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this instance, these shall go forward with all the other plants to our Jubilee Plant stall sale at the Recreation Ground Road, on Saturday June 2nd. Don’t forget to visit us, if only for a chat.

By Jackie Witcher - Tenterden & Now I can’t remember if I told you that I had District Horticultural Society

decided to have a go at lilly cultivation. I love lilies though they are rather expensive to buy the bulbs. Last year when I decided to split some lilies that were in a large pot, there were an awful lot of tiny bublets, some that were also growing in the leaf joint on the stem. So, what did I have to lose? I popped these into a large tray of damp compost, and left them outside to overwinter. I was quite surprised to find that they had all grown. Now dear readers I am playing this completely by ear. I think I am going to let them do their own thing and replant again at the end of this years growing season. You never know perhaps next year I may get some flowers!! Watch this space, I shall keep you informed.

Can’t believe that it’s May again, the birds are happily nesting in the des res, the robin has been evicted from the bike shed but has got a new abode in a proper robin’s nesting box under the pergola, which I think after much umming and arring by the local robin whether it shall be nested in this year, will be used next year. I didn’t realise until I checked up on bird habits that when they nibble around the entry hole on nesting boxes they are actually “putting their mark” on it, so other birds know that that particular box has been taken. So next time you see birds pecking away at the hole on your nesting boxes, it isn’t (as I thought) that they have put a bit of weight on and it needs to be a bit larger, but they are saying hands off this I do like May, it’s the time of year when all the is mine! hard work in the garden seems to have been done, and all us gardeners have to do is pull the I have now at long last managed to get all of my occasional weed, and make sure that everything hardy annuals up, split and replanted. The three in the garden is rosey. Except this year. This hose tradescantia plants lifted from the top garden bed pipe ban. I must admit, it’s on these occasions yielded a fantastic 20 plants!!! Mental note: must that I thank the Lord that my garden isn’t very big remember to split these a bit more often. It’s such and with hubbys help can struggle around with a an easy thing to do, and the problem is if you don’t watering can. But for those keen gardeners who regularly lift and split, the plant gets so congested have larger plots and or allotments I truly feel sorry that the inner part tends to die off. After lifting, for. Being encouraged to use grey water is fine, divide into reasonable size plants, then repot into but I don’t know, I certainly do not like to use too 8” pots using a mix of compost and garden soil and much bath or washing up water on my garden as I give each plant a good drink to settle in the roots. I feel the soap content could alter the ph of the soil. must admit that my garden is too small to rehouse I don’t like to stand on the orange box, but I do feel the plants so I tend to generally give them away that its time to put that pipeline in from Wales to to friends, neighbours and family. They are always this area and fill up the reservoirs. My dear family grateful for extra plants. The good thing is that in

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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

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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; www.thefabricbox.co.uk). 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


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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.

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Seasonal Delights

Asparagus

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.

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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.

Asparagus Frittata • 275g new potatoes • 450g asparagus • 5 large eggs • 200g buffalo mozzarella • 50g Parmesan, grated

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 chopped flat leaf parsley

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.

• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sprinkle over the last 10g of Parmesan and slide the frying pan in to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the frittata is golden and firm.

• 2 tbsp olive oil

Serves 4-6 Preperation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes

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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 on 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.

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Charing Church Barn 9.00 -11.30 every Thurs Morning Contact 01233 740176 Teas & coffees available, Crafts, in season vegetables and baking. Graham attends on the 2nd Thursday of the month, to sharpen the knives, tools and garden gadgets ect.

EGERTON Every Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

HEADCORN 2nd Saturday of month 9.30am to 12.30pm at the New Village Hall, Parsonage Meadow Contact Penny Kemp on 01622 890601

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

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

WAREHORNE Warehorne Village Hall 10am -1pm 4th Sunday of the month Tel: 01233 733718 or Mob: 07979 905600.

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 www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

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Cider Drinking in May 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.

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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 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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Example of speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subjects--A Trip Along the Military Canal, Baird-the Pioneer of Television and Kent Photo Archives. Outings will include Monday 7th May May Fair â&#x20AC;&#x201C; run by Headcorn Groombridge Place, a river cruise on the Kentish Scouts at Days Green, Kings Road from 1pm. Lots Lady plus picnic,and more. Interested? contact of stalls and activities for all the family to enjoy. one of the following --David on 756544, Graham on 756620 or Sheila on 756294.You will be made Free parking available. most welcome. The Charing Guild of Players will be performing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Odd Coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Neil Simon from Thursday The Hothfield Local History Society will be 10th May to Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm in the holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday Charing Church Barn. Come and see Oscar and 16th May at 7pm in the old school (Bluebells Felix in this brilliant comedy as they struggle to Centre). We will be joined by Gillian Rickard who make sense of a life without the opposite sex. will be giving a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The lives of vagrants, Tickets ÂŁ7 available from Wood You Like, School gypsies and travellers in Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Gillianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk will Road, 01233 713725 or via our website: www. be followed at 8.30pm by the raffle draw for a hot air balloon trip for two courtesy of Skybus. All are charingguild.com welcome, so please come and join us and hear Pluckley Gardening Society There was a very about our work this year including our successful good response to the talk by Steve Edney, Head bid for lottery funding. For more information, Gardener at The Secret Garden, Sandwich, on email hothfieldmemories@hotmail.com Designing Borders. On 12th May there will The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets be an afternoon trip to The Secret Garden, on Wednesday 23rd May at 7:30pm. in the cost ÂŁ10. To book please send a cheque made Village Hall. Talk on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Garden Designsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Malcolm payable to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pluckley Gardening Societyâ&#x20AC;? to Julie Withnall. Contact Audrey on 01580291624 or Bennett, Events Secretary, Wissenden Farm, Lesley on 01580291931. Members ÂŁ1.50, Non Hothfield Common, Ashford, TN26 1HB. For more Members ÂŁ2.50. Annual membership ÂŁ5. New information contact Pat Morss 01233 840686 or members are always welcome. email pluckleygardeningsociety@gmail.com. Sunday 13th May Egerton Church of England Primary School with Egerton Running Club 2nd Annual Bluebell Run11am. 6.5K run through beautiful lanes and bluebell woodland. Childrens fun run and family nature trail. Refreshments, medals and goodybags. Details from www. egertonrunningclub.co.uk www.egerton.kent.sch. uk. Follow the link through Community, Friends of Egerton School. Wednesday 16th May The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8pm. This evening there will a presentation by Phil Birch of Training Highway on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where is Computing Technology going in the next 5 yearsâ&#x20AC;? Annual membership ÂŁ10 plus ÂŁ2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome (ÂŁ3, but first visit is free) Full details: w w w. w e a l d o f k e n t c o m p u t e r c l u b . c o . u k Enquiries: secretarywkcc@yahoo.co.uk Egerton Over 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club We have a few vacancies for anyone, any age at the moment and from any district.We are a friendly group who enjoy stimulating speakers and interesting, enjoyable and relaxing outings.

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Lenham Valley Business Association Networking Meeting Tuesday 01 May Lenham Valley Business Association networking meeting. Speaker Alison King from King Associates at the Dog & Bear. Book online or call 01622 820841. Wednesday 30 May combined Lenham Valley Business Association and South Maidstone Business Association networking meeting at Weald of Kent Golf Club, Headcorn. Booking essential 01622 820841 or register on line. Smarden Summer Party Saturday23 June 5.30 -8.30 pm Gillets Manor Water Lane Smarden Pimms, Live Music, Classic Cars. Tickets ÂŁ10 to include glass of Pimms or wine and delicious canapes fron village shops or on the door or Friends of Smarden Church 01233 770579

CLUBS & SOCIETIES Badminton Club Requires New Members. Previous experience preferred, not essential. First visit free. Please call Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134 or Joanne Field on 01233 613795 for more details.

Little Chart Bridge Club Friendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395. Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s UK, Ashford Branch. Meets on 1st Wednesday of every month at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford. For information call Robert Gurney 01233 666577 Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 p.m.-10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Smarden Heritage Centre - Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm visit: www.smardenheritagecentre.synthasite.com Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 email info@biddendensquash.co.uk www.biddendensquash.co.uk Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948.

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Friday evenings, Charing Parish Hall, 7.30pm. We guarantee a relaxed and enjoyable evening. But we desperately need a few younger members - who might eventually with training form a small demonstration team for pub events or fetes . Do come along and bring a friend. Ring Evelyn or John Voller on 01233 713758.


The Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Audrey Davies on 01580 291624 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 Headcorn Bowls Club - Free coaching available to newcomers. Contact Chris 01622 858100 or David 01580 291996. Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club We welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and the first Tues. of month at 7.15pm, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572. Yoga Class Sissinghurst Friday mornings 9.30 10.45. Experienced, qualified BWY teacher. Contact Sarah Howie 01580 291594 Pilates Classes- Challock Village Hall, Wednesdays 9:15am. Suitable for all levels. Contact Victoria 07543543373 Yoga Friendly classes suitable for all levels. Mondays 9.30-10.45 in Tenterden & Thursdays 7.00-8.00pm, The Green Health Club, Charing. Call Daniela 01233 860417 or 07939870826

COUNTRY FAYRE @ LENHAM SUNDAY MAY 27th - 10.30 a.m. at East Lenham Farm, Ashford Road, (A20) Lenham ME17 2DP Farmers Market, Craft Stalls, Country displays, Children’s entertainments (Bouncy Castle etc.) Lurcher Show, Terrier & Fun Dog Shows and Terrier Racing. Refreshments, Bar, Cakes, Plants, Birds of Prey, Pony Rides & much, much more

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Headcorn Yoga Classes at the Village Hall is now held on the following days and times: Tuesday day time 10:00 - 11:15 in the house meeting room. Tuesday evening 7:00 - 8:15 in the Long Meadow Hall. Wednesday morning 9:30 - 10:45 in the house meeting room. For more information contact Sue Wainright on 01622 890746. Judo in Headcorn at the Village Hall. There are be two sessions per week on Sunday mornings for children under 11 (9.30am) and Friday evenings for children over 11 (7.30pm) see http://www.freewebs.com/ headcornjudo for more information.

Weight Watchers Weight Watchers meet at the village hall at 6:30pm on Thursdays. For further details call 08457 123000.

Headcorn Handbell Ringers Music Making: Have you ever fancied playing tunes on handbells? The Headcorn Handbell Ringers have room for new recruits. We meet every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 2pm until 4.30pm at Tall Oaks, 46 Oak Lane. Do drop in and see us or telephone 01622 890201.

The Parish Church Choir New members of the Choir in all voices i.e. Treble, Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass will be most welcome. Choir practice is held in the Parish Church at 7:45pm on Fridays. Anyone interested (or parents of children aged 11 or over) should contact Bob Chance either in person or on 01622 890406.

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Email Marketing - You may have opted into a list or signed up on a website somewhere either consciously or inadvertently and now you are receiving regular emails or newsletters that you don’t want. The good news is you can choose to unsubscribe to this type of email by following the instructions, usually in the small print. Although these can be a nuisance, they are nothing to worry about. Just remember next time you are ordering something online, to watch out for the tick boxes near the end of the sign up process. Unwanted and Offensive Emails – You know the type, we all receive offers of pharmaceuticals or medical procedures that we didn’t think we needed, and that we certainly never signed up for! The best thing to do with these is to tag them as ‘spam’ and delete them without opening. If you respond even to unsubscribe, the spammers will then know that your email address is active and you may end up receiving even more. Phishing - This type pretends to be from a website that you have a username and password for, such as your bank, a social network or your email service provider. They are trying to trick you into revealing your logon details so they can steal your money, identity or data. Some of these are easy to spot, with their unfamiliar language, poor spelling or grammar. Others may look suprisingly authentic. Always be on the look-out for anything suspicious. If in any doubt, contact your bank or the supposed originator before you follow any of the instructions contained in the email. Any unexpected email with an attached file –These purport to be tracking information from delivery companies, normally with an attachment or a link

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business Who Pays for Care? In our regular legal series, Gill Snow of Pengelly and Rylands looks at who must bear the cost of care According to the Registered Nursing Homes Association there are nearly 250,000 people receiving nursing home care in the UK and with our aged population rising fast this figure is set to grow. Many people are anxious about who will have to pay for their care in later life and what effect this will have on their savings and property.

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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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