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Charing Area - TN27


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Another important date this month is 18th March - Mother’s Day, and I’m sure my 16 year old son will be showering me with flowers and bars of mint Aero while he does the housework for me (I can but dream!) Recently the content of this magazine has been such that I’ve been unable to fit in our regular Wit & Wisdom feature. This has not gone un-noticed, so this month it’s back! Unbelievably the Village Directory is seven years old this year, and “Wit & Wisdom” has proven to be a popular feature. But

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Welcome to the March Issue, with March comes the anticipation of crisp and sunny spring days and the onset of British Summer Time. Sunday 25th March is a date to remember, the clocks will “spring” forward an hour. That is if the powers that be haven’t decided to change it after all these years! So don’t be caught out.

after so many editions it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find good, clean and inoffensive content for this page. I do receive contributions from readers, but I often fear I’m beginning to scrape the bottom of the barrel. So please send me your jokes, if they are clean and funny and there’s no risk of offending anyone (there’s a challenge!) why keep them to yourself! If we only raise a titter or even a “Doh”, it’s a welcome break from the doom and gloom we are often bombarded with. Apparently laughing is good for your health!

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By Jackie Witcher Tenterden & District Horticultural Society

Well it came as no surprise to me the change in the weather we have had, and it certainly gave the spring bulbs a bit of a shock as they tried to get to grips with their untimely growth from the earth. The warmer weather in January stopped my snowdrops from emerging and I only had four brave enough to pop their heads up into sunshine. I also had a bit of a shock when I noticed robins and long tailed tits collecting debris as if to build nests!!! But that’s all changed now, as I look out from the office on to the patio. It’s a freezing cold day but still the hyacinths are emerging. I’m half expecting the paperwhite daffodils and crocus that are out to freeze solid! Now this shall come as a bit of a surprise. I cannot do the compost bit as my garden is just not big enough, but I do spread paper shreddings etc on to the vege


patch, if only to make me feel that I am doing my bit for the environment. When I had my hair cut recently, chatting on as women do about the garden etc, my friend informed me that when she worked at the salon, she had an elderly chap who had an allotment turn up each week and take all the hair cuttings. These were dug into his vege patch, and apparently he grew the most amazing vegetables. On reflection I should not have been too surprised at this, as I can remember my dad using the stuffing out of old mattresses on his garden. Weren’t they made from horsehair? or was it floc Needless to say where my hair trimmings went, and subsequently the husbands too. I thought if the worms don’t want them, the birds could use it to line their nests. And very jazzy their nests will be too, as my hair is bright orange at the moment, a hairdressing disaster caused by too much talking!!! The leeks are slowly coming to an end now, though I am trying to save a few back for the Spring Show. Leeks will stay quite happily in the ground until ready for use, just keep an eye out for rot, especially if we have had a lot of wet weather. One soon gets fed up of leek and potato soup, so try this leek, bacon

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and potato pie. Saute 4 slices of finely diced bacon till crispy and add a big knob of butter. Add ½ a finely diced onion and 2 finely shredded leeks and sweat down, don’t brown. Stir in a pot of Philadelphia cheese, (or be daring and try a pack of Boursin garlic and herb), add a good scrunch of black pepper and cool. Finely slice some par boiled potatoes. Line the greased pie dish with pastry, then starting with the leek mix, layer with the potatoes to fill the dish right up. Top with a pastry lid and pop a couple of slits in the top for the steam to escape. Give a good brushing with egg wash and bake gas 7 (or equivalent) for ½ hour or until brown, then turn down to Gas 3 for a further ½ hour to 45 mins. Absolutely delicious, hot or cold. I have been through my seed box and noted that a few packets have gone out of date. In the past I have tried growing these, but what a waste of time. Seldom did they germinate, but did I learn? Nope. I still tried growing them, but this year I am definitely throwing them out and getting a new batch. I have also decided to stick to my “old faithfulls” though I shall still grow the climbing mange tout and climbing French beans. I had quite a good return from these, and they are quite expensive to buy in the supermarkets. Note

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- I must try and pick the mange tout more regularly and not miss any. Like runner beans it only takes one or two to mature and the plant stops producing. Well look at the time, I’ve chatted on yet again! Its so cold today that I am opting out of coffee. Now don’t worry, I’m having hot chocolate and instead of cake, choccy bics to dip. Bang goes the New Years Resolution. (sigh) I’m so weak!!

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Growing Peppers Growing your own peppers is not much more involved than growing tomatoes, so why not give it a try? Pepper plants can be unbelievably pretty too, with fruits in a range of shapes and colour, generally on compact plants and preceded by small and very pretty white flowers. This is a plant with great ornamental as well as edible potential. Both chilli and sweet - or bell - peppers can be grown in a greenhouse border, in a sunny spot in the garden in warmer parts of the country, or on a sunny, sheltered spot on the patio. The heavier, earlier crop will come if you grow the plants in a greenhouse or conservatory, but it is well worth growing them outside too. Sweet peppers, especially the red ones, are very high in vitamin A and both red and green peppers are also very high in vitamin C. Chilli peppers also have a good supply of vitamins C and A and in addition, contain both beta-carotene and something called capsaicin which is believed to have a useful effect on blood cholesterol levels. The seeds are readily obtainable from many catalogues or garden centres but make sure you take into account the level of heat that each type delivers. Most seed packets and catalogues do make it very clear. Sow the seeds between now and early April. I use a multi-purpose or a seed compost, but for good germination you will need to provide a bit of extra warmth, ideally from a heated propagator positioned in a spot where it receives plenty of natural light. If you don’t have the time or facilities to raise your own from seed, you can always buy a few plants in a garden centre or send off for them. We offer two tasty varieties as part of my ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ system (see for details). Keep the plants a tiny bit drier than you would a tomato plant and feed regularly

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with a high-potash liquid feed (most readily available as a ‘tomato food’). This helps to keep the plants growing strongly and the potash will encourage plenty of flowers and so fruits to form. If you are going for plants in pots, choose a planter that has good drainage and is 30cm (12in) or more in diameter, adding broken pots for extra drainage. Once there is no danger of late frosts you can put them outside in a sheltered, sunny spot. If you’re after the hottest possible heat from your chilli peppers, then you’ll find this comes from fruits that are totally ripe and from peppers that are grown in warmer conditions. If you are growing sweet peppers in patio pots then you are likely to find that there are still some unripened fruits on the plants when temperatures start to fall at the end of summer and well into autumn. To increase the chances of these ripening and increasing to full size, move the pots to a warmer spot or, if possible, to a porch, conservatory or greenhouse where they’ll get extra warmth and also plenty of natural light.

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The British Countryside Our British countryside is teeming with life this time of year. To save you getting lost in a wilderness of animal and nature books, here are some of the best to be found. Grab the butterfly net and the binoculars; it’s time to go on a back-garden safari.


British Wildlife Photographer Award Collection 2 (Photography) AA Publishing Who says coffee table books always have to be about antique teapots and small furniture? Bring the outside world in and celebrate the best that this island has to offer. The British Wildlife Photography Awards began in 2009 and this beautiful collection is full of the winning pictures from 2011, ranging from urban intruders to marine life. Vivid images beautifully capture British wildlife in a wonderfully voyeuristic way. The whole collection is a window on the extraordinary lives of animals and is definitely one to be treasured. RSPB Pocket Nature Wildlife of Britain If you’ve ever been out with your children and found yourself stumped by the question ‘what’s that?’ then this guide is a must-have for you. With over a thousand species of British animals, plants and fungi, you’ll sound like Chris Packham on Springwatch if you carry this in your rucksack.

Bugs Britannica Peter Marren and Richard Mabey Determined to help the smallest creatures on our island make the biggest impact, ‘Bugs Britannica’ is a must-have for creepycrawly enthusiasts. It’s wonderfully colourful and informative and guarantees to give you a greater understanding of how insects and humans interact and the importance of our tiny house-invaders. Our gardens and homes are teeming with buglife and you might find you’re no longer reaching for the flyspray this summer. British Wildlife Detectives’ Handbook Camilla de la Bedovere. This is the ideal companion for budding young naturalists, but most importantly of all…it comes with stickers. This handbook is packed with facts and information on everything you’re likely to see, both in the back-garden and beyond. Children will

love turning detective and finding out what species they’re looking at. You can inspire and encourage them to really explore their natural surroundings without there being a computer in sight. The handbook has tick-boxes for keeping tabs on everything they’ve spotted so they can look back over their casework and truly admire British wildlife. A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines If you were a teenager in the 1980s then you probably read ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ in school. For anyone who didn’t, you’re in for a treat. Disillusioned Billy Casper is enduring a deprived and violent upbringing in a small Yorkshire mining town when he builds an unlikely friendship with ‘Kes’, a kestrel hawk. Frequently described as ‘honest’ and ‘raw’ this is a story of how an animal can positively impact on human life. Kes inspires Billy to ‘soar’ and find passion in an otherwise harsh and hopeless life.

Not released until June 2012 Collins Complete Guides - British Coastal Wildlife If you are opting for a ‘staycations’ and holidaying in Britain, reserve this book at the same time as booking your holiday. Our coastlines are quite literally swimming in extraordinary wildlife. This guide covers over 400 species of animals and plants found along our shores and will make a great companion for when you ‘like to be beside the seaside’. Leafing through this book is like sticking your head straight into a rock-pool. It has clear pictures, descriptions and is packed with information to appeal to even the truest of nature enthusiasts.

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Seasonal Delights This is a great way to jazz up salmon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a Japanese teriyaki sauce glaze served with sesame flavoured noodles. Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before threading on the strips of salmon to prevent them from burning under the hot grill.

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Slice each salmon fillet widthways into 2 strips and place the strips in a shallow dish. Mix together the teriyaki sauce and garlic and pour over the salmon. Cover and leave to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium. Thread the strips of salmon onto 8 wooden skewers. Grill the salmon skewers for 3-4 minutes on each side until just cooked through.

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Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan and add the ginger, spring onions, radishes and sesame seeds. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes then Add the noodles and toss well to mix. Just before serving, brush the salmon skewers with the warmed honey and grill for a further minutes. Divide the sesame noodles between four serving bowls and top with the salmon skewers.


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Here is the latest news from Charing Country Market. Our Christmas markets in December were all well attended. We delivered hampers across East Kent, containing goodies, gifts and a selection of baking. Our wide range of baking is still growing; bread rolls, pizza and soups have recently been added. Four new producers joined us last year – Gail who paints delightful cards and makes beautiful crafts, ideal for mother’s day, Easter, or any occasion. Helen brings her delicious soaps and bath products, including oatmeal and honey and many more, all prettily presented gifts. Carol also has a wide range of cards. Joy has the most beautiful crafts and lavender bags.We are lucky enough to now have Graham on the first Thursday of every month who sharpens everything from scissors, knives and chainsaws; he has been very busy getting garden tools ready for the spring. Remember to pop in with your tools. We can now offer repair and alterations if you bring your item into the market. Soft furnishings are also available. Kelly and Joan produce wonderful vegetable plants bedding plants and flowers Remember Easter Hamper of all sizes is available to order – simnal cakes preserves, chocolates, and plants. We also extensive range of crafts, babies, children’s knitwear. As always tea, coffee, biscuits and cake are available. Once again thank you to all the lovely people who visit every week. We look forward to seeing you very soon. Thank you from Julie Hardy secretary Charing Country Market.


Failure did not stop these people from becoming great achievers. Maybe it helped to shape them, provide them with resilience and determination and enable them to strive for even greater things than they had at first imagined.

Failure – And Why It’s Good For You! To the consternation of children and parents at our first family assembly of term I announced that, in this week of exams and important sporting fixtures, I wanted to talk about… Failure. Failure is taboo. No-one wants failure, everyone regards failure as, well, failure. But I would argue its importance in the lives of children and adults. Failure is real and common to us all. We fail to gain the job that we craved; we see others being picked before us; our best efforts are sometimes not good enough. To experience failure is important, I argued, because 1.

You know what it feels like


You can empathise with others who have experienced it


You can learn how to turn it into success

I was able to use an appropriate Youtube clip that provided the motivational message that “If you haven’t experienced failure, you haven’t lived!” Amongst others cited, Walt Disney was written off by his art teacher as unimaginative, Michael Jordan was dropped from his basketball team as a failure, The Beatles were turned down by a recording company for showing little creativity, JK Rowling was rejected by 9 publishers before Bloomsbury took her on, Thomas Edison was regarded as too stupid to be of value to anybody.

Both boys and girls play Tag- and contact rugby at Spring Grove and those who play can understand the idea that the ball must go backwards for play to go forwards. There is a life lesson here, I think: A step backwards might well be a step nearer our goal. A setback – and the lessons learnt – can be a stepping stone to success. Did Jesus experience failure? Was his arrest and death a great setback? Or was the Cross the greatest back pass in cosmic history – given what happened two days later? Failure is important if it provides lessons and instruction. If we lose, get dropped from a team, make a mistake in maths or find others picked before us, it does not have to end in failure. A player or team that identifies why it lost, the student that understands why the calculations went wrong or the candidate who is humble enough to admit that his best effort was insufficient might in time develop the skills and understanding to improve. In this age of parents demanding instant results and owning a reluctance to accept failure, pressure is applied to school teachers to give prizes to all. Our school motto is “Always do your best!” It is not “Always get it right!” Sometimes our best might result in failure… but I would suggest that the experience of failing can be a good thing and that a bigger prize awaits those who are patient, humble and persevering. Bill Jones Headmaster, Spring Grove School


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Ashford Community Choir LOVE TO SING with guest artists appearing at Smarden Charter Hall, on Saturday 24th March 2012. Doors Open for 7.30pm start. Entrance £5 with a licensed bar, and raffle. Tickets available from Smarden Post Office, Members of the Choir, or phone 01233 770557. All proceeds go to the NSPCC. Tues March 20th Pluckley Gardening Society A talk starts at 7.30pm at Pluckley Villlage Hall “How to Design Borders for Colour Succession” by Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Secret Garden, Sandwich. Steve has been working in horticulture since leaving school and studied at Hadlow & Merrist College. A chance to learn tips from an expert, feel free to bring a friend too. £5 to include tea and coffee, raffle tickets on sale, pay on door. Contact Pat Morss email Wednesday 21st March The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet on in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8pm. The topic this evening will be:- ‘Setting up a web based e-mail. There will be the opportunity to set up your own web


based account that you can use anywhere’. Annual membership £10 plus £2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome (£3, but first visit is free). Enquiries: Mon12 March Ashford Music Society Chamber Ensemble Of London Directed by Peter Fisher. This concert will be the final one in our present series. The CEOL was founded in 1997 and draws its players from amongst the most distinguished musicians in London-based orchestras and chamber groups. The CEOL repertoire is wide ranging and on this occasion their programme will be a feast of British music for strings, from Purcell. Handel & Boyce to the present day, including Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op.20. Venue: The Norton Knatchbull School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £12 (Adults); £3 (Students) Contact: Brenda McCormack on 01233-622971 or Hilary Pittock on 01233-623700. The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 28th March at 7:30pm. in the Village Hall when we will have a demonstration on ‘Trugs’ by John Carnell of ‘1066 Country Trugs’. We will also be holding our ‘Outdoor Spring Growing Flora’ competition. Contact Audrey on

Dave and Jo welcome you to The George where you will find a cosy welcome and a friendly atmosphere. Serving 4 real ales, local cider, an extensive wine list and a selection of lagers Home cooked, wholesome food is available, check out our weekly offers:-


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Monday Night is Buy One Get One Free on the Light bites menu.

Tuesday & Thursday is Steak Night 2 Steaks plus a bottle of wine £22 per couple.

Wednesday Night is Carvery night Eat as much as you like! With a choice of 2 roast meats with all the trimmings £7.95.

Friday Night is Fish & Chips Night to eat in or Take Away, Cod or Haddock in our own homemade Beer Batter £6.95. Sunday Lunch Carvery, 2 roast meats plus all the trimmings £7.95.

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01580291624 or Lesley on 01580291931. Members £1.50, Non Members £2.50. Annual membership £5. New members are always welcome. Badminton Club Requires New Members. Previous experience preferred, but not essential. First visit free. Please telephone Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134 or Joanne Field on 01233 613795 for more details.

CLUBS & SOCIETIES Little Chart Bridge Club Friendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395. Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch. Meets on 1st Wednesday of every month at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford. For information call Robert Gurney 01233 666577 Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wednesday 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:

what’s on 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.

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 Headcorn Bowls Club - Free coaching available to newcomers. Contact Chris 01622 858100 or David 01580 291996.

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.


The Flying Horse at Smarden Superb Sunday Roast £8.95 Wednesday Rib Eye Steak Night £18.00 for two with all the trimings Thursday Curry Night £8.50 per person including a drink

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Eyes Like A Shutter, Brain Like A Lense… Meet India Bradshaw, a young, creative, dynamic Photographer based near Charing. Despite having just turned 18 she has already launched her professional photography career with a number of interesting and diverse commissions for local and London based clients. With aspirations to break into Glossy Magazines through Fashion Editorial and Advertising, and a feature film stills shoot already under her belt, she looks to be going places. Watch This Space!


As well as the usual portrait sessions India has managed to land a number of commissions for local businesses including the image for the front cover of the recently printed Charing Business Association leaflet and publicity images for The Red Lion at Charing Heath, The Beauty Room in Willsborough,

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Freedom-Dr ive driving school in Ashford, The Secret Gardens in Sandwich for The WOW Factory, and an Album cover for local singer song writer Joe West. You may think this sounds like a pretty good start for a new kid on the block but there’s more….plenty more in fact. Back in October the exciting opportunity arose for India to do the “Stills” photography on the London set of “The Forgotten”, a low budget British ghost movie, written and directed by Oliver Frampton, staring Clem Tibber, Elarica Gallacher and Shaun Dingwall, due for release later this year. Recently India’s work has focused on more local projects. She has been covering the progress of Breakin’ Hearts, the Ashford based, all girl national champion break-dance troupe, at regional and national competitions; producing images for the program for the Highworth Grammar School annual dance showcase and covering the Charing Heath Burns Night Event, organised by the Parish Council to raise money to match Ashford Borough Council’s contribution to purchase Park play equipment for the Charing Heath Playing Field. India will be donating 20% of her photo sales proceeds to the fund. With Summer Wedding bookings and a variety of enquiries in the pipeline, and plans to attend workshops with top international photographers including Rosie Hardy, it could be a busy year for India.

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Get Walking with Ashford Health Walks HealthWalks are free, volunteer led, walks aimed at those who are currently not active enough to benefit their health. Walks are generally between 40-90 minutes and leave from accessible venues such as libraries, villages halls and community centres. There is no need to book, walkers simply turn up at the meeting point and are guided around the route by the volunteer walk leader. Most HealthWalks finish with refreshments and a chat.

ASHFORD LIBRARY Day: Thursdays Date: Ongoing Location: Ashford Library, Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Rd, Ashford, TN23 1AS Time: 10:30am for 10:45am start Length: Approx 60 mins Contact number: 0800 8494000 *Dogs on leads welcome

Walking in a group is a great way to start walking and to stay motivated. You’ll make friends and discover new places to walk NEW HAYESBANK SURGERY in your local area whilst improving your Day: Wednesdays health and wellbeing at the same time. Date: Ongoing


The East Kent HealthWalk scheme covers the local authority areas of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale & Thanet with more than 70 walks available. Walks available in the Ashford area are detailed on the right.

Location: New Hayesbank Surgery, Bybrook, Kennington, TN24 9JZ Time: 9:30am for 9:45am start Length: Approx 60-75 mins Contact number: 01233 624642

We are always on the lookout for new volunteer walk leaders. Training is free, and once trained you can join our team of over 200 leaders. Advice and support is always available from the HealthWalks staff and various social meetings and events are arranged for you throughout the year.

WALK & TALK TENTERDEN Day: Tuesdays Date: Ongoing Location: St Andrew’s Catholic Church, 47 Ashford Rd, Tenterden, TN30 6LL Time: 10:30am for 10:45am start If you have any queries about our walks, Length: Approx 60 mins or are interested in volunteering as a walk Contact: Janet 01580 762526 leader please contact us by one of the *Dogs on leads welcome

means listed below – Freephone - 0800 8494000 (Healthwalks) Direct Line - 01304 367917 E-mail - Alternatively, visit our website at www. healthwalks

TENTERDEN TREKKERS Day: Fridays Date: Ongoing Location: Zion Baptist Church High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6BB Time: 10:00am for 10:15am start Length: Approx 60 mins Contact: 0800 8494000

ASHFORD SMARDEN CHARTER HALL Day: Mondays Date: Ongoing Location: Smarden Charter Hall, Chessenden Lane, Smarden, Ashford TN27 8NF Time: 10:00am for 10:15am start Length: Approx 40-60 mins Contact number: 0800 8494000 WITTERSHAM WALKERS Day: Wednesdays Date: Ongoing Location: St John the Baptist Church, Wittersham, TN30 7EA Time: 10:00am for 10:15am start Length: Approx 60 mins Contact: Yvonne 07944 183798 *Dogs on leads welcome HAMSTREET WALK Day: Wednesdays Date: Ongoing Location: Hamstreet Surgery, Ruckinge Rd, Hamstreet, Ashford,TN26 2NJ Time: 1:00pm for 1:15pm start Length: Approx 45-60 Mins Contact: 0800 8494000 SHADOXHURST WEEKEND WALK Day: Saturdays Date: Ongoing Location: Kings Head car park, Woodchurch Rd, Shadoxhurst, Ashford, TN26 1LQ Time: 1:45pm for 2:00pm start Length: Approx 60 Mins Contact: Kathryn 01233 732883

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Beware of Email Hijack! What could be more natural than the urge to help a friend in need? That’s what hackers are exploiting to get well meaning people to send money to them, by hijacking people’s email accounts. I recently had a phone call from one of my clients who was having trouble accessing their Google email account. They were checking it because they had received a number of phone calls from friends and family expressing concern. This was because they had received emails, which they hadn’t sent, saying that they had been attacked while on holiday and had lost their wallet and passport. The email asked for money to be wired to them in their hour of need. They weren’t even on holiday at the time!


My client was touched by all the offers of assistance they received but also concerned that someone might be fooled by the scam. Their email account had been hijacked. The most likely explanation for this was a weak password. (Password123 would you believe!) Once the hacker had gained access to their email account, they changed the password so that my client couldn’t access their own email while they sent out their request for money to my client’s entire address book. It took 24 hours to get back into their email account as Google needed to do identity checks before giving them access again. In that time unfortunately two of my clients well meaning friends who hadn’t thought to phone to make sure the email was genuine had sent money. My client to their credit felt obliged to reimburse their friends. The moral of the story is if you use a web based account to access your email use a complex password and if you receive an email out of the blue from a trusted contact requesting money its probably worth checking before sending anything. If you need any computer security advice, Steve Newman of Ashford Computer Solutions can be contacted on 01233 469217.

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FREE LEGAL ADVICE FOR FAMILIES WITH UNDER 5 YEAR OLDS In another of our regular series on legal matters, this month Laura Hails, Legal Executive at Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors, talks about a new free legal advice service in Tenterden. Following the success of our free family law clinic, we are pleased to announce that we will be running a free drop in service at the Sure Start Centre, based at the Little Explorers Children Centre, Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden. This is specifically for families with children aged under 5 years of age.


We will be available at the centre every Wednesday from February, to discuss topics including divorce, cohabitation disputes, financial settlement after divorce and children issues. If any families have a legal issue or concern about their family, we will be available to talk things through, so that we can advise you of the best way forward in your situation, so that you can make an informed choice as to how you wish to proceed. It is a sad fact that we meet a number of families, often with young children, who are separating or in troubled relationships. There are a number of facilities available in the local area to provide families with additional support, and we are proud to work in partnership with Sure Start to assist families with under 5’s. We understand that costs are a factor in family matters, and people are concerned about instructing solicitors. We are aware that there is a need in the local area, particularly with families with under 5’s, to meet with a lawyer to discuss their concerns and to receive some initial free advice. At Pengelly & Rylands we encourage couples to communicate with each other and to try to keep matters as amicable as possible, by discussing what they want. We now have the

Laura Hails, Legal Executive at Pengelly & Rylands added benefit of being located at the Sure Start Centre, which has other facilities available for families with under 5’s, and we will be able to advise them whether any additional services, which are available through the Sure Start Centre, would be beneficial to them. Laura Hails will be pleased to meet with you at the Centre and will be available on a weekly basis.

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Ashford Borough Council 01233 637311 Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 247 Tenterden Gateway 01580 762558 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 CPRE Kent 01233 714540

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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

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