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Village Directory December/January Edition • Issue 122 • Royal Mail

TN26 Villages


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. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and 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

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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 good-looking 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

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The Garden 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 – 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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Take Extra Care of Your Pets this Christmas All the trimmings and paraphernalia of Christmas are wonderful for us, but they can represent a danger to your pet. So with this in mind, what in particular do you need to watch out for at this time of year?

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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

in interest, but there are also potential drawbacks: • If you miss a single payment on a 0% credit card, the provider will withdraw their offer and you are likely to be charged an extremely high rate of interest in its place. • Fees are charged when you originally transfer a balance – usually a percentage of the amount transferred. • Credit card providers are often owned by larger banking institutions, and it is unlikely you’ll be accepted for a balance transfer offer if you already hold a card connected to the group. Whether you are purchasing a specific item or buying birthday presents for the year ahead, the Boxing Day sales represent a great way to save money. Planning ahead helps you stay in control of your spending in the face of temptation, and manage your finances without entering serious debt. ¹ shoppingforxmas.php credit-cards/balance-transfer-creditcards personalfinance/747790/Chrsitmassales-UK-Boxing-Day-sales-Januarydeals-discounts

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

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.


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

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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.

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.

A wreath and tea light holder in one, this unique accessory in matt brushed brass is the subtlest of Christmas decorations for minimal, modern homes. Opt for white rather than multi-coloured lights and, if you are planning to use them on a pale background, make sure you find a set with a clear cable. 120 LED lights, £9, B&Q.

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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.

Which financial provider to go for? helps you to easily compare the rates of children’s savings accounts and junior ISAs. While the AER (annual equivalent rate) is important, you’ll also want to consider other aspects when choosing a provider, such as: • How easy is it to deposit money? • How often can you withdraw money without paying a penalty? • Does the provider align with your values? For example, do they have an ethical policy that says they won’t invest your child’s money in companies that use child labour or test on animals? • How easy is it to manage the account? Depending on your child’s age, they might also benefit from an account that comes with an app for their smartphone and a cash card. Family budgeting The Money Advice Service is a useful resource if you need to improve your own finances. It offers free advice on everything from budgeting to pensions. Visit or call 0800 138 7777.


Clubs & Societies

African Drumming Group

Thurs 7-9pm at The Birches Nickley Wood Shadoxhurst TN26 1LZ. Contact Leslie Ross on 01233733387. Please call prior to coming so that spare drums can be organised.

Ashford Astronomical Society meets at Woodchurch

Memorial Hall on the last Friday of every month. Meetings start at 7.30pm and are open to all. There are informative talks, star-gazing sessions. Further details can be found by emailing secretary@

Ashford Decorative & Fine Arts Society (part of NADFAS). A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, with inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the countries top experts, together with days of special interest and arts visits. All lectures are in Aldington Village Hall, usually on the third Tuesday of each month, from Sept to June. Membership is open to all. See

Ashford Writers is a friendly group for writers of all

experience and abilities. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in The Queen’s Head, Kingsnorth at 7pm. Admission £1. Visit www.meetup. com/Ashford-Writers/ or email cathywhite@outlook. com for more information.

Bethersden Art Group Are you looking for a new hobby? Would you like to develop your artistic skills, or try a different medium? Then why not come along and join a cheerful and friendly group who enjoy the art challenges set by a visiting tutor. We meet on Thursday evenings in Bethersden Village Hall, 7.309.30pm. For further information and/or to express interest, contact Sue - 01233 820585.

Dancing for Fun Come and learn a wide range of

wonderful dances, from 17th Century Jane Austen style dances to 21st Century Ceilidh Dances, including American Contra Dance, English Barn Dance, Contra Waltzing and the Polka! Great low impact exercise! No experience or partner required! Have fun, get fitter and meet new people! No need to book - just turn up! Every Monday 7:45pm - 22:30pm at Hothfield Village Hall, Park Drive, Hothfield, Ashford TN26 1EQ www. 01233 625 362

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dancing, drinking, socialising, music, having fun? Then why not try Morris Dancing? We are recruiting now for new members. This is a mixed side of women and men dancing together. Weekly Wednesday dance practices at Mountbatten Hall, Mersham from 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite, the Farrier’s Arms! We dance Cotswold style Morris; this is the handkerchief waving and stick clashing

variety. No experience required. Why not give it a try? Find us on Facebook or call John on 01233 625 362

ENJOY LEARNING offers enjoyable adult classes in

NEW ROMNEY, DYMCHURCH and HYTHE. We teach ART APPRECIATION & SPANISH CLASSES. The Spanish Classes are not for complete beginners, but if you have done a bit of Spanish in the past and would like to brush up your skills, the classes might be suitable. Classes cost £5, payable weekly. For further details contact ANDREW and DEBBY on 01303 875542

Friendly Pop In Centre, Woodchurch, For The Over 60’S. Lower Road Woodchurch TN26 3SQ. Next door

to Woodchurch Community Centre.Every Wednesday afternoon 2 to 4pm. Relax with friends. Also play, crazy golf, table tennis, air hockey,bowls or just have a good chat. Hairdresser every 3rd Wednesday. Tea, coffee, & cakes inside or on the lawn. You are very welcome. Tel Richard 07798566849

Hamstreet Baby & Toddler Group meet every Wednesday (term time only) in the Victory Hall from 9.30-11.30pm Call Hannah 01233 733863 for more. Hamstreet Craft Workshop, Victory Hall, Hamstreet These are intended to be on the 1st Thursday of every month. Knitting, crochet, sewing, furniture painting

Hamstreet Luncheon Club Alternate Wednesdays in the Dukes Head, Hamstreet at noon. If you wish to join the club phone Jennie on 01233 732766, Alison 733514 or Rosemary 732644.

Hamstreet Sports & Leisure Assoc The ground floor can be hired for sports changing which consists of male and female changing, Showers and disabled wet room. Along with the field and the multi use courts,we also have the top floor of the pavilion which consist of 2 rooms an office and a Lounge / Bar, we hire this out for small functions of 60 people, the building has disabled access and to the first floor we have a wheel chair lift. The pavilion also has a small fitted kitchen. Hamstreet Victory Hall, Craft Classes are held on the 1st Thursday of the month between 2pm& 4pm. We paint furniture, crochet, knit, sew etc, and enjoy a chat and a cuppa. We are a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. Contact Ann on 07989 586575 for more information.

Flower Arranging classes are held on the 3rd

Thursday of the month between 2pm & 4pm. If you enjoy flowers and would like to join our friendly group you will be made very welcome. Contact Angela on 01233 732833 or Ann on 07989 586575 for more information.

High Halden Craft Group - Meets every Monday

(except Bank Holidays) at High Halden Memorial Hall 10.30am till 1.00pm. £3.50 includes materials, coffee and free raffle ticket For more info call 01580 291621 or 01233 85030

High Halden Short Mat Bowls Club We play every Friday 7.30 - 10.00pm. in the village hall. New members are welcome so do come and give it a try. or ring 01233 850395 for more.

High Halden Young at Heart Club meets 1st Wed each month in The Memorial Hall at 2pm. Please contact George Burford 01233 850427.

Shadoxhurst Flower Arrangers are a small, friendly club who meet at 7.30pm in Shadoxhurst Village Hall on the first Wed of every month except January. No experience of flower arranging needed to join, just an interest in seeing blooms displayed advantageously. Demonstrators visit most months but members also enjoy trips & meals out. If you would like to get to know us, please call the secretary on 01233 732212. St Mary Magdalene Church, Ruckinge Coffee

Mornings every Saturday 10am - 11.30am. Cakes, plants, produce.

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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, first Monday of the month to discuss photographic issues. There is no charge and all are welcome. We also meet fortnightly (2nd Thurs and 4th Wed each month) in the upstairs meeting room at the Zion Baptist Church, Bridewell Lane, Tenterden. Every month we have a fun project or theme for members to capture, complimented by the occasional local outings. Most months we have a speaker and at the end of the month (4th Wednesday) we have a social club evening where we look at the pictures and others with a cup of tea and biscuits. New members and guests very welcome. Full details on our web site:

Warehorne Folk Dance Club - Traditional English/

American folk dancing - meet at Kingsnorth Village Hall, Church Hill, Kingsnorth TN23 3EF every Wed 8 - 10pm £2. Call Edna 01233 627121 or David 01233 812935.

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,, 07587 167756

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

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

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

This traditional division is now being questioned because it is seen as an ever increasing barrier to the type of care needed. The increasing population (1.8million in Kent and Medway and with estimates of a 23% increase in this by 2031), an increasing life expectancy (people aged over 70 are expected to increase by 20% in the next 5 years), more and more people with long term conditions (diabetes, This system of delivering care, lung and heart diseases) all it is claimed, will mean fewer add pressures. trips to hospital with locally held clinics for cancer and dementia patients. One point 38

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