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Village Directory March Edition • Issue 124 • Royal Mail

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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@ 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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for your soil yourself and you’ll save a lot of time and money as well as being very ‘green’! Make a compost heap or bin, and don’t let the autumn leaves go to waste – instead turn them into leaf mould, a wonderful soil conditioner to improve the soil’s texture. Incorporating some horticultural grade grit or gravel will also help to improve the texture and performance of a heavy clay soil. It is important that you avoid builders’ gravel or grit, as this often contains salts or other materials which can seriously damage, or even kill, garden plants. If your soil contains excessive quantities of small stones, or perhaps larger lumps of flint, you really should try to get to grips with it before you start to create the garden. Doing this before planting is SO much easier than attempting it once the flowers or vegetables are in place! Some stones are good, but even a lightly stony soil can make growing decent crops of root vegetables, such as carrots or parsnips,

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with manure contaminated by the weedkiller used to control weeds in pastureland, which can devastate plants, often killing them. Try to source manure from someone local who you know, and can trust to tell you what chemicals have been used. Manure needs to be well-rotted before being used in the garden – ideally it should have sat in a heap for about two years. Green manures are a great way to feed your soil and improve its condition at the same time. They will also help to suppress weeds and protect the soil from erosion in a windswept spot. They work especially well on parts of the garden where you do not have plants growing year round – as when you use a green manure, you sow seed, allow the plants to grow and then incorporate them into the soil, where they

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The Shelter Coordinator, Kareen McDonald explained, “It is a brilliant opportunity to look after the homeless in our community. Through an incredible number of volunteers and help from local businesses the Winter The Winter Night Shelter, coordinated by Kareen Shelter provides the vital support McDonald, returned to Ashford in December 2017 through the coldest part of the year and will continue until March 2018. It is run by Ashford and beyond.” Marcus South, Deputy Coordinator added, “Our vision is to raise the funds for a full time centre which will deliver a range of services to provide hope and support to individuals and families experiencing deprivation and hardship, through Christian care and compassion.” Cllr Winston Michael, the Mayor of Ashford expressed his praise for the work being undertaken by the team and the volunteers and also for the exceptional support from the local community. “From my experience this evening, I wish to commend Kareen, Marcus and all those involved in helping turn lives around at the shelter by providing a range of welfare and accommodation and actively helping build relationships through acceptance and respect. “I will be supporting the proposal for a full time service-lead centre for the Ashford area and assisting in any way possible to make this dream a reality.” Ash Miah, owner of Cinnamon Spice with the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael


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March Medley This month’s collection of recent releases includes modern fairy tales, a psychological thriller and historical fiction at its finest.


The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale It’s 1917 and pregnant teenager Cathy Wray seeks sanctuary at a London toy store. She soon discovers that these toys are unlike any she’s ever seen before. There’s a clockwork dog that’s devoted to his master, paper trees that grow from seed, and toy soldiers that wage battles on their own. Cathy learns to call The Emporium home, and the people who own it her family. But then the First World War breaks out, and nothing will ever be quite as magical again. The Toymakers is a must for fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

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

impossible to put down and a must-read for lovers of historical fiction. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell This collection of modern fairy tales is dark, twisted and beautiful, and range from the macabre to the heart-warming. You’ll read about a mermaid in an aquarium, a boy who suspects his sister has two souls, and a man who uses animal hearts to keep his girlfriend’s love. There are elements of well-known myths and fairy stories, but this collection is more Brothers Grimm than Disney. Captivating. Everything Is Lies – Helen Callaghan Sophia arrives home one day to find her mother dead and her father lying in a pool of blood. The police are convinced it’s a clear case of attempted murdersuicide, and Sophia is the only one who can prove her mother’s innocence. As she delves into her mother’s past, she uncovers tales of a secret cult, and learns more about her family, and herself, than she could ever have imagined. A tense psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns.

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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. Enquiries: 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 Visitors will always be made welcome.

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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


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Bathroom Suites • Taps • Ball Valves Hot & Cold Eighth Tanks • Blockages Page & Burst Pipes

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Installations • Repairs • Pumps & Radiators Specialist Powerflushing and De-Scaling Service applies Min 4 month booking

Telephone: 01303 812148

Tel: 01233 720488 Mobile: 07738907717





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Plumbing & Heating Services

All plumbing work undertaken no job too small! Burst pipes, Blockages, Taps, Pumps, Radiators & Drainage work. Bathroom & Shower Installation

Call: Michael on 01233 733779 or 07515 651 717 No Call Out Charge. 24hr Service

Easy Access Bathrooms Safe, sound and stylish

Walk-in showers • Walk-in baths • Wetrooms Beautiful bathroom & shower conversions

Family run business with over 15 years of Knowledge & experience Zero VAT on Mobility bathrooms

To find out how we can help you call:

01233 210808

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Oil Heating & Oil Cookers R-OAK Services M. Oakley & O.Stanley - Oil-fired Specialists Breakdowns & Servicing • Boiler Installation • Power Flushing AGA, Rayburn, Alpha, Stanley, Worcester, Tel: 01233 770138 Grant, Boulter, Potterton, Trianco and more... 37

Important Information Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden


Out of Hours Doctor William Harvey Hospital

101 0800 555 111 0845 4349655 01233 633331

Samaritans 116123

Electricity: Southern Electric EDF Energy Gas: Natural LPG

0845 770 8090 0800 783 8866 0800 111 999 Details on tank

Doctors Surgery Hamstreet Surgery 01233 730190 Parish Councils: Appledore: (01233) 758298 Bethersden: (01233) 758298 High Halden: 07939 633 232 Hothfield: (01233) 733994 Orlestone: (01233) 628481 Ruckinge: (01233) 758298 Shadoxhurst: (01233) 733994 Warehorne: (01233) 758298 Woodchurch: (01233) 733994 Ashford Borough Council 01233 331111 Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 247 Tenterden Gateway 01580 762558 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 Veterinary Surgeons Vet - Montgomery Vets 01303 813756 Ashford Volunteer Centre 01233 665 535 Age UK Ashford 01233 668 765 Ashford Counselling Service 01233 610083 CARM E: Macmillan Cancer Support W: Royal British Legion 01233 620 167

Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad St. John Ambulance Brigade East Kent Strokes SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc e: South East Kent Polio Branch e: NSPCC: Tenterden & District CPRE Kent

01233 623520 01233 611 414 01233 840448 07767 326138

01293 651840 01233 714540

Royal Mail Residential Customer Services 08457 740740 Transport Wealden Wheels: 01233 840000 Village Halls Appledore Bethersden Bilsington Bromley Green Road Hamstreet Hamstreet Pavilion Graham Woodcock High Halden Hothfield Kenardington Ruckinge Shadoxhurst St. Michaels Stubbs Cross Warehorne Woodchurch Woodchurch Scout & Guide Community Centre

01233 758097 01233 820630 01233 720818 01233 733613 01233 732568 01233 732457 01233 733556 01233 860335 01233 329824 01233 758243 01233 421149 01233 733994 01580 763396 01233 623139 01233 733718 01233 860555 01233 861236

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

01233 840624

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