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December 2013


Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, Welcome to the December issue. Where on earth did that year go? It doesn’t seem long ago that we took the Christmas decorations down and now they are about to go back up again - that will make my husband happy (not)!

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Anyone reading this magazine over the years will know that I love Christmas. It’s an opportunity to be with the people you love and rekindle your inner youth. It can be stressful and expensive but, in my mind, the most enjoyable elements tend to be low cost, for example gathering together to share a laugh, play games and generally act like a kid again, add a little Dad dancing (as my son recently accused my husband of ) and we have a great Christmas. At least that’s what it’s like in my house, although I am prone to the odd thought of “Why do I do it?” when I see the perpetual pile of washing up. This year, thanks to one of our local pubs, my son is fully trained in the art of washing up and his best friend Ashley is a wiz at preparing vegetables - Happy Days! I don’t publish in January, this is the only time I have off throughout the year so it gives me the chance to clear my mind, re-charge my batteries and attempt to start the new year with a clean slate. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, eat, drink and be merry, I’ll be ready with the hangover cures, local exercise classes and dieting options in the new year!

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Fruit Planting The garden may be quieter than usual at this time of year, and certainly not likely to be yielding vast quantities of crops, but this near dormant time is perfect for planting fruit. by Pippa Greenwood


You can grow fruit trees in surprisingly small spaces, training them to espaliers (so that they have several sets of horizontal arms), cordons (as single main stems grown at an angle), fans (with their branches trained in to a fan shape) or as step-overs, (trained so that they make a neat edging for a bed or border about 45cm or so above ground level). You could also use a fruit tree to create a decorative and later a wonderfully productive arch. At this time of year fruit trees are great value because they are sold ‘bare root’, lifted from a field and not container grown. I find these establish particularly well and because you usually obtain them from a specialist supplier or nursery, the range of varieties available is second to none. You can either buy one year old ‘maidens’ and train these yourself, or if you want to save time, you can often buy trained or part trained forms. When you are choosing fruit trees it’s essential to get them on the right rootstock as this determines the ultimate size and vigour of the tree. Apples are particularly complicated, but as a rule, for step-overs, cordons, dwarf bushes and trees in containers try the extremely

dwarfing but somewhat tricky M27 - but beware weak varieties or any tree grown on this rootstock in a poor soil as it may well fail. For bush, cordon, espaliers and half-standard try the easier to look after dwarfing rootstock M26 and for a cordon or espalier on a poor soil, for arches and for bush trees try the semi-dwarfing MM106. You will need to choose the varieties you grow so that they can pollinate each other (if there is no suitable pollinator in the vicinity you will not get fruit) and on the basis of the taste and texture of the fruit and how well it stores and so forth. If you have space, it is good to grow apples for cooking as well as eating, or look out for those described as ‘dual purpose’, meaning they make very passable cookers as well as dessert apples. As well as tree fruits such as apples, pears and maybe even a medlar or a plum or gorgeous gage, you could also consider some delicious bush fruits. The great thing about these is that they take up even less space and again can often be trained into wacky shapes such as fan-trained or standard bushes, making them all the more ornamental and easier

to fit into the smaller garden. Then there are raspberries on my rather heavy and very alkaline soil I tend to stick to the autumn fruiting varieties such as Autumn Bliss and Joan J, but on freer draining and acidic soils you can try some of the more numerous summer fruiters too. Bare root fruit trees, bushes and canes are generally available from about November through until early March, depending on the weather, so don’t delay, start ordering or better still, planting, today. Visit Pippa’s website www. for a great range of gardeningrelated Christmas gifts and stocking-fillers, including stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift cards, handmade pottery herb planters, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, signed books and lots of seriously useful garden items for your friends and family, or yourself.

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I have been very good. Well, mostly very good. There is the small issue of Jane’s new rug that now looks a bit threadbare and I did smash quite a lot of jars of homemade chutney when I leapt onto the top shelf of the pantry (I did Clive a favour there- at least he doesn’t have to eat the stuff!) but I hope that Santa Paws will see beyond all that and that he will leave me plenty of catnip mice and dreamies. Ebony and I just love dreamies!

Hello everyone, Mowgli here! Ebony and I can’t believe that it is nearly Christmas again! It is nearly time to find out if we have been good enough for Santa Paws to come. I have to admit that I am a bit sceptical about Santa Paws- I have a tendency to be a bit mischievous (hard to believe I know…..) but I always seem to get plenty of Christmas presents. Do you think that he knows that my heart is in the right place? This year

One thing is for sure- those goats won’t get any Christmas stockings- they are far too badly behaved! I wonder how many Christmases it will be before Joshua persuades Clive to get a donkey to go with the goats. Then there will be even more chaos in the house- donkeys are almost as stupid as goats! One of the other good things about Christmas is choosing presents for our feline friends. Ebony and I always take this very seriously and ask Clive to bring home a whole selection so we can choose carefully. This of course entails some serious playing, chewing and chasing of lots of nice catnip and feathered things. Then of course we get to keep the toys we have tried and Clive has to order more- works every year......


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the home I have also been thinking about my New Year resolutions. I think I might have to resolve to sharpen my claws on the rug a little less often. I expect Ebony will have to make her usual resolution of going on a diet. Josh should resolve to dribble less! He is always tottering up to us and giving us big hugs by nuzzling his head into us. Sometimes these hugs are almost nice now but both Ebony and I are always a bit damp afterwards and then of course we have to have a good wash and sort ourselves out. Anyway, at least he doesn’t pull our fur! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I will write again in the New Year and let you know how we are getting on with our resolutions. I can feel my paws starting to tingle already at the thought of how lovely it is to scratch that rug.....

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Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Butter six small pudding basins (each about 200ml capacity) and line the bases with circles of baking parchment. Place the butter, flour, baking powder, sugar, spices and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat together with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until pale and creamy. Fold in the dried mixed fruit and two-thirds of the cherries and stem ginger. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared pudding basins then cover each basin with a circle of greased and pleated baking parchment and secure with string. Cover each basin with pleated foil. Stand the basins in a roasting tin and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into a pudding comes out clean. Leave the puddings to stand for 10 minutes then turn out onto serving plates. Mix the remaining cherries and ginger with the stem ginger syrup and spoon over the puddings. Serve with cream or brandy butter.

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Events December 20th - 30th November daily - Ashford (Kent) Art Society Autumn Exhibition and Sale of Work. , 10 - 4 (except Sunday) at St Mary’s Parish Church, Ashford.

Wednesday November 27th (7:15 for 7:30pm) The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets in the Village Hall for our last event of the year. We start the evening with our AGM followed by the Quiz and Cheese and Wine buffet. Non member tickets £5 - available by contacting Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 before 23rd November.

Friday November 29 from 2pm-4pm. Hi Kent clinic for deaf and hard of hearing, Victory Hall, Hamstreet. This includes NHS hearing aid aftercare and battery supply. Phone 01227 760046 for info or visit

Christmas Craft Activities

Friday 29th Nov 3.15pm till 5.30pm Magic Reindeer Food Christmas Gift Room Temporary Tattoos Christmas Cake Raffle & Guess the Weight of the Xmas Pudding

Saturday November 30th - Sellindge Primary School Christmas Fayre between 1-3pm Friday December 6th - Christmas fair, Hamstreet school. 5:30 -7pm.


Bethersden WI panto group present: GOLDILOCKS AND LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD In Bethersden Village Hall tickets £3.00 call 01233 822565

2DB) Homemade seasonal foods, preserves, gifts, books, decorations, planted bulbs, cakes etc. plus handbell ringers and a visit from Father Christmas. Refreshments available all morning. Free admission and parking. Details and forward orders 01233 758285

Saturday December 7th - 3-6pm Smarden Christmas Fair at Smarden Charter Hall. Stalls,

Smeeth W.I. will meet next on Mon 9th December at 7.30 pm at Brabourne and Smeeth

Friday 6th 7.30pm & Saturday December 7th 3pm and 8pm - It’s Panto time again!

mulled wine and mince pies, Santa’s Grotto, crafts and presents, carols and lots for the children. Please come along and enjoy the lovely Christmas atmosphere.

Saturday, December 7th - St Mary Magdalene Ruckinge - Warm Up For Christmas from 11.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Hot homemade soup; Bread & Butter pudding; cakes, produce, tea and coffee.

Saturday 7th Dec 2pm - 6pm - Crafty Christmas Cheer Festival - Free Entry The Red Lion (Barn), Charing Heath, TN27 0AU Come and buy beautiful hand made gifts, cards and Christmas goodies. Meet Santa on his Sleigh, find out what the future holds for you, enjoy a glass of Christmas cheer & yummy home made festive foods.

Saturday December 7th - Christmas Food Fair 9.00 am - 12 noon Appledore Parish Church (TN26

Village Hall for their Christmas party and sparkling in-house entertainment. The Committee will provide traditional treats for our Christmas Buffet and the Competition Cup will be presented. Mother Christmas will also visit to distribute Santa’s gifts. For further information, do contact Joy Taylor of 01303 812165 or Margaret Garrett on 01 303 813932

Monday December 9th 2013 - Ashford Music Society- Piano Recital - JOHN PAUL EKINS John Paul Ekins graduated in 2009 from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours and is now in great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He comes to Ashford as a Recommended Artist by ‘Making Music’. He will be playing compositions by Mozart, Schubert, Britten, Liszt and Beethoven. Venue: The Norton Knatchbull School, Hythe Road, Ashford, TN24 0QJ Time: 7.30 p.m.Tickets: £12 (Adults) and £3

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‘Half a Sixpence’ This Christmas come and discover the hidden treasures at Evegate. For a Vast Range of Unique and Unusual Gifts, Presents, Toys and Stocking Fillers at Mouth Watering Prices Open Every Day until Xmas

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Saturday 21st December- Ashford Choral Society 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm for

Thank you to thew Bateman family of Aldington Post Office Stores and those who made donations for gooseberries earlier in the year. The amount given to Nikki Trust, Charity No 1149315 was £70.00.

refreshments). Ashford Parish Church, TN23 1QG. Ashford Choral Society presents its annual Carol Concert. Mark Deller conducts traditional and less well-known carols with the audience encouraged to join in with some of the more familiar carols. Accompanied by organist Matthew Raisbeck.

Saturday 18th Jan to Saturday 25th Jan. Pantomime time! Woodchurch Players present Sleeping Beauty a funny,colourful family friendly pantomime. Tickets available from Woodchurch Community Centre, or on 01233 861381. Book on line at Family ticket £20 (2 adultsx2 children) Adults £7.50, concessions £6.50. Check us out on www.

Wednesday 29th January to Saturday 1st February 2014 SHOUT! The Mod Musical, created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, will be performed by the Tenterden Operatic and Dramatic Society. SHOUT! is a toe-tapping, comedy musical packed full of classic 1960’s hits from the likes of Dusty, Lulu and Cilla. So, if you’re looking for a feel good night out with lots of laughs during those dark winter evenings then come along to the Tenterden Town Hall at 7.30pm and join in with the fun (extra matinee performance on Saturday). For advance tickets, go to www.tods.

31st January and 1st February 2014 Kingswood players presents the pantomime

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ALDINGTON VILLAGE HALL CRAFT FAIR & BAZAAR DECEMBER 7th 2013 1pm - 4pm Crafts ~ Artwork ~ Cakes ~ Jams Quilts ~ Table Decorations ~ Cards Jewellery ~ Leather Goods Christmas Decorations Bags ~ Sweets ~ Ceramics ~ Candles And Lots More Plus Raffles - Teas & Coffees

Cinderella at the Challock memorial hall, 7.30pm

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start and 2pm matinee and 7.30pm on the 1st February. Tickets £6 adult and £4 children. Tickets availiable from Challock post office or call 01233 740313 all profits to Kent Air Ambulance.

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Sellindge Sports & Social Club - Legs, Bums & Tums - New Class An hour of challenging toning & groaning. Body weight exercises to music for motivation & lots of fun. Every Tuesday 18.00-19.00 £5 per class. Please call Hayley on 07843 099912 for more information and to register your interest

Step at Sellindge Village Hall Sundays at 10.00 a.m. Fun fitness for all levels Call Michelle Sinclair ACE Personal Trainer 01233 820109

A New Quilting Group held in the Oak Room,

The Sellindge Get Together Club Meet in

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

Smeeth W.I. We meet on the second Monday of

Stowting W.I.

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 7.30pm in the Peace Room. For further information please contact Jennie Cooper on 01303 862572.

Line Dancing Classes, Sellindge Village


afternoon 3rd October 12pm - 1pm Also (EASY Intermediate class) Thurs afternoon 1 - 3pm For more details on both these classes contact Raye Warrne on 01303 813098. Tues and Thursday eve. 7.30 - 9.30 (Intermediate classes) contact Maureen Lincoln on 01303 813161 or 07989 210449

the Durling Hall at Sellindge, next to the main hall, from 2pm to 4pm on the second Wednesday in the month. If you are interested just come to our meetings or phone 01303 813454 for more details. the Month at 7.30 pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further information do contact Joy Taylor 01303 812165”

Dog Agility Classes new to Chequer Tree Equestrian Centre, Mersham on Thursday evenings.Contact: Nathan Thompson on 07795 077921 or

Hall. Tues Eve 7.30 – 9.30 (Intermediate), Thurs afternoon 1-3pm (easy intermediate) Thurs eve 7.30 9.30 (Intermediate) contact Maureen Lincoln 01303 813161 or 07989 210449.

Body Conditioning Class at Smeeth Scout

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Hi/Low Aerobics at Sellindge Village Hall on Wednesdays 7.00 .p.m. Fun Fitness for all levels Call Michelle Sinclair ACE Personal Trainer for details 01233 820109

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 contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813451 or email

Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet at Aldington Village Hall on 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618.

Aldington Short Mat Bowls Club We play on Monday nights at Aldington village hall from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. No special equipment required you only need a pair of shoes with flat soles and we can supply the woods. Go on give it a try it may be just the sport you are looking for. Interested, give Jim or Janet a call on 01233 632102

Lympne Short Mat Bowling Monday and Thursdays from 7.00 p.m. to 9.45p.m. in the Village Hall. Annual Subscription is £20.00 and the green fees are £2.00 per evening. For more information call Mick or Marian Hatton on 01303 814274

Line Dancing Classes, Sellindge Village Hall. BEGINNERS CLASS commencing Thursday

Hut, Mondays 7.00 p.m. Fun Fitness for all levels Call Michelle Sinclair ACE Personal Trainer for details 01233 820109

Zumba Fitness 7.15pm A latin inspired dance fitness class and Legs bums and Tums 8.15pm Every Wednesday Aldington village hall. Contact Leigh Little 01233 65075 3 M: 07756 726590 Yoga Mondays 7.30-9.00pm, Warehorne Village Hall & Thursdays 10.00-11.30am, St Mary’s Oak Room, Smeeth (off the A20). £7 per class. Please call Daniela 01233860417 or 07939870826

Calligraphy Classes at St Mary’s Oak Room, Smeeth from 10.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. All welcome including complete beginners. Cost is £7 per session. For further information, please call Sue Gray on 01233 720696.

Burlesque Classes. Lympne Village Hall. Wednesday nights 8pm til 9.30pm £7. Ladies only. Get fit, have fun, feel fabulous. Whatever your size, shape or age - release your inner vixen! Learn the sexy moves, including removing boa and gloves. Visit, click burlesque classes.

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SAT 18th JAN 201 14 5th JAN 20 014 to SAT 25 Woodchurch Memorial Hall Tickets: Adults £7.50,Concessions £6.50,Children £6.50 and Family Ticket £20

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The Kings Head Wye With its fresh new look The Kings Heads in Wye has a new team to go with it. With Mark and Scott now at the helm they would like to introduce their fabulous new Chef Adam, having worked in the upmarket kitchen of Eastwell Manor you can be sure of the highest standards in dining.


The Kings Head is open all day from 8am, so why not pop in for that all important breakfast or partake of a tea or freshly ground coffee in the new KH Cafe, if you’re in a hurry there is always a takeaway option. You might also be tempted by chef’s own freshly baked cakes, scrumptious! A fine new lunchtime menu is now available, whether business or leisure, formal or casual, the Kings Head is the ideal venue for your get together. Everyone loves a good Sunday Roast and at the Kings Head they are simply a must. Their new autumn menu brings back some classic Kings Head dishes and includes a dish of the month, provided by their very own Food Ambassador and Celebrity Master Chef winner Liz McClarnon. Everything is freshly cooked, as you would expect and the ingredients, wherever possible, are sourced locally. To add to the modernisation of this old pub Free WiFi is available, so you can stay in touch or surf the net whilst enjoying your food and beverages, if you should so desire. To complete the act the Kings Head has now unveiled its tastefully decorated Bed & Breakfast rooms, ideal for visiting friends or family requiring an overnight stay. With a new look, warm ambience and superior food the Kings Head is a great place to hold your Christmas parties in the coming months. Bookings are now being taken for Christmas so please call Scott or Mark and book early to avoid disappointment.

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BRABOURNE BAPTIST CHURCH Plain Road, Brabourne Lees, Kent TN25 6QN Pastor Tim Simpson Tel:01303 813257 Christmas Celebrations Carols & Puppets at the Plough Inn: Sunday December 15 at 5.30pmCandlelight Carol Service: Sunday December 22 at 5.30pm.Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service: Tuesday December 24 at 11.30pm. Christmas Day Celebration:Wed Dec 25 10.30am. Art Club The next meeting on Tuesday December 10 will be a social time, starting at 10am. For more details please phone Mike on 01303 812484 Café Wednesday Extra is open every second Wed of the month from 12noon for soup and rolls, & tea /coffee, costing £1. Everyone is invited; just turn up! The Café is open every Wed from 10am to 11.30am. Drop in for coffee biscuits, company and a warm friendly atmosphere. Choice of books available. Graham Kingston, our Community Warden, will try to be there on the first Wed of every month, should anyone need to see him. MP’S Surgery: Our MP Damian Collins, will be holding his monthly surgery at the church from 3.45pm to 4.30pm on Friday December 20. If you have any questions, complaints or comments, please book an appointment by e-mailing your name, post code, subject and message to: shepwayconservatives@ or telephone 01303 253 524. Meeting Point There will be no meeting in December. Church Bookings If you wish to book the church hall for a meeting or function, please phone Geoff Thorpe 01303 813152 Men’s Breakfast January 4, 2014 from 8.15am. The guest speaker will be former Ashford Police Area Commander, Cliff Grieve, who will be presenting an illustrated and informative talk about the awful news of slavery and human trafficking here in the UK ! Please phone Ian for details 01303 813743 Sunday Services: There is a regular service at 10.30am every week. Morning Worship is followed by refreshments in the side hall. The Ark: Fridays from 10am to 12noon: for babies and children under school-age with their parents/carers. Phone Diane on 01233 332644. Lively Discussions! Home Groups meet on Wednesday evenings. Everyone is welcome to come and join us! We are very informal and friendly. Please phone Tim 01303 813257 or David 01303 814437 Ladies Coffee Morning: We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning of the month at 7 Calland. We have a short time of Bible study and prayer, and we welcome all ladies. Please phone Pat 01303 812219 Ladies Ruth Group at Church: Meets on the first Thurs of the month at 2.15pm. All ladies are welcome. Please phone Erica 01303 814911 for more information Ruth Home Group; We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 2.15pm at Corinne’s, 54 Mountbatten Way. This is a relaxed time of discussion and all ladies are welcome to come and join us! Please ring Corinne for more details 01303 812603

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Video Tips Here are some straightforward tips to make your holiday and home movies sparkle. You don’t even need the latest HD camera wizardry, just a little technique and patience. by James Smith

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Some suggest that expensive film and video cameras will produce captivating films but the real skill is in how you use the equipment you own, to create an informative or interesting film. Even camera phones and small consumer video camcorders can produce impressive results if you work within their limitations. Your aim should be to obtain a video camera and start practicing.

Basics Let’s leap ahead to the final result, and the most common sin: making your film too long. If you shoot a five-minute video and make your friends wait for the ‘good bit’ at four minutes in, you will have lost your audience after minute one. So, above all other rules, cut out the superfluous footage and ensure your film is just a collection of those ‘good bits’ and nothing else.

Story Your holiday video or home movie might have a simple goal - to show granddad putting up the Christmas decorations – but you should think ahead about the story you wish to put across. Consider that old classic: the beginning, middle and end. Perhaps granddad could be

approaching the house with a big carrier bag (the beginning); then see him at work decorating the tree with the contents of the bag (the middle); and finally, a shot of him standing proudly beside the decorated tree (the end). The addition of a simple storyline will encourage more interest from your audience than a series of abstract shots.

Composition The great thing about working with video is that many of the principles of stills photography apply. So pick up any book on the subject and think about framing and composition. Keep the horizon level, try not to cut people’s heads off in the frame, keep distracting details (‘clutter’) out of the shot if possible, and keep the camera at eye level.

Light Harsh light is a videographer’s nightmare, so shooting at midday with the sun bearing down from directly above will cast unflattering shadows under the eyes of your subjects. Try to move people into softer light, perhaps in a leafy area or under some other shade. Similarly inside, be sure that people’s faces are gently lit, but also be careful that they are not silhouetted by strong backlight, such as standing against a window.

Audio Many wonderful videos are ruined by unintelligible audio; the Best Man’s speech that’s inaudible because the cameraman was seated next to a child rustling sweet papers. The answer to this is to move closer to the subject, or even buy an external microphone that can be positioned very near to the subject with a cable back to the camera.

Editing Editing the footage is a great way to eliminate all of those boring shots that we mentioned before. Some cameras provide an editing facility, but this can be rather fiddly, so you might want to load the footage onto a computer and edit it with a program such as Movie Maker. Try to keep it simple - rely on simple titles, a great story with straight ‘cuts’ (rather than swirling patterns and fancy graphics), and finish off with ‘THE END’ to wind things up. Remember, follow these simple rules and practice as much as possible, and you’ll be surprised by how impressed your audience will be.

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A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs is a document which, once registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, means that, should you ever become unable to look after your own financial affairs, someone you know and trust can look after them on your behalf, but only ever in your best interests. As the ‘Donor’ you can appoint up to four ‘Attorneys’ who can step in to help you with managing your bank accounts, tax returns, paying bills, claiming any benefits, or, if necessary, to sell any property and pay for the care you may need. But don’t worry that you might have control of your personal affairs taken away from you against your will. There are safeguards put in place, which include people being notified of your application to register the LPA, so that these ‘People to be Notified’ can raise any concerns they may have about the application. These might be friends or family, who you choose, who would have the opportunity to question whether putting the LPA into effect is really in your best interests. The other important role in the process is that of the ‘Certificate Provider’. This might be your GP or a very close friend who has to confirm that, in their opinion, you are not being coerced into making the LPA, and that you understand the significance of the authority

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Life Begins “Pop-up” Christmas Parties: Top tips for last minute catering sandwich filling than buy the kind of packaged snacks described above. Keep a store of bake-it-yourself breads and savoury biscuits that can be served with cheeses, dips or fillings and combine fresh produce with foods sourced from cans or jars: my friend adds fresh chopped tomatoes or garden herbs to shop-bought dips and salsas to create an attractive, home-made look.


You know what it’s like at Christmas. There are those events that you, your friends and relatives have planned well in advance and then there are times when what was intended as a small get-together suddenly spirals out of control. Guests bring other guests and before you know it you’re hosting an impromptu, “pop-up” party for which you are completely unprepared. So how can you cater for unexpected arrivals over the festive season and still keep calm? Last Christmas when hosting a gathering at short notice, I panicshopped at my local supermarket, only to find that the eight bulky boxes of ready-made appetisers that filled my fridge were consumed by as many people in as many minutes, leaving a row of empty plates and a very red-faced hostess. My experience was typical of the dilemma we all face during the festive season. Being prepared for unexpected guests means keeping stocks of food ready to bring out at a moment’s notice, but most of us can’t afford to buy

fresh food on the off-chance that guests might drop in, nor do we have the space to store it. A friend of mine loves spontaneous gatherings and I’ve always been amazed by his ability to conjure up a veritable party banquet with hardly any advance warning. Following my hospitality disaster last Christmas, I decided to ask him for his top tips for last minute catering. Lack of kitchen storage space is an issue for most people, but never more so than at Christmas, when the fridge is stuffed to bursting point. His first piece of advice was to stock up on versatile grocery items that don’t need to be kept cold: tins of tuna, mixed beans, sweetcorn, dried pasta and rice, jars of mayonnaise, pesto and relish. To make the most of kitchen storage space at Christmas time, he keeps all these extras in a cardboard box under the bed. He also advises that anything you do store in the fridge for catering purposes should be compact – so it’s better to fill the available space with cheese and tubs of

When it comes to providing drinks for his guests, his simple solution is to chill beer cans and bottles in the garden. If the weather is exceptionally cold he’ll keep them inside, cooling in a bucket of water (although he’s always careful to keep alcoholic drinks away from children). To make the drinks go further, this perfect host makes a fantastic mulled wine, using cheap red wine diluted with lemonade. A shot of brandy, some sugar and plenty of Christmas spice makes a powerful brew that provides almost twice as many servings as the average bottle of wine. So, thanks to my friend’s good advice, I’ll be much more prepared this Christmas when people turn up at short notice. I can’t wait to see the amazement on my guests’ faces as I conjure a party feast out of thin air. By Kate McLelland



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They’re ideal for those all important occasions, like weddings and parties, where you not only want to look your best on the day, but look fabulous in photos too. By adding shape and definition the extensions ‘open-up’ your peepers and leave you with pretty, seemingly lifted, youngerlooking eyes. Extensions are widely available in salons across the country and are specially applied by trained therapists; a consultation should be carried out so that you can determine exactly what look you want to achieve. If you just want some subtle enhancement and a natural result then try a half set of lashes. However, if you fancy making a statement, then try a full set for a striking finish. You can choose how long, thick and curly your lashes will be.

The Application Each individual synthetic lash is carefully bonded to your own eyelashes; 80 to 100 individual lashes are usually applied. During the application your eyes will be closed and protected. You shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during this process whatsoever.

salon, but on average eyelash extensions will set you back around £80-£120 for a full set, or about £65 for a half set.

Be Safe Always be sure that the staff at The Results the salon you’ve chosen are fully After you’ve had the lashes applied it is essential to not touch trained. Ask questions to gain an or wet them for a 24 hour period, understanding of the therapist’s as the glue will be still be setting. skill. Your therapist should carry out a You shouldn’t need to wear patch test 24 hours before your mascara, but if you still want to, extensions to ensure that you it’s worth investing in a water soluble product, designed for use have no adverse reaction to the glue. Your eyes are extremely with extensions. These mascaras delicate, and precious, so make are usually sold at salons which sure you have the test before the offer the service. Remember to use a salon recommended oil free treatment. eye makeup remover too. This industry isn’t regulated, so Staying Power Eyelash extensions typically last between six and eight weeks. Because they are attached to your own lashes they will fall off as your natural lash grows out. On average you’ll lose about 12-15 lashes every two to three weeks - that’s why salons recommend returning for touchups when needed to maintain the desired look. They’ll charge a small fee for replacing what has been lost. What It Costs Prices vary from salon to

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complicate the matter, the local newspaper reporter is in love with Kabuo’s wife. If the snow falls and covers everything, is all forgotten? In Cold Blood, Truman Capote It’s 1959 and a Kansas family is brutally murdered. This hugely controversial book focuses on their two killers: Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Whilst there’s little doubt that the killing of a husband and wife, along with their two children, is despicable, Smith and Hickock come across as alarmingly normal and recognisable. Capote has written a very clever true crime work of non-fiction, brought to us in the style of a novel. The whole thing is a bit disturbing really...and at the same time, you just can’t put it down. Into Thin Air, John Krakauer Sometimes the most extraordinary stories we read are those that are true. This is certainly the case in Krakauer’s account of 24 hours of hell at the top of Mount Everest. With photos documenting the scale of the ‘murderous storm’ that bore down on Krakauer and his fellow climbers, it’s clear to see why five lost their lives. Dealing with the guilt that comes from surviving such a disaster whilst others didn’t, Krakauer’s writing is incredibly compelling and the

retelling of the 1996 disaster will leave you gasping. The Spy Who came in from the Cold, John le Carré Spymaster le Carré’s thriller has stood the test of time with reading audiences continuing to be gripped by the powerful combination of love and betrayal that would leave Daniel Craig running crying to his mummy. Set in 1960s Berlin, spy Alex Leamas is basically ready to throw in the towel. Of course, ‘one final assignment’ always spells disaster ahead. Is this really a case of ‘mission impossible’ and will he live to walk away from this one? Frozen in Time, Ali Sparkes One for the younger readers is Ali Sparkes’ novel about two children who are ‘frozen in time’. Freddy and Polly were put into cryonic suspension in the 1950s by their father. But the experiment was only meant to be for a couple of hours; something went drastically awry. Enter Ben and Rachael, who unwittingly uncover the human ice-lollies. Suddenly it looks like the summer hols aren’t going to be so dull after all.

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How To Choose A New Camera More megapixels don’t always mean it’s worth more money


Stand-alone cameras have taken something of a battering in recent years, with smartphone manufacturers cramming ever more megapixels into their models. But even cutting-edge phones such as the iPhone 5s are limited in what they can do: there’s only so much room for a lens and sensor in a case that’s already packed with electronics - and of course they’re expensive too. Many stand-alone cameras can take much better pictures and shoot much better video, often for considerably less cash than even the cheapest camera-toting smartphones. There are five types of cameras to consider: compacts, which are pocket- and budget-friendly models that cost from less than £100 to around £200; superzooms, which have a clever lens capable of really impressive zoom levels and cost £250 to £350; compact system cameras, which have swappable lenses but which aren’t as big as digital SLR cameras and which start at around £400; and digital SLRs, which tend to be the biggest and most powerful models around and can cost anything from £300 to several thousand pounds. The fifth category is stand-alone video cameras, which range from £100ish to over £1,000: many digital cameras do video too, but

it isn’t their primary focus. No pun intended. No matter what kind of camera you’re looking at, you’ll see the same numbers again and again: the camera’s megapixels, the lens size, and the lens aperture range. You might think that the camera with the most megapixels is going to be the best, but that isn’t always the case: once you go beyond around 6 megapixels you won’t notice the difference on a TV screen or in a photo print, although the more megapixels you have the bigger the resulting images will be and the more hard disk space you’ll need to store them. The figure isn’t meaningless, but it isn’t the most important consideration. Aperture, which is expressed like this - “f/1.8” - matters more. The aperture tells you how much light the lens lets in, and the lower it is the better the camera will be in lower light such as when you’re taking shots in the evening or indoors. Some cameras can also compensate for low light problems with clever computer processing, such as Sony’s BIONZ system. As you might expect, the Zoom numbers tell you how well the zoom lens works. On compact cameras that’s usually expressed as a multiple, such as 2x or 10x; a 10x zoom will be five times more

powerful than a 2x one. Pay no attention to any “digital zoom” figures, because they’re rubbish: a digital zoom tries to copy an optical zoom lens by guessing what the image would look like, and the results can be pretty poor. On compact system cameras and digital SLRs the zoom is more likely to be expressed in millimetres, so for example an 18-55mm lens will do nice wide angle shots but can’t zoom in too far, whereas an 18-105mm lens will zoom much further (and cost a lot more). Video cameras add another set of numbers to think about: the resolution and the frame rate. If you want to record true, futureproof high definition video for playback on UK TVs you’ll need a camera that records at 1080p in the European PAL format, which has a frame rate of 24 frames per second. And remember to check that the camera’s chosen video recording format - such as MP4, AVCHD - is supported by your computer’s video editing software.

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Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden


101 0800 555 111

Out of Hours Doctor 0845 4349655 William Harvey Hospital 01233 633331


08457 90 90 90 Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG

01233 840448

SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767326138 email:

Royal British Legion CPRE Kent

01233 620 167 01233 714540

National Train Enquiries 0845 770 8090 0800 783 8866 0800 111 999 Details on tank

Bus Enquiries Arriva Bus Enquiries Stage Coach East Kent (Timetable) (Customer Services)

0844 800 44 11 0871 200 22 33 08456 00 22 99

Doctors Surgery Hamstreet Surgery Sellindge Surgery

0844 4773989 01303 812180

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Brabourne & Smeeth Mersham & Sevington

01233 623902 01233 720816

Ashford Borough Council

01233 637311


Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 247 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 Brabourne and Smeeth Community 07813 712805 Warden: Graham Kingston

Village Halls Aldington Brabourne & Smeeth Bilsington Hamstreet Mersham Smeeth Stowting Sellindge Sellindge Spts & Soc. Club

01233 720213 01303 813234 01233 720818 01233 732568 01233 503192 01303 814977 01303 863520 01303 813250 01303 812437

Veterinary Surgeons Montgomery Vets

01303 813756

Ashford Volunteer Centre Age Concern

01233 665 535 01233 620 635


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Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad

01233 623530

St. John Ambulance Brigade 01233 611 414

Volunteers Needed Ashford & Tenterden Samaritans are looking for more volunteers to help us provide a listening ear to people who are in emotional distress. The need for our service has never been greater than during these difficult times. To find out more about listening or any of the other support roles needed to allow us to be available 24 hours.

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