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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the Summer Edition, I do hope you are all well. At last freedom from lockdown is here - although it’s a cautious one and we are far from back to ‘normal’! In this edition I have an article on setting up a garden office. This one is close to my heart as I was an early adopter of working from home. I have been working in my garden for around 25 years now, even before I started The Village Directory! I was lucky enough to have a trusting, forward thinking boss in London that allowed me to work from home for part of the week so that I could organise my working life around my son when he was young. The recent lockdown has introduced many of you to this way of working and the challenges it presents, least of all being able to get away from ‘The Office’!
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Step back into a 1970s garden and you might see an unfortunate tortoise tethered by a string. In the days when we didn’t understand these creatures, we thought it was OK to drill a hole through a thin portion of the shell and use this to thread a string. Hopefully we are now kind enough to know that being tethered represents a very poor living environment for any animal. Do tortoises make good pets? If you have a young child, it’s probably a ‘no’. They are not cuddly and can deliver a painful bite. But most importantly, it’s all about the care that an owner is prepared to offer and children will probably not be able to satisfy their needs. It’s not so much about what a tortoise can give to its owner, but what a caring tortoise-keeper can offer to this very special reptile. These prehistoric creatures have strong personalities and can be addictive, but their multiple needs include heat, light, dry housing and appropriate nutrition. They require space to roam and company at a ratio of one male to at least five females, otherwise injury from vicious biting will occur. They can’t fend for themselves in this country and will rely on you for all their needs. Most tortoises in the UK require certification, as many of the various species are now listed on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Always check that you are buying from a reputable source.
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As you swivel the magic turnkey that releases a gushing stream of clean and sparkling water into your can, pause for a moment. Marvel at the luck of the draw that finds us living in a part of the world where water is available for us to use and to misuse. The water that you pour into summer hanging baskets and sprinkle liberally on your beds and borders was once excreted by huge reptiles. Your café latte contains dinosaur pee. Indeed, water on Planet Earth has been here for almost five billion years and the total amount is just about the same as ever. It represents the ultimate success story in terms of recycling. So, what’s the problem – we’re all familiar with the water cycle, right? A massive 97.5 per cent of water contains salt. So that means that only 2.5 per cent of Earth’s water is suitable for our use – and the majority of that is frozen and therefore unavailable. It’s hugely expensive and difficult to extract fresh water from the sea. It can take thousands of years for some parts of the water cycle to complete, such as the replenishment of underground aquifers. The warming planet Climate change is causing a warmer atmosphere. This holds more moisture and means that some areas will be wetter, whilst the dry regions will continue to get drier. We either have too much water or too little; Goldilocks would rarely judge things to be ‘just right’. We all need to do our bit, so what ‘bit’ is best in a garden? Firstly, let’s understand some of the consequences of what can happen when we interfere with the precious surface of the earth, both with and without a capital letter: • We cover it in impermeable material so that water falling on this will act in an unpredictable and sometimes dangerous way. Water moves into rivers far more quickly when there are fewer surfaces to soak it up en route. • We send water cascading into drainage pipes that can so easily be overwhelmed, eventually causing flooding.
• We confine rivers and drain flood plains so that water channels are no longer big enough during times of excess rainfall. • We cut down trees and remove vegetation, reducing the absorption potential of plants and destabilising soil that had previously been held in place by roots. Land surfaces can easily capsize and slip away when the anchors have been removed. How can gardeners help? • It’s a win-win situation. Creating space for water within a garden can be life-enhancing. Aim to slow rainfall down – allow some of it to be absorbed in vegetation, then catch and retain some more. Provide a pond that collects water run-off, then enjoy watching the biodiverse-rich habitats that develop. Surround your pond with plants that can cope with flooding and drought. They will help to absorb some of the excess during times-aplenty, but they won’t die of heat exhaustion during a prolonged dry spell. Some examples are: Acanthus, Asters, Astilbe, Brunnera, Carex, Cornus, Eupatorium, Hemerocallis, Iris, Kniphofia, Miscanthus, Monarda, Persicaria, Rudbeckia, Sanguisorba, Scabious and many more. Experimentation is all part of your gardening fun. • In places that require hard materials, choose porous options through which the rain can drain. By Caroline Knight: Gardendesignideas.co.uk
The Garden • Divert your downpipes into water butts – these can be surprisingly beautiful if you shop around. It means you capture some of the rainwater for use when you need it the most. • Choose drought-tolerant planting for the driest parts of your garden. These plants will generally have silvery-coloured leaves or foliage that is covered in fine hair, which cuts down on evaporation through the leaf pores. Once established, they should survive the hottest, driest weather that they are ever likely to get, without needing to be watered. Surround them with gravel, pebbles or boulders as this will conserve what little moisture there is in the soil, plus it looks great too.
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than-average windows or additional security, for example. Most people will want electricity in their new outdoor office, but will you also need a landline, a sink with running water, a kitchenette or a WC?
If the future of work is at least partially at home, many of us are going to have to think long and hard about where to set up permanently. Sharing the dining table with the kids or perching on the end of the bed are not going to suffice long term, and although using a spare room as an office can be a great solution, it’s not ideal if you have regular guests to stay, or simply need the storage space. The answer may be a garden building that’s set up as a fully functioning work area – with the bonus of some welcome separation from domestic distractions, but an enjoyably short commute. The first place to start is with an assessment of how you’ll use the building. While a tiny office with not much more than a desk, chair and shelf will suit some, others may require a lot more floor space, specially designed storage, larger-
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Next come decisions about quality, size and position. For comfortable working, and to add value to your property, a garden office should be built using good quality materials and to a high standard. Ideally, its style will complement that of the house and garden, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal. On a practical level, insulation is vital. Think walls, floors and roof if the space is going to be used beyond the summer months, with double glazing and draught proofing around doors and windows. Heating is important, too. Many owners of garden studios use electric convention heaters, which can be thermostatically controlled on 24-hour timers. Electric radiators are great, while wood burners look gorgeous and are super-cosy (but must be professionally installed). Considerations of security are equally important. If anything valuable is going to be stored in the space, glass windows (perhaps even double glazed) are infinitely better than plastic, and a sturdy door with a proper lock will be necessary. Size-wise, your garden office must be big enough for your needs but not so large that it decreases your outside space to a problematic degree. A very modest example might not be much over 4m square, while the grander types could be 15 to 20m square or even more. In many scenarios, there will be a maximum size possible, and also an obvious location. Where there is a choice of position, however, think about how close you want the room to be to your home, whether the ground is sloping, where there are trees or other potential obstructions, how the sun falls at certain times of the day, and which way you want the windows and door to face. Unless you’re opting for solar or wind power, and have your own bore hole, consider how you will connect utilities. The closer you are to the house, the cheaper it will be to lay
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Slug – Hollie McNish As you’d expect from this hugely popular poet, there’s plenty of humour, honesty and straight talking in Slug. No subject in McNish’s life is out of bounds it seems – she covers everything from birth, periods and motherhood to sex and death. Slug is not a typical poetry book – it’s sprinkled with prose and short stories. If you offend easily, it may not be for you, but if you want to dip into a book that feels like a private conversation with your best friend, Slug is out now. More Than a Woman – Caitlin Moran Caitlin Moran’s second memoir picks up where the first left off. Moran brings her trademark wit as she explores what it means to be a middle-aged woman in modern Britain. She also lets us in on some of the most difficult challenges she’s had to face over the past few years, including helping her teenage daughter battle an eating disorder. It can feel a little smug at times, but on the whole More Than a Woman is well worth a read. Choose Your Own Autobiography – Neil Patrick Harris The clue to this one is in the title – rather than a straightforward ‘the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ memoir, this one gives the reader the chance to choose what to read about next and, in some cases, in which direction Harris should have headed. Will you end up starring in Doogie Howser MD or eaten by piranhas? Only you can choose. Hilarious, insightful and original, this is a great holiday read. Captain Tom’s Life Lessons – Captain Tom Moore and Wendy Holden In 2020, Captain Tom set out to raise money for the NHS. He soon became a household name. A number one single followed, as did his bestselling autobiography, Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day. In Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, he shares some of the things he learned over his 100 years. There’s no preaching or lecturing, just bucketloads of warmth, humility and quiet humour. Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet – Kate Pankhurst Kate Pankhurst has written several children’s books about fantastic women in history. This one focuses on environmental heroes. You’ll read about Jane Goodall and Anita Roddick, alongside lesser-known figures such as Wangari Maathai and Ingebord Beling. Each mini-bio is accompanied by full-colour illustrations. Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet may be aimed at young children, but parents, grandparents and teachers are sure to enjoy it just as much.
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The Retreat was born in 1989 out of frustration at the way the human race treats animals. A rescue centre which would save tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death was therefore founded. Some of our residents include: ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, ex-petting farm goats, injured birds, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, disabled non-releasable wildlife, fish, small domestics, old or feral and FIV cats, and dogs who have failed behaviour tests in other dog homes. e offer specialised care for the animals who we W take in. We are a not-for-profit organisation and all the Trustees and most of the volunteers being vegan. All funds raised go to the welfare of the animals, being cared for. We also use the funds for The Retreat's facilities and where possible, animals are re-homed in permanent, loving homes. The Retreat operates a genuine no-kill policy. 24 24
The number of animals being cared for by The Retreat is over 1,000 at any one time. Due to Covid restrictions we are currently closed to the public but when we re-open we have a newly refurbished Café - Restaurant where you can try our vegan delicacies. Our Thrift Shop is where you can find lovely second hand items from clothes to decorative stuff for home. When current restrictions are lifted it will be possible to stay at our Lodges to fully experience life at The Retreat. You will have a great time! Please note we are all-vegan rescue and sanctuary so please do not bring any non-vegan foods and drinks during your visit. Animal Rescue Sanctuary & Education 1,250+ Animal Residents 20,000+ Saved in 30 years Daily costs excl. vets are £500 Volunteers and Donations are welcome, visit our website or call 07514 114613
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will be back in September singing their hearts out and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support They are hoping to start their indoor singing sessions on the following dates: Monday September 6th at Hawkhurst Copt Hall Wednesday September 8th at Singleton Village Hall. Thursday September 9th at St Mildreds Church Hall Tenterden New members are always welcome to join this fun non-profit community choir. You will not find a friendlier group and you will quickly feel like one of the gang. You don’t need any musical experience whatsoever and there are no auditions. Every term is brimming with all styles of music, from your favourite musicals to chart toppers.
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Under The Rockits umbrella, is their performance fundraising group, The Heart of Kent Show Choir and the super swinging closeharmony quintet, The Ruby Sisterz. They also run classes for little ones, Baby & Toddler Rockits. They have several events planned over the winter months and start off with a wonderful Macmillan coffee morning with songs coffee and cake on Saturday 25th September at The Market Place, Tenterden, where they are currently holding sessions during the summer. The Heart of Kent Show Choir will be busy in October with their Think Pink Campaign Shows and end the year with a fabulous Cabaret Evening for two nights in Tenterden Town Hall. For up to date information on how to join these fantastic groups and their calendar of events visit: 28
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This is such an easy recipe. Everything is simply placed in a roasting dish and slow-cooked in the oven, creating an amazing spicy lemony flavour. Serve leftovers for lunch the following day cold with salad. SERVES: 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes Ingredients • 1 tbsp smoked paprika • 1 tsp sumac • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1 organic chicken, jointed • 1 bulb of garlic (separated into unpeeled cloves) • Sprig of thyme • 2 unwaxed lemons, cut into quarters • 150 ml chicken stock • Black pepper • 1 x 400g can artichoke hearts
1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/150°C fan/gas mark 3. 2. Mix together the paprika, sumac and olive oil. Put the chicken pieces into a roasting tin and add the garlic cloves, thyme and lemon quarters. Pour over the paprika oil and rub all over the chicken pieces. 3. Drizzle over the stock and season with black pepper. Cover the dish with foil and cook in the oven for 2 hours. 4. Remove the foil from the roasting tin, add the artichoke hearts and turn the oven up to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the chicken is golden. Nutrition per serving: 387kcal, fat 27.8g (of which saturates 7g), carbohydrate 1.4g (of which sugars 0.6g), protein 33.2g.
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Make the most of fresh blackberries with this delicious gluten-free cake. Ideal as a dessert with yogurt. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes Makes one 6 inch cake / serves 10 Ingredients • 150g gluten-free self-raising flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 75g xylitol or coconut sugar • Pinch of sea salt • 2 eggs • 100ml dairy-free milk or regular milk • 60g coconut yogurt or Greek yogurt • 120ml olive oil • 100g fresh or frozen blackberries • A little apricot jam for brushing • Yogurt to serve
1. Grease and line a 6 inch cake tin. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. 2. Place the flour, baking powder, xylitol (or coconut sugar, if using) and salt in a large bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, yogurt and olive oil, then pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and beat well with a wooden spoon. 3. Fold in the blackberries, reserving a few for the top. 4. Spoon the batter into the tin and smooth the top. Press the reserved blackberries into the top of the cake. 5. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and, with the cake in the tin, brush the top with a little warmed apricot jam to glaze. Allow the cake to cool before removing from the tin. 6. Cut into slices and serve with yogurt. Nutrition per serving (using xylitol): 218kcal, fat 13.4g (of which saturates 2.2g), carbohydrates 20.4g (of which sugars 1.5g), protein 3.4g
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Sometimes, simplicity is best... Aloe vera Aloe is one of my all-time favourite skincare essentials. People tend to think of it as merely a sunburn remedy, but it’s a fantastic hydrator that can be used all over the body. It’s also chockfull of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and it can work wonders on psoriasis and other skin conditions. You can use it direct from a plant (I have several at home), or just buy it in a tub for ease of use. Look for 99%-100% pure aloe vera that hasn’t been watered down. (It will contain preservatives.) Try it… as an overnight face mask. Aloe can be a bit sticky and does take a while to absorb, so it’s not ideal for morning use if you’re in a hurry. Instead, I like to use it before bed. Massage it into dry skin and reap the benefits the next morning. Your skin should feel softer, plumper and more hydrated for a fraction of the cost of a normal night cream.
a great toner for dull or acne-prone skin. (Just keep it away from your eyes!) That said, I mainly like lemon just for the smell. It’s been used in aromatherapy for generations and is one of the best stress-busting, energy-boosting essential oils around. Try it… as a mood lifting aromatherapy blend. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil and a few of geranium essential oil to water in a diffuser or oil burner. Alternatively, try the Time to Smile blend by Alexandra Kay (£20, www.greenpeople.co.uk), which combines lemon with other uplifting scents such as cedar and peppermint. It smells amazing and really does brighten your mood.
Coconut oil Another awesome hydrator, coconut oil has been found to help skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis. It soothes, calms and moisturises skin. (It also smells delicious.) Coconut oil is a real multi-tasker as you can use it all over, including your hair, and, of course, you can cook with it. A little goes a very long way, so a £10ish jar will likely last you for several months. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but melts easily. Try it… as a hair mask. Warm a small amount (around quarter of a teaspoon full) between your hands to melt it. Massage the oil into your hair, wrap it in a towel and leave for half an hour before shampooing out. Lemon Lemon oil contains citric acid, so may help to fade dark spots and brighten skin. It can be quite harsh though, so it’s best not to use it undiluted, and make sure you do a patch test first. A few drops of lemon essential oil in filtered water is By Kate Duggan
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1st New Romney Scout Group WOW!! What a year! . . A year of so many ups, downs, BUT so much promise and so much to look forward to. Thank you to all our young people, parents and supporters for keeping the group going and growing. You R ALL AMAZING. . . . Scouting at 1st New Romney has been a huge success this year, which is down to the support of young people, the Community, hard work of Leaders and their determination and tenacity in delivering the Scouting programme. At times this has been challenging and difficult during this strange journey but as always the resilience of our young people has shone through. Leaders, parents, supporters and youngsters have pulled together and formed really supportive relationships.
Pancake Challenge; Hike to the Moon and the Sausage Sizzle. Cubs also thanked Akela for all her support, providing a range of interesting and engaging activities.
SPECIAL mention must go to SUPERSTARS Archie and sister Millie who worked as a team, organising a Bake Sale to raise money for Mulberry Cubs and Girl Guiding locally. Proud So this week it was time to thank the youngsters mum Kelly joined them as they were awarded and Leaders who have made a special effort and Certificates in recognition of this very special really gone the extra mile. achievement. HUGE THANK YOU TO: BEAVERS – Bertie, Amelia, David and Harley who took part in all the virtual activities including, badgework; Race Round the World; The Great Easter Cake Off; Mother’s Day; Summer Sunflower Competition and our Being Kind initiative. Beavers also thanked their inspirational Leaders Ringtail and Malic who organised the programme and supporting materials, delivered activity packs and kept the Colony going.
Caroline, Group Chair summed up:- We are extremely proud of the way all our youngsters have responded to the challenges and supported 1st New Romney Scout Group this year. Better times are ahead and the Scouting Adventure continues. Find us on Facebook, Romney Marsh Scout website, contact 01797 363657 or come along to our HQ in Church Lane New Romney. We welcome youngsters and adults – no age limits! If Volunteering and Making a Difference is part of your DNA and you’re looking for pastures new CUBS – Benjamin, Kacey, Katy, Archie, who come and join us. If you’re not sure and you’d supported all the Zoom meetings and activities like to try the Scouting Adventure, come and try including virtual MAYhem Camps; Beach parties; it out. . .
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