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Welcome Hi everyone, I hope you are all well, welcome to the Christmas / New Year edition. This time last year I was buzzing, we had put Lockdown behind us, and I was ready to shop ‘till I dropped! I’ve since learned not to “count my chickens”, or in my case, turkeys. I have two in my freezer from last Christmas, and if it turns out to be just the three of us again, I’ll be searching the internet for imaginative things to do with a turkey (no comments on a postcard please!). On the positive side, there was plenty of Christmas Pudding to go round, and only two of us to eat it! I may have had a little more than I should! Bearing that in mind I’ve decided to prepare for this Christmas by trimming down a little first. Just last week I went on a long Sunday walk with my husband. He’s used to walking for miles, I’m not, so I was shattered as we walked down the lane next to our home. As I was considering how much I needed to put my feet up, I looked up to see a large, brown bull standing in the middle of the road, horns at the ready, blocking our way home! My husband told me to turn around and walk back the way we had come. I walked as fast as I could, thinking that running might not be a wise thing to do. Too scared to turn to look, I asked my husband if it was following us. He said “Yes, it’s running after us, run!”, I was so scared. Two ladies on horseback behind us also turned back the other way. I was franticly looking for a gap in the hedge that we could climb through, but thankfully it gave up the chase. We then had to find footpaths across the fields to get to

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Anyone with a garden can start right away, as we should all be nurturing nature so that biodiversity can triumph. You need to select plants with ample benefits for insects, allow wood piles and untidy areas to become part of the border, and use vertical fences and walls for further planting.

The gift that keeps on giving There’s no better time to start giving to nature on a permanent basis. Most of us could improve our habits, so that we give more than we take. Within around two years, new developments in England will be expected to demonstrate that their projects will increase biodiversity by at least ten per cent. Known as Biodiversity Net Gain, this is a big change from what happens at the moment. The new Environment Bill will make it necessary for developers to use ecological features and environmental enhancements to protect and improve existing natural habitat and green infrastructure.

Best plants for wildlife Most gardens have room for a tree, if only a small one. Trees and shrubs can support a remarkable number of living things, so if you only have time to plant just one thing in your garden, make it a tree, a shrub or something that provides positive benefits for small creatures. If you have a little more time, a mixed hedge is just about the best you can offer wildlife. Betula: there are 521 species of invertebrates that are known to feed on birch trees and more than 100 of these are exclusive to that particular type of tree. Sorbus, the rowan tree: provides food for at least 160 species of insect and, of course, birds and small mammals love the berries. By Caroline Knight: Gardendesignideas.co.uk


The Garden Malus, the native crab apple: provides homes for at least 90 insect species. Many different insects visit the spring blossom, then birds and other creatures eat the fruits. Even ornamental varieties of this delightful tree provide rich biodiversity benefits.

Purple and blue flowers are best for bees! buddleia, catmint, lavender, pulmonaria, penstemon, allium and purple-flowering hardy geraniums can all be seen clearly. Ensure there is something flowering from early spring right through to autumn and even winter.

Amelanchier, the June berry or serviceberry tree: has something to offer wildlife during several seasons. Early spring flowers for pollinators make this small tree look like a white cloud. It also provides multiple nesting opportunities for birds and juicy berries during the late summer.

Butterflies love hebes, sedum (Hylotelephium varieties), Verbena bonariensis, Origanum, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, buddleia, scabious and many wild flowers such as knapweed.

Conifers: really are worth having! Some have earned negative press over the years but this doesn’t detract from their value to wildlife. There’s probably no better tree for providing nesting sites and protection for a wide range of creatures. Flowering shrubs and perennials: choose single flowers over double, every time. They have an open shape that allows access for the pollinators and nectar-drinkers. Look for yellow stamens within a flower; these will support insects.

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Free Parking This Christmas Season for Shoppers in Ashford and Tenterden This December shoppers can enjoy free parking in most council-owned car parks in Ashford and Tenterden. Ashford Borough Council is once again offering free parking in both towns to encourage residents and visitors to do their Christmas shopping locally, and support our local businesses in these difficult times. Free parking will be available in council-run car parks in Ashford and Tenterden (apart from Recreation Ground car park, Tenterden) on the following days and times:

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• Friday 3, 10 and 17 December from 3pm • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December all day This seasonal parking offer is in addition to the existing free parking scheme that is available in selected council-run car parks at certain times, e.g. free after 3pm in Edinburgh Road and Elwick Place. More details can be found via our website - https://www.ashford.gov.uk/parking/generalparking/free-parking-in-the-borough Cllr Peter Feacey, Portfolio of Community Safety and Wellbeing said: “It has been another tough year for many of our local retailers so I’m pleased that once again we are able to offer free parking in Ashford and Tenterden on the run up to Christmas.

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Books make great presents, especially when you can borrow them back in January… Big Panda and Tiny Dragon – James Norbury Fans of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, and other illustrated books will love this new offering by James Norbury. Each of the handdrawn illustrations is accompanied by a short conversation between a panda and a dragon, offering words of wisdom we can all learn from. A book to treasure and to dip into time and time again.

Books make great presents, especially when you can borrow them back in January…

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Great Kentish Stories - Malcolm Horton Freckles – Cecilia Ahern


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Who would have thought that the cradle of British aviation was the unfashionable Isle of Sheppey or the greatest technological change in printing computer typesetting first took place in Europe in the small town of Westerham in 1965 and that the first and only recognised American Princess is buried in Gravesend and that the poet who wrote the first sonnet was not Shakespeare but Sir omas Wyatt of Allington Castle near Maidstone, reputed lover of Anne Boleyn. ese are just some of the short stories contained in this unique book. Read and discover Kent’s best secrets.

Great Kentish Stories

Great Kentish Stories is a for collection about Allegra has made a life herselfof intwenty Dublin,essays working as apeople trafficand warden events haveas largely been model. neglected byenjoys historians are part with a that sideline an artist’s She the but routine and of theKent’s rules, Big Panda and Tiny Dragon – James Norbury rich as the gateway to England. It features theup eccentric, bizzare but tapestry she’s in Dublin for a reason and needs to pluck the courage to Fans of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and people The Horse, and other illustrated and whoA have lived and passed through the driver gardenmakes of see outrageous her mission through. chance encounter with an angry books will love this new offering byWho James Norbury. Each ofthat the the handEngland. would have thought cradle of British aviation was Allegra re-evaluate her life and gives her a new purpose. A light-hearted, drawn illustrations is accompanied by a short between the unfashionable Isleconversation of Sheppey, or the firstaand only recognised American humorous tale with some darker undertones, Freckles is sure to appeal to panda and a dragon, offering words of wisdom we can alland learn A who wrote the first sonnet Princess is buried in Gravesend, thatfrom. the poet a range of readers. book to treasure and to dip into time and time again. was not Shakespeare but Sir Thomas Wyatt of Allington Castle near Maidstone, reputed lover–of Anne Boleyn. The Exiles Christina Baker Kline

Great Kentish Stories is a collection of twenty essays about people and events that have largely been neglected by historians but are part of Kent’s rich tapestry as the gateway to England featuring the eccentric, bizarre and outrageous people who have lived and passed through the garden of England. is book concentrates on the strange tales surrounding these extraordinary people and events that you won’t find in the conventional guide book.


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Buying for a fan of historical fiction? Exiles is a solid choice. Several Freckles – Cecilia Ahern characters’ lives become entwined when pregnant Evangeline is Allegra has made a life for herself in Dublin, working as a traffic warden sentenced to hard labour in Australia in 1840. On the ship, she meets with a sideline as an artist’s model. She enjoys the routine and the rules, teenage Hazel. Meanwhile, Mathinna is faced with losing her family and but she’s in Dublin for a reason and needs to pluck up the courage to indigenous community when the governor and his wife decide she needs see her mission through. A chance encounter with an angry driver makes ‘refining’. A rich, multi-layered story with some shocking plot twists, The Allegra re-evaluate her life and gives her a new purpose. A light-hearted, Exiles is the perfect book for curling up with on Boxing Day. humorous tale with some darker undertones, Freckles is sure to appeal to a of readers. Allrange In – Billy Jean King

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Style a festive table for delicious meals with family and friends Carefully setting and dressing the dining table for a Christmas meal is part of the ritual of Christmas Day. It is best to plan ahead, consider how to achieve the desired look and what key ingredients are required. The theme can be simple and natural, in muted, neutral colours or sparkly with white and silver, frosting and tinsel. A classic look employs red, gold and deep green, while a modern effect might use pastels or neons. Stick tightly to the theme so it all looks unified. If your dining table is not up to scratch, use a tablecloth to disguise scratches, stains and separate tables butted together – plain white cotton or unbleached linen are classics.

Jazz up a simple wooden table with chunky crockery, golden goblets and baubles in bowls. Grey wooden micro star, £17.99; midwinter garland, £34.99; 50 warm white LED green micro fairy lights, £12.99; set of three antique gold glass baubles, £19.99; TruGlow® LED pillar candle trio, £26.99; Lights4fun: 01423 816 040; lights4fun.co.uk. Photograph: Oliver Perrott

Decorate with a lace, embroidered or scalloped trim, or opt for a festive all-over Christmas pattern. Perhaps add a slim runner along the table, either of ready-made fabric or with a narrow row of suitable decorations along the table – such as an evergreen garland with pine cones and berries, micro lights, tea lights in saucers, lanterns with candles, or floral displays. An alternative to a runner is a centrepiece, perhaps a classic wreath with candles, an arrangement of fresh flowers and foliage, By Katherine Sorrell


or containers with Christmas bulbs. Other variations are a grouping of lanterns or pillar candles, a pile of small presents, a bowl of coloured-glass baubles or a Christmas ornament. If you can hang something above the table, ideas include a selection of greenery entwined around a slim metal frame, a scattering of metallic-paper origami stars, a mobile made from baubles on ribbons hung from a wooden bough, or a simple swirl of fairy lights. Similarly, wreaths, baubles, pine cones, even small wrapped gifts, can be tied to or hung from the backs of wooden chairs for a pretty look. Place mats and napkins are important elements and napkins can be folded or rolled and prettified with additions such as cinnamon sticks, candy canes, mini wrapped gifts, tiny baubles, small wooden stars, ribbons or coloured twine. Finally, add crockery, cutlery and glassware. Use your best set arranged super-neatly: bowls on top of side plates on top of dinner plates; cutlery for all the courses; glasses for water, wine and fizz. The result? A gorgeous, welcoming Christmas table.

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Classic devices given a high-tech reboot We love our digital devices, our smart bulbs and our personal digital assistants. But sometimes we wish our various gadgets and gizmos had a bit more personality. In the future, few of us are likely to look back on our Amazon Echos with the nostalgia we have for the Sony Walkman, and digital timekeeping is never going to be as exciting as watching something pop out of a cuckoo clock. So we’re delighted to see some firms embracing modern technology with a distinctly retro twist. Roberts is a great example of that. The £229 Revival iStream 3 looks like a proper old-school AM radio, complete with faux-leather covering and a distinctive golden grille. It’s beautiful and wonderfully old-fashioned, but it’s packed with the latest digital radio tech: it can play DAB radio and stream from the likes of Spotify and TIDAL. It even works with Alexa. Vinyl has been making a comeback for some years now and there are some very retro-looking turntables available, but it might be sensible to stick with something less tacky, such as the Sony PS-LX310BT Bluetooth Turntable. This £194 turntable has proper hi-fi heritage, looks

like it was made in 1970 and streams wirelessly to compatible audio systems and smart speakers. Cassette tapes are back too, and you can pick up Bluetooth tape players for as little as £24. Some include USB drives you can copy your music onto; others simply connect to your Bluetooth headphones. If you would like a rotary phone, Amazon’s virtual shelves include classic rotary models such as the GPO 746, which is a loving homage to the enormous phones of the pre-digital era. Expect to pay around £40. If you miss the warm glow of filament bulbs, technology can help: Philips’ Hue smart bulb range now includes long-life, low-energy LED filaments that look ancient. And as for the cuckoo clock mentioned earlier? John Lewis currently sells a ‘Tweeting’ cuckoo clock for £74. Don’t worry, the tweeting refers to its sound: it doesn’t post things to your Twitter account.

Philips Hue Filament light bulb Old-fashioned lighting meets modern LED technology. Like the rest of the Hue range these bulbs are controllable via phone, tablet or smart speaker if you have a Hue Bridge. £20, meethue.com GPO 746 retro phone Phones like this are widely available and tick all the boxes: curly cords, just the right amount of finger resistance and, of course, a range of eyepopping colours. £40, Amazon.co.uk

RED5 Retro mini arcade machine We hate to break it to you, but the arcade cabinets this little console looks like are over 50 years old. It comes preinstalled with over 200 arcade games. £20, Argos.co.uk

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Sony PS-LX310BT Bluetooth Turntable Classic looks meet cutting-edge technology in this very clever turntable for vinyl records old or new. £194, sony.co.uk

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Clubs & Societies Benenden Players www.benendenplayers.co.uk Bethersden Art Group We meet on Thursday evenings in Bethersden Village Hall, 7.30-9.30pm, for ten weeks each term. For further info contact Sue - 01233 820585. Deep South Line Dancing Club Every Tues evening 7.30pm until 9.30pm at St Michaels Village Hall, St. Michaels, Tenterden. We are a small friendly club and welcome new members of all ages though not suitable for beginners. Great music and good exercise with a qualified teacher. Contact Pam on 01580 241389 for further details. Homewood & District Astronomical Assoc. (Hadas) www.hadastro.org.uk Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 7.30pm, Homewood School. Martin Frey: 01233 758222 Homewood Badminton Club Tues Evenings, Tenterden Leisure Centre. Contact Doreen Mackey 01580 762965 Lions Club Of Tenterden Call Karen Groves 07818 506056 Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch. Meets 1st Wednesday of every month at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford. For information call Mike Wharrad – 01233 623530 PILATES Tenterden Mondays 9.30am, Wednesdays 9.00am. Mixed ability classes. Body Control Qualified Instructor. Contact Liz 07958 708874 or email:

lizsims.pilates@gmail.com Rotary Club Of Tenterden For details about our fortnightly Thursday evening meetings please call 07708 152764 or email tenterdenrotarysec@outlook.com Sinden Theatre Contact Homewood School 01580 764222 Ext 284 www. sindentheatre.com St. Michaels Short Mat Bowls Club Tel. 01580 762037 Friday Evenings 7.15pm St. Michaels Village Hall. St Michaels Village Community Group Meet once a month, please check our website for events and details of our next meeting www. stmichaelsvillage.com Tenterden Al-Anon Family Groups Hope and support for family and friends of Alcoholics. Every Tuesday at 8pm at West View Care Centre. www.al-anonuk.org.uk Tenterden Active Retirement Association (TenARA) Secretary: Anne Alexander 07873 579581 (after 5pm) Email: tenttenara@ hotmail.com Tenterden & District Assn.Angling & Preservation Paul Locks: 01580 292201 e:plocks578@btinternet.com Tenterden & District Residents Association - looking after the interests of locals. www.tdra. org.uk Membership Secretary: Mike Lyons 01580 765423 Tenterden Badminton Club T: 01233 633488

Tenterden Bowls Club Recreation Ground Road. Come join our 100yr old outdoor club in Tenterden. Fresh air, gentle exercise, good company, new friends, good fun for 8 to 80yrs +. T: 01580 762200 Tenterden Camera Club - A chance for members and guests to meet socially to discuss photography, develop skills, go on photo walks and exchange ideas, tips and problems. We meet informally in The Vine on Tenterden High St from 7.30 on the first Wednesday of each month to just meet and chat. No charge for this session and all welcome. We also meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at The Social Hub (ex Day Centre), Church Road, Tenterden at 7.30pm where we have skill improvement workshops and great speakers all for £2 per session for members and £5 for guests. New members very welcome. Find out more at: www. tenterdencameraclub.co.uk Tenterden Cricket Club T: Mr D Carter 07970 747244 Tenterden Cycling Club For Tenterden & St Michaels & surrounding areas. Suitable for all abilities. Contact Ian McCormick by email or text, email preferred TN30CC - Cycling Club. Email: tn30cycleclub@ gmail.com, T/txt, 07419785411 www.tenterdencycleclub.com

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The Friends of St Mildred’s Church Tenterden is a small non-religious charity that runs a range of high quality events to raise funds to help protect and enhance the beauty and fabric of the church, the oldest and finest building in Tenterden. We are looking to recruit new 18

members of all ages to our Committee, with the vision, ideas and energy to plan and run future fund raising events. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Jeremy Cooper on 01580 763993 for more information.

What’s On

Ashford Concert Band Christmas Concert Friday 17th December 2021, 7.30pm


St Mary's Parish Church, Ashford. Join the Band for a fun and festive evening of live music from stage and screen, plus a few yuletide favourites. Proceeds will be donated to local charities. Adults £7, Under 14s Free (must be accompanied by an adult) Tickets available from: www. ashfordconcertband.co.uk/tickets, direct from band members or at the door.

Tenterden Spiritualist Centre The last meeting for this year is on Saturday 11th Dec 2021 with Paul Broadway, which is an evening of Clairvoyance. Doors open 6pm for 6.30 start. entry is £4 Highbury Hall. Highbury Lane. Tenterden, the meetings are now every fortnight, look at our page on facebook. We should be back on the 22nd January 2022.


Clubs & Societies Tenterden Dance Academy offer dance classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern for children from 18 months through to adults. Classes run at Tenterden Leisure Centre and The Pavilion. Contact Miss Ami by email tenterdendanceacademy@ yahoo.co.uk or via our website www.tenterdendanceacademy. co.uk Tenterden Day Centre, Church Road, Tenterden. Contact Sally Pettengell 01580 762882 Tenterden Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Tenterden Club,Church Road, every Wednesday and starts at 7pm (kindly be seated by 6.50). Host system applies. Visitors and new members welcome. Contact: Gill Bartholomew 01580 764465 e: tenterdenbridge@gmail.com W: www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/ bwon/bw.cgi?club=tenterden Tenterden & District Horticultural Society. Guest speakers, plant sales, outings and practical workshops on all things horticultural. Contact: Lindy Bates 01580 764505. Tenterden and District Twinning Association, (twinned with Avallon, France) Contact Jolyon Vickers j.vickers1@btinternet.com Tenterden & District Local History Society T: 01580 761701 Tenterden & District Museum Assoc. Tenterden Museum T: 01580 764310 Tenterdenmuseum@yahoo.co.uk Tenterden Golf Club T: 01580 763987 enquiries@tenterdengolfclub.co.uk Tenterden Men’s Shed Meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10-1 in Glebe Hall, Church Road. Join us to drink tea, coffee and chew the fat, make

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things, play darts etc etc. For more information contact us at TenterdenMensShed@gmail.com Tenterden National Trust Assoc Ann Stevens 01580 764443 Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society e: contact@tods.me.uk w: www.tods.me.uk Facebook: @TenterdenDrama Tenterden Singers T: Martin Bailey 01233 820322 Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 8pm in the Music Block of Homewood School. Musical Director: Stephen Pusey Tenterden Spiritualist Centre Highbury Hall. Highbury Lane. TN30 6LE, every Sat evening, from 6.30pm all are welcomed. Contact David Burgess 01233 756127 davidburgess127@btinternet.com Tenterden Tennis Club T: 01580 762580 Tenterden Ukulele Club Open to all ages and levels. Contact Darren 07718 134 404. dcollins40@hotmail.co.uk Tenterden U3A No longer working full time? Time on your hands? Do you have a thirst for knowledge and new experiences in stimulating and friendly company? We are a selfhelp interest group covering over 30 subjects from art to languages to strictly singles to wine. We run outings to the theatre and places of interest. Visit our website: u3asites.org.uk/tenterden/home or Barbara Sillett on 07711607411 or barbarasillettu3a@gmail.com. Tenterden Youth Club Alan Sugden Tel: 01580 765531 The Tenterden Club Church Road, Tenterden thetenterdenclub@btconnect.com 2nd Tenterden Scout Hall Lesley McCarthy 07791 949652 Highbury Hall Tenterden Bookings 01580 763692

w: www.thetenterdenclub.co.uk Contact Ann Francis (Club Secretary) 01580 762888 weekdays 10 till 2.00 The Warblers Tony SingletonT: 01580 753431 www.tonysing.me.uk/mw/ Weald Of Kent Art Society We are a friendly and vibrant art society. If you would like to find out more about us or are interested in joining please visit www. wealdofkentartsociety.co.uk or ring Secretary: Maggie Macaulay 01580 241843 Weald U3A is a society for the dynamic over 50s with a thirst for knowledge, social activities and new experiences. We have a large number of interest groups including Bridge, Films, Italian, Jazz, Stargazers, Lunches and Theatre Visits. See www. u3asites.org.uk/weald or contact Colin Barnes T: 07456 076946 e: colinpbarnes@hotmail.com Yoga St Michaels village hall @8pm on Wednesday evenings. Price £8.00 contact Sue Wainwright 07958606939 or 01622890746. Women’s Institute: Tenterden: S.Dalgarno 01580 76498 St. Michaels: BWatkins: 01580 765085 Tenterden Glebe: Ann Lewis 01580 292099 Young Wives: St. Michaels J. Coombs 01580 763733

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What’s On The Heart of Kent Show choir helps Ashford teenager Oli Ross in cancer fight. The performance choir are renowned for spending many hours arranging and performing to raise in excess of £150,000 over the years for national and local charities. The family and friends of 15 year old Oli Ross have appealed to the public and the choir to help him win his battle with fighting a high grade brain tumour. His best chance of survival is immunotherapy vaccines currently only available in Germany, USA and Japan. The family are desperate to raise funds for Oli to receive this treatment in Germany and £40,000 has already been raised in a very short time, but an overall £100,000 is what Oli needs. The Heart of Kent Show choir will be performing their fabulous Christmas Cabaret Show by Candlelight on the 19th December at Bilsington Priory to help Oli. www.heartofkentshowchoir.co.uk gofundme Help Oli Fight Cancer!

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2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and add the tofu. Sauté for 5 minutes over a medium-high heat until the tofu is lightly golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.

• 1 medium courgette (or use 150g kelp 3. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and sauté the spring noodles or cooked regular noodles) • 1½ tbsp olive oil onion and garlic for 1–2 minutes over a medium heat. • 450g firm tofu, drained and cut into Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Add the 2cm cubes pak choi and mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes until • 2 spring onions, finely chopped the pak choi has wilted. Stir in the miso paste, tamari soy • 2 garlic cloves, crushed sauce, beansprouts, tofu and courgette (or other) noodles • 600ml vegetable stock and stir briefly. Turn off the heat and allow the soup to sit for • 2 pak choi, roughly chopped 1–2 minutes to allow the noodles to soften. • 150g shiitake mushrooms, sliced • 1 tbsp white miso paste 4. Ladle the soup into bowls and scatter over the sesame • 2 tbsp tamari soy sauce seeds and coriander to serve. • Handful of beansprouts To serve Nutrition per serving: 176kcal, fat 10.6g (of which saturates 3g), • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds carbohydrates 5.4g (of which sugars 3.7g), protein 14.5g • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


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These are a popular snack with adults and children alike and are also a great energising boost before or after a workout – perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or when you fancy a sweet treat. Make a batch of these and store them in the fridge or freezer. Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus chilling Cooking time: 2 minutes Makes: 20 Balls

1. Place the coconut oil and xylitol (or stevia) in a pan. Gently melt over a low heat, stirring to dissolve the sweetener. Allow to cool slightly, then tip into a food processor and add the nut butter. Process briefly until combined.

Ingredients • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted • 3 tbsp xylitol or 1–2 tsp granulated stevia • 220g nut butter (cashew, almond or peanut) • 4 tbsp coconut flour • 60g vegan vanilla or berry protein powder • 1 tsp acai or goji berry powder (optional) • 50g dried berries (cranberries, cherries etc.) • Desiccated coconut, to coat

2. Add the coconut flour, protein powder and acai or goji berry powder (if using), and blend again to form a stiff dough. If it seems too wet add a little more coconut flour or protein powder. The mixture should be firm but soft. Add the dried berries and pulse briefly, just to break them up slightly. 3. Tip some desiccated coconut onto a plate. Take small spoonfuls of the mixture and shape into walnut-sized balls, then roll them in the coconut until coated on all sides. 4. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up before eating. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition per ball: 117kcal, fat 8g (of which saturates 2.8g), carbohydrates 7g (of which sugars 2.5g), protein 5.5g


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Tenterden Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings, West View Care Centre, Tues & Fri Eve + Sat Morning. Tenterden Charities Michael Wells

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NHS 24 111 www.111.nhs.uk Help if you have a medical problem and you’re not sure what to do William Harvey Hospital 01233 633331 Samaritans 116 123 www.samaritans.org

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