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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, March not only represents the onset of spring but also brings Mother’s Day, this year on the 10th. For my mum it used to be a particularly special month, her birthday was the 7th March and then Mother’s Day would usually follow about a week later. So she had two full weeks of non-stop adoration and love poured upon her. Not that the adoration and love should ever stop, it’s just that with the busy lives we lead, it’s easy to take our loved ones slightly for granted, until a special day comes along to make us focus on what they mean to us. Although my mum is no longer around, in my heart March will always belong to her, but these days I can share a little of it with her, that is if my son cottons on to the hints that I leave for him, usually he has no idea what day of the week it is, let alone the month and date! So, don’t forget your mum this month, all it takes is a big hug and a kiss to let her know how you feel, although chocolates, flowers or both are much appreciated too. I know it’s too early to be certain but I really hope the worst of the winter weather is now behind us. I can’t wait to start spending time in the garden. If your garden is anything like mine it’s probably looking a bit worse for wear and needs a good dose of TLC. Don’t forget, if time is limited, or if it’s a task you’re really not inspired by, you’ll find plenty of help within these pages. Have a great month.

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buy them because I imagine they’ll make the grass really healthy – and that will make it grow even faster. The only thing I occasionally do is aerate it, or at least the bits that get a lot of wear and tear, as compacted soil deprives the roots of oxygen and will eventually kill it. Grass does like a fair amount of sun. You can buy shady lawn seed, but remember that the type of grass used for shade tends to be finer and less hard wearing than a rugged rye grass, so it will never look quite as lush and thick. We are at the mercy of the weather this month and it’s tempting after a long winter to rush out on the first sunny day and overdo it, Here are a few things to be getting on with if it’s not too cold and wet this month:


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Watch out for slugs eating tender young shoots. There will be a plague of them due to last year’s wet weather.

There will also be more weeds, as we couldn’t get out to pull them up in all the wet weather.

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the grass is growing again. That’s a good thing because it means the weather’s warmed up and a bad thing because it will need cutting – more and more often as the season progresses. Mowing and edging the lawn, like having a haircut or vacuuming a room goes a long way towards making things look tidy and, if you don’t know where to start in the garden, cutting the grass is a good place. There is a whole spring regime recommended for keeping the lawn lovely, but I shan’t be troubling you with it. The garden centres seem to have a myriad of products on sale to improve the lawn – I never

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Plant early potatoes, onion sets and summer flowering bulbs.

Divide and replant overgrown clumps of perennials.

Sow annual seeds under cover and later in the month start sowing directly, but only if conditions allow – they will rot if in cold, damp soil.

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES Line Dancing Classes, Sellindge Village Hall. Tues Eve 7.30 – 9.30 (Intermediate), Thurs afternoon 1-3pm (easy intermediate) Thurs eve 7.30 9.30 (Intermediate) contact Maureen Lincoln 01303 813161 or 07989 210449.

Brabourne & Smeeth Gardener’s Society We meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome. For further info contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451 or email

Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet at Aldington Village Hall 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618.

Aldington Short Mat Bowls Club We play twice a week on Monday and Thursday nights at Aldington village hall from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. No special equipment required you only need a pair of shoes with flat soles and we can supply the woods. Go on give it a try it may be just the sport you are looking for. Interested, give Jim or Janet a call on 01233 632102





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Thursdays from 7.00 p.m. to 9.45p.m. in the Village Hall. Annual Subscription is £20.00 and the green fees are £2.00 per evening. For more information call Mick or Marian Hatton on 01303 814274


The Sellindge Get Together Club Meet in the Durling Hall at Sellindge, next to the main hall, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on the second Wednesday in the month. If you would like to come just come to our meetings or phone 01303 813528 for more details.

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Mowgli Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. Hope you are all well and enjoying the slightly warmer weather! All is well here. Ebony and I are still enjoying exploring the new house (we got into the loft the other day. We thought it was GREAT and even Ebony was quite naughty about being extracted from the loft. Clive says he has aged 10 years from that experience. Humans are such fuss pots don’t you think?)


What unusual things and human food do all you cats out there like to eat? Ebony and I are very good and really don’t like human food with the very odd exception. Ebony (little Miss Perfect of course...) won’t eat any human food and I only like rocket. I often share Louis the tortoise’s rocket- yum! My love of rocket can lead to fun with guests. Clive and Jane often assure everyone that we are very good cats and won’t eat any of the lunch. This is my cue to leap onto the table, walk straight past all the meat and other things most cats apparently like, stick my head straight in the salad bowl and have a rummage for rocket. It goes down a storm every time and is quite the party trick! When I was a little kitten and came to live with Clive and Jane I came with a sheet of

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recommended foods. Those of you who know Clive know that he is quite a stickler about what he thinks pets should eat and when he read the sheet and saw that it was recommended that I liked to share the odd kebab and chips he had to be sat down and brought a gin and tonic. I have to admit I have never seen kebab and chips again but I am not sorry. Jane says that Ebony and I must be the only cats in the world that don’t eat steak or any other kind of meat. It is true- whenever we are given any we pat it around and post it under the dresser. For some reason this is not popular and leads to Clive lying on the floor with a long wooden spoon trying to fish the meat out and Jane going on and on about rotting meat creating a smell. Humans are so very odd. I think our folks have it easy compared to Chris the vet. His two Bengal cats will eat absolutely anything. They say that sampling everything gives them a refined palate but I think they are a bit crazy. Recently they stole some meatballs and started carrying them around the house like toys and they have also been found with their heads in a saucepan of sprout soup lapping it up. Mad! Baby Joshua is continuing to do well and Ebony and I are liking having Jane home all the time. I have worked out that every few hours she sits on the sofa to feed Joshua and I like to join in and sit on her lap. Gets a bit crowded but it is very warm and snuggly! So every 3 hours in our house the baby starts crying because he is hungry and I start miaowing and jumping on the sofa just in case Jane doesn’t get the hint. Some people have been heard to mutter that it is like a madhouse. The clinic had an inspection recently from the Vet Medicines Directorate and passed with flying colours. Josh went in with Jane for the inspection Let us arrange for your dog/s to stay with one of our local, carefully selected, very special families – because at Barking Mad we believe your dog deserves a holiday too!


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WILLING HANDS The Ashford Branch of the NSPCC is looking for some Willing Hands to help with their fundraising – it could be as little as showing people where to park at one of our events, baking a cake, or holding a bucket outside Sainsbury’s. If you want to get more involved, you could join our committee and have a say in planning events. We are a small but very enthusiastic group from the villages around Ashford. Each year we raise about £18,000 through a variety of fundraising events. We believe child protection is everyone’s responsibility and want to see a society where children are loved and valued. Unfortunately you only have to read a newspaper today to see we have a lot of work to do. Fundraising is not all work, we have a lot of fun along the way. If you could spare a couple of hours occasionally, we would love to hear from you, please ring Monika 01797 342215 or Sue on 01233 840320 Events coming up that we could do with a Willing pair of Hands. Collecting at Eurotunnel on June 20th, July 6th and September 7th. Tesco Park Farm 11th April. Also a Pimms evening at a lovely Tenterden garden 13th June.

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Meeting Point Plus Come along to Brabourne Baptist Church on Thursday March 21 at 12md for lunch. You are welcome to join us for good food and good company!For further details please call Tim 01303 813257 or Cathy 01303 814132 Art and Camera Club next meeting Tues March 12 from 10am -12md. We have a varied programme planned for 2013. All welcome. You are encouraged to bring your own materials, although some are available. For more details call Mike on 01303 812484 MP’S Surgery: MP Damian Collins monthly surgery at the church from 3.45pm to 4.30pm on Friday March 15. If you have any questions, complaints or comments, please book an appointment by e-mailing your name, postcode, subject and message to: shepwayconservatives@btconnect. com or telephone 01303 253 524. Ladies Breakfast On Sat March 23 at 9am. All ladies welcome! The after breakfast speaker will be Tess Bonnett, a gynaecologist who will tell of her recent experiences in a rural hospital in Zambia and orphanage. Contact Val Thorpe on 01303 813152 or e-mail: val_geo@ asap to book your place. A contribution of £3 per person is requested on the day. Men’s Full English Breakfast On Sat March 2 from 8.15am All men invited! The after breakfast speaker will be Baptist minister Mark Warner, who works for the Sailors’ Society. Please contact Ian Ruck on 01303 813743 or e-mail:barbarian. asap, to book your place. A contribution of £3 per person is requested on the day. CafÊ Wednesday Extra! New venture on the second Wednesday of each month. We will be extending CafÊ Wednesday and serving soup and rolls from 12 noon onwards, so stay and enjoy the company! CafÊ Wednesday is open every Wednesday from 10am to 11.30am. Drop in for coee biscuits, company and a warm friendly atmosphere. Choice of books available. Graham Kingston, our Community Warden, will try to be there on the first Wednesday of every month, should anyone need to see him. Easter Celebrations: Maunday Thursday, March 28, Communion Service at 7.30pm. Easter Sunday Celebrations: The Sunrise Service at the Devil’s Kneading Trough, Wye, will be at 7am ‌.but the great joy of Easter Day this year is that the clocks go forward and so it is really at 6am! If you want to walk from the village, please phone Geo 01303 813152. Easter Day Service is at 10.30am at the church


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I learnt to crochet when I was about 8 or 9 07792 622339 years old. I was taught by an elderly neighbour one glorious, long-ago summer. We used to sit together on her swinging garden seat under a beautiful, scented white rose intertwined with honeysuckle. She patiently taught me the intricacies of winding the wool around the hook and pulling it through to create the stitches. We crocheted squares in a multitude of colours with her left-over scraps of real wool.


As the years have gone by, crochet has been something I’ve dipped in and out of. A shawl made whilst I was a student nurse in quiet moments on night duty, pram blankets for the babies and dolls blankets for my daughter. I even crocheted a tiny shawl with sewing cotton and a fishing bait hook to drape across the bed in the doll’s house, as though its wearer had just tossed it aside and moved out of sight. Recently however, I have begun to experiment more. The beauty of crochet is that, basically, you work with only one stitch: if you drop it, it is not the disaster that it is in knitting because it is instantly picked up again and, if you don’t like what you’ve done, it is so very easy to just undo it and try it again another way. I have also learnt more about how to follow patterns – again, there is an advantage over knitting because crochet patterns are often given in both written and chart form. If you can’t understand one, you can usually work out the meaning from the other. I have an older friend who has spent many hours knitting the most beautiful jumpers and cardigans. The downside is that all the long hours of concentration have resulted in severe arthritis in her neck. I asked her if she had ever tried crochet and she replied that she hadn’t



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Using a designer is the most expensive option. Check whether they price per hour or per job, and what’s included. A much cheaper option is to design it yourself, as well as source all components such as units, worktops and appliances. Many people choose the middle option of using their kitchen supplier’s design and installation service. If you’re asked to take your own measurements, be careful: even in a new-build, walls are not always true and the surfaces flat. Take at least three measurements at floor, worksurface and wall unit height, and work to the smallest width. If you’re using a mid-range or luxury kitchen supplier, you may be asked to pay a fee for them to measure up and produce a set of drawings.

Checking for quality

Comparing prices When comparing prices, ensure that you know exactly what you’re buying – a cheap option can cost considerably more if you end up paying for extra work. Ask the right questions. Will they dispose of existing fittings? Prepare plumbing and electrical work? Carry out associated building work? Fit floor and wall finishes? What about final decorating, electrical work and other carpentry such as shelving? Who will fit worktops, sinks, taps and

so thin that the doors hang unevenly. While many people are happy with good quality Blum or Blumstyle hinges (concealed, adjustable and available in a variety of specifications), solid brass butts are better. Check whether hinges open through a complete 180 degree angle.

Budget suppliers will give you machine-made units, whereas luxury ones offer hand-built cupboards by cabinet-makers. These aren’t necessarily poor quality, though they will have “plant-on” doors that sit in front of Worktops the frame, rather than “in-frame” Very cheap laminate worktops doors, individually made to fit can burn, scratch and wear out perfectly inside their frames. quickly. High-pressure laminates are more durable than lowDoors pressure ones; check that the Solid-wood doors with traditional underside is sealed to prevent mortise and tenon joints are the water damage from appliances highest quality. In-frame doors beneath. In a more luxurious may expand and contract with kitchen package, you’ll be offered the humidity. Good suppliers offer solid wood (at least 4cm thick is an after-sales service to check best), granite (3cm), man-made their fitting after a few months. solid surfaces (such as Corian) or Veneered doors are cheaper and even glass or concrete. easier to maintain. Check whether painted doors are machine- Installation sprayed, or painted by hand with A good fitter can make an average kitchen appear fantastic, whereas a brush. poor fitting will make the most Carcasses luxurious kitchen look terrible. Top-of-the-range carcasses are Consider this if you’re planning on made of solid wood. Next-level- doing it yourself. If you’re using a down ones are usually made from fitter, ask to see examples of their plywood or MDF veneer, while work. When buying an expensive, cheaper ones are chipboard, bespoke kitchen, it’s wise to use sometimes with just hardboard the company’s own fitters. backs. Check the thickness of the by Katherine Sorrell chipboard – 18-20mm is a good guide.

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Huge Warehouse Planned For Sevington Traffic queue on A2070 approaching Junction 10 Is this how you see Ashford’s Future? There are several new developments proposed for the area marked, that will feed into the Bad Munstereifel Road. Hundreds more vehicles will be travelling to Junction 10 every day. Will this impact on you?


Have you heard that the powerful multinational, AXA, want to build a huge new warehouse near Sevington Church and Kent Wool Growers are moving from the town centre to the same site? If Ashford Councillors agree to this plan, Sevington fields will be engulfed by warehouses. The plans show much of the fields covered by a single 80,000sqm warehouse - the same floor size as the O2 Arena in London, and thus one of the largest new buildings in Europe, taller than Sevington Church Spire. This will be seen from all the surrounding areas yet IF plans are passed we will end up with just a huge unimaginative shed!

The hugely increased traffic will be able to exit onto the bypass, to Junction 10, via new traffic lights. However, nothing will be done to help the Barrey Road users in the existing plans. There are plans to build part of a new Junction 10A but only the coast bound slip roads. What are the consequences of this for Ashford? Will these changes make a difference to you, if you are caught up in the traffic chaos? Remember this will be twenty four hour working, every day and night. How will it impact the emergency vehicles from the Hythe Road fire station and the hospital? Will all the residents of Ashford be expected to reimburse the developer for the millions spent creating a junction that just feeds more traffic onto the existing Junction 10? The development is being sold as supplying jobs for Ashford. But will it? We need quality, skilled jobs that fully value the working population and their potential for long term career development. What are the real quantity and quality of jobs that Ashford’s environment is being destroyed for? Isn’t it short-sighted and irresponsible to concrete over increasingly scarce agricultural land which we will need to feed our rapidly expanding population in the years ahead? This looks like Ashford’s equivalent of cutting down rainforests!

Why not regenerate the many empty and derelict existing industrial sites around the borough? Is this really the best site for this size of development? Can you imagine any other town wanting this huge shed as its most iconic building? Is this the legacy our Councillors want to leave future generations? Surely Ashford deserves a better deal than this? These are the questions you need to be aware of. If you have any comments now is the time to make them. Now, while Ashford Borough Councillors are still able to make changes to the plans. Now, not when you are sitting behind a huge queue of trucks! If this scheme is allowed to go forward unopposed we could all end up with a great deal more traffic being fed into an inadequate road system causing even more mayhem. Village Alliance is a group of ordinary people living in Ashford and the surrounding villages. We came together to try and help keep residents informed of exactly what the rapid changes being proposed to Ashford and the surrounding area will actually mean to them. The real impact of the development is not being widely advertised only people a few meters away have been informed but we feel this will impact the whole of Ashford and its surrounding villages forever.

If you want to know more... Visit the Village Alliance web site and like our Community Facebook page, Village Alliance. Detailed information about these developments and their implications for all of us – town and country – is found on the Village Alliance’s website: (www.thevillagealliance. com) You can have your say and get up to date comments from other people on the Alliance’s Facebook Page if you want to contact us direct the Village Alliance email address is info@ FINALLY, IF YOU REALLY WANT YOUR OPINION TO COUNT: Write to Damian Green MP, at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, and your Ashford Borough Councillor. Their name and address can be found on Ashford Borough Council website. It is no use complaining about the chaos once it is here. We can ALL make a difference NOW.

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Launch of Photography Project on Kent Downs Kent photographer Liz Garnett has started a project to create an intimate portrait of a Kent Downs valley over the course of a year. The valley is a short drive from Ashford between Bodsham and Elmsted. Over the last few years Liz has regularly driven through this valley and has enjoyed seeing the landscape change through the seasons. It is a sparsely populated valley and could be almost anywhere in the UK. “Whenever I stop the car it is beautifully peaceful and I am able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside” said Liz. The Kent Downs are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a vibrant landscape that includes this secluded valley which is crisscrossed by tiny lanes and historic hedgerows. The images Liz will be creating will be a mixture of digital and film based photography and possibly alternative process or mixed media. From the final images she will then select a body of work to go into an exhibition. Liz is seeking crowd funding to help her realise her dream of creating an exhibition on this valley.

The project started in January 2013 and will run to December 2013 and will be funded over three separate stages (February to April - June to August - October to December). Funding will go towards the costs of producing the images as well as final prints and exhibition costs. To support the project and give people the opportunity to be part of the art creating process Liz has decided to use crowd funding. Funding starts from as little as £3.50. The project can be followed as it unfolds on: or Liz’s career in photography started 20 years ago in April 1993 when she became a travel photographer. Her travel photography has been published worldwide in books, magazines and newspapers. On the art side the majority of her images are created using transparency or print film and she also enjoys exploring alternative processes and montage techniques. Her art photography has been exhibited in London and the South East as well mainland Europe. It is also in public and private collections around the world. <ends> Press contact: Liz Garnett - - 07802 365 438


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Events March

will be available at this first session. For further information please call Angela on 01233 732833 or Wendy on 732903.

Monday 11 March 2013 ASHFORD MUSIC Hamstreet and Ruckinge Neighbourhood Watch meeting, Victory Hall, Hamstreet. Monday SOCIETY - ERATO PIANO TRIO The Erato Piano Trio is at the forefront of young British ensembles today. Their virtuosic playing, outstanding musicianship and imaginative programming have rapidly made them favourites with chamber music audiences around the UK and abroad. When they come to Ashford they will be playing piano trios by John Ireland, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Brahms. A concert not to be missed. Venue: The Norton Knarchbull School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £12 (Adults) and £3 (Students) Contact: Brenda McCormack on 01233 622971 or Hilary Pittock on 01233 623700.




Sessions, Victory Hall,

Hamstreet. The first session will be on Thursday March 21, from 2pm – 4pm, with an Easter theme. The cost will be £5, which includes a demonstration, oasis or frogs as required and tea and biscuits. At each session there will be several flower arrangers available with help or advice, as patrons do their own arrangements. For this first session a container some spring flowers and some foliage should be brought along. The dates for the rest of the yea year


How to Play: Fill in the grid so that every row,

every column, and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1 through 9, with no repetition! That’s all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s addictive!

March 4 at 7.30pm. Saturday April 20 at 1pm. Jumble Sale, Victory

Hall, Hamstreet - jumble sought now. Anybody with items to donate should contact Angela on 01233 732833, Wendy on 732903 or Eileen/Colin on 732568. Monday 11th March. Smeeth W.I. will meet at the Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall at 7.30 pm when Pearl Bostock will demonstrate how to have fun with drawing. We extend a warm welcome to any lady visitors. For further information, do contact Joy Taylor on 013038121656 or Margaret Garrett on 01303 813932”

Woodchurch Gardening Society have a meeting in Woodchurch Memorial Hall on Tuesday 26th March at 7.30 with a talk on Fuchsias by Mr Puddefoot. Non members £2 to include refreshments. New members welcome St Margarets Church Bethersden Jumble Sale Saturday March 9th at 2pm in the Bethersden

village hall.Lots of bric a brac and toys. Contact number 01233 820 728

Appledore Wedding Fayre 2013 The event will be held within the Parish Church and grounds of St Peter and St Paul, Appledore on Saturday 20th April 2013. The Fayre will be open from 11am to 4pm with a bridal fashion show in the church in the afternoon see the brides & grooms walk down the aisle! There will also be exhibitor stands and wedding cars at the Village Hall. A complimentary goody bag will be available for the first 50 brides to register with a celebratory glass of buck’s fizz on arrival. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For further details, please contact: The Rev’d Tricia Fogden on 01233 758250 or email Do you provide a first class wedding service within The Romney Marsh, Tenterden and Ashford area? Would you like to exhibit at our Wedding Fayre alongside the cream of local businesses?

If so we need to hear from you! We have a limited number of stands available in each wedding supplier category. lf you have any queries or you wish to discuss in more detail any individual requirements, please don’t hesitate to call get in touch, details as above.

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Now Taking Place Every Other Year The Aldington Soap Box Derby will take place this year on the

26th August. Calling all volunteer helpers, mad eccentric drivers who want to throw themselves down a big hill!, sponsors and craft market traders, please contact Sarah on 01233 720 166 for further information.

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THE SIX BELLS Woodchurch Tel: 01233 860246 Angie and Ray offer a warm welcome to their CAMRA award winning village pub. Currently offering five real ales with more to come, and traditional English food.

Quiz Night Every Other Tuesday Open All Day 12 ‘till 12! Food Served: Monday - Saturday, 12 - 3pm & 6 - 9pm Sunday 12 - 6pm




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Kids Corner

Making Use of Wye Whilst schools closed across the county, Spring Grove remained open during the recent snow. Just a little preparation beforehand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; our resident gap students and I salted our hazardously sloping entrance drive and built a uniformed snowman to welcome the children arriving at school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ensured that we were ready for another busy week. With

Kids Corner Our musicians have brought tremendous pleasure to the old people at Brambles Old Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home and have been involved in important services at Wye Church. In November, the Year 6 pupils visited and studied the graves of Wye Churchyard, in particular those of soldiers and airmen killed in the two World Wars. Equipped with trowels, forks and brooms, we tidied


most children present we were able to enjoy a normal timetable but still found time to play in the snow, build sculptures and ambush the teachers. Our extensive games sessions were obviously disrupted but we adapted to the weather and enjoyed our now traditional snowy walk to Wye Crown and give the children a chance to enjoy some stunning views across the county on a chilly but beautiful day.

the churchyard ready for the Remembrance Service, in which three of our young trumpeters played The Last Post. We were recently surprised and of course delighted that the pupils had been given a special School Community Award by the High Sheriff of Kent, Mike Bax, who has led a campaign to serve our communities by keeping them free of litter.

Our pupils enjoy a busy and broad academic programme but also benefit from making full use of our rural community. Classes visit the church, the Chinese restaurant and even the pub! We go out to the lifeboat station at Dungeness, we visit castles and the Cathedral in Canterbury. We enjoy visits to local farms and learn about the crops, the animals and environmental issues.

Education that goes beyond the confines of the classroom undoubtedly broadens horizons and encourages children to appreciate their rich, local, rural heritage. Bill Jones, Headmaster Spring Grove School 01233 812337 / 07732329163

Seasonal Delights Lemon Chicken with Tabbouleh Serves 4

Ready in 45 minutes

This is a great way to turn simple and very economical chicken portions into a delicious Mediterranean-style supper. If you have time, make the tabbouleh a few hours in advance to let the flavours fully develop. 28

Ingredients: • 1 lemon, thinly sliced • 4 large chicken thigh portions (or 8 small thigh portions) • 4 tbsp olive oil • 3 tbsp lemon juice • 2 tbsp clear honey, warmed • 225g bulgar wheat (see tip) • ½ cucumber, finely diced • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped • 2 tbsp fresh chopped mint • 2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tip: Bulgar wheat is a type of wheat grain that has been parboiled, dried then finely crushed. It is similar to couscous but has more texture and bite. You’ll find it in most large supermarkets or health food shops.

Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. Push a lemon slice under the skin of each chicken thigh. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken over a medium-high heat until golden brown all over. Transfer to a shallow roasting tin and arrange the rest of the lemon slices around the chicken. Mix together 1 tbsp of the lemon juice with the honey and pour over the chicken. Roast for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Meanwhile, place the bulgar wheat into a bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover. Leave for 30 minutes until grains are soft. Stir well and drain off any excess water. Stir in the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice and season with plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the cucumber, spring onions, mint and coriander and mix well. Serve the hot roast chicken on the tabbouleh with any juices from the roasting tin poured over.

In Season: Fruit Apples Rhubarb Vegetables Artichoke (Jerusalem) Beetroot Brussel Sprouts Broccoli (Purple) Carrots Cabbage Cauliflower Celeriac Celery Chard Chicory Greens Kale Leeks Onions Parsnips Potatoes Radishes Shallots Spring Onions Squash Swede Salsify Turnips Winter Greens Salad Endive Lettuce

Fish Cockles Cod Hake Halibut John Dory Lemon Sole Mussels Oysters Salmon Sea Trout

LOCAL MARKETS CHALLOCK Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane. 1st & 3rd Friday of each month 1pm to 4pm Contact Pauline Hickson 01233 740979

THE BARN SHOP TRADITIONAL MARKET Challock - 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm Contact 01233 740237

CHARING FARMER’S MARKET Charing Church Barn 9 -11.30 every Thurs morning Contact 01233 740176

EGERTON Every Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

Meat & Game Beef Guinea fowl Mutton Pork Rabbit Veal Venison Wood Pigeon

ROLVENDEN - 01580 240763 Every Thursday 10am -12 noon St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall

RYE FARMERS MARKET Every Wednesday at Strand Quay 10am - 1 pm (12pm Oct - April)

RYE MARKET Every Thursday at the Cattle Market Car Park. Early till around 3pm (depending on the weather)

RYE COUNTRY MARKET Formerly WI Market Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill. Every Friday 10am -11.30am

TENTERDEN COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30am -11.30am St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road.

WITTERSHAM MARKET Every Tuesday Village Hall 9am. - 11am Tel: 01797 270757

WYE - 07804 652156 First and third Saturday of every month on the Village Green in Wye. Tel: 07804 652156


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eena Martin is proud to introduce, Vision Hair, a fresh and vibrant hairdressing salon opening in Charing.


he salon opened on January 3rd and is conveniently located just off the high street, where there is ample free local parking. Bringing over 20 years experience in hairdressing, Teena offers professional styling for men, women and children. Providing a professional cut and blow-dry priced from ÂŁ30, as well as bridal packages, and a loyalty scheme for regular customers. Hair products and colouring range used are from Redken. Their new ammonia free formula produces outstanding vibrant colour results

with multi dimensional finish. All this from a contemporary and relaxed salon. Vision hair can be found opposite the school entrance on School Road. Please call for more information or to book an appointment on 01233 714030, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to use your complimentary 10% discount voucher valid on your first visit.


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THE ROYAL OAK June Ballard and staff welcome you to her cosy 16th Century pub in the heart of the village, with three bars, oak beams, stone floors and open fires.


Mother’s Day 10th March Book early to avoid disappointment

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Home-made Fish & Chips Eat in or Take-Away

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Wednesday Evenings 6.30pm - 9pm

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... More Events Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society next meeting is on Thursday the 14th March when we will have a talk on “Summer Patio Tubs” Design and Arrangements by Mr. G. Puddlefoot. We meet at Aldington Village Hall 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618.

Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society will be holding their Spring Show followed by a quiz on Friday 22 March 7.15 for 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. For further information contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451 or email brabournewendy@ Saturday 30th March, Book Sale and Coffee Morning, at St Mary’s Church Sellindge, 10am until 1pm. Lots of books, fiction, non fiction, childrens, all excellent value. Easter Sat/Sunday 30th and 31st March 12pm to 4/30 Craft Fair to be held in the Forge at the Farriers Arms flood street Mersham. Jewellery, Patchwork ,Woodwork and Pyrography,handcrafted cards,Flower Bouquets with Butterflys,Hand made chocolates and fudge. Contact Sue on 01233 720 394 for details.

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So I was in my car, driving along, and my boss rang up. He said ‘You‛ve been promoted.‛ I swerved and then he rang up a second time and said “You‛ve been promoted again.‛ I swerved again. He rang up a third time and said ‘You‛re managing director.‛ Then I went into a tree. And a policeman came up and A young ventriloquist is touring, and said ‘What happened to you?‛ one night, he‛s doing a show in a small I said ‘I careered off the road.‛ fishing town. With his dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes.

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Spring Grove School A great place to grow

Open Morning with children’s activities

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