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Brings Print to Life Last month I announced that The Village Directory is about to come to life and make its printed pages interactive and clickable, well its here! By downloading an app called Layar to your smartphone you are now able to scan the pages of the magazine and access clickable buttons for all our advertisers and view additional images and, in some cases, video.


These are all clickable, just as they would be if you were on a website. For now most of these buttons will allow you to either phone an advertiser or go to their website, but they can be programmed to do much more. Video and photo galleries can be included to support editorial content, go to page 8, scan the page and watch a video of the resent Darling Buds of May Car Show. It’s all very futuristic and fun!

What is Layar? As the world leader in mobile augmented reality and interactive print, Layar is bridging the gap between the print and digital worlds. Layar-enabled interactive print magazines feature extra digital content that readers can engage with using their smartphone or tablet. The free Layar App is available to download from iTunes and Play Store.

For the time being this exciting new concept is only available in my Ashford and Stour Valley magazines, but in time it will be rolled out across the villages too, so do watch this space.

How Do I Access Interactive Magazine Content? Once you have downloaded Layar to your phone or tablet simply open the app and you will see a scan function in the middle of the screen.

If you are interested in our interactive advertising please give me a call on 01233 720488 or email me at: ~ Debbie Allen

Hover your phone or tablet over the magazine page and, if scanned successfully, you will see interactive features floating above the page.



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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the wonderful weather, the magazine can be a real challenge though when the office turns into a sauna at deadline time. Luckily I don’t overlook the sea, so there’s no likelihood of me suddenly making a dash for a cooling dip, like my husband did last month! By the way, one reader said that she had to look twice, apparently his cream trousers gave the impression that he was “starkers”, she did make me laugh! You have to feel sorry for my family, if they do anything noteworthy the whole borough is likely to find out about it! I had a call from a very nice gentleman in the Woodchurch area the other day. He is faily new to the area and was struggling to locate local B&B accomodation for his visiting family. Unfortunately I was unable to help him but it made me think. If enough B&B’s are interested in listing their businesses in the magazine I would be happy to set up a dedicated section. So if you run a B&B and are interested do get in touch, if it’s viable I will get too work on it right away. If you would like to see any specific items included in the magazine do get in touch with your ideas, or if there is a particular type of business that you struggle to find, let me know and I will attempt to track it down for you. Have a great month ~ Debbie e: w: T: 01233 720488


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Hot Favourites by Pippa Greenwood Lychnis chalcedonica


Our summer weather isn’t usually unbearably warm; in fact it is often pretty cool and a little bit of extra heat would be very welcome. With a little bit of planning and some careful planting, you could turn your garden into the hottest site out, regardless of the real weather. All you have to do is plant beds, borders or containers full of hot reds, screaming yellows and glowing oranges. Even if much of your garden is already in place, you can always add to it, even at this time of year. True, most of the planting is best done in the autumn, but a visit to a garden centre or nursery in late summer will reveal a fabulous display of plants which can be put to good use in your garden now. Many summer flowering plants are starting to decline at this time of year, but you will find that some of the late summer and autumn plantings have the richest, brightest and hottest colours. For real energy and vibrancy,

choose plenty of yellows and golds, including some of the golden rods (Solidago), which should be flowering well into September. They are not difficult to grow and if you choose a variety like ‘Crown of Rays’, it will grow to just over 2 feet (60cm) tall and yet does not need staking. I am a great fan of coreopsis, including the various forms of Coreopsis verticillata, which again flowers well into the autumn and is unlikely to need staking. If you like to see flat looking flower heads in your garden then take a closer peep at some of the achilleas, including ‘Coronation Gold’ and you will find that this too helps to attract many beneficial insects into the garden. No late summer border is complete without the cone flowers or rudbekias with their deliciously bright, daisylike flowers - these should last you through until October. For some screaming scarlets

and other shades of red, consider growing the dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff ’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Lychnis chalcedonica. All of these rich reds look particularly good amongst or close to some of the yellows. A real favourite of mine, combining both rich red or shades of orange and sometimes yellow, are the red-hot pokers. Providing the soil is fairly moist and they receive plenty of sun, these really do add a hot statement. In damper areas you could use Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’ or many of the other moistureloving types of lobelia which produce huge spires of red flowers, so different from those tiny blue, pink and white bedding lobelias which are more widely grown. To make sure that your summer time plantings do well, take heed of the following tips: • If it is a hot day, try to plant in early evening or at least late afternoon when the main heat of the sun has died down.

the garden • Always make sure that plants are really well watered before you put them in the ground. • Soak the compost thoroughly and make sure that it is wetted right the way down to the base before you begin. • Incorporate plenty of bulky organic matter, such as garden compost, well-rotted manure or some proprietary compost from your garden centre, as this will help to retain moisture. • Once the plants are in position, water them in really thoroughly. A light sprinkling won’t do – the water needs to go right down to where the plant needs it, at its roots. • Once the soil is moist, apply a good, deep mulch of 2 – 3 inches (5 – 7.5 cm), all around the soil surface. This will help to keep moisture in, protect the plant roots from the heat of the sun and at the same time keep weeds at bay. Don’t forget to tend to your hot border again in the autumn, when you will find small versions of many of these plants readily available in garden centres, often at only a couple of pounds per pot and when you will also be able to plant some more warming oranges and reds using bulbs and corms. Visit Pippa’s website www. for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ vegetable collection, great plants for September planting and regular advice emails from Pippa. Buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh and Envirofleece.

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Figures of how much was raised will be released shortly. We look forward to welcoming you all again for The Darling Buds Classic Car Show in July 2014! A “perfick� family day out in the Kent countryside with a warm, friendly atmosphere, featuring pre-1990 makes and models of classic vehicles with a dedicated “80’s zone�.

Darling Buds of May Car Show July 2013 A huge thank you to all those who attended the Darling Buds Classic Car Show on Sunday 14th July 2013. With wonderful weather on the day, the event, in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Demelza House Children’s Hospice, was a huge success.

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The Speechless Poet My name is Len Hynds and I am an ancient Laryngectomee, that is a person who survived throat cancer but lost my vocal cords in the process. I speak now with an artificial device implanted in the throat, and talk normally although rather robotic. I went to College before the device was fitted, to speed up my only method of communication, that of writing, and on advice went on to Canterbury University and graduated three years later in Creative Writing, Poetry and Writing for Stage and Screen. at the age of 78.


I am now 83 years old and a widower. I am also an ex-military policeman serving in Egypt, Palestine and the Sudan from 1947 to 1950, then a London bobby until joining the CID at Scotland Yard, in the famous Flying Squad, or “Sweeney“ as known by the criminal fraternity, being active on the Great Train Robbery. Then running my own company supplying car parts to the car repair industry where I worked until 74. During nine operations from 1994, I have had open heart surgery, when metallic heart valves were fitted, and a by-pass carried out, and numerous replacement parts installed, to such an extent, that I can jokingly say, “ There is very little left of the original me.” Then of course the throat cancer, caused by a lifetime of smoking, when the the vocal cords had to go sadly. But eventually a speaking valve was installed and I learnt to speak again. I spend a lot of time with people who have throat cancer, before their operation, where they think they are going to die, to give them confidence that they will survive and learn to speak again. That there is life after cancer. I hope you enjoy my work. www.the email:

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A Thought For The Day Don’t put off until tomorrow, things that should be done today. Cos’ cruel fate could step right in, and steal your chance away. Don’t put off until, some other time, the things you need to say. You never know if there will be, the chance of another day. Don’t wait to say, “ I love you,” till your voice may not be heard. or whispered into frail ears, who cannot understand your words. So cradle one anothers hearts, don’t let the feeling slip. Through good and bad times, cling on, don’t lose the loving grip. Look warmly in each others eyes, whilst still the chance is there. Be thankful for each other, and the pleasures that you share. By Len A.Hynds

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LOCAL MARKETS CHALLOCK Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane. 1st & 3rd Friday of each month 1pm to 4pm Contact Pauline Hickson 01233 740979

THE BARN SHOP TRADITIONAL MARKET Challock - 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm Contact 01233 740237

CHARING FARMER’S MARKET Charing Church Barn 9 -11.30 every Thurs morning Contact 01233 740176

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EGERTON Every Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

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TENTERDEN COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30am -11.30am St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road.

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Peach Melba Shortcakes Serves 4

Serves 8

Ready in 35 minutes, plus cooling These shortcakes are perfect for a speedy summer dessert. They take just minutes to make and bake and can be filled with whatever seasonal fruit you have to hand. Here they are filled with a rich and sweet mascarpone cream with juicy peaches and fresh raspberries but a simple dollop of extra thick cream and some sliced strawberries will be just as impressive.


Ingredients: • • • •

175g self-raising flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 75g butter, chilled and diced 55g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling • 1 large egg, beaten • 1 tbsp milk

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125g mascarpone cheese 2 tbsp icing sugar 6 tbsp single cream 175g fresh raspberries 2 ripe peaches, stoned and sliced

Tip The shortcakes can be made a day in advance and stored in an airtight container. Fill with the cream and fruit 1-2 hours before serving.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the diced butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar then add the beaten egg and milk and mix to a soft dough. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface and roll out to a 1cm thickness. Using an 8cm round cookie cutter stamp out 8 rounds, gently re-rolling the trimmings as necessary. Place on the prepared baking sheet, prick the top of each round lightly with a fork then sprinkle with a little caster sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until risen and pale golden. Carefully transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. To make the filling, beat the mascarpone cheese with the icing sugar and cream until smooth. Push half the raspberries through a fine-holed sieve to make a puree. Slice each shortcake in half horizontally and top the bottom halves with the cream mixture, peach slices and remaining raspberries. Drizzle over the raspberry puree and top with remaining shortcake halves.

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Live Music August The Kennington Ulley Road, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9HX Friday 9th Aug - 70’s 80’s 90’s 7:30pm to 1am The Kennington Turn Back - Party Nights - A chance to Boogie the night away - The Kennington will be turning back the clock every month.

The Windmill Inn, Hythe Rd, Ashford TN24 0QR Fri 2nd August Copacetic (Rock covers band)

Sat 3rd August Rhythm Doctors Fri 9th August Boneyard Junction Sat 10th August Fat Badger (Rock covers band) Fri 16th August Back 2 Back (Rock covers) Sat 17th August COLD STEEL (Classic Heavy Rock) Fri 23rd August The Gary Dean Band (Guitar orientated rock/pop) Sat 24th August Talisman (Hard Rocking Trio) - 9pm Mon 26th August Charity Music Festival - Live Music from 1.00pm to 10.00pm Fri 30th August Bad Pennies (Top Dollar Rock and Blues) Sat 31st August Parachuting Monkeys (Four piece indie/rock covers band)



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Events August 3rd & 4th August Fabulous 40’s/50’s Weekend

The Farriers Arms, Mersham. Lots of classic & militaryvehicles· bars & food 40’S swingtime music • 50’s tribute stars/groups Aerobatic displays • charity events • craft stalls Farriers lindy hop dance troupe • childrens games Tents & caravans • pre-purchase ticket discount Sat 3rd -40’s themed supper -booking required 20th August ASHFORD FLOWER CLUB Furley


Hall, Maidstone Road, Ashford. Starts at 7.30pm Demonstration‘ARTISTIC PHOTOS’ by Hazel McGregor Visitors - £3.00 Club Secretary 01233 628278 17th and 18th August. 10.00am - 6.00pm ART EXHIBITION by Friday Arts and Friends at Heysham Hall (next to The Varne Fish and Chip Shop) Taylor Road, Lydd on Sea TN29 9PA. Stunning works of art by local artists. There will be paintings framed and unframed, woodcarvings, cards and sundry items for sale at reasonable prices. Ample parking and near to the beach. Weald of Kent Art Group Summer Exhibition at Tenterden Town Hall from Monday 26th to Saturday 31st August 2013, 10am-4pm daily. A great opportunity to see very affordable art work for sale, in all mediums, by local artists. Why not join us in this active and lively local society ? All painters welcome ,from beginners to experienced amateurs and professionals. We have an excellent yearly programme of 12 winter lectures, summer painting days and workshops. For application details tel: 01580766390

The Bethersden Fete is taking place, as usual on August Bank Holiday Monday, from 11.30 to 4.00

pm. This year we are delighted to back in the lovely garden at Street Cottage, opposite The George. Besides lunches, a barbecue and teas, you will find Plants and Produce, Cakes, Books, Costume Jewellery and Bric a Brac., and games for all the family. Entry and Car Park Free. Do come and join the Fun. Saturday 14th Sept 10am -6pm Ride & Stride

- Friends of kent Churches. Bicycle, walk or run around Kent churches. Sponsorship money raised will be divided equally between the Friends of Kent Churches and the church or chapel of your choice. Contact Carolym Miller 01622 843383 carolyn.

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Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August

Gordon Jones Field, Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8BB. – Show Opens @ 10am ATTRACTIONS • Vintage Tractors & Vehicles • Fun Dog Show • Local Wines & Foods • Many Traditional Craft Stalls • Parachute Display • Birds Of Prey Display • Micro Brewery

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THE BEST OF BRITISH JAZZ All Gigs Start at 8 30pm - £10 August 1st Modern Jazz at it’s Best The 21st centuries answer to Tubby Hayes THE SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET Simon Spillett tenor - - - - John Critchinson piano Alec Dankworth double bass- - - Clark Tracey drums

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August 8th The Wonderful Jazz Vocalist SARAH MOULE & Her All Star Trio Simon Wallace piano - Mick Hutton double bass - Rod Brown drums August 15th More of The Best Modern Jazz THE MATT WATES QUINTET Matt Wates alto sax. - - Steve Fishwick trumpet Leon Greening piano. Tim Thornton double bass. - Matt Skelton drums August 22nd TWO SWINGING TENORS JO FOOKS & AL NICHOLS with Ted Beament piano -- Buster Birch drums - Val Mannix double bass. August 29th The Award Winners are back ALAN BARNES & BRUCE ADAMS with John Horler piano - Tim Wells double bass Winston Clifford drums September 5th Europes No1 Vibes player THE ROGER BEAUJOLAIS QUARTET Robin Aspland piano - Simon Thorpe double bass - -Winston Clifford drums September 10th The Music of Oscar Peterson TUESDAY by the award winning CRAIG MILVERTON QUARTET Dominic Ashworth guitar- Rod Brown drums Mike Porter-Ward double bass September 19th Five Saxophones & Three Rhythm DEREK NASH & SAX APPEAL September 26th Fabulous Jazz Singer back with us. ANITA WARDELL with her all star trio

Clubs & Societies Da Base Ashford Town Youth Centre, 5-7 Park

Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8LR (back of Iceland, opposite Wilkinson’s) If you have any questions or enquiries visit or contact us on 01233 631 472. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Dancing for Fun Come and learn a wide range of wonderful dances, from 17th Century Jane Austen style dances to 21st Century Ceilidh Dances, including American Contra Dance, English Barn Dance, Contra Waltzing and the Polka! Great low impact exercise! No experience or partner required! Have fun, get fitter and meet new people! No need to book - just turn up! Every Thursday 2pm - 3:30pm at The Stour Centre, Station Approach, Ashford, Kent TN23 1ET 01233 625 362 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, Kent TN24 9AJ. Games players of every kind welcome. https://www. 01233 625 362 Warehorne Folk Dance Club: Meets every Wednesday at Kingsnorth Village Hall, Church Hill, Kingsnorth, TN23 3EF from 8.00 to 10.00pm Beginners or experienced dancers welcome For further details contact Edna 01233 627121 or David 01233 812935. Ashford Birdwatchers’ Club: Meets on the second Wednesday monthly September to April inclusive from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at the WI Hall, Faversham Road, Kennington. All welcome to a friendly club; it doesn’t matter if you can’t identify many birds! Admission £3 including tea/coffee and biscuits. For information about programme, tel 01233 637067. Ashford Chess Club: Meets every Tuesday from 7.30pm @ the Centrepiece Church (rear entrance), Bank Street. Beginners or experienced players welcome. Free chess lessons are available. Tel: 01233 625998 and ask for Murray. 1940’s Dancing Lessons, Every Wednesday, incl. Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa & Collegiate Shag. For beginners and improvers, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ashford Town Centre TN23 1QG from 7pm – 9.30pm. Cost £6.00 Tel 01233 860564. No partner required.




health & Lifestyle

Eggs & Butter Health Hazards or Essential to Life? “Saturated fats and cholesterol are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest scientific deception of this century.” Dr George V Mann Did you know breast milk is loaded with saturated fats which are necessary to provide a naturally perfected source of nourishment to ensure the growth, development and survival of your infants? Mankind has depended on eating saturated fat for its very survival, so what is all the fuss regarding saturated fat, cholesterol and cardiovascular disease?


First let’s look at the facts concerning cholesterol – every cell in our bodies need cholesterol which is produced by the liver and adrenal glands. Cholesterol is integral in the production of our sex and stress hormones required for reproduction, growth, repair and responses to stress. Cholesterol also functions as a powerful antioxidant, thus protecting us against cancer and aging, and is the precursor to vitamin D, necessary for numerous biochemical processes. Cholesterol is also vital to proper neurological function. It plays a key role in the formation of memory and the uptake of hormones in the brain, including serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. When cholesterol levels drop too low, the serotonin receptors cannot work which can result in problems with mood amongst other things. The liver regulates levels of cholesterol in the blood and maintaining the correct balance requires an abundant source of essential vitamins and minerals, the best origin of course is through a good diet made up of natural foods and foods that are cultivated naturally. Dr William Kannel, director of the long term US Framlington study on heart disease concluded that there was ‘no discernable association between the amount of cholesterol in the diet and level of cholesterol in the blood, regardless of how much or how little animal fat in the diet’.

Man - made fats (trans - fats) on the other hand will suppress the immune system, cause cell membranes to rupture, disrupt cell and body function and are major contributing factors in heart disease and cancer. In the days before margarine was manufactured (and did you know that margarine lives forever?) when butter and lard were part of our diets, heart disease was minimal, now it’s a major cause of death. Also cancer rates were much lower than they were today. Man - made fats cause levels of cholesterol and other fats to change from what is normal and essential for good health. Many foods on our super market shelves now contain man- made trans-fats and it is these that cause the problems with health NOT the natural foods with high cholesterol such as eggs and butter. Eggs contain vital nutrients to help the liver regulate cholesterol levels in the blood. In saying that, there are eggs and there are eggs. Eggs that have been cultivated from caged chickens, chickens living in artificial light, or those that have been pumped full of steroids and antibiotics and given inferior food pellets, cannot be considered a natural food cultivated naturally and are therefore not healthy. Good eggs are produced by free range chickens in natural light scratching for food, raised in a chemically free environment. Butter is infinitely better for you than margarine. Margarine is completely artificial and is made through hydrogenation, winterisation, bleaching and refinement. During the process, products such as nickel, aluminium, hydrogen gas, benzoate dyes, colouring, and artificial flavours are just some of the things added. Does that sound like a healthy alternative to butter and the proclaimed saviour from heart disease to you? Finally here’s the real stick in the eye... cholesterol and the ‘business’ of lowering cholesterol is a multi billion pound industry. Think about it. So, go and enjoy the foods the nature has given us and don’t be fooled into believing ‘pretend food’ is good for you!! David Wilkes (Doctor of Chiropractic), Businessman, Wellness & Natural Health Advisor and father to be! Family Chiropractic - 01233 640 047

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Nordic Walking…. Coming to a Village Near You! If you’re out and about in the countryside, chances are that you’ll run into a group of people, all striding purposefully, each with a set of walking sticks. To some, they might look skiers in denial about the end of the snow season, but they’re actually out doing something called Nordic Walking. What Is Nordic Walking? Originally devised as a method for competitive cross country skiers to maintain fitness, Nordic Walking has developed into an exercise activity that cuts across age and fitness barriers, allowing people who always thought they hated traditional exercise to participate in a pursuit that allows them to get fit without even noticing! 12 Reasons to Nordic Walk 1. Burns 20-40% more calories than an average walk 2. Whole body workout 3. Lessens impact on joints 4. Great for neck, shoulders and backs 5. Increases cardiovascular endurance 6. Builds muscle strength & endurance 7. Easy to learn 8. Sociable and fun 9. Affordable 10. Can be done anywhere! 11. “Green” exercise 12. Suitable for everyone

then the other firmly into the desk. Do this repeatedly for 15 – 20 repetitions. • As you press, notice how a wave of contractions passes through your abdominal muscles, with your upper back, arm, shoulder and chest muscles contracting each time you push. How does that feel? Remember, if you’re out Nordic Walking, you’ll perform 1,800 – 2,200 contractions of all these muscles per mile! Nordic Walking East Kent runs classes in villages in the Ashford, Canterbury and Folkestone areas. Call 0845 486 0899 or email to book a free taster session

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Around Britain 5 Inventions & Discoveries 1. Belfast, Northern Ireland - Professor Frank Pantridge of Belfast’s Queens University used two car batteries to invent the portable defibrillator, used to administer an electric shock to cardiac patients, in the 1960s. Weighing 70kg/154lb, the first device was installed in an ambulance in 1965. 2. Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire - It was while living at Crowmarsh Gifford in Oxfordshire in the late 17th century that Jethro Tull invented the seed drill, a simple wheeled device used to plant seeds at regular intervals and depths. His invention paved the way for the agricultural revolution. 3. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - Comprising a copper cylinder containing three gallons of potash solution, the first fire extinguisher was invented by Captain George Manby, Master of the Great Yarmouth Barracks, in 1813. Manby also invented a type of harpoon and a device for rescuing people who had fallen through ice. 4. Newtown, Powys - When the Welsh entrepreneur Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones began selling homemade Welsh flannel through the mail in the 1830s, he became the inventor of what is now mail-order shopping. His clients included Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale. 5. Stanhill, Lancashire - The spinning jenny was invented by James Hargreaves, a weaver working in Stanhill in Lancashire, in 1764. The device vastly increased the amount of yarn a single weaver could produce, and is considered one of the first developments of Britain’s industrial revolution. © Taken from The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer by Paul Anthony Jones, out now.


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Misconceptions About Wills As part of our regular series on legal matters, Rosalind Johnson of Tenterden law firm Pengelly & Rylands looks at common misconceptions about Wills. Q Can an Executor benefit under a Will? A Yes, an Executor can benefit from a Will but they or their spouse or civil partner must not be one of the two witnesses when the person making the Will signs it. Q My family know what I want, do I need a Will? A Without a Will, your family will lack the power to make important decisions. They will be bound by what the law dictates about such things as how to administer your affairs, who will get your assets, when they will get them and who will have legal authority to look after your children. Q My family is very close, they won’t argue over money. Do I need to be specific in my Will?


A In these austere times, more and more families are contesting Wills. Grief and money are not a good combination and will bring out strong emotions. The clearer you are about how you want your affairs handled after your death, the less chance there should be for costs of litigation and disputes which can destroy family relationships (and see the estate swallowed up in legal costs). Q Will all my assets pass under my Will? A No. Assets which are in joint names such as bank accounts automatically pass to the joint owner on the first death, even though they may have made no contribution to the money in the account. Accounts are sometimes put into joint names for practical reasons, e.g. an elderly parent and an adult child. Although the account may pass automatically to the child, the share provided by the parent will be added to the parent’s estate in calculating if any tax is due. Q Is a homemade Will kit enough? A In many cases, homemade Wills create more work for lawyers but are not good for beneficiaries who could wait many months or even years to receive their entitlement.

Rosalind Johnson, Senior Partner Q Does having a Will avoid probate? A No. A Will is the primary tool of the probate system. A Will is like a letter to the Probate Court telling it how you want your property distributed and who is to deal with it – your Executors. In small estates, or when assets are held jointly, it is not always necessary to apply for probate. It very much depends on individual circumstances. Q Does my Will and the gross net value of my assets remain private? A No, once probate is granted, a Will becomes a public record. This means nosey friends or

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The other night I was invited out for a night with the ‘girls.’ I told my husband that I would be home by midnight , ‘I promise!’ Well, the hours passed and the Margaritas went down way too easily. Around 3 a.m., a bit loaded, I headed for home. Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hallway started up and cuckooed three times.

The next morning, my husband asked me what time I got in, I told him ‘ MIDNIGHT .’ He didn’t seem annoyed in the least. Phew, I got away with that one! Then he said ‘We need a new cuckoo clock.’ When I asked him why, he said, ‘Well, last night our clock cuckooed three times... then said, ‘oh, crap...



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Del & Peeps Peeps urgently needed a few days off work, but knew the boss wouldn’t allow any leave. So he thought “maybe if I acted “Crazy” the boss would tell me to take a few days off”. So he proceeded to hang upside-down from the ceiling and made funny noises. His co-worker, Del, asked him what he was doing, he said “ I’m pretending to be a light bulb, so that the boss thinks I‘ve gone “Crazy” and gives me a few days off. A few minutes later the boss came into the office. “What on earth are you doing?” he said to Peeps. Peeps said “I’m a light bulb”. The boss said, “You’re clearly stressed out, go home and recuperate for a couple of days.” Peeps jumped down and walked out of the office.... But when Del followed him the boss said “...And where do you think you’re going?!” Del said, “I’m going home too. I can’t work in the dark..”

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In search of a radical change of lifestyle, my partner and I recently moved from the secluded, detached town house where we had lived for fifteen years to a tiny terraced cottage in a village street. One of the greatest contrasts between the old life and the new was that we found ourselves completely surrounded by neighbours. It soon became clear to us that our street was blessed with a particularly strong community spirit. As soon as we arrived, several people knocked on our door to welcome us to the neighbourhood and we received a number of drinks invitations. As the old song goes: “That’s when neighbours become good friends.” Or is it? Although we enjoyed all this social interaction, as time passed the things we learned about our neighbours’ personalities made us wonder whether we would be wise to hold back a little… There was Marianne (or “Saint Marianne” as we subsequently named her) whose chief mission in life was to save the neighbourhood from degenerating into urban chaos:

drop a sweet wrapper in the road and she’d be out there with her bin bag and rubber gloves. Then there was Sandra, the Santa Claus of the gardening world, who would drop round with gifts of various cuttings and plants. However, her visits were inevitably followed by anxious requests for us to deal with our dandelions before their seeds spread to her garden. Billy was the jolliest neighbour on the street, but when he’d had a couple of pints at the local pub he would feel inspired to sing opera at the top of his voice. Then there was Maggie with her chickens and Joe with his tendency to tell off-colour jokes whenever his wife was out of earshot. We liked them all, of course – but our former lives had not prepared us to live within such close proximity to other people. Were we really cut out for community life? We called on some old friends for advice. Our research turned up a variety of viewpoints. Some treated their neighbours as an extension of their own families, whereas others simply exchanged pleasantries over

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