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Magazine December 2012

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 in a break, even on the odd holiday my laptop is 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. As a result I don’t publish in January, this is my opportuntiy to recharge my battery and catch up on everything that has been pushed to oneside “until I have more time!”. This is my favourite time of the year, I love Christmas. To be able to relax and enjoy all the festive activities, while catching up with family and friends, and most importantly putting work to the back of my mind, 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 here with the hangover cures, dieting options and exercise classes and in the new year!

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It’s mid December and your newly-bought Christmas tree is standing naked in the corner of your living room. So it’s to the loft, garage or shed to dig out that battered old box of decorations. If your box is anything like mine, you’ll probably find a past-its-best fairy with drooping wings, some purple and silver baubles from the Millennium and two crushed crackers from last year’s Christmas lunch (couldn’t bear to throw them away) tangled together with swathes of tinsel, garlands, non-functioning fairy lights and springs of plastic holly. Most of my hoard is cheap, garish and ultimately disposable. But there’s one very special part of the collection that I will never throw away. It’s a treasured set of old-style, hand painted tree decorations, made out of wafer thin glass. Vintage tree ornaments are an evocative sight for those of us who were children in the 1950s and 60s: each year when I unwrap my collection it takes me back to a time when Christmas seemed truly magical and exciting. Although I understand the reasons why hanging delicate glass baubles on the Christmas tree – within grabbing distance of little hands - is no longer a good idea, it’s sad to think that such beautiful items are no longer readily available. The tradition of making glass tree decorations dates back to 17th century Bohemia (the modern day Czech Republic) and Germany. Today’s familiar ball shapes had their origins at a place called Lauscha in Germany, where legend has it they were first created when glass blowers competed to see who could blow the largest

sphere before the molten glass popped. Those that survived were kept by the glassmakers’ wives, swirled with silver nitrate and sold at local markets as magic talismans, offering protection and blessing during the holy season. In 1848 a picture of the young Queen Victoria’s Christmas tree, hung with decorations brought from her husband Prince Albert’s native Germany, was published in the Illustrated London News. This sparked a copycat craze throughout Europe and soon whole families in the town of Lauscha were employed to mass-produce decorations – the menfolk blowing the glass and the women and children painting and finishing the ornaments. Later that century, German immigrants brought the same passion for glass decorations to America. Thanks to entrepreneur Frank Woolworth - who bought millions for his popular chain stores - what began as a cottage industry in Lauscha became an international phenomenon. By the mid-20th century new molding techniques had sped up mass production and reduced the cost of manufacture. In addition to the more conventional round and oval shapes, there were decorations shaped like musical instruments, stars, lanterns, mushrooms, snowflakes, snowy cottages and little figures of Santa Claus. My favourite ones were the exotic birds with silky fibre glass tails that clipped onto your tree and trembled like real birds every time the branches moved. Nowadays most Christmas tree ornaments are made out of plastic, but if you do happen to find a Lauschan treasure lurking at the bottom of your decorations box, take good care of it. Vintage tree ornaments are becoming highly collectable and you can find sets on Ebay and other online auction sites for between £15 and £30. By Claudia Leaf

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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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Forget fighting dead flies…this time it’s war. Life-long cat fan Tofield has had years of feline experience, and it shows. The new cartoons are full of pure moggy magic. The Best of “Punch” Cartoons. Helen Walasek, Prion Books Limited ‘Punch’ magazine may have closed its doors in 2002 but its legendary status lives on. This is the biggest collection of Punch cartoons ever and it’s one to be savoured. It’s essential reading for all fans of humour and satire, with no holds barred and nowhere safe to hide. The selection was made by Helen Walasek of the Punch Cartoon Library and it’s definitely to be treasured. With 600 of the best to flick through, you’d better avoid doing it in one sitting, or you might end up Punch drunk. The Best of Matt 2012 Matthew Pritchett Looking back over the last twelve months, you would expect

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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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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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in the Village Hall on Friday’s show begins at 7.30 pm and there are two shows Saturday at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets only £3 and children under three are admitted free. Come and bring the family! Contact Annual Boxing Day Run at Saltwood outside Jean Buckman on 01233 820650 or visit Bethersden The Castle Public House on The Green. Start time Post Office. is mid day (12.00) The distance is approximately 3 Sat. 1st December Kennington W.I. Christmas miles across undulating countryside. Runners can Fair at 2pm in the WI Hall, 228 Faversham Rd, enter on the day or on line:- WWW.boxingdayrun. Kennington. with tombola, toys,zcakes, and a visit Entrance Fees are: Under 15 years £2.00, 15 z - 18 years £5.00, Over 15 years £10.00, Family - 2 from Entrancezis 25p. z Santa.z z z adults plus 2 children £20.00 z 1st The Friends z of Brabourne December z z their zAnnual Christmas All proceeds go to the local branch of The Motor Church are holding Fair in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall 11.00 - Neurone Disease Association. There are normally 3.00. A great variety of Christmas gifts to buy also 800 plus runners and the event has been run for the Homemade Produce Stall, Plants and Christmas past 36 years Garlands, delicious lunches serving hot soup,sausage Friday 18th January 2013 at 7.30 pm and Saturday rolls, mince pies etc. Entry £1 to include a drink. 19th at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm. Kennington W.I. Monday 3 December Ashford Music Society - Pantomime in the Hall “Snow White & Seven Castalian Quartet This young string quartet was Dwarfs” on Tickets £3.50 Adults, £1.50 for children.


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Clubs & Societies Ashford Chess Club: Meets every Tuesday from 7.30pm @ the Centrepiece Church (rear entrance), Bank Street. Beginners or experienced players welcome. Free chess lessons are available. Tel: 01233 625998 and ask for Murray. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Clandestine Cake Club is a great way to meet new people, catch up with friends and the perfect

what’s on excuse to eat cake! We meet every six weeks with a different theme for each meeting to make things even more interesting! It’s a social thing - not a cake competition, so everyone from complete novices to professional bakers are welcome. The idea is to share your cake and have some fun! For more information, contact Zarina Hawkins on 1940’s Dancing Lessons, Every Wednesday, incl. Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa & Collegiate Shag. For beginners and improvers, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ashford Town Centre TN23 1QG from 7pm – 9.30pm. Cost £6.00 Tel 01233 860564. No partner required.

‘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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FANTASTIC FOOD OFFER One Course £3.50 - Two Courses £5.00 Three Courses £7.50 Mon - Sat 12-2.30 & 6-9pm

All special occasions catered for Fantastic new look and large garden Excellent Carvery Available Families and children very welcome SUNDAY 12-5pm £8.95 Great home made food served daily QUIZ NIGHT every Sunday The Wi Th Windmill d ill IInn, H Hythe h R Road, d LIVE MUSIC - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday Ashford, TN24 0QR

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Weight Loss? Tried the Hypno-Gastric Band? The Hypno-Gastric Band is an exciting new procedure engulfing the weight loss world. It is a tried and tested method of weight loss using the power of hypnotherapy. No physical operation or anesthetic is required and therefore has none of the medical risks associated with an operation. There are a minimum of six hour-long sessions, where the therapist works with the client to ‘uninstall’ negative learnt patterns of eating and ‘re-install’ healthy patterns of behavior which aims to enable the client to release their old eating habits. Once the therapist is satisfied that the root cause of over-eating has been released and positive patterns established the client undergoes a ‘gastric band operation’ through the power of visualization and suggestion.


Weight Loss? Hypno-gastric band Safe, effective, low cost treatment

Hypnosis is a totally natural state, which most people experience several times a day, for example, when we wake up or get engrossed in a book or film. This relaxation enables the conscious mind to rest and allows communication with the subconscious. It is in the subconscious mind that ‘neural pathways’ are formed and where automatic responses and habits are established. Sometimes no amount of willpower will correct these habits or negative patterns of thought and so these thoughts, which are often unconscious, could be with the client for the rest of their lives unless they have support to change. Hypnotherapy aims to install positive neural pathways or ‘automatic positive thought patterns, and uninstall negative beliefs and patterns. This supports the client to break free from keeping them locked in their condition.

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Effective weight loss is most effective with calorie reduction and increased activity. Always consult your GP before any treatment. Kim Bromley is a qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and Wellbeing Coach. Why not call her today on 07809 124786 or visit for more information.

health & beauty Davinia Gomes MAR, ITEC, Raw.Dip BABTAC

Home Based Salon ~ Evening Appointments Gift Vouchers

Beauty Therapy CACI Non Surgical face Lift Dermalogica Skin Care SHELLAC Nails A- tan Spray Tan Eyebrow and Lash Care Waxing

Holistic Therapy

Reflexology Indian Head Massage Massage Therapy Aromatherapy

T: 01233 634007 M: 07810828484 All Major Credit/Debit Cards Accepted Willesborough Lees Ashford


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Hair Menu Ladies cuts from £20.50 Gents Cuts from 13.50 Hair Up from £25 BlowDry from £20 Perming from £47.25 Full head foils from £52.95 Semi- permanent colour from £25.50 Hair Extensions on consultation Bridal Packages Available

The Ultimate Hairdressing Experience Find us on Facebook on the Harrisons Hair Team page 53 Sandgate High Street Nr Folkestone Kent, CT20 3AH 01303 245645

Evegate Busines Park Station Road Smeeth TN25 6SX 01303 813062

health & beauty The Harrisons Experience is all about you. Step inside either one today, and you’ll discover people dedicated to making you feel special. We provide a welcoming atmosphere for you to enjoy our wide range of luxurious hair treatments and services. Our experienced and friendly stylists provide skilled hair Cutting, Coloring and Technical Services backed up with the Redken Professional Colours and Products to ensure we give you the perfect result – beautiful, vibrant long lasting colour. A visit to one of our salons is the stylish experience you deserve. You can sit back and relax and enjoy a wide range of refreshments and magazines to read while our stylists get to work transforming you. We want every client to leave us with hair that looks radiant and feeling on top of the world. We take the time to discover the style and colour that is right for you. Our one-to-one consultations encourage you to relax and talk about your hair and the look we can create for you. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly and you want ‘on-trend’ or ‘effortlessstyle’, we’ll give you the must-have look that’s individually perfect. Our award-winning package of expertise and stylish products will give you that ultimate experience. Alongside our more regular hair services we offer a number of specialist services such as Hair Relaxing Chemistry Treatments including head massage in our candle lit VIP room, Brazilian Blowdrys and Hair Extensions. Using Great Lengths 100% Human Hair Extensions we can not only provide you with length but they can be used to create volume. We use a extremely high-tech method of bonding between the Great Lengths strand and your own hair to give a natural look for the best result possible. We specialize in wedding hair and can provide our services either in the salon or on location so that your special day can go ahead as smoothly as possible. We can create fantastic styles for weddings, hen night,prom hair and pamper parties. Please Mention The

Clipper & Cuts Affordable Family Hairdressing @ New Ashford Market Barber Shop & Ladies Salon Wash, Cut & Blow-dry

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Come and join us at Da Base Ashford Town Youth Centre, and see what everybody’s talking about for yourself! Our opening times are as follows: Juniors Monday 15:45 - 18:00 Wednesday 15:45 - 18:00 Friday 15:45 - 18:00 Teenagers Monday 18:00 - 20:30 Wednesday 18:00 - 20:30 Friday 18:00 - 21:00 5-7 Park Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8LR (At the back of Iceland and opposite Wilkinson’s) If you have any questions or enquiries contact us on 01233 631 472



In another in our regular series on legal matters Elizabeth Connell, Conveyancing Partner at Tenterden Solicitors, Pengelly & Rylands talks about the possibilities and the pitfalls There has been a lot in the news lately about how hard it is for young people to buy their first home. With joblessness, student debt, the difficulties in getting mortgages and the large deposits required, the average age for first time buyers is now over 30. To overcome these problems some parents are lending a helping hand, effectively providing a “private banking” facility. There are many ways of doing this: loans; private mortgages; transfers of equity; obtaining a joint mortgage with your child; re-mortgaging or standing as guarantor for them.


There are also numerous pitfalls for the unwary. What if you or your child should die or be declared bankrupt? What happens if their relationship doesn’t work out? What about the grandchildren? What if you fall out, or you or they need to sell? Should you change your Will? Should you have a declaration of trust? What about capital gains tax and inheritance tax? What about the other children and how do you treat them all fairly? The ideal solution will need to be tailor-made for your specific circumstances, and you would be well advised to consult your solicitor. This is definitely an area of law where one size does not fit all. At Pengelly and Rylands we can draw on the expertise of our conveyancing, wills and trusts and family departments to meet your specific needs. As a firm which takes pride in offering a personal and efficient service to our clients, we are delighted to have secured membership of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The scheme is a mark of excellence and ensures high quality conveyancing services. It requires the practice to undergo rigorous assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews by the Law Society. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

Elizabeth Connell – Conveyancing Partner If you have any questions about helping your children onto the property ladder, or buying or selling property, then Elizabeth Connell or Gill Snow would be happy to help. You can call them on 01580 762248.

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wit & wisdom A Little Poem For You It tells me when to stop and start And when to use the brake And tells me that it’s never ever Safe to overtake I have a little Satnav It sits there in my car A Satnav is a driver’s friend It tells you where you are

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

It lists the vehicles just in front And all those to the rear And taking this into account It specifies my gear.

It gives me full instructions Especially how to drive “It’s thirty miles an hour”, it says “You’re doing thirty five”

I’m sure no other driver Has so helpful a device For when we leave and lock the car It still gives its advice

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It fills me up with counselling Each journey’s pretty fraught So why don’t I exchange it And get a quieter sort? Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, Makes sure I’m properly fed, It washes all my shirts and things And - keeps me warm in bed! Despite all these advantages And my tendency to scoff, I do wish that once in a while I could turn it off.

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

Crossword Solution

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 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden Crimestoppers


Out of Hours Doctor William Harvey Hospital

0845 4349655 01233 633331


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Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG

01622 690690 0800 555 111

International House, Dover Place, Ashford Kent, TN23 1HU 01233 750 248

Ashford Rural Trust

01233 624 544

Village Halls 0845 770 8090 0800 783 8866 0800 111 999 Details on tank

Doctors Surgeries


Ashford Dyslexia Centre

Willesborough Health Centre Bentley Road Willesborough Ashford Kent TN24 0HZ Tel: 01233 621626 Dr Pinnock R G North Street Surgery 28 North Street Ashford Kent TN24 8JR 01233 661133 Dr Diu R S & Partners New Hayesbank Surgery Bybrook Kennington Ashford Kent TN24 9JZ 01233 624642

Veterinary Clinics Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital 01233 624687 24 Hour Emergency Care on site.

Kingsnorth (Church Hill) - 01233 634 557 Godington (Loudon Way) - 01233 612 703 Singleton (Hoxton Close) - 01233 640 551

Citizens Advice Bureau Alcoholics Anonymous Ashford Volunteer Centre Age Concern

01233 626185 0845 7697555 01233 647 422 01233 620 635


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Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Robert Gurney

01233 666577

SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767 326138 Royal British Legion 01233 620 167 British Red Cross 0800 0280 831 Ashford Youth Forum Trust Youth Projects Coordinator

01233 330290

National Train Enquiries

Bus Enquiries Arriva Bus Enquiries Stage Coach East Kent

0844 800 44 11 0871 200 22 33 (Timetable)

08456 00 22 99 (Customer Services) If any of the above information is incorrect please let us know by calling 01233 720488. Thank you Disclaimer: Every care is taken to ensure this directory is as accurate as possible but the publishers do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from errors or omissions.

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zQuality Body Repairs, collision damage, dents and scratches zCity & Guilds Craftsman zFriendly, Professional, Valued Service zQuality Workmanship zInsurance Work, Free Estimates, Local drop off and pick up zCustomers benefit from 10% on car & van hire zMOT Failure Repairs zNo VAT on Labour zTestimonials & portfolio of repairs zQuality paint for Car Spraying Unit 1 A.S.H Business Centre Cobbs Wood Ind Estate Ashford Kent TN23 1EJ

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Complete Transformations or just a Makeover! Kitchens –Appliances –Worktops –Bedrooms –Bathrooms Tiles –Carpets & Flooring –Home Office –Life Space Personal, friendly and professional project management No minimum order, supply only or fully fitted Free, no obligation design, or bring in your existing plan for a like for like quotation Looking for something unusual or a special size? Pop in for a coffee and a chat and view the displays

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