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Independent estate agent Andrew Neal has realised a longheld dream by opening a new branch of his successful business in Charing, which he believes is “one of the nicest villages in the county”. Andrew played football for Charing FC for a few years and has long had a particular affection for the village. After establishing estate agencies in Ashford and New Romney, Andrew was looking at various other small towns in the area with a view to expanding his operation, but kept coming back to Charing. “I looked at several places but this is a village that I have always been fond of and I just wanted to be part of it,” he explained. “I still play football at the Heath virtually every Sunday and I love Charing’s close-knit community feel.

I want to contribute to the village and be part of it, and bringing my business here was one way I felt I could do that.” He added: “I was aware that there are already two very good estate agents here in Charing but there are many villages around and about and lots of opportunities”. “I will also be highlighting the advantages of Charing to my Ashford and New Romney clients, which could increase business for us all. I hope that my business will complement the existing agencies to the benefit of those who are looking to buy or sell in the area.” Andrew & Co will be focusing on properties across a wide area, including Westwell, Hothfield, Charing Heath, Pluckley, Challock, Little Chart, Smarden and Lenham Heath and handles lettings as well as sales. “I really am looking forward to working in Charing again,” said Andrew. “I spent a short time working in an agency locally a few years ago and I know what a charming and friendly place it is.” Pluckley Salon



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Ground Cover Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about groundcover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? by Pippa Greenwood


The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, some food and water in drier weather. It has a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the groundcover planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. Make sure you invest a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have loosened the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once growing well the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the meantime,

use landscape fabric pinned down onto the surface of the slope. Don’t be tempted to cram the plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely to become stressed and miserable, more prone to disease and will need thinning out. Make sure the plants are kept just moist at the roots until they’re well established and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of plants which are recommended for use as groundcover you’ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning. So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting makes a wonderful groundcover planting and if you wish you can add a few more flamboyant flowering plants to the mixture too. By using plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your leafy planting will look even better. If you want a reasonable effect all year around, then select at least some of the plants you use from the evergreens. These may lose their leaves, but they do so gradually so you’ll never be left with totally bare soil. Great Shrubby Groundcover Ideas Heaths and Heathers, Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster microphyllus, Stephandra incise ‘Crispa’, groundcover roses eg the

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Textures For Interiors The way a space feels is just as important as the way it looks. Interiors expert Katherine Sorrell reveals how an imaginative use of different surfaces can make an impact in your home. By Katherine Sorrell


Colours and patterns may be the first things you notice when you walk into a room, but spend any time in it and the textures become increasingly important. From the polish of smooth ceramic to the soft give of cashmere, the nubbly weave of wicker to the homely warmth of felted wool, not only is the right surface in the right area a functional necessity, but an appreciation of texture also enables us to relate to our surroundings in a direct and sensual way, making us feel comfortably and securely at home. Textures, in short, bring a room to life and make a house a home. Underpinning every design scheme, textures relate to just about every aspect of a room, from size and lighting to colour schemes and style. Consider this aspect of room design as layering one texture with another (floor, walls, upholstery and window treatments are the basics),

then adding touches of one or two more (cushions, lamps, vases, rugs and so on). At first the concept may sound challenging, but it will soon come entirely naturally. Start with key areas – upholstery or loose covers in a fabric that’s neither so shiny and slippery that you slide off it the moment you sit down, nor so rough that it’s uncomfortable and snags instantly. Curtains that draw easily, worktops that are tough and durable, floorboards that can be cleaned easily. A ‘quiet’, fairly smooth texture is likely to be the backbone of most schemes, but the interest is all in how it is combined and contrasted with other elements. If you wanted to bring out the cosiness of a small bedroom, say, you could combine a fluffy rug, matt-painted walls, velvet curtains and chintzy quilts. Or, to emphasise a bright and airy living room, the main features might be varnished

floorboards, glossy white woodwork, sheer curtains and glass or chrome lamp bases. The aim is to achieve pleasing contrasts rather than clashes, so avoid too many unusual, eye-catching textures in one space – think trims and accents such as a woollen throw with an edging of silk satin, or a plain cotton sofa piled with embroidered and appliquéd cushions, for example. Texture has an important part to play in the overall style of a room. Modern rooms tend to feature harder, shinier surfaces, whereas a vintage or ethnic look is more rustic and varied in texture. You only have to think of the contrast between a contemporary room that features lots of stainless steel, chrome and mirror, with a more nostalgic room that contains quilts, knitting, embroidery and lace, to understand how important texture is in setting a scene.

the home Using understated colour schemes and simple patterns allows textures to speak for themselves. This is where a palette of neutrals comes to the fore – just think of the beautiful, natural hues of sisal, shell, stone or wicker. A dash of brightness may add a focal point, but the subtlety is in the surfaces themselves. The contrasting finishes of different types of paint can add to your textural scheme, from ultramatt emulsion to the shiniest gloss – even if they are all exactly the same shade. Lastly, remember that good lighting shows off textures to their best advantage. Try to pick out interesting features and highlight them

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Melt the butter in a saucepan then stir in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon to make a smooth paste. Cook over a low heat for 1 minute. Gradually whisk the milk a little at a time. Once all the milk has been added, cook over a low heat for a further 2-3 minutes, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth and thick sauce. Remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks, parsley and two-thirds of the Cheddar and Stilton. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Butter four large ramekin dishes and line the bases with circles of baking parchment. Place the egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl and whisk until stiff. Beat one spoonful of the egg whites into the cheese sauce to loosen it slightly then gently fold the sauce into the remaining egg whites. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared dishes.


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what’s on Events November Sat 2nd Nov Harolds Film Show Church Barn 2pm for 2.30 start, 7pm for 7.30 start. Adults £6 Children under 11 £3. Includes glass of wine soft drinks and nibbles. Tickets from Charing Stores, Alan Hogbarn, Butchers, at the door. All proceeds to Charing Parish Church. Raffle, any raffles prizes most welcome. Conrtact Harold Trill 01233 712687,

ASHFORD MUSIC SOCIETY MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2013 ALISON TEALE (oboe/cor anglais) ELIZABETH BURLEY (piano) Alison Teale is the principal Cor Anglais player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Venue: The Norton Knatchbull School, Hythe Road, Ashford, TN24 0QJ Time: 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £12 (Adults) and £3 (Students) Contact: Brenda McCormack on 01233 622971 or Hilary Pittock on 01233 623700. Sat 16th November Pilgrims Hospice . Forthcoming Events: Now collecting – unloved gifts .… ‘Gift it Again! Christmas Fair – New Venue Norton Knatchbull School. See for more details


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CHARING GUILD OF PLAYERS Present “ARE YOU BEING SERVED” Following the success of ‘Allo Allo’ we are opening this season with a dramatisation of another popular TV series ‘Are You Being Served’. Hopefully you will all be free to come and be entertained by Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe and all the wonderful Grace Brothers characters when they take to the stage in November. Performance dates November 14, 15th 16th and 21st, 22nd and 23rd. 7.30pm at the Charing Barn. Tickets are £8, concessions for students. From Monday 28th October the tickets will only be available from The Charing Stores at tNo 2 The High Street. The store is open Monday- Saturday 9.00am until 6.00pm and the phone number during these hours is 01233 712325. From 28th October you will also be able to book online. Simply go to www. and click on ‘book here’. Do spend time browsing the website if you can – it is a mine of information. Hoping to see you and your family and friends at the barn in November.

The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet on Wednesday 20th November in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8 pm. There will be the AGM, followed by the topic:- “Setting up and trouble shooting with an internet connection”. Annual membership is £10 plus £2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome (£3, but first visit is free) Full details: http://


20th - 30th November daily, Ashford (Kent) Art

Society Autumn Exhibition and Sale of Work. 10 - 4 (except Sunday) at St Mary’s Parish Church, Ashford. All welcome to browse and enjoy the varied works. Free admission. Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd November 2013 12 noon to 9pm The 3rd Christmas Shopping Event In support of Muscular Dystrophy Little Dane, Smarden Road, Biddenden,TN27 8JT (entrance to house in Pook Lane) Gifts and Decorations from Maisie K, Jewellery, Stained Glass, Sculptors, Hand Made Candles and much more from local artists. 10% of sales and refreshment proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Ashford Choral Society Sat 23rd November 7.30pm. Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB. Ashford Choral Society presents Mozart’s Davidde Penitente KV469 and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (The Nelson Mass). With soloists Kathryn Jenkin, soprano, Juliet Schiemann, soprano, and James Oxley, tenor. Conductor is Mark Deller. Tickets: £20.00, £16.00, £10.00 (Children half price all tickets). Tickets available from: The Gulbenkian Theatre Box Office: 01227 769075, online at The




Wednesday 27th November (7:15 for 7:30pm) -meets in the Village Hall for our last event of the year. We start the evening with our AGM followed by the Quiz and Cheese and Wine buffet. Non member tickets £5 - available by contacting Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931 before 23rd November.

Charing Christmas Lights “Magical Evening” will be held on Friday 29th November 5pm-8pm in Charing Church Barn and The Market Place.Father Christmas has promised to come along,there will be a Children’s roundabout,Faversham Mission Brass,many stalls,huge tombola,Grand Draw,tipple basket, mulled wine, hot doughnuts,plants,some lovely goodies to buy and more. There will be A Coffee Morning the following day,10.30am- 12.30 pm,in the Church Barn,when the various draws will take place.For further details,please contact, 01233 714068 or 01233 712138 or 01233 713592.

It’s Panto Time Again! Bethersden WI panto group present: GOLDILOCKS AND LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD In Bethersden Village Hall on Friday 6th Dec. 7.30pm Saturday 7th Dec. 3pm and 8pm tickets £3.00 call 01233 822565


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This year’s Bonfire Night will see Britain’s population stocking up on pyrotechnics and hoping for a starry night into which they will launch their rockets and colourful array of exploding projectiles. Guy Fawkes’ commemoration by no means holds a monopoly on the format. An increasing number of dates outside the 5th of November fill Britain’s calendar with spectacular displays at many events. People from all backgrounds, old and young, come together to marvel at the displays and join in the chorus of ooohs and aaahs. It’s an age-old, simple pleasure that makes no distinction between culture, politics, or language. Quite simply, fireworks are just fun to watch.

Britain’s Pyrotechnic History As an English Catholic, Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot of 1605 was born of a desire to rid Parliament of Protestant King James I and replace him with third in line, Princess Elizabeth. Gunpowder was placed in a room (an ‘undercroft’) beneath

the House of Lords as part of an audacious plan hatched by Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators. News of the plan, however, was leaked to King James and Fawkes was captured and arrested. After some unsavoury interrogation and torture, Fawkes confessed to the crime and was banished to be hung, drawn and quartered. Not keen on facing the gallows, he leapt from the supporting scaffolding and met his end by way of a broken neck. Thus, the tale of conspiracy from 1605 became folklore in Britain and spawned generations who collected wood for bonfires and roamed from house-to-house seeking ‘a penny for the guy’, after which the effigy was placed on the blaze to meet its doom. Some of these traditions remain, but the modern commemoration is a more commercial operation with safety and litigation as primary concerns, alongside enjoyment of the events. Notwithstanding this gloomy state of affairs, surfing the Internet reveals some fascinating information on the subject of fireworks as well as the do’s and don’ts of safety. The website Bonfire Night Safety, for example, states that in a recent year there were 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November, and alarmingly, that 285 of them were eye injuries. There are also some interesting snippets on the site; prior to 1959, it was illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK and apparently, some fireworks can travel up to speeds of 150 mph.

Despite the hazards of pyrotechnics, a few precautions will see you enjoying the action in safety. There is plenty of information online and from local authorities to make for a safe and enjoyable night, so be sure to seek it out before lighting the touch paper or joining an organised event.

The Business of Pyrotechnics The history of fireworks dates back to China in the 7th century where displays accompanied festivities, a trend that spread to many other cultures around the world. The popularity of these displays created a firework manufacturing industry and the much-respected profession of the pyrotechnician. It seems, however, that the mainstay of the industry is harking back to its Chinese roots as the majority of fireworks are now made in China and imported. The squeeze on materials and labour costs, plus fierce competition in the business, has caused the UK’s industry to downsize and concentrate on specialist markets and displays, rather than manufacture. Our love affair with the spectacle continues. And for Britain, Guy Fawkes Night provides enough history and national enthusiasm to step out into the cold November air to indulge just one more time. The British Pyrotechnists Association (BPA) Bonfire Night - Your Guide To A Safer Event The Firefighters Charity

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The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest, most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people. Founded in 1946 by Sir Peter Scott, today the Trust undertakes wetland conservation work worldwide with a wonderful network of Visitor Centres comprising globally important wetland habitats.

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