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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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We meet at St Mary’s Bay Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month. All enquiries to Kay Walker (Secretary) 01303 873542. 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. Cost £5 per week. For further details contact ANDREW and DEBBY on 01303 875542 The Hythe & Romney Marsh Branch of the R.A.F Association, meets on the second Thursday of each

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website at: romneymarshphotographicclub.co.uk Ivychurch Croquet Club - We are a small group of ladies and gentlemen who generally meet on Mondays and Wednesdays during the playing season to enjoy a game of either GOLF or ASSOCIATION Croquet. We are based on a farm where we have a small clubhouse and three lawns which are maintained by our members. Our new season will be starting in April so if you would like to find out more about the game or give it a try by coming to play, (experience is not necessary) you will find we are a friendly bunch. If you are interested please contact Ken Lennon on 01797 361052 or by email at lennonken@ hotmail.com. The Hythe & Romney Marsh Branch of the R.A.F Association, meets on the second Thursday of

each month at the Royal British Legion Club, St. Leonard’s Road, Hythe, 7 for 7:30. You don’t have to have been in the Royal Air Force to join us. More Info phone 01797 362303. St Marys Bay Short Mat Bowls Club Plays at the Village Hall Jefferstone Lane Sunday Mornings 10:30/13:00. Tuesdays Afternoons 2:00/5:00 and Wednesday Evenings 7:00pm/9:00pm. New Romney Bowls Club Come on out, the greens are great! Full Facilities available from coaching to playing to suit any level. Bar and social programme throughout the year. We have a regular Open Mic on the first Wednesday of the month. Enjoyable night out for all. Club contact 01797 362409 or www.newromneybowlsclub.co.uk Tai Chi For Health Monday Appledore Village Hall. Beginners 9.45 , Intermediate 10.45. Thursday Hamstreet Victory Hall Intermediate 9.30 , Beginners 10.30. £6 pay as you go, www.taichiforyou.co.uk, 07587 167756

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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!

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• When the pruning of shrubs and trees includes the removal of stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses, it is worth using some ‘loppers’. These are available in various handle lengths, while some even have telescopic handles so that you can reach up higher without having to use a ladder or platform. They are much better at cutting through relatively thick stems than shears or secateurs and yet also allow for accurate positioning of the cut. If you are having to cut back branches above your head it is worth wearing some protective headgear, as well as goggles to protect your eyes from falling debris. • Everybody with even just a single shrub in their garden needs a pair of secateurs and the better the quality, the better the job you can do. Secateurs can be used for the most precise pruning of smaller woody stems. Provided they are good and sharp, you can make a perfectly clean and accurate cut. Always cut to an outwardfacing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards).

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The Garden check the best pruning time for the plants you have in mind. Most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, but if you are after a good display of flowers make sure that you prune at the correct time or else you may end up pruning out the plant’s potential. • Some trees - mainly those in the Prunus family such as cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines - are very prone to a potentially fatal fungal infection known as ‘silver leaf’. This is less likely to cause problems if these trees are pruned in the summer months, so don’t prune them now unless there is no alternative and you are sure you are prepared to take the risk.

• Always make sure that pruning tools are really sharp. If they are in the slightest bit blunt then the job will not only take a lot more effort from you, but may also end up with the plant being damaged, as the cut made will be jagged or stems may be crushed. • Create sloping cuts whenever you can so that rain and moisture runs off and does not accumulate (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud as this will allow new growth without dieback. When you are using shears or large-scale trimmers you cannot do this, so always use secateurs, loppers or a saw.

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Shutters provide a chic and stylish alternative to blinds and curtains and are a cost-effective way to completely update the look and feel of a room. They are more hygienic too as they simply wipe clean and don't absorb the dust, unlike curtains or blinds. Shutters offer you a great deal of flexibility, for instance you can have different slat sizes, different colours and different panel designs. You also have more control over how much light enters the room. With blinds, there's relatively little light control flexibility. Shutters can also save you valuable pennies as they provide further insulation, which is particularly appealing in these cash strapped times. And finally, shutters last longer and are more 10 durable.

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The Excitement of Moving Home by Elizabeth Connell Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors

The excitement of moving home Moving home can be one of the most stressful times of your life, but it can also be an exciting and positive time. The conveyancing process is full of uncertainty. Your transaction may be linked to numerous other transactions over which you have no control and this can be stressful, but knowing what you can and cannot control in this process can help. Five top tips to help the process run smoothly: 1. Seek early legal advice and be organised Seeking legal help as soon as possible can ensure that any problems are quickly identified. There will be a lot of information to be gathered and forms to be completed before your transaction can proceed; a good solicitor will guide you through this process, helping you save time and money. 2. You have the right to choose your solicitor Your estate agent may recommend that you use one of their panel solicitors or conveyancers, but you have the right to choose your own solicitor. You are not under any obligation to use the panel solicitor. 3. Choose the right solicitor When appointing a Conveyancing Solicitor, do not make a hasty decision. But how do you identify a good Conveyancing service? • Experience is the most important thing to look for; the firm should specialize in conveyancing. • Check whether the firm is CQS accredited the Law Society’s gold standard for residential conveyancing. 14

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Fe b r u a r y 5th Woodchurch Local History Society meets on the first Monday of the month at Woodchurch Memorial Hall, 7:30pm. Our first speaker of the year (Alex Ferris) will give a presentation entitled ‘Plague Doctor of the Weald’ on Monday March 5th. Why not come and give us a try? New members are very welcome indeed, paying £10 annual membership. Visitors pay £2 at the door. Please ring Geoff, 01233 860393 for more information. 9th Woodchurch Film Society will be showing Manchester By The Sea. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm screening. Tickets: £4 (members), £5 (non-members). All available at the door. Venue: The Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch TN26 3PF. Refreshments: hot & cold drinks plus our usual delicious home-made cakes for sale during the interval. 10th Spiritualist Meetings held every Saturday evening, at Highbury Hall. Highbury Lane. Tenterden. TN30 6LE. Doors open at 6pm ready for 6.30pm start. Refreshments afterwards. All are welcomed. February 10th - Iain Mason £4. February 17th - Stephen Morrell. February 24th - Philip Holden from London, £4. PS. We also have a page on facebook, Tenterden Spiritualist Centre. 15th Iden Village Hall Bingo, held every once a fortnight. Doors opening at 2pm ready for eyes down at 2.30pm. 20th Ashford Flower Club is holding its Annual General Meeting at Furley Hall, Maidstone Road, Ashford TN24 8TX. The formal part of the evening will be followed by a short floral demonstration by Trudie Easton. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm). Anyone interested in joining the Club is very welcome to attend. 21st The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet in Biddenden New Village Hall at 7.30 pm. This evening Phil Birch, of Highway Learning and Support, will be giving a talk on “Security and your computer.”. Annual membership is £10.00. Nonmembers are welcome at £2 a visit. Full details: http:// www.wealdofkentcomputerclub.co.uk/. Enquiries: secretarywkcc@yahoo.co.uk 23rd Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society will meet 7.00 for 7.30pm in the village hall when our speaker with be Ian Rickards of Kent Wildlife Trust who will be giving a presentation on “The Wildlife of Hothfield Heathlands”. Those who came on our escorted tour last year will know how interesting this area of Kent is, we are planning another trip on Wednesday 9th May. For further enquiries please


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contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451 or email brabournewendy@gmail.com. Visitors will always be made welcome. 28th The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets in the New Village Hall. Mrs Elizabeth Hall is going to start the year with a talk entitled “Dragons: Animal, Vegetable and Miscellaneous”. If you would like our events calendar for 2018 contact Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 or visit the website www. biddendenhorticulturalsociety.co.uk. Our usual fees for Village Hall meetings are Members £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome.

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Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and fry the chorizo sausage for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion, garlic and celery to the pan and fry gently for 8-10 minutes, stirring, until softened. Stir in the rice and saffron strands and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the rice is almost tender and nearly all the liquid has been absorbed, stirring frequently. Add the chorizo and prawns to the pan and cook for a further 5-6 minutes, until the prawns are cooked through and pink. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve in warmed bowls sprinkled with the paprika. Add some diced red or yellow pepper and a TIP handful of chopped fresh parsley for extra colour and flavour.


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SWEET Choc ‘n’ nuts – spread warmed pancakes with chocolate and hazelnut spread then fold into quarters. Drizzle with warmed chocolate sauce and serve with toasted hazelnuts. Orange cream – heat 4tbsp thin-shred marmalade with 150ml orange juice in a frying pan and simmer for a few minutes until syrupy. Fold the pancakes and add to the pan, turning to coat in the syrup. Serve topped with whipped cream or crème fraiche. SAVOURY Cheese and bacon melts – add 2tsp dried Italian herbs to the pancake batter. Fill each cooked pancake with some grated Cheddar and 2 rashers crisply fried smoked bacon rashers. Fold over and pop in a hot oven for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted. Tuna parcels – place a spoonful of canned flaked tuna fish in the centre of each cooked pancake and top with some canned sweetcorn and chopped spring onion. Fold the pancakes to make parcels and enclose the filling. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.


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Kid’s Corner

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).”

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Sleep: Vital for Good Mental and Physical Health

We know that losing sleep can make us struggle to concentrate and keep smiling. But research is increasingly proving that a lack of good quality sleep can seriously damage our physical and mental health. More than 20 large-scale studies have proved that the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. HOW SLEEP DEPRIVATION AFFECTS PHYSICAL HEALTH Weight gain and obesity The link is probably due to reduced levels of leptin (the hunger-inhibiting ‘you’re full’ hormone) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone) caused by sleep deprivation. It’s a vicious circle, as you’re more prone to sleep problems if you’re overweight. Increased diabetes risk Risk is increased in people sleeping less than five hours a night, particularly those lacking deep or ‘slow-wave’ sleep. Their body processes glucose differently, reacting incorrectly to insulin. Tiredness also causes you to secrete more stress hormones (e.g. cortisol), making it harder for insulin to function correctly and leaving excess glucose in your bloodstream.

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Increased cancer risk Professor Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep, says that after

just one night of only four or five hours’ sleep, your natural cancerattacking cells drop by 70%. US researchers have discovered that night workers produce 80% less of a by-product of DNA tissue repair, indicating their bodies aren’t carrying out their natural overnight cell restoration. Increased Alzheimer’s risk During deep sleep, amyloid deposits (a cell-killing toxin that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers) are ‘cleaned’ away. Without sufficient sleep, these plaques build up, especially in deep-sleep-generating regions – meaning you sleep even less. It’s a vicious circle. Increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke Persistent sleep deprivation causes increased heart rate, blood pressure and inflammation, which can all put extra strain on your heart. Over-45s sleeping less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Weakened immunity Sleep deprivation damages production and distribution of immune factors. Reduced fertility and libido Research has revealed that insufficient sleep can cause lower libido in men and women, and reduce the secretion of reproductive hormones. HOW SLEEP DEPRIVATION AFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH Increased risk of depression, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and psychotic episodes The poor mental health/poor sleep link is well-established.

Daniel Freeman, co-author of major research on the subject, found that insomnia doubles your chances of developing depression, while treating insomnia reduces it. His study also showed that when people sleep better, they’re far less likely to suffer from anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations or psychotic episodes. Reduced memory, concentration and reaction times The odd late night isn’t a problem, but after persistently poor sleep, your reaction times, concentration and decision-making decline significantly. This can affect not only your health and safety, but that of others you work with, care for – or drive past. Studies show that sleep deficiency harms your driving ability as much as, or more than, being drunk. Four hours’ sleep? You’re 11.5 times more likely to be involved in a crash. Driver fatigue is estimated to be responsible for around 100,000 car accidents and 1,500 deaths each year. A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE “No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation,” says Professor Walker. He believes we have “stigmatised sleep with the label of laziness” because we want to seem busy; a lack of sleep is “a badge of honour.” That’s an attitude we need to change.


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Beauty Winter S.O.S.

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Beauty goodies to see you through the cold spell.

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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, plant-based 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, smoother and shinier. £5.35 each from www.faithinnature.co.uk.


Health & Beauty 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

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Call812148 Tony Telephone: 01303 T: 01303 812148Mobile: M: 07738 907 717 07738907717 www.plumbing-masters.co.uk www.plumbingmasters.co.uk

D. KENWARD & SONS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

DOMESTIC - INDUSTRIAL - COMMERCIAL - AGRICULTURAL Free Estimates - Established Tenterden 1970 - Family Run Business Rewires • Fault Finding • Test & Inspection Extra Sockets/Lights • Maintenance • Extensions DBS enhanced certificate for schools Approved Electrical Contractor for over 25years Call Andrew: 07786 342454 or Dave: 07880 680046 e: dkenward@btconnect.com

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1.5 tonne (2.4 mtr digging depth) 1.7 tonne (2.5 mtr digging depth) .8 tonne mini digger (2017 models)

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We are also able to supply larger diggers and dumpers, all with retractable tracks. Please call for a price on our mobile first or visit facebook.com/parterandsonbuildersltd


MV Electrical & Building Contractors yy yy yy yy yy

Bathroom Installations Kitchen Renovations Extensions House Refurbishments All Electrical Work Undertaken Part P Reqistered Electrician

The Home

TINA FRANCIS DOMESTIC ELECTRICIAN

New Installations Re-wires Additional or replacement Lights, sockets etc

Tel: 07739 588762

Mobile 07761 695101 Email – tinafrancis1@aol.com

Newchurch, Romney Marsh, TN29 0DH

Oil Heating & Oil Cookers R-OAK Services M. Oakley & O.Stanley - Oil-fired Specialists Breakdowns & Servicing • Boiler Installation • Power Flushing AGA, Rayburn, Alpha, Stanley, Worcester, Tel: 01233 770138 www.ohoc.co.uk Grant, Boulter, Potterton, Trianco and more...

Easy Access Bathrooms Safe, sound and stylish

Walk-in showers • Walk-in baths • Wetrooms Beautiful bathroom & shower conversions

Family run business with over 15 years of Knowledge & experience Zero VAT on Mobility bathrooms

To find out how we can help you call:

01233 210808

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Important Information Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team 101 Ashford & Tenterden Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Out of Hours Doctor - Primecare 111 Evening, Nights, Weekends & Bank Holidays William Harvey Hospital 01233 633331 Samaritans www.samaritans.org Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG

08457 90 90 90

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

Shepway District Council

01303 853000

Citizens Advice Bureau Alcoholics Anonymous Ashford Volunteer Centre Age Concern

01233 626185 0845 7697555 01233 647 422 01233 668 765

www.ageconcern.org.uk

CARM

01233 758122

E: office@carmromneymarsh.org.uk W: www.carmromneymarsh.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support W: www.forget-me-nots.co.uk

Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad East Kent Strokes

01233 623520 01233 840448

www.eastkentstrokes.org

SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767 326138 01233 620 167 Brookland Village Hall Surgery 01797 223 230 Royal British Legion New Romney National Train Enquiries Doctors Surgery

Oak Hall Surgery Church Lane Health Centre

Dymchurch

Martello Medical Practice

01797 362 106 www.nationalrail.co.uk 01797 364756 Bus Enquiries 01303 875700

Veterinary Surgeons

Cinque Ports Veterinary 01797 321771 Associates Barrow Hill Veterinary Surgery 01797 363177

New Romney Community Warden Gareth Roberts

Parish Councils:

Brenzett Brookland Burmarsh Dymchurch Ivychurch Lydd Town Council Newchurch New Romney Town Council Old Romney St Mary in the Marsh Snargate

0777 339 6751

Stagecoach Bus Enquiries

07.30 to 18:00 Monday - Friday

03456 00 22 99

Village Hall Bookings

Dymchurch 01303 874527 Newchurch 0774 9369 861 Ivychurch Pearl Sharland 01797 344121 info@ivychurch.org.uk

St. Mary’s Bay

01303 873215

Church Halls 01797 344415 01797 344464 TBC 01303 872708 TBC 01797 320999 01303 873754 01797 362348 01797 363260 01303 874341 01797 344358

St Peters, Greatstone Patricia McCarthy 01797 363002 patriciamccarthy381@btinternet.com

High Pressure Jetting Service & Repair to Sewage treatment plants Soakaway Testing Cesspool Emptying Service

01233 840624

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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