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Hamstreet Country Show Registered Charity No. 296298

2-3 June 2012 Attractions include: Medieval reenactment Festival of transport - from steam to vintage Tug of war (teams welcome) Daring trial and mountain bike displays Dog show Real ale festival with old dairy Country show stalls Extreme Falconry Circus performers Air displays British lawnmower racing grand prix ...and so much more - an action packed weekend. Opening Times: Sat: 10.30am to dusk Sun: 10.30am to 5.00pm Adult day entry: £6.00 day pass or £10.00 for the weekend Children (5yrs - 14 yrs) and concessions: £3.00 day pass or £5.00 for the weekend Family ticket 2 adults + 2 children: £15.00 day pass or £25.00 for the weekend Free entry for children under 5 yrs or call 07899906610 Hamstreet Country Show is an event organised by the HDSLA, raising funds for community projects in Hamstreet

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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, Spring is here and, as usual at this time of year, we have an abundance of bank holidays to enjoy! May also brings with it more community events so I hope you’re all keen to get involved out in that wonderful Spring sunshine. For those of us hit by Spring Fever, the long weekends also provide time to clear out, clean up and declutter! I spent most of Easter weekend in our loft, attempting the long awaited clear out! It’s strange how this time of year inspires us in this way, but it feels so good when you achieve your goal, although it may be weeks before we are completely clear of all the hoarded items destined for either Ebay or the Charity Shop. I must admit it felt great when I viewed the new clean space I had created, the loft looked wonderful, the rest of the house is now a tip! I was a little disappointed though that I hadn’t discovered any hidden treasures that might improve my bank balance! The whole process was very therapeutic and far removed from sitting in front of a computer screen for days on end worrying about deadlines! A big thank you to all the readers that have contributed to Wit & Wisdom this month, I now have enough material to last for some time, so if your contribution hasn’t appeared yet just watch this space, but please be patient as the longer items are more tricky to piece together.

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f your late summer flowering plants get too top heavy and flop just as they get round to flowering, or you end up half heartedly trussing them up with string and broken bits of bamboo cane (always an attractive look), then this year I dare you to try the ‘Chelsea chop’. It is a pruning method that’s best done around the time of the Chelsea flower show. It does take some ruthlessness, as it requires cutting back healthy happy plants when it looks like that’s the last thing they need, but by trimming them back by half now, you’ll get sturdier, bushier plants at the end of the summer. It’s hard to do; it feels like you’re irreparably damaging the plants – and it doesn’t work with everything. Perennials that only flower once, like Peonies won’t like it at all if you prune them like this. It will work well with things like Sedums, Rudbeckias, Heleniums and Asters. Sedums

are especially prone to splitting and flopping just as they start flowering. Save the bits you cut off – the cuttings will readily root and turn into new plants. You can encourage a repeat flowering of early summer perennials by cutting them hard back immediately after they’ve flowered – extreme dead-heading, if you like. Do this with Delphiniums, Lupins, Alchemilla mollis and Geraniums. Hard prune back to the base - the tall flower spikes of Lupins and Delphiniums start at ground level. And the Geraniums and Alchemilla will benefit from a severe haircut, so cut off most of the leaves too. Most will flower again later in the summer, with smaller blooms. The Alchemilla may not re-flower, but cut back most of the foliage and it will respond with a neat and tidy mound of nice fresh leaves. Jo Arnell runs Gardening workshops in Woodchurch 01233 861186

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before he injured anyone, and then took blood and skin samples from Merlin. Poor old Merlin was shaking like a leaf but some more bananas afterwards helped him forget. Dennis was just mad for the rest of the day! I enjoyed the escapade more than anyone else I think. It helped underline my point of how stupid goats are. Anyway, now we have to get medication into Merlin and as well as being timid he is the world’s fussiest goat I think- will not eat anything that has touched the floor, and does not like much apart from goat mix, hay, browse and bananas. And he sniffs everything for a long time before eating it so medicated bananas are not going to go well. If anyone has any ideas please let us know....

Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. I hope you all had a good Easter. Ebony and I didn’t get any Easter eggs (so unfair isn’t it? We would have loved some catnip eggs!) but we have enjoyed eyeing up all the baby rabbits in the garden. None of them have been brave enough to come into our cat run but we keep hoping!


We have had some trouble with our silly old goats this month- Merlin became very itchy. This should be a simple thing to sort out in a household with 2 vets but we all reckoned without Merlin’s eccentricities. He is friendly and very good natured but terrified of being held. Any movement you make towards him to grab his collar or his horns and he is off leaping about like an antelope! Stealth was required and this was not the only problem- Dennis is so overprotective of Merlin that he tries to butt and bite anyone who is holding onto Merlin against his wishes. I appointed myself chief co-ordinator and yelled my orders from the shelf in the cat run. Clive was Chief Goat Catcher and Jane led a team consisting of helpers from the zoo who had to hide around the corner until Merlin had been caught. With the help of a bunch of bananas (probably not the best food for goats but Merlin will do almost anything for a banana) Clive caught Merlin by the horns, I miaowed my signal and the others came running in, caught and held onto Dennis

It is getting towards the summer now when everyone will be taking their holidays. Ebony and I always hope that Clive and Jane will take us with them one year. Clive says no chance of that as I am so naughty I am bound to cause major breakages and disgrace (I don’t know what he is thinking about although I have to

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Wonderful Windows They keep in the warmth and keep out prying eyes, but window treatments are much more than a purely practical addition to a room, says Katherine Sorrell

Curtains – where to start


The cheapest and most subtle option for hanging curtains is undoubtedly a plastic or metal track. Double tracks can be used to hang both nets and thicker curtains neatly, while triple tracks allow you to use flat panels, perhaps of different fabrics, which can be pulled back and forwards in different combinations depending on the effect you want or how much light you wish to allow in. The more decorative alternative is a curtain pole – perhaps in see-through acrylic, slender stainless steel or pale-painted wood – and with pretty finials on the ends. On narrow windows or dormers, portiere (or swing-arm) rods are an alternative to fixed poles, while for a modern effect you could use tension wire, fixed taut within the window opening.

Curtains – fabric and style Whether you prefer minimal panels or swathes of fabric, it is best to take into account the architecture and size of the room, and of the windows, before opting for a particular curtain style. Grander curtains tend to suit larger, period rooms, while simple curtains are often best suited to modern properties. The way in which a curtain hangs is determined by its heading, usually created by a tape which is sewn onto the back of the curtain and pulled to form gentle gathers, smart pleats or a variety of other shapes. For a less formal look, however, there are plenty of alternatives. Tab- and tietops are often found on ready-made curtains, though they can be fiddly to draw. Curtains can also be hung from a deep hem which is simply slid over a pole, from large eyelets punched in the top (this looks great hung from a tension wire), from clips (magnetic ones are easy to use) or even just from hooks. Curtains can be made from practically any fabric, depending on your budget. The heavier the fabric, the better it will hold a fold, though very heavy fabrics will be too bulky for smaller windows. Very light fabrics will tend to look

A simple roller blind can make a pretty addition to any room. Boho Chic roller blind, from The Fabric Box (0844 8118280; Prices from £66. floppy unless supported by a lining. Lining is, in fact, always a good idea, as it will not only help the fabric hang neatly, but also protect it from fading, dirt and condensation. Thermal linings help retain heat, and can be as effective as double glazing, while blackout lining also blocks out light and some noise.

Blinds Once considered something of a poor cousin to curtains, blinds are increasingly fashionable, offering a clean-lined look that is sophisticated and laid-back yet still pleasingly tactile. What’s more, they tend to be far cheaper, as they require much less fabric – just the size of the window opening, plus hems. There are different options to suit different styles of room, many of them easy to make yourself or inexpensive to buy off-the-shelf. A roller blind in a neutral colour will blend into the background in a modern, minimal space, or could be used in conjunction with ‘dress’ curtains (fixed either side of the window) in a more formal room. Roman blinds pull up in lovely soft folds that give an attractive drape without going over the top, while fabric roll-up blinds which, literally, roll up

the home from the bottom and tie in position, show off their reverse, thus offering an attractive combination of two fabrics. When choosing fabrics, mid-weight, not-too-textured fabrics tend to be best for blinds, which need to roll or fold easily against themselves.

Shutters They may not be the obvious choice, and they are almost always more expensive than blinds or simple curtains, but shutters are good-looking in an unfussy kind of way and suit both old and new properties. They’re also great for privacy, for blocking out sound and light and adding an extra layer of security. Depending on the configuration of your window, shutters can be made as a single pair, bi-fold, tri-fold or whatever will fit, either full-length, half-height (café style), or tier-ontier, rectangular, tapering or arched in shape, and either set within the reveal or folding back against the wall. The plainest, period-type shutters have a timber frame and a solid centre panel – they can be painted any colour and complement a Georgian or Victorian home extremely well. American shutters have louvres that tilt up and down, offering privacy but also letting in light. Alternatively, for a highly contemporary effect, it’s possible to have shutters made from sleek aluminium or funky acrylic, which comes in a range of gorgeous colours.

The secret of this Ninni Rund pair of ready made curtains from Ikea (0845 358 3363;, £49.99, is that they have both hidden tabs and a gathering tape at the top. by Katherine Sorrell


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Seasonal Delights


Serv es 8

For those who’ve only ever considered asparagus as a luxurious accompaniment to a main course, it’s time to think again. This delicious recipe is simple to cook and the mild flavours of the mozzarella and eggs mean that the asparagus is still the star of the dish.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Making sure the potatoes are clean first, boil them in salted water. Trim the asparagus, then cut the stems into 1cm slices leaving the spear as a piece about 8cm long. Add this all to the potato pan for the last 5 minutes of the cooking time.


Drain everything and refresh in cold water. Thickly slice the potato.

• 275g new potatoes

Whisk together the eggs really well. Dice the mozzarella and add to the eggs along with 40g of the Parmesan, the parsley, potatoes and slices of asparagus. Season generously with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir everything to coat with the egg. Lastly, gently stir through the spears.

• 5 large eggs

Heat a 22cm diameter oven-proof deep frying pan along with the olive oil over a medium heat. Non-stick would be great, otherwise one which is naturally seasoned.

• 2 tbsp olive oil

Pour in the egg mixture making sure some of the spears are sitting at the top. Leave to cook for around 10 minutes until the edges are starting to firm up.

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Asparagus Frittata

Fruit Apples (stored) Rhubarb Gooseberries

Vegetables Asparagus Beetroot Carrots Carrots

Cabbage Cauliflower Greens Onions Potatoes

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Cider Drinking in May Sorrel Every month I update the “In Season” produce for this item, assuming that most items are relatively easily sourced, but last year when Sorrel came into season I received a call from a reader that was having great difficulty in finding any. So I took upon the quest to find a local source of Sorrel. It has only been recently, when Sorrel came into season again that I finally, with the help of Wye Farmers Market discovered Invicta Herbs in Challock. So for those of you looking for Sorrel, look no further, please contact Susan Gollins on 07730 893737.


Sorrel is part of the lettuce family and looks like a pale green version of baby spinach. The pointed leaves have a tangy, lemony gooseberry flavour. Sorrel appears soon after winter, so is good for salads early in the year when there is little else around.

Serving Suggestions When the leaves are under 7.5cm long, they can be used raw in salads, especially with dandelion leaves. Bigger leaves can be made into soups, sauces and risotto. Khaki-coloured sorrel purée is a good acidic accompaniment to oily fish, chicken or veal, or poached eggs on toast. It can be stirred into crème fraîche to give quick sauce. Add a few leaves of watercress, spinach or parsley if you want a brighter green colour. Chop sorrel like a herb to add to stuffings and crumb coatings. The lemony taste means sorrel can also be added carefully to fruit salads, jellies, custard and fruit drinks, as lemon balm or verbena.

I have decided to designate May as National Cider Month. And since, as far as I know, there is no statutory board for designating such things as National Sausage Week (which actually exists) and National Athlete’s Foot Day (which thankfully doesn’t), my National Cider Month is as formal and official as any other example of this sort of public relations hokum. So there. But why am I designating May as National Cider Month when there is already (perhaps unbeknownst to most of you) a perfectly good National Cider Month, run under the auspices of the Campaign for Real Ale in October? Because October is silly, that’s why. But, why have a National Cider Month at all? Can’t cider look after itself, without my intervention? Well, the Bulmers, the Gaymers and the Magners of this world with their mass distribution and big advertising budgets don’t need my help and jolly well aren’t getting it. But if you think that’s all there is to cider then you’re in for a treat. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the western counties, you’ll be extremely lucky to find what a traditionalist would call a “real” cider on the handpumps at your local pub. Most large towns – although by no means all – have an outlet for Weston’s excellent draught cider from Much Marcle in Herefordshire. But good though Weston’s is, it’s hardly a representative selection of what the country’s estimated 4-500 independent cidermakers have to offer. But what is “traditional” cider? Basically it’s just pure fresh-pressed apple juice slowly fermented over the winter – apple wine, in fact. Any apple juice will ferment, but most of the best ciders are fermented from blends of the two or three hundred varieties of cider apple – small, hard, inedible little things, for the most part, and sour with tannin which acts as a strong antibacterial agent and gives



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the finished cider an oaky depth. These traditional ciders range from the roughest farmhouse scrumpies, which often have an almost vinegary acidity, to drinks as subtle, sophisticated, and elegant as fine white wine. And then there’s perry, a superb drink that’s almost impossible to obtain thanks to the rarity of the pears from which it’s made... Traditional cider is almost always still (not flat) rather than sparkling. Left to itself it will ferment to complete dryness, and to a strength of 6-8% alcohol by volume, and the carbon dioxide generated during fermentation will dissipate naturally. If you want it sparkling you have to deliberately reintroduce some CO2, either by pitching the cider with a little yeast and sugar to stir a mild refermentation or, 99.99 times out of a hundred, by fizzing it up artificially. I do everything I can to introduce people to the delights of traditional cider, and that’s why I’m designating May as National Cider Month. October was chosen for the honour because that’s when apples are generally harvested. But cider needs to be fermented slowly and carefully, to allow the harsh malic acid to turn into the smoother and more mellow lactic acid – the so-called malo-lactic fermentation. Last season’s crop should be ready to drink right about now. There are cidermakers all over the country these days, not just in Devon, Somerset and Herefordshire but in Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cheshire, even Yorkshire and Scotland! So seek out your nearest, invest in a few bottles, and celebrate with me. by Ted Bruning

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Lympne Village Hall is holding a Garage Safari on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Maps will be on sale at the Village Shop from 2nd May. Maps and refreshments will be on sale at the Village Hall from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm There is ample free parking in the car park and toilets. Raising Funds for the Village Hall Floor Fund

Sunday May 6th Diamond Jubilee Last Fundraiser at Aldington Village Hall. Crafts and cream teas 1 to 5pm. Craft stalls wanted contact Sue on 01233 720394 donations of scones wanted please.

Saturday 26th May Sellindge Village Hall 1012am Tai Chi For Health 2 hour Taster Session visit for further details The Ashford Branch of Kent Beekeepers Association meet at 2.30pm on 6th May at their Apiary site, Cheesemans Green Lane, Mersham, TN25 7HX to hear a talk and demonstration by Nick Mengeham on “Using the Opportunity of Swarming for Increase or Queen Rearing”. Anyone interested in learning the craft of keeping bees please contact Peggy Wood 01233 503074


Story of English Country Cheeses” by Mr. D March. We meet at Aldington Village Hall 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618. On Saturday 19th May we have our “Plant Sale & Coffee Morning” at Aldington Village Hall starting at 10.00am. All welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618.

NSPCC Open Garden and Plant Fair, Saltwood Castle, nr. Hythe, CT21 4QU. Saturday 5th May, 2012. 10am - 4pm. Entrance £5 per person, limited free parking. A rare opportunity to explore the grounds of this medieval castle and pick up an interesting plant. Cakes, lunches, barbecue, and this year The Castle Moat Archers. Support the vital work of the NSPCC.

Sellindge Sports & Social Club Saturday Afternoon Car Boot Fairs The Sellindge Sports and Social club will be hosting car boot fairs on the following dates: 12th May, 16th June , 14th July, 18th August, 8th September &13th October. £5.00 per boot - no booking required. Set up 11 am - no entry will be allowed before this time. Public are requested not to arrive before 12 noon. Refreshments and toilets in the Clubhouse. Free Car Parking and Entry. Homemade Cake Stall. Any queries ring 01303 812955 up to 10 am on the day of the event. Full details available at www.

Brabourne & Smeeth Horticultural Society are holding a Grand Plant Sale on Saturday 12 May, 11 am to 1 pm in the Village Hall. Come along and stock up your garden/ allotment with flowers, fruit and vegetables. Light refreshments, a raffle and free parking. The next meeting will be on Friday May 25 with Sue Scrivens speaking on the subject of ‘More Wayside Plants’, 7.15 for 7.30 pm. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome. For further info contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451.

Smeeth W.I. Smeeth W.I. and the Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion will jointly celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall at 7.30 on 14th May, 2012. Following their individual business meetings, they will then enjoy a 1950’s supper, a quiz, and a singalong to the music of the period all together. Visitors and new members of either organisation are most welcome and for further information telephone Joy or George Taylor on 01303 812165 Kathleen MacPhee 01303 812536 or Jenny Cooper 01303 813330

Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society next meeting is on Thursday the 10th May when we will have an illustrated talk on “The

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At the Farriers Arms in May we have our usual (first Tuesday of the month) Acoustic Music Session in the bar on the evening of 1st May and the Vintage and Veteran Vehicle Meet on the third Sunday (20th) from noon, when all classic vehicles are welcome and their drivers can claim a free drink. Our “Specials” weekday this month is Wednesday when, each evening we have our Wednesdays Wine Club when we offer professional wine pairings to complement our table d’hote menu. We mark the May Bank Holiday on Monday 7th May with lots of activities for all the family – see the website ( for more details. We are pleased to host The Pins from Hertfordshire (“One of the most exciting and sought-after live bands around, known for their melodic instrumentals and catchy vocals”)on 11th May when they stop off at the Farriers on the way to their European Tour . Tuesday 15th May is the International Day of Families when children eat free when accompanied by two full-paying adults

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Brabourne & Smeeth Horticultural 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.

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 23 Janet a call on 01233 632102

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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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It’s 3am and I’ve just noticed the time. Arrgh! I determinedly fold down the page of my book and try to stop feeling guilty. “it’s only 3am, Jessica, I’m sure you won’t be tired tomorrow…” yeah, right. This is the problem with me and books. I read them like I eat packets of biscuits. Each chapter is another sweet chewy circle of joy and I don’t stop consuming until they’re all gone. I sometimes enjoy reading a little fiction before bed, as many do, to give some time for the brain to relax and unwind. I’ll pick a book from my shelves, wriggle under the duvet and start to read…. and don’t stop. Oh look, 4 hours have slipped by!


Thankfully I don’t own any of my very favourite books, or these late night reading sessions might occur more frequently. My bookcase is crammed with retired favourites; colourful paperbacks (Jacqueline Wilson was my primary school author of choice), holiday reads and other assorted teen fiction. The school library is the real residence of all my top favourites. To me, a long-awaited book becomes more tempting when it’s wrapped in protective plastic and has a paper record thingy stuck in the front - and it’s free you know! As a lower school student I spent many a lunchtime there with friends, but now I swan in and stagger out again a short while later, somewhat less stylishly, with a healthy stack of books. The librarians are always friendly and helpful, and there’s a book club for all years on Tuesdays where we often read book award nominees. For years I was slightly put off mainstream books with loads of awards, but then I realised that these books won because they really are fantastic! Take “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness, as an example. It won the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Guardian Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Carnegie

Medal. I remained sceptical, despite numerous members of the aforementioned book group singing its praises. It was only when I actually got round to checking it out (of the library) did I see what the fuss was about. Patrick Ness’ whole ‘Chaos Walking’ series so far is imaginative and thought-provoking. Another incredible trilogy that I’m excited to get to the conclusion of is “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. This is action-packed and fascinating fiction at its best. I love books, especially those that allow me to escape into another world, like lovely fat fantasy series such as “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies”, “Pretties”, “Specials” and “Extras” - and the one with “Mortal Engines” by Philip Reeve, all set in some enthralling but troubled alternate world. I’m not too picky; I enjoyed the “Twilight” saga by Stephanie Meyer too! Maybe if you’re looking to buy a present for a literary teen I’ve been of some help… When my family are on holiday or a long car journey, I have become quite the expert at stealthily peering over my younger brother’s shoulder to borrow a bit of his entertainment should I finish my own. There’s nothing wrong with reading below your age every now and again. After all, Ben has reasonable taste; Frank Cottrell Boyce is great. At the other end of the spectrum is the kind of literature we read in English, like “The Great Gatsby”. Fun too, I guess apart from the fact we have to read into all the deep meaning and dissect it to death. Learning to read as a young child is like being given the key to the Tardis. You can go anywhere and do anything. The possibilities just keep on multiplying as you progress from big picture books read by Mum, to ingenious stories and adventures. Just keep turning those pages.

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Get Quizzical for Air Ambulance A quiz night in aid of life-saving charity Kent Air Ambulance is to be held in Ashford this summer. Teams of six to eight people are needed to test their general knowledge at Conningbrook Hotel in Kennington on June 24th at 6pm. Tickets cost £10 per person and include a food platter for each table. Booking is essential so please contact Cheryl Johnson on 01622 833833 or email Kent Air Ambulance is a life-saving charity which provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) seven days a week, 365 days a year. The helicopter flies with a highly-skilled doctor and critical care paramedic who take the skill and expertise of an A&E department to the

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At present, whether you, your health authority or local authority pay for your care depends on a number of factors, not least the amount of assets you have. Your local authority may fund all, part or none of your care costs depending on, in the first instance, whether they think you need care, the type of care you need and your financial circumstances. If they determine that you do need to be cared for in a care home they will undertake a financial assessment of you, which will ask you about your savings, capital and income. If you have capital over £23,250 you will pay all your fees, under £14,250 the local authority will foot the bill and if you have capital between these figures you will pay something and the local authority will pay the rest. Capital includes savings, bank accounts, cash and any property you own. However, the value of house which you live in will be disregarded if your stay in a care home is for less than 12 weeks and also, importantly, if your house is still lived in by your spouse, co-habitee or any relative aged over 60 or under 16 whom you have been maintaining. If you reduce your capital for the purpose of avoiding nursing home fees the local authority may be able to ‘claw back’ some of the money at a later date. However, there are legitimate ways to protect your assets and the earlier this is done the less likely it is that the local authority will act. Your local council cannot force you to sell your home and is able to defer payments of any money you may owe them for care home fees until after your property is sold, or after your death when your estate is wound up. They can do this by means of a charge on your property. Income is also taken into account so that even if you have savings and capital below the £14,250 your income will be used to fund all or part of your care.

Gill Snow – Solicitor at Pengelly & Rylands If you are so ill that you need medical care you may be eligible for NHS continuing care, the costs of which will be met by your local health authority. If a patient goes into hospital and is deemed too unwell to return home in the long term, his needs will be assessed to see if he qualifies for continuing care or NHS funded nursing care, although there is a limit on the weekly amount which will be funded . If you have any queries about this, or any other aspect of elderly client care, please telephone myself or Rosalind Johnson on 01580 762248

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Peg tiles, Slates, Leadwork Mathematical tiles Over 25 years experience City & Guilds qualified, Fully insured Free estimates TEL 01303 814936 . MOB 07708 471869

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01622 690690 0800 555 111

Out of Hours Doctor 0845 4349655 William Harvey Hospital 01233 633331




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Ashford Borough Council

National Train Enquiries

Parish Councils: Brabourne & Smeeth Mersham & Sevington

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Bus Enquiries

01233 623902 Arriva Bus Enquiries 01233 720816 Stage Coach East Kent 01233 637311


Citizens Advice Bureau

0844 800 44 11 0871 200 22 33 (Timetable)

08456 00 22 99 (Customer Services)

01233 626185

Brabourne and Smeeth Community Warden: Richard Sinden 07813 712 805. Veterinary Surgeons Montgomery Vets

Ashford Volunteer Centre Age Concern

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