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The Village Directory Apr/May 2021 Edition • Issue 162 • Royal Mail

Villages South

Ashford Prep School

Where learning is the ultimate adventure. 01233 620 493 | registrar@ashfordschool.co.uk | ashfordschool.co.uk

Welcome Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well and just itching to get back to some sort of normality. I’ve already booked my hair appointment and I’m keeping everything crossed that my niece’s wedding goes ahead in June, it’s been moved twice! We’ve lived in the same house now for over 30 years and during the interminable lockdown that we’ve been living through for the last few months, I’ve tried to make the most of the time by having a clear out. I will keep my language family friendly, but wow, we’ve bought some, err, ‘stuff’ over the years,. My son is 25 but I have a cupboard full of toys from his childhood. I can’t bear to throw out things that are perfectly serviceable. Still one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold as they say and thank goodness for the community Facebook and Freecycle groups which are great for recycling and Gumtree and Ebay for shifting anything that still has value. Rather than let any resale profits go into the day-to-day bank account (aka ‘the black hole’) I’ve made a point of putting the money to one side. As soon as we are allowed, I’m planning to spend that extra cash at local pubs, restaurants and retail outlets. Clearly this will be fun for me, but the local element is the really important aspect here. Spending in our own area is so much more than just helping a business owner return to profitability. Those businesses are employers of people and a higher percentage of young people too. They also use local trades and services which breathe life into our community. Finally, for your own wellbeing, it’s time to reconnect with other human beings. You don’t meet other people spending your money via your computer or phone. Feel good and do good by keeping it local.

Debbie T: 01233 720488 e: info@thevillagedirectory.co.uk w: www.thevillagedirectory.co.uk

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Look out of your window at your lawn and you’ll probably see that it has suddenly taken off and is growing rapidly. This means that now is the perfect time to get to grips with a bit of spring maintenance. True, your lawn will survive without it, but if you want it to look a good deal better than average, then get your skates on! In most areas temperatures should have evened up a little and the soil in beds, borders and under your lawn should hopefully not be wet and soggy. Grass needs regular mowing from now on; in some areas this may mean once a week, so make sure that the mower blades are good and sharp. On so-called utility lawns you will need to cut to about 2.5cm or 1”, while on higher grade smart lawns cut to about 1-1.5cm. Lawns benefit from a specially formulated spring feed at this time of year to encourage good strong growth and strengthen the grasses up after any winter setbacks. If you use a granular formulation, make sure that you water it in well if you cannot time the job so


that the rain does this for you! Give yourself a bit of a workout too and scarify the lawn. This means using a spring-tined rake to pull out any accumulated debris or thatch from the base of the grasses. This allows for a better flow of moisture and air, thus ensuring that the grass grows stronger and more healthily. If your lawn has developed a lot of moss (especially likely if it has suffered compaction, is shaded or has been particularly wet), then apply a proprietary moss killer before scarifying. Use a combined feed and moss killer to save yourself

The Garden time if you like, but whichever product you choose, make sure that you leave the specified time between applying the treatment and raking the dead moss out. If you don’t, the moss problem could become a lot worse, as you’ll spread the pieces of living moss as you rake.


Worm casts may be there in abundance now too, so if necessary simply use a besom or brush to brush them away or distribute them over the lawn.

It is also worth sorting out any stepping stones that have sunk too low or become uneven. Use a spade to ease them out of the lawn and lift and readjust the level beneath before replacing them. It may sound as if there’s a lot to do, but remember that every hour spent now will make a huge difference to how the lawn looks for the rest of the year!

Humps and bumps in the lawn or indeed any other sort of uneven surface can be dealt with now, but you will need to get this done promptly, just in case the weather gets hot and dry soon. A minor problem can be dealt with using a sandy top-dressing mixture, but if there are some prominent problems then use a sharp spade to cut an ‘H’ shape over the bump or hollow. Now carefully peel back the turf and then remove or add soil as necessary before replacing the turf flaps, firming well and providing a good drink. At www.pippagreenwood.com you’ll find stylish cloches, practical and pretty plant supports, the fantastic SpeedHoe, gardening tools, signed books and the ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa’ system.




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The Lawn Whisperer Spring is in the air and it is the time when many folk start to think about their gardens. The lawn is the centre piece of many properties whether it is ornamental, social or a play area for children and pets.

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y name is Buster and my company The Lawn Whisperer undertakes seasonal lawn care work at residential and business properties in Ashford, the local villages and across the county. I’d like to offer three basic tips regarding Spring lawn care so that you can get the best from your garden naturally: 1.

Fill the gaps: Weeds and moss will take advantage of any weak or balding areas; grab a bucket and mix up some hardy perennial rye grass seed with a top soil, rake the target area and patch the bare spots. Hope for daily rain showers and water well when it doesn’t!


Edges: Tidy the edges of your lawn with a string trimmer or edging iron, take before and after photos – it makes a huge difference to the overall appearance.


Mulching – Use a mulch plug or dedicated mulching mower and give your grass natural nutrients. Mulch cutting leaves tiny, almost invisible clippings to break down into the soil. The added advantage is there will be no grass to collect and dispose of after cutting.

It definitely requires patience to improve or revive your grass but it is often the case of a little TLC making a big difference. You may not have the time or inclination to undertake your own lawn care work, if that’s the case contact The Lawn Whisperer to see if I can help:


I am now fully booked for Spring renovations but welcoming new customers for one off or fortnightly lawn mowing, which is my speciality. Having your grass cut at the correct height with a sharp blade is a great defence against weeds, moss and pests. I offer an eco-friendly service featuring a fleet of high voltage walk behind mowers (no petrol) to suit all gardens and client preferences, whilst aiding the fight against climate change. Returning customers receive a loyalty discount on lawn mowing and price freeze promise extending through the 2022 season. If you’re seeking regular grass cutting or even if you’re just curious to sample a one-off cut with professional cordless equipment, please do get in touch. Lawn mowing is bookable online or via telephone. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Books to uplift, inspire and help you to move forwards. The Shift – Sam Baker Whether you’re just approaching the perimenopause or have reached the other side, Shift is a must read. It covers everything from common symptoms to the media’s treatment of ‘invisible women’. You won’t find a list of all the different types of HRT or discover a magic cure-all for hot flushes. Instead, as the subtitle says, it’s the story of how Baker lost (and found) herself after 40 – and how you can too. I loved the author’s wry humour and admission that she doesn’t have all the answers. Interspersed with her writing are quotes from hundreds of women, revealing differing views to the menopause, ageing and life in general. Where Hope Comes From – Nikita Gill Nikita Gill’s poems take the reader on a journey through the stages of grief, onwards to hope. Gill is at high risk from Covid-19 and lives thousands of miles away from her family. Her poems helped her to find a way forward. As she explained on Instagram, “When I realised that I needed to honour my grief and anger, I finally began to work my way through them.” The result is a truly beautiful collection of short poems to help the reader “… come away with a little more joy and hope than before.” One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot – Marianne Cronin A book about two terminally ill friends may not seem like the most uplifting of reads, yet somehow One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot manages to be just that. seventeen-year-old Lenni and eighty-three-year-old Margot meet in hospital. They set themselves a challenge of painting a hundred pictures, one for every year of their lives. As they grow closer, they reveal the stories behind the paintings. While the original focus in on Lenni, it’s Margot’s life, with all its ups, downs and loves lost, that ends up taking centre stage. Do Pause – Robert Poynton Poynton discusses how pausing (whether to reconsider, question yourself, appreciate your surroundings or just rest) can help us to take back control, become more creative and, ultimately, be happier. If you’re struggling to find a balance in life, or find your brain is always ‘on’, this little book could be the coffee break read you’re looking for. The Atlas of Happiness – Helen Russell Helen Russell explores traditions, practices and beliefs from around the world, from the Italian ‘dolce far niente’ (the joy of doing nothing) to Japan’s ‘wabi-sabi’ (appreciating things as they are, with all their imperfections). She also offers advice for embracing some of these practices in everyday life. An enjoyable read to dip in an out of, The Atlas of Happiness might just help you to see life a little differently. Other books to try… I’ve covered these before, but in case you missed them, I highly recommend: • Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library • Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse • Brandon Stanton’s Humans


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How to Plan for Your Retirement?

How to plan for your retirement? I am often asked ‘How do Ito know how the much I will When I am helping clients When I am helping clientswith withtheir theirretirement retirement planning, I always tell them imagine need to live off and how much savings will I need planning, I always tell them to imagine the retirement that they want not the retirement that they think they can have. Some people to create this income?’ retirement that they notbethe retirement underestimate whatwant they will able to do in retirement whilst others overestimate it. that they think they can have. Some people These figures from the Pensions And Lifetime I am often asked ‘How do I know how much I will need to live off and how much savings underestimate what they will be able to do in Savings Association are an average taken across will I need to create this income?’ the country but we obviously all have different retirement whilst others overestimate it. spending habits  These figures from the Pensions And Lifetime Savings Association are an average taken across the country but we obviously all have different spending habits. Income needed Comfortable lifestyle

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*assuming you qualify for a full state pension ( 2020 figure £9,110) and you live outside London. *Source PLSA 2019 – figures assume you are mortgage and rent free. *figures based on an annuity of £5,000 per £100,000

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The Stour Downs Parish The Stour Downs Parish serves the six communities of Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Smeeth and Stowting. We have six historic parish churches cared for by volunteers and maintained by voluntary contributions, with worship led by a team across the Parish who support the vicar, Rev Chris. The walls of our buildings are steeped in the prayers of centuries, a continuing witness to faith in these communities for so many generations. We continue to seek to share the story of this faith and to make a difference to local people today.

there is time for a general chat, as well as after the service. We are a very friendly bunch! PRAYER TIMES VIA ZOOM Monday - Saturday: 9 -9.30am Wednesdays: 7 - 8pm ZOOM SERVICES and further information To access Zoom services and prayer times go to the church website www.brabournebaptist.org.uk and click on “What’s On”. You will find the link to the meetings and some helpful instructions on how to access the meetings. Meeting ID: 730 435 387 / Password: 080196 Connecting to Zoom by phone for Sunday services and prayer times, Renew 18 and Church meetings: Ring 0330 088 5830. Enter the meeting ID number 730435387 then the # symbol and participant ID or #. The BBC YouTube channel can be found at: https://www. youtube.com/channel/UC-qAqpGiWKiCbkUzhzRB2Og taking part, which has so far brought us well on our way on the return journey. Sponsorship for this effort can be made to the Stour Downs PCC account (Sort Code 60 01 21 Account: 56761422 -please add The Walk as the reference) or at https://givealittle.co/campaigns/050269f0-c29e4d38-8b83-5eb1b7a60a00 In the Stour Downs Parish are five primary schools, and although the team of volunteers who love retelling Bible stories through drama with our “Open the Book” stories have not been able to visit over the past year, posting video versions of our stories on You Tube (search Stour Downs Parish) has seen these enjoyed with families at home as well as young people in school.

Since the start of this pandemic, we have seen the flourishing of a “seventh church”- a virtual building without walls, pews or a door that creaks to give away your entry (or departure)! Our online church has helped to keep us connected when it’s not been possible to gather in church, added to the ways in which we support each other and our communities in the difficulties of the past year, and a place for new and old friends to journey together in faith, whatever their starting point. Our Parish Facebook page has enabled people from beyond our local communities to join services – even as far away as Australia!

At the time of writing, we look ahead to how Easter might be celebrated and a transition to worshipping in church buildings will be planned – keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details.

Whilst our patterns of worship have changed and we have not had our usual calendar of social and fundraising events and opportunities to meet with people in the community, the Stour Downs Parish has been busy phoning those who might be vulnerable, lonely or just in need of a chat, and setting up and running a Parish Foodbank in the pandemic – not to mention undertaking the feat to walk to Bethlehem and back- virtually! This fundraising effort has seen a collective effort to log miles walked by those

The churches in Brabourne, Smeeth and Stowting are open daily for prayer and reflection.

Find our online worship on Facebook (Stour Downs Parish https://www.facebook.com/Stour-DownsParish-275026813134319) daily at 9:15 and 6:15 and on Sunday at 9:30am, or by phone on Sundays at 9:30am (dial: 0333 0110 945 Room number: 15371271# PIN: 1030#).

See our website www.stourdowns.org.uk and our Facebook page for details of services and virtual church resources, or email office@stourdowns.org.uk to join our mailing list. Contact Rev Chris at vicar@stourdowns.org. uk or 01303 470791


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