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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, Happy new year and welcome to 2013, yes I know Christmas and New Year now seems a distant memory, but I hope it’s a great one. 2012 was certainly an eventfull year, first we had the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee where we showed the world our very British stiff upper lip by being determined to celebrate and enjoy ourselves whilst being soaked to the skin in persistent rain. Then came the Olympics with that amazing opening ceremony, followed by all those gold medals. I’m not a sporty person at all, other than winter sports, I’ve never really been that interested in watching it on tv, but this was something very different, I was captivated. From my point of view, the whole event, combined with the Para Olympics was totally inspiring, I was proud to be British. To finish off the year the Mayan Calendar was thought to predict the end of the world

on the 21st December. What a relief to wake up on the 22nd and find that everything and everyone was still as it should be! My husband put a positive spin on this, he believes that the end of the Mayan Calendar signifies change, rather than the doom that others predicted. We’ve had enough doom and gloom recently, especially when it comes to the world’s finances, so lets hope that 2013 is a turning point and the beginning of a more prosperous, optimistic period of time.

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The Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931. Egerton Over 60’s Club We have a few vacancies for anyone, any age at the moment and from any district.We are a friendly group who enjoy stimulating speakers and interesting, enjoyable and relaxing outings.Example of speaker’s subjects--A Trip Along the Military Canal, Baird-the Pioneer of Television and Kent Photo Archives. Outings will include Groombridge Place, a river cruise on the Kentish Lady plus picnic,and more. Interested? contact one of the following --David on 756544, Graham on 756620 or Sheila on 756294.You will be made most welcome.

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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. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Smarden Heritage Centre - Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm visit: Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 email Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948.

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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

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. Clandestine Cake Club is a great way to meet new people, catch up with friends and the perfect excuse to eat cake! We meet approximately every six weeks with

“A great little place to discover...� 19 The High St, Charing TN27 0HU 01233 714747 a different theme for each meeting to make things even more interesting! It’s a social thing - not a cake competition, so everyone from complete novices to professional bakers are welcome. The idea is to share your cake and have some fun! For more information, contact Zarina Hawkins on

Headcorn Tai-Chi ( HeadARA) Thursdays 11.00-12.00 in the Village Hall. Contact Wendy Rate 01622 891556. Headcorn Bowls Club - Free coaching available to newcomers. Contact Chris 01622 858100 or David 01580 291996. Yoga Classes at the Village Hall is now held on the following days and times: Tuesday 10:00 - 11:15 in the New Scout Hut Tuesday evening 7:00 - 8:15 & 8.30 - 9:45 in the Long Meadow Hall. Wednesday morning 9:30 - 10:45 in the New Scout Hut. For more information contact Sue Wainright on 01622 890746. Judo in Headcorn at the Village Hall. There will be two sessions per week on Sunday mornings for children under 11 (9.30am) and Friday evenings for children over 11 (7.30pm) see http://www.freewebs. com/headcornjudo for more information. Weight Watchers Weight Watchers meet at the village hall at 6:30pm on Thursdays. For further details call 08457 123000. Headcorn Handbell Ringers Music Making: Have you ever fancied playing tunes on handbells? The Headcorn Handbell Ringers have room for new recruits. We meet every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 2pm until 4.30pm at Tall Oaks, 46 Oak Lane. Do drop in and see us or telephone 01622 890201. The Parish Church Choir New members of the Choir in all voices i.e. Treble, Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass will be most welcome. Choir practice is held in the Parish Church at 7:00pm on Fridays. Anyone interested (or parents of children aged 11 or over) should contact Bob Chance either in person or on 01622 890406.

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The Garden Shed February By Jackie Witcher - Tenterden & District Horticultural Society

Happy New Year to you all, I know it’s a bit late, but as you know there is no January Directory issue.


Well I hope you all got what you wanted for Christmas and not lumps of coal. I was very pleased that I had a few packs of gardening gloves, in my stocking, which I was very low on, but also a bit disappointed that there was no compost. Do you think people think that I am joking when I ask for compost? I think the problem with Christmas is, as you get older, that there is very little that you really want, well apart that is from a Aston Martin DB5, which I have always wanted, but apart from taking out another mortgage on the old house something tells me not to bother to put it on my Christmas present list. One thing I was given was a pack of tulip bulbs from Amsterdam called Sultans of Spring. The colours are pink/orange/yellow mix striped petals. These I put in immediately as we know that bulbs are generally planted September/October time. Not having any room left in the raised beds I have put them in a large tub, and planted them nice and deep. A general guide is three times the height of the bulb would be its depth for planting. After putting in a layer of compost I always add a thin layer of sand to bed the bulbs onto. This helps drainage and stops the likelihood of rotting. Now these bulbs, apparently, are not available in this

country so I shall report back on their progress, that is if they are not drowned first with all the rain we have been getting.

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Whilst wearing a pair of lead boots and gripping my coat so its stayed on my body I did get to have one of my strolls around the garden and was amazed to see how many of the Spring bulbs were starting to show. Not only their leaves, the hyacinths actually had flower heads coming through. We’ve had fewer frosts than normal and I suppose the milder weather has forced them through. I hope they hold back a while, otherwise there shan’t be many for the Spring Show and that’s not till April!! Today is the first day of sunshine I have seen for a

while. I’ve had a brief spat of ill health, shingles to be exact, which has put a hold on my gardening exploits. But today I shall endeavour to get out into the garden and get going on some chores. And boy is there a few to do. Apart from the leaves off the local trees deciding to land in my garden and mine alone, I have got to get to grips and prune the weeping pussy willow. Since I jacked it up a few years back it has now grown to about 8 foot tall!!! Which means using a step ladder to reach. Luckily I have this down to a fine art using a pair of long handled pruners. I prune from underneath where I can reach the majority of dead wood, anything above this I get husband to do.

The birds are already checking out the des res’s, and

I am watching closely to see if a robin takes up the offer of the robin box, which we hung last year on the “Chinese” pergola. When we removed the boxes for cleaning last October we were quite happy to see that, apart from one, they had been used. The one that hadn’t been used had been in the same place for about three years, so we can only assume that it is in the wrong position. This has now been moved and we hope that this year it shall be occupied. Always when the eggs hatch I wait with anticipation to see the fledglings fly. But I’ve never have been that lucky. Yet my neighbour has managed to see it two or three times. I must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time!! Coffee time already, and today I am having the last slice of Guyanan Black Christmas Cake, which was a recipe from my favourite supermarkets freebee book. It contains ¼ bottle of rum and more in its soaking. Needless to say its very nice – or was! JW Please Mention The

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TEL: 01233 732505 £5 off Full Groom in Feb Quote TVDCHAR

Prior to taking on Barking Mad franchise I had worked in the catering and hospitality industry. I’ve been lucky I had the chance to travel to many countries around the world to work and was able to experience other nationalities and cultures. I was first introduced to Barking Mad as a customer when I needed care for my dog Sam. I love the concept and the high standard of care that Sam receives from his host family/s when I am away. I too became a host family and love to see visiting dogs from time to time unfortunately I’m unable to host now, I am now lucky enough to be a part of this brilliant concept and to work from home with my Labrador Sam helping -well he’s more of a sleeping partner really! I know Hello there, my name is Trish Feely and I’m how vital it is to find good dog care for our four proud to announce I am officially Barking legged family member or it can ruin your time away with worry. Mad, Not just by name…!

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Barking Mad has been established for 12years and is a great alternative to kennels or housesitting for dogs and now available in this area; we select the ideal host family from our portfolio of trusted dog lovers, all of whom meet our extremely high standards. Accommodation is in a family home environment with one to one dog care, where daily routines are maintained for your dog. If you are interested in using our services or would Barking Mad offers an exceptional service to like to know more about becoming a host, I would love to hear from you (details below) dogs and their owners.

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LOCAL MARKETS CHALLOCK Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane. 1st & 3rd Friday of each month 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 FARMER’S MARKET Charing Church Barn 9 -11.30 every Thurs morning Contact 01233 740176

EGERTON Every Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

ROLVENDEN - 01580 240763 Every Thursday 10am -12 noon St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall

RYE FARMERS MARKET Every Wednesday at Strand Quay 10am - 1 pm (12pm Oct - April)

RYE MARKET Every Thursday at the Cattle Market Car Park. Early till around 3pm (depending on the weather)

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Seasonal Delights Satay Vegetable Skewers Serves 4

Ready in 30 minutes If you are short on time but still want a flavoursome supper then try these delicious vegetable kebabs with a lovely spicy peanut sauce and spring onion noodles. For non-veggie kebabs replace the aubergine with cubes of lean pork or chicken fillet and cook for 15-20 minutes until the meat is cooked through and lightly charred.


Ingredients: • 100g crunchy peanut butter • 25g creamed coconut, chopped • 1/2 tsp chilli powder • 1 garlic clove peeled and crushed • 4 tbsp soy sauce • 3 small peppers (red, green and yellow), deseeded and cut into 2.5cm pieces • 4 thick slices of aubergine • 1 large red onion, peeled and cut into slim wedges • 3 tbsp sesame oil • 4 nests fine egg noodles • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

Tip: If you don’t have a griddle pan cook the kebabs under a preheated grill or use a heavy-based shallow frying and add a little oil.

Place the peanut butter, coconut, chilli powder and garlic in a small pan with 180ml water. Heat gently, stirring all the time, for 2-3 minutes until the coconut has dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat, stir in half the soy sauce. Thin down with a little more water to get a pouring consistency, if necessary. Par-boil the peppers in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes, drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut the aubergine slices into quarters. Thread the peppers and aubergine onto 8 pre-soaked wooden skewers with the onion wedges. Preheat a cast-iron griddle pan until almost smoking. Whisk 2 tbsp of the oil and remaining soy sauce together and brush all over the vegetable kebabs. Cook the kebabs on the hot griddle pan for 6-8 minutes, turning frequently until tender and lightly charred. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a large pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Drain well and toss together with the rest of the sesame oil and the spring onions. Serve the kebabs on the noodles and drizzle over the satay sauce.

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To Eat In Or Out Come & visit us at our Family run “shabby chic” coffee shop in Biddenden, we also offer bed & breakfast accommodation. Each morning Avards Bakery in Tenterden deliver a selection of freshly baked bread.


We offer locally sourced fayre including breakfasts served all day, crispy jacket potatoes with yummy fillings, chunky doorstop sandwiches, warm pastries, delicious homemade soup with warm windmill bread, lots of scrummy homemade cakes, scones & seasonal specials chalked up on the blackboard. Come and sit by the fire with friends & family for a frothy cappuccino, creamy hot chocolate or one of our specialty teas from Pluckley Tea company. We will happily cater for business meetings, wakes, christenings & small wedding receptions. Well-behaved doggies are very welcome.

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Choosing fabrics for the home Patterned, textured or plain, subtle or spectacular, fabrics can transform a room. Our guide will help you sort the silks from the synthetics and the cottons from the corduroys, while giving you the lowdown on what to use where.

How to choose fabrics


Before buying fabric, ask for a swatch or, even better, borrow or buy a length of fabric that can be draped at the window or placed over a sofa or cushion. It is invaluable to see how the fabric looks in situ, at different times of the day and night. Ask these questions before you start: • How wide is the fabric? The wider it is, the better the value, and the less sewing will be required. 140cm is average. • How heavy is it? Heavier fabrics are usually too bulky for small projects, while lighter fabrics usually wear more quickly. • How durable is it? Fabric is divided into categories depending on whether it will be subjected to light, general or heavy domestic use. • Is it washable? And, if so, has it been pre-shrunk? • If it is patterned, what size is the repeat? Large patterns require more fabric so that you can match the repeats.

Types of fabric Fabrics are composed of natural or synthetic fibres, or blends of them, and made

using a wide variety of weaves. FIBRES Cotton can range from lightweight muslin to heavy canvas. It is the most commonly used fabric for home furnishings as it dyes and prints well, and is easy to care for. Linen has a lovely drape and lustre, is durable, but has a tendency to crease (hence is often mixed with other fibres). Nylon, or polyamide, is tough and resists abrasion, but tends to produce static electricity. Polyester is a very strong synthetic fibre that mixes well with other fibres to produce versatile fabrics. It can withstand high temperatures and frequent washing. Silk comes in intense colours and has an attractive, lustrous surface. Not as hard-wearing as other fibres. Viscose is made from wood pulp. It is hard-wearing and durable. Wool is breathable, warm and naturally water-resistant. Available in a wide range of thicknesses and textures, it varies from heavy sheep’s wool to fine cashmere. It will felt if washed at a high temperature.

WEAVES Bouclé has a looped pile. Corduroy features pile in stripes that may be narrow or wide. Damasks contrast matt and shiny areas of pattern and are usually rather traditional in style. Jacquards feature a complex, raised pattern. Moiré is a water-mark pattern, often found on silks. Plain weaves have a smooth surface. Satin is heavy with a lustrous surface, usually made from silk or polyester. Twill weave produces diagonal or zig zag lines on the surface. Denim is a heavy-cotton twill, for example. Velvet may be made from a variety of fibres and features a luxurious, soft pile.

What to use where UPHOLSTERY • Hard-wearing, tightly woven fabrics are best for most upholstery. Medium-to heavyweight cottons and cotton mixes, linen mixes and wools are all good, conventional choices, while corduroy, denim and low-pile velvet are

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interesting as well as usable. • Avoid deep piles, which may become crushed, and loose or loopy weaves, which are likely to snag. • Bold motifs should usually be centred on sofa or chair backs. You will need to buy more fabric to ensure everything fits in the right place. LOOSE COVERS • Choose a fabric that is washable and substantial enough to hold its shape yet soft enough to be comfortable: medium-weight cottons, linens or blends, or light wools are all ideal. CURTAINS • Curtains can be made of practically any fabric, from cotton and linen to velvet, silk or wool. • As well as the conventional fabrics, consider unusual ones such as blankets,

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amount (use cheaper fabric for the back). BED AND TABLE LINEN • Light to medium weight cottons, linens and cotton or linen blends are best. Avoid pure linen if you don’t like ironing. • Loose, textured and pile weaves are impractical for these purposes. • Choose fabrics that will CUSHIONS withstand frequent • Choose almost washing any fabric, within • For outdoor and reason. children’s dining, • You could use oilcloth is ideal. remnants from Employ interesting fabrics The Association of fabric used elsewhere in the to make cushions. These Master Upholsterers pink tartan ones cost £40 room, or choose each from Sharp & Noble and Soft Furnishers has a list of complementary (, which also sell vintage members from the patterns and and bespoke North of Scotland colours in a upholstered furniture. to the South-West completely of England – go to www. different fabric. • Use expensive fabrics, as by Katherine Sorrell you’ll need such a small tweed, fleece, mohair, canvas or madras, or perhaps a sari, a length of vintage embroidery or a lovely chintz quilt. • Very thick, heavy fabrics will be too bulky for small window openings. • Sheer fabrics will not hold a crisp fold and will allow light through.

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business In the best interests of the children… In another of our regular series on legal matters, this month Laura Hails, Chartered Legal Executive at Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors, talks about children issues Each year thousands of children experience the separation of their parents. We realise that many of our clients will be unsure as to how best to manage their separation whilst considering the best interests of their children. Divorce and separation generates a large level of stress in a person’s life and it is likely that children will have feelings about divorce and separation which will be very different from your own.


Many parents are able to agree between them how they share contact of the children and parents are able to agree any contact pattern that suits the needs of the children. When considering children matters, we refer to the Children Act 1989. The first priority is the welfare of the children and there is also a checklist of factors that have to be considered, which include, but are not limited to, the child’s age, sex, background, wishes and feelings and physical, emotional and educational needs. Unfortunately some parents will have difficulties in reaching an amicable agreement. If you cannot agree with whom they should live or how much contact they have, you may wish to seek advice. We are committed to a helpful, nonconfrontational approach, to take the conflict out of family disputes and to ensure the children maintain a healthy, loving relationship with both parents. As a Member of Resolution, we are mindful of the fact that during the separation process,

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there will be a wide range of emotions and we therefore deal with matters in a conciliatory approach to achieve a solution based on the needs of the whole family, particularly what is in the best interests of the children. If you have any queries about children issues or any other family matter, please telephone me on 01580 762248 and I will advise you of the best route available to you in your particular circumstances.

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eena Martin is proud to introduce, Vision Hair, a fresh and vibrant hairdressing salon opening in Charing.


he salon opened on January 3rd and is conveniently located just off the high street, where there is ample free local parking. Bringing over 20 years experience in hairdressing, Teena offers professional styling for men, women and children. Providing a professional cut and blow-dry priced from ÂŁ30, as well as bridal packages, and a loyalty scheme for regular customers. Hair products and colouring range used are from Redken. Their new ammonia free formula produces outstanding vibrant colour results

with multi dimensional finish. All this from a contemporary and relaxed salon. Vision hair can be found opposite the school entrance on School Road. Please call for more information or to book an appointment on 01233 714030, and don’t forget to use your complimentary 10% discount voucher valid on your first visit.


o what are you waiting for? Get a new look for the new year!


01233 714030 Open Tuesday to Friday 9-30 to 5-30pm Saturday 9-00 to 5-00pm Late Night Appointments Available

VISION HAIR Unit 2, Brenchley Mews, School Road, Charing TN27 0JW. Please Mention The

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Are You Having Problems in Your Relationship?


Relationships can be one of the most fulfilling and pleasurable areas in life. Our tendency to develop intimate and intense relationships can bring great joy and happiness. However, occasionally our relationships can become full of tension, resentment and conflict causing pain and upset to one or both parties. Difficulties in relationships are one of the most common causes of unhappiness, and often bring The purpose of counselling is to help you stay together as a couple people into therapy. unless you expressly wish to In general, poor communication is a major factor in separate, in which case, Relationship relationship issues. Many of our clients claim they struggle Counselling can help you to do so with a feeling of not being listened to, or that that their more amicably. partner doesn’t take time to understand what they are saying. It’s also very common for the same topics to provoke To make an appointment call 01233 714059 or 07919 108021 arguments and blame without a solution being found. or e-mail: Whether you come with your partner or alone, whether you’re gay or heterosexual, married or single. Relationship Counselling offers individuals or couples a safe, nonjudgemental and confidential setting in which to explore Practice Hours: the difficulties and help you find more productive ways of Monday-Friday: 9.00am-9pm Saturday : 10am-6pm relating to each other.


“Are you struggling to resolve issues in your relationship and need some help?” For confidential, non-judgmental relationship counselling contact us now: 01233 714059 - 07919 108021 Charing - Kent

New year...

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Time for a new kitchen!


any people decide that the new year is a great time to make changes in their lives, however, most resolutions are forgotten about come the end of January. This year make a fresh start and a lasting impression with a beautiful new handmade kitchen. With all the mod cons, a top quality bespoke kitchen can be tailored to meet your own personal specifications. This kitchen, featuring custom larder storage and a traditional mantle has been designed and crafted by Thoroughly Wood. The island is hand made from solid oak with ‘pippy oak’ panels finished with contrasting black walnut bead. The integrated solid oak trays and chopping boards provide an eye catching and innovative finishing touch. Everyone knows it is those all important personal details that make a kitchen unique. Thoroughly wood specialise in creating bespoke kitchens which reflect your own individual style and taste.

Keeping it local... Thoroughly Wood is a family run business based in Lyminge, Kent, where excellent customer service is assured. We believe in a collaborative approach with our clients so that each kitchen is truly personal and one of a kind. Thoroughly Wood, Little Woodlands Farm, Woodlands Road, Lyminge Kent, CT18 8DP

Tel: 01303 863334


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Events February The February Headcorn Flea & Collectors Market is on the 9th of the month and the times this year will be 9.30am - 2.30pm Monday 4 February 2013 ASHFORD MUSIC SOCIETY - “Philip & Dorothy Award for Young

Concert Artists” HUW WIGGIN (saxophone) JAMES SHERLOCK (piano) Huw Wiggin studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He made his Purcell Room debut in 2010 to great critical acclaim as a Park Lane Group New Year Artist. Huw is now becoming recognised as a fine soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad. James Sherlock (piano), winner of the 2010 Royal Overseas League Piano Competition is an active soloist and chamber musician. A gifted collaborator and speaker, James has led numerous workshops for Live Music. When Huw and James come to Ashford they will include music by Rachmaninov, Franck, Gershwin, Bach, Poulenc and others. Venue: The Norton Knarchbull School at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets: £12 (Adults) and £3 (Students) Contact: Brenda McCormack on 01233 622971 or Hilary Pittock on 01233 623700.

The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 27th February in the Village Hall (7:15pm for 7:30pm start). Susan Gilks will be giving a talk on “Sowing Seeds’. Contact Irene on 01580291777 or Lesley on 01580291931. Members £1, Non Members £2. Annual membership £5. New members welcome.

The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet onWednesday 20th February in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8 pm. The topic this evening will be:- “Introducing iPads” Annual membership is £10 plus £2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome (£3, but first visit is free) Full details: http://www. Enquiries:

Pilates Classes. Westwell Village Hall. Thursdays 915am. £36 per 6 week block. Contact Victoria 07543543373/



Why would I need a business coach? Have you noticed that all the top business leaders have a business coach? Why is this? As someone who is already doing well why would a business performance coach add value to you and your business? Managers face daily pressure to perform at their very best. A business performance coach works with you to enhance that performance. One to one coaching, with Karen Warden, offers a confidential business focussed relationship providing challenge, clarity, encouragement and objectivity. Coaching is a tailor made personal and professional development to: • work with you to focus on your business and its future growth • help you decide on your priorities • establish an actionable strategy.


As a business performance coach Karen helps you and your business success in a variety of ways by: • • • • • • •

Planning, discussing and problem solving Challenging your thinking Clarifying your goals and objectives Improving your delegation skills Identifying any skills you need to improve Defeating procrastination Achieving a balance between your business and private life!

Karen has over 25 years senior management experience, is business focussed with strong interpersonal skills. Karen is an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. “Karen has been a wonderful support for me and through me my organisation – around planning marketing, publicity and organisation structure and she has worked with our management team and staff to help us translate the organisation’s vision into a coherent and meaningful strategy.” Alexis Keir, Director, Elfrida Rathbone Camden Why not arrange an appointment and find out what business performance coaching can do for you and your business? For your initial complimentary session to assess your needs call now on 07825 885 661 or email

Karen Warden

BUSINESS PERFORMANCE COACHING Improve your focus, overcome obstacles and achieve your business goals. Karen Warden can help you transform yourself and your business to be the best you can be! Call now to arrange your FREE introductory session: 07825 885 661

the home ARCHITECTURAL + INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANTS Designing the future Building our Heritage

t: 01233 639822 f: 01233 639825 e: w: The Studio, Tower Farm House, Faversham Road, Boughton Aluph, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HT


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Industrial • Commercial • Domestic New Installations • Energy Saving Advice Showers / Extractor Fans • Solar Panels Emergency Lighting • Inspection and PAT testing CCTV • Full and part rewires Garden Electrics • General electrical repairs • Under floor heating

Call: 01233 665107

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Plumbing & Heating Services

Specialist in all Forms of Wall and Floor Tiling

All plumbing work undertaken no job too small! Burst pipes, Blockages, Taps, Pumps, Radiators & Drainage work. Bathroom & Shower Installation

Clean, friendly and reliable For your free quotation call Derek on

Call: Michael on 01233 733779 or 07515 651 717 NO CALL OUT CHARGE. 24HR SERVICE

07905 700 142 Mersham, Ashford, TN25 7HP

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Bathroom Suites Blockages & Burst Pipes Ball Valves Hot & Cold Tanks Taps

Installations Repairs Pumps & Radiators Specialist Power flushing and De-scaling Service

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wit & wisdom Racism Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to scream ‘racism‛ these days. A customer asked… “In what aisle could I find the Irish sausage?” The clerk asks…”Are you Irish?” The guy, clearly offended says… “Yes I am, but let me ask you something. “If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?

The clerk says…”No,I probably wouldn‛t.” The guy says…”Well then, because I asked for Irish sausage… “why did you ask me if I‛m Irish?” The clerk replied…”Because you‛re in a Builders Warehouse”…

A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather‛s word processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What‛s it about?” he asked. “I don‛t know,” she replied. “I can‛t read.”

Crossword Solution

Or if I asked for Polish sausage, would you ask if I was Polish?”



the home Central Heating PowerFlushing & Descaling Service Makes radiators piping hot again and can reduce heating bills by up to 50%

The Next Best Thing to a New Central Heating System!

Smiths Plastering

Your Kitchen or Bedroom!

JJamie Smith - Plasterer

We have over 30 years experience in spray finishing existing Kitchen and Bedroom doors, panels and accessories. Why not have your kitchen furniture matched to your kitchen. You can choose any colour, we will have it professionally mixed in a hard-wearing twopack polyurethane paint, which is the finish we use when spraying Bespoke Kitchens for several kitchen suppliers in and around the Kent and London area. Our service includes:- Dismantling (where possible), re-finishing to your chosen colour and re-installing to a professional standard. Why not give Tenterden Polishing a call today

Tel: 01233 - 860866

07890 410 189 01580 291805

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Fast Affordable Builders • • • •

A Multi-trade Company

General building - New builds - Extensions Plastering-vaulted ceilings Painting & decorating Roofing - small repairs to strip and re-tile

Tel: 07979 003 291 / 01303 875246 30 years experience / Fully Insured

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 Grant, Boulter, Potterton, Trianco and more... Please Mention The

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useful information Emergency Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden Crimestoppers



01622 690690 0800 555 111

Macmillan Cancer Support

Out of Hours Doctor William Harvey Hospital

0845 4349655 01233 633331


08457 90 90 90

Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG

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

Doctors Surgery

The Charing Surgery 01233 714 490 Headcorn Surgery 01622 890294 Parish Councils:


Biddenden: 01580 890750 Charing: 01233 713599 Egerton: 01622 853558 Headcorn: 01622 892496 Pluckley: 01622 890596 Smarden: 07752 395412 Headcorn Rural Community Warden

The Headcorn Community Warden is Stuart Ellesmere. Stuart is based at Headcorn Library in King’s Road. Telephone contact number is 07969 583923. Ashford Borough Council 01233 637311 Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 247 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 CPRE Kent 01233 714540 Veterinary Surgeons

Barrow Hill Vets 01233 624687 Pierson Stewart & Partners 01580 713381 Charing Business Association Volunteer Centre 01233 647 422 Age Concern 01233 620 635

E: Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch

Contact Robert Gurney 01233 666577 Royal British Legion 01233 620 167 St. John Ambulance Brigade 01233 611 414 SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767326138 email: NSPCC: Tenterden & District Mrs J Coombs 01580 763733 Pregnancy Sickness Support Kent and Sussex Contact: Denise Clifford Bus Enquiries

Arriva Bus Enquiries 0844 800 44 11 Stage Coach East Kent: 0871 200 22 33 (Timetable) or 08456 00 22 99 (Customer Services) National Train Enquiries: Wealden Wheels: 01233 840000 Village Halls:

Biddenden Charing Charing Heath Egerton Headcorn Little Chart

01580 291320 01233 713599 01233 713317 01233 756416 01622 890708 01233 840 590 or 01233 840 395 01622 890596 01233 770258

Pluckley Smarden Charter Hall

Sucklifts Cesspool Emptying Service ~ Est 1986 ~ Accredited Engineer British Water

High Pressure Jetting Service and Repair to Sewage Treatment Plants

01233 840624

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Private Care Service at Bedtimes

Our Private Care Service carers can come to your house and assist you ďŹ rst thing in the morning and / or last thing at night. This help can form part of a tailored package of care that could help you stay in your own home for longer, rather than going into a care home before its really needed. We can assist those who need help due to frailty, disability or illness to live as independently as possible, with comfort and dignity, in their own home. Overnight Sleep-in Care is also available from 10pm to 7am.

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