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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the October edition. Shorter days and colder evenings are waiting in the wings, as we bid a fond farewell to British Summertime on the 28th, don’t forget the clocks go BACK! September was barely halfway through when I pulled out the first of my winter woollies, and set the heating in the office for the early morning. So much for any thoughts of an Indian Summer! You may remember that back in March, I said that I planned to turn over a new leaf to address my health and extreme lack of fitness. Let’s just say it didn’t go quite according to plan, but the on the positive side I am now exercising regularly and the days of the couch potato are behind me (for now!). In order to remove all excuses of weather, timing and anything else I could think of, we invested in a treadmill. With the help of some favourite upbeat music tracks, I am revisiting my disco bunny days of the 70’s and 80’s, whilst walking briskly for 30-40 minutes three or four times a week. My blood pressure is down, I’ve lost some weight and I can do so much more than I could at the beginning of the year. Now that I associate exercise with fun, and in my head I’m 20 again, I’m confident that I can keep going. It was just a matter of finding something to suit my own personality. As is typical of the October edition, Christmas is now on the menu, before we know it the party season will be up and running. Do keep those events coming in, remember they’re free to advertise! Until next time, have a great month.

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Gardeners In Glass Houses by Pippa Greenwood

If you can possibly squeeze a greenhouse in to your garden, it’ll be a purchase you won’t regret. A greenhouse will literally transform your gardening activities and open up a whole new range of possibilities - but what should you get and where should you put it? A greenhouse needs to be sited well away from large trees. These not only make for shady conditions that will reduce light getting to the plants inside the greenhouse, but falling branches or other tree debris also increase the risk of damage to the glass as well as the guttering becoming clogged. If you are going to want to install electrical equipment such as heating, lighting or even some electrically heated propagators, bear in mind that the further the greenhouse is from the house or other existing supply, the more expensive it will be to install underground armoured cable. So what size should you go for? The answer is simple, larger than you might expect! Pretty well whatever the size of greenhouse you get, you can be sure you will eventually wish it was larger. Most of the initial costs rise by

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a relatively small amount as the size of the greenhouse increases, so save up a little longer if necessary. But any greenhouse is better than none, so if space or budget only allow for a 4ft x 4ft, then still go for it! Most greenhouses have a frame made from wood or metal (most commonly aluminium). Which you choose will really depend on personal preference: many prefer the look of wood, but it will need regular maintenance unless it is western red cedar. Whichever you choose, make sure it is sturdily constructed, especially if you live in a wind-prone area. In the height of summer a greenhouse will soon heat up, and temperatures can rise to the extent that plants will be damaged or even killed. Plenty of ventilation helps to reduce the temperature and also allows for better air circulation, so reducing problems with plant diseases etc. Consider roof vents as well, which aid air circulation and are an especially efficient way to let excess heat escape. Make sure that the doorway to your greenhouse is wide enough for easy access. Occasionally you see some that are so skinny you’d struggle to get through them

if you were carrying anything heavy or bulky. If possible choose one wide enough for you to push a wheelbarrow through with ease – this will make jobs such as changing the border soil or just bringing in compost so much easier. A greenhouse should be erected on a solid base - perhaps paving slabs, concrete or bricks - or on a skirt or surround of paving or concrete. The choice needs to be made at the outset, and your supplier will be able to advise on what is best for the greenhouse you choose. I prefer to have a solid path up the centre of the greenhouse (essential for practicality) and then an open bed up one or both sides. The advantage of a bed is that you can fill it full of quality soil and plant directly into it, making maintenance of crops such as tomatoes an awful lot easier. A solid base means you will need to grow greenhouse crops in containers. When you’re placing the order, try to get some greenhouse staging in your greenhouse. This is usually made from wood or metal and is slatted, making a perfect place to stand seed trays, pots and propagators.


The Garden Most greenhouses are fitted with horticultural grade glass but there are other options; if the garden is used by children, you may decide to do as I did and install safety glass or reinforced glass to reduce the risk of a tragic accident – especially likely at the base of the greenhouse. Plastic, polythene or corrugated plastic ‘glazing’ are also available from some outlets; these are generally lower cost and less of a potential hazard - but check how long they are designed to last, and think about how they will look too. If possible consider some really useful extras, including: shading (necessary to help to keep temperatures down in the sunnier months and to reduce the risk of plant damage); guttering and a linked in water-butt (a brilliant way

to have a handy water supply without elaborate plumbing, and the green option too); and an electrical supply (expensive and must be installed by a properly qualified and registered electrician, but allows electrical heating, lighting, fans and installation of a heated propagator). My Top Reasons for Getting a Greenhouse • It allows you to grow a wider range of crops with ease. • It provides a longer growing season, giving shelter at both ends of the season. • You will be able to raise a lot of plants from seed yourself, so saving money. • It will dramatically reduce the risk of problems such as tomato blight.

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Autumn Entertainment From new releases to true classics, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from our choice of books this month. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig Tom Hazard looks like he’s 40, but he’s been alive for centuries. People notice when you age so slowly, so Tom has to change his identity every eight years – a new name, new job, new friends. Falling in love isn’t an option and it’s best not to get too attached to anyone, as they’ll only die. But Tom craves an ordinary life. Beautifully written, this book is begging to be devoured in one sitting. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie After years of raising her younger siblings, Isma is free to live her own life and to start a career in America. Back in the UK, her sister, Aneeka, is struggling in a society that sees her hijab as a threat. Enter Eamonn, the son of a well-known London politician, who will have a lasting effect on both women. This reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone covers some pretty big issues, from religion, politics and extremism to love and family ties. However, Shamsie’s skilful writing means the themes never suffocate the story. A powerful book.

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Entrepreneurial You – Dorie Clark If you’re fed up of the daily grind and fancy setting up on your own, this book might prove a good starting point. The tagline is a good indication of the content – ‘Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive’. Clark offers advice on choosing what to do, building your brand and finding people to buy from you. There are plenty of case studies to be inspired by and, unlike many other business books, it’s not too heavy a read.

Extracted Trilogy – RR Haywood Harry Madden died after blowing up a German base in WW2. Safa Patel saved the prime minister, before being killed by terrorists. Ben Ryder was hit by a train while trying to stop armed men blowing up an underground station. Now these three heroes find themselves ‘extracted’ from their untimely deaths, by a man with a time-machine who wants them to save the world. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with a tightly-written plot, great characters and plenty of action.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Now a critically acclaimed TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. The US government has been overthrown by a fundamentalist Christian organisation, which strips women of their rights. Birth rates have plummeted and, as one of the few fertile women left, June is forced to become a handmaid to a powerful commander, Fred. Renamed Offred, her sole purpose is to bear her master’s children. Gripping.

The Break – Marian Keyes Bestselling author Marian Keyes’ latest book centres around fortysomething Amy, whose husband Hugh has decided he wants a break. It’s not that he doesn’t love her; he just wants some time for himself. Six months’ worth of time in fact. But if he’s on a break, then surely Amy deserves a bit of freedom too? An amusing, easy read for curling up with on a cold winter’s evening.


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Home & Interiors Designing A Dressing Room

The Modernist architect Le Corbusier (a man who knew a thing or two about designing buildings) advised readers of his collected essays: “Never undress in your bedroom. It is not a clean thing to do and makes the room horribly untidy.” Clearly, this was a man who was strongly in favour of separate dressing rooms. Move on almost 100 years or so and, while most of us don’t really feel that it’s unhygienic to take our clothes off in the bedroom, many of us do yearn for the luxury of a dressing room, a dedicated place in which to store clothes in good order, leaving the bedroom as a comfortable, tranquil place uncluttered by bulky wardrobes and chests of drawers. When space allows, this could be an immensely useful,

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functional space, as large and luxurious as you like, containing not just clothes storage but also room for a dressing table, seating and plenty of mirrors. When space is restricted, perhaps in an apartment or older property, you may find that it is more efficient to turn a small room, part of a large landing or one end of a bathroom or the master bedroom into a dressing area packed with carefully designed storage. How big should a dressing room be? The most effective way to work it out is simply to get out your tape and measure everything that you’re planning to put in the room, then draw up plans and elevations of where and how they’ll fit. Most people opt for a combination of hanging space and drawers. Think of rails

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inset ceiling spotlights are often the best option. Ensure that you have enough to light the room brightly, particularly if your finishes are dark. And if you decide to screen off your clothes with doors, fit sensor-operated lights that switch on when you open the doors. While the organisation of storage is essentially utilitarian, there is always an element of aesthetics, too. Even plain, open-fronted storage comes in a choice of finishes, while bespoke versions could incorporate exotic woods, leather or wicker. In an ideal world, you would match the style of the dressing room to that of your bedroom, picking out colours, finishes and details such as drawer handles and light switches to blend seamlessly from one room to the other. MAIN IMAGE: Komplement interior wardrobe fittings, Ikea: 020 3645 0000; ikea.com/gb

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Christmas Tree. We extend a warm welcome to any lady visitor and for further information please contact Joy Taylor 01303 812165 or Margaret Garrett 01303 4th Shadoxhurst Flower Arrangers next meeting 813932 an outstanding local demonstrator Robin White will be treating members to another of his fabulous 11th Wye Singers. We got off to a cracking start for the Autumn term brushing up on Karl Jenkins evenings. This time the theme is “Wooden it be Adiemus and learning Flow Water by Damien Kehoe Loverly”. The members competition will be for an finishing with some sing along favourites. Everyone arrangement entitled “Rough with the Smooth” is welcome of any ability so come and join us every 6th Tenterden & District Horticultural Society’s second Wednesday in Latin School, Wye, (beside next meeting is 7.00 for 7.30pm in St. Mildred’s the churchyard). Doors open at 7.30pm, choir Church Hall, Tenterden when there will be a from 8 to 9.30pm. Cost pro rata at £25 per term. presentation by Mrs. Alison Marsden titled “More Enquiries to Toria Ward 07906 924005 or toriawye@ Garden Impact for Less Effort”. For further enquiries gmail.com or Mark Harding on 07739413666 or please contact Janice Parsons on 01580 763900 or markharding2’icloud.com. email richard_jan@btopenworld.com 13th Woodchurch Film Society will be showing 8th Four Seasons of Music at St Mary’s Smeeth ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ at The memorial Hall, The Autumn: The Bourne Consort at 3pm. The Bourne Green, Woodchurch TN26 3PF. Doors open at 7pm Consort perform unaccompanied vocal music for 7.30pm screening. Tickets: £4 (members), £5 (nonconducted by Matthew Raisbeck.Donations at the members). All available at the door Refreshments door consisting hot & cold drinks plus home-made cakes for sale. 9th Smeeth W.I. will meet at Brabourne and

Smeeth Village Hall at 7.30pm when Heather West 17th Demonstrator Sue Thompson will be staging will hold a Craft Class and guide our fingers into a floral art demonstration entitled ’Up the Garden making a Christmas decoration. We look forward to Path’ for Ashford Flower Club at Furley Hall, Maidstone being able to take home something special for the Road, Ashford TN24 8TX. Demonstration starts at

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Potted duck with plum marmalade & crostini Baked Portobello mushroom with grilled halloumi & caramelised red onion Chilli & garlic king prawns with piquant mixed pepper salsa Leek & potato soup with flakes of smoked haddock

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Roasted Kentish turkey Roasted forerib of Kentish beef Pan fried Barbary duck breast Brie & beetroot wellington with port & walnuts Served with roasted potatoes, sausage meat stuffing, honey glazed roasted parsnips, Chantenay carrots & sprout, red cabbage & walnut panache Pan fried Seabass with dill mashed potatoes, tenderstem broccoli & pea puree.

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Xmas pudding with custard Winterberry cheesecake with black cherry coulis Chocolate Yule log with vanilla ice cream Apple & pear & cinnamon crumble with custard

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What’s On 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm). Tickets are £3.00, and can be purchased at the door. 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. 20/21 Woodchurch Players celebrate their one hundredth production! The Players present ‘A night of Comedy’ as their October production in the Memorial Hall. ‘Deck Chairs’ consists of two one act comedies, set on a seaside promenade. The second half of the evening is a comedy written by Woodchurch Player Simon Phelps ‘Waiting for Chris’. Performances on Friday 20th October at 7.30pm and Saturday 21st October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets available at the Community Centre 01233 861381 or book on line www.woodchurchplayers. com 25th The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets in the New Village Hall (7:15pm for 7:30pm start). Tonight Sally Berkeley will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Madness of Gardeners – Tulips and Ferns’ Members fees are £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome. Contact Irene on 01580 291777 or Lesley on 01580 291931

27th Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society’s next meeting is in the village hall from 7.15 for 7.30 pm when the AGM will be held followed by drinks and nibbles. For further enquiries please contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813451 or email brabournewendy@gmail.com 28/29 Art & Craft Sale. St Margaret’s Church Bethersden. 10am - 4pm. Refreshments available both days. Come and start your Christmas shopping early.

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Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration with Lauren from Hops & Flowers Wed 29th Nov & Fri 1st Dec 10.30am-midday £5 per person Free raffle Booking required

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Beef And Pepper Stroganoff Serves 4

Ready in 25 minutes

This is a fabulously quick and easy supper that is packed full of flavour. Serve with a watercress or rocket salad, if liked.

Ingredients: • 350g tagliatelle • 1tbsp olive oil • 4 flash-fry steaks (each about 125g), cut into thin strips • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced • 300ml carton half-fat crème fraiche • 2tsp coarsely ground black pepper • 1-2 tbsp freshly chopped flatleaf parsley

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Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook for 8-10 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and stir-fry the steak strips over a very high heat until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden then add the pepper slices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Return the steak strips and any meat juices to the pan and stir in the crème fraiche and ground black pepper. Heat through gently. Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning to taste. Drain the tagliatelle and divide between four warmed shallow pasta bowls. Spoon the steak mixture on top and garnish with a little more freshly ground black pepper.


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Rye Country Market Formerly WI Market Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill. Every Friday 10am -11.30am Tenterden Country Market Every Friday 9.30am -11.00am St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road. Tenterden High Street Market Friday’s – 0830 – 1400 Wittersham Market Every Tuesday Village Hall 9am. - 11am Tel: 01580 753062 Wye First and third Saturday of every month on the Village Green in Wye. Tel: 07804 652156 www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

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Living in this beautiful corner of the country, ‘The Garden of England’, we are fortunate to be surrounded by fields, farms and orchards, producing the freshest local fare. With the advent of 24-hour supermarkets stocking fruit and veg from all over the world, all year round, it is easy to forget that we can eat far better and help local businesses, if we shop local. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sam Nightingale from the Nightingale Cider Company (formerly Gibbet Oak Cider, Farm & Farm Shop) whose family owns and runs the oldest farm shop in Tenterden. The Nightingale family have been growing fruit in Kent since 1948 and have been based at Gibbet Oak Farm for the past 33 years. The farm shop grew from the humble beginnings of an honesty stall over 20 years ago and now boasts a cider and juice company as well.

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Cake and Bake Chocolate and Orange Puddings Chocolate and orange are perfect flavour partners and these lovely individual puddings taste delicious served warm with custard or cream.

Ingredients: • 3 small clementines or satsumas, thinly sliced • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing • 175g caster sugar • 3 large eggs, beaten • 125g self-raising flour • 50g cocoa powder, sifted • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice • 2 tsp orange zest • Custard or cream, to serve

Makes 6 Ready in 1 hours 30 mins

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1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. Butter and line the bases of 6 x 175ml metal pudding basins with circles of baking parchment. Place a slice of clementine or satsuma in the base of each basin and press 2-3 slices around the sides. 2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs then sift over the flour and cocoa powder and fold into the creamed mixture with the orange juice and zest. 3. Divide the mixture between the pudding basins and cover each with a square of pleated, buttered foil, scrunching it tightly around the sides of each basin. Transfer to a roasting tin and pour in enough boiling water from a kettle to reach halfway up the sides of the basins. 4. Bake for 1 hour, until the puddings have risen and are firm to the touch, and a skewer inserted through the foil of one of the puddings comes out clean. Turn out and serve with custard or cream.


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Kid’s Corner

Helping Children To Deal With Big Emotions by Kate Duggan kateduggan.co.uk

It can be bewildering when your child has a meltdown, as the reason for it often seems pretty minor. However, while children may think they’re upset because their sibling got an extra sweet or because they want to carry on watching TV, there’s often an underlying issue. Tiredness, hunger and sugar crashes can all make children over-emotional. Of course, children often won’t realise why they’re feeling like they do and may be very quick to tell you that no they’re not hungry, they’re cross because you’re just being SO UNFAIR. Children also often store up any anxieties and let them loose in a safe place, i.e. at home. An argument with a friend at school, for instance, can result in a shouting match over switching the TV off at home. Or, if your child is worried that you might love their siblings more than you love them, a perceived unfairness can be a trigger to letting that worry come out. A worry box can be a useful tool for discovering any underlying anxieties that may be bothering your child. Help them to decorate a cardboard box and write ‘Our worry box’ on the

side. Encourage your child to write down when something is worrying them, and to pop it in the box. If they’re too young to write their worry down, they could draw it or ask you to write it for them. Just the act of getting it down on paper can sometimes help children to work through the issue. Pick a quiet time, when your child seems at ease, to take out a piece of paper and discuss the worry. If your child is still feeling anxious about the issue, they can put it back in the box. Otherwise they can throw it away. COPING WITH A MELTDOWN A meltdown is usually fast and furious, but short lived. Speaking in a low, soothing voice can help children to calm down. Just repeating that they’re OK and that you’re here can be all that’s needed. Keeping calm when you’re being screamed at is certainly difficult, but reciprocating will just escalate the situation. If you need to walk away and take a few minutes to breathe deeply, then do so. Young children aren’t always capable of logic, so attempting to reason with them often won’t help. Likewise, telling them to

calm down, to stop crying, or to ‘suck it up’ will just make things worse. While giving in to your child’s demands can sometimes diffuse the situation, it won’t uncover any underlying causes for the meltdown and can make things worse in the long run. That being said, it’s always a good idea to properly consider their request before a situation escalates. It’s often very easy to say ‘no’ without actually considering whether there’s room to meet halfway. Once your child has calmed down, you might want to sit with them while they eat a nonsugary snack. Big emotions can be scary and tiring for children. It will take years for them to develop the mental capacity to be able to properly control their emotions, so don’t try to make them feel guilty about losing control. Instead, ask whether they want to talk about what just happened and about how they’re feeling. A hug can go a long way towards making both of you feel better too.

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Clubs & Societies

Aldington Ladies Gentle Exercise Club Wednesday afternoon 2-4.30pm at Aldington Village Hall. Fee £4 per session . Wear comfy clothes and non-slip socks if possible. Contact Anne Warrener 01303 812703. looking forward to seeing you! 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. elgar05@gmail.co.uk Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Aldington Village Hall at 7.45 pm for 8.00. We have a varied programme of talks, shows and social events. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details please contact Jean Evans on 01233 720618 or colin.e123@btinternet.com 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 details contact Julie Coney - quirkyjules@gmail.com or 01303 813944 (eve). Aldington Tennis Club We are a social / family Tennis Club encouraging all ages and abilities to play. Flood lights and coaching enable us to play all year with our members from around the local villages. All the information is listed on our web site www.aldingtontennisclub.co.uk

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Aldington WI on 3rd Mon every month. All ladies welcome, 7 for 7.30 at The Walnut Tree, Aldington. Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at 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. Ashford Decorative & Fine Arts Society (part of NADFAS). A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, with inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the countries top experts, together with days of special interest and arts visits. All lectures are in Aldington Village Hall, usually on the third Tuesday of each month, from September to June. Membership is open to all. www.ashforddfas.org.uk Bilsington Ladies meet in Bilsington Village Hall 2nd Thurs. of month at 2.15pm. Interesting speakers and a warm welcome awaits. Call Jan 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 brabournewendy@gmail.com.

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 Quilting Group held in the Oak Room, Smeeth TN25 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 Sellindge Gardening Association meet on the 3rd 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. Sellindge Table Top Sale the 1st Saturday of each 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 committee 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 further information please contact Elaine on 01303 863096 or Iona on 01303 238390. The Get Together Club meet second Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall, Sellindge from 2pm to 4pm. new members welcome. Lympne Short Mat Bowling Club meets every Mon & Thurs 7 00 pm to 9 30 pm September to May in Lympne Village Hall. It is a small, friendly, sociable club. Do come along and try your hand at an enjoyable, skilful game. Do come along you will be made most welcome. For further details call Joyce Groom - Match Secretary on 01303 230983/0750 652 5971 trevor_groom@sky.com Sellindge Linedancing Club We are your local line dance club. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Are you interested in joining us? You don’t need a partner to line dance! We are starting a NEW BEGINNERS CLASS on 5th September 6.00pm until 7.00pm Entry fee is only £2.50. If you need to know more or even to reserve your place, please ring Maureen for further details. 07989 210449


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Enquiries: Geoff Thorpe 01303 813152 or Babs Ruck 01303 813743 Harvest Service; Sunday October 1st at 10.30am. Pam Barr will be our speaker and non-perishable food items will be given to the Ashford Food Bank. Please deliver to the church on Sunday morning prior to the service. Everybody welcome! NEW! Messy Church: Starting on Oct 7 from 3pm – 5pm and then on the first Saturday of the month Families of all ages can get together for a time of fun!! Contact Margaret Austen 01303 812555 for details Baptism by total immersion; On Sunday October 8th at 10.30am. This will be a joint service with Grow Church of South Ashford, led by Greg Marlam. Art Club Our next meeting is on Tuesday October 10 from 10am – 12noon. Further details from Mike on 01303 812484. New members very welcome! MP’S Surgery: Our MP Damian Collins, will be holding his monthly surgery at Brabourne Baptist Church from 3.45pm to 4.30pm on Friday October 20.. If you have any questions, complaints or comments, please book an appointment by e-mailing your name, post code, subject and message to: shepwayconservatives@btconnect.com or telephone 01303 253 524 Meeting Point Lunch; Thursday, Oct 26th at 12 noon. Please let Cathy know if you’re coming 01303 814132

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Finance

By Ann Haldon

Government Schemes for First-Time Buyers and Existing Homeowners

If you are an existing homeowner wanting to move up the property ladder, or are looking to buy your first home, a number of government schemes could help you make that investment. From boosting your savings for a deposit to buying a share in a property, take a look below at the main government initiatives to find one that suit your circumstances. HELP TO BUY ISA Eligibility • First-time buyers only. • Purchase price of up to £250,000 (£450,000 in London). • You must live in the property. • It must be your only home. How it works The government boosts your Help to Buy ISA savings by 25%, up to a maximum of £3,000, so for every £100 you save into the ISA you will receive an additional £25 from the government. If you and a partner are saving for your first home together, you can each open a Help to Buy ISA and take advantage of a savings boost of up to £6,000 in total. EQUITY LOAN (IN ENGLAND) Eligibility • Applies to new-builds only. • First-time buyers and existing homeowners may be eligible. • Property purchase price up to

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£600,000 in England. • You must live in the property, and not sub-let it. • It must be your only property. • The home must be purchased from a registered Help to Buy builder. • You cannot use a partexchange deal on your old home. How it works Also known as shared equity, you own your home using the equity loan scheme, purchasing a proportion of the property up front with the remainder being paid back over a pre-agreed term. SHARED OWNERSHIP Eligibility You may be eligible for the Shared Ownership scheme if your annual household income is £80,000 or less (£90,000 or less in London) and: • This is your first home. • You have been a homeowner, but are now unable to afford a property. • You already use the shared ownership scheme. How it works You purchase between 25% and 75% of the property outright and pay a subsidised rent on the outstanding portion. You may be able to purchase more shares until you own the whole property, and the rent is reduced proportionately. STARTER HOME SCHEME The Starter Home scheme is the latest government initiative to help first-time buyers in England onto the property ladder. Although not yet fully up and running, these are the latest eligibility criteria and details known.

Eligibility • First-time buyers aged between 23 and 40. • Maximum household income of £80,000 (£90,000 in London). • Must have a mortgage. • There will be restrictions on the resale or letting of the property for 15 years after purchase. How it works The government is offering a minimum discount of 20% on a property’s market value, so purchasers will need a mortgage of up to 80%. The purchase price after the discount can be up to £250,000 (£450,000 in London). Starter homes under this scheme will be exempt from the Community Infrastructure Levy, which house builders normally have to pay to local authorities. What has caused a housing crisis in recent years? A rise in the UK population, falling numbers of new-build properties and high prices in certain areas of the country have all combined to create a dire need for affordable housing. If you are in this situation, hopefully one of these schemes will help you on to the property ladder sooner rather than later. www.helptobuy.gov.uk www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/ scheme/starter-homes www.thebureauinvestigates.com/ explainers/what-is-affordablehousing-a-bureau-guide


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You, Your Bones and Osteoporosis malabsorption problems (e.g. coeliac or Crohn’s disease). • Some breast and prostate cancer medications. • Long periods of inactivity (e.g. long-term bed rest). • In men, low testosterone levels.

Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men aged 50 and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October aims to raise osteoporosis awareness. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones weaken and decrease in density, increasing the likelihood of fractures. The high incidence of fractures in the over-50s is mostly due to weakened bones. Although osteoporosis can affect any bone, the wrists, hips and spine are the most commonly affected. WHO IS AT RISK? Women are generally at greater risk than men, as falling oestrogen levels during the menopause affect bone density. Women are at even higher risk if they: • Experience menopause or have a hysterectomy before age 45. • Over-exercise or diet, stopping their periods for more than six months. Other risk factors include: • Overactive thyroid or parathyroid glands. • Adrenal gland or pituitary gland disorders. • Family history of osteoporosis or hip fracture. • A BMI of 19 or less. • Long-term high-dose corticosteroid use (e.g. for arthritis or asthma). • Eating disorders. • Smoking and heavy drinking. • Rheumatoid arthritis. • Conditions causing

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take Vitamin D too, as it’s essential for calcium absorption. DON’T: Smoke or exceed the advised alcohol limits of 2 units a day. Both are proven to substantially raise fracture risk. Diagnosing Osteoporosis Doctors can use an online tool to assess fracture risk. You may also have a DEXA (DXA) scan that measures bone mineral density, giving you a ‘T score’. A score below -2.5 confirms a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Treating Osteoporosis Not everyone will need medication and treatment depends on age, sex, risk of fracture, previous injury history and existing conditions. It’s sensible to maintain healthy Vitamin D, calcium and fitness levels and reduce your fall risk by ensuring your eyesight and balance are fine. However, if you have a hormone deficiency, a supplement may be appropriate. Other medications include: • Bisphosphonates (e.g. etidronate) and Selective Oestrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs), which help maintain bone density. • Strontium ranelate, which reduces bone breakdown and stimulates new bone growth. For More Information: National Osteoporosis Foundation: www.nof.org International Osteoporosis Foundation: www.iofbonehealth. org


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