts afternoons communities by using mediation to resolve disputes. Tennis to Art,Handicrafts, Gardening, Caligraphy & as well as a monthly Games Club where we play Over the past 17 years we have helped 1000s of Drama. 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Celebrating Student Success with Kumon! Two local Kumon Study Centres recognised the success of their students in a ceremony with the Mayor of Ashford, Winston Michael, who is passionate about helping young people. A total of 65 students and their families were in attendance. Students were presented with certificates and medals for surpassing the Kumon International Standard, which means that they are studying advanced work in comparison with their peers. Established for almost 60 years, the aim of the Kumon method of learning is to develop students into confident, independent learners and help them to achieve their full potential as individuals. Two students received special awards. Powrniha Karunakaran and Divya Jeyathas (pictured below) have both completed the whole of the Kumon English Programme ! Powrniha started her journey in year 8 and completed the programme in Year 11. Divya started her journey in Year 3 and completed in Year 6. They are both now able to understand and critique advanced texts, such as William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. Describing her Kumon journey Divya said “When I started Kumon I was struggling with English as
I wasn’t imaginative or into reading. Studying Kumon has helped me with tests I have in school. I want to be a doctor when I grow up and I believe that the skills and knowledge I have learned at Kumon will help me “. Powrniha added “I wasn’t very good at English when I first began, but now I’ve really improved my English skills and have finally been able to get my predicted grades, which has always been difficult for me “ Additionally primary school aged students Adrian Hosseini, Angel Mody, Nandika Thileepan, Oscar Liu and Theo Batkin were presented with Level G in primary awards in recognition of their ability to work on topics studied at senior school. High level awards were also presented to Jade Yu in Year 8, and to Devika Sunil in year 9, for having mastered the skills of understanding and summarising complex text. Devika also achieved the Level J award in Kumon maths and is now studying advanced algebra. Both Ashford Kumon Study Centres are now also open on Saturday mornings. For more information and a free assessment please contact: For Ashford North: Jyoti Rajani based in Lower Vicarage Road in Kennington: 07799 273857
Divya Jeyathas (right), receiving her English Completer award
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Jet Lag and Joy Lag: How to Recover from Your Holiday east is a beast’, probably because it’s easier to adapt to a longer day and delay sleep than make yourself sleep after a shorter day.
We look forward to holidays as a chance to relax and revitalise ourselves. So why do we sometimes feel exhausted and miserable when we return – and how can we stop it happening? Jet Lag What exactly is jet lag? Jet lag is a term for symptoms caused by travel to a different time-zone, which can disrupt your ‘body clock’ - your natural, circadian rhythm. This influences your sleep, eating and toileting patterns as well as digestion, temperature and blood pressure. Jet lag symptoms include changed bowel habits, tiredness, headache, anxiety, confusion and nausea. Their severity usually increases with age but primarily depends on how many time zones you cross. One or two? No problem. Three to six? You’ll feel the effects. Seven to twelve? You may need a few days to fully adapt, particularly when travelling east; ‘west is best,
Reducing Jet Lag Jet lag can be inconvenient at the start of your holiday, but it’s not usually a problem because you’re on holiday. When you return, though, you may not have long to adapt before you’re back at work and in your usual routine. While you can’t prevent jet lag, there are ways to help reduce its effects. • If possible, start gradually changing your routine several days before departure so that it’s closer to that of the new time zone. • Ensure you’re well-rested and hydrated before and during your flight. • Nap on the plane if night time will be a long time away when you arrive (or if it will be dawn). If you want to stay awake, keep active (this is recommended for long flights anyway, to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis). • Avoid alcohol, which will dehydrate you and may increase jet lag symptoms. Remember that caffeinated
drinks (e.g. tea, coffee and cola) may keep you awake. • When you arrive, adjust your day to the new time immediately rather than working up to it gradually. If you can, resist napping on arrival unless it’s night time. • While the NHS recommends going outside soon after arrival if it’s daylight, Dr Idzikowski, director of Edinburgh Sleep Centre, recommends using the calculator he created to tell you when to seek out or avoid daylight to reset your bodyclock, at www.ba.com/ jetlag. Of course, you could always break your trip with a stopover or only holiday in countries with similar time zones: Western Europe, Greenland, Ghana – or parts of Antarctica. Joy Lag (Post-Holiday Blues and Exhaustion) It’s not uncommon to get back from your holiday and feel glum and exhausted. The weather is often more miserable at home and there’s no holiday to look forward to anymore. The thought of returning to your work and responsibilities (particularly if you’re not happy with them) can be daunting – as can that huge pile of holiday laundry. If you left in a rush and have been away for a while, your house may look untidy and dusty, making it hard to relax.
Perhaps you overdid it on holiday, too, packing in too many activities and trips, not getting enough sleep and overindulging in alcohol and unhealthy foods. Reducing Joy Lag These tips can’t make your overjoyed to return from holiday – they’re not magic! But they will help to reduce your joy lag. Before your holiday, try to pack gradually. For instance, if there’s only a week before your holiday and you have more than a week’s worth of socks and underwear, grab a suitcase and pack those spares now. Avoiding last minute panics, such as turning the house upside down for passports and sunglasses, should prevent
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you coming back to a mess. If you can afford it, book a treat to look forward to a few weeks post-holiday. Ensure you have easy meals in stock for your return and if you can, book a day or two off after your holiday to adjust.
After your holiday, be kind to yourself. Cook easy meals or, if you can afford it, treat yourself to a meal out or a takeaway. Conversely, though, head for the washing machine as soon as you’re in the door and put a load in to wash. 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.
During your holiday, ensure you don’t cram every moment with trips or organised activities. Everyone needs time to chill. Shortlist trips, check the weather forecast and any special events and then plan the best days to venture elsewhere. Reserve the other days for relaxation, games or a gentle walk to a local park, beach or restaurant. If you can, try to make the journey home as fun and relaxing as possible. Perhaps you could break your
Here’s wishing you reduced jet lag, reduced joy lag and Happy Holidays!
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plus support and advice on a range of lifestyle issues, including how to manage any long term conditions you might be living with. I was welcomed in by Jo, Beverley and Claire, all Health Improvement Practitioners, who work for KCHFT. Whilst I was in there several people came in to check how they had got on this week on a weight reduction programme that they had chosen themselves. There is some fun stuff too … you can don a fat suit to feel what it’s like to carry too much weight around, a game of guessing – to see if you can guess how much sugar and fats are in certain foods and then there is “the booth of truth”.. where you can find out your true weight and total body weight in private and receive on the spot advice about how to reach and maintain a healthy weight if you are worried. You don’t have to make an appointment you can just pop in – its easy find – Unit 7 Park Mall Shopping Centre (very near to the tank).
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As your representative on the Council of Governors of the Community Health Trust I am very interested to hear of your experience when visiting the One You shop. Did you find it easy to find and was the advice helpful? I will make certain that any comments you send are passed on the appropriate persons. Please contact me by email at kcht.governors@ nhs.net or by writing to me at the Governor Support office The Oast, Unit D, Hermitage Court, Hermitage Lane, Barming, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT. John Fletcher KCHFT Public Governor-Ashford
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
benefits such as relieving stress, pain relief from neck to lower back and improve immunity. The controlled breathing may help lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, flexibility, balance and co-ordination. The practice is simple the benefits last a lifetime. A rare opportunity and no prior experience necessary, beginners to advanced practitioners. Saturday 14th October 10pm -12.30pm Phoenix Basic Movements & Form £45, 1pm - 2.30pm Theories Behind Moves £60 Full day at Towers School, Ashford.
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The perfect storm? by Jamie Weller www.jamieweller.co.uk
The Perfect Storm?
The anticipated pressure on pension systems from ageing populations is the financial equivalent of climate change, says the World Economic Forum. As the dust settles from the general election, amidst many remaining uncertainties one thing is clear: the plan to cut pensioner benefits proved a turning point in Tory party fortunes. Reductions to the Winter Fuel Payment and the introduction of the social care cap (and subsequent U-turn) were always likely to ruffle some feathers, but the party’s commitment to abandon the State Pension ‘triple lock’ and raise the State Pension age to “reflect increases in life expectancy” were also among policy proposals that appeared to be soundly rejected by previously core voters. Balancing the needs of older generations who want their state entitlements protected, with younger voters who want to see wealth redistributed, is an act Mrs May’s manifesto plans clearly failed to pull off. Yet the pressure on the welfare budget will only become more acute unless this government, or a future administration, can introduce systemic pension reform and clearly communicate changes without provoking a backlash from voters. Given the anticipated increase in longevity and the declining ratio of those in the workforce to those in retirement1, the government must consider how to raise the State Pension age, while fostering a functioning labour market to extend working careers as much as possible. Although the UK’s retirement age is due to rise to 67 between 2026 and 2028, a new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned that further increases are needed if the UK is to adequately and sustainably support future generations. This echoes the findings of a separate independent review of the State Pension by former CBI boss John Cridland in March.
WEF says that the spiralling cost of providing security to those in retirement will imperil the in-
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comes of future generations and set the UK and other developed countries on course for the biggest pension crisis in history.
Global Warning WEF estimates that the gap between what people in the UK need during retirement and what they have is currently £6 trillion. If its forecasts turn out to be correct, the gulf will widen to more than £25 trillion by 2050. With half of all babies born today expected to live to over 1002, the costs of providing retirement security is projected to rise to unprecedented levels, presenting many governments with what WEF calls a “pension time bomb”. “The anticipated increase in longevity and resulting ageing populations is the financial equivalent of climate change. We must address it now or accept that its adverse consequences will haunt future generations, putting an impossible strain on our children and grandchildren,” Michael Drexler, head of financial and infrastructure systems at WEF, said in the report. While generous benefits accrued in final salary pension schemes, combined with higher-thaninflation rises to the State Pension, have led to a revolution in pensioner wealth, younger generations are unlikely to be as fortunate. They will, on average, spend more years in retirement but will receive less from their private pensions. Consequently, they may be more reliant on the state. Yet the State Pension is unlikely to become more generous in real terms. Clearly, it will fall on individuals to put more aside for retirement. If we don’t change our saving habits, we are all going to have to spend longer working, or we must revise down our expectations of what retirement looks like. It’s almost certain that retirement ages in this country will rise, but by how much and how quickly will be an issue for the government to grapple with over the next parliament. The State Pension age
could rise to 70 for today’s twenty-somethings, so a retirement age of 60 or 65 could soon turn out to be a privilege for the fortunate few. To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or inheritance tax planning please contact Jamie Weller Financial services Ltd on 01233 222721 (office), 07790690141, by email Jamie.weller@ sjpp.co.uk or visit www.jamieweller.co.uk
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