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Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to develop your child’s confidence and independent study skills so they excel throughout the new term and beyond. Contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment: Ashford North Study Centre Jyoti Rajani 01233 664190 Classes held at The Scout Hall, Lower Vicarage Road, Kennington, Kent TN24 9AS

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June Ballard and staff welcome you to her cosy 16th Century pub in the heart of the village, with three bars, oak beams, stone floors and open fires.

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Welcome to the village directory Hi Everyone, Welcome to the September Issue, by the time you read this the Olympics will be well and truly over, but as I write I’m still reeling from the amazing closing ceremony on television last night. Although constantly tidying up after my teenage son can feel like a marathon at times, I’m not really into sport in a big way, but I must say I really caught the Olympics bug and for the first time watched with excitement and immense pride. Leading up to the games I didn’t think I would watch much of it but once we were introduced to some of the athletes, and we started doing so well, I was riveted to my screen every night. It was wonderful to have a whole two weeks of uplifting successes, not just from our sports men and women but also from the tremendous British fans and helpers. I think we showed the whole world the very professional, talented and fun side of us Brits.

Although it did seem rather London centred at times I think the whole country can be proud of how this Olympics came together. Well done Team GB. Now it’s up to all of us to to maintain this very positive, uplifting vibe. The athletes have shown us how hard work and a positive mental attitude is the key to success. Have a great month!

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ust Is it my imagination or is this part of the season getting longer? The stretch from late summer to the end of October can be nearly as hot (and usually drier) than it is in July and August. Colours are muted and warm and autumn is creeping in at the edges of the day, but not in a bad way; it gives me a “seize the day” feeling, in case this is the last time we’ll see the sun. I’m more relaxed in the garden at this time of the year - the pressure’s off in terms of hoping for perfection now that the summer’s drifting away; the weeds aren’t quite so rampant and although some things are fading, others are still in their prime - a few even, are just beginning.


any grasses are in their prime now, with golden, silver or russety flower spikes - some demure and ‘grassy’, others with dramatic plumes or ‘feathers’ of flowers. The sun is lower in the sky than in summer, so use this slanting light to good effect by

placing grasses in front of the sun so that they’re backlit. The flower and seed heads last for a long time and give movement, texture and drama to a border. Grasses look fantastic planted with late summer perennials - try clumps of ‘daisy’ flowers like Echinacea, Rudbeckia, or drifts of Verbena bonariensis and Gauara lindheimerii.


rasses are very easy to grow and look after. They tend to clump up a little (some Miscanthus gets a bit thuggish), but are easily divided in either autumn or spring. The only thing you really need to do is cut them back (to the ground) in early spring before the new growth starts.

Five good grasses to grow: Miscanthus zebrinus - this tall grass has horizontally striped leaves (not quite like a Zebra though) and attractive dusky flower plumes/seed heads that persist for a long time. Stipa tenuissima - a shorter grass that helps to give movement and texture within the border. It works well contrasted with dumpy clumps of Sedums and Asters or mingled in with

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Mollinia caerula ‘Transparent’ - mixes well with perennials like Echinacea. Carex alata (Bowles Golden grass) - low growing with chartreuse (limey green) leaves that brightens shady corners. Festuca glauca - another short evergreen grass, this time with blue leaves. It will happily grow in containers, or plant at the front of the border. Jo Arnell offers Garden advice, designs borders and runs gardening workshops in Woodchurch 01233 861186.

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the garden that they had eaten a lot of the linen to make some nests. So everything had to come out, be sorted through and lots of chewed material floated around like confetti. Everything smelt deliciously of mice. Ebony and I were in heaven! For some reason Jane and Clive were not pleased and even sat us down and told us that we were not doing our jobs properly by letting mice live in the cupboard! Humans are so stupid- we are not allowed in the linen cupboard (we would only be too happy to curl up in there but apparently there is a problem with muddy paws) so how could we scare the Hello Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. I hope you mice away? are all well and enjoying the summer. We have been enjoying the sunny spells although we After everything had been taken out of the cupboard we had a bit of a play around in have had a lot of trouble with our cottage! there and we saw lots of copper pipes. They It all started with Jane deciding to tidy out were very old looking and crusted with large the linen cupboard (why do humans do these bits of lime scale. Unfortunately one of them things? They don’t know how to relax as well got slightly knocked when everything went as us cats!). We thought this would be quite back in the cupboard and a large chunk of lime fun- tunnelling under the sheets and blankets scale fell off and water started pouring out of as they came out- but it was a lot more fun the pipe. The lime scale had obviously been than we thought..... Jane discovered that mice acting as some sort of plug! So various buckets had been living in the linen cupboard and were collected to catch the water but despite this water was soon pouring through the kitchen ceiling (sitting on the cooker playing with that was fun) and an emergency plumber had to be called.



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This was all sorted and the mess cleaned up. Ebony and I were exhausted by all the help we had to give and the next day settled down to a well earned rest while the humans were at work. Not for long though as soon there was an almighty crash and the ceiling in the sitting room fell down (nothing to do with the water in the kitchen apparently, just a separate disaster). We went to investigate and found that lots of the ceiling had landed in Louis the tortoise’s pen and he was buried in the rubble! We helped him burrow through and he sat with his head poking out of the rubble for the rest of the day until Clive and Jane came home. We checked on him frequently and made sure he didn’t eat the plaster- that tortoise will eat anything. At least he has a good hard shell to protect him. Anyway, the humans were horrified when they arrived and Louis had a thorough examination and was found to be OK. We even got thanked for looking after him. Then we all cleaned up the ceiling..... We think the cottage has turned against us for

some reason- maybe we have a poltergeist?! Let’s hope we can report peace and quiet next month! On another note, thank you to Charlie the cat who wrote in with tales of how he helps his humans with their washing. His humans seem to be unappreciative and even put a mouse he had caught in the washing machine with their clothes. Apparently it made all their clothes STINK!

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Life Begins Don’t let your dream cottage turn into a nightmare It’s the stuff of Daily Mail competitions. It’s the fantasy that drives the holiday cottage industry: when once a year we satisfy our desire for rural living by renting our own dream cottage. But what happens when – like newly retired couple Gary and Linda Speed from Basingstoke - you decide to live the dream? Gary and Linda wanted to buy a spacious, detached cottage in the West Country with offstreet parking, original features and countryside views. Having around ÂŁ300,000 in the bank, they were conďŹ dent that they would ďŹ nd their perfect home. However, they were initially dismayed to ďŹ nd that while house prices may have slumped in recent years, the market for period properties in popular areas remains surprisingly buoyant. The couple eventually found a reasonably-priced cottage that ticked all the right boxes. Located in a quiet village outside a popular Dorset tourist town, the attractive stone-built, thatched property had no central heating and lacked a modern kitchen and bathroom, but it did have a large garden all the period features they wanted. “We knew that it needed updating,â€? says Linda. “But it was absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t understand why someone else hadn’t already snapped it up.â€? However, as the various surveys and building reports they had commissioned began to pile up, the true cost of the renovation was revealed. The stonework needed re-pointing, the electrical wiring had decayed and the damaged thatch would cost thousands to replace, so Gary and Linda reluctantly pulled out. They had incurred costs along the way – solicitors’ fees plus the cost of the surveys and reports – but they had avoided the nightmare of a ‘money pit’ purchase by taking professional advice early on. If Gary and Linda’s dreams didn’t match up to reality, they were not alone. In a recent survey by AA Home Emergency Response, 2,005 people were questioned about their ideal home. 28% of respondents fantasised about owning a property

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in a rural location, with a large, openplan kitchen/diner and living area featuring high on their ‘must-have’ list. 48% of the sample wanted sea views while slightly more than half prioritised views of mountains or open ďŹ elds. As anyone familiar with the British countryside will know, rather than enjoying expansive views, many village dwellings face directly onto a busy road. A large kitchen/diner is also a rare ďŹ nd – particularly if the cottage is Grade II listed and the local authority does not permit structural alterations. In fact the competition for properties that ‘have it all’ is so intense that in sought-after areas you will need to spend ÂŁ500,000 plus if you want a property with good internal space that enjoys excellent countryside or seaside views. Buyers on a more modest budget will inevitably have to compromise.

up their dream of a West Country home, but during a weekend trip to Somerset a ‘For Sale’ sign caught their eye.

Their ďŹ nal purchase was a small, terraced town house that faced directly onto the street - a far cry from the ‘roses round the door’ cottage with a large garden they had originally envisaged. As Linda explains: “We knew we had to compromise on our dream, but in the end it didn’t After their experience in Dorset, Gary really feel like a compromise. It was different, but we and Linda seriously considered giving loved the village and somehow the chemistry was right.â€?


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It was a record breaking day for Pilgrims Hospices Summer Fair. The sun shone and the crowds came. 0ver 2000 people poured through the gates to enjoy everything from the cake stall to high end fashion, a human fruit machine to the Pimm’s tent. As a result nearly £19,000 was raised, smashing last year’s total.

in Ashford and New Romney, who donated the bottles, meant that we were able to please many people with lots of winning tickets on the day.”

Nigel Donkin, Regional Fundraising Manager said, “It was a delight to welcome so many from the community to the grounds of the hospice. It is so heart warming to see such support. I would Shona Hardyke, one of the many visitors like to extend my deepest thanks to the 150 staff, throughout the day expressed her delight volunteers and supporters who worked so hard saying, “The whole family enjoyed the fair. The to make the day such a great success. children loved the amazing variety of stalls The staggering amount raised in such an and wanted to go on everything. They were economically difficult time is a tribute to the absolutely delighted to be able to buy some dedication of so many who hold Pilgrims in high great mirrors from the craft stall which will regard. It will enable us to continue to move adorn their walls very soon. Congratulations to forward in the way that we provide care for all who everyone for making it such a wonderful day. I need it, both within the hospice and at home.” look forward to next year now.” Natalie Shoebridge, from NatWest Ashford, ran the High End Fashion Stall. She said, “It was an amazing day. People loved the chance to try on some of the fabulous clothes which were just a sample of the high quality items that can be bought in many of Pilgrims charity shops. “ Deborah Jarrett who ran one of the bottle tombolas described how busy they were, “We had a constant stream of people throughout the fair, right to the closing minutes. With 1000 bottles to be won we were very popular. The generosity of the shoppers at Sainsbury’s

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As we enjoy healthier lives for longer we need to forward plan, investing in our homes to make them much easier for use in older age.

into sharp edges. They help to soften the room and are a stylish design feature to end a run of cabinets.

The kitchen area is a prime example of where you can have quality, design-led solutions that not only make it useable for you today but can still be used as you grow older with no compromise on style.

Make things easier on your lower extremities by moving your appliances off the floor. A range cooker may look lovely but it becomes a pain when you have to keep bending down to use it, not to mention high maintenance to clean. High line ovens & fridges at waist level mean easy access & less bending.

At J M Interiors we’re highly experienced at planning kitchens with this objective in mind and find following these design tips really do help to keep kitchens smart, functional and above all easy to use & maintain.

Keep everything within reach Base cupboards and low level shelving mean lots of bending and reaching. Opt instead for drawers; they more than double your storage space as well as making everything well organised and easy to access. Increase your storage capacity by incorporating accessible corner solutions such as magic corners, carousels, swingouts and rotating trays. Their ergonomic design means smooth operations and safe storing of all your kitchen items.

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Keep cabinetry unfussy, free from excessive detail for clean lines and smooth surfaces.

Granite or composite stone worktops are practical, durable & the easiest of surfaces to clean.

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My earliest Olympic memories include golden performances from David Hemery in 1968, Mary Peters in 1972 and David Wilkie in 1976 – events I saw as an impressionable school boy. Those were also the days when Team GB found gold medals all but elusive. We were used to the Brits somehow falling at the final hurdle and despite our plucky efforts we would tend to lose out to the more professional, better prepared (and sometimes illegally-fuelled) continental teams. What a contrast to Beijing and now London 2012! The preparation of our cycling team has stunned the world – at its heart lies its attention to detail, its production of youthful, exuberant, awesomely talented athletes who compete expecting to win and yet are equally capable of showing graciousness on the few occasions when they taste defeat. Today’s children have any number of our own home-grown sporting heroes from whom they can draw inspiration: Ennis, Farah, Ainslie, Wiggins, Pendleton…! Maybe they will be able to remember where they were on that glorious Super Saturday when GB won 6 golds including 3 of them in the space of 90 minutes. However, what will they be able to do with that inspiration? These children must have opportunities to play, to perform and experience different sports. They must be allowed and encouraged to enjoy competition. They must be taught how to win and lose. They must be given

pic Legacy the chance to develop skills, experience the social and educational benefits of teamwork and be given goals to chase. This is the subject of much debate alongside the Olympics and Lord Moynihan, Chairman of the BOA, has raised the issue that inspiration must lead to participation if there is to be a lasting Olympic legacy. Increased funding to grassroots clubs will undoubtedly help but what is required is for teachers in schools to recognise the value of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in sport (and the benefit it has on their whole education) and a willingness to include every child. At Spring Grove, we have extensive playing fields; we also have skilled and enthusiastic teachers who encourage every child to participate. The children themselves have access to sport every day and find themselves included in team sports and personal physical development programmes. It is no surprise then that the school has produced National Prep School cross-country champions and talented athletes who make a significant contribution to numerous local sports clubs. If our young children need any further inspiration then they can consider that a similar small prep school in Lincolnshire has produced two of our recent Olympic stars. Bill Jones - Headmaster, Spring Grove School

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Boost your child’s confidence and unlock their learning potential As we look to the start of a new school year, it’s time to think about how you can support your child’s learning. At your local study centre, Kumon can help your child to excel in maths and English by offering individualised study programmes which build their confidence and allow them to develop self-learning skills. The study programmes are tailored to all ages and abilities.

Ashford North Study Centre Jyoti Rajani - 01233 664190 Classes are Monday and Wednesday: 3:30pm – 5:45pm Ashford Park Farm Kumon Study Centre Rosie Smith - 01233 733801 Classes are Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

We all know the importance of maths and English. At the start of a new term it’s especially important that your child gets to grips with these core subjects and with the learning skills vital for academic progression. Kumon’s unique method of learning focuses on your child’s individual needs, providing them with skills such as concentration and time management and ensuring they progress at their own pace.


Once enrolled on a Kumon programme, your child will visit the centre every week and have daily worksheets to complete at home. At the centre, the Instructor will monitor their progress, setting new work and encouraging them to take ownership of their learning.

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Over 67,000 children study with Kumon at more than 630 centres in the UK. Following a Free Assessment your child will then have the time to settle into a new routine and progress more rapidly. As they work a little each day they develop not only a strong grounding in maths and English, but fundamental skills such as accuracy, time management and concentration, enabling them to become confident, independent learners. To give your child a head start this new school year, contact your local Instructor today.

business HAVE YOU GOT YOUR WILL AND ESTATE PLANNING IN ORDER? In another of our regular series on legal matters, Rosalind Johnson, from Tenterden Solicitors Pengelly & Rylands, explains the importance of making a Will and putting your Estate in order. Did you know, 7 out of 10 of us do not have a Will, although dying without one could cause upset for loved ones. If you die without a Will, your Estate may not pass to those you intend and the Intestacy laws apply. Under these laws, only married or civil partners will benefit. No one has a right to inherit if they are just cohabiting but are not married or civil partners. There is a misconception by many people that if you live with someone, you automatically get something if that person dies. If there is no Will the cohabitee would have to bring a claim against their partner’s Estate, which you can only do if you have lived with them for at least two years. Such a claim can be time consuming, costly and ultimately may not be successful.


Couples who are not married do not have the same exemption that applies to married couples or civil partners to pass any amount of money or assets to one another without having to pay Inheritance Tax. If you are married and have not made a Will, your Estate will not be given automatically to your spouse. They will take the first £250,000 of your Estate outright. The balance will be split into two parts; one part will pass outright to any children you have, equally, at 18 and the other part will be held on a life interest trust for your spouse, following which it will pass to your children outright. If you have no children but you have parents or brothers and sisters living, then your spouse will take £450,000 of your Estate outright, but the balance will again be split into two parts; one part will pass to your spouse outright, the other to your parents and failing that to your siblings outright. A further complication of dying without a Will is that an administrator must be appointed by the Court to distribute the Estate, rather than the Executor that you would have chosen, had you had a Will. An administrator is usually a close family member who is eligible to inherit and they must apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration. If more than one person wants to administer the Estate, the application can be contested, making the process even more drawn out and painful.

Rosalind Johnson – Senior Partner There are also many financial benefits from having a Will in place, the laws of Intestacy take no account of the type of assets you own and their tax treatment, which can lead to unnecessary tax bills. By way of an example, specific business assets or shares in a family business can pass under the terms of your Will to the next generation, free of Inheritance Tax if they qualify for Business Property Relief. If you would like to discuss your circumstances and make a Will, please contact either Rosalind Johnson or Gill Snow at Pengelly & Rylands on 01580 762248 and we will be very pleased to discuss your situation with you.

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Friends of Kent Churches Annual Bike Ride Saturday 8th September 2012 A cycle ride, walk or even a drive for the less hardy, around Kent churches - a chance to see inside them all, ‘fight the flab’ and help raise money for your local church by obtaining sone sponsorship. A Win! Win! Win! Every little helps - your sponsorship money is split equally between a church or chapel of your choice and the charity itself, Friends of Kent Churches, helping to save churches in Kent. Family Friends, Neighbours As walkers, cyclists or sponsors, help to make this a successful community event. Last year alone Churches in Kent raised just over £135,000! We can beat that! Interested? Contact your parish organiser or the Event Co-ordinator Carolyn Millen on 01622 843383 or email


Canterbury Law Solicitors in association with Moon and Co Solicitors and Andrew M Johnson & Co Solicitor & Notary Public

‘Looking after You and Your Family’ We are able to offer a wide range of legal services and pride ourselves in being approachable, professional and sensitive to all your legal needs Family Mediation Collaborative Family Law Family Separation Divorce Children Accident Claims Personal and Medical Injury Employment Probate and Trusts Civil Disputes Wills Elderly Client Care Spanish Property and Probate Law Notary Public The Innovation Centre University Road Canterbury Kent Telephone 01233 712040 Email: We are always very happy to undertake home visits and offer evening appointments Law Society Panel Accredited Specialists in * Advanced Family * Personal Injury * Family Mediation Nigel Clarke is a Resolution Accredited Specialist Collaborative Lawyer & Family Mediator

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Events September

Afternoon Car Boot Fairs The Sellindge Sports

Sat 1st Sept Ashford Branch of Kent Beekeepers

8th Sept The Church of the Good Shepherd in

will be holding their Annual Honey Show and Beekeeping Exhibition at Aldington Village Hall, at 1.0p.m. There will be displays of Honey, Confectionery, and Mead. Honey, and products containing honey for sale, as well as other beekeeping related stalls. Information and displays of closely related insects will also be displayed. Refreshments will be available to purchase. We look forward to seeing you there. Contact Peggy Wood 01233 503074 for more information.

Hamstreet will be open for the Friends of Kent Churches sponsored bike ride from 10am to 6pm on. There will be refreshments for cyclists as well as free walking and cycling guides to the local area.

and Social club will be hosting car boot fairs on the following dates: 8th September &13th October. £5.00 per boot - no booking required. Set up 11 am Brabourne & Smeeth Horticultural Society - no entry will be allowed before this time. Public are next meeting will be on Friday 31 August with requested not to arrive before 12 noon. Refreshments Hilary Newman speaking on “The Plant Hunters” and toilets in the Clubhouse. Free Car Parking and 7.15 for 7.30pm. Visitors and new members will be Entry. Homemade Cake Stall. Any queries ring 01303 made very welcome. For further info contact Wendy 812955 up to 10 am on the day of the event. Full Sanders on 01303 813 451. details available at

Sat 1st Sept Aldington & Bonnington Gardening

Sun 9th Sept Challock Goose Fair 10am - 4pm. Adults £3.50 Concessions £2.50 Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children aged 5 - 15) £10 additional children £2.50, free parking. Arena displays, traditional fun fair rides, craft & trade stalls and much much more.

Mon10th Sept Smeeth W.I. will meet at 7.30 pm at

Society Autumn Show at Aldington Village the Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall. Our speaker


Hall. Doors open at 1.00pm. Free entry, all are welcome. For further information contact Colin Evans 01233720618. Please note that the Ashford Bee Keepers will holding their annual Honey Show in the adjoining Hall at the same time.

will be the local naturalist Andrew Lapworth and his talk is entitled “Ladies, Monkeys and Lizards”. Visitors are always most welcome. For further information do contact Joy Taylor on 01303 812165 or Kathleen MacPhee on 01303 812536.


Saturday 13th October Stowting WI Autumn Fair

in the MISSION HALL Magpie Hall Rd. Stubbs Cross TN26 1HG. Featuring the works of Hazel Mason and Wendy Gibbs. Admission is FREE and refreshments ie tea/coffee and biscuits or cake will be available.

in the Peace Room stowting from 10.00. a.m. to 1.00. p.m. Great stalls of craft, cakes, preserves, books, Wood Turner, Choclateir, Romney Wools etc. Good raffle and refreshments.

Fri 7 Sept at 7.30pm Norton Knatchbull Jazz

14th Sept An Evening of Food and Bands Director John Hall at All Saint’s Church, Entertainment- Bethersden Village Hall. Three

Boughton Aluph (TN25 4EU – off A28) on incorporating the Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Trad Lads and NKS Jazz Trio. Come along and be blown away by a great evening of big band swing, latin, blues and jazz funk, mixed with jazz standards (including vocal) from NKS’s Jazz Trio, and the Trad Lads’ Dixie, fresh from their invited performance at the National Festival of Music for Youth. Tickets £8 (under-16s £3): 01233 623761/640357 Parking, complimentary refreshments Proceeds in aid of All Saints’ Church restoration Sat 8 Sept Brabourne & Smeeth Horticultural

Society Autumn Show at our Village Hall from 2 - 3.30 pm and our next meeting is on Friday 28 September 7.15 for 7.30 pm when Dennis Vickers will be speaking on “Summerhill - 100 years of Farming”. All are welcome & for further info contact Wendy Sanders on 01303 813 451. Sellindge Sports & Social Club Saturday

course meal and entertainment from the Trace Trio and guests. In aid of Recreation Ground improvements tickets £10 available from Post Office or by contacting Sam 01233 822565 16th Sept Family walk from Victory Hall, Hamstreet,

leaving at 2pm. The walk is in aid of the Demelza House children’s hospice and plans to arrive back at the hall between 4pm and 4.30pm. Tea will be served at 3pm for non-walkers. 21st Sept TAI CHI TASTER SESSION 10-11AM. HAMSTREET VICTORY HALL. ONLY £1. Tai chi for Health and Well-Being. Beginners, Seniors, ALL WELCOME. Gentle,, easy exercise. Info 01233 733266.

Woodchurch Film Society Friday 21st September WAR HORSE (2011, Cert 12A, 146mins) Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm film start.

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available at the door. Refreshments: hot drinks, Tai Chi For Health Beginners Classes From popcornand home-made cakes for sale. September Every Tuesday & Wednesday 09:45-10:30 Sat 22nd Sept High Halden Village Garage Sale

W.I. Hall Faversham Road, Kennington, Ashford £4.50 Contact Emma Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness

9am - 2pm. Maps available to collect on the village green - £1. In aid of St Mary’s Church Hamstreet Victory Hall is available for hire on the 23rd Sept Bikejumble, Marsh Road, Hamstreet,

- There will be a classic bike jumble on the field opposite Mountain Farm in Marsh Road from 10am. Phone 01797 344277 for further information. Wed 26th September - 7.30. A Concert in Aid of

Royal Air Forces Association Hythe & Romney Marsh Branch. The Railway Swing Band, Dave White MD. Tickets £10 Tel: 01303 223925. The Tower Theatre, Shorncliffe. In aid of Wings Appeal 2012. Mon 1 Oct Ashford Music Society PRIMAVERA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Paul Manley (violin), Catherine Musker (viola), Andrew Fuller (cello) and Michael Dussek (piano). Primavera will be opening our 70th season with a splendid concert of piano quartets by Frank Bridge, Schumann, Mahler and Faure. Not to be missed. Venue: The Norton Knatchbull School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £12 (Adults) and £3 (Students). Contact: Brenda McCormack on 01233-622971 or Hilary Pittock on 01233- 623700.

following days: Wed from 1pm – 6pm, Thur from 9am – 1pm and from 1pm – 6pm. Why not take the opportunity to book: Art Classes, A Gardening Club, A Book Club, Coffee Mornings, Film shows, Quilting/sewing etc, Yoga, Cake Icing, Committee meetings, etc. etc.? Please contact Angela on 01233 732833 or Wendy on 732903 for further details, or to book contact Eileen, our booking secretary on 732568. Victory Hall website: Email:

A team of cyclists set off from the Orlestone/ Hamstreet area on August 26th to raise awareness and money on behalf of Abbie’s Army, departing from Toulon in France and spending five days cycling to Barcelona. The total distance is over 400 miles. To donate please visit LazyBoys-EuropeanBikeRide


An Evening of Top Comedy and Music. Starring

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Tickets £12.50 Concessions £11.00

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Show starts at 7.30pm

Royal Variety Performance 2011

Saturday 8th September 2012 Also starring

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Seasonal Delights This quick curry is so easy to make and much cheaper than a take away. We’ve used lean lamb steaks but you could replace the lamb with pork fillet, chicken or turkey.


Heat 1tbsp of the oil in a large deep frying pan. Add the lamb chunks and fry over a high heat until browned all over. Remove the lamb from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Lamb and Aubergine Curry

Add the rest of the oil to the pan and fry the onion and aubergine for 7-8 minutes, stirring all the time until golden. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute then pour in the sieved tomatoes and bring to the boil.

• 3 tbsp sunflower oil

Return to the lamb to the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook gently for 25-30 minutes until the lamb is tender. Stir occasionally and add a splash of water if needed.

• 400g sieved tomatoes

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the curry in warmed bowls garnished with coriander and with chapattis, sliced tomatoes, cucumber and onions.

Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes

• 650g lean lamb steaks, cut into chunks • 1 onion, peeled and chopped • 1 large aubergine, cut into cubes • 2tbsp Rogan Josh curry paste • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish • Chapattis, sliced tomatoes, cucumber and onion, to serve


You’ll find jars of curry pastes in most supermarkets and they certainly take all the hassle out of making an authentic tasting curry at home. Rogan josh is a medium-hot paste but for a really mild flavour use a korma paste or go for a vindaloo paste if you prefer a curry with a little more heat.

In Season Fruit Apples Blackberries Damsons Grapes Greengages Melons Pears Plums Raspberries

Salad Celery Cucumber Lettuce Pak Choi Radishes Rocket Spring Onions Tomatoes Watercress

Vegetables Artichoke Aubergine Beetroot Beans Broccoli (celebrase) Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Chard Chillis Courgettes Carrots Garlic Kale Kohirabi Leeks Mangetout Marrow Onions Parsnips Peas Potatoes Pumpkin Shallots Spinach Squash Swede Turnips

Fish Clams Cod Crab Dover Sole Grey Mullet Haddock Halibut Herring John Dory Lemon Sole Lobster Mackerel Monkfish Plaice Scallops Sea Bass Turbot Meat & Game All Except Pheasant

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Art and Camera Club The next meeting is on Tuesday September 4 from 10am -12md. You don’t have to be able to draw or paint but if you have an interest in art or photography please come along. You are encouraged to bring your own materials, although some are available. For more details please phone Mike on 01303 812484 MP’S Surgery: Our MP Damian Collins, will be holding his monthly surgery at the church from 3.45pm to 4.30pm on Friday September 21. 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 We will be meeting for lunch and activities on Thursday September 27 at 12.30pm. You are welcome to join us for good food, good company and a good chat! For further details please call Tim 01303 813257 or Cathy 01303 814132 Harvest Service Our Harvest Service will be on Sunday September 30 at 10.30am. Everyone will be made very welcome. Date for your Diary! We will be having a Barn Dance on November 10 in the Village Hall and the caller will be John Sweeney. Watch this space!

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Mick and Suzi Bushell Visit Our Campsite welcome you to The Drum Inn, a three Showers & Toilets hundred year old building with many Now Completed of it’s original features, including two Pitches £15 fire places that make for a relaxing or £18 with Hook-Up atmosphere. Serving an ever changing supply of award winning guest ales to Contact Pub For Details sample, as well as traditional fresh cooked pub food seven days a week.


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We all love to try the latest beauty products and if you believe what you read on the packaging, you’ll wonder how you’ve ever lived without them. There’s no doubt there are some great products out there that go a long way in making our hair shiny, keeping our skin moisturised and fighting off lines and wrinkles, and there’s certainly no doubt that we fork out a lot of money for them.


If you venture away from the High Street and look for a more ‘homemade’ approach to beauty, you’ll find cheap and surprisingly effective natural solutions that don’t rely on fancy packaging and big promises. Instead, they inspire you to start reaching into your kitchen cupboard rather than your bathroom cabinet whenever you fancy a beauty treat. There’s no need to give up on your favourite products, but trying out some homemade hair, skin and body treats from time to time can leave you looking and feeling great and help with the budget too. Because they’re all created with completely natural ingredients, homemade face-masks, scrubs and treatments make use of what nature has to offer and what’s more, they smell good enough to eat. Try out our selection of the best.

Fresh Faced - Peach and Honey Facemask Reap the rewards of this totally nourishing and revitalising natural face-mask that smells good enough to eat.

You’ll need:

1 peach 3 teaspoons of honey 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt

It’s really easy to create the mask, simply skin the peach and mash the flesh with the honey and add the natural yoghurt. Work the ingredients in to a smooth paste and apply to a cleansed face and neck. Sit back and relax for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Your skin should be left feeling soft, supple and nourished.

Luscious Locks - The Natural Way Thanks to its natural conditioning and moisturising properties, coconut oil is the perfect treat for damaged hair. It has a soothing and softening effect on both the scalp and lengths of hair.

You’ll need a cup of coconut oil Massage the oil into the hair, paying particular attention to damaged lengths and ends. Apply sparingly to the scalp - or not at all if your hair is in fairly good condition. Wrap the hair in clingfilm and cover with a warm towel for maximum conditioning benefit - the heat opens the hair shaft and allows the oil to penetrate. Wash out with shampoo and condition as normal.

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Spring Grove School A great place to grow

Open Morning with children’s activities

Saturday 6th October from 9.30am - 12.00pm Headmaster, Bill Jones writes: “I know you will agree that investing in your child’s education is the most important investment you will ever make. I understand that whilst parents willingly make sacrifices for their children, they want to know it’s worth it. That’s why we at Spring Grove strive to provide an excellent all-round, inspiring and affordable education, tailored to each child’s needs. Come and see for yourself!”

Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, TN25 5EZ Tel: 01233 812337 Email:

Aldington Sep 2012  

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