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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 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 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.
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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.
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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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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 Sept to June. Membership is open to all. See www.ashforddfas.org.uk
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Hamstreet Baby & Toddler Group meet every Wednesday (term time only) in the Victory Hall from 9.30-11.30pm Call Hannah 01233 733863 for more. Hamstreet Craft Workshop, Victory Hall, Hamstreet These are intended to be on the 1st Thursday of every month. Knitting, crochet, sewing, furniture painting
Hamstreet Luncheon Club Alternate Wednesdays in the Dukes Head, Hamstreet at noon. If you wish to join the club phone Jennie on 01233 732766, Alison 733514 or Rosemary 732644.
Hamstreet Sports & Leisure Assoc The ground floor can be hired for sports changing which consists of male and female changing, Showers and disabled wet room. Along with the field and the multi use courts,we also have the top floor of the pavilion which consist of 2 rooms an office and a Lounge / Bar, we hire this out for small functions of 60 people, the building has disabled access and to the first floor we have a wheel chair lift. The pavilion also has a small fitted kitchen. Hamstreet Victory Hall, Craft Classes are held on the 1st Thursday of the month between 2pm& 4pm. We paint furniture, crochet, knit, sew etc, and enjoy a chat and a cuppa. We are a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. Contact Ann on 07989 586575 for more information.
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The Ashford South Kumon Study Centre has moved to the Singleton Environment Centre Your local Ashford South Kumon Study Centre has moved ! It offers the unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes to local children of all ages and abilities. With almost 60 years of experience, the Kumon Method of Learning pursues the potential of each individual child by developing confident, independent learners. Through studying the Kumon Maths and English Programmes, children are able to reach an advanced level of study, often far beyond their school curriculum. Rather than being taught in the conventional sense, students work out how to complete new work they face by themselves. They develop the ability to learn for themselves so they do not have to rely on the knowledge of others. Liz Spencer, the Instructor at the Kumon Ashford South Study Centre, is delighted to have the opportunity to share the Kumon Method of Learning with her local community, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Liz says: “I am delighted to now have a permanent space here for our Kumon Centre. This means that I can be open for longer and hold meetings and events to support local students and families” Kumon believes that learning is always for the long run. If you want your child to be best prepared to succeed both at school and beyond, daily Kumon study can make all the difference. Every child is different, and so their programme of study should be too. Kumon’s individualised programmes enable students to progress at their own pace, so they are best able to realise their full potential and achieve success. 30
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Please contact Liz Spencer on 07710 238551 Clubs & Societies Continued... High Halden Craft Group - Meets every Monday
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High Halden Short Mat Bowls Club We play every Friday 7.30 - 10.00pm. in the village hall. New members are welcome so do come and give it a try. or ring 01233 850395 for more.
High Halden Young at Heart Club meets 1st Wed each month in The Memorial Hall at 2pm. Please contact George Burford 01233 850427.
High Halden Horticultural Society The society runs a variety of events thoughout the year including spring, summer and autumn shows, quiz, speakers and outings. New members welcome, please contact 01233 850127 for more information. Shadoxhurst Flower Arrangers are a small, friendly club who meet at 7.30pm in Shadoxhurst Village Hall on the first Wed of every month except January. No experience of flower arranging needed to join, just an interest in seeing blooms displayed advantageously. Demonstrators visit most months but members also
enjoy trips & meals out. If you would like to get to know us, please call the secretary on 01233 732212.
Tenterden Camera Club - A chance for members and guests to meet socially and discuss photography, exchange ideas, tips and problems. We have an informal “Snap Chat” meeting at 7.30pm in the William Caxton on Tenterden High St, first Monday of the month to discuss photographic issues. There is no charge and all are welcome. We also meet fortnightly (2nd Thurs and 4th Wed each month) in the upstairs meeting room at the Zion Baptist Church, Bridewell Lane, Tenterden. Every month we have a fun project or theme for members to capture, complimented by the occasional local outings. Most months we have a speaker and at the end of the month (4th Wednesday) we have a social club evening where we look at the pictures and others with a cup of tea and biscuits. New members and guests very welcome. Full details on our web site: www.TenterdenCameraClub.co.uk
Warehorne Folk Dance Club - Traditional English/
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A Yoga Spring Clean
We have emerged from this dark and particularly cold winter, and glimmers of sunshine are starting to break through the clouds. Winter is a time often associated with over indulgence and inactivity, which can lead to a sluggish start to Spring. But never fear, it’s never too late for a Spring clean! As we approach the middle of Spring the days are getting ever longer and sunshine helps to boost energy levels and encourage a reconnection with nature. Through yoga practice we can cleanse the body and mind, through amongst other things, physical postures known as asana, breathing techniques and pranayama, meditation and cleansing techniques, known as the shatkarmas.
Move Twisting asana stimulate circulation and have a cleansing effect on the organs and associated glands. By “wringing-out” the internal organs, we can cleanse them of metabolic by-products and toxins and renew them with fresh, oxygenated blood as we untwist. This can aid digestion and cleanse the cells as well as keep the spinal muscles supple, reduce back pain and open the chest and shoulders to reduce
stress. (If you have any kind of spinal ailment or issues with blood pressure you must consult your GP before undertaking a yoga practice).
Breathe The breath is such a powerful tool and can bring about great transformation! And I speak from experience - after taking antidepressants for almost a decade it was my daily practice of pranayama that had the most effect and I am now able to use my yoga practice as my medication (I should note you should always get advice and guidance from your GP before deciding to come off any medication). Any strong pranayama should be practiced under the guidance of a reputable yoga teacher but if you would like to try a basic breathing practice at home try simple ratio breathing. For an energising practice, inhale for a count of six, exhale for a count of four. To stimulate your relaxation response inhale for a count of four and exhale for a count of six. Practicing as little as 5 minutes a day can have a real affect!
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One of the six shatkarma’s is known as trataka, or yogic gazing. The practice of fixing the gaze on an object, traditionally a candle flame, without blinking until the eyes start watering. The eyes are therefore cleansed of impurities through the tears. Trataka is also thought to improve concentration, mental “The seeds of today become the flowers of health and induce relaxation. Candle gazing is tomorrow. All that we have for tomorrow comes not recommended for those who experience from what we do today.” - Anon epilepsy or migraines, instead the gaze could First class Free! be fixed on to a simple object or shape such Tuesdays, High Halden as a pebble. 18:00- Mixed Ability Hatha
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