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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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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.
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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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Great Kentish Stories Malcolm Horton
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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.
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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Ashford Model Railway Club is inviting new members to join us on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. We meet at The Barn, behind Willesborough Windmill The Club was formed in 1978 and in early years met and operated from Kennington Sports Pavilion, eventually moving to Willesborough Windmill in 2013. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org. for more details. Ashford Folk Dance Club meet every Wednesday afternoon 3.00pm - 5.00pm at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Godinton, Ashford TN23 3JJ. We promote English and American traditional folk dancing. New or experienced dancers, with or without a partner are welcome for light exercise for body and mind as well as fun and sociable for mature people. Do come and join our friendly club the first session is free. Contact Edna 01233 627 121 or email@example.com
Wednesday afternoon 2-4.30pm at Aldington Village Hall. Fee £4 per session . Wear comfy clothes and nonslip socks if possible. Contact Anne Warrener 01303 812703. looking forward to seeing you! Aldington Corner Quilters is a long established group of friendly ladies meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Aldington Village Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. We have a mix of beginners and experienced ladies who share their latest projects and ideas. We always welcome new members so if you are interested come along one evening and meet us. For more details contact Julie Coney - quirkyjules@gmail. com or 01303 813944 (eve).
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Following our Cheese and Wine event and the AGM, we will be forming a new committee. We also plan to issue a programme of events for 2022. For further details and requests to join the Society please contact Malcolm Mattocks 01233 721361 or email albogaso@ outlook.com Aldington Tennis Club We are a social / family Tennis Club encouraging all ages and abilities to play. Flood lights and coaching enable us to play all year with our members from around the local villages. All the information is listed on our web site www. aldingtontennisclub.co.uk
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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! 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.
welcome, 7 for 7.30 at The Walnut Tree, Aldington. 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. Arts Society Ashford (part of NADFAS). A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, with inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the countries top experts, together with days of special interest and arts visits. All lectures are in Aldington Village Hall, usually on the third Tuesday of each month, from September to June. Membership open to all. www.ashforddfas.org.uk 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. for more details.
The Brabourne and Smeeth Branch of the Royal British Legion We meet on the first Tuesday in the
month at the Brabourne Baptist Church, Plain Road. at 2.30pm. New Members and guests are always welcome. For further information please contact George Taylor 01303 812165 or Jenny Cooper 01303 813330 Brabourne & Smeeth Gardeners’ Society. We meet on the last Friday of the month at Brabourne & Smeeth Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30 pm. (No meeting in December) During the year we have speakers, shows, plant sales, social events and trips to places of interest. Membership is £10.00 per person per annum. If you would like more information please contact our treasurer, Rick Smithson on 01303 812 740, email email@example.com or visit our website www.basgs.com. East Kent Morris Men Do you like dancing, beer, socialising, music, having fun? Why not try Morris Dancing? We are recruiting for new members. Weekly Wednesday dance practices at Mersham Village Hall, 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite! No experience required. Why not give it a try? Details from www. ekmm.org.uk or 01795 536 262 Lympne Short Mat Bowling Club meets every Mon & Thurs 7 00 pm to 9 30 pm September to May in Lympne Village Hall. It is a small, friendly, sociable club. Do come along and try your hand at an enjoyable, skilful game. Do come along you will be made most welcome. For further details call Joyce Groom - Match Secretary on 01303 230983/0750 652 5971 trevor_ firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs & Societies 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 Sellindge Table Top Sale the 1st Saturday of each month in Sellindge Sports & Social Club. Tables booked in advance are £5. 00 Each and on the day (If available) £8. 00. Telephone for more information 01303 813475. Refreshments are available and home made cakes. Smeeth W.I. We meet on the second Monday of the Month at 7.30 pm in the Brabourne & Smeeth village hall for further information do contact Joy Taylor 01303 813932 or Margaret Garret 01303 813932. The Get Together Club meet second Wednesday of the month in the Durling Hall, Sellindge from 2pm to 4pm. new members welcome. Stanford with Postling W.I. meet at 7.30pm in the Harry Margary Hall, adjoining Lympne Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month, except August. We are a small, friendly group who love to welcome visitors or prospective new members. For any further details please contact Iona on 01303 238390 or Sally on 01303 812556 or email@example.com Sellindge Line Dancing Club We are your local line dance club. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Are you interested in joining us? You don’t need a partner to line dance! 6.00pm until 7.00pm Entry fee is only £2.50. If you need to know more or to reserve your place, please ring Maureen for further details. 07989 210449 Shadoxhurst Flower Club are a small, friendly club who meet at 7.30pm in Shadoxhurst Village Hall on the first Wed of the month except January. No experience of flower arranging needed to join, just an interest in seeing blooms displayed advantageously. Demonstrators visit most months but members also enjoy workshops and an annual garden visit. If you would like to get to know us, please call the secretary on 01233 732212. Send your Clubs & Societies to firstname.lastname@example.org. Insert deadline 10th of the month prior to publication.
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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
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Aldington Primary School Are you interested in education? Would you like to help the future generation? Then you could be just what we are looking for. We currently have vacancies for school governors. You would need to make a commitment to attend 6 x 2 hour meetings per year, plus time for reading documents and visiting the school. We provide training and support, and you would have a rewarding role that can make a real difference for children. If you are interested please see the website for more information
or contact the school for further information.
The Retreat Animal Rescue & Sanctuary High Halden
www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk Open for Public Visits From March to November every year. Free admission, free parking, café, holiday accommodation etc
2022 Calendar Available An Excellent Christmas gift for any animal lover! Volunteers and Donations are welcome, visit our website or call 07514 114613 The Retreat, Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent, TN26 3LJ
Emergency 999 Police Neighbhd Team Ashford & Tenterden
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
Electricity: Contact UK Power Networks 24 hours a day on 0800 3163 105 / 0333 3232 105 or go online to ukpowernetworks.co.uk Natural Gas: 0800 111 999
Doctors Surgery Hamstreet Surgery Sellindge Surgery
01233 730190 01303 812180
Dental Practices Starlite Dental, Finerry
Veterinary Surgeons Montgomery Vets Cinque Ports Vets Milbourne Equine Vets
01303 813756 01233 813003 01233 500505
Parish Councils: Aldington & Bonnington 01233 721757 e: email@example.com www.ald-bonnpc.kentparishes.gov.uk Brabourne & Smeeth 01233 750415 Kingsnorth 01233 502969 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Mersham & Sevington 01233 750415 Sellindge 01303 813271 Ashford Borough Council W: www.ashford.gov.uk
0845 8 247 247
Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185 Brabourne and Smeeth Community Warden: Graham Kingston 07813 712805 Ashford Volunteer Centre
01233 665 535
Age UK Ashford www.ageuk.org/ashford email@example.com
01233 668 765
Ashford Counselling Service 01233 610083 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ashfordcounselling.co.uk
CARM E: email@example.com W: www.carmromneymarsh.org.uk Macmillan Cancer Support W: www.forget-me-nots.co.uk Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch Contact Mike Wharrad 01233 623520 St. John Ambulance Brigade
East Kent Strokes www.eastkentstrokes.org
SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
07767 326 138
ME Association Helpline www.meassociation.org.uk
0344 576 5326
Royal British Legion
01233 620 167
Royal Mail Residential Customer Services
Travel www.arrivabus.co.uk www.stagecoachbus.com www.nationalrail.co.uk Village Halls Aldington 01233 720931 Brabourne & Smeeth 01303 813746 David Smith e: email@example.com Bilsington 01233 720818 Hamstreet 01233 732568 Mersham 01233 503192 Smeeth 01303 814977 Stowting 01303 862819 Sellindge 01303 813250 Sellindge Spts & Soc. Club 01303 812437 Singleton (Hoxton Close) 07887 575647 Singleton Environment Centre Centre Mngr: John Alexander 07951 343885
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