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Leisure Your favourite destination is Czech Republic but today you are introducing your Israel offers, why? “Yes it’s true that I love the Czech Republic. That’s because I was born there and I love the country, but that will be our topic next time. We have travelled extensively throughout Israel and have become specialists in the region. Whatever your background, Israel will grab you and stay with you for the rest of your life. People may be scared to go there but this country is perfectly safe for tourists, it may be small but it’s huge in its diversity. A variety of religions, historical monuments built thousands of years ago plus an atmosphere which is different from the western world.” How long does it take to see these places and appreciate the atmosphere? “I recommend spending at least 7-8 days in Israel but we also offer a 12 day stay, where you can also visit Jordan. These trips are ideal for those of faith, but also those interested in history. When in Israel you can’t miss places like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Wailing Wall, you also need time in Jerusalem or Bethlehem, these places offer a unique experience if you know where to go, and our tourist agents definitely know where to go.”

Jerusalem must be an interesting place considering that Jews, Christians, Muslims and Armenians all live in one city. What experience do you have with this? “These people live together in one city and they have no problem with each other. Most people speak Hebrew and live in individual quarters. Some quarters are really worth visiting, for example Mea Sarim, where you feel like you’ve gone back in time, only Orthodox Jews live there, it’s a very interesting place. Within the different quarters people have different lifestyles but they have no problem with each other.” “Another unique offering of Israel is the Dead Sea. We believe this is an unforgettable experience and highly recommend a visit. There is nothing else like it in the world, it’s also believed to have healing properties.” I feel that you could talk about Israel for hours but it can`t compare with being there, am I right? “Definitely. There’s nothing like being there to experience it for yourself, so why not consider a different type of holiday and come with us to Israel. We promise you an unforgettable trip with Morgan`s Travel Agency, with people who love what they do and the destinations on offer. A traveller’s dream can come true with us.”


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Clubs & Societies Ashford Writers is a friendly group for writers of all experience and abilities. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in The Queen’s Head, Kingsnorth at 7pm. Admission £1. Visit www.meetup. com/Ashford-Writers/ or email cathywhite@outlook. com for more information. 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 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. 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 Ashford & District Young Farmers’ Club meets every Wed. evening in and around the Ashford area. The 24 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:, www.ashfordyfc., 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: Sue Speed (Chairman) 01233 820585 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 for more information. Ashford Photographic Society meets at Givaudan Sports Centre every Friday from September to May. Check 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 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 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. 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. Dancing for Fun Ceilidh, Square Dance, Barn Dance, Folk Dance, Playford! No experience or partner required! Have fun, get fitter and meet new people! Nearly every Monday 7:45pm - 22:30pm at Hothfield Village Hall, Park Drive, Hothfield TN26 1EQ www. 01233 625 362 Invicta Ukulele Club meet on 2nd & 4th Monday

at 19.30 in the Queens Head, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, TN23 3ED where you can learn to play the ukulele, develop your playing and performing skills or just come along for a sing song. Admission £2. Contact John on 07729 999276 or visit www. for more details. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10 p.m. Contact Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Warehorne Folk Dance Club: Meets every Wednesday at Kingsnorth Village Hall, Church Hill, Kingsnorth, TN23 3EF from 8 to 10pm Beginners or experienced dancers welcome Contact Edna 01233 627121 or David 01233 812935. Willesborough Ladies Club: Held every fourth Wednesday of the Month at the W.I.Hall, Church Road, Willesborough. A thriving Club open to all. Ladies of any age even if you live outside of the Willesborough area. We have interesting speakers, demonstrations and outings and there is plenty of time during the evening to socialise and catch up with friends. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Come along and give us a try we will be happy to see you. For further details contact Ann on 01233 627894 Willesborough Women’s Institute has been going strong for over 90 years and today our members enjoy the same kind of camaraderie and friendships




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Late nights, early mornings and night-time wanderings can really have an effect on your child’s wellbeing (and your stress levels). If your child is struggling to sleep, these tips might help. Get into a routine According to Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council, a bedtime routine is vital. She told the NHS, “A bedtime ritual teaches the brain to become familiar with sleep times and wake times. It programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine.” Ban screen time before bed The blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets and other digital devices has been found to disrupt sleep. A Norwegian study of 10,000 teenagers found that the more time the teenagers spent on electronic devices during the day, the less sleep they got. So keep phones, tablets and TVs out of your child’s room and ban them from being used for at least an hour before bedtime. Get plenty of exercise and fresh air Both exercise and time spent outdoors have been found to promote a better night’s sleep. So take the kids to the park, or play out in the garden in the afternoon.

Try calming music Quiet, soothing music can help your child to relax. If you play the same song every night, it can even become a sleep trigger. Good choices include Kesang Marstrand’s ‘In the Land of Dreams’, and ‘Hello Night’, which you can find on YouTube, or play direct on You could also try recordings of white noise, which some children find relaxing. Cut down on sugar Fruit juice, squash, sugary drinks and caffeine can all stop your child from getting to sleep. Try to make sure they stick to water or milk for a few hours before bedtime. And cut out any sugary snacks, or anything that might cause bloating or trapped wind. Even naturally sweet foods, such as honey, can have an effect on your child’s sleep pattern. Plan ahead What excuses does your child use for getting out of bed in the night? What can you do to make it easier for them to stay in bed? Little things, like a bottle of water on the bedside table, or an extra blanket for when it gets cold, can help to cut down on the excuses.

by Kate Duggan Make peace We all find it hard to get to sleep if we’re worried or stressed. Your child is no different. If they’re upset because you’re cross, or if they’re worried about an argument from earlier in the day, they might struggle to drop off. So try to make peace and keep calm. And take time to discuss anything that might be bothering them, from exam nerves to fall-outs with friends. Find out what works, and stick to it All children are different, and the perfect solution for one might not work for another. Some parents swear by bathing their child before bed; others find a bath wakes their child up. A few drops of lavender essential oil on their pillow helps some children to drop off, while others just dislike the smell. Some children sleep better in complete darkness; others need a nightlight to feel secure enough to rest. As with all parenting, there is an element of trial and error involved, but when you find what works for your child, build it into your daily routine.



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Carers Week is an annual awareness event highlighting the challenges carers face. This year’s campaign runs from 12th to 18th June and focuses on Building Carer Friendly Communities: ‘places that understand a carer’s daily reality and do what they can to make life a little bit easier for them.’ CARING IN THE UK The facts: • Three out of five of us will become a carer at some point. • Around 6.5 million people in the UK provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older relative or friend. • At least 380,000 older carers in England provide 50+ hours of care a week without any help from their local authority; over 100,000 are in their eighties and beyond. • Many carers are unaware of the support and financial help they’re entitled to. “We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time,


caring can also have a huge impact on a carer’s emotional and physical health, work and finances,” says Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of charity Carers UK. Research shows that caring can isolate carers and potentially damage their physical and mental health and their relationships. It can also make it difficult to hold down a job, even driving them into poverty. ARE YOU A HIDDEN CARER? “Please don’t call me a carer - I don’t want that title. I am her son, not a carer!” “I pop in to my neighbour every day and do all her shopping and cleaning for her, but I am not her carer. They go in to get her up and washed.” These responses, gathered by a recent campaign to identify ‘hidden’ carers, highlight a common problem. Many carers don’t see themselves as carers if they don’t help someone dress, take medication, move about or go to the loo - or if they’re ‘just’ a husband, wife, parent,

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At last, a company with a team of electricians you can rely on to provide a great service. All electrical work undertaken from changing a light bulb to a commercial project. Contact us on: 01303 812400 / 1 E-mail:

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Industrial • Commercial • Domestic New Installations • General Electrical Repairs Showers / Extractor Fans • Energy Saving Advice Emergency Lighting • Solar Panels Garden Electrics • Inspection & PAT Testing Full and Part Rewires • Central Vacuum System • Under Floor Heating

Call: 01233 665107

Based in Smeeth, Nr Ashford, Kent


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For your free quotation

Call Derek on 07905 700 142



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Tel: 01233 720488


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General Painter & Decorator & Handyman - Internal & External Competitive Rates Free Quotations Trustworthy & Reliable - Public Liability Insured No job too big or too small

Call: Lee Brooker 01797 690025 M: 07990 575858 E:

JMP Electrical are a friendly and reliable family run business offering All Domestic & Commercial Electrical Works Whether you need a light replacing or a complete rewire, we are here to help. All work undertaken. Please call James for a FREE quotation

T: 01233 626081 M: 07976 616756 E: W:

We can design, supply and install the perfect solution for you

Walk-in showers • Walk-in baths • Wetrooms

Zero VAT on Disabled bathrooms

01233 210808

To find out how we can help you Call :

• British Healthcare & Trading Standards Approved • 37

Useful Information Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden 101 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Out of Hours Doctor William Harvey Hospital

0845 4349655 01233 633331

Samaritans 116123 Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG


01233 758122 E: W:

Macmillan Cancer Support


Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad

01233 623520

SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767 326138 Royal British Legion 01233 620 167 British Red Cross 0800 0280 831

0845 770 8090 0800 783 8866

Ashford Youth Forum Trust

0800 111 999 Details on tank

National Train Enquiries Bus Enquiries

Doctors Surgeries

Youth Projects Coordinator

Arriva Bus Enquiries Stage Coach East Kent

Willesborough Health Centre Bentley Road Willesborough Ashford TN24 0HZ Tel: 01233 621626

(Customer Services)

01233 330290

0844 800 44 11 0871 200 22 33 08456 00 22 99

Parish Councils

Kingsnorth - Parish Clerk: Len Bunn 01233 502 969 w: Parish Office: Kingsnorth Recreation Centre. Great Chart with Singleton Parish Clerk: Aniko Szocs 01233 616923 Parish Office: Singleton Village Hall

New Hayesbank Surgery Bybrook Kennington Ashford TN24 9JZ 01233 624642

Village Halls

Veterinary Clinics

Kingsnorth (Church Hill) - 01233 634 557 Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital 01233 624687 Godinton (Loudon Way) - 01233 612 703 24 Hour Emergency Care on site. Singleton (Hoxton Close) - 01233 640 551

Ashford Borough Council - Civic Centre Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL Tel: 01233 331111

Ashford Rural Trust Ashford Dyslexia Centre

The Annexe, Braethorpe, Canterbury Road TN24 8QF Citizens Advice Bureau

01233 624 544 01233 750248 01233 626185

Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 7697555 Ashford Volunteer Centre 01233 647 422 Age UK Ashford 01233 668 765

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

01233 840624

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Ashford June 2017  

The Village Directory, a community and advertising magazine delivered monthly to every rural home and village in the borough of Ashford Ken...

Ashford June 2017  

The Village Directory, a community and advertising magazine delivered monthly to every rural home and village in the borough of Ashford Ken...