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Village Directory

The Marsh

Oct/Nov 2018 Edition • Issue 60 • Royal Mail

THE WALNUT TREE ALDINGTON Old Smuggling Inn, Steeped in History

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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. Until next time, have a great month, I’ll see you next time.

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Dymchurch Active Retirement Association (Synara) We meet at St Mary’s Bay Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month. All enquiries to Kay Walker (Secretary) 01303 873542.

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The Hythe & Romney Marsh Branch of the R.A.F Association, meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Royal British Legion Club, St. Leonard’s Road, Hythe, 7 for 7:30. You don’t have to have been in the Royal Air Force to join us. More Info phone 01797 362303. Keep Fit Have Fun Move to Music St, Mary’s Bay Village Hall, Jefferstone Lane. Thursday 10.15 11.15am. First class free then £4. Phone 01303 264915 E-mail The New Romney History Society meets at the Old School in New Romney, 4th Monday of the month, (except Aug and Dec), most meetings involve a guest speaker and time for discussion and research. Royal British Legion New Romney meet 2nd Wednesday each month at Broadacre Hotel, North Street, New Romney at 7 p.m. contact 01797 361807 01797 361020 Romney Marsh Photographic Club meets each Thursday 8pm, September to mid-May, St Mary’s Bay

Village Hall (opp. the Bailiff’s Sergeant pub). Anyone interested in all aspects of photography (including smartphones, point-and-shoot, 3D photography and image manipulation in computer software) is very welcome. Contact Paul Sanderson on 01797 458646, or visit the website at:


Ivychurch Croquet Club - We are a small group of ladies and gentlemen who generally meet on Mondays and Wednesdays during the playing season to enjoy a game of either GOLF or ASSOCIATION Croquet. We are based on a farm where we have a small clubhouse and three lawns which are maintained by our members.

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If you are interested please contact Ken Lennon on 01797 361052 or by email at lennonken@hotmail. com. St Marys Bay Short Mat Bowls Club Plays at the Village Hall Jefferstone Lane Sunday Mornings 10:30/13:00. Tuesdays Afternoons 2:00/5:00 and Wednesday Evenings 7:00pm/9:00pm. New Romney Bowls Club Come on out, the greens are great! Full Facilities available from coaching to playing to suit any level. Bar and social programme throughout the year. We have a regular Open Mic on the first Wednesday of the month. Enjoyable night out for all. Club contact 01797 362409 or www.

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A great kitchen is more than just a place to cook, but can also be the hub of the home. Good looks are important, but function is vital, especially when trying to maximise space. The key to success is plenty of research and careful planning. 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 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.

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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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by Pippa Greenwood planting. It’s more expensive than multi-purpose compost, but performs better in bulb bowls or other containers without drainage.

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, 16

but just cannot help creating more bowls of non-prepared bulbs too. Visit your local garden centre now and you should see a good array of bulbs for sale, plus all the other things you need. Special bulb bowls are a good buy, and are available in just about every colour imaginable. They’re rather like huge soup bowls, but in plastic or china. Unlike standard pots they have no drainage holes, which is better for your furniture! You can use normal flower pots, but do make sure you put a fully waterproof container or saucer beneath each pot – or watering will prove messy later on. You can use standard multipurpose compost for indoor bulb displays, but better still buy yourself some bulb fibre or special compost formulated for indoor bulb

Hyacinths for forcing are available in just about every shade imaginable – red, pink, white, cream, yellow and blue. It is best to use a single colour in any one container as there is often some variation in flowering times between the colours, and ideally you want all the flowers out simultaneously. Specially prepared crocus, paperwhite narcissus and some other daffodil types are also available. If you want to make some seriously low-cost bowls, then do as I do and buy a large bag of inexpensive dwarf narcissus, such as the cheerful, often multi-headed ‘Tete-a-Tete’. They work very well, as do crocuses. Fill your bowl about one third full of compost for larger bulbs to one half full for smaller bulbs. Firm the compost gently, but don’t compact it or the roots of the bulbs will not penetrate it well and you’ll end up with bulbs popping out of the top of the bowl. Position the bulbs pointed end uppermost – you can put them quite close to each other but not so close that they are touching their neighbours, and make sure

they are not in contact with the sides of the bowl either. Nestle the bulbs gently into the compost and then top up with compost so that just the noses (the pointed end from which the shoots will appear) are poking out. Water the compost lightly, making sure it is moist but not waterlogged. Then cover the bowls loosely with a black bin liner and put them in a cool, dark place – a cool shed, garage or cupboard under the stairs is ideal. It needs to be both dark and cool or the bulbs will not form good root systems. Check the bowls every week or so and apply a little more water if necessary. It is time to bring the bowls out into the daylight once the shoots are about 2-3cm tall, which usually takes 3-5 weeks. Put them in a cool spot with plenty of natural daylight – a cool but frost-free greenhouse or a spare room window sill for instance. The shoots will continue to grow and develop a healthy green colour; they will now need a little more water. Once the flower buds just start to colour up you can put your bulb bowl in a warmer room, where you will soon be able to enjoy its perfume and good looks. If you want to give the bowl a really smart look, cover the compost with some moss or tie a seasonal ribbon around the bowl. Visit Pippa’s website www. and you’ll find some great gardening items: stylish cloches, tunnels, the fantastic SpeedHoe, plant supports, raised bed kits, EasyTunnels, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more! Or why not book Pippa for a gardening talk at your gardening club?

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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

NEED FOSTERING? Children from all backgrounds, and of all abilities and ages, find themselves in foster care. Many end up returning to their birth families or going on to be adopted. Some children have complex emotional or physical needs. Sometimes, foster carers specialise in a particular age group, whether it’s babies and toddlers, primary school children or teenagers. Some people focus on caring for disabled children or children seeking asylum. Your case worker will talk to you about what type of placement would be best for you. HOW MUCH COULD I EARN? The minimum weekly allowance per foster child starts from £127. Older children have greater allowances, as do children with special needs. So, for example, if you fostered a nine year old and a 15 year old, you’d receive at least £302 for each week you looked after them. That money would need to cover the child’s food, clothes, toys and other expenses. Foster carers are sometimes paid a fee on top of the allowance. The amount you’ll receive will depend on the foster service you go through, and the needs of the child you foster. Many foster carers earn more than £500 a week for each child they foster.

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Life Begins R-E-S-P-E-C-T … is it too much to ask? command respect because of their ability to recall information that is important to the tribe.

“All I’m askin’ for is a little respect.” The words of Aretha Franklin’s song, first released in 1967, may be about a cheating boyfriend, but so powerful is the emotion behind the music that these days it has become something of an anthem for individuals and groups who feel disrespected by society. If you were young at the time when Aretha’s single reached No. 1 in the charts, and are now in your sixties or seventies, you may find yourself wondering where the respect for old age has gone.


Once upon a time, according to Pulitzer-prize winning author Jared Diamond, respecting your elders and betters was a matter of survival. During his life-long study of traditional societies and their attitudes towards older people, Diamond – an award-winning professor from ULCA in America – has observed that elders who are no longer able to contribute fully to community life still

“Older people in traditional societies have a huge significance that would never occur to us in our modern, literate societies,” Diamond has claimed. “In traditional societies without writing, older people are the repositories of information. It’s their knowledge that spells the difference between survival and death for their whole society.” That information might include anything from advice on how to survive an earthquake, find water in a drought or cure an unusual medical condition. Since the prehistoric times this remembered knowledge has been crucial to human progress, so perhaps it’s no wonder that the elders who were the gatekeepers of such wisdom were granted high status and respect. Nowadays – in an age of information overload – it seems that older voices are neither heeded nor needed. Sadly, at a time when healthcare advances are helping people to live longer and the world has more

wise and experienced senior citizens than ever before, older people are having to fight for the respect they believe is their due. Highly industrialised Western societies are often identified as the worst offenders when it comes to disrespecting old age, but many of the world’s cultures continue to revere and respect their older citizens. In China an “Elderly Rights Law” dictates the way older people should be treated, while in East Asia respect for the elderly, fathers and ancestors is deeply rooted in society. In African and Mediterranean countries family culture has also remained strong, but in other parts of the world there are signs of change. Harish Mamgain, who runs a charity in New Delhi, says: “We should love (our elders) as dignified and proud travellers. I’m from India and most of us shower all reverence on our elders, but modernity has marred this spirit here, too.” According to the Oxford Dictionaries, respect is “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements”. But if older people have lost their status as advisors, mentors and guardians of our communal knowledge, can they demand respect on the grounds of age and experience alone? Twenty-

something Lifestyle blogger Michael Tawiah expresses the views of many young people today when he says: “Respect should be a choice and not a forced thing ... personally, I’m not going to respect someone just because they tell me to. We should all appreciate and be accepting and understanding of each other.” Angie Jardine, a commentator on the website, says “Modern life has changed out of all recognition in a very short time and the memories of my 1950s childhood, for instance, are now a history of another way of life; a life that may seem almost unbelievable to the technology-laden youth of today.” However, Angie

believes that young people can still benefit from listening to the stories of parents and grandparents: “Would we have learnt anything about how a civilised society should be run if the survivors of two world wars and, in particular the Holocaust, had not told their stories to someone who listened? There is usually some tantalising nugget of information in the reminiscences of old folk from which something can be learned about the past and where we came from.” Today it’s not just warm words of wisdom that older people bring to the table. In 2010 the charity WRVS estimated that over-65s contributed over

£40bn to the UK economy through taxes, spending power, volunteering and caring, and this figure is predicted to reach £77bn by 2030. 40,000 of WRVS’ own volunteers are over sixty-five years old, serving people in different ways, from offering trips to hospital to arranging social activities. So maybe, if we’re looking for respect, we simply need to be more proactive in flagging up the good things that our caring and committed older citizens already contribute to society. By Kate McLelland

Beauty Beauty Bargains

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Everyone loves a bargain. Check out our top finds, from supermarket ownbrands to discounted goodies… Beauty Pie’s products are made by the same laboratories that supply lots of high-end brands, but they’re a whopping 85% cheaper. Bestsellers include the Wide Eyes Mascara (members’ price £3.92), Futurelipstick Luxe Shine (members’ price £3.50) and Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops (members’ price £6.80). There is a £10 monthly membership fee, but you’ll easily save that with just one or two products. Why not club together with friends and split the fee and postage costs? See www. Your kitchen cupboard could be a treasure trove of DIY beauty ingredients, such as olive oil, brown sugar and coconut oil. For softer skin, cut the foot out of an old pair of tights, pop a handful of porridge oats into it and tie a knot to secure them in place. Add the oat bundle to the bath as it’s running and enjoy a long, relaxing soak. Oats are a real multi-tasker – they cleanse, moisturise, exfoliate and soothe irritation. They can even help to treat eczema and other itchy skin conditions. And, as a bag of organic porridge oats costs less than £2 in Tesco, each oat bundle will cost you just a few pence. Have a walk down the beauty aisle when you’re doing the weekly shop. Take George at Asda’s Long Lasting Nail Polish in Rich List. It’s a delicious nude metallic and costs just £2 – see


Discount stores are handy for essentials such as shower gel and

nail files, as well as budget makeup brands and fragrances. I found Dolce & Gabbana’s The One Essence in Home Bargains for £24.99 (RRP £68.50), High-street clothes stores often sell reasonably priced ownbrand cosmetics. Sets tend to offer the best value (as long as you’re likely to use all the products). Next’s All In One Makeup Palette is a great buy. It’s available in two colourways – Natural and Glamour. For £12 you get a bronzer, highlighter, two blushers and three eyeshadows. They’re housed in an expensivelooking gold compact, complete with mirror. See There’s often very little difference between baby wipes and makeup wipes, aside from the cost. Look for natural, biodegradable, unperfumed baby wipes, such as Earth Friendly Baby Gentle Aloe Vera Wipes. You get 72 wipes for £3.20, compared to 50 Clinique Take the Day Off Wipes for £13.40. Luxury aspirations but budget bank balance? Try TK Maxx. You never know what brands are going to be in stock, but when I browsed I found a fair few bargains. Particular highlights were an Aromatherapy Associates Moisturiser for £16.99 (RRP £50), a Bellapierre Extreme Concealing Kit for £14.99 (RRP £65) and a L’Oreal Lumino Contrast Mask for £16.99 (RRP £54). Other brands on sale included Crabtree & Evelyn, Rodial, Guerlain and Miller Harris. If you get a kick from saving big, try searching the beauty category on the website and sort by ‘RRP saving’.

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Achieving A Better Work-Life Balance

1st – 5th October is National Work Life Week, focusing on how employees and employers can improve work-life balance. Research undertaken by campaign organisers Working Families found that: • Half of parents feel their worklife balance causes stress. • One in ten is ready to resign (without another job). • Seven out of ten parents work at home in the evenings or weekends, due to increasing workloads, organisational culture and manager attitudes. But working long hours is bad for us. Research by Public Health expert Prof Mika Kivimäki showed that people working 55 hours or more per week have a 33% higher risk of stroke and a 13% higher risk of coronary heart disease than those working a 35 to 40-hour week. Experts suggest this is probably due to prolonged sitting, stress, less time for exercise and less time for relaxation and healthy eating. So, how can employees achieve a better work-life balance and how can employers help? Employees: Think Flexibility The Working Families study


showed that half of people in the UK want to work flexibly but fewer than one in ten jobs advertised offer flexible working. • Discuss your requirements and possible solutions with your employer, such as flexible working, changing work times, reducing your hours or working fully or partially from home. Self-employment may appeal but be warned: it has its downsides and doesn’t suit everyone. Finding work, selling your skills, doing your own book-keeping and admin, taking sole responsibility for the quality and completion of projects, avoiding distractions and motivating yourself can be overwhelming, stressful and lonely. Know when to say no and when to down tools (resist opening work-related emails after hours). Get enough sleep. Working into the night is ultimately counter-productive as your memory, response time and concentration will all suffer. You’re also putting yourself at great risk of mental and physical health issues. Prioritise tasks and break them down into smaller steps to stay on track, avoid being overwhelmed and have a feeling of achievement.

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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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Win a Year’s Worth of VIP Bowling at Hollywood Bowl! Hollywood Bowl Ashford has just turned one, and to celebrate a fantastic first year, we’re offering one lucky family a year’s VIP bowling for four. The lucky winners will enjoy the ultimate bowling experience once a month for twelve months, including bowling on the VIP lanes, a round of drinks and a meal in the Diner. Whether you’re looking for the perfect after-school treat, a weekend outing, school holiday fun, or a venue for birthday parties – Hollywood Bowl has got it covered. With great food, drinks, awesome amusements and, of course, bowling, it’s the perfect place where everyone gets to celebrate! It’s all treats and no tricks at Hollywood Bowl this October with lots of freaky fun and ghoulish games for the whole family to enjoy. Play our Monster Bowl game between 4-6pm where strikes win scratch cards! Pre-book online for the best prices. For more information, check out the Hollywood Bowl Q: In bowling what is referred to as a ‘spare’? website and sign up to the newsletter to receive all the Prize: One years’ worth of family bowling on latest news and exclusive offers straight to your inbox. the VIP lanes for up to four people, a round of For your chance to win this brilliant prize, email your drinks, and a main meal per person in the diner. answer and details to Terms and Conditions apply, go to


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Want to save for your children? What are the options? • This tax year (2018/19) the savings limit is £4,260 for each account. • There is no tax to pay on the interest or investment returns in a Junior ISA.

Putting money aside for your children is a great way to offer them a little security as they get older. You do not need to save a huge amount – even a few pounds each week adds up to a nice little nest egg over time. You can teach younger children good money management skills by offering a little more pocket money as long as they save the extra amount. If they are old enough, get them involved in choosing a savings account and physically putting the money into it each month. JUNIOR ISA There are two types of ISA for children – a Cash Junior ISA, and a Stocks and Shares Junior ISA. They are available if your child is under-18 and living in the UK. The money in a Junior ISA belongs to your child and is locked away until their 18th birthday, when the account upgrades to an adult ISA. Unlike other savings accounts aimed at children, you will not have access to the money once it has been deposited.

FRIENDLY SOCIETY TAX-EXEMPT PLAN A child tax-exempt savings plan offers a guaranteed minimum tax-free lump sum at the end of the term from a share-based investment fund. This type of account is designed for saving over a relatively long period of time – usually 10-25 years. • You can currently save £270 a year if you make ad hoc deposits, or £25 a month if it is on a regular basis. • Charges vary between Friendly Societies so it is worth shopping around. NS&I PREMIUM BONDS Premium Bonds are an easy and very popular way to save money for a child. Instead of earning interest, each £1 bond you purchase has its own number that is entered into a prize draw each month and could win between £25 and £1 million. • You need to buy a minimum of £100 in Premium Bonds, with the maximum amount that can be held being £50,000. • Prizes totalling more than £2million are paid out each month.

CHILD PENSION You can set up a pension fund for your child and transfer it to them when they reach the age of 18. Starting a child pension offers a little stability when they become an adult, and gives them a valuable head start in their retirement savings. • The government tops up each contribution you make into a pension by 25% (up to a total of £2,880 in 2018/19), which considerably increases its overall value over time. • You can still contribute more than £2,880, but it will not attract the government’s topup. However you decide to put money aside for your child, your attitude to risk may guide the decision as to whether to save or invest. You will also need to consider any fees and charges if you decide that investing is the preferable option. uk/en/articles/childrens-savingsoptions national-savings-andinvestment-products#toc-2

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The Marsh October 2018  

The Village Directory, a community and advertising magazine delivered monthly to every rural home and village in the borough of Ashford Ken...

The Marsh October 2018  

The Village Directory, a community and advertising magazine delivered monthly to every rural home and village in the borough of Ashford Ken...