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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the last edition of 2017. Christmas is coming and a new year is on the way, I do hope you are all organised. Christmas is a time of joy and celebration – I love it and always have done. When it comes to Christmas I have never grown up. When I was young I would ask for a board game each year, it was part of my master plan to draw everyone away from the TV, to interact and have fun instead. My most memorable game was ‘Dare’ because it was the least competitive and most silly, it forced very sensible family members to do ridiculous things. I have fond memories of my dad impersonating a chicken until his turn came around again! This was often followed by the traditional family sing song, with family friend Fred on the accordion accompanied by dad on the drums. These days my son is the occasional drummer but we have ALL attempted that Phil Collins drum roll - there was something in the air that night – I’m not sure you’d call it music! Christmas is also a time for putting our differences aside and extending the hand of human kindness.

No-one should be alone at Christmas, if you know someone that is, why not invite them in and make them an honorary member of the family for the day, who knows, it could be the start of a wonderful friendship to carry through into 2018 and beyond! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of this magazine and of all of our advertisers. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year.

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We meet at St Mary’s Bay Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month. All enquiries to Kay Walker (Secretary) 01303 873542. Enjoy Learning offers enjoyable adult classes in NEW ROMNEY, DYMCHURCH and HYTHE. We teach ART APPRECIATION & SPANISH CLASSES. The Spanish Classes are not for complete beginners, but if you have done a bit of Spanish in the past and would like to brush up your skills, the classes might be suitable. Cost £5 per week. For further details contact ANDREW and DEBBY on 01303 875542 The Hythe & Romney Marsh Branch of the R.A.F Association, meets on the second Thursday of

each month at the Royal British Legion Club, St. Leonard’s Road, Hythe, 7 for 7:30. You don’t have to have been in the Royal Air Force to join us. More Info phone 01797 362303. Keep Fit Have Fun Move to Music St, Mary’s Bay Village Hall, Jefferstone Lane. Thursday 10.15 11.15am. First class free then £4. Phone 01303 264915 E-mail chrisjeffery2711@outlook.com The New Romney History Society meets at the Old School in New Romney, 4th Monday of the month, (except Aug and Dec), most meetings involve a guest speaker and time for discussion and research. Royal British Legion New Romney meet 2nd Wednesday each month at Broadacre Hotel, North Street, New Romney at 7 p.m. contact 01797 361807 01797 361020 Romney Marsh Photographic Club meets each Thursday 8pm, September to mid-May, St Mary’s Bay Village Hall (opp. the Bailiff’s Sergeant pub).


Anyone interested in all aspects of photography (including smartphones, point-and-shoot, 3D photography and image manipulation in computer software) is very welcome. Contact Paul Sanderson on 01797 458646, smbcc@onetel.com or visit the website at: romneymarshphotographicclub.co.uk Ivychurch Croquet Club - We are a small group of ladies and gentlemen who generally meet on Mondays and Wednesdays during the playing season to enjoy a game of either GOLF or ASSOCIATION Croquet. We are based on a farm where we have a small clubhouse and three lawns which are maintained by our members. Our new season will be starting in April so if you would like to find out more about the game or give it a try by coming to play, (experience is not necessary) you will find we are a friendly bunch. If you are interested please contact Ken Lennon on 01797 361052 or by email at lennonken@ hotmail.com. The Hythe & Romney Marsh Branch of the R.A.F Association, meets on the second Thursday of

each month at the Royal British Legion Club, St. Leonard’s Road, Hythe, 7 for 7:30. You don’t have to have been in the Royal Air Force to join us. More Info phone 01797 362303. St Marys Bay Short Mat Bowls Club Plays at the Village Hall Jefferstone Lane Sunday Mornings 10:30/13:00. Tuesdays Afternoons 2:00/5:00 and Wednesday Evenings 7:00pm/9:00pm. New Romney Bowls Club Come on out, the greens are great! Full Facilities available from coaching to playing to suit any level. Bar and social programme throughout the year. We have a regular Open Mic on the first Wednesday of the month. Enjoyable night out for all. Club contact 01797 362409 or www.newromneybowlsclub.co.uk Tai Chi For Health Monday Appledore Village Hall. Beginners 9.45 , Intermediate 10.45. Thursday Hamstreet Victory Hall Intermediate 9.30 , Beginners 10.30. £6 pay as you go, www.taichiforyou.co.uk, 07587 167756

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Get Real This Christmas by Pippa Greenwood

Christmas is well and truly just around the corner and whilst your thoughts may be on gifts, meals, crackers and cards, don’t forget the tree. And I mean a REAL Christmas tree not a tinsel one; a real tree complete with needles and, if you go down the really traditional route, that wonderful aroma that only a proper freshly-potted or freshly-cut Christmas tree can bring. I’ve heard people say that a ‘real’ tree is bad for the planet; after all we’re meant to be planting trees, not felling them! But don’t forget, British-grown trees are most definitely not an ecological disaster zone think of them as a crop plant rather like a field of cabbages, except that on the whole a field of Christmas trees will be given less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many classic crop plants. So go on, make sure you get one this Christmas! There are a few things you ought to think about before you buy your tree - it can be really daunting when faced with rows of different types at very varying prices, so what would suit you best?

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The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is the traditional tree, definitely my favourite but perhaps not ideal if you are more houseproud. It has gorgeous, short dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable Christmassy aroma, but sadly it is the most likely to drop its needles. Having said that, if you treat it well it won’t perform badly and you can enjoy the lowest-priced of the real trees complete with the traditional look. The Serbian Spruce (Picea omorica) is quite similar to the Norway spruce and has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, with a distinct blueish tint to the underside of the needles. As it is fairly slender it is a good choice for smaller sitting rooms, and is goodlooking with decent needle retention…but of course no Christmas-tree smell! The Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years and is now the biggestselling Christmas tree in the UK. As its shiny green broad needles are quite soft (making it a good choice if there are small children around) and are

almost impossible to shift, it is certainly a good choice for those who hate any mess! The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less widely available, but the combination of its good looks and needle-holding ability makes it well worth considering. It has a narrower base than the Norway spruce so is also useful in smaller houses. So, with all these tempting choices, hopefully you’ve been persuaded to take the plunge? But how do you make sure you buy the best tree of the type you’ve decided on? And how do you make it keep its needles and its appearance for as long as possible? • It is important not to buy a real tree too early, as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut the more likely they are to go downhill. • I always try to buy a tree produced by a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association – the BCTGA logo should be on the tree or clearly displayed nearby. • Take time to choose the tree


The Garden – check that it has a good, full shape and that it is not too gappy or lopsided (or if it does lean, make sure that this will be hidden when the tree is in your house). Check the needles - they should be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases basically anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits should be avoided at all costs. Never buy a tree that has already been netted as this makes it a real lucky dip situation since you can’t see what you’re getting! • If you do buy one quite early then the most important

thing is to keep it outside - just recut the end of the trunk and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside. If it was in a net when you bought it, remove this as it is important to get air circulating around the needles. • When you bring the tree inside, try to avoid putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source , and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir and that you keep the water levels topped up - if kept supplied with water then even the notorious Norway spruce Christmas tree should hold its needles well. When Christmas is over and it is time for the tree to come down, complete the green loop

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It’s all too easy to go overboard at Christmas. This year, why not decorate your home with subtle glamour, creating a sophisticated seasonal backdrop to festive times with friends and family. This living room is welcoming and cosy, but also cool, calm and collected, thanks to a subtle colour scheme of greys and whites, together with touches of texture in the form of wicker, wool and wood. Traditional Nordmann Fir, from £29.99; LED warm white string lights, from £9.99; wool throw, £59.99; Firwood star decoration (set of three), £44.99; Magical Hare cushion, £39.99; tree decorations, from £1.49; all Dobbies.

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IDEAS FOR ELEGANT FESTIVE DÉCOR • Too many colours together tend to look garish. Choose one main colour theme for each room and stick to it. This season, dark backdrops are very on trend, with accents of gold or brass, while white, beige or grey are classics that always look great, with dashes of red or green for that seasonal feel. • With limited colours, textures come into their own. Think linen, wool, fur (faux if you prefer), wicker and – this year’s must-haves – concrete and velvet. • For this look, avoid twee animals, anything knitted or made from felt, and all-out glitter (a little sparkle goes a long way). • Christmas ornaments tend to be collected over the years, and so can look rather haphazard if all displayed in one go. Carefully choose a selection that co-ordinates and – stay strong – put the rest back in the loft for next year.

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Beautiful baubles will add class to your Christmas tree. Walther & Co bronze acorn and leaf decoration, £9.99, Cotswold Trading.

Set a Christmas table with gorgeous linens and decorate each plate with a simple bauble, pine cone and sprig of eucalyptus. A ribbon finishes it all off. Perth fabric, £49.50 per metre, Ian Mankin.

Instead of a knitted or hessian sack, how about a pretty, printed fabric design? Night Owl Christmas sack, £5.50, Sophie Allport. A wreath and tea light holder in one, this unique accessory in matt brushed brass is the subtlest of Christmas decorations for minimal, modern homes. Opt for white rather than multi-coloured lights and, if you are planning to use them on a pale background, make sure you find a set with a clear cable. 120 LED lights, £9, B&Q.

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Who can resist a delightful Christmas display? This magical woodland scene is dusted with snow, featuring two wooden reindeer silhouettes and warm white backlighting. Aspen forest Christmas scene window light, £14.99, Lights4fun. Photograph: Oliver Perrott

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Let’s Be Clear About “Common Law” Marriage by Deborah Nicholson Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors The act of becoming married or entering into a civil partnership, introduces legal rights and obligations. On death, the surviving partner takes primacy under the rules of intestacy. If the relationship ends, there are legal steps that must be taken to obtain a divorce or to dissolve the partnership. Rights and obligations protect both parties. Despite what many believe – and around one in four people living together think they have the same legal protection as married couples – there is no status in English law as a commonlaw spouse or partner. Despite the number of unmarried couples having doubled since the mid 1990s, virtually nothing has changed in how the law treats cohabiting couples and their property if they separate. Basically, the law does not recognize any meaningful way of living together in a relationship outside marriage or civil partnership. If the cohabiting relationship breaks down there is very little protection for the weaker partner, particularly the woman, who often has children. As a result, some cohabiting families can find themselves facing real difficulties should they separate, particularly when children are involved. In England & Wales, when married couples divorce or civil partners break up, both parties have a legal right to maintenance and their share of assets, including property and inherited property. The court has complete discretion to take all the circumstances and history of the relationship into account in deciding on a fair division. Cohabiting couples have no such rights regardless of the number 14

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of years they have been together and whether they have children. Where cohabiting couples jointly own their family home, in English Law, the property will normally be divided 50-50, unless they have made a written legal agreement at the time of purchase saying in what proportions they own it. It is vital that couples who choose not to obtain legal recognition of their relationship – whatever the reason may be – take other steps to protect themselves and they consider cohabitation agreements, properly executed Wills, and ensure that all paperwork is up to date, for example pension scheme beneficiary nomination forms – these will help should the worst happen. Unromantic as it may seem, these additional steps are the only way to ensure protection should your partner die, or should you decide to separate. For further information or to book a consultation please contact: Pengelly & Rylands T: 01580 762248 advice@pengelly-rylands.co.uk www.pengelly-rylands.co.uk 39/41 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6BJ


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Is the NHS heading for major change? of call to see family doctors, community nurses, social and mental health services and access to treatments nearer to home is also included. In addition, all the out of hours services are being rationalised in order to be more effective.

There has been little restructuring of the NHS since it was set-up and the system has operated well for many years. It is characterised by division of services into primary care (contracted doctors in surgeries) community services (offered by the NHS throughout the country) and hospital care (the major hospitals).

During 2015 the NHS introduced plans to tackle these problems. They were aimed at developing and introducing a sustainable and effective service. STP’s (sustainable and transformation plans) have evolved into a sustainable and transformation partnerships now operating in Kent and It seems that the future for healthcare locally lies in the Medway. direction of new specialised How will we be affected by centres (hubs) staffed and these changes? equipped to treat patients who might otherwise have gone to The first sign of change is the hospital. Doctors will be left identification of a number of with more time to deal with areas in England selected to more complex problems and test a new integration system. hospitals will not be inundated In East Kent, Encompass, with those who can be treated which includes 13 surgeries easily at local clinics or at in the Whitstable Faversham, home. Canterbury Ash and Sandwich areas is one of the new Vanguards.

This traditional division is now being questioned because it is seen as an ever increasing barrier to the type of care needed. The increasing population (1.8million in Kent and Medway and with estimates of a 23% increase in this by 2031), an increasing life expectancy (people aged over 70 are expected to increase by 20% in the next 5 years), more and more people with long term conditions (diabetes, This system of delivering care, lung and heart diseases) all it is claimed, will mean fewer add pressures. trips to hospital with locally held clinics for cancer and dementia patients. One point 36

Likewise South Kent Coastal CCG is developing an initiative which becomes operative in January 2018. In this scheme patients will be able to attend one of 5 hubs in the area for consultation and treatment. They may be referred to their own GP for further much more detailed consultation or they may receive treatment at the hub.


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