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December 2012

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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, Welcome to the December issue and the end of an unpredictable year. I can’t begin to tell you just how much I’m looking forward to the Christmas break. With deadlines every month it’s not easy fitting a holiday in, and in the past when I have managed to take a holiday my laptop has been an essential part of my luggage. By the time I get to the end of the year my grey matter is most certainly in need of a well deserved rest. Which is one reason why I don’t publish in January, this is my time to catch and attempt to start the new year with a clean slate - at least that’s the resolution I never quite manage to fulfill. This is my favourite time of the year, I love Christmas. Even if we don’t manage to get away for a few days, to be able to relax and enjoy all the festive activities as well as

catching up with family and friends, without giving work a second thought is my idea of heaven. Add to that Christmas pud, mulled wine, chocolate and silly party games and I’m in my element! 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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Meritum supporting On Wednesday the 5th of September Nick Saunders, a Partner at Meritum, set off on a charity bike ride. His aim , to visit the offices at Meritum in Maidstone , Ashford and Folkestone raising money on the way, through sponsorship and donations. Thanks to all the Meritum Staff for getting involved putting on food and manning stalls, making this a day to remember. All in all ÂŁ500 was raised for this important cause.

Meritum also helps to support people with particular needs to live, with dignity, at home as independently as possible. 4

We make this happen by putting you first. Ensuring a high quality of service at all times with our clients and families. Making sure that you are at the heart of any decision making. Not only do we work in partnership with relatives and friends but also with other professionals such as General Practioners, District Nurses and Social Services etc. Over the past 28years Meritum has been providing care and support to younger and older people of Tenterden, Ashford, Maidstone and more recently Folkestone /Hythe areas and Medway Towns. We remain a family run business providing a service to the people of Kent and pride ourselves on our personal approach from the outset. Our staff are very important to us and are trained to a high level . Standards are monitored on a daily basis and all our staff undergo police checks to make sure that you, our clients, remain safe. Our comprehensive range of services include Personal Care, Personal Assistants Service, Domestic Service, Respite support, Enablement Services, Medication Assistance and help and support with long term disability and medical conditions. We specialise in Memory Loss and Dementia care/support. Please ring our friendly staff and arrange for a free assessment or advice without obligation. Telephone 01580 729014

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The Garden Shed December By Jackie Witcher - Tenterden & District Horticultural Society

I’ts incredible to think that we are once more at

the end of the gardening year. The garden has been put to bed, leaves have been cleared (until the next gust of wind), and my top dressing of 3X manure has been spread and dug in. So what do we do now? I must admit I do like to stroll around the garden once a week, weather permitting, just to keep an eye on things. A little dead heading here and a snip of dead stalks there, but most of all its nice to get some fresh air into the old lungs and although its only a stroll to the top of the garden and back, a nice stretch of the legs doesn’t go amiss. Whilst on the last stroll I noticed that the winter clematis my neighbour gave me (Winter Beauty), is coming into bloom. Creamy white flowers delicately


scented. I am quite surprised as it was planted late Spring and I did not expect it to produce flowers in the first year. It is scrambling its way up the post of the Chinese pergola at the top of the garden. I’m hoping it will reach and go across the top so it can be admired from the back bedroom. Time will tell.


was reading an interesting argument in the September issue of The Garden (RHS mag), regarding coffee grounds. Now I was told to use these on my garden many moons ago by an Italian friend of mind when I was moaning about the number of slugs devouring my plants. Apparently, he told me, they are not only a good deterrent for slugs and pests, but brilliant for soil improvement, being used all the time in Italy. I was very sceptical, but you know me, I shall have a go at anything once. I was given a huge bag and with gay abandonment sprinkled it quite generously around the garden paying extra attention to the lettuces that I had planted. The smell of fresh ground coffee soon disappeared. Surprisingly I must admit I didn’t see a slug for weeks and had a lovely crop of hole free goodies. So it came as quite a surprise to read that it is illegal to use coffee grounds in this manner, courtesy of the EU! You can use it as a mulch and

as a soil improver but not as a pest control, or repellent! And it will be like this until it has been researched and gained approval from you know who. So when the EU inspector comes around to my garden for a cup of coffee, and asks me what I use the coffee grounds for, my reply will be, “Oh its only used for mulching!!”

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often wonder what I would do without my garden, which turned my thoughts to container growing, not only bulbs and flowers, but veges. Some vegetables have the most beautiful foliage and would lend themselves to container growing easily as would herbs. For example purple sage, a hardy herb would look wonderful surrounded by a lovely pink winter pansy underplanted with tete a tete daffodils to add extra interest in the Spring. Another idea is a planter of mixed winter lettuce of different colours. Pretty as well as edible, in a sheltered spot they should do well. Pull the seedlings young to allow the others to mature. Winter Density, Butterhead all year round, Imperial Winter, Artic King, to name but a few of the winter lettuce available. Or how about searching out one of the few radish available for winter growing. China Rose is one, the root measures approx 5” by 2” wide, so just a few growing at the back, fronted by some primula in a container would be pretty special, and one radish would be enough for two people!!! But I think that swiss chard is one of the easiest and most colourful crops to grow in a container, and it has the beauty of two crops in one. The leafy top has an earthy spinach taste, with the stems having a more delicate flavour. They are extremely good steamed and served under a nice piece of cod laced with lots of black pepper and a knob of butter. Not only is seed available in red and green, but mixed colours too. Try kaleidoscope, which includes yellow, orange and maroon. I hope I have tempted you to have a go. Well my next chat isn’t until February, so I must wish you all an extremely Happy Christmas and New Year and hope you have everything that you wish for in your Christmas stocking. Well its cake and coffee time already, but for a change lets push the boat out and go for a nice glass of cream sherry with one (or two) of those mincepies that I have just made. Dare I tell you that they contain rum? (hic hic hic). Well it is Christmas after all! JW Please Mention The

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ONE HUNDRED CHRISTMAS TREES AND A MAGICAL PLACE FOR FESTIVE SHOPPING Tenterden, one of the loveliest towns in Kent, puts on its Christmas finery in December, and offers a unique shopping experience in a magical setting. One hundred Christmas trees twinkling with lights will deck Tenterden’s shops – a reflection of the town’s reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’ - and the festive season gets underway on Friday, 7 December with traditional Late Night Shopping until 9pm. The event is an opportunity for visitors from throughout the county to come and enjoy an evening rich in Christmas spirit, featuring…… •

Tenterden’s outstanding choice of more than 100 premium quality shops and pavement stalls, where even the most ardent seeker of Christmas gifts is spoilt for choice. A hog roast and a new Food Court at

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the historic Woolpack Hotel, offering dishes from around the Weald and the world. Christmas carols, mulled wine and mince pies from a variety of local organisations, business groups, charities and (of course) Santa. Rides and entertainment for children, and Free parking in council car parks from 4pm

Says Tenterden Chamber of Commerce events officer Jonathan Medes: “The town is at its very best at Christmas, and the late night shopping event is a wonderful collaborative effort involving our local businesses, churches, community groups, charities and schools. It creates a uniquely festive atmosphere.” For the latest information on late night Christmas shopping in Tenterden, visit

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A Home Staged is a House SOLD! Home Staging with Katie Jackson Home Stager and House Doctor Consultant


Home Staging SOS is a friendly professional Home Staging property makeover company. Home Staging, although not new in the UK, is a considerably under-utilised tool when it comes to help selling your property for maximum return.

What does it cost? Much less than a price reduction on your property. Staging your home is an investment. Usually it costs around 1-3 % of the price of your property. Home Staging SOS can work to any budget.

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD Selling property in today’s market can be tough, so it is a wise decision to stage your property before it goes on the market. At Home Staging SOS we can work with what you already have in the home to help it stand out from the crowd and appeal to a broader audience. We create a life style scene that the majority of buyers aspire to live in.

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Grand Designs in your Home Whether you have a large or small home, in the town or country, with a little careful thought and planning you could transform your kitchen into a Grand Design that Kevin McCloud would be impressed with. There were many kitchens on display at the Grand Designs Show, Olympia, but one of the most visited and admired was this striking Art Deco style kitchen, designed and hand crafted by Thoroughly Wood, a family run furniture company based in Lyminge, Kent. Visitors were struck with the handmade units of solid maple with black walnut bead and inlay, including a dresser and an exquisite island unit. Perhaps the most coveted feature was the unusual walk-in pantry with bow fronted doors of solid black walnut with maple bead. This is an excellent space saving masterpiece, complete with useful racking, pull-out wine storage and even handmade handles.

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Christmas Decorations Have your festive decorations lost their sparkle? Are they gaudy rather than gorgeous, tacky instead of terrific? Katherine Sorrell has some ideas to bring back your home’s Christmas cheer with wreaths, baubles and garlands galore


Choose a theme Rather than assembling any old cacophony of decorations, choosing a theme brings unity to the overall look. It should suit the style of your house and the way your family celebrates the festive season, whether laidback and relaxed, sophisticated or formal. For some, that might mean a traditional, living fir tree and a colour theme of red, green and gold. For others, a kitsch fake tree with fluorescent ornaments; or perhaps a minimal, modern style with pure silver and glass. A Scandinavian theme would involve simple decorations in red and white, while a colourful, contemporary theme would be based around one or two bright colours. Dress the tree Start by winding it with lights – making sure they’re evenly distributed by occasionally switching them on and standing back for an overall impression. Use a small stepladder if necessary to reach the top. Next, drape your garlands, again aiming for evenness and an impression of generosity without overloading the tree. On small or slim trees, use slender garlands; on larger trees you can afford to go for heavier, fancier garlands. Last, hang your ornaments, with the largest first, filling in around them with smaller ones. Don’t hang all the ornaments on the tips of branches – placing some nearer the trunk creates a sense of depth and interest. Hang a wreath For some, the making of a family wreath using foraged leaves, flowers, seeds, nuts and

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fruit is a significant part of the holiday season; for others, creating a decorative wreath offers the chance to experiment with exciting new materials, from tinsel to feathers, pearls to buttons. Alternatively, ready-made examples are available in any style imaginable, from classic to contemporary, heart-shaped or circular, small or large, utterly simple or lavish and complex. Whatever its style, a Christmas wreath always provides a wonderful sense of festive welcome. Make some decorations Home-made Christmas decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you wish, be they charmingly childish or ultra-sophisticated. Multi-coloured paper chains are the ultimate in family favourites, as are cutwork paper stars and clove-studded oranges. How about pom pom snowmen, peg-doll angels or glittercovered pine cones? Or mini stocking shapes cut out of felt and ginger biscuits to hang from the tree? It’s all great fun and will create happy memories for years to come. Wrap your presents Transform present-wrapping from a chore to a pleasure by taking a little extra time and trouble. When they’re piled under the tree they will look so much better if they’re colourcoordinated and criss-crossed with ribbons and bows. Inexpensive paper – even brown paper or newsprint – looks lovely if adorned with a home-made label, while sequins, feathers, glitter, stamped designs and wired

beads can all provide additional allure. For a frivolous finishing touch add a tiny pine cone, iced biscuit or small bauble. Sort out your cards An abundance of cards can soon appear to cover every available surface, so it pays to establish a system as soon as they start arriving. The most straightforward option is to clear a shelf or two, and arrange them close together, large at the back and small at the front, in neat rows. Smaller cards can be tucked around a mirror or picture frame. An alternative is to staple them to ribbons (weighted by a bauble or pine cone) to hang in rows from a mantelpiece or along the side of

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Create displays Nothing says Christmas like poinsettias in pots, scented candles on the mantelpiece and ivy, holly and mistletoe draped over every available surface. Bowls of clementines or nuts are both ornamental as well as edible, while baubles or fairy lights (the latter placed near a handy socket) can also be bundled into a glass bowl or vase for a glittery effect. Now’s the time to dig out that special table runner and your best crockery, glassware and cutlery for an eye-catching table display, finished off with a dish, tray or platter filled with greenery, candles and other festive decorations.

Looking after your tree Buy a tree that’s as fresh as possible; bright green and, ideally, displayed in water, out of direct sunlight. As soon as possible, cut half an inch off the bottom of the trunk, to help the tree absorb water. Trim away low-down or interior branches that you don’t need. Put the tree in a stand that can hold plenty of water, and never let it run out. Try not to stand the tree in a sunny window or near a radiator. If you wish, you could add a couple of cups of corn syrup to the water to provide the tree with extra nourishment. by Katherine Sorrell




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Seasonal Delights These delightful mini fruit and nut topped cakes are perfect for giving as a festive foodie present. Simply wrap in clear cellophane and tie with gold ribbon or place in small gift boxes. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/gas 2. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with a double thickness of greased, greaseproof paper.


Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Sift together the flour and spices then fold into the creamed mixture. Fold in the lemon zest, dried fruit, glace cherries and nuts and mix thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface. Use the back of a metal spoon to make a slight dip in the centre (this will help to give an even rise). Bake in the preheated oven for 3¼ - 3 ½ hours or until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin. When the cake is completely cold, use a sharp knife to cut it into 9 smaller square cakes. Brush the sides of each cake with a little apricot jam. Divide the marzipan into 9 pieces. Dust a surface lightly with icing sugar and roll each piece out to a strip long enough to go around each cake. Wrap the strips around the cakes pinching the ends together to seal. Top each cake with a selection of cherries, nuts and apricots. Tie a ribbon around each cake if liked.

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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

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RYE MARKET Every Thursday at the Cattle Market Car Park. Early till around 3pm (depending on the weather)

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

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES Tenterden No Partner Required! Two Left Feet Cured! Come and join the new beginners course at Tenterden’s line dance club. Thursday evening at 7pm . Call 01233 850565 or 07873579581 for more information.


Tenterden Singers T: Martin Bailey 01233 820322 Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 8pm in the Music Block of Homewood School. Musical Director: Stephen Pusey Ashford Ramblers T: 01233 668762 The Tenterden Club Church Road, Tenterden T: 01580 762888 Angling Society 01580 765157 Tenterden Badminton Club T: 01233 633488 Bowls Club T: 01580 766659 Tenterden Cricket Club T: Mr. J.r. Gillett, 01580 762087 Tenterden Golf Club T: 01580 763987

London Beach Golf Club T: 01580 766279 Tenterden Angling & Preservation Soc. Mac Lawrence 01580 765157

Tenterden Tennis Club T: 01580 762440 Homewood Badminton Club Tuesday Evenings At Tenterden Leisure Centre. Contact Doreen Mackey 01580 762965 Lions Club Of Tenterden John Mills Tel: 01580 761962 Free Lipreading Tuition for the hearing impaired; Friday

afternoons, Tenterden. Contact Susan 01233 613198 (5 - 7pm) Tenterden & District Motor Cycle Club Keith Francis 07740 974592

Tenterden & District Horticultural Soc. T: 01580 764505 Tenterden & District Local History Society T: 01233 770082 Tenterden & District Museum Assoc. Tenterden Museum T: 01580 764310

Marsh Warblers Mr. D. Dedrick T: 01580 763377 Homewood And District Astronomical Association (Hadas) Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 7.30pm, Homewood School. Martin Frey: 01233 758222 Royal British Legion. 2nd Tuesday of every month (except Jan, Aug & Dec) 7.30pm White Lion Hotel. Call Bill Chantler. 01580 763 266. Women’s Institute: Tenterden: Mrs A Miller, 01580 761994 St. Michaels: Mrs B. Watkins 01580 765085 Tenterden Glebe: Judith Pickford Tel: 01580 762200 Young Wives: St. Michaels Mrs. J. Coombs 01580 763733 Tenterden and District Twinning Association, (twinned with Avallon, France) Contact Jean Anderson 01580 763459

Tenterden Day Centre, Church Road, Tenterden. Contact Sally Pettengell 01580 762882 Weald Of Kent Art Group Mrs Pat Lock (Secretary) T: 01634 865395 or Mr Gareth

Smith (Chairman) 01233 850508 Sinden Theatre Homewood School Contact: Dave Hutton T: 01580 764222 Ext 284, or 07821 608342 W:www. Benenden Players Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society Mrs. A. Patrick 01580 241966 Tenterden Youth Club Alan Sugden Tel: 01580 765531 Tenterden U3A Cutting down on your working hours? Tenterden U3A offers you the chance to pursue and develop new interests from maps to Mah-jong, current affairs to cookery. Monthly meetings with stimulating speakers and outings for all. Come and join us! Email Weald U3A - For the dynamic over-50’s, friendly monthly meetings in Tenterden & wide choice of Interest groups Contact Jean Morgan: 01233 770321 St Michaels Village Community Group Meet once a month, please check our website for event information and details of our next meeting Learn Real French Weekly discussion group, in Tenterden T: 07771 601986 www. Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch. Meets 1st Wednesday of every month at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford. For information call Mike Wharrad – 01233 623530 Tenterden Active Retirement Association (TenARA) Maggie Rennie T: 01580 766276 maggierennie@btinternet. com Teri Witcher 01580 763892

Tenterden Spiritualists - Highbury Hall. Highbury Lane. TN30 6LE, every Sat evening, from 6pm to 8.30pm. Evenings of Clairvoyance with a different medium every week, healing is available, and refreshments afterwards, all are welcomed. Contact David Burgess 01233 756127 davidburgess127@ Tenterden Cycling Club For Tenterden & St Michaels & surrounding areas. Suitable for all abilities, from beginners onwards. Experienced riders needed to help with leading rides in my absence, as well as offering support and advice for new riders. Contact Ian McCormick by email or text, email preferred TN30CC - Cycling Club. Email,, T/txt, 07724141115. local web: Local rides out from Tenterden most weeks Tenterden Bowls Club Recreation Ground Road. Come and join our 100 year old outdoor club in Tenterden. Fresh air, gentle exercise, good company, new friends, good fun for 8 to 80+ year olds. Yoga Wed eve 8.00pm -9.15 pm. in the Dance studio at Homewood School (block d). All abilities welcome £6.00 per session. contact Sue Wainwright on 01622890746 mob. 07958606939



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Weald of Kent Art Group Winter Exhibition at Tenterden Town Hall from Monday 10th December 2012 to Sunday 26th December 2012, 10am to 4pm daily. A great opportunity to see very affordable original art work for sale, in all mediums, by local artists. Help us celebrate the 50 years anniversary of this active and lively local society. Why not join us? 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: 01580 763314 Sat 22 December 7.30pm Ashford Choral Society Ashford Parish Church (TN23 1QG) Mark Deller conducts Ashford Choral Society performing a mixture of traditional and some recently composed Christmas numbers, with the audience invited to join in the singing of many of the most popular Christmas carols. Accompanied by organist Matthew Raisbeck. Tickets £6, children free Tickets available from: Hilary Swan, telephone 01233 626059 Tourist Office, Gateway Plus, Church Road, Ashford, telephone 01233 330316 Right Track Music Shop, Tufton Street, Ashford, telephone 01233 662682. Wye Newsagents, opposite Wye Church (Some tickets available on the door but booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.)

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LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS FLOAT IS COMING TO YOU The much loved Tenterden Lions Club Father Christmas Float will be visiting many areas in and around Tenterden in December. For about forty years the float has been touring the streets to raise money for Charity. Last year, despite straightened times, we raised over £6000 and all of it was given to local, national and international charities. Look out for us outside the old Tenterden Library at late night shopping evening on 7th December when we will be collecting for the Tenterden Day Centre. We will also be collecting for the Day Centre outside Tesco’s on 14th & 15th December. Many residents, particularly the children, look out for the Float and say that it is a sign that Christmas is on the way! Christmas lights, carols and jollity from Father Christmas with his helpers dressed in capes and top hats all make up a really fun and atmospheric time and it is great to see groups of happy, smiling children with wondrous eyes waiting for us to come round the corner and cheer them on their way. It is gratifying to collect so much, especially when people have saved their coins for months in anticipation of giving it to the float. So, the Tenterden Lions Club wish all the local residents a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in your area. Thanks you all so much for the support you have given us in the past. Below is a list of where we plan to visit you.


Monday 3rd. Friday 14th. Tuesday 4th. Friday 14th. Wednesday 5th. Saturday 15th. Thursday 6th. Monday 17th. Friday 7th. Tuesday 18th. Monday 10th. Wednesday 19th. Tuesday 11th. Thursday 20th. Wednesday 12th. Friday 21st. Thursday 13th.

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It tells me when a light is red And when it goes to green It seems to know instinctively Just when to intervene

I have a little Satnav I’ve had it all my life It’s better than the normal ones My Satnav is my wife

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Railway Complaint The following is an actual exchange of correspondence between a customer and the Irish Railway Company.


Gentlemen, I have been riding your trains daily for the last two years, and the service on your line seems to be getting worse every day. I am tired of standing in the aisle all the time on a 14-mile trip. I think the transportation system is worse than that enjoyed by people 2,000 years ago. Yours truly, Patrick Finnegan

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Dear Mr. Finnegan, We received your letter with reference to the shortcomings of our service and believe you are somewhat confused in your history. The only mode of transportation 2,000 years ago was by foot. Sincerely, Irish Railway Company Gentlemen, I am in receipt of your letter, and I think you are the ones who are confused in your history. If you will refer to the Bible and the Book of David, 9th Chapter, you will find that Balaam rode to town on his ass. That.... Gentlemen, is something I have not been able to do on your train in the last two years! Yours truly, Patrick Finnegan.



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useful information Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden 01622 690690 Rye 0845 60 70 999 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Out of Hours Doctor 0845 4349655 William Harvey Hospital 01233 633331 Conquest Hospital, Hastings 01424 755255 Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG

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Doctors Surgery Ivy Court, Tenterden 01580 763666 East Cross Health Clinic 01580 262 000 Rye Medical Centre 01797 223333 Tenterden Counselling Service Confidential Tel: 0776 968 3347


Veterinary Practices Rye 01797 222265 Tenterden 01580 763309 Rye Town Council 01797 223902 Tenterden Town Council 01580 762271 Parish Councils: Rolvenden 01580 241347 Tenterden 01580 762271 Wittersham 07944 183798 Ashford Borough Council 01233 Tenterden Office: 01580 764066 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre 01580 764222 Rye Primary School 01797 222825 Rye College 01797 222545 Kent Adult Education Homewood Centre, Homewood School: 01580 764356 Rye College: 01797 222545

Rotary Club Of Tenterden Clive Wilson 01580 765734 Rye & Winchelsea Rotary Club Membership: 01797 225739 Meetings: 01797 226380 Tenterden & District Residents’ Assoc. Chris Mason 01580 765199

NSPCC: Tenterden & District Mrs J Coombs 01580 763733 Pregnancy Sickness Support Kent and Sussex www.pregnancysicknesssupport. Contact: Denise Clifford


Bus Enquiries Arriva Bus Enqs: 0844 800 44 11 Iden & Playden Garden Society Stage Coach East Kent: Tel: Morris Metcalf 01797 280205 0871 200 22 33(Timetable) 08456 00 22 99(Customer Services) Rye Tourist Information Centre National Train Enquiries 01797 229049 Sinden Theatre (Arts College) 01580 Wealden Wheels 01233 840000 763826 Mobile: Kevin: 07821 387727 John: 07851 395210 Charities Rye & District Community Tenterden Charities Transport 01797 227722 Michael Wells 01580 762353 Volunteer Bureau Town Hall, 24 High Street. Tenterden, Tn30 6an 01580 765819 Rother Voluntary Action 01797 229600 Village Halls Age Concern 01580 764158 CARM 01233 758122 Camber 01797 226887 St. Michaels 01580 766811 Stone in Oxney 01233 758362 Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Rolvenden Contact Mike Wharrad 01580 241211 / 07874214916 01233 623530 Wittersham 01797 270 656 Royal British Legion Biddenden 01580 291320 Neil Beaven e: 2nd Tenterden Scout Hall Tel: 01580766880 Lisa Thornton 07710 346012 Women’s Section: N. Holman 01580 762302 Rye Harbour 01797 223 631 St. John Ambulance Brigade Playden 01797 223 113 Russel Parkin 01580 766245 Highbury Hall Tenterden S E Kent Multiple Sclerosis Society Bookings 01580 763692 07767 326138 Tenterden Active Retirement (Tenara) Church Halls Chair: Teri Witcher 01580 763892 Tenterden Methodist Church Tenterden Disabled In Action Mrs S.Delgarno 01580 764981 Tenterden Day Centre St. Mildred’s Church 01580 761060 Anne Alexander 07873 579581 e:

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