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Village Directory October 2018 Edition • Issue 110 • Royal Mail




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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the October edition, a month that signals the onset of winter and bids a fond farewell to British Summer Time, it will soon be time to set those clocks BACK again! The dark evenings are already beginning to creep back in and the problem is, as soon as it starts to get dark my brain tells me it’s time to close up the office and cosy up by the fire, even though I’ve got a good couple of hours work left to do. But with just two more editions to complete for 2018 I’ll soon be able to do just that, forgive me for saying it but it will be Christmas before we know it! In our house it’s time for our routine annual tasks, for instance ordering fire wood, emptying the septic tank and topping up the gas tank for the central heating, typical tasks that go hand in hand with living in a rural location. There are also the more common tasks to consider too, like checking that your boiler is up to the task of keeping your hot water and central heating running through the winter, there’s nothing worse than experiencing problems when it’s particularly cold. For all these things and more you’ll find a man that can, or a woman in fact, within these pages, so don’t put off until tomorrow those things that can be done today. There are still a good number of local events coming in for the coming months, it’s so good to know we have such an active and sociable community. Do keep them coming, they are also posted on our website at www. t h e v i l l a g e d i r e c t o r y. Until next time, have a great month, I’ll see you next time.

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The starting point for any kitchen design is to ask yourself lots of questions. First, who will use the room, and how – family meals, lots of entertaining or just the occasional microwave dinner? And what about other activities – homework, watching TV, doing the laundry? Do you have lots of kitchen gadgets, and will you keep them on worktops or in cupboards? Do you prefer solid or glass-fronted cupboards, or open shelves? Will you have some unfitted elements, such as a

dresser or sideboard? Would you prefer built-in or free-standing appliances? As you gather the answers to these questions, a bigger picture should start to emerge. You may even wish to start a scrapbook of images (you can do this online as well as on paper) and sketch out a scaled plan of the kitchen on graph paper. Be sure to mark in the position of doors, windows, radiators and power points, and experiment with different layouts to suit the space available (see below). Next, start thinking about colour, pattern and texture, and how to co-ordinate cupboards with worktops, flooring, lighting and tiling. Don’t forget the sink and taps, as well as details such as knobs and handles,

the splashback and window treatments. Now is the time for research, research and more research. Look at magazines and websites for ideas, ask friends and family what works or doesn’t work in their own kitchens, and visit every showroom within reach. When comparing retailers’ prices, check exactly what’s included – design and planning, disposal of existing fittings, plumbing and electrical work, associated building work, fitting flooring, tiling, carpentry – and whether or not there is a guarantee or after-sales service. Finally, don’t skimp on fitting. Poor fitting really shows, whereas a really good fitter can make even an average kitchen look truly fabulous. PLANNING A KITCHEN Deciding where the sink will go is often a good way to start when designing a kitchen. Then place the main food preparation area between the sink and the hob, making sure that this worktop space is large enough to serve up a meal, and has plenty of power points nearby for mixers/blenders and other small appliances. Try to put the dishwasher near the sink, too. Depending on your type of hob/cooker, you may need to place it against an exterior wall or chimney for easy extraction. As for the fridge, it’s a nice idea to position it, if you can, at the end of a run of cupboards so that other members of the family can get to it without disturbing the cook. The underlying principle of

good kitchen design is that of the ‘work triangle’, where you can move easily between the cooker, sink and fridge. The best way to ensure this is to draw a floor plan with lines connecting each point on the triangle, and avoid placing any obstructions (such as tall units) between them. The theory goes that the most efficient length for each side of the triangle is a double-arm span (about two metres), however large your kitchen space is in total. In practice, this doesn’t always work, but aim to leave uninterrupted space between the areas you use the most. KITCHEN LAYOUTS Single line The only option if you have to site your kitchen along one wall. Place the sink between the fridge and hob, and try to maximise the length of work surface, fitting built-in appliances below and


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wall units above. Galley In a narrow kitchen that ends in a window or dead end, you can fit a line of units and appliances along each side. When well designed, this can be extremely convenient, though it is best for a one- or two-person home. U-shaped Efficient, and gives plenty of storage and working space, but only possible if you have stretches of wall on three sides. In a large room, be wary of having to walk too far from one side to the other.

Peninsula Add a unit at right angles to one end of a U- or L-shaped kitchen, and you have a peninsula. Very handy as a breakfast bar or extra work surface that can be accessed from both sides. Island An island gives extra storage and work space, and sometimes an eating area, too. Don’t design an island that’s so big you can’t reach its centre, and plan the rest of the room carefully so that you are not constantly walking round and round.

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Ornaments on your windowsills and shelves are pretty enough, but why not make your house all the more special this winter with some bowls of bulbs that are really brimful of colour, perhaps with gorgeous perfume too? You can buy ready-planted bowls of bulbs later in the year, but act now and you could soon have a stunning display at a fraction of the price. The best bulbs are those described as ‘prepared’, which basically means they have been put through a carefully planned sequence of conditions to ensure that they flower well, reliably and uniformly indoors. Prepared bulbs are often a bit pricier but are still great value. You can also use standard bulbs but the results may be unpredictable. I like to use some prepared hyacinths, but just cannot help creating more bowls of non12

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October 12th Woodchurch Film Society will be showing ‘Murder on The Orient Express’. Doors will be open 7pm for 7.30pm screening Tickets: £4 (members), £5 (non-members). All available at the door. Venue: The Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch TN26 3PF. Hot & cold drinks plus our usual delicious home-made cakes will be for sale during the interval. October 13th Sewing Room Sale and Craftroom Clearance at the Victory Hall, Hamstreet 10am -12noon. Lots of bargains and refreshments will be supplied. Raising funds for the Canterbury Oast Trust. October 13/14th Art Exhibition & Sale of Work to be held in Heysham Hall, Lydd on Sea, TN29 9PA.10am - 4pm both days. Come and meet some of the Artists at work. Paintings framed and unframed, wood carvings, ceramics, cards and other sundry items on sale at reasonable prices. Free entry with easy wheelchair access. For further information contact Anita Waden 01797 367734. October 16th Ashford Flower Club’s October Meeting will be a floral art demonstration entitled ‘Solo Plastic,’ by Jean Plaskett from Sussex. It will take place at Furley Hall, Maidstone Road, Ashford

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TN24 8TX, starting at 7.30pm. All demonstrated arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. You could be one of the winners, so come along and meet us- visitors £4.00 at the door. October 17th The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet on in Biddenden New Village Hall at 7.30 pm. This evening the subject will be “Using online banking and its security”. Annual membership is £10.00. Non-members are welcome at £2 a visit. Full details: http://www.wealdofkentcomputerclub. Enquiries: October 20th/21st Exhibition & Sale of Work at Stubbs Cross Mission Hall, Shadoxhurst TN26 1HE. Artists Peggy Curzons, Liz Jemmett, Jane Ohay, Janet East and David East are taking part. Free Entry 10am – 5pm, refreshments available. October 24th The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets in the New Village Hall (7:15pm for 7:30pm start) Melvin Smith’s talk is entitled “Yesterdays Gardener” and there will be a display of old gardening tools as well. Members fees are £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome. Contact Irene on 01580 291777 or Lesley on 01580 291931

Jo and Dave welcome you to their traditional village pub in the heart of Bethersden, with well kept real ales, local ciders, fine wine and a warm atmosphere.

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October 25th The Annual Elham Christmas Market is being held 6.00pm – 9.00pm (Special preview for disabled visitors from 5.30pm-6.00pm) at the Elham Village Hall. Festive atmosphere, Lovely Christmas Gifts, Quality market stalls including: Jewellery, Chocolates, Teddy Bears, Garden Crafts, Christmas Gifts and decorations, arts and crafts, candles, ceramics, knitted and crocheted items, homeware and much more. Refreshments will be available on the night including delicious homemade mince pies and festive mulled wine. Fabulous raffle prizes! Entry: £1.00 (Children under 12 free) Please park in field opposite down Park Lane (bring a torch!) or in the village itself. Any enquiries to Carol on 01303 840430 It’s a festive, fun evening out for all the family. We hope to see you there! October 26th Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society will hold their AGM in the village hall commencing 7.15 for 7.30 pm followed by a glass of wine and nibbles. For further enquiries please contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451 or email Visitors will always be made welcome. October 27th Smarden Christmas Fair 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Smarden Charter Hall, Chessenden Lane TN27 8NF. Lots of charities plus craft , jams, jellies and chutneys and delicious refreshments made

by the ladies of Smarden W.I. Start your Christmas shopping and nab some bargains in a lovely village setting. Gill Bromley 01233 770451 October 27th Fun Race Night with Hot & Hearty Supper at Hothfield Village Hall 7pm for 7.30 start. Tickets cost £6, available from Hothfield Post Office. Please purchase tickets by October 20th for catering purposes. Supper will comprise a choice of homemade tasty dishes including a vegetarian option. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. You or your business can also sponsor a race for £20, and your name will appear as a sponsor in the programme, you will also be able to name the race. Proceeds shared between Hothfield Village Hall and Hothfield History Society. If you would like to sponsor a race, reserve tickets or make an enquiry, please call 01233 625 942 or visit www.

Nov e m b e r November 3rd Hamstreet & District Branch of The Royal British Legion Annual Coffee Morning from 10am - 12pm in the Victory Hall, Hamstreet. Please come along to support this noble cause, to

Sewing Room Sale … Craft Room Clearance Saturday 27th October 10am – 12 noon Victory Hall, Hamstreet We’ve been clearing out our cupboards and making room for more! Lots of fabrics, yarns, trims & more

Huge range of card-making materials all at bargain prices Refreshments

Contact 01233 732684 Raising funds for

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enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, a cake, a chat and to buy your poppies & Royal British Legion promotional items. There will be a small raffle. Any donations of raffle prizes and/or cakes would be most welcome. We look forward to seeing you. Peter Gostling 01233 732318 November 3rd Hamstreet Bowling Club Craft Fair at Bilsington Village Hall 12.00 to 16.00. Refreshments and Raffle, Crafts including cards, coasters, cushions, furniture, jewellery, knitted/ crocheted items, needlecraft, paintings, pottery, stained glass, wooden plaques. To book a table/stall call Gwen 01303 872603 or Denise 01233 733340 November 5th Woodchurch Local History Society meets at the Memorial Hall, Woodchurch at 7:30pm. Emma Hanna will give a presentation entitled ‘Great Chart Soldiers’ Letters of WW!’. This is the story of how a group of Great Chart women got together under the leadership of Elizabeth Strout to write letters and send parcels to soldiers serving in the trenches. These letters served to keep the soldiers in contact with village news and to assure them that they were not forgotten. Many letters survive to make a very moving story, especially on the 100th year after the 1914-18 war. We welcome new members and visitors pay £2 at the door. For information, ring Geoff Turner 01233 860393. November 20th Ashford Flower Club will be hosting a Christmas flower demonstration by Annette Urquhart entitled ‘pickle My Walnuts’. It will take place at Hothfield Village Hall, Park Drive, Hothfield TN26 1EQ. Really open at 6.30 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Sales table, flower raffle, and Christmas charity raffle in aid of the Ashford branch of the International Glaucoma Association.Tickets £.8.00, in advance contact 01233 628278 or 01233 820585. October 20th and 21st Bilsington Art Group annual Art Exhibition held in the Bilsington Village Hall for the weekend of October 20th and 21st 10a.m to 4p.m. It is free and everyone is welcome.

What’s On Saturday 13 th October High Halden Horticultural Society (Growers, bakers and makers!) We will be holding our AGM in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 13 th October at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start. The evening will include a Speaker and presentation of awards for the year. Entry is £5 which includes a buffet supper”

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Receive Prestigious Prestigious Award and Launch Awards Launch Vegan Menu Menu New Vegan Cinnamon Spice in Ashford, has been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year. “I am truly honored and delighted to achieve such tremendous recognition from Trip Advisor. This is a clear indication of our mission to providing a world class dining experience to whoever walks through our doors.” – Ash Miah, General Manager of Cinnamon Spice. Not only did they receive the Certificate of Excellence this year, but they have also been awarded with the exclusive Hall of Fame Certificate for their success over the past five years. The Hall of Fame Award is a prestigious award that is


awarded only to restaurants that have earned a 4.5 star and above average for five years in a row. The team believes this to be ‘A true reflection of a business that does not compromise its ethos and values and ensures that every single customer leaves our restaurant feeling genuinely satisfied every time they visit.’ The mayor visited the restaurant and congratulated the Cinnamon Spice team for their excellent achievement. She was extremely impressed with the high standards of food and service delivered by the restaurant.

“We are all immensely proud to have received both of these awards. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our staff and all our loyal customers who have supported us,” – Ash Miah. At the same event Cinnamon Spice also launched their new Vegan menu, why not check out their website for further details w w w.cinnamonspicekent. In celebration of this momentous occasion they are offering readers a £20 Gift Voucher (conditions apply) when dining in the restaurant this month. Enjoy!

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ONE PAN LEMON AND HERB CHICKEN ROAST A quick and easy roast for midweek or Sunday lunch with hardly any washing up! Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas mark 6. Place the butter in a bowl and beat in the garlic, mixed herbs and the zest and 1 tbsp juice from one of the lemons. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Ease the skin away from the chicken thigh portions and gently push about 1 tsp of the herb and garlic butter under the skin of each portion then smooth the skin back down. Place all the chicken portions in a large roasting tin. Toss the potatoes in half the olive oil and season. Scatter around the chicken along with the rosemary sprigs. Cut the second lemon into thin wedges and nestle them in between then chicken and potatoes. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil. Roast in the pre-heated oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes until the chicken is golden and cooked though and the potatoes are crisp and tender, turning the potatoes and basting the chicken with the pan juices once or twice. Serve from the roasting tin with steamed green vegetables, if liked. You can use any combination of mixed TIP herbs for the garlic and herb butter – thyme, parsley and oregano all go particularly well with chicken. Or just choose one strongly flavoured herb such as tarragon.

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Clubs & Societies Bethersden Art Group Are you looking for a new hobby? Would you like to develop your artistic skills, or try a different medium? Then why not come along and join a cheerful and friendly group who enjoy the art challenges set by a visiting tutor. We meet on Thursday evenings in Bethersden Village Hall, 7.30-9.30pm, for ten weeks each term. For further info contact Sue - 01233 820585. Egerton Decorative & Fine Arts Society aims to inform, educate and entertain people with enquiring minds about all manner of topics around the arts. It does so principally through its programme of meetings where world class speakers give illustrated lectures about art, architecture, theatre, sculpture and literature. Special interest days, visits and tours are also arranged. Full information is on www.egertondfas. Why not come along and find out what we have to offer? We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Egerton Millenium Hall at 2.30pm and we look forward to welcoming you Yoga at Smarden Charter Hall. Every Tuesday 7;00 – 8.30 p.m. Contact Caelia on 07933030071 for details. Afternoon Club, Smarden Charter Hall: we are a friendly club open to anyone aged 50 and over. We meet on the first Friday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Each month we have a speaker or other entertainment followed by tea and chat. We sometimes go on outings. Membership is just £10 per year but you can come along as a guest first time to see how you like us before deciding whether to join. Contact 770854 for further details. The Gardening Group At Charing Surgery. Get fresh air, exercise, meet other people, have fun and enjoy being part of the community. Open to all patients, age 16+. Green Fingers not essential. Tuesdays 9am-12pm. Call Joanne Munro on 01233 713582. Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948. Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 Gordon Jones Playing Field, Biddenden. Friendly club with 2 courts and a bar. email: info@biddendensquash. Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931. W: www. Egerton Over 60’s For friendship, fun & food, 28

join the Egerton over 60’s Club, you will be most welcome. We meet in the Millennium Hall at 2pm on the 2nd Monday of each month. We have interesting speakers, the minimum business, and one of the best afternoon teas of any senior’s Club!! In 2018 outings include; Winter Warmer Lunch, fish & chips lunch in Di Paolo’s in Bexhill, cream tea on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, Mystery Tour and Xmas lunch. Stimulating speakers include Geoff Hutchinson on Grey Owl, Helen Allinson on Edwardian Life through postcards, Paul Holt on The making of Samphire Hoe, Melanie GibsonBarton on Wandering in Flanders Fields and more. Meetings are open to non-members, just come along. Membership annual fee is £5 and £2 per meeting. Phone Gerry on 01233 712 282 or Jenny on 01233 756 452. Headcorn Modern Sequence Dance Club, meet every Monday 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm in the Andred Hall in Headcorn Village Hall. If you enjoy Ballroom dancing, bring your partner or friend along and learn more. We are a friendly little club, nice music, social evening, tea and biscuits, all for £3.00 per person. Call Rita on 01580 852289. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.-10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. 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. Smarden Heritage Centre Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday morning from 9.30 – 11.30. visit: www.smardenheritagecentre. Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club We welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and occasionally on a weekday evening, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572. The Roots Project Conservation Volunteers What we do: Regular practical conservation tasks and woodland craft workshops based in Longbeech Wood, Charing. Contact: Carrie Eeles (Activities Officer) Tel: 07920404546 Email: www. Weald of Kent Computer Club meets in the New Biddenden Village Hall. Annual membership costs £10 and covers free admission to all 10 meetings. Non members are £2 per visit.New members

Clubs & Societies welcome. Enquiries to, secretarywkcc@yahoo. Visit: East Kent Morris Men and Women: Do you like dancing, drinking, socialising, music, having fun? We are recruiting now for new members. This is a mixed side of women and men dancing together. Weekly Wednesday practices at Mountbatten Hall, Mersham from 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite, the Farrier’s Arms! We dance Cotswold style Morris; this is the handkerchief waving and stick clashing variety. No experience required. Why not give it a try? Find us on Facebook or call John on 01233 625 362 Weald U3A is a society for the dynamic over 50s with a thirst for knowledge, social activities and new experiences. We have a large number of interest groups including Bridge, Films, Italian, jazz, Stargazers, Lunches and Theatre Visits. Please see our website or contact Richard Sargent, tel: 01580764239, email: Tai Chi for Health & Harmony, Smarden Charter Hall, welcomes newcomers, all ages & fitness

levels. Fridays 10.30-11.45am. 1st class just £5 to try. Relaxing, friendly group. Info 01233 770423 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 on the first Monday of each month to discuss photographic issues. There is no charge and all are welcome just buy yourself a drink. We also meet fortnightly (2nd Thurs & 4th Wed) in the upstairs meeting room at the Zion Baptist Church Tenterden. Every month we have a project or theme for members to capture, complimented by the occasional local outings. Most months we have a speaker & at the end of the month (4th Wed) we have a social club evening. New members and guests welcome. Full details on our website: www.

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Becoming a Foster Carer by Kate Duggan

Tens of thousands of children enter the care system in the UK every year. If you think you could help, read on to find out more about fostering, including how to go about it and how much you could earn. WHO CAN FOSTER? Foster carers come from a range of backgrounds. You’ll need to: • Be at least 21. • Have the right to live in the UK permanently. • Have a spare bedroom. • Have enough time to look after a child. You don’t need to be in a relationship or own your own home, and you can have a job. You don’t need any qualifications, but previous experience with children is beneficial. WHAT TYPES OF FOSTERING ARE THERE? There are lots of different types of foster care. Some children only need a short-term placement. Others need a long-term home. You could even just offer emergency, overnight, weekend or respite care if you prefer. You could also choose to foster a young parent and their child. Both would live with you and you’d help the parent to develop their skills until they were able to care for the child independently. WHAT KIND OF CHILDREN

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Twisted Fairy Tales If you like your fairy tales more Brothers Grimm than Disney, you’re in for a treat with this lot… The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories – Angela Carter Angela Carter is often seen as the queen of the reimagined fairy tale. In this collection, the stories are as dark, twisted and brilliantly written as they come. The main story, The Bloody Chamber, is a retelling of the French folk tale Bluebeard, which sees a young wife make a gruesome discovery in a locked room at her new husband’s house. The collection also includes retellings of Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Red Riding Hood. Grimm Tales for Old and Young – Philip Pullman Pullman has reworked 50 of the Grimm brothers’ tales. He’s kept most of the content the same, but updated the language and ‘tidied them up’. The collection includes well-known tales, such as Rapunzel, Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin, along with lesser-known stories such as Hans-My-Hedgehog and The Musicians of Bremen.


Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl Dahl’s childhood classic is more than 35 years old but still just as funny today. Six well-known fairy stories are reimagined in rhyme, with various twists to the tales and extra helpings of gore. Cinderella’s stepsister has her head chopped off, Red Riding Hood turns out to be a crack shot with a pistol and Jack’s mum gets eaten when she climbs the beanstalk. Great fun for kids and parents alike.

Kissing the Witch – Emma Donoghue Donoghue wrote Kissing the Witch long before her bestselling Room. It’s a collection of 13 rewritten well-known tales, including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White. Whether it’s Cinderella choosing the Fairy Godmother over the prince, or Beauty discovering an entirely unexpected Beast, the tales are original and well-written. They’re also very short – perfect for enjoying over a coffee break.

The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill The Surface Breaks is a feminist reimagining of The Little Mermaid. In Gaia’s world, mermaids are supposed to look good, entertain the mermen and stay subservient. Gaia’s father, the king, rules with an iron fist. Gaia swaps her life underwater, her tail and her voice for a chance with the man she saves from a shipwreck. But is he really worth it? An intriguing, thoughtprovoking tale.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Louise Murphy In Nazi-occupied Poland, two Jewish children take on new identities – Hansel and Gretel. Pursued by soldiers, the children’s father and stepmother urge the children to seek safety in the forest while they try to draw the danger away. Deep in the woods lives an old woman who may be the children’s only hope. A harrowing read, but a memorable one.

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