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Village Directory December/January Edition • Issue 100 • Royal Mail

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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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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?


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

and make sure you recycle it they’re not the easiest thing to recycle or compost at home, but many councils and garden centres now offer a re-cycling and Christmas tree chipping service. Visit Pippa’s website www. for great gardening gifts: a stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card (a perfect Christmas present, where the recipient receives their chosen garden ready vegetable plants in the spring and every week Pippa emails with topical hints, tips and advice), gardening tools, raised bed kits, GrowerFrames, signed books and more!



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Home & Interiors Christmas Elegance

By Katherine Sorrell

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.

A glimmer of metal is all the rage, and these minimal, slightly rusted zinc garlands satisfy the trend without adding any bling. Use along the mantelpiece, twined along the Christmas table or hung on the wall. £29.95, Decorator’s Notebook.

An intriguing and subtle way to display the twinkle of fairy lights. Bo 80 LED glass-domed cylinder, £13, B&Q.

A simple white backdrop with natural, twining leaves is perfect for offsetting the glow of candles. Large silverdipped candle holder, £29.99; LED glitter twig wreath, £39.99; medium silverdipped candle holder, £9.99; reindeer bell ornament, £4.99; decorated glass bauble, £3.99; garland (price and details on application); all Dobbies.

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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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.

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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How to Plan for the Boxing Day Sales shopping on the high street you need to keep all your receipts, and the store’s returns policy should be printed on the back.

Boxing Day is generally regarded as the biggest sales day of the year in the retail industry, so if you’re heading to the shops it’s worthwhile taking time to plan well in advance. One of the major problems of sales shopping is the sheer number of offers available, and it’s very easy to be distracted once you start. So what steps can you take in advance to help you get the most out of your day, and also protect your finances for the year ahead? Before you start high street or online shopping • Find out the store opening times before you go - they vary on Boxing Day, with some shops remaining closed. You can find this information from a store’s website and social media pages, along with details of the items that might be included in the sale. • If you’re shopping online, save the home page of each store into your computer, along with the product codes of any items you’re interested in. • Check out the returns policy for each store as you may have to pay for the returns postage and packing yourself. If you’re


Planning your spending According to the Centre for Retail Research¹, the total Christmas spend per household in 2016 was £809.97. Even if you don’t spend this much on Christmas, it’s an expensive time of year when you also factor in credit card bills for the sales. If you are not able to repay the balance at the end of the month, you may find the savings you’ve made are suddenly reduced. So what can you do to alleviate the strain on your finances and make sure you don’t find yourself in unmanageable debt in the New Year? • Stay within your budget Calculate how much you can afford to spend on Boxing Day, and stick to it. By focusing only on the items you want, you won’t overstretch yourself financially. • Use comparison websites to find the best price Compare prices online before you head out to the shops if there’s something in particular you’re looking for – this can save a lot of time and money. Are 0% interest credit cards a good idea? Balance transfer cards offering 0% interest for a fixed period of time are a good way to deal with large purchases. If you buy the goods on your ‘standard’ credit card and then transfer the balance over you can save a significant amount

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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 39/41 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6BJ

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Indulgent Escapes Looking to escape the in-laws for a couple of hours? We may have found you the perfect book to indulge in.


The One – John Marrs Imagine a world where a simple DNA test can help you to find your one true soulmate. Would you take it, even if you think you’ve already found love? The One follows five people in their search for their DNA match. One is desperate to start a family. One is head of a global company. One is already engaged. One is prepared to travel to the other side of the world to meet her match. And one is a killer. A real page-turner that will keep you reading until late into the night.

The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene – E. V. Harte Dolly lives in a tiny house in London, with her 21 year old daughter. So far, so ordinary. But the way Dolly makes ends meet is anything but ordinary. Dolly is a tarot reader and when she hears about the discovery of a dead body, she can’t help but remember a recent client she had a very bad feeling about. But will the police listen to her suspicions? A light-hearted read that combines crime, humour, fantasy and romance in one engaging tale.

All the Little Children – Jo Furniss A family wild-camping trip turns into a fight to survive in this gripping debut novel. Marlene and her sister-in-law have taken their children to a forest for a short holiday before the start of term. When they spot columns of smoke in the distance, and not an electric light in sight, they start to suspect something has gone badly wrong. As the enormity of the situation unfolds, and Marlene finds more children in need of protection, she needs to decide how far she’ll go to protect her family. Gripping.

The Betrayals – Fiona Neill Sometimes there are four sides to a story. Daisy has just got her life back together after battling through years of OCD. But then a letter arrives addressed to her mother, which threatens to open old wounds and reveal the secrets Daisy has tried so hard to keep hidden. The Betrayals was awarded the Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 Thriller award, and it’s easy to see why. An emotive novel about the complexities of family life, mental illness, betrayals and the fallibility of memories.

How Hard Can It Be? – Allison Pearson Teenage kids, ageing parents, a next-to-useless husband, menopausal woes – Kate Reddy has them all. And now she needs to get back into working life – a decade after leaving her stressful job as the manager of a hedge fund. No easy feat when you’re approaching 50. This is the sequel to the bestselling I Don’t Know How She Does It, but works just as well as a stand-alone novel. A brilliant read, it’s laugh-out-loudfunny in its depiction of the trials and tribulations of the sandwich generation.

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch Jason Dessen hasn’t achieved all he planned to with his life, but on the whole he’s content. So when he’s kidnapped and escapes to find his home has changed, his wife isn’t his wife and his son doesn’t exist, he’ll stop at nothing to put things right. But is he the college professor he believes himself to be, or the genius scientist others seem to think he is? A really intriguing book, with a fast-paced storyline, lots of twists and turns and a very clever narrative. You won’t want to put this one down.

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Helping Your Child To Become Money Savvy by Kate Duggan Purses: £3.95 each from It’s never too early to get into the habit of saving up for what you want. Good habits learnt in childhood can last a lifetime.

penalty to take the money out and the account can be in your child’s name if they’re aged seven or older.

If it feels as though your children are constantly asking for new toys, sweets and gadgets, you might want to consider giving them weekly pocket money, with the proviso that once it’s gone, it’s gone. If they want to save up for something big, like a scooter, help them to focus by sticking a photo of it by their money box. You can also remind them about their goal when they’re tempted to spend their money on ‘tat’. Do they really want that Shopkins blind bag now, or would they rather buy a scooter in a few months’ time?

Fixed-rate accounts Fixed-rate accounts often earn a higher rate of interest than easy-access accounts, but your child will be tied in to a set period before they can withdraw any money without a penalty.

You can buy money boxes that have separate sections, such as short-term savings, long-term savings and quick spends. Or just make your own, with different labelled jam jars. Children’s savings accounts It can be difficult to resist dipping into a money box, so you might want to think about opening a savings account for your child, particularly if they want to save up for something big, or you want to start putting some money away to help with university fees or a house deposit. Easy access accounts Easy access accounts are handy for short-term savings. There’s no

Regular savings accounts If you or your child can commit to saving at least £5 each month, a regular savings account often pays a higher rate of interest than the accounts previously mentioned. However, the rate usually drops considerably if you make any withdrawals within a set period, and it often drops anyway after the initial bonus period ends. Junior ISAs If your child is saving for a longterm goal, such as university, a junior ISA is a good way of locking the money away from temptation. As with adult ISAs, you can choose between a cash ISA and a stocks and shares one. There is a greater risk with a stocks and shares ISA, but there’s also the possibility of higher returns. Do compare rates, as some savings accounts actually offer a better rate than a cash ISA, and are easier to access.

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Ashford Ramblers T: 01233 668762 Benenden Players Bowls Club T: 01580 766659 Deep South Line Dancing Club every Tues evening 7.30pm until 9.30pm at St Michaels Village Hall, St. Michaels, Tenterden. We are a small friendly club and welcome new members of all ages though not suitable for beginners. Great music and good exercise with a qualified teacher. Contact Pam on 01580 241389 for further details. Homewood & District Astronomical Assoc. (Hadas) Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 7.30pm, Homewood School. Martin Frey: 01233 758222 Homewood Badminton Club Tuesday Evenings At Tenterden Leisure Centre. Contact Doreen Mackey 01580 762965 Lions Club Of Tenterden Contact Rod Macdonald Tenterden 01580 764705 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 PILATES. Tenterden Mondays 9.30am, Wednesdays 9.00am. Mixed ability classes. Body Control Qualified Instructor. Contact Liz 07958 708874 or email: Rotary Club Of Tenterden Kelvin Williams, 01580 761376 Tenterden & District Residents Association - looking after the interests of locals - Membership Secretary Mike Lyons (01580 765423) Sinden Theatre Contact Homewood School 01580 764222 Ext 284 St. Michaels Short Mat Bowls Club Tel.

01580 762037 Friday Evenings 7.15pm St. Michaels Village Hall. St Michaels Village Community Group Meet once a month, please check our website for event information and details of our next meeting www. Tai Chi - Every Friday at Tenterden Club, upper hall, from 10.30 to 11.30 at £5 per person, this is Tai Chi Yang Style focusing on the health aspect of Tai Chi, and can help with balance, stability, relaxation, co-ordination strengthening and overall wellbeing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Just turn up and join us. The Tenterden Club, Church Rd, Tenterden TN30 6AT T: 01580 762888 Tenterden Active Retirement Association (TenARA) Secretary: Anne Alexander 07873 579581 (after 5pm) Email: tenttenara@ Tenterden & District Assn. Angling & Preservation Paul Locks: 01580 292201 Tenterden Badminton Club T: 01233 633488 Tenterden Bowls Club Recreation Ground Road. Come join our 100 yr old outdoor club in Tenterden. Fresh air, gentle exercise, good company, new friends, good fun for 8 to 80+ year olds. Tenterden Bridge Club meets at the Tenterden Club,Church Road, every Wednesday at 7.10 pm. Host system applies. Visitors and new members welcome. Contact Margaret Clement 01580765194 Tenterden Camera Club - A chance for members and guests to meet socially and discuss photography, exchange ideas, tips and problems. We have an informal “Snap Chat” meeting at 7.30pm in the William Caxton on Tenterden High St on the

first Monday of each month to discuss photographic issues. There is no charge and all are welcome - just buy yourself a drink... We also meet fortnightly (the second Thursday and the fourth Wednesday each month) in the upstairs meeting room at the Zion Baptist Church, Bridewell Lane in Tenterden. New members and guests very welcome. Full details on our web site: www. Tenterden Cricket Club T: Mr D Carter 07970 747244 Tenterden Cycling Club For Tenterden & St Michaels & surrounding areas. Suitable for all abilities. Contact Ian McCormick by email or text, email preferred TN30CC - Cycling Club. Email:, T/txt, 07724 141115 www. Tenterden Day Centre, Church Road, Tenterden. Contact Sally Pettengell 01580 762882 Tenterden Duplicate Bridge Club. Contact Sue Rolles 01797 252753. Tenterden Golf Club T: 01580 763987 enquiries@tenterdengolfclub. Tenterden & District Horticultural Society. Guest speakers, plant sales, outings and practical workshops on all things horticultural. Contact: Lindy Bates 01580 764505. Tenterden and District Twinning Association, (twinned with Avallon, France) Contact Suzanne Tiltman 01233 770777 suzanne. Tenterden & District Local History Society T: 01233 770082 Tenterden & District Museum Assoc. Tenterden Museum T: 01580 764310 Tenterden National Trust Assoc Ann Stevens 01580 764791

Tenterden Over Fifties Singing Every Wednesday afternoon 2pm - 3.30pm term time St. Andrews Church Hall, Ashford Rd. Tenterden...just at top of Turners Ave. Just FUN singing for all. First visit is free to see how you enjoy it. Contact us on 01233 750585 Email: Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society Mrs. A. Patrick 01580 241966 Tenterden Singers T: Martin Bailey 01233 820322 Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 8pm in the Music Block of Homewood School. Musical Director: Stephen Pusey Tenterden Spiritualist Centre Highbury Hall. Highbury Lane. TN30 6LE, every Sat evening, from 6.30pm all are welcomed. Contact David Burgess 01233 756127 Tenterden Tennis Club T: 01580 762580 Tenterden Ukulele Club. Open to all ages and levels. Contact Darren 07718 134 404. Tenterden U3A If you are not in work with time to spare, the U3A offers leisure activities and an opportunity to meet like-minded people in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere Contact Linda Matthews T: 01580 764093 E: Tenterden Youth Club Alan Sugden Tel: 01580 765531 The Warblers Tony Singleton

Village Halls

St. Michaels 01580 766811 Stone in Oxney 01233 758362 Rolvenden 01580 241211 07874214916 Wittersham 01797 270048 Biddenden 01580 291320

T: 01580 753431 Tenterden Writers’Group We meet every other Monday from 10.30- 12.30 at the London Beach Hotel. We are a friendly bunch and new members, whether experienced writers or complete novices, would be made more than welcome. For details see our website (just google Tenterden Writers) or phone Ken on 01580 201184. The Tenterden Club Church Road, Tenterden w: Any queries please contact Ann Francis (Club Secretary) on 01580 762888 weekdays 10 till 2.00 Weald Of Kent Art Society We are are friendly and vibrant art society. If you would like to find out more about us or are interested in joining please visit our website: or ring Secretary: Maggie Macaulay 01580 241843 Weald U3A is a society for the dynamic over 50s with a thirst for knowledge, social activities and new experiences. We have a large number of interest groups including Bridge, Films, Italian, Jazz, Stargazers, Lunches and Theatre Visits. See weald or contact Richard Sargent, T: 01580 764239 e: Yoga St Michaels village hall @8.00 pm on Wednesday evenings. Price £8.00 contact Sue Wainwright 07958606939 or 01622890746 for more info. 2nd Tenterden Scout Hall Lesley McCarthy 07791 949652 Rye Harbour 01797 223 631 Playden 01797 223 113 Highbury Hall Tenterden Bookings 01580 763692

Clubs & Societies

Women’s Institute: Tenterden: S.Dalgarno. 01580 76498 St. Michaels: B. Watkins 01580 765085 Tenterden Glebe: Ann Hathaway 01580 761525 Young Wives: St. Michaels J. Coombs 01580 763733 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., 07587 167756


Rye Bowls Club Contact Annette Bull Tel. 01797 280457 Rye Harbour Sailing Club membership is open to everyone who is interested in cruiser or dinghy sailing on tidal waters. Contact Richard Hopper Membership Secretary for full details. Phone 01797 222291, email com or visit our website www.rhsc. Rye and District U3A Meet monthly on 3rd Monday of month, 2pm at Rye Community Centre. We have 27 different interest groups meeting at different times throughout the month and are always open to new suggestions and ideas. New members welcome, join us to share a range of educational, creative and leisure activities. Visit www.u3asites. or tel. Sheila on 01797 224339 or June on 01797 226380

Church Halls Tenterden Methodist Church Mrs S.Delgarno 01580 764981 St. Mildred’s and the Glebe Hall Anne Alexander 07873 579581

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By John Fletcher, Public Governor for Ashford

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 38

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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Following a period of time working for Kent's Urogynae physiotherapy team I gained an interest in improving the core stability of the pelvic/lower back region to help those with postural/muscle strength changes as a result of pregnancy - then I trained as a FitBack&Bumps instructor, to bring valuable education and exercise to all those who want it most. Combining cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), movement control/balance, cardio and relaxation exercise is now my focus to ensure you gain a healthy body, mind and soul.

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How Do I Tell If My Elderly Neighbour Needs Help? by Kate McLelland

According to Age UK’s report “Later Life in the United Kingdom”, published this year, 3.64 million people in the UK aged 65+ live alone. With so many older individuals living independent lives, it often falls to neighbours to sound the alarm if the behaviour of an elderly person gives cause for concern. So what are the signals that show something may be wrong? WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR? Signs such as curtains remaining permanently open or closed, or newspapers left sticking out of the letterbox, can indicate that there may be a problem. The first step should be to knock on your neighbour’s door. If they answer, try to engage them in conversation, and if you are invited in, use your visit as an opportunity to check how they are living. Does the house look clean and tidy? Is it warm? Are pets being cared for properly or are there signs of neglect, such as overflowing litter trays?


If you’ve made several attempts to knock on the door but there’s no answer, you could ask people in neighbouring properties if they have seen or heard anything. Finally, ring round the local hospitals to see if your neighbour has been admitted. If you

continue to draw a blank, it may be time to call the police.

regular check that they are safe and well.”

CALLING SOCIAL SERVICES If there’s no emergency but you suspect that your elderly neighbour may have developed a mental or physical health issue that puts them at risk, check if they have a relative or close friend that you can phone. If the answer is ‘no’, you could call the Age UK helpline on Freephone 0800 009 966 or contact the social services department at your local council.

Between 6th and 10th November the National Association for Care Catering (NACC) celebrates Meals on Wheels Week. This is an initiative created to raise awareness and demonstrate how vital the service is. Meals on Wheels is currently a discretionary service, not supported by all local councils, and NACC is campaigning for the government to make it a statutory, protected service for those considered most at risk in the community.

When a local authority is told that someone may be in need of care and support they are obliged to carry out a needs assessment, even if the individual in question has not requested one. MEALS ON WHEELS There is usually a clear course of action when an older person is found to be at risk or in distress. However it’s not always so straightforward when someone simply appears to be lonely or not eating properly. One solution may be to help them set up a ‘Meals on Wheels’ delivery. The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), the original provider of the Meals on Wheels service, says: “Our home-delivered meals service provides friendly social contact for those who may be confined to the house, and a

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Important Information 01233 840448 Rye & Winchelsea Rotary Club East Kent Strokes Membership: St. John Ambulance Brigade 01797 225739 Russel Parkin 01580 766245 Meetings: 01797 226380 Tenterden & District Residents’ Royal British Legion Roger Thomas 01580766880 Assoc. Chris Mason 01580 e: 765199 Rye Tourist Information Centre Women’s Section: N. Holman 01580 762302 01797 S E Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 229049 Sinden Theatre (Arts College) 07767 326138 01580 763826 Electricity: Tenterden Active Retirement (Tenara) Southern Electric 0845 770 8090 Chair: Teri Witcher 01580 763892 EDF Energy 0800 783 8866 Royal Mail Residential Gas: Tenterden Disabled In Action Customer Services Natural 0800 111 999 Tenterden Day Centre 01580 761060 08457 740740 LPG - Details on tank e: Charities Doctors Surgery NSPCC: Tenterden & District Hypohounds 07872970009 Ivy Court, Tenterden 01580 763666 Mrs J Coombs 01580 763733 East Cross Health Clinic 01580 262 000 Pregnancy Sickness Support Rye Medical Centre 01797 223333 Kent and Sussex Tenterden Alcoholics Anonymous Tenterden Counselling Service We hold three weekly meetings in West Confidential 0776 968 3347 T: Denise Clifford View Care Centre on Tuesday and Friday evenings and one on Saturday mornings Transport Tenterden Charities Veterinary Practices Bus Enquiries Michael Wells 01580 762353 Rye 01797 222265 Arriva Bus Enquiries Tenterden Community Hub Tenterden 01580 763309 (Travel Line) 0871 200 22 33 (previously Tenterden Savers) (Customer Services) 08456 00 22 99 St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church Road, Rye Town Council 01797 223902 National Train Enquiries Tenterden, TN30 6AT. Tenterden Town Council 01580 762271 01580 766155 (answerphone) Parish Councils: Wealden Wheels 01233 840000 Rolvenden 01580 740242 Mobile: Kevin: 07821 387727 E: Tenterden 01580 762271 John: 07851 395210 Volunteer Bureau Town Hall, 24 High Wittersham 07944 183798 Street. Tenterden, Tn30 6an 01580 765819 Rye & District Community Transport Ashford Borough Council 01797 227722 Rother Voluntary Action 01797 229600 Ashford Gateway Plus 01233 331111 Age UK Ashford 01233 668 765 Tenterden Gateway 0300 041 4141 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre CARM 01233 758122 01580 764222 Rye Primary School 01797 222825 Rye College 01797 222545 Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Kent Adult Education Contact Mike Wharrad 01233 623520 Homewood Centre, Homewood School: 01580 764356 High Pressure Jetting Rye College: 01797 222545 Service & Repair to Tenterden National Trust Assoc Sewage treatment plants Ann Stevens 01580 764791 Soakaway Testing Rotary Club Of Tenterden Cesspool Emptying Ian 07812 203139 01233 840624 Service Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden 101 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

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