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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, Well we are well into the summer months now, although as I write you wouldn’t know it, as usual our British weather is proving very upredictable. Back in June we had a short spell of beautiful weather, we were so pleased to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces I think the excitement sent my husband a little bonkers. Whilst visiting Sandgate one evening for some improptu fish & chips with the family, he decided to take a dip in the sea, entirely clothed with the exception of his shoes and socks. And, not being able to resist a dare, my son’s best friend Ashley joined him. I could not believe my eyes, I had to take photos to prove what had just happened. In his defense he has always loved the sea, and apparently it was really warm - I’ll take his word for that!

Hopefully we’ll have plenty more of these wonderfully warm days this month and therefore have the opportunity to create even more wierd and wonderful memories. I will leave you with a photo of hubby making a mad dash for the sea. Have a great month ~ Debbie e: w: T: 01233 720488

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Home Grown Herbs by Pippa Greenwood


There’s a really reliable, easy, low-cost and low-effort way to add some zing to your meals; home-grown herbs. Many herbs are simple to raise from seed and if you start sowing now you should be able to have a plentiful supply of fresh, tasty herbs to add to salads, sandwiches, stews and stir-fries for months to come. All you need is a sunny window sill or balcony, or a well-drained, sunny spot in your garden, so why not sow a few pots and brighten up your cooking? First, find some good quality multi-purpose compost, your chosen herb seeds and some pots. Good-quality compost is well worth the little bit extra you need to pay. The style of pot is up to you – you may want to choose a classic Mediterranean feel with terracotta, or a stylish modern look, or perhaps a good-looking plastic planter for longevity and light-weight characteristics that make it better for a balcony and easier to move about too. Whatever style you choose, bear in mind

that plenty of drainage is essential, and that the smaller herbs do not need a deep root run, so there is no need for a very tall planter or pot. It is best to grow each type of herb in its own individual pot, so buy a selection of pots with a minimum diameter of 8cm. Once you have your pot to hand, put a broken flower pot or other drainage material in the base and then fill with good quality compost to within 1cm of the rim of the pot and firm it down, not too aggressively, but enough to ensure that there’s no subsidence later on. With large seeds such as coriander, position the seeds evenly on the compost surface. Sprinkle smaller seed thinly. The seeds need to be covered with compost so use your finger or a dibber (an old ballpoint pen or pencil will do) to gently press the seed in to the very surface of the compost and then drizzle more compost on top to the depth stated on the packet of seed. Water the compost thoroughly either carefully from above

using a watering can with rose attached, or by standing the pot in a saucer of water for a few minutes until the compost surface is just moist. The advantage of watering from below is that you are less likely to disturb the seeds. The seeds generally germinate quite quickly and often within just a week or two you’ll have lots of tiny herbs like this coriander. For shorter-lived herbs, such as coriander and basil its worth sowing in succession. All this means is that you need to use a small pot full of seed every few weeks, rather than sowing the whole packet in one go. This will give you a near constant supply of herbs and if you look at the number of seeds per packet you will soon see what amazing value they are. Once the herbs are up and growing strongly you can start to harvest them. Use sharp scissors or a sharp knife to cut off what you need; this way you’ll minimise damage to the growing plants and so

the garden help to keep them cropping for longer. As long as you keep the pots adequately watered, ideally by watering from the base, they should last for several weeks or months but make sure that the compost is not too wet or else your herb pots won’t last long. These plants are mostly of Mediterranean origin and hate wet feet. If at any stage you find that you’re not eating them fast enough and have an excess of herby foliage, store some for later use. Ice cubes give you a really great fresh-herb taste off-season. Just half fill the sections in an ice-cube tray with water. Add chopped fresh herbs to each section and top up with water. Label the tray as chopped herbs in ice can be difficult to identify. The attractive

herb-filled ice cubes can then simply be popped whole in to stews and casseroles as and when you need them.

Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood. com for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ vegetable collection, great plants for September planting and regular advice emails from Pippa, and buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh and Envirofleece.

Top herbs that grow well from seed: A visit to your favourite local garden centre or a peruse of the seed catalogues is bound to fill you with inspiration as there are a lot of herbs which do very well in pots when sown from seed. Some of my favourites include Italian or Genovese basil, lemon basil, chervil, Coriander ‘Cilantro’ for leaves, flatleaved parsley, Ainse, Thai basil, chervil, chives, fennel, garlic chives.


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Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. How are all of you? Ebony and I have been pressed to the window for a few weeks now. This is because Clive was recently given some bird feeders and he has hung them outside the French Windows. Conveniently these are at the end of the bed so Ebony and I spend hours logging all the visitors. Just for interest of course. We are just very fascinated by the birds and have their welfare at heart. If I occasionally let out a noise like a machine gun it is purely affectionate you understand.

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large grey squirrel arrived. The folks initially thought this was quite fun. But of course we couldn’t get a normal polite squirrel in our garden. We have a crazy greedy squirrel with a very keen mind. The squirrel has been named Saska. She began by emptying both feeders daily. Clive obligingly filled them up each evening. Very soon this wasn’t enough for Saska. If Clive didn’t come home from work early enough and fill up the feeders quickly enough for her liking she would knock the feeders off the hooks and throw them on the floor in disgust. This was annoying but not too bad. Stage two was gnawing the feeders whilst they were on the ground. Clive thought this was a bit irritating so he tied the feeders to the hooks with the goats’ baler twine. Stage three was gnawing through the handles of the feeders so they were on the floor and needed mending before they could be used again. Saska is now not very popular in our house. Clive says that he would appreciate it if Saska would go and eat at someone else’s house. We have a new plan though- there was a strange cage like feeder hanging in one of the trees here already and this seems to be squirrel proof. We think this suggests that Saska has caused a problem before.....we are going to fill it up and see what she does. Knowing our luck she will be into the new feeder in minutes. We’ll report back next month....


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Brabourne Stores & Post Office, A Brand New Approach To Local Shopping. After forty years our family owned business, Orpins Stores was in need of a refit to bring it right up-to-date offering our customers a brand new, local unrivalled shopping experience. In November 2012 Brabourne Stores was rebranded and officially opened by Lady Brabourne. Now 2000 square feet with many award-winning local products including; fresh baked local bread, fine wines, real ales, fresh meat, stationary, toys and National Lottery together with Tesco price match making a trip to the local superstore simply unnecessary. All this teamed with our extended hours Post Office for Car Tax, Euros on Demand and the new Drop & Go service, providing not only your daily essentials but also covering your personal and business needs too. Pay us a visit and enjoy our exclusive offer with The Village Directory of 50% off wines until the end of July 2013. We stock more than100 different wines from around the world to include: Hardy's The Official Opening of Stamp, Banrock Reserve, Jacobs Creek, Blossom Hill & E&J Gallo to our Brabourne Stores exclusive fine wine range. Simply cut out the voucher below and pay 17th Nov 2012 with owner, us a visit. Samm Orgar & Lady Brabourne. Post Office: Mon - Sat 8am - 8pm Sun 9am - 5pm Store Times: Mon - Sat 6.30am - 9pm Sun 8am - 6pm Tel: 01303 812116

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Give classic roast chicken a tasty makeover with a handful of fresh sage and some delicious smoky flavoured Italian bacon called pancetta. Look out for thin rashers of pancetta in the deli section of your supermarket or buy freshly sliced from an Italian deli. Serve with roasted baby new potatoes and lightly steamed vegetables for a wonderful summer Sunday lunch. 16

Ingredients: • 1.3kg oven-ready chicken (preferably free range) • 55g butter, softened • Few fresh sage leaves • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped • 85g smoked pancetta slices • 115g fresh white breadcrumbs • 1 medium egg, beaten • Fresh sage leaves, to garnish

Tip: To make light gravy to serve with the roast chicken, drain off any excess fat from the roasting tin then heat the pan juices until sizzling. Add a splash of dry white wine or sherry then stir in a little plain flour and 1 tsp wholegrain mustard. Cook for 1 minute then gradually pour in 400ml hot chicken or vegetable stock and slowly bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until just thickened. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5. Place the chicken in a foil-lined roasting tin. Smear half the softened butter over the chicken breast, legs and wings and scatter over the sage leaves. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover the chicken loosely with foil and roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour 10 minutes. Uncover and baste the chicken with any juices twice during cooking. Meanwhile, melt the rest of the butter in a frying pan, add the chopped onion and fry gently for 5 minutes. Chop half the pancetta and add to the pan, frying for a further 5 minutes until the onion is softened and golden. Remove from the heat. Finely chop the rest of the sage and add to the pan with the breadcrumbs and seasoning. Leave to cool then stir in the beaten egg. Press the stuffing mixture into a greased 18cm round shallow cake tin. Uncover the chicken and top with the rest of the pancetta slices. Return to the oven and roast, uncovered, for a further 25-35 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through – the juices should run clear with no sign of pinkness when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced. Cook the stuffing in the oven at the same time until set and pale golden. Remove the chicken from the oven, cover and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. Cut the stuffing into wedges and serve on a platter with the roast chicken, garnished with the fresh sage leaves.

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Community and Emergency Plans There will be a Public Meeting and Presentation at the Scout HQ, Smeeth, on Tuesday July 2 at 7.30pm. Please come if you care about your community! Who do you want to plan the future for Brabourne and Smeeth? The people who actually live here or the people who just want to build here? Changes in the law mean it is absolutely essential we have a proactive Community Led plan in place, otherwise, developers and others could set the agenda. The UK has some of the best emergency services in the world but they are all suffering from budget cuts. By putting an Emergency Plan in place, to compliment the work of the blue light services, we can help make both villages more resilient as well as deal with any aftermath. The Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society is holding its Annual Summer Show on Saturday 13 July at 2.00 to

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3.30 pm in the Village Hall - admission is free. Many of the show classes are open to all village residents and allotment holders. For further info contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451 or email The next meeting is on 26 July and is a visit to Brook Agricultural Museum.

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Life Begins Choosing the Perfect Builder Looking here in your magazine is a great place to search of course, because the tradespeople are local and the editor is likely to have been forewarned of any true rogues. Look for accreditation on their adverts e.g. TrustMark (www. is a not for profit organisation, licensed by the Government and supported by consumer protection groups, that aims to connect members of the public with trustworthy building professionals.


As I write, I am currently four and a half weeks into a “three week” kitchen renovation project. The workmen are grumbling about the job, their working hours and their boss, the kitchen unit supplier and the builder are at loggerheads and the constant roar of power tools has begun to drive me crazy (not to mention an unending diet of microwavable meals). If you have ever had building work carried out you might well shrug and say: “Nothing new there”, but in my case I thought – no, I really believed - I had found the Perfect Builder.

Watch out for those too-goodto-be-true reviews and compare quotes carefully when recruiting or checking your builder online. Although the feedback is useful to read, membership of many of these organisations involves the barest minimum of checks and it can be fairly easy for a company to fake their credentials. The next step is to arrange for some builders to call at your house. Start by giving each one a list of the things you want done: that list will probably change as you discuss the work, but it’s still a good place to start. Make sure the builder quotes separately for each item on your list, as that will avoid any disputes at a later date.

So, does the perfect builder exist and if so, how can you find this almost mythical creature? Your search will be easier if you follow some basic guidelines.

When I invited estimates for my kitchen, one man refused point blank to give me a price because “You never know what’s lurking behind them old kitchen units and tiles”.

There’s no substitute for personal recommendation, so the first rule is to ask around locally to see which tradesmen your neighbours would recommend (or not).

I didn’t give him the job, but he had a fair point – an estimate can only be based on what is visible to the naked eye. You should allow a contingency for hidden expenses, but no

By Kate McLelland building firm should expect to start work without having provided at least some idea of their charges. Ask the same questions of each person who comes to quote: “How long will it take?” “Do you have your own team of tradesmen, or do you subcontract?” “Will you provide a contract for the work?” “Have you done any similar jobs locally and can I contact the householder for a reference?” A reputable company should be happy to provide evidence of their work, so don’t let your builder make you feel such questions are inappropriate. The tips described above may make choosing a builder seem straightforward, but in practice it’s not that easy. I chose someone who arrived on time, made careful notes, gave positive answers to all my questions and provided an itemised estimate, but I’m still tearing my hair out. Although I’ve failed to find the perfect builder this time, at least my project is slowly taking shape. I suspect that the moment I step across the threshold I’ll fall in love with my new kitchen and instantly forget all those weeks of inconvenience.

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when I got on the treadmill, so Brad put me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Brad told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other *!&*t too.

Monday: Started my Thursday: Brad was waiting for me with his

Wednesday: The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. Brad was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. My chest hurt



Tuesday: I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Brad made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. Brad’s rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!! It’s a whole new life for me.

vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my shoes. Brad took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny b*!&!ch to find me. Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank.

Friday: I hate that Brad more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Brad wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

Saturday : Brad left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing him made me want to smash the machine with my planner. However, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.

Sunday : I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my daughter (the little *!&*!) will choose a gift for me that is fun -- like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

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day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Brad waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!! Brad gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring! Brad was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!

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