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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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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
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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…
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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provision of suitable equipment. Individual exercise programmes are devised to help patients with their mobility. Advice and help is given on diets, appetite, swallowing and weight changes. The Community Nursing team is also available out of hours and can give nursing care in the community between the hours of 5pm and 8am. In order to access any of these services or to get further details consult your local GP. For any other information, or for any other questions, please contact me at Governor Support Office, by email at kcht.governors@ nhs.net or write to the Oast, Unit D, Hermitage Court, Hermitage Lane, Barming, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT. John Fletcher Public Governor for Ashford, Community Health Foundation Trust 31
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Say hello to your summer beauty essentials, from the perfect tinted moisturiser to your new favourite lip balm. While most of us are pretty good at slapping on the sun cream these days, it’s all too easy to forget about protecting our hair. Sun damage can make hair frizzy, dry and hard to manage, as Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley, explains, “UV rays act on hair in a similar way to bleach; they degrade its protein structure, leaving strands weaker and more vulnerable to breakage and further damage.” Philip Kingsley’s Sun Shield, £22, can help to keep your hair healthier. As well as offering sun protection, this lightweight spray also helps to prevent damage caused by chlorine and salt water. And, as an extra bonus, it reduces colour fade, and smooths and conditions to boot. See www.philipkingsley.co.uk. Skin does a pretty good job of renewing cells but a helping hand is always appreciated. Green People’s Age Defy+ Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator, £22 from www.greenpeople. co.uk, uses pineapple 32
extract and finely ground bamboo stems to gently remove old, dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. The exfoliating cream also includes bentonite clay to unblock your pores. In all, there are a whopping 24 beautyenhancing active ingredients, including orange peel oil and extracts of rosemary leaf and hibiscus flower. Use it two to three times a week for softer, smoother skin that looks and feels healthier. If you’re looking for a new tinted lip balm, Bobbi Brown’s Extra Lip Tint (www. bobbibrown.co.uk) should be on your wish list. It’s super nourishing and works wonders on dry, chapped lips. There are four shades to choose from, all of which work to accentuate your own natural lip colour. So Bare Pink, for example, gives your lips a flushed glow, while Bare Popsicle adds a hint of deeper red. Think moisturising lip balm combined with a lightweight gloss. At £25.50, this is certainly not a budget buy, but it does feel like a real treat so is well worth splurging on. It
can feel like there’s a new super-ingredient being touted in the beauty world every week. However, sometimes the
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Clubs & Societies
The Royal Air Forces Association meet on the 2nd Thursday each month at 7.30pm in Wye Village Hall. After a short business meeting we usually have a speaker followed by refreshments. Connection to the RAF is not necessary. We would be pleased to meet new members. Parking is not a problem. Contact: rita. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wye Historical Society – meets monthly from October to April in the Lady Joanna Thornhill School at 7.30pm. Subscriptions £10 per year; visitors welcome at £2 per meeting - no need to book. For more information see www.wyehistoricalsociety.org.uk.
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 information contact Julie Coney - quirkyjules@gmail. com or call 01303 813944 (eve).
Aldington WI on 3rd Mon every month. All ladies welcome, 7 for 7.30 at The Walnut Tree, Aldington.
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The Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion meet every Second 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
East Kent Morris Men Do you like dancing, beer,
socialising, music, having fun? Why not try Morris 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
Enjoy Learning offers enjoyable adult classes in NEW
ROMNEY, DYMCHURCH and HYTHE. We teach ART APPRECIATION & SPANISH CLASSES. The Spanish Classes are not for complete beginners, but if you have done a bit of Spanish in the past and would like to brush up your skills, the classes might be suitable. Cost £5 per week. For further details contact ANDREW and DEBBY on 01303 875542
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 information
Quilting Group held in the Oak Room, Smeeth TN25
Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at
Sellindge Gardening Association meet on the 3rd
Ashford Soroptimists First Tues of the month, 7.15pm,
Sellindge Table Top Sale the 1st Saturday of each
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.
except August, in the Dog House Evegate. We are part of a global organisation whose aims are to improve the lives and status of women and girls through education. In addition we also have fun, with a programme of social activities. If you think you may be interested in joining us do please give us a call. Contact Sue Wood 01233 623902
Bilsington Ladies meet in Bilsington Village Hall 2nd
Thursday of the month at 2.15pm. Interesting speakers and a warm welcome awaits. Call Jan on 01233 641820.
Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society We meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. New members and visitors will be made very welcome. For further info call Wendy
Sanders 01303 813451 or email brabournewendy@ gmail.com.
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 Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall Sellindge (next to the main hall) at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Our programme includes speakers, a summer show, social events, day trips and an annual holiday. For further details contact Linda on 01303 813288.
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 812165”
Stanford & Postling WI meet in the comittee 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 futher information please contact Elaine on 01303 863096 or Iona on 01303 238390.
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