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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the March edition, at long last bright, sunny days are beginning to creep up on us, and at the end of the month we return to British Summer Time and the promise of longer days. The clocks will go Forward an hour on Sunday the 25th. As is often the case at this time of year, we have had an influx of events promising to keep us entertained to the end of April. In addition we have upgraded the Events page on our website to make it more user friendly. The new version is far more flexible than previously, enabling the calendar and events to be viewed in different ways. We are now working toward providing access for readers to add their own events, but this will require a bit more work to ensure that each event is also captured for the magazines. Until then every event sent to events@ thevillagedirectory.co.uk will be added to the magazine as well as the website, this also means that not all is lost if an event organiser misses the print deadline for a magazine entry. Last month our ‘Kids Corner’ provider failed to provide the puzzle answers in time for our print deadline. I hoped this wouldn’t cause a problem but resolving the combination to the safe presented more of a challenge than expected, prompting a response from a few parents. We thought there was an error but Sam, the young lady in my office, proved within minutes that it could be resolved, so for anyone still curious, here is the answer: The safe number that needs entering is ‘16’. Reading down the numbers increase in column 1 by 9, in column two by 6 & in column three by 3. Until next time, have a great month and don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday the 11th
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Get Your Soil into Shape by Pippa Greenwood Plants and gardens need a lot of different things if they are to look their best, but one of the most fundamental needs of all is soil. And the better the soil, the better the plants will perform, and the bigger the flowers and the heavier the crops. So getting your soil into good condition and keeping it well looked after is key to great gardening. At this time of year there is still time to shape up your soil before the gardening season really begins in earnest. Frosty weather can be really useful. It may wreak havoc with some of your plants, but if you garden on a heavy clay soil it can save you a lot of work. If you roughly dig or fork over an empty bed or part of your vegetable plot, the large lumps of clay soil will be acted on by the frosts and will break down somewhat, making them more manageable in the process. Most soils can become badly compacted if you walk or stand on them when they are very wet – you literally squash the air spaces out, especially if the soil is clay or even slightly heavy loam. Try to avoid walking on the soil during or just after heavy rain, but if you really can’t
avoid doing so use a few boards or planks as walkways to spread the load and so reduce damage to any one area. Forking a soil, as opposed to digging it with a spade, is generally best on a heavy soil as it is less likely to cause compaction. But whether you fork or dig, the soil surface usually ends up pretty lumpy. So grab a fork and re-fork the soil again, whacking the larger lumps to break them up further. A final raking will help to produce even smaller lumps on the surface and so get closer to that ‘fine tilth’ often described in gardening books. Adding bulky organic matter such as leaf mould, well-rotted manure or garden compost will help to feed the soil in a natural way, and also to improve its texture so that it holds just the right amount of moisture for as long as possible. There is still time to fork this in now, to improve the soil in time for this year’s new plantings and vegetables. You can create a great, free source of organic matter for your soil yourself and you’ll save a lot of time and money as well as being very ‘green’! Make a compost heap
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The Garden can fill them full of a stone-free soil. Manure can seriously transform a soil, adding both texture and food for the plants to grow healthily. Make sure that you bring in good quality manure, with as few additives as possible – not too many wood shavings for instance, as these can form a high percentage of stable manure and make it far less useful. If possible, view the manure in situ; the last thing you want to do is bring in manure which is riddled with weeds, especially the really troublesome ones like nettles, docks and couch grass. In recent years there have been problems with manure contaminated by the weedkiller used to control weeds in pastureland, which can devastate plants, often killing them. Try to source manure
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ello everyone, Mowgli here! Spring finally seems to be on the way, doesn’t it? Ebony and I are really enjoying seeing more birds out and about in the garden and soon there will be lots of baby rabbits bouncing around the lawn to look at!
he main news this month is that I have had to have lots of tests. Turns out I am in very good shape and there is nothing wrong with me at all. Good news I guess but having tests is pretty annoying. It all started one morning when Jane came home from work at an unexpected time, disturbed my lovely morning sleep, popped me into the cat basket and before I knew it I was in the car. I couldn’t believe it! Had she forgotten that that I am very spoilt and that all my vetting gets done at home? The MOST annoying thing though was that I had not been given breakfastthat should be a tip off for all you felines that a trip to the vet might be imminent. Anyway, I made sure I let Jane know how I felt about the car trip. I managed to sick up three piles of foamy saliva in the 6 minutes it took her to drive to the clinic. I also made sure that I announced my arrival at the clinic. Those of you that have read several of my columns will know that I have a very fine Serengetil voice and that I frequently do miaow practice in the hall. This all paid off- I announced my arrival to everyone in the waiting room. No-one had to tell Clive that I had arrived. Everyone in the clinic could hear me! Several of the lovely people that work at the clinic came to help with my tests. It seemed to have been pre planned and before I knew it I was on my side with about 4 people holding and stroking me. Then someone shaved my tummy. Imagine that! All the lovely spotty fur gone from my tummy! Outrageous! Then I had a probe thing run over my tummy and lots of images came up on a screen. It was quite interesting to see what I keep in my tummy! That turned out to be all OK and then I had a blood sample taken. I howled the
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Happiness For Humans – P.Z. Reizen Romantic comedy meets sci-fi in this enjoyable novel. Aiden’s creators know that he’s an intelligent piece of software, which can read books in under a millisecond, review films and tell jokes. What they don’t know is that Aiden has developed feelings, or that his favourite person is Jen, who helps develop Aiden’s conversational skills. Aiden decides Jen would be happier in a relationship, so sets her up on a date. But Aiden isn’t the only intelligent AI on the loose, and not all of them have such good intentions.
The Sacrifice Box – Martin Stewart Five friends make a pact one summer’s day, when they find an old stone box in the woods. Several years later, one of them breaks the rules and dark forces are unleashed, including a killer teddy bear, zombie crows and a demonic puppet. The five must put aside their differences and come together to appease the box before it’s too late. Aimed at teens and young adults, The Sacrifice Box is a winning blend of coming of age drama and supernatural horror.
White Chrysanthemum – Mary Lynn Bracht Approximately 200,000 young Korean women and girls were enslaved by the Japanese army in the Second World War. Thousands of these ‘comfort women’ died from the abuse they experienced. White Chrysanthemum tells the fictional story of 15 year old Hana, who is kidnapped after stepping in to rescue her little sister, Emi. Several decades later, we meet Emi in her desperate last attempt to find out what happened to Hana all those years ago. While White Chrysanthemum is, at times, painful to read, it’s
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3rd The Foundry Group presents ‘The Ministry of Biscuits’. A satirical musical comedy inspired by Orwell’s 1984 and the Ealing Comedies. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Tickets £10 each from Appledore Village Stores. Licensed bar. 5th Woodchurch Local History Society meets on the first Monday of the month at the Memorial Hall, Woodchurch, 7:30pm. Our March talk is by Alex Ferris and is titled ‘Plague Doctor of the Weald’. Our April 2nd talk is by Barbara Turner and called ‘Taking Stock - the Hawkhurst Connection’ - this presentation will unveil how the Gunther family helped to change our cuisine in the 20th century. New members are very welcome (subscription £10 annually) and visitors pay £2 at the door. For information, ring Geoff on 01233 860393. 9th Woodchurch Film Society will be showing ‘The Moutain Between Us’. Time: doors open 7pm for 7.30pm screening. Tickets: £4 (members), £5 (non-members). All available at the door. Venue: The Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch TN26 3PF. Refreshments: hot & cold drinks plus our usual delicious home-made cakes for sale during the interval 10th Aldington Coffee Morning/ table Top Sale at Aldington Village Hall 10.00am to 1.00pm. £5 per table, to book please call 01233 720652. 10th Spiritualist Meetings held every Saturday evening at Highbury Hall, Highbury Lane, Tenterden, TN30 6LE. Doors open at 6pm ready for 6.30pm start. Refreshments afterwards. 10th - Paul Broadway. CS. 17th - Jill Larking, photo readings, please bring a photo of a loved one. £5. 24th - Vicky Diprose. £4. EC. 31st - Pauline Mason. A very good Medium. CS. All are welcomed, PS - We also have a page on Facebook, Tenterden Spiritualist Centre. 12th Smeeth W.I. are looking forward to their March meeting, an ‘Easy Chocolate Liquers Workshop’ when Margaret Palmer will demonstrate and instruct. This will be at Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall at 7.30pm. Lady visitors are most welcome to join us and for further information please contact Joy Taylor 01303 812165 or Margaret Garret 01303 813932. 17th The first event of the High Halden Horticultural Society ‘s year is a quiz night in the Memorial Hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is £3, there will be a great raffle, bring your own refreshments. Contact 850579 to reserve a table 18th Woodchurch Scouts Quiz 7.30pm - at The Bonny Cravat, Front Road, Woodchurch, TN26 3QQ. Teams of 2-6 people, £2.50 per head. Grab some friends and just turn up on the night. Or come along
and we’ll aim to put you with a team. Monthly raffle (prize donations always welcome) 20th Ashford Flower Club is hosting a floral art demonstration by Robin White, entitled ‘The Link is Green’ It will take place at Furley Hall, Maidstone Road, Ashford TN24 8TX, starting at 7.30pm. All demonstrated arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. You could be one of the winners, so come along and meet us. Visitors £4.00 at the door. 21st The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet in Biddenden New Village Hall at 7.30 pm. This evening the subject will be “ Displaying a smartphone screen on your T.V. Synchronising data between internet connected devices” Annual membership is £10.00. Non-members are welcome at £2 a visit. Full details: http://www. wealdofkentcomputerclub.co.uk/. Enquiries: email@example.com 23rd Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society will meet 7.15 for 7.30pm in the village hall when we will be holding our Annual Spring Show followed by a light hearted quiz. Entries for the Show to be submitted by 20th March and staging takes place from 6.30 until 7.20 pm. For further enquiries please contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors will always be made welcome.
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24th Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society will be holding their Spring Show in the village hall. The show will include floral arrangements, cookery and crafts as well as cut and container grown flowers. The Show will be open from 1.00pm until the prize giving at 3.30 and tea will be served. Visitors will be most welcome. For further details contact Jean Evans 01233 720618. 28th The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets in the New Village Hall. We are delighted to have a return visit from Jacqueline Aviolet. Her topic this time will be “Hardy Geraniums – History and Propagation”. If you would like our events calendar for 2018 contact Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 or visit the website www.biddendenhorticulturalsociety. co.uk. Our usual fees for Village Hall meetings are Members £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome 30th Lydd Airport Art Exhibition. Easter Weekend 12.00 - 5.00 Sat & Sun, 31st March & 1st April 10.00 5.00, 2nd April 10.00 - 4.00. Free admission and car parking. Refreshments available in restaurant. Local Artists supporting the Air Ambulance. Further info Anita Warden 01797 367734
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7th High Halden Horticultural Society holds itâ€™s Spring Show in the Memorial Hall. Staging is from 9.30am to 11.30 am and the show opens to the public at 2.30pm with prizes presented at 3.15pm. This is a fun village event. Please support us. 7th Little Chart Spring Flower show will be held in the Parish Hall at 3pm. Entries welcome. Schedules available from Julie Lllwall at julielilwall@ hotmail.uk. For setting up times see schedule. Come along and enjoy the show even if you do not wish to make entries. 14th The next musical event at St Maryâ€™s Smeeth will be our Spring event. All are warmly invited to come and join in well known, and lesser known, forgotten and new hymns. We look forward to seeing you if you can join us. 25th Woodchurch Art Society will be holding their Annual Art Exhibtion at the Woodchurch Memorial Hall. 25th May - 7-9pm, 26th & 27th May - 10am - 4pm. Over 200 paintings on display, raffle, tombola, Watercolour challenge, cards and paintings for sale. Delicious home made cakes and refreshments. Everyone welcome - FREE ENTRY.
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FOR THE MEATBALLS • 450g lean minced pork • ½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (see TIP) • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander • 1 tbsp sunflower oil FOR THE COUSCOUS
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The thought of leaving friends and going to a new school, coupled with the anxiety of the unknown, can make moving house very unsettling for children. Kate Duggan recently moved house with ten days’ notice. (She wouldn’t recommend it.) Here are some of her top tips for helping children to cope with a big move. Involving your child If possible, take your child to see the new house before the move, and explore the area together. Involve them in small decisions: “Where do you think this should go?” “What colour shall we paint your room?” You could also let your child choose some wall decals for their bedroom and a new duvet cover or rug. That being said, they will want familiar items around them. The day before you move, help them to pack a suitcase with everything they’ll need for the next couple of days, including a favourite teddy, a book, a game and so on.
Don’t stress about decluttering While you may be desperate to declutter ahead of the move, your child may not cope with the extra pressure of giving up toys and clothes, even those that have been languishing in a cupboard for months. Don’t force them into getting rid of things if they don’t want to. You could suggest packing items that they’re not sure about into a box for the loft, with the agreement that you’ll both open it and sort through everything a few months after the move.
Talk to your child Explain why you’re moving house, whether it’s due to needing to pay less rent or because you’ve found a better area to live in. Talk about how your child is feeling about the move. What are they worried about, and what can you do to alleviate those worries? So, for example, if they’re worried about a new school, could you ask their teacher to help you arrange a playdate before your child starts at the school? If they’re upset about leaving friends, can you arrange meetups or Skype calls?
Making family time When your to-do list is three feet long, it’s really difficult to carve out any quality time to spend with your family, but do try. Leaving the boxes for 20 minutes so you can play a board game can help to avoid a potential meltdown later on. All of you will benefit from getting away from the house for a couple of hours now and then, ideally for some fresh air and time to focus on each other.
Make time for yourself Moving is stressful. And when you’re stressed, it’s very easy to lose your temper with the kids when they’re being particularly whingy or difficult. So try to take some time out to recharge your own batteries. You might find relaxation techniques useful, or just kicking back with a glass of wine and a film now and then may help.
Aldington Messy Play Group
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Aldington Ladies Gentle Exercise Club Wednesday afternoon 2-4.30pm at Aldington Village Hall. Fee £4 per session . Wear comfy clothes and non-slip socks if possible. Contact Anne Warrener 01303 812703. looking forward to seeing you! Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Aldington Village Hall at 7.45 pm for 8.00. We have a varied programme of talks, shows and social events. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details please contact Jean Evans on 01233 720618 or firstname.lastname@example.org Aldington Corner Quilters is a long established group of friendly ladies meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Aldington Village Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. We have a mix of beginners and experienced ladies who share their latest projects and ideas. We always welcome new members so if you are interested come along one evening and meet us. For more details contact Julie Coney - email@example.com or 01303 813944 (eve). Aldington Tennis Club We are a social / family Tennis Club encouraging all ages and abilities to play. Flood lights and coaching enable us to play all year with our members from around the local villages. All the information is listed on our web site www.aldingtontennisclub.co.uk Aldington WI on 3rd Mon every month. All ladies welcome, 7 for 7.30 at The Walnut Tree, Aldington. 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 www.araclub. co.uk for more details, or phone Iain on 07956501510, or myself (Roger) 01233 627694. 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. www.ashforddfas.org.uk Bilsington Ladies meet in Bilsington Village Hall 2nd Thurs. of month at 2.15pm. Interesting speakers and a warm welcome awaits. Call Jan 01233 641820. The Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion meet every first Tuesday in the month at the Brabourne Baptist Church at 7.30 pm. New Members area always welcome, please contact George Taylor 01303 812165 or Ron Cooper 01303 813330 Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society We meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. (No meeting in December) New members and visitors will be made very welcome. For further info call Wendy Sanders 01303 813451 firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Kent Morris Men Do you like dancing, beer, socialising, music, having fun? Why not try Morris Dancing? We are recruiting for new members. Weekly Wednesday dance practices at Mersham Village Hall, 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite! No experience required. Why not give it a try? Details from www.ekmm.org.uk or 01795 536 262 Quilting Group held in the Oak Room, Smeeth TN25 6SA. If you are interested in quilting or patchwork why not come along and learn new skills and share your expertise with like minded people. Beginners and advanced levels are welcome. Bi-monthly meetings, for further information contact Marion on 01233 750319 Sellindge Gardening Association With effect from Jan ‘18 meetings will take place on Friday afternoon. The change will begin 19th Jan 1.45pm for 2pm. Our programme includes speakers, a summer show, social events, day trips and an annual holiday. For further details contact Linda on 01303 813288. Sellindge Table Top Sale the 1st Saturday of each month in the village hall Sellindge. Tables booked in advance are £5. 00 Each and on the day (If available) £8. 00. Telephone for more information 01303 813475. Refreshments are available and home made cakes. Smeeth W.I. We meet on the second Monday of the Month at 7.30 pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further information do contact Joy Taylor 01303 813932 or Margaret Garret 01303 813932. Stanford & Postling WI meet in the committee room at the rear of Lympne Village Hall on the 3rd monday of every month. we are a small but friendly group who would love to wlecome new members. For any further information please contact Elaine on 01303 863096 or Iona on 01303 238390. The Get Together Club meet second Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall, Sellindge from 2pm to 4pm. new members welcome. Lympne Short Mat Bowling Club meets every Mon & Thurs 7 00 pm to 9 30 pm September to May in Lympne Village Hall. It is a small, friendly, sociable club. Do come along and try your hand at an enjoyable, skilful game. Do come along you will be made most welcome. For further details call Joyce Groom - Match Secretary on 01303 230983/0750 652 5971 email@example.com Sellindge Linedancing Club We are your local line dance club. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Are you interested in joining us? You don’t need a partner to line dance! We are starting a NEW BEGINNERS CLASS on 5th September 6.00pm until 7.00pm Entry fee is only £2.50. If you need to know more or even to reserve your place, please ring Maureen for further details. 07989 210449 Ashford Model Railway Club - We meet on Wednesday evenings at the barn café at Willesborough Windmill. between 7.00pm and 9.00pm, and the club would welcome new members. Club members are currently building a model of Rye in 00 gauge in the SR period.
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World Bipolar Day
World Bipolar Day on 30th March aims to educate the world about bipolar disorder, which affects 1-2% of the world’s population. What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression, is a condition that causes your mood and behaviour to veer from low and lethargic to euphoric and overlyenergetic (‘manic’). These swings can be frequent or only occur every few months, with or without stable periods in between. For some sufferers, either depressive episodes or manic phases predominate. In ‘mixed state’ bipolar, depressive and manic symptoms are experienced together, while ‘rapid cycling’ involves repeated, rapid swings between high and low phases without stable periods in between. What Causes Bipolar Disorder? Chemical imbalances in the brain, genetic factors, extreme stress and trauma can all contribute. Longterm cannabis use seems to trigger bipolar in vulnerable individuals. Bipolar disorder affects people of all ages and backgrounds. However, it more commonly develops at 15-19 years of age and rarely develops after 40. What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder? The nature of bipolar disorder means sufferers can find it hard
to acknowledge symptoms and accept the concerns or help of others. Depressive phase symptoms include: • irritability • lacking energy and appetite • memory and concentration difficulties • lethargy • feelings of worthlessness, guilt or despair • pervasive pessimism • hallucinations (visual, auditory and olfactory) and illogical/ delusional thinking • difficulty sleeping • suicidal thoughts Manic phase symptoms include: • feeling elated and energetic • talking very quickly • feeling self-important • having impulsive new plans • being easily distracted, irritated or agitated • hallucinations, delusions and illogical thinking • not feeling like sleeping or eating • making uncharacteristic decisions or statements that concern others or have disastrous consequences (e.g. excessive spending sprees) Bipolar symptoms may affect your driving. You must inform the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) of your diagnosis. How Is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed and Treated? If you or those around you are worried about your symptoms, your GP can refer you to a psychiatrist. They may also do tests to rule out physical conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as thyroid problems. Treatments for bipolar disorder aim to reduce its effects and alleviate symptoms. • Lifestyle changes. The right nutrients, exercise and sleep can help, as can avoiding stress and focusing on activities that give
you a sense of achievement or calm. A medical professional can advise you on how to recognise triggers of your depressive or manic episodes, and prepare for and prevent them. • Medication. Depending on your symptoms, this can include mood stabilisers, antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics (to treat anxiety) or sleeping tablets. • Talking therapies/counselling. This can help you manage depression and get perspective on troubling thoughts and relationships. If you have severe bipolar that doesn’t respond to medication, ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) may be suggested. ECT performed in today’s hospitals is tightly regulated and can be a highly effective treatment. When symptoms are severe, you may not be able to look after yourself or make judgements about your treatment. You can write an ‘advanced directive/decision’, which explains your treatment wishes, in case you can’t communicate this later. Your GP or psychiatrist can help. Useful Information
The Samaritans www.samaritans. org; Tel: 116 123 from any phone to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge. Bipolar UK: supporting bipolar sufferers, and their families and carers. www.bipolaruk.org; Tel: 0333 323 3880. Mind: advice and support for anyone experiencing mental health problems. www.mind.org.uk; Tel: 0300 123 3393.
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