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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 our home. It was a new first in my life, although I wouldn’t recommend it as a “tick-in-the-box” moment for anyone! I really do think I earned all the Christmas Pudding I can eat for this year! Until next time please stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas.

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Four bed spacious family home situated in the heart of the village.

Four bed family home. Immaculate condition. Backing on to open countryside.

Village property with far reaching views. 5 Bedrooms, Conservatory

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The Street, Mersham

Beaver Road, Ashford

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Victorian end of terrace two bedrooms Requires some updating

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Spacious living room kitchen, breakfast room family bathroom, boot room

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Spacious period property Two double bedrooms Sitting room, kitchen dining area Attractive landscaped cottage garden

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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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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/general-parking/free-parking-in-theborough 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. “The festive season is one of the busiest shopping periods of the year, and Ashford and Tenterden have a lot to offer shoppers. We encourage residents to support their home town by doing their Christmas shopping locally and help boost trade for our hardworking, home-grown businesses.”

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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

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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.

Simple flowers for insects

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Glowing reds and golds with ornaments, gifts and baubles creates a dramatic table setting. Faux-fur stocking, £5; cable-knit throw, £15; fur-trim pillow, £10; stag ornament, £8; trio of frosted tree decorations, £8; all B&M: 0330 838 9000; bmstores.co.uk.

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

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The Home 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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BCA Best Regional Restaurant of the Year 2021: Cinnamon Spice

On 7 November 2021, Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) announced the regional winners of its Restaurant of the Year Awards; where eleven worthy UK regional winners were chosen from hundreds of out-standing entrants. The highly-coveted BCA Awards were held at O2. Last year the Awards were disrupted due to the global pandemic.

These spectacular BCA Awards are now in its 15th year, and is an evening of high glamour, entertainment and recognition. The Award’s night was co-hosted by Samantha Simmonds, BBC News Presenter and Gary Newbon, Sky Sports Presenter; and attended by high-profile guests, dignitaries, Members of Parliament and the media. Everyone came together to celebrate the best of British curry. This year’s Awards fall into BCA’s Diamond Anniversary, making them extra special. BCA has been representing the Bangladeshi curry industry in Britain since 1960. 24

The winners were judged on their innovation, presentation of food, hygiene standards and customer service. This winning restaurant is in your local area, serving fantastic food, contributing to the local economy. Curry houses are a familiar and much-loved sight on the high-street and this restaurant looks forward to cooking and serving its local customers.


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It’s all too easy to get stuck in a beauty rut. If you fancy trying something new, book yourself in for a skin consultation or mini makeover at a cosmetics counter. Or visit a few counters and ask for their recommendations. (You may get given some free samples to try at home.) You could also sign up for a beauty box subscription, like those by Birchbox, Glossy Box and Look Fantastic, which will give you the chance to sample lots of different brands.

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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.

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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

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Clubs & Societies Ashford Active Retirement Association (AARA). General club meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of

each month. We meet at the SWAN centre Newtown from 2-4 pm. Other activities we have are walking club on the last Friday of each month, games afternoon on 1st Tuesday of each month, we have card and board games, plus indoor curling and more. We have a monthly lunch club, day trips and holidays. It’s for the retired and semi retired. Contact 01233 501372 for more information, or email ianjsharp49 @aol.com. Ashford Model Railway Club - We meet on Wednesday evenings at the barn café at Willesborough Windmill. between 7.00pm and 9.00pm, and the club would welcome new members. Club members are currently building a model of Rye in 00 gauge in the SR period. Contact Bex Nightingale on 07874 212188 or email bex. nightingale@gmail.com. for more details. Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at Sellindge for flying seven days a week, and fly indoors in Ashford Market on various Thursday evenings during the Autumn, Winter, & Spring, please visit www.araclub.co.uk for more details, or phone Iain on 07956501510, or myself (Roger) 01233 627694.

Ashford Art Society welcomes new members.

All ages & standards. A friendly group with a wide variety of events and meetings. Call 01233 630293 and 01303 850429 for details.

THE ARTS SOCIETY EGERTON meet on the second Wednesday of the month in Egerton Millennium Hall. Lectures begin at 2.30pm. We also offer Special Interest Days and Visits. We have a membership of over 180 from across the Weald and North Downs. See our website for further information www.theartssocietyegerton.org.uk Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society Meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. For further details call Wendy Sanders 01303 813451 or email brabournewendy@ gmail.com. The Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion meet every second Tuesday

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in the month at the Brabourne Baptist Church at 7.30pm. New Members always welcome, please contact George Taylor 01303 812165 or Ron Cooper 01303 813330 Charing & District Local History Society: meet at the Parish Hall, TN27 0JA, on second Thursday of the month September-April. Doors open at 7.30pm, free tea/coffee available. Talk begins at 8pm until approx 9.15pm. Annual subscription £9, visitors welcome at £3 per meeting. For further information contact Secretary Valerie Yeeles, 01233 713749 secretary@ charinghistory.co.uk: www.charinghistory.co.uk

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. THE ARTS SOCIETY EGERTON

Enjoy the arts presented by world class lecturers at Egerton Millennium Hall, Elm Close, TN27 9DS Our forthcoming lectures will be: A VERY CEREMONIAL CHRISTMAS Presented by Dr Graham Jones WEDNESDAY 8th DECEMBER at 2.30 pm Dr Graham Jones, after a glittering career spanning nearly 40 years, retired in 2012 as Senior Director of Music, Household Division and Director of Music, Coldstream Guards a position unequaled throughout military music in Great Britain. THE HOUSEKEEPER’S TALE: the women who really ran the English Country House Presented by Tessa Boase WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY at 2.30 pm Tessa Boase is a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society along with other organisations such as the V&A, English Heritage and the National Trust. For further details about these and other lectures visit our website at https://theartssocietyegerton.org.uk Visitors are welcome at £5. If you join the money will be refunded. Membership costs £40 per annum for individuals and £70 per annum for couples. For further information please contact Christine Willis, our Membership Secretary via cmwillis75@gmail.com or 01233 75637.


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Sunday Morning 9.30am to 10.30am Sunday School and all age Bible Class Sunday Evening Service at 6.30pm Ashford Reformed Baptist Fellowship Repton Manor Primary School, Repton Ave, Ashford, TN23 3RX

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Join the Egerton Over 60s Club For friendship,

fun and food, you will be most welcome. We meet in the Millenium Hall Egerton at 2pm on the second Monday of each month. We have interesting speakers, the minimum business, and the best afternoon tea of any seniors club! Meetings are open for two occasions for free to non members though donations will be gratefully received. Annual Membership is only £5 then £3 per meeting. For more details phone Gerry on 01233 712282, Jacqui on 07469 230946 or Maggie on 07811 241997 or just come along and join us to see what it’s all about, you will be made welcome

The Gardening Group At Charing Surgery. Get fresh air, exercise, meet other people, have fun and enjoy being part of the community. Open to all patients, age 16+. Green Fingers not essential. Tuesdays 9am-12pm. Call Joanne Munro 01233 713582. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. The Royal Air Forces Association meet on the 2nd Thursday each month at 7.30pm in Wye Village Hall. After a short business meeting we usually have a speaker followed by refreshments. Connection to the RAF is not necessary. Parking available. Contact: rita.elgar05@gmail.com The Roots Project Conservation Volunteers What

we do: Regular practical conservation tasks and woodland craft workshops based in Longbeech Wood, Charing. Contact: Carrie Eeles (Activities Officer) Tel: 07920404546 Email: info@therootsproject.co.uk www.therootsprojectconservationvolunteers.org.uk Quilting Group held in the Oak Room, Smeeth TN25 6SA. If you are interested in quilting or patchwork why not come along and learn new skills and share your expertise with like minded people. Beginners and advanced levels are welcome. Bi-monthly meetings, for further information contact Marion on 01233 750319 Smeeth W.I. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further info. call Joy Taylor 01303 812165

Yoga Class in Charing Sports Pavilion 09:30-10:30 Pilates class 10:45-11:45. Classes tailored to suit all levels of ability. £8 per class. For more details or to book a space contact Keighley on 07765221374. Wye Historical Society – meets monthly from October to April in the Lady Joanna Thornhill School at 7.30pm. Subscriptions £10 per year; visitors welcome at £2 per meeting - no need to book. For more info see www.wyehistoricalsociety.org.uk.

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In recent years 3D printing has made significant advances in both quality and abundance of designs and the club is fortunate in having a couple of enthusiasts who regularly produce some outstanding projects, mainly on a railway theme. The combination of miniaturisation and the love of computer design

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The range of subjects to model is infinite and as well as the iconic steam era the latest HS2 may well be a popular future project and could even be completed before the full size example takes to the rails. The development of DCC train control has enabled realistic running with all the bells and whistles but the budget modeller is also encouraged by exploring alternative ideas to create that extra realism. The use of scrap or repurposed materials is often the best and most cost saving option and plays its small part in helping the environment.

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The Ashford Model Railway Club welcomes everyone with an interest in modelling generally, with a desire to create and build miniature examples of the real thing or an imaginary location. We have an N gauge exhibition layout under construction and we plan to build other examples, including a modular layout, where everyone can contribute with their wn module for display at our annual exhibitions.

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The impact of the Covid Pandemic has affected everyone on the planet and we find ourselves in a position where we need to build up the club starting with the recruitment of new members. Paradoxically the pandemic and the imposed lockdowns and restrictions has encouraged and introduced many people to railway modelling. The interest and latent skills that many have discovered can now be extended further by joining other like minded enthusiasts.

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The aim of the Ashford Model Railway Club is to provide an environment where like minded individuals can indulge in modelling and running railway layouts. Building locomotives, rolling stock and landscapes in various scales and gaining knowledge and expertise from each other, enables our members to practice their own techniques and ideas.

For more details contact Bex 07874 212188 or email bex.nightingale@gmail.com.

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The Club was formed in 1978 and in the early years met and operated from Kennington Sports Pavilion, eventually moving to Willesborough Windmill in 2013.

So if you want to bring your latest locomotives to run around the test track or just have a chat with railway minded people, drop in and see what we can offer. We look forward to seeing you soon, with a warm welcome and a hot cup of tea or coffee.

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technology makes this form of modelling attractive to a growing audience; both help and support is readily available for those wanting to have a go.

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Crimestoppers

101 0800 555 111

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

www.samaritans.org

116 123

Electricity: Contact UK Power Networks 24 hrs a day on 0800 3163 105 / 0333 3232 105 or go online to ukpowernetworks.co.uk Natural Gas: 0800 111 999

Doctors Surgery The Charing Surgery 01233 714490 Willesborough 01233 621626 Wye 01233 884585 Veterinary Surgeons Barrow Hill Vets Montgomery Vets Cinque Ports Vets Milbourne Equine Vets

01233 624687 01303 813756 01233 813003 01233 500505

Parish Councils: Brabourne & Smeeth 01233 750415 Boughton Aluph & Eastwell 01233 720392 Brook 01233 750415 Challock 07895 494851 Charing 01233 713599 Egerton 01622 853558 Hastingleigh 01233 750415 Pluckley 01233 770739 Wye & Hinxhill 01233 812459 Westwell 01233 712016 Ashford Borough Council www.ashford.gov.uk Ashford Gateway info:ashfordgateway.co.uk www.ashfordgateway.co.uk Citizens Advice Bureau CPRE Kent Volunteer Centre Age UK Ashford www.ageuk.org/ashford ageukashford.org@gmail.com

01233 331111 0845 8 247 247

Ashford Counselling Service 01233 610083 info@ashfordcounselling.org.uk www.ashfordcounselling.co.uk CARM www.carmromneymarsh.org.uk E: office@carmromneymarsh.org.uk Macmillan Cancer Support www.forget-me-nots.co.uk Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad 01233 623520 Royal British Legion 01233 620 167 St. John Ambulance Brigade 01233 611414 East Kent Strokes www.eastkentstrokes.org

01233 840448

SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. e: mssoutheast@gmail.com ME Association Helpline www.meassociation.org.uk NSPCC: Tenterden & District Mrs J Coombs

07767 326 138 0344 576 5326

01580 763733

Pregnancy Sickness Support - Kent and Sussex www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/ Denise Clifford deniseclifford@btinternet.com Royal Mail Residential Customer Services 08457 740740 Transport www.arrivabus.co.uk www.stagecoachbus.com www.nationalrail.co.uk Wealden Wheels: 01233 840000 Village Halls: Boughton Lees Brook Challock Charing Charing Heath Egerton Little Chart or Pluckley Westwell Wye

01233 626185 01233 714540 01233 665 535 01233 668 765

07986 252558 01233 812579 01233 740504 01233 713599 01622 858296 07725 743889 07753 802814 01233 840396 01233 840280 01233 712016 07504 839 858

High Pressure Jetting Service & Repair to Sewage treatment plants Soakaway Testing Cesspool Emptying Service

01233 840624

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