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The Village Directory Feb/Mar 2021 Edition • Issue 73 • Royal Mail

The Marsh

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Hi everyone, Happy New Year, actually let me rephrase that, I wish you all a Happy and Very Healthy New Year. We all knew that Christmas would be a challenge, but the last minute restrictions definitely caught me on the hop! I was literally at the Tesco tills with two large Turkeys and a basket full of food when the government announced the new lockdown. Hubby, who was patiently waiting in the car listening to the news live, tried to call me, but too late. As I walked toward him in the car park he said “Boris has cancelled Christmas!”. I honestly thought he was joking, I was so disappointed. Thank goodness I have a freezer, but I’d never frozen fresh veg before and I had far more than three of use could eat! I’m sure many of you have a similar story to tell. My love of Christmas is not just about the socialising, I love the food, and with our numbers suddenly reduced, there was plenty of it. I must confess now, I ate two whole Christmas puddings over the period, with deliciously thick cream, just one portion was eaten by my son! I must pay the price now and get my weight back to normal for a family wedding that is supposed to take place in April. I’m so lucky that I can work from home, and continue to publish the magazines during this terrible pandemic. February brings Valentine’s Day, which will be a real challenge this year, but love will find a way to express itself, I’m sure! It will also be Mother’s Day on Sunday 14th March, so even if you can’t be with your Mum and give her a hug, make sure she knows you’re thinking of her. A hug - a year ago the power and importance of this simple interaction was so taken for granted, it has been the most difficult thing to be without, and also to hold yourself back from, who would ever have believed that this could happen to us. But there is now a light at the end of this tunnel, and I for one can’t wait to start hugging again – you’ve been warned!

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Sometimes we just can’t face a whole novel or autobiography. With these books, you can dip in and out whenever you have a spare five minutes. Back to Nature: How to Love Life and Save It – Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin Whether you’re an avid nature lover and wondering how to stop the catastrophic decline in biodiversity, or you’re feeling disconnected from the wild and want to reap the benefits of it once again, this is a great book to help you. There are lots of interesting titbits to digest over a coffee (ever wondered how trees communicate?) and plenty of ideas for how to take action. Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You – Adam Kay Adam Kay brings us a series of essays and musings from a range of household names, from Malala Yousafzai to Dame Julie Walters and Johnny Vegas. Each tale is about how the NHS has stepped in to help the writer. There’s a story of a suspected heart attack that turned out to be trapped wind, several about household accidents (often involving kitchen knives) and plenty of sentimental stories to boot. Plus, all profits go to charity. Encounters: A Photographic Journey – Levison Wood Award-winning reportage photographer Levison Wood has travelled to more than 100 countries over the last ten years. Encounters brings together 140 of his images, along with text about each one. You’ll meet a young shepherd girl in Ethiopia, resourceful teenagers in the Congo, stranded nomads, fishermen in Yemen and families surviving in war-torn regions. The Repair Shop: Tales from the Workshop of Dreams If you love the TV series about expert craftspeople restoring much loved family heirlooms, you won’t want to miss the accompanying book. It goes into more detail about some of the most interesting items shown in the series, from a rusty miner’s helmet to a circus performer’s dress. It’s the book version of a mug of tea and hot buttered crumpet. Toksvig’s Almanac 2021 – Sandi Toksvig Fancy ‘An Eclectic Meander Through the Historical Year’? The main focus is on women that have been all but forgotten. There’s Begum Samru – an Indian dancer who led an army of mercenaries, Ida B. Wells – an activist and suffragist who co-founded the largest civil rights organisation in the United States, and Annette Kellerman, whose stunts including diving from 60 feet into a pool of crocodiles. There are also poems, trivia and other fascinating snippets. Sapiens: A Graphic Novel – Yuval Noah Harari et al. The original Sapiens is fascinating, but there’s an awful lot of information to take in. If you’re interested in the origin of humans, but want something a little easier to digest, try this instead. It’s the first volume in a graphic-novel adaptation of the global bestseller. Full-colour illustrations and straightforward text take the reader on a journey from the very birth of humankind. It’s absorbing, suitable for older children as well as adults and has a good spattering of humour throughout.


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It’s time to grab a spade, or perhaps a fork, and get planting. Autumn is widely viewed as THE best time for planting, but provided you get going fairly early in the year, then trees, shrubs, climbers or herbaceous plants will all have a decent amount of time to get established before the weather gets hotter and drier. If you have noticed that your garden has lacked colour, shape or perhaps perfume over the last few years then take a look at the spaces that need filling and go on a shopping trip. Start by clearing the soil properly by digging or forking it over and removing pernicious weeds or debris. Next, measure the space you have to offer, as it is important that the plant you choose will not outgrow its new home too quickly. It is worth jotting down the approximate measurements of the gaps you have to fill and at the same time making a note of how sunny or shaded the spot is. It is amazing what you find you have forgotten by the time you are in the garden centre. If you feel the need for a bit of springtime colour from shrubs you plant, then there should be a good selection to choose from right now – perhaps a flowering currant with flower trusses in red or pink, each up to 10cm (4in) long, a star


magnolia, Magnolia stellate, with breathtakingly beautiful white or palest pink star-shaped flowers on bare stems, or, if you have a biggish space, how about one of the amelanchiers, which are truly great value because they have tiny, very pretty white flowers with foliage that turns wonderfully fiery shades come the autumn. On acidic soils or in a good-sized pot full of ericaceous compost, camellias perform well and their large flowers in reds, pinks, yellows and white look great. There is Exochorda macrantha, ‘The Bride’, with delightful arching stems studded with tiny white flowers. The list goes on and on, but take time to wander around a favourite nursery or garden centre and you will be amazed at what is there and how it has the potential to transform you garden this spring and for years to come. When you have got your purchases home, try to get them planted as soon as possible. Dig a good-sized hole for each, making it several inches wider than the root ball all round, and fork the base and sides of the hole over thoroughly, especially if you garden on clay. On clay soils it is best to do as much soil preparation as possible with a fork, as this will be less likely to cause further compaction of the soil than if you use a spade.

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may need to prune these out, so that you can release the remainder of the roots. The plant should be planted at the same depth that it was in its pot and make sure that just the roots, and no part of the stem, are below ground level. Watering in is necessary even if the soil seems fairly moist, as it helps to settle the soil around the fine roots. Stand back and admire your efforts, and at the same time check the stem is good and upright. Make a note of the plant’s precise name and details, or remove the label and keep it somewhere safe – that way you will never be stuck for information about how to look after your plant, or how big it may grow!

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One course £10.95 / Two Courses £13.95 Shaun and Gayna welcome you to the Shepherd & Crook, Burmarsh. This charming pub has its own unique character and is a fascinating place to visit, and visit you must as the Shepherd & Crook is a hidden gem.

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Romney Marsh Rotary at Christmas For as long as most of us can remember, during the three weeks leading up to Christmas the Rotary Club of Romney Marsh has helped Santa to tour the area with his sleigh. This winter is proving to be one like no other for all of us and it is with much regret that Santa wasn’t able to make his rounds as he would have wished but he was able to send us a video message which we have put onto our website along with some other Christmas goodies, it’s not too late to take a look and see.

Looking ahead, plans are being made to host a golf day at Littlestone Warren Golf Club on 28th April and we continue to do all we can to help those in need in our community especially those suffering in these Covid-19 times, you can help by making use of the DONATE button on our website at www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk every penny received goes to help local charities and organisations in the Romney Marsh area, nothing is taken for expenses or overheads.

But we have not been idle! During December we were pleased to make further donations to Porchlight, Demelza House, Pilgrim’s Hospice and The Salvation Army and provided two Teddy Bears to help Brookland School PTA with their fundraising activities, we hope that they are now enjoying life in their new homes. We were also able to help the local Spar store in Greatstone with their efforts to provide Christmas Hampers


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Carry Carryon onScouting Scouting-- We We Did Did It!! It!! Before Christmas we reported 1st New stRomney situation has been a hard journey for everyone Before Christmas we reported 1 New Romney Scout Group had joined in with Scout Group had joined in with Race Round but they continue to carry on with their Scouting Race Round the World, an initiative launched by The Scout Association to raise so nationwide many innovative ways. We also thank the World, an to initiative by The Scout funds supportlaunched the most vulnerable groups in in our community. Association totoraise to support the most parents adult supporters True theirfunds Scouting Values the youngsters, Leadersand and supporters stepped who up have also and completed miles tocommunity. add to the totalgone recorded Scouts nationally. vulnerable groups in our279+ nationwide the by extra mile to keep More Scouting alive in importantly they Values raised £250 to support Scouting. Nationally Scouts have raised True to their Scouting the youngsters, New Romney.’ £1million + Leaders and supporters stepped up and completed 279+ miles to add the‘Locally total weCongratulations all youngsters. our amazing youngsters Group chair, Caroline Allento stated are really proud to of our recorded The by Scouts More importantly supporters. Huge Congratulations to the currentnationally. situation has been a hard journeyand for everyone but they continue to carry onto with their Scouting many innovative ways. also thank parents they raised £250 support Scouting.in so Nationally Beavers andWe their supporters whoand won the race adult supporters who +have also gone the extra mile tobykeep Scouting alive in New They literally Scouts have raised £1million locally, a very narrow margin. Romney.’ pipped the Explorers at the finishing post by 1 Group chair, Caroline Allen ‘Locally we mile!! Congratulations to allstated our amazing youngsters and supporters. Huge are reallyCongratulations proud of our youngsters. Theand current to the Beavers their supporters who won the race locally, by a very narrow margin. They literally pipped the Explorers at the finishing post by 1 mile!!

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