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Welcome to the first edition of 2012, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year (albeit belated). I hope you had a great Christmas and the return to work wasn’t too much of a challenge. I never seem to realise how beneficial the seasonal break is until I return to work with a renewed calm. Unfortuantely, this year the calm was short lived when I realised that one of my deadlines was earlier than the others! The Village Directory is now in its seventh year but deadlines still challenge my stress levels!
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February By Jackie Witcher Tenterden & District Horticultural Society
Is it too late to say Happy New Year to you all? No? Good! And did we all get what we wanted in our Christmas stockings? Well I must have been a really good girl, cos I got just about everything I really needed. Some really good gardening gloves (must go through at least six pairs a year!), and a very good quality stainless steel hand fork, (this I am very impressed with as the handle is soft moulded plastic and very comfy to use. Unlike the wooden type handle, which the end of the shaft seems to bruise the upper palm of my hand, this one has a grip instead). I also got the book I wanted on fruit and fruit trees, (The Amateur Gardener book on Fruit), mainly because I am still unsure and nervous on pruning my new fruit trees, so must study the methods used. I was also given a wicked tool for splitting plants. I’d never seen one like it before, it’s called a Japanese gardeners trowel. In Japan its called a hori hori meaning dig dig! It has a serrated edge to it, and I hasten to add that it is not sharp and just the right weight required. It can also be used for weeding and digging. Husband gave me a new stainless steel fork and spade with genuine willow shafts, very posh! I shall be frightened to use them! But, and don’t laugh, the best gardening pressy I was given was a string tin. Silly isn’t it. They’re not expensive to buy yet I never did get round to it and always keeping my string in an old plastic pot! I shall look forward to using them all, shame its raining today as I’m getting the gardening urge and could do with some gardening therapy after Christmas and all the indulgences that went with it. The saddest thing? Nobody bought me any compost (sigh). Taking a turn around the plot the other day I was surprised to see just how many spring flowers there were, not only emerging but actually flowering. I have at the moment, not only snowflake, the larger version of snowdrop, but also hellebores, daffodils and even the roses have continued flowering. The hyacinth and drumstick primula buds are coming through along with the crocus and will be in full bloom within the next week or so. I think that the good Lord is enjoying a game with us gardeners and
the garden not only confusing the plants with the un-seasonal warm weather but us as well! Mind you if they all bloom together what a kaleidoscope of colour the garden will be, but there shall also be a vacant spell following, until the later spring/early summer flowers arrive. The hot and cold beds seem to have survived their upheaval and new sprouts are appearing on the perennials in the beds. But the one thing I am looking forward to seeing are the new tulips bulbs that were planted. There were a few unusual ones, as were reported in the December issue, I don’t have a great deal of luck with tulips, so fingers crossed. I am keeping a close eye on the cuttings that were taken and plants that were split, as this warm weather may encourage an early batch of aphids etc. I did hang up a “bug house”, which is a like a small bunch of hollow canes tied together, to encourage the ladybirds and lace wings to hibernate over winter in my garden. But I don’t think many of them decided to have a snooze this year as I have seen quite a few of both around in the garden. Lets hope we don’t get frosts now.
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The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets
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on Wednesday 22nd February at 7:30pm. in the Old Village Hall. Julia Jarman will be giving a talk on â€œTwelve Months of the Year. Contact Audrey on 01580291624 or Lesley on 01580291931. Members ÂŁ1, Non Members ÂŁ2. Annual membership ÂŁ5. New members welcome.
As part of Charing Surgery's commitment to your health and wellbeing, Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master Practitioner & Life Coach will be giving some interesting short talks at the Surgery. Come and listen and see how some changes can have a big impact on your wellbeing and life.
The Weald of Kent Computer Club meets on Wednesday 15th February in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8pm. The evening will include â€œBacking up data and computer housekeeping, jargon busting, acronyms that you donâ€™t understand and diagnosing computer faults.â€? Annual membership ÂŁ10 plus ÂŁ2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome(ÂŁ3 but first visit is free). Full details: www.wealdofkentcomputerclub. co.uk Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Badminton Club Requires New Members. Previous experience preferred, but not essential. First visit free. Please telephone Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134 or Joanne Field on 01233 613795 for more details.
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Friendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395. Yoga Friendly classes suitable for all levels. Mondays 9.30-10.45 in Tenterden & Thursdays 7.00-8.00pm, The Green Health Club, Charing. Call Daniela 01233 860417 or 07939870826 Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch. Meets on 1st Wednesday of every month at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford. For information call Robert Gurney 01233 666577 Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 p.m.-10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Smarden Heritage Centre - Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm visit: www.smardenheritagecentre.synthasite.com Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.biddendensquash.co.uk Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable
football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948.
Charing Scottish Dancing Beginners Club Friday evenings, Charing Parish Hall, 7.30pm. We guarantee a relaxed and enjoyable evening. But we desperately need a few younger members who might eventually with training form a small demonstration team for pub events or fetes . Do come along and bring a friend. Ring Evelyn or John Voller on 01233 713758. The Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Audrey Davies on 01580 291624 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 Headcorn Bowls Club - Free coaching available to newcomers. Contact Chris 01622 858100 or David 01580 291996.
Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club We welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and the first Tues. of month at 7.15pm, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572. Yoga Class Sissinghurst Friday mornings 9.30 10.45. Experienced, qualified BWY teacher. Contact Sarah Howie 01580 291594 Pilates Classes- Challock Village Hall, Wednesdays 9:15am. Suitable for all levels. Contact Victoria 07543543373
The Flying Horse at Smarden Superb Sunday Roast £8.95 Wednesday Rib Eye Steak Night £18.00 for two with all the trimings Thursday Curry Night £8.50 per person including a drink
Acoustic Night 1st Sunday in month Quiz Night 3rd Sunday in month
Traditional Pub & Dining Room Delicious Fresh Cooked Food Served Daily All Local Produce ~ Seasonal Menu
Tel: 01233 770 432 Cage Lane, Smarden, Kent TN27 8QD
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Mushroom & Leek Risotto 55g butter 1 tbsp olive oil
2 leeks, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 225g risotto rice 900ml hot vegetable stock Salt and freshly ground black pepper 175g button mushrooms, wiped 2-3 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Fruit Apples Nuts Pears Rhubarb Vegetables Artichoke (Jerusalem)
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Clams Cockles Haddock Hake Halibut John Dory Lemon Sole Monkfish Mussels
Heat half the butter and the oil in a large deep frying pan. Add the sliced leeks and garlic and fry over a medium-high heat until softened but not brown. Stir in the rice and cook for one minute. Add a ladleful of the hot stock to the pan and simmer gently, stirring all the time. When all the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, add another ladleful of stock. Continue adding the stock in this way until the rice is tender and has a creamy texture – this will take about 20 minutes. Heat the rest of the butter in a separate frying pan and fry the mushrooms over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Stir the Parmesan cheese into the risotto and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the risotto in warmed bowls topped with the fried mushrooms, chopped parsley and extra Parmesan cheese.
LOCAL MARKETS CHALLOCK Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane. 1st and 3rd Friday of each month From 1pm to 4pm Contact Pauline Hickson 01233 740979
THE BARN SHOP TRADITIONAL MARKET CHALLOCK 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm Contact 01233 740237
CHARING COUNTRY MARKET Charing Church Barn 9.30 -11.00 every Thurs morning Teas & coffees available, Crafts, in season vegetables and baking. Contact 01233 740176
EGERTON Every Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall
Morning Dew Cleaning General Deep Domestic Cleaning We pride ourselves on offering you the very highest standard of hygiene management! Our concept is simple, we provide the most efficient, professional and friendliest cleaning services,EVER!
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ROLVENDEN - 01580 240763 Every Thursday 10am -12 noon St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall TENTERDEN COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30am -11.30am St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road.
WAREHORNE Warehorne Village Hall 10am -1pm 4th Sunday of the month Tel: 01233 733718 or Mob: 07979 905600.
WITTERSHAM MARKET Oysters Plaice Turbot Meat & Game Beef Duck Guinea fowl Hare Mutton
Partridge Pheasant Pork Rabbit Teal & Mallard Veal Venison Wood Pogeon
Every Tuesday Village Hall 9am. - 11am Tel: 01797 270757
WYE - 07804 652156 First and third Saturday of every month on the Village Green in Wye. Tel: 07804 652156 www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk
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WADY & BRETT £5 OFF any grocery shop over £30.00 on production of this voucher. This offer excludes the purchase of cigarettes or alcohol. Pop into Wady & Brett to shop!
JOHN WEST RECRUITMENT FREE CV /CAREERS ADVICE for an hour plus follow up Call 01233 714761 or email email@example.com
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44 30% OFF all Heyland & Whittle range (lotions, body washes, soaps and reed diffusers). Pop into 44 in the High Street and sample.
YVONNE FERNANDO NLP Master Practitioner & Life Coach Get rid of a fear, phobia or trauma and make new choices in your life. You can normally do this in 3-5 sessions. This voucher gives you £50 OFF Call Yvonne on 07968 785714 to book your sessions.
HOUSE2HOME FREE Integrated Full Size Teka Dishwasher when you purchase 4 or more other TEKA appliances, plus FREE Upgrade from 2 to 5 year guarantee. View the displays at 18 High Street or call Jane on 01233 712757
Vouchers valid February 2012 only. This promotion was organised by the Charing Business Association.
FIXINGS WAREHOUSE Spend over £50 in store & get a £5 Voucher to use on your next shop. T&Cs apply - see in store for details. Visit us at the top of Charing Hill.
WOOD YOU LIKE - ONE YEARS WORTH of Maintenance Products FREE with any natural wooden floor supply and installation over 15sqm. Valid on orders placed in February 2012, supply & installation date can be later. Pop in for a quote.
THE OAK £1 FOR ANY MAIN MEAL when purchased with another main meal. Valid Monday to Saturday throughout Feb 2012. Just bring this voucher with you.
TENBURY CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS Get a FREE no obligation quote (tax return or accounts preparation for you or your business) and we will donate £25 to Teenage Cancer Trust or Demelza House (your choice). You get a great cup of coffee as well! Call 01233 714669 for an appointment.
CARPETS DIRECT FREE Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaning Hire (worth £22.95) with every flooring purchase over £250. You’ll find Carpets Direct at the top of Charing Hill or you can call them on 01233 714999.
BITSPICY.COM Warm up your winter and visit bitspicy.com Buy three of our hand-roasted & blended spice mixes and we will send you a FOURTH FREE. February feasting has never looked so good!
DJ TRUELOVE FLOORING SPECIALIST 10% DISCOUNT on Supply and Installation of all Flooring including Amtico and Spacia. Pop into House2Home and view the displays or call Danny for a quote on 07790 405626
GRACE DASILVA-HILL Homeopath and Tapping therapist 20% OFF your first consultation with Grace DaSilva-Hill Contact Grace on 07590 524795 for an appointment.
PURPLE PATCH 10% OFF all purchases made on Saturday 11th February 2012 on production of this voucher. Get something special for your Valentine from Purple Patch.
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New Year, New You! My boss gave me a self-help book for my 29th birthday. I was so appalled that someone had deemed me in need of ‘help’ that I quit and went to Australia. So you can say what you like about them, but they really do work…one way or another! Whether it’s a new diet, relationship or job, there’s a book that claims it’ll help you achieve it. What better way to kick-start 2012 than turning over a new page, and a new leaf?
Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway. Susan Jeffers They say a life lived in fear is a life halflived and Feel the Fear is based on the principle that doing something that scares us, is a good thing. It promises to show you how to ‘turn fear and indecision into conﬁdence and action’. Packed with real-life examples of people who have let fear dominate them, this is a very grounded and levelheaded book. There are lots of practical tips and activities to help you start to face your fear, and end it. This Book Will Save Your Life. A.M. Homes Ok so it’s a ﬁctional satire rather than selfhelp novel, but it most certainly IS lifeaffirming. Written with wonderfully quirky Los Angeles as a backdrop, it’s been hailed as an antidote to modern life. When reclusive stockbroker Richard Novak ends up in the emergency room, he’s forced
to open his eyes to the world around him. It’s the perfect accompaniment for welcoming in the New Year and seizing 2012 with gusto. How to Win Friends and Inﬂuence People. Dale Carnegie One of the most successful self-help books of all time and not to be confused with the ﬁlm ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’, which could get you ﬁred. Although the original was published in the 1930s, this master class in how to handle other people continues to be relevant. With the exception of Willy Loman, there has never been a greater advocate for being ‘wellliked’ than Dale Carnegie. Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. Allan and Barbara Pease I was going to go for the obvious ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ here but decided instead to go for the comical pairing of husband
and wife team Allan and Barbara Pease. With chapters entitled ‘Women are Touchy-Feely’ and ‘Why Men Are So Thick-skinned’ you know you’re going to get an amusing and enlightening read. If this is ‘pop psychology’ then call me Frasier Crane. Let me point out here that my Dad mumbles so much we can’t hear HIM and Mum’s an excellent mapreader. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit. Jack Canﬁeld and Mark Victor Hansen The brainchild of motivational speakers, Canﬁeld and Hansen, the premise is simple: heart-warming stories will make us feel better, just as chicken soup warms the cockles in the winter. The original book sold millions of copies and spawned a series that’s been translated into 54 languages. We must all be suckers for a happy ending. Enjoy it curled up with a bowl of soup and you will be joy personiﬁed come February.
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The Italian Diet. Gino D’Acampo The Dukan diet claims ‘three million French women can’t be wrong’ but I say, one gorgeous Italian man who encourages us to eat cheese and pasta…is deﬁnitely right! The diet book that looks like a recipe book, this is all about eating healthily without depriving yourself of the things you love the most.
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