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Welcome Hi everyone welcome to the May edition. The Spring/Summer season is off to a good start where community events are concerned, we’ve had so many it was difficult to fit them all in. Unfortunately there were one or two that were so close to the start of the month they happened before the magazine could be delivered, they should have been submitted for the April Edition, but all was not lost, in the hope that many of you are keeping an eye on the Events page of our website, we published these early events there, along with any that missed the print deadline. The magazine is delivered from the first Monday of each month and deliveries take a full week to complete, Bank Holidays get in the way too, so do plan your event promotions carefully. The next deadline will be for both Jun and July entries, which brings me to my next subject. For the first time in 13 years of running this magazine I am taking a summer break – whoopee! Winter breaks are great, I love skiing, but I am so looking forward to some summer sun! The downside is that I had to reach a particular age for it to be important enough (in my mind that is!). I have a BIG birthday coming up this summer and as a result my husband is taking me away from it all for a while. I’m a small business and don’t have a big team behind me to carry on the work, so in order to make this possible the next edition will cover a two month period. This means that I need your July events, as well as June, now! The deadline is Wednesday 16th May, and as I mentioned earlier, any events that miss the deadline will be published on our Events page at www.thevillagedirectory.co.uk. Please send your entries to events@ thevillagedirectory.co.uk. Thank you and until next time, have a great month.

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Striking Sunflowers by Pippa Greenwood

They’re bold, they’re brash, they’re larger than life and they’re gorgeous! Yes, sunflowers are one of the most stunning and impressive flowers you could have in your garden – and one of the easiest to grow too. If you get your skates on you can sow them this month and achieve a fantastic flowery display in just a few months’ time. So which ones should you choose and how do you go about getting the best crop of flowers? There are some fantastically fast-growing and potentially very tall varieties such as ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Titan’. The latter is exceptionally tall, reaching a potential height of up to 360cm or 12ft and having heads of anything up to 60cm (2ft) in diameter! If space is limited, or you simply prefer you flowers lower to the ground, there are some delightful miniature or dwarf varieties available. The F1 variety ‘Little Dorrit’ grows

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to about 60cm (2ft) and has rich yellow flowers with very dark centres, and looks great as a border edging. Another favourite is ‘Little Leo’ at just 45cm (18in), which makes lots of impact with golden yellow heads on multi-branching stems. Forget the idea that sunflowers are yellow and ring the changes – nowadays there are many other colours readily available. One of the richest shades I know is ‘Black Magic’, which has maroon flowers and is multibranching, reaching a height of about 180cm (6ft). Grow yourself a few for cutting too, and you’ll have a vase or more full of flowers that would cost a fortune in the shops. Many varieties are suitable, including the orangey-brown ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Black Velvet’ and the bi-coloured ‘Magic Roundabout’ (great for those who suffer from hay fever as this variety is pollen-free).

If you want some in containers, that is also possible: ‘Pacino Colada’ is a compact variety growing to just 40cm (16in) and has 10cm (4in) wide goldenyellow flowers, making a wonderful plant for a colourful container on a sunny patio, sheltered balcony or in the flower beds. I’ve still got a fascination with tall sunflowers, and I’ve never met a child who doesn’t enjoy a sunflower competition. The really sturdy and tall varieties like ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Giant Single’ are perfect for smaller gardeners, and as they reach heights of about 180cm (6ft) will soon dwarf them! Sunflowers make a cheap and cheerful addition to a garden boundary, adding splashes of colour to even the most dreary fence line or helping to mask the ugly appearance of a garage or decrepit garden shed. They’re a lot faster growing than Leylandii but these colourful beauties won’t get out of hand.


The Garden The seeds of sunflowers can be sown right now – in fact you should get a good crop of blooms if you sow them anytime between March and May, depending on the weather and where you live. You can sow them straight into the soil or into pots of compost. I like to use RootTrainers as these encourage really well-developed and deep roots to develop, and make it easy to plant out the sunflowers with minimum root disturbance; see www.pippagreenwood. com/products/grow-great-crops for more information. As their name suggests, sunflowers love, indeed need, plenty of sunshine to thrive and put on their best possible show of blooms. The great thing is that although many are pretty tall, each plant does not actually take up much space at ground level. Slugs and snails love sunflowers and can literally eat them to the ground, especially if the weather is damp. I always grow sunflowers in small individual pots and then plant them out when they’re a few inches tall. It may sound like I’m pampering them, but it means they’re bigger and tougher and better able to resist attack. As an added precaution, put a ring of slug-deterring material around the base of each one – crushed shells, crushed eggshells, coco-shell or pine needles for instance. If you’re growing sunflowers on anything other than a protected site, it may be necessary to give the taller varieties a bit of extra support in the form of a sturdy bamboo cane or slim stake, just in case the wind blows too strongly! Visit Pippa’s website www. pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus RootTrainers, Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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TIME TO ELEVATE YOUR GARDEN FROM THE ORDINARY TO THE SUBLIME As a nation of garden lovers you’d think that the majority of us were proud of our gardens. However, a recent survey suggests that as many as 40% of us admit to being embarrassed by the state of our gardens, whilst over 10% say they never step foot into them because they’re so unappealing. Most of us just dabble and potter aimlessly without any real idea how we might improve our outdoor spaces. As a Chelsea gold medal garden designer and garden author, I’m lucky enough to talk to all kinds of gardeners who seem disappointed by tatty lawns or bitty planting ideas that never quite work. My overriding sense is that many gardeners flounder in frustration because they can’t work out just how to make their gardens look great. For many clients the biggest difficulty is looking at their gardens and simply imagining them any other way and that is where garden designers play an important role. A competent garden designer can save you time, worry, money and failure and frankly, a complete garden design isn’t always necessary. You’d be surprised at the dramatic transformation even a well-conceived garden makeover can produce. Many of our

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ello everyone, Mowgli here. You will know by now that I consider cats to be very fine beings. It seems that many of you agree- cats have long been the second most popular pet in the UK and we are always closing the gap on dogs (in 2017 17% of households have a cat compared to 24% dogs). There are 8 million pet felines in the UK! The country with the most is the USA- 74 million! I always think it is important for us cats to spread the word about how fantastic we are. Who needs a hot water bottle when they have a cat? (maybe don’t ask Jane that one actually. She is always cold and I always notice when the hot water bottle comes out and snuggle it with her/ steal it…..). Who can be lonely with a cat? We chat, we purr, we greet you at the door. I can see Clive rolling his eyes at this point and adding that I jump on his shoulder at every opportunity (check out how many of his clothes have small claw holes on the shoulder and back- it is most of them…..) and frequently disturb the place by antics such as falling in the bath. He would then grumble something about welcoming being lonely in a peaceful house for a few hours…

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t is not just us humble pets that help the cause of cats in general. As Ebony and I have done such a great job of convincing Josh that cats are wonderful he is obsessed with all things cat. His favourite film by a long way is ‘The Aristocats’. He especially loves the white kitten character Marie and has a soft toy Marie in his bed every night. He loves Bagpuss and went to visit him in the museum in Canterbury, and Mog is one of the most popular bedtime stories. In fact our cat PR is so good that when he was asked what theme he would like for his last birthday party he asked for ‘cats’. So Ebony and I had to help the silly humans come up with appropriate games- we helped them with musical cat statues, kitten ball retrieval, cat shaped biscuit decorating, and sleeping cat games. At the lunch the dessert was large stainless steel bowls full of ‘cat biscuits’ (digestive biscuit balls covered in chocolate). The party bag

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was actually a small pet carrier with a soft toy cat that each child chose from a basket and adopted. Ebony and I had a great time with all of this and Josh was absolutely thrilled. Especially when one of his friends made him an amazing cake with cat figurines on- Mog, all the Aristocats and of course Ebony and I. We really think we have done our bit for felines. Jane however muttered something about the cat theme needing a lot of imagination and something more common would have been easier!

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Summary of Chairman’s Report from the Aldington Annual Parish Meeting

PARISH MEETING

10 April 2018

n Eco The Centre, Goldwell Lane Chairman thanked Martin Boulden for his

previous service as Chairman; the Clerk for his hard work; the Vice-Chairman for his steady support; and all councillors for their diligence in their various duties. The year was dominated by the relentless development of Aldington. The parish council conducted a summer survey of all residents on development and the overwhelming response was: Aldington needs a rest. This message has formed the basis of the parish council’s subsequent responses to the Ashford Local Plan consultation and recent significant planning applications.

s from Otterpool Park planners and residents on The parish council also consulted

updating the Village Wish List. Residents’ top Wishes were for an improved bus service and for a traffic speed indicator device and other traffic-calming measures. Many thanks are due to our county councillor, Clair Bell, who has 33 721757, clerk@aldprovided the funding for a speed indicator from her member’s allowance. Feedback from the parish council’s recent exhibition on Neighbourhood Plans and Village Confines exercises indicated that there was little appetite among residents to produce either.

Bonnington Annual Parish Meeting 7.30pm, Tues 8 May 2018, under the Law Oak, The Green, Bonnington Parish Council Contact: Peter Setterfield, Clerk, 01233 721757 clerk@ald-bonnpc.kentparishes.gov.uk www.ald-bonnpc.kentparishes.gov.uk

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Home & Interiors Make The Most Of A Small Bathroom feel light and airy. Add texture to avoid an overly clinical feel – think timber shelving, wicker baskets, waffle towels and linen blinds, for example.

Even a tiny bathroom can function brilliantly and look gorgeous. Our top ten tricks of the trade will help you make the most of your space. After all, size isn’t everything. The perfect bathroom – whether it’s a shared family affair or an en suite shower and WC – is a great blend of comfort, good looks and functional efficiency. The good news is that all these can be achieved even in a small space and, with some clever thinking, it is even possible to trick the eye into thinking that the room is actually larger than it really is. 1 Choose subtle colours Maintaining a pale, neutral colour palette will automatically open up a small bathroom, giving it a clean, sophisticated, contemporary feel. If you can’t live without colour, watery blues and greens have a cool, clear quality that help the room

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2 Fit excellent storage Nothing makes a room feel small as much as too much clutter. The simple answer is to minimise what you keep in your bathroom and then find clever spaces to store it. Cupboards do take up valuable floor space but, because cleaning products and toiletries are pretty small, slimline storage will suffice. If renovating, you can build false walls to conceal pipework and set cupboards or niches within them; otherwise, look for anywhere that storage could be added, from above the door to below the basin, even behind the bath panel or a rack inside the shower. 3 Make the most of natural light Enhance the space by getting the most light possible through the windows – make sure nothing on the sills is blocking it, and that window treatments do not cover any part of the glass. Then bounce the light around the room by using mirrors and glossy tiles.

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4 Select fittings wisely There are plenty of bathroom fittings on the market designed for small bathrooms that don’t compromise on looks or function, including shortprojection WCs, shower-baths, thin-but-tall towel rails and ultra-slim basins. For awkward spaces, look for corner showers, basins and even WCs. Wall or mixer taps create room on a small basin, and check that it has space for soap – you might need to add a wall-mounted dispenser. 5 Raise it off the floor Even without using smallerthan-average or ingeniously shaped fittings, it is possible to make a bathroom appear more spacious than it really is by installing wall-mounted pieces. Not only do they look modern and sophisticated, but they also show off the floor space beneath, and the more floor you can see, the bigger the room appears. 6 Lighting is vital Try to create a suitably bright and breezy bathroom lighting scheme that meets all your requirements, from putting on make-up to reading in the bath. Avoid lights that dangle or protrude too much, as they will interrupt the impression of smooth-flowing space; instead, choose recessed spotlights, or neat directional lights mounted on a slender track. As a hidden light source you could fit LED


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strips beneath wall units, with a baffle board in front to avoid glare, and don’t forget an illuminated mirror. Bear in mind that fittings will need to be IP-rated for safety (ask advice from your electrician). 7 Two-in-one is best Never have two pieces of furniture when you can have just one – multifunction is the way to go. Choose towel radiators, storage seats, mirrored cabinets and basins with cupboards beneath, for example. 8 Consider underfloor heating Getting rid of your radiator can potentially free up a valuable amount of floor space and, if you are renovating your bathroom, installing underfloor heating is relatively easy and inexpensive, using either loose wiring or mats. 9 Employ visual tricks It may seem counter-intuitive, but large-format tiles (wall or floor) can work better in compact bathrooms than smaller tiles, which may appear fussy. With fewer grout lines, large tiles look sleek and are also easier to maintain. 10 Assess your window options Curtains in a bathroom make a pleasant change to the hard surfaces elsewhere, but in a small room it is best to avoid anything too flouncy. Floaty sheers in simple gathers are better than dark, heavy fabrics – a flat panel of muslin threaded onto a pole or wire across the bottom half of the window could work well. Alternatively, try a neat Roman or roller blind, waterproof louvre shutters or simple frosted glass.

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around the beautiful gardens finishing with tea and cake. Cost for this evening is £8. We will meet in the Biddenden Post Office car park at 6pm for our usual car share. If you would like our events calendar for 2018 contact Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 or visit the website www.biddendenhorticulturalsociety.co.uk Our usual fees for Village Hall meetings are Members £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome. 25th Woodchurch Art Society will be holding their Annual Art Exhibition at the Woodchurch Memorial Hall. 25th May 7pm-9pm, 26th & 27th May 10am 4pm. Over 200 painting on display, raffle, tombola, watercolour challenge, cards and paintings for sale. Delicious home made cakes and refreshments. Everyone welcome, free entry! 26th Biddenden Flower Festival “Camera, Lights, Action” will be at the All Saints Church Biddenden TN27 8AH from Sat 26th May till Mon 28th May 10am - 4pm daily. Free admission, refreshments, music, plant stall. Church Tower open daily & beautiful floral displays. Contact 01580291463. 26th Tenterden & District Horticultural Society’s Charity Plant Sale from 10am to 4pm at Tesco forecourt, Tenterden. All proceed will go to two local charities: The Tenterden Social Hub (Day Centre) and Tenterden Counselling Service.

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Sweet Recipe Chocolate Fondant Puddings Don’t overcook these divine chocolate puds or the centres will set and you’ll lose the gooey molten middle. You can prepare them a couple of hours in advance and bake them just before serving.

Ingredients: • 175g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing • 175g caster sugar • 175g good quality plain chocolate, broken into pieces • 3 large eggs • 50g plain flour • Cocoa powder and icing sugar, to dust • Whipped cream and strawberries, to serve

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1. Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas mark 5. Lightly butter four 300ml capacity ramekin dishes (see Tip) and sprinkle with a little of the caster sugar.

2. Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes.

3. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and remaining caster sugar together for 5 minutes until very thick, pale and creamy, then whisk in the chocolate mixture. Sift over the flour and gently fold in using a metal spoon.

4. Divide the mixture between the four dishes. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the puddings have risen and are just set on the outside – the tops should still wobble when pressed lightly. Run a knife around the edge of the puddings and turn out onto plates. Dust with cocoa powder and icing sugar and serve immediately with whipped cream and strawberries.


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Place the pork steaks between two sheets of cling film or greaseproof paper and bash with a rolling pin until very thin.

• 4 thin-cut pork loin steaks • 175g ricotta cheese

In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with the chopped basil and lemon zest and season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

• 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture at the base of each piece of pork then carefully roll up to enclose the stuffing and secure each with a wooden cocktail stick.

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the pork rolls for 4-5 minutes, turning once until browned all over. Pour in the stock and sherry or apple juice and simmer for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Remove the pork rolls and keep warm. Add the green beans to the frying pan and cook for 5-6 minutes until just tender.

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Going Green as a Family by Kate Duggan kateduggan.co.uk

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Aldington Ladies Gentle Exercise Club Wednesday afternoon 2-4.30pm at Aldington Village Hall. Fee £4 per session . Wear comfy clothes and non-slip socks if possible. Contact Anne Warrener 01303 812703. looking forward to seeing you! Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Aldington Village Hall at 7.45 pm for 8.00. We have a varied programme of talks, shows and social events. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details please contact Jean Evans on 01233 720618 or colin.e123@btinternet.com Aldington Corner Quilters is a long established group of friendly ladies meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Aldington Village Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. We have a mix of beginners and experienced ladies who share their latest projects and ideas. We always welcome new members so if you are interested come along one evening and meet us. For more details contact Julie Coney - quirkyjules@gmail.com or 01303 813944 (eve). Aldington Tennis Club We are a social / family Tennis Club encouraging all ages and abilities to play. Flood lights and coaching enable us to play all year with our members from around the local villages. All the information is listed on our web site www.aldingtontennisclub.co.uk Aldington WI on 3rd Mon every month. All ladies welcome, 7 for 7.30 at The Walnut Tree, Aldington. Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at Sellindge for flying seven days a week, and fly indoors in Ashford Market on various Thursday evenings during the Autumn, Winter, & Spring, please visit www.araclub. co.uk for more details, or phone Iain on 07956501510, or myself (Roger) 01233 627694. Ashford Decorative & Fine Arts Society (part of NADFAS). A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, with inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the countries top experts, together with days of special interest and arts visits. All lectures are in Aldington Village Hall, usually on the third Tuesday of each month, from September to June. Membership is open to all. www.ashforddfas.org.uk The Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion meet every first Tuesday in the month at the Brabourne Baptist Church at 7.30 pm. New Members area always welcome, please contact George Taylor 01303 812165 or Ron Cooper 01303 813330 Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society We meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. (No meeting in December) New members and visitors will be made very welcome. For further info call Wendy Sanders 01303 813451 brabournewendy@gmail.com. East Kent Morris Men Do you like dancing, beer, socialising, music, having fun? Why not try Morris

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Dancing? We are recruiting for new members. Weekly Wednesday dance practices at Mersham Village Hall, 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite! No experience required. Why not give it a try? Details from www.ekmm.org.uk or 01795 536 262 Quilting Group held in the Oak Room, Smeeth TN25 6SA. If you are interested in quilting or patchwork why not come along and learn new skills and share your expertise with like minded people. Beginners and advanced levels are welcome. Bi-monthly meetings, for further information contact Marion on 01233 750319 Sellindge Gardening Association With effect from Jan ‘18 meetings will take place on Friday afternoon. The change will begin 19th Jan 1.45pm for 2pm. Our programme includes speakers, a summer show, social events, day trips and an annual holiday. For further details contact Linda on 01303 813288. Sellindge Table Top Sale the 1st Saturday of each month in the village hall Sellindge. Tables booked in advance are £5. 00 Each and on the day (If available) £8. 00. Telephone for more information 01303 813475. Refreshments are available and home made cakes. Smeeth W.I. We meet on the second Monday of the Month at 7.30 pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further information do contact Joy Taylor 01303 813932 or Margaret Garret 01303 813932. Stanford & Postling WI meet in the committee room at the rear of Lympne Village Hall on the 3rd monday of every month. we are a small but friendly group who would love to wlecome new members. For any further information please contact Elaine on 01303 863096 or Iona on 01303 238390. The Get Together Club meet second Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall, Sellindge from 2pm to 4pm. new members welcome. Lympne Short Mat Bowling Club meets every Mon & Thurs 7 00 pm to 9 30 pm September to May in Lympne Village Hall. It is a small, friendly, sociable club. Do come along and try your hand at an enjoyable, skilful game. Do come along you will be made most welcome. For further details call Joyce Groom - Match Secretary on 01303 230983/0750 652 5971 trevor_groom@sky.com Sellindge Linedancing Club We are your local line dance club. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Are you interested in joining us? You don’t need a partner to line dance! We are starting a NEW BEGINNERS CLASS on 5th September 6.00pm until 7.00pm Entry fee is only £2.50. If you need to know more or even to reserve your place, please ring Maureen for further details. 07989 210449 Ashford Model Railway Club - We meet on Wednesday evenings at the barn café at Willesborough Windmill. between 7.00pm and 9.00pm, and the club would welcome new members. Club members are currently building a model of Rye in 00 gauge in the SR period. Contact John White on 01233 733416 for more details.

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Plain Road, Brabourne Lees, Kent TN25 6QN Enquiries; Geoff Thorpe; 01303 813152 or Babs Ruck; 01303 813743 Sunday Services: There is a regular service at 10.30am every week. Morning Worship is followed by free refreshments in the side hall. Messy Church: Saturday May 5th from 3pm – 5pm. Families of all ages are very welcome to come and join in the fun and enjoy craft, a Christian message and a light meal. The theme this time is Noah and his Ark. Bring your friends! We’d love to see you there! Donations appreciated! Please contact Margaret Austen 01303 812555 for more details Art Club: We will meet on Tuesday 8th May from 10am – 12md. New members always welcome. Please phone Mike 01303 812484 for more details MP’S Surgery: Our MP Damian Collins, will be holding his monthly surgery from 3.45pm to 4.30pm on Friday May 18th If you have any questions, complaints or comments, please book an appointment by e-mailing your name, post code, subject and message to: shepwayconservatives@btconnect.com or telephone 01303 253 524 Meeting Point; Thursday May 24th at 12md. Please call Cathy for further information 01303 814132 Café Wednesday The Café is open every Wednesday from 10- 11.30am. Drop in for coffee, biscuits, company and a good natter. Choice of books available. Everybody welcome First Wednesday of the month: A free clinic is held on behalf of Hi-Kent, to service and provide batteries for hearing aids. Men’s Breakfast; Saturday May 12th at 8.15am. Guest speaker; Mr Simon Pincheeck from Christian Mission for Men. ‘From Copper to Robber to Christian’. Please call Mike 01303 812484 for more information Bicentenary; October 13th & 14th 2018 Were you married in the church? Were you Baptised? Have you any memories that you’d like to share? Did you go on any Annual trips to Dymchurch!!

How about all those children who came along to Club Sunday or Youth Groups/Holiday Clubs over the last few years? Would you like to share your memories? Have you any photos? Please contact Val 01303 813152 if you can help. Food Bank; We collect non-perishable food for the Ashford Food Bank. If anybody would like to contribute, please leave goods at the church during any Sunday service or event/meeting; ie The Ark, Meeting Point, Cafe Wednesday, Ladies Coffee Morning, Art Club, MPs Surgery or contact a member of the church. Church Bookings If you wish to book the church hall for a meeting or function, please phone Geoff Thorpe 01303 813152

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Deaf Awareness Week, 14th to 20th May

According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL), in the UK 11 million of us (that’s 1 in 6) have hearing loss. That’s why Deaf Awareness Week, organised by the UK Council on Deafness, is so vital. Hearing loss can cause employment issues, social withdrawal, loneliness and depression, and it increases dementia risk by up to five times. Unfortunately, on average, people wait 10 years before seeking help for hearing loss and only 40% of people who need hearing aids have them. Yet today, hearing aids are much smaller and more discreet, and are free on the NHS. Wearing one can reduce that increased dementia risk and tinnitus, which can cause depression. We need to ensure that we seek help (and urge others to) when hearing problems occur, and do everything we can to make life easier for those with hearing loss. Make Life Easier for People with Hearing Loss Hearing aids are great, but don’t recreate perfect hearing, so whether your listener has a hearing aid or not: • Ask them how they prefer to communicate Lip reading, a sign language such as British Sign Language (BSL) or a mixture of both? • Reduce background noise and

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consider acoustics Background noise (TVs, kettles, white goods, low-level chatter) makes hearing more difficult for those with and without hearing aids and cochlear implants (both of which can amplify background noise), so reduce it where possible. 90% of respondents to an AOHL survey said background noise was their biggest problem when eating out. Choose meeting venues or restaurants with soft floor coverings, in quiet locations. • Make sure they know you’re talking to them Get their attention first by making eye contact, waving, or touching them on the shoulder (from the front or side). Again, you could ask which they prefer. • Make lip reading easier for them Whatever other strategies they use, lip reading can assist people with hearing problems. Make it easier for them by: > Facing them when you’re talking. > Avoiding covering your mouth or chewing. > Speaking clearly but naturally at a normal pace and volume. Overexaggerating your mouth movements hinders rather than helps. > Avoiding standing somewhere that’s shadowy or overly-bright. • Use body language, pictures and subtitles Gestures and pointing can help. Even if you don’t know any signs, you can gesture to indicate directions and intentions, e.g. miming drinking

and raising an eyebrow to ask if they want a drink. If you’re giving a talk, diagrams, pictures and video (with subtitles) can all help to explain and elaborate what you’re saying. Visual stimulus helps to attract attention and aid learning whether we’re hard of hearing or not. • Be considerate in a group situation Try to get out of those bad habits of interrupting and talking over each other. Take turns talking and raise a hand to indicate you’re about to speak. Finally: Have patience. However frustrating it is to be unable to make yourself heard or understood by someone hard of hearing, it’s many times more frustrating for them to be unable to hear or understand you – so be patient. Find other ways to communicate, even if that means writing it down (or tapping it out on your phone). Whatever you do, don’t give up. Useful Links: Action on Hearing Loss: www. actiononhearingloss.org.uk UK Council on Deafness: deafcouncil.org.uk. A useful list of member organisations: deafcouncil.org.uk/about-us/ member-organisations National Deaf Children’s Society: www.ndcs.org.uk Ear Foundation: www. earfoundation.org.uk


Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust Health Services at Home Pressures on the NHS are ever increasing. Every winter we see a crisis in our hospitals especially in the A and E departments. Local surgeries are also under pressure and all of this extra work has to be done within an environment of no increase in funds. It is therefore not surprising that the NHS is investigating new ways of tackling these problems. There are a number of initiatives and one is an increased emphasis on care provided at home. The Community Trust has services to meet the needs of patients requiring such care and one very important one is the multidisciplinary Community Nursing Team. The Trust’s Community Nursing team of professionals includes community nurses, community matrons, specialist nurses, healthcare assistants and therapy assistants. So, what do they do? In short, they provide care in patients’ homes and also in residential homes which is aimed at getting the patient well without the need for hospitalisation or also to aid recovery at home following a period of acute care in hospital. The most common procedures include the administration of medicine, taking blood samples, changing dressings, providing therapeutic support to aid recovery and end of life care. In order to have maximum effect the Trust works closely with Kent County Council’s Social Services Department as well as other service providers to give round the clock care when needed. The Community Nursing Teams have occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists all working towards improving the patients’ health in order to allow maximum possible independence. This work can include adaptations to the home and the

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Curl up with a book Make the most of the longer evenings by curling up with one of this month’s top reads.

Only Child – Rhiannon Navin Seven year old Zach Taylor’s world changes forever when his brother is killed in a mass shooting. As his parents struggle to cope with their grief, Zach finds his own ways of dealing with his loss. A beautiful story that is as much about forgiveness and family as it is about loss. We can’t guarantee you won’t cry, but you certainly won’t forget Only Child in a hurry. The Sealwoman’s Gift – Sally Magnusson Historical fiction at its finest, The Sealwoman’s Gift is based on the true story of Ásta and her family, who were kidnapped by pirates in Iceland in 1627. Along with hundreds of other Europeans, Ásta was shipped across the globe and sold into slavery in Algiers. In this fictionalised account, Magnusson imagines how Ásta, a pastor’s wife, would have coped in a culture that was completely alien to her. In the end, Ásta has to choose between her freedom and the only child who hasn’t yet been ripped away from her. Save this book for a long train journey, because you won’t want to put it down.

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The End of Loneliness – Benedict Wells Jules is sent to boarding school with his siblings following the death of his parents. As his brother and sister drift away, Jules finds solace in a classmate, Alva. Spanning 40 years of loneliness, disconnection and disjointed memories, this novel touches on many themes, from dementia to grief, via hope, love and friendship. Quietly brilliant, The End of Loneliness was awarded the European Prize for Literature in 2016 and has recently been translated from German to English. The Witchfinder’s Sister – Beth Underdown Alice Hopkins finds herself caught up in her brother Matthew’s war against witches in 17th century England. How far will she go to draw suspicion away from herself and those she loves? When a birthmark can be seen as evidence of witchcraft, no one is safe. Tense, atmospheric and chilling in its reimagining of historical events, The Witchfinder’s Sister makes for a gripping read.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie meets Quantum Leap in this tightly plotted debut novel. A man wakes up in the forest with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He soon finds out that he needs to solve a murder, and will keep reliving the day over and over again until he does so. Very clever, highly original and a real page turner to boot, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle deserves to rocket up the bestseller charts. The Radleys – Matt Haig Rowan Radley has no idea why he feels so lethargic all the time, is sensitive to light and suffers from insomnia. Until, that is, his sister kills a would-be attacker and Rowan’s parents reveal that the whole family are vampires. A witty, easy read from the bestselling author of The Humans and How To Stop Time, The Radleys is less gothic horror and more a gentle poke at middle-class life and the pressure put on people to conform. Not a recent release this one, but worth a mention nonetheless.


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Parish Councils: Aldington & Bonnington 01233 721757 E: clerk@ald-bonnpc.kentparishes.gov.uk www.ald-bonnpc.kentparishes.gov.uk Brabourne & Smeeth 01233 623902 Mersham & Sevington 01233 750415 Sellindge 01303 813 271 Ashford Borough Council 01233 331111 W: www.ashford.gov.uk Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 247 Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 Brabourne and Smeeth Community Warden: Graham Kingston 07813 712805 Ashford Volunteer Centre 01233 665 535 Age UK Ashford 01233 668 765 www.ageuk.org/ashford ageukashford.org@gmail.com Ashford Counselling Service 01233 610083 info@ashfordcounselling.org.uk www.kentcounselling.co.uk CARM E: office@carmromneymarsh.org.uk W: www.carmromneymarsh.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support W: www.forget-me-nots.co.uk Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad 01233 623520 St. John Ambulance Brigade 01233 611414 East Kent Strokes 01233 840448 www.eastkentstrokes.org SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767326138 email: mssoutheast@gmail.com Royal British Legion CPRE Kent

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