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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the first edition of 2018, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. December is always my opportunity to slow down, catch up on everything home related and thoroughly recharge my batteries. As much as I love, and need, my December break it’s so tough getting my brain back into gear on the return to work, especially when there’s a print deadline to meet just two weeks into the new year. It’s frightening how much a significant break can affect brain function, on the 2nd of January I sat at my desk, stared at the magazine on my screen and thought “Now how do I do this?”! The magazine will be 13 years old this year so you would think the mechanics of creating it were part of my being. Mind you, the opposite is also true, in the early days I experienced the effect of not taking a break and that’s far worse. Another thing I need to get back into gear with is my exercise. Christmas really piles on the
pounds, but it’s the fitness aspect that concerns me most. I have a significant birthday in August and I aim to hit it fitter and leaner than I’ve been for many years. Wish me luck! February is the month of Romance with Valentine’s Day on the horizon but Mother’s Day is early this year, on the 11th March. Don’t be caught out, you know what they say about a Mother’s scorn!
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Time to Get Pruning by Pippa Greenwood At this time of year the weather is often perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants, and there’s a good chance that there are many pruning jobs that have built up over the last year and could benefit from your attention now - so take advantage of the fact that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are now devoid of leaves and get stuck in. Here’s how to make sure your pruning will really benefit your plants: • If you have a relatively small expanse of hedge or are looking to roughly reshape a shrub, a good, sharp pair of shears should do the job. Make sure they are well-oiled so that the blades move smoothly and then angle the blades to make a level trimmed surface. When you are cutting along the top of a hedge you may want to use a guide line so that you make a neat and level surface - a taut string will do. For large hedges consider using a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer, but make sure you are happy with the weight of the machine and can use it safely! • When the pruning of shrubs and trees includes the removal
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Ashford Art Society welcomes new members. All ages & standards. A friendly group with a wide variety of events and meetings. Call 01233 630293 and 01303 850429 for details. Ashford Astronomical Society - Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought ‘Wow!’, but wished you knew a bit more about it? Have you ever bought or been given a telescope and found it too difficult to setup and use? Astronomy is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, but it’s all to easy to be put off by obscure technical jargon, the enormous price of some of the equipment on sale and the sheer difficulty of knowing where to start. Contrary to popular belief, there is no requirement to be an ‘expert’ or a ‘top notch’ scientist, or even to buy huge quantities of expensive stuff to get going. All you need to start with is an interest in looking up at the night sky and a wish to know more about it. What else do you need? A welcoming and friendly Astronomy Society to guide you along of course! Contact : David Styles, General Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org. Ashford Birdwatchers’ Club: Meets on the 2nd Wednesday monthly September to April inclusive from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the WI Hall, Faversham Road, Kennington. All welcome to a friendly club; it doesn’t matter if you can’t identify many birds! Admission £3 including tea/coffee & biscuits. For information tel 01233 637067. Ashford Board Games Club Come to a session of the Board Games Club to play card, tile and board games of every kind: Carcassonne, Pandemic, Dominion, Small World, Agricola, Settlers of Catan or anything else. Every Sunday evening at 7pm at The Rose Inn, Faversham Road, Ashford TN24 9AJ Games players of every kind welcome. https://www. facebook.com/groups/31085029201 01233 625 362 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 September to June. Membership is open to all. See www.ashforddfas. org.uk Ashford & District Young Farmers’ Club meets every Wed. evening in and around the Ashford area. The club is always keen to see new faces and welcomes anyone aged 16 - 26 looking for a lively social life and a variety of activities and events to take part in. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer! For more email: ashfordyfc@gmail. com, www.ashfordyfc.co.uk, contact Charlie on 07753381718, or find us on Facebook.
Ashford Flower Club meets in Furley Hall, Ashford, on the third Tuesday of each month.For any details or further information about Ashford Flower Club, please contact: K.M Williams (Chairman) 07840 164011 or Mary Wiggins (Secretary) 01233 628278 Ashford Mediation Service is a small local charity who offers a mediation service to the community of Ashford which is open to all. Ashford Mediation Service helps to build happier more productive communities by using mediation to resolve disputes. Over the past 17 years we have helped 1000s of people find peaceful resolutions to disputes. If you are interested in using the service to resolve a dispute, or if you would like to train with us to become a volunteer mediator, please contact the office on 01233 896237 or visit our website www. ashfordmediation.co.uk for more information. Ashford Photographic Society meets at Givaudan Sports Centre every Friday from September to May. Check www.ashfordps.org.uk for full details. Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at Sellindge for flying seven days a week, and fly indoors in Ashford Market on various Thursday evenings during the Autumn, Winter, & Spring, please visit www.araclub.co.uk for more details, or phone Iain on 07956501510, or myself (Roger) 01233 627694 Ashford Sinfonia Community Orchestra meets on Monday evenings 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m St Mary the Virgin Church in Willesborough during term time. Players should be over Grade 3. We are an enthusiastic group of people who have either played since young, taken up an instrument in later life but who enjoy making music under the guidance of a very keen professional musician. We do have a website www.ashfordsinfonia.com and all contact numbers can be found there. New members are welcome to join us at 7.30pm to play classical and popular orchestral music. We welcome everyone. Coffee, Craft and Chat – at Kennington United Reformed/Methodist Church, 265 Faversham Road, Kennington. We meet on Wednesday mornings, 9am to 11.45am. Members have experience of a range of craft activities. Bring your favourite or learn to knit, crochet, etc. Bring and buy of unused materials and home made items. Board games are also available or just come for a chat. We have recently discovered a shared interest in jigsaw puzzles and have a small collection to lend. Everyone welcome. Contact Jane@kurc.org.uk for more information or just come along. Da Base Ashford Town Youth Centre, 5-7 Park Street, Ashford TN24 8LR (back of Iceland, opp. Wilkinson’s) contact us on 01233 631 472 or visit www.dabaseyouthcentre.com.
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Quirky Britain Cat Cafés “An Americano and two tabby cats, please … “ by Kate McLelland As you sip your skinny latte in Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, you never know who might appear on your lap. It could be fluffy ‘Petra’, soulful ‘Tink’ or any of the other celebrity rescue cats (with hundreds of Twitter followers) who live in the quirky East London café. In this strange combination of restaurant and luxury cats’ home, the feline inhabitants can exercise on a giant ‘hamster wheel’, scamper along walkways or snooze on various raised platforms around the venue as customers eat and drink. AN A-MEWS-ING TREND? Lady Dinah’s - the first ever cat café to open in Britain - was the brainchild of Australian Lauren Pears, who set out to create a relaxing retreat where young professionals living in rented accommodation (where pets are not allowed) could interact with the resident moggies. Although Lauren’s original vision was to create a peaceful urban retreat where customers could relax with a book, chat with friends or even hold meetings, she hadn’t bargained for the enthusiasm with which British cat lovers would greet her new enterprise. Within the first two weeks
of opening in 2014 Lauren had received a staggering 20,000 bookings, and the café turned out to be anything but the tranquil enclave she had originally imagined. It has since become more of a tourist attraction than a place where local office workers can pet a friendly feline, and she has now been forced to limit visits to 90 minutes to accommodate all of her customers.
CRUEL OR KIND? Nottingham’s Kitty Café which has recently opened a second branch in Leeds - offers a home to abandoned cats, rescue cats and cats with medical issues that need some TLC. It also acts as a rehoming centre, so customers who bond with their furry table companion can join the café’s adoption programme with a view to taking their favourite feline home.
Although the world’s first cat café opened in Taiwan in 1998, Lauren Pears was ahead of the curve when she started making plans to open Lady Dinah’s in London. “After I did some research, I saw there were a few popping up in Europe and spotted that a trend was on its way,” she recently told the website thisismoney.co.uk. But since 2014 a number of copycat ventures (no pun intended) have sprung up in towns and cities across the country. You can now call in to a cat café in London, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Oldham, Oxford, Aberdeen or Edinburgh, and it’s almost inevitable that we’ll see more of these cat-themed eateries opening up in future.
Cat cafés are big business, but not everyone feels the love. There has been a lot of criticism from animal charities, including Cats Protection and the RSPCA. Cats Protection refuses to accept donations from cat cafés due to concerns about “the welfare implications of having a number of cats in a limited space with groups of people unknown to them coming and going throughout the day.” The charity goes on to explain that “(Cats) have evolved as solitary animals and generally do not choose to live in social groups.” The RSPCA has equally strong views about placing cats in what it considers to be an unsuitable environment. In its Science Group review of 2016 the charity writes: “Our aim is to dissuade
new cafés from opening and to advise those already in operation of the appropriate and necessary steps that should be taken to minimise potential feline stress. We have also raised our concerns for the welfare of cats living in cat cafés through media opportunities.”
we make.” She admits that on occasions she has been forced to retire cats from café life if they have exhibited signs of unhappiness or stress, and she has now reluctantly decided to ban younger children because she lacks the staff numbers to supervise them.
However most café owners claim they are doing their best to keep their star turns happy and healthy. At Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium guests are asked to follow a set of rules when interacting with the cats. This includes not picking them up or stroking them when they are asleep and avoiding flash photography. Owner Lauren Pears comments: “Our concern for the cats’ wellbeing governs pretty much every decision
The Kitty Café has devised a set of rules for customers and publishes separate guidance for adults and children. The adult rules include no carrying hot drinks, vaping, playing music or using laser pens. Adults are reminded to respect that the café is “the cats’ home” and warned not to pick up cats, corner them or touch their “eyes, mouths, whiskers or tummies.” Children are requested not to shout, scream and “push or pull”
the cats. They are asked to stoke them “nicely and gently”, while adults are reminded to make sure their children follow the rules. If the public’s enthusiastic response is anything to go by, cat cafés are likely to remain a feature of our high streets for many years to come. However, given the difficult balance between keeping cats and customers happy, it seems unlikely that the controversy surrounding these felinefocused establishments will end anytime soon.
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Making STEM Fun by Kate Duggan kateduggan.co.uk STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are the fastest growing industries in the world. Even if your child doesn’t fancy a career in STEM, they will need to use elements of it throughout their working life. According to The National Science Foundation, “To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” So how can you help your child to develop a real enjoyment for STEM? SCIENCE There are lots of children’s science sets available to buy, but you don’t actually need any fancy equipment to conduct simple experiments at home, such as: • Asking your child to add a few drops of oil to a glass of water. Discuss what they think will happen. Will the oil and water mix or stay separate? • Finding four old, dull two pence coins. Soak each one in a different liquid (water, coke, vinegar and lemon juice) for a few minutes to see which liquid cleans the coin the best. TECHNOLOGY Computer programming now features in the National Curriculum and many schools
offer basic coding clubs from Key Stage 2. Paul Lyons, IT Director at Ebuyer.com, explains, “Even if your child has no interest in becoming a software developer, they will benefit from skills such as problem solving and following instructions - which can be applied to other areas. Many parents may not know where to begin, but introducing educational aspects into children’s technology use at home can have a real impact on a child’s ability.” There are lots of resources available to help your child at home. Useful websites include: • scratch.mit.edu, which lets children aged six and up learn the basics of creating games online. • codecombat.com: while this American site is mainly aimed at teachers, you can sign up as a parent or student to access a free short course. • www.codeclub.org.uk, which lists coding clubs for 9-13 year olds across the UK. ENGINEERING K’Nex model building sets are a fun way to introduce engineering concepts. The K’Nex Education Introduction to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set, for example, contains more than 170 pieces, and instructions for building eight mini machines. You can also help your child to
make simple structures using household items. Straws and play dough are ideal materials for building model bridges. Or try searching www.instructables. com for instructions on making structures out of lolly sticks or toothpicks. MATHS Kjartan Poskitt, author of Murderous Maths and Ambassador for the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards 2017, says, “I always say that maths is like broccoli. You either like it or you hate it, but you have to have some because it’s good for you. If learning the tables is driving your child mad, what can you do to sauce them up? The secret is to play around with numbers and get to know them. Here are a couple of little facts and tricks to get you started: • If you write out the digits 1 2 3 4, you can turn them into 12 = 3 x 4. You can also do this with 5 6 7 8 because 56 = 7 x 8. • Pick any three consecutive numbers (e.g. 4, 5 and 6). Multiply the smallest by the biggest, and then add one. (So here we get 4 x 6 = 24, then 24 + 1 = 25). The answer is always the same as the middle number squared (5 x 5 = 25).”
By Elaine Povey - Nutrition Wise
Probiotics have many health benefits - are they worth the money ? PROBIOTICS are the key to a healthy gut according to many health experts including local Registered Nutritionist Elaine Povey, and a healthy gut leads to a robust immune system. She advocates taking probiotics during the winter and spring months to ward off colds but they can be taken as food such as live yoghurt and sauerkraut, too. So are they worth the money spent on them?
However, according to Elaine, probiotics in combination with vitamins and minerals work best. Probiotic bacteria have a natural immune boosting action but micronutrients found naturally in foods such as vitamin A, C and E and the minerals, zinc and selenium are needed to boost the production of antibodies and other infection-fighting chemicals within our bodies.
A term that literally means ‘for life’, probiotics are live, friendly bacteria and yeasts promoted as having various health benefits. They compete for space with bad bacteria in the gut, inhibiting their growth and assist with the breakdown and absorption of food. They’re usually added to yoghurts or taken as food supplements, and are often described as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria. However not all probiotics are equal and the challenge is to find the ones that are truly effective.
This is one of the many reasons that we need to increase our intake of fruit and vegetables. In the Mediterranean, they regularly eat up to 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day! Probiotics need to feed off prebiotics in our colon which are their food supply and these prebiotics are found in all fruit and vegetables including onions and garlic.
They have also been known to help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infections and helped reduce the development of allergic conditions such as eczema. Specific strains are better at targeting these ailments. Research is still ongoing for some of these health claims. So what about probiotics curing colds? A study in 2005 involving 262 employees in Sweden examined the effect of the probiotic Lactobacillus strain in its ability to reduce sick-leave caused by respiratory infections. Out of those who took the probiotic, 10% of the group suffered from the common cold and flu compared to the placebo group (those who took no probiotic) where 26% suffered from cold or flu symptoms.
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However, the total antioxidant capacity of the foods does not necessarily reflect their health benefit. Benefits depend on how the food's antioxidants are absorbed and utilized in the body. And this is where the healthy gut microbiome plays its part and why she takes probiotics during the winter and spring months and recommends them to her clients where she feels they will benefit from them. You can purchase probiotics from Elaine and she is available for consultations in the therapy room at Sunfish Yoga and Therapy, 24 Church Street, Wye TN25 5BJ or alternatively she can visit you in your home. She is available to give talks and host workshops on nutrition. She is speaking at the WI Kennington branch in March on the subject, ‘Food as Medicine’. Her mobile number is 07775 582925 and website is www.nutritionwise.uk for more information about her.
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Beauty goodies to see you through the cold spell. If your skin is feeling dry and tight at the moment, a sheet mask could be just the ticket. Look for one with hyaluronic acid, which helps skin to hold on to moisture and fight the signs of ageing. The skin689 Bio-Cellulose Hyaluron Face Mask contains hyaluronic acid, along with coconut extract and an amino acid complex to nourish skin. As with all sheet masks, it’s a little fiddly to use, but feels lovely and refreshing when it’s on and the end results are definitely worth it. Softer, more hydrated skin, in just 20 minutes. And at £5.90, it’s an affordable weekend treat. See www.skin689.com. An American skincare brand has released the world’s first vegan, plantbased topical collagen formula. Algenist’s serum is designed to replace lost collagen and contains Omega-rich microalgae oil. As with many things, there’s no long-term gain without shortterm pain. In my case this meant that I had to contend with several large pimples breaking out in the first few days of using the serum. However, my skin soon got used to it, and did look plumper, smoother and much more refreshed after just a couple of weeks. All in all, I’m impressed. Genius Liquid Collagen is available from www.SpaceNK.com for £90. Central heating and icy winds don’t just wreak havoc on your skin - they can also leave your hair feeling dry and lacklustre. Faith in Nature’s Seaweed & Citrus Shampoo and Conditioner include natural extracts, such as wild harvested seaweed to ‘feed’ your hair with minerals and antioxidants. As with all Faith in Nature products, they’re free from parabens and harsh ingredients, so very gentle. Suitable for all hair types, they leave your locks feeling healthier,
Health & Fitness smoother and shinier. £5.35 each from www.faithinnature.co.uk. Sore, cracked hands can be a real pain over the colder months. Unfortunately, some hand creams can actually make the situation worse, particularly if they contain artificial perfumes. Dermalex is a specialist skincare range aimed at sufferers of conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. The Hand Irritation Cream can help with dry, cracked skin, itching and other signs of irritation. You’ll also want to look for a gentler hand wash or soap that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate, which can dry your skin and aggravate skin conditions. From £12.99, www.dermalex.co.uk. It may be cold outside, but it won’t be long before it’s time to pack the winter woollies away for a few months. If you’ve been neglecting your nails under warm gloves, now’s the time to treat them to some TLC. Nails Inc Superfood NailKale Base Coat is enriched with kale, aloe vera, lemon, ginseng, pomegranate and grape extracts to nourish and strengthen your nails. Use it on its own for a glossy nude finish, or as a base coat for your favourite coloured polish. £15, www.nailsinc.com.
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