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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

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you get, you can be sure you will eventually wish it was larger. Most of the initial costs rise by 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

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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. • Plants get plenty of natural light and so are more likely to thrive. • It makes a perfect gardener’s hide-away! Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood. com for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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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

By Katherine Sorrell

and compartmentalised drawers, and useful fittings such as tie holders, pull-out shelves, boxes, trouser hangers and laundry bins. The hard-to-reach top parts of the space are ideal for infrequently used items, and shoes can be kept in racks or on trees at the bottom. To turn your space from a walk-in wardrobe to a full-on dressing room, leave enough space for a dressing table with a good mirror and drawers for cosmetics, hair styling kit and so on. A full-length mirror is essential, and for drying hair you’ll need a plug socket nearby. 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.

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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, 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 for full, half and three-quarterlength hanging, deep, shallow

There are three ways to fit out the space: find a carpenter or joiner to make you an utterly bespoke room; commission a fitted-furniture specialist and choose from one of their ranges; or use off-the-shelf elements, readily available from DIY sheds or storage specialists, and make it up yourself. The latter option, though undeniably the cheapest, has the disadvantage of being less flexible and, because all the parts will be made to standard measurements, may not make the best use of your space, particularly if it is awkwardly shaped. It is important to get the lighting right in a dressing room. Wall fittings, dangling pendants and floor lamps may be in the way, so 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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October

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

Mains

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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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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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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Add a spoonful of wholegrain mustard with the crème fraiche for an extra piquant flavour or try a splash of Worcestershire sauce.

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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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Fast-forward to 2013 and the first cider and perry was on sale in the well-stocked farm shop. Today there are now 11 different cider, perry and juice products selling to pubs, cafés, trade and consumers across Kent. “Cider production alone is now at 45,000 litres per year - a tripling in production on the previous vintage and the farm shop is open 7 days a week, so we are pretty busy.” Sam Nightingale Sam also has plans to build on their little known delivery service and the brand new website has a retail page, meaning the Tenterden grown juices and ciders can be purchased online from later this month. As we chat during the busiest harvest the farm has seen in several years, Sam excitedly talks about the latest project of re-branding, “With the businesses having grown up under different names, over the last 70 years, we felt that it was time to unite them under the family name” Sam explains, ‘Nightingale Cider Company and Nightingale Farm Shop’, we look forward to welcoming customers new and old to see our new look!” Find Nightingale Farm Shop on the B2080 Appledore Road, Tenterden. Open 7 days a week 01580 763938 | nightingalefarmshop.com


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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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Tenterden Camera Club - A chance for members

These are intended to be on the 1st Thursday of every month. Knitting, crochet, sewing, furniture painting

the Dukes Head, Hamstreet at noon. If you wish to join the club phone Jennie on 01233 732766, Alison 733514 or Rosemary 732644.

Hamstreet Sports & Leisure Assoc The ground floor can be hired for sports changing which consists of male and female changing, Showers and disabled wet room. Along with the field and the multi use courts,we also have the top floor of the pavilion which consist of 2 rooms an office and a Lounge / Bar, we hire this out for small functions of 60 people, the building has disabled access and to the first floor we have a wheel chair lift. The pavilion also has a small fitted kitchen. Hamstreet Victory Hall, Craft Classes are held on

Mornings every Saturday 10am - 11.30am. Cakes, plants, produce.

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, first Monday of the month to discuss photographic issues. There is no charge and all are welcome. We also meet fortnightly (2nd Thurs and 4th Wed each month) in the upstairs meeting room at the Zion Baptist Church, Bridewell Lane, Tenterden. Every month we have a fun project or theme for members to capture, complimented by the occasional local outings. Most months we have a speaker and at the end of the month (4th Wednesday) we have a social club evening where we look at the pictures and others with a cup of tea and biscuits. New members and guests very welcome. Full details on our web site: www.TenterdenCameraClub.co.uk

the 1st Thursday of the month between 2pm& 4pm. We paint furniture, crochet, knit, sew etc, and enjoy a chat and a cuppa. We are a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. Contact Ann on 07989 586575 for more information.

Warehorne Folk Dance Club - Traditional English/

Flower Arranging classes are held on the 3rd

Every Thursday from 9.30am and 10.40am. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Entry is £5 Call 07587 167756 or visit www.taichiforyou.co.uk email: taichiforyou@hotmail.co.uk

Thursday of the month between 2pm & 4pm. If you enjoy flowers and would like to join our friendly group you will be made very welcome. Contact Angela on 01233 732833 or Ann on 07989 586575 for more information.

High Halden Craft Group - Meets every Monday

(except Bank Holidays) at High Halden Memorial Hall 10.30am till 1.00pm. £3.50 includes materials, coffee and free raffle ticket For more info call 01580 291621 or 01233 85030

High Halden Short Mat Bowls Club We play every Friday 7.30 - 10.00pm. in the village hall. New members are welcome so do come and give it a try. or ring 01233 850395 for more.

High Halden Young at Heart Club meets 1st Wed each month in The Memorial Hall at 2pm. Please contact George Burford 01233 850427.

Shadoxhurst Flower Arrangers are a small, friendly club who meet at 7.30pm in Shadoxhurst Village Hall on the first Wed of every month except January. No experience of flower arranging needed to join, just an interest in seeing blooms displayed advantageously. Demonstrators visit most months but members also enjoy trips & meals out. If you would like to get to know us, please call the secretary on 01233 732212.

American folk dancing - meet at Kingsnorth Village Hall, Church Hill, Kingsnorth TN23 3EF every Wed 8 - 10pm £2. Call Edna 01233 627121 or David 01233 812935.

Tai Chi Sessions, Victory Hall, Ruckinge Rd, Hamstreet.

SELLINDGE BOOT FAIR

Every second Saturday in the month May - September 12 noon start Sellindge Sports and Social Club 69, Swan Lane, Sellindge

HAMSTREET BOOT FAIR

First Sunday in the month April - December 9am - 12 noon Victory Hall/Field Food, Bargains, Toilets

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Clubs & Societies

African Drumming Group

Thurs 7-9pm at The Birches Nickley Wood Shadoxhurst TN26 1LZ. Contact Leslie Ross on 01233733387. Please call prior to coming so that spare drums can be organised.

Ashford Astronomical Society meets at Woodchurch

Memorial Hall on the last Friday of every month. Meetings start at 7.30pm and are open to all. There are informative talks, star-gazing sessions. Further details can be found by emailing secretary@ ashfordastro.org.uk.

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 Sept to June. Membership is open to all. See www.ashforddfas.org.uk

Ashford Writers is a friendly group for writers of all

experience and abilities. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in The Queen’s Head, Kingsnorth at 7pm. Admission £1. Visit www.meetup. com/Ashford-Writers/ or email cathywhite@outlook. com for more information.

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, 7.309.30pm. For further information and/or to express interest, contact Sue - 01233 820585.

Dancing for Fun Come and learn a wide range of wonderful dances, from 17th Century Jane Austen style dances to 21st Century Ceilidh Dances, including American Contra Dance, English Barn Dance, Contra

Waltzing and the Polka! Great low impact exercise! No experience or partner required! Have fun, get fitter and meet new people! No need to book - just turn up! Every Monday 7:45pm - 22:30pm at Hothfield Village Hall, Park Drive, Hothfield, Ashford TN26 1EQ www. contrafusion.co.uk 01233 625 362

East Kent Morris Men and Women: Do you like

dancing, drinking, socialising, music, having fun? Then why not try Morris Dancing? We are recruiting now for new members. This is a mixed side of women and men dancing together. Weekly Wednesday dance practices start again on September 21st 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

ENJOY LEARNING offers enjoyable adult classes in

NEW ROMNEY, DYMCHURCH and HYTHE. We teach ART APPRECIATION & SPANISH CLASSES. The Spanish Classes are not for complete beginners, but if you have done a bit of Spanish in the past and would like to brush up your skills, the classes might be suitable. Classes cost £5, payable weekly. For further details contact ANDREW and DEBBY on 01303 875542

Friendly Pop In Centre, Woodchurch, For The Over 60’S. Lower Road Woodchurch TN26 3SQ. Next door

to Woodchurch Community Centre.Every Wednesday afternoon 2 to 4pm. Relax with friends. Also play, crazy golf, table tennis, air hockey,bowls or just have a good chat. Hairdresser every 3rd Wednesday. Tea, coffee, & cakes inside or on the lawn. You are very welcome. Tel Richard 07798566849

Hamstreet Baby & Toddler Group meet every Wednesday (term time only) in the Victory Hall from 9.30-11.30pm Call Hannah 01233 733863 for more.

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Hobbies You’re Never Alone With A Book Club By Kate McLelland Who said reading was a solitary occupation? These days, thanks to the popularity of book clubs, you’ll find book lovers throughout the world coming together to socialise and share their views. And avid readers who can’t meet face-to-face will find plenty of online platforms where they can discuss the books they have enjoyed with others. The main objective of a book club is to invite a group of people to read a novel or work of non-fiction in their own time and then come together in a social setting in order to discuss it. Some book clubs meet in group members’ homes - where food and drink matching a book’s theme is often served while others meet in libraries, pubs or community centres. These gatherings are usually informal in nature, with few set rules, although limits may be set on the time allowed for conversations that are not related to books!

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A HISTORY OF BOOK CLUBS Although it’s hard to pin down the actual date when book clubs emerged, it has been suggested that the trend really began in the USA in 1996, when TV personality Oprah

Winfrey added a book club segment to her hugely popular TV show. Eight years later presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - the hosts of a similar, magazine-style British TV programme - decided to launch their own book club. It immediately captured the imagination of UK audiences, pushing sales of books reviewed from thousands of copies to millions, virtually overnight. Today it is estimated that there are over 50,000 book clubs in Great Britain. JOINING UP Many clubs are set up by word of mouth, so you could ask friends, family or work colleagues if they know of any groups operating locally. Your local library can also be a good source of information. If your library doesn’t already run its own club, it may provide space for an independent group to meet, or carry a list of book clubs operating in the area. Websites such as readinggroups.org or mybookclub.com also carry lists of local groups you can join. STARTING YOUR OWN BOOK CLUB If you’ve researched your area

and found that there are no groups that meet your needs, you could always set up your own club. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Choose what type of book club you’d like to run. Should it be seriously academic, or light and frivolous? The answer may depend on the type of people who will be attracted to join: their ages, gender and areas of interest. Decide how many people should be invited as members. A group of between 8 and 16 is a comfortable size, allowing you to continue even if several members are absent. If the group is larger than that, conversations can become harder to moderate. Think about when and how often the club should get together. Meeting on a monthly or six-weekly basis works well for most people and gives time for books to be read. It is best if the timing of meetings is agreed through discussions with other members, in order to accommodate their work or childcare commitments. Once you’ve decided on a schedule that works well for the group,


try to stick with it. An ideal length for each meeting is two to two and a half hours, allowing plenty of time to discuss the book, but also including time for summing up, setting reading tasks and socialising. There are many different ways to keep in touch with members but the quickest and most efficient way to communicate is via email or social media. Set up a Facebook group for your club or sign up to the website bookmovement. com, which lets you set up a private book club page to keep track of book selections, send out meeting invitations and track acceptances. Here are some dos and don’ts for holding successful meetings: DO choose two or three books at a time so members can

read at their own pace. Don’t get locked into a 12-month programme of book choices as you’ll miss out on the chance to introduce new and exciting books that you hear about. DON’T keeping reading the same type of book. Variety is key to keeping your group engaged, so try interspersing fiction with non-fiction books, including poetry, history or biography. DO try selecting books by theme: focusing on a specific author or choosing particular genres such as childhood memoirs, detective thrillers or books on food.

Leisure

In addition to all the pleasure you’ll get from reading and discussing a wide range of books, by joining or starting up a book club you will also enjoy linked activities such as visits to literary festivals, meeting local authors or trips to the cinema to see the film version of a book you’ve read. It’s the perfect activity for socially-inclined book lovers. If you ever thought reading was a lonely pastime, there’s no doubt you’ll revise your opinion when you join a book club.

DON’T give in to someone who begs the group to read their favourite novel. Adverse criticism can lead to hurt feelings, so it’s best to stay on neutral ground.

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You, Your Bones and Osteoporosis

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 over50s 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 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. PREVENTING OSTEOPOROSIS DO: Take regular exercise that includes weightbearing and muscle-strengthening activities, which exert force on bones and stimulate growth. They’ll also improve flexibility and balance, making falls less likely. • Weight-bearing brisk walking, hiking, Professionalexercise: Foot Healthcare jogging, climbing stairs, rope skipping, aerobics or racquet sports. • Muscle-strengthening (resistance) exercise: weightlifting (hand weights are fine), resistance bands, weight machines, rising up on your toes and pushups. Include plenty of calcium, vitamin D and protein in your diet. Dairy foods are great sources of protein, calcium, Vitamin D and other vital minerals.

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Following a period of time working for Kent's Urogynae physiotherapy team I gained an interest in improving the core stability of the pelvic/lower back region to help those with postural/muscle strength changes as a result of pregnancy - then I trained as a FitBack&Bumps instructor, to bring valuable education and exercise to all those who want it most. Combining cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), movement control/balance, cardio and relaxation exercise is now my focus to ensure you gain a healthy body, mind and soul.

I have witnessed the benefits of this approach for all ages, including young children in Indian children's centres via group or one to one sessions.

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Important Information Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden

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Samaritans 116123 www.samaritans.org

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Doctors Surgery Hamstreet Surgery Parish Councils: Appledore: Bethersden: High Halden: Hothfield: Orlestone: Ruckinge: Shadoxhurst: Warehorne: Woodchurch: Ashford Borough Council www.ashford.gov.uk Ashford Gateway info@ashfordgateway.co.uk www.ashfordgateway.co.uk Tenterden Gateway Citizens Advice Bureau Veterinary Surgeons Vet - Montgomery Vets Ashford Volunteer Centre

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Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad

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St. John Ambulance Brigade 01233 611 414 East Kent Strokes 01233 840448 www.eastkentstrokes.org

SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc 07767 326138 e: mssoutheast@gmail.com South East Kent Polio Branch e: flamingo@btinternet.com.

NSPCC: Tenterden & District 01293 651840 CPRE Kent 01233 714540 Royal Mail Residential Customer Services 08457 740740 Bus Enquiries Arriva Bus Enquiries (Travel Line) 0871 200 22 33 (Customer Services) 08456 00 22 99 National Train Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk Village Halls Appledore Bethersden Bilsington Bromley Green Road Hamstreet Hamstreet Pavilion

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