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Welcome Hi everyone welcome to the June Issue. I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year, where did all that time go? It seems that time passes quicker and quicker the older I get, and as next year will be a significant birthday for me, I’m concerned that I’m hurtling toward it at breakneck speed. In my head I’ve not changed a bit, but a quick look in the mirror soon puts me straight! From time to time I hear myself saying things that shock me into the realization that I have turned into my mum! The mirror says it all, yes, I‘ve turned into my mum, or is that my dad I see or maybe even my nan! Of course I’m a mixture of them all, and that’s not a bad thought for the day. If I can be for my son what my parents were for me, then I’ve done well. As much as we may try, we can’t hold back time, so acceptance is the key. So bring it on, it will all come out in the wash, as my mum used to

say, there I’ve done it again!. And next year I will have one very big party to prove I can still “party like it’s 1999”! George Bernard Shaw said “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing”. This intro it was not intended as a therapy session but it’s amazing where your mind can take you at a times. Just for now take a moment or two to chill and browse these pages to see where your mind takes you, it might be a fantastic holiday or maybe plans to attend a local event, on the other hand it might be the answer to getting your toilet fixed, who knows! Until next time, whatever you’re up to have a great month. Debbie

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Fun and friendly American Squares. Enjoy this intriguing form of social dance in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. No prior knowledge or partner necessary. We meet most Thursdays at 7.30 pm in Brenzett Village Hall. New Dancers always welcome but please check first that we are meeting before you come. Contact Geoff on 01797 222551 or email Lydd Karate Llub. Skinner Road, Lydd. Beginners to black belts. 5+. Training times Wed 6.30 till 8pm....7.30 till 9pm Friday’s 6.30 till 9pm......7.30 till 9pm Contact. Sensei Chris 5th Dan Dymchurch Active Retirement Association (Synara) 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 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. Keep Fit Have Fun Move to Music St, Mary’s Bay Village Hall, Jefferstone Lane. Thursday 10.15 11.15am. First class free then £4. Phone 01303 264915 E-mail The New Romney History Society meets at the Old School in New Romney, 4th Monday of the month, (except Aug and Dec), most meetings involve a guest speaker and time for discussion and research.

Royal British Legion New Romney meet 2nd Wednesday each month at Broadacre Hotel, North Street, New Romney at 7 p.m. contact 01797 361807 01797 361020 Romney Marsh Photographic Club meets each Thursday 8pm, September to mid-May, St Mary’s Bay Village Hall (opp. the Bailiff’s Sergeant pub). Anyone interested in all aspects of photography (including smartphones, point-and-shoot, 3D photography and image manipulation in computer software) is very welcome. Contact Paul Sanderson on 01797 458646, or visit the website at: 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@ 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

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Outdoor Relaxation by Pippa Greenwood

When you get back from a hard day’s work, or when you simply find the time to escape into the garden after a stressful day, then it is essential that you are met by a soothing environment. It is all very well creating a garden with lots of straight lines and wacky bits of metalwork, but if you want to really let your garden take the strain, then concentrate on a truly relaxing feel that will help you to unwind as you enjoy soft shades and textures of foliage, delicate flower colours and fabulous perfumes. Plants have an amazing ability to calm and soothe even the most wound up, stressed out mood, but what should you grow if you really want to create that perfect place to relax? Start by considering a fairly gentle perfume, like that produced by many roses. One of my favourites is ‘Felicia’. For something slightly richer try ‘Tuscany Superb’. 6

If you have an arch, arbour, pergola or even a spare bit of fence then train a honeysuckle over it. The combination of its delicately coloured flowers and fabulous perfume will cheer you up and you can even enjoy it in the early evening as you sit back and relax with a cup or glass of your favourite tipple! A sowing of night-scented stock will produce plants that, although not flamboyant, have the most heavenly rich perfume – also perfect for early evening relaxation as this is when the flowers open and produce wafts of really sweet scent. If you have space for a good-sized container plant, then grow your own Datura or Brugmansia. Commonly known as the angel’s trumpet and although potentially very poisonous, these plants produce large elegant trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful perfume. Think too of plants with a

relaxing feel to them, such as the grass Chasmanthium latifolium. This grows to a height of about 45 cm and carries its flattened seed heads in vast numbers above the leaves. They move about delicately in the breeze and are almost impossible not to stroke. Grow some Artemisia abrotanum - its soft, wonderfully grey-green leaves will make you want to touch it, and when you do so you will find it also releases a lovely aroma. The perfume of lavender is often used in aromatherapy because of its calming, soothing properties, so what could be better to grow in a sunny spot with free-draining soil than some lavender? You can even use it to edge a border providing conditions are right, and it not only has lovely, slightly furry or feltlike foliage but also produces that heavenly smell. Take a look at some of the grasses and bamboos that

The Garden are available; the rustling sound of bamboo foliage as the stems sway gently in a breeze, or as you brush your hand against them, is one of the most relaxing sounds I know, and for smaller spaces many of the grasses form wonderfully rounded and quite irresistible clumps of foliage. When it comes to choosing favourite flowers, don’t forget that although some bright colour is a good way to cheer you up, if you want to relax then concentrate on cream, white and, of course, the pastel shades. There are a host of these available for annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Don’t forget that green is known to be a

relaxing colour too, so ensure that you include plenty of plants with good foliage and, in shady areas, you may find that a miniature grotto-like patch planted up with ferns is just what you need. And finally, before you rush off to the garden centre to buy some of these truly magical ingredients, just a reminder that water in a garden always helps to relax you. Whether it’s a small pond or perhaps a bubble fountain, position it where you can hear that sound of moving water or enjoy watching the wildlife as it comes to feed and drink – and before you know it you will find that you want to move the whole of your life into your garden.

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for some additional excitement and enjoyment. My group walks are fantastic for those who love to socialise, play and make new friends. To ensure the dogs in my care have plenty of variety - we also go exploring the likes of woods, canal paths and a mixture of other open spaces. I am based in Newchurch (TN29) but I cover addresses within a 20-minute radius including Aldington, Bilsington, Brookland, Brenzett, Camber, Dymchurch, Greatstone, Hamstreet, Hythe, Ivychurch, Littlestone, Lydd, New Romney, Old Romney, Ruckinge and St Mary’s Bay. Thank you for reading - if you have any questions or enquiries, please don’t hesitate in giving me a ring.

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Home & Interiors The Art of Display

Would you like to create displays of your treasured possessions that show them off to their finest advantage? Our top ten tips are sure to help. 1 Consider what you are displaying, whether it is sturdy or fragile, valuable or everyday. Do you wish to admire it from afar and protect it from sun, dust or accidental damage? Or are you happy for it to be close to hand and perhaps picked up at will? You may find you can manage with a display on a mantelpiece, shelf or table top, or you may wish to invest in a specially designed cabinet, case or stand. If you opt for specialist display furniture, whether that is a former shop fitting or a set of glass shelves, choose pieces that complement the style and proportions of your home. 2 Good lighting makes all the


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difference to an effective there’s something extremely display. For serious collectors, pleasing about this mirroring carefully positioned ceilingand doubling. The only catch mounted spotlights are is that you must ensure your the ideal solution, but if objects are placed evenly you experiment with an and symmetrically. If you’re adjustable lamp you may not confident about judging well be able to provide a by eye, there’s nothing wrong more informal (and much with using a tape measure! cheaper) quick fix for a simple 5 When choosing a group of domestic display. Think about different objects to display, where the light comes from: look for ways in which they directly above, behind (for a will work together, whether dramatic silhouette) or from by colour, size, shape, texture the front, and how ‘warm’ or or proportion. It is important ‘cool’ the bulb should be in to have something that order to enhance colour and creates coherence, and don’t texture. forget that what you leave out can be as important as 3 Group objects together and what you put in. However they can be much more than much you love them, some the sum of their parts. Even objects may simply not fit the most unprepossessing well into the group. of objects carries a certain weight when displayed in 6 Every time you display more a group, and this sort of than one object, you need display is also ideal if some to make a decision whether of the pieces are not exactly to opt for symmetry or perfect, or if the items are asymmetry. It depends partly not of great individual value on the items you have and or importance. A group partly on your home and display may consist of almost personal taste. Symmetrical anything: a series of Delftware displays tend to appear more plates or tiles, a dozen classical, considered and framed silk headscarves, refined, and suit traditional pebbles in graduating sizes, rooms; the Georgian period, mirrored baubles, wooden for example, tended to shoe lasts, a row of modern emphasise the rules of chairs in sorbet shades… symmetry. Asymmetry, you can have great fun with on the other hand, is ideal almost anything you decide for making an impact in a to gather together. contemporary space, and can seem more spontaneous and 4 Displays of identical pairs intuitive. of objects are probably the most simple, and often the 7 Less can often be more, and a most visually powerful, great way to make an impact of all. Whether it’s a pair with a display is by showing of silver candlesticks or off a single, fabulous, huge two raffia-wrapped lamps, object. Bear in mind that

The Home a large item needs space on the floor and assessing around it in which to how well the elements ‘breathe’, so ensure it doesn’t cohere. Choose the piece overwhelm its surroundings that you wish to be most by giving it plenty of wall, prominent, then surround floor, cabinet or shelf space, it with pieces that work and don’t place furniture too well alongside it, perhaps close. making a larger rectangle of the group, or else setting 8 Small objects can be a consistent line along one lost among the general side, the top or the bottom. furnishings of most rooms, so be particularly careful about 10 Finally, stand right back and how you display them. Try get an overview of your to ‘frame’ them within their final display. Does it need surroundings – maybe in a tweaking? Don’t be afraid specially designed cabinet to experiment and change or niche, on a side table things around. Whatever rather than a coffee table, your choice of objects and or on a plinth rather than a however you have arranged long, wide shelf, and they them, try not to make the will demand an appreciative finished result overly formal glance and a closer look. or perfect. This is, after all, your home and not a gallery, 9 Don’t be daunted by the and the only important thing thought of displaying large is that you absolutely love groups of paintings, prints or what’s around you. flat objects on a wall. Start by laying your potential group


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Cake and Bake Apricot Jam Swiss Roll Great for a teatime treat, this light sponge cake is best eaten on the day it’s made. For a chocolate version replace 25g of the flour with 25g sifted cocoa powder.

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Serves 8-10 Ready in 40 minutes, plus cooling time TIP

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Nowadays grandparents are proving a match for their grandchildren when it comes to posting comments and uploading photos to social networking sites such as Facebook.

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Social media’s fastest growing demographic is older users. When the seniors’ website recently surveyed over three thousand of its members, it found that 81% of the sample checked their Facebook accounts more than once a day.

What is Facebook? It’s a free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload videos and images and send messages. You can find out what your friends are doing through a newsfeed, ‘like’ and publicly comment on items they have posted on their profiles, or contact them using a direct message (DM) only seen by the recipient.

But what if you haven’t yet ventured into social networking? How do you know where to start? These days, when everyone’s talking about ‘tweeting’, and ‘DMs’, or information appearing in ‘timelines’ or on ‘walls’, it’s hard to admit that you haven’t a clue about how it all works. If you’ve always wanted to dip your toe into the social networking pool - but fear you’ll drown in a sea of unfamiliar terms and bizarre practices - here’s a quick guide to three of the most popular platforms: FACEBOOK 30

Facebook is the most popular of all social media platforms, so it’s very likely you’ll find someone you know there. On the downside, the site has been criticised for invasive advertising and for being vulnerable to hacking attacks and scams. It has also been accused of causing envy. When you see pictures of a party you weren’t invited to, or you watch your friends enjoying

a holiday you could never afford, it may be hard to grit your teeth and press the ‘Like’ button. TWITTER According to statistics portal Statista, 27% of Twitter users in the UK are aged 45 and over. High profile ‘mature’ users include Donald Trump and Stephen Fry, both of whom have enjoyed a rather volatile relationship with the service. What is Twitter? Twitter is a free-to-use online news and social networking channel where users post and interact with short messages known as ‘tweets’. These messages are restricted to 140 characters, so Twitter probably won’t work for you if you’re the sort of person who likes to send long-winded ‘catchup’ letters in Christmas cards. Tweeting is a great way to broadcast an opinion and connect with friends’ opinions. It’s also a shortcut method of finding what the public is thinking on any

Leisure particular subject. Twitter uses a hashtag (#) indexing system, so you can find particular topics quickly and easily – for example #midlifecrisis will lead you to the latest comments related to that subject. The downside is that it’s not really designed as a messaging service. The brevity of the ‘tweet’ – at approximately 30 words – means that you need to be skilled at condensing your message into a short, pithy sentence. INSTAGRAM Instagram is the fastest growing social media network. It is currently more popular with the younger generation, but there are signs that older users are starting to catch on. What is Instagram? Instagram is a social networking app created so users can share photos and videos from a smartphone or tablet. As soon as you post a photo or video on Instagram, it is displayed on your profile, and anyone who follows you will also

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users, it doesn’t work as well on a standard computer or laptop. If you’re still feeling confused about which platform to choose, don’t worry. Simply ask around to find out which sites your friends and relatives use. That way, if you have any problems finding your way around, you’ll always have someone to help.

It’s a simplified version of Facebook, but with an emphasis on mobile use and visual sharing. You can comment, ‘like’, tag people in photos, send private messages and post an image simultaneously on other social media sites where you have a profile.

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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 www.kesangmarstrand. com. 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: Who Cares for The Carers?

Carers Week is an annual awareness event highlighting the challenges carers face and celebrating their contribution. This year’s campaign, supported by charities, businesses and government, 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; 2 million are older people with their own health problems. • 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 people in their eighties and beyond are caring full-time. • 38% of carers in a recent MND Association survey were unaware of their right to a Carers’ Assessment. “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 potentially damage carers’ own physical and mental health, and their relationships with partners, family and friends. It can also isolate them and make it difficult or impossible 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, mum, dad, son, daughter, friend or good neighbour. Yet helping with shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, formfilling or money management is all part of caring, and caring is caring - whoever it’s for. Many responses also showed carers aren’t getting the advice they need to access financial, practical and emotional support for themselves and those they care for.

BUILDING CARER FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES If you’re an employer, give any employees who are carers as much flexibility as possible. This could mean: • An extended lunch hour, giving them time to eat and check on the person they care for. • Shorter working days. • Adapted or flexible start/finish times. • Flexibility to work more when they can, while allowing time off for appointments etc. If you’re a GP, hairdresser, physiotherapist or any other professional person offering appointments, could you offer mobile services or make appointments to fit around carers’ needs? The Carers Week campaign is urging us to: • Recommend carer-friendly organisations, services and businesses. • Run awareness and fundraising events. • Pledge to support carers and make our own organisations carer-friendly. Heléna Herklots CBE, said: “Carers have told us that it makes a huge difference to their lives when they are supported by their local services and communities… whether that’s offering a flexible GP appointment, having flexible working policies or raising awareness in schools of caring, it can make a positive difference.” SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR CARERS If you’re a carer, help is available and it’s vital that you get the support you need.

Health & Lifestyle The NHS Choice Care Page has an extensive section for carers, covering assessments, money and legal matters and caring issues. what-is-social-care.aspx The eight charities below support Carers Week and the services they offer include counselling, practical and financial help, respite care and advice. It’s worth investigating other charities specific to the condition of the person you care for, too. Age UK offers counselling, support groups, day and respite care, and advice on Carers’ Assessments and benefits. www. advice-for-carers/are-you-a-carer; Tel: 0800 678 1174 Carers Trust offers individually tailored support, services and activities for those caring, unpaid, for a relative or friend. www.; email support@carers. org; Tel: 0300 772 9600

Carers UK supports, connects and campaigns for carers with its network of partners. www.; email:; Tel: 0808 808 7777 Mon-Fri 10am4pm Independent Age provides free advice and information to older people and their families. www.; email:; Tel: 0800 319 6789 Mon-Fri 10am4.30pm Macmillan Cancer Support can provide practical, emotional and financial support for carers. www. html; Tel: 0808 808 00 00 Mon-Fri 8am-9pm

org; Tel: 0808 802 6262 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & 7-10.30pm The MS Society provides support and advice for MS carers, and may be able to provide a grant for a short break or activity. www. email: helpline@mssociety.; Tel: 0808 800 8000 Mon-Fri 9am–7pm Which? Elderly Care is a website run by the Which? Group, offering free, independent advice on elderly care and specific advice for carers.

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Hobbies Hunters and Seekers, Sign Up Here By Kate McLelland An unusual arts project launched in Scunthorpe this year has reflected the public’s growing passion for interactive games, particularly if they involve solving puzzles to reach a goal. Five gold artworks, with a value of at least £1,000 each, were hidden around the area and clues to their location were encoded in paintings hanging at the town’s 20-21 Arts Centre. Everyone loves the idea of finding hidden treasure, but these days opportunities are not just limited to rare events like the Scunthorpe gold hunt. It’s now possible to take part in well-organised hobbies where you can use your skills to track down hidden items or find concealed information. The craze for such games began with Letterboxing. The origin of this activity can be traced to Dartmoor in Devon, where, in 1854, a well-known local guide called James Perrott left a bottle in a cairn beside Cranmere Pool. The idea was that visitors could place a card in the bottle as proof that they had completed the arduous, eight-mile journey there. This eventually inspired the idea of placing boxes in remote and


inaccessible locations along the Dartmoor trail, into which visitors could drop a postcard or letter. Whoever subsequently discovered the box was obliged to post the letters inside (hence the title ‘Letterboxing’) and the challenge was to see how long it took before correspondents received their mail. In the 21st century it’s inevitable that the focus has changed from ‘snail-mail’ to the internet. Nowadays participants make the most of available technologies, using smartphone apps equipped with GPS mapping systems to reach their goals. TREASURE HUNTS If you’d like to try out a treasure hunt you can buy maps online that will allow you to explore a particular place in your own time, working alone or in a group. You can choose the option of a walking, cycling or driving trail (or even a combination of those elements). Many ‘hunts’ offer you the chance to get to know an area better, learning facts and exploring places you would not normally visit. At London’s City Hunt (cityhunt. you can download a free map in order to explore less well-known London areas with

intriguing histories, such as Blackfriars, Elephant and Castle and Bermondsey. Unfortunately there are no prizes involved the reward is simply enjoyment and knowledge - but City Hunt plans to run an annual, massparticipation event for which prizes will be awarded. Major treasure hunts often reach the news. The 2012 Olympics was the backdrop to the biggest ever treasure hunt game, when 466 participants, all ambassadors for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, worked in 93 teams of five to follow clues hidden on either side of the river Thames. GEOCACHING There are over 2 million geocaches hidden across the globe, and over 5 million people currently play the game. Geocaching is a world-wide, high-tech outdoor treasure hunting game that gets you walking in the outdoors, introduces you to interesting or scenic locations and helps you feel connected to others taking part. In order to get involved in geocaching you need a sense of adventure, a GPS receiver (anything from a smartphone app to a standalone device

Leisure costing several hundred pounds), access to the internet and some form of transport. A geocache is established when someone places a small, waterproof box in a favourite spot, then records its GPS coordinates on a website so a fellow geocacher can search for it. The cache hider’s ‘reward’ is to read the online comments left by the players who find the box. Geocaches normally contain a logbook, a pencil and a few (usually) low value items known as ‘swag’. You should never remove a ‘swag’ item unless you can replace it with something of equal or higher value. When you find a geocache, you must sign and date the log book, decide whether you want to swap any swag items and replace the cache exactly where you found it. Once you get home you




should record your discovery online. Some boxes can be found in towns and cities but most are hidden in the countryside. You will therefore need to reach your location by car or bicycle before beginning a search on foot. One important consideration is whether or not you have permission to walk through a particular area to reach a geocache. The Geocache Association of Great Britain ( holds a database of landowners who have given permission for geocache activities on their land. The GAGB site is also a good source of information on all aspects of geocaching.

otherwise remain hidden, then you’ll be well rewarded by these exciting outdoor hobbies. However you don’t always need the code-breaking skills of Alan Turing or the high-tech powers of GPS to find what you are looking for. On the Scunthorpe gold hunt Rachel Welch of Grimbsy beat the crowd to discover the first object. How did she do it? By ignoring the codes provided and relying solely on her powers of observation!

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