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The Village Directory Dec &Jan 2022

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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!

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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.

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:


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.

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Great Kentish Stories - Malcolm Horton Freckles – Cecilia Ahern


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Who would have thought that the cradle of British aviation was the unfashionable Isle of Sheppey or the greatest technological change in printing computer typesetting first took place in Europe in the small town of Westerham in 1965 and that the first and only recognised American Princess is buried in Gravesend and that the poet who wrote the first sonnet was not Shakespeare but Sir omas Wyatt of Allington Castle near Maidstone, reputed lover of Anne Boleyn. ese are just some of the short stories contained in this unique book. Read and discover Kent’s best secrets.

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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.


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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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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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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 Ashford Astronomical Society meets at Woodchurch Memorial Hall on the last Friday of every month. Meetings start at 7.30pm and are open to all. There are informative talks, star-gazing sessions. Further details can be found by emailing chairman@ Bethersden Art Group Would you like to develop your artistic skills, or try a different medium? Then why not come along and join a cheerful and friendly group who enjoy the art challenges set by a visiting tutor. We meet on Thursday evenings in Bethersden Village Hall, 7.30-9.30pm, for ten weeks each term. For further information and/or to express interest, contact Sue - 01233 820585. Bethersden Community Cinema Third Wednesday in the month. Bethersden Village Hall. Tickets £5. Films start at 7.30. Email: Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948. Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 Gordon Jones Playing Field, Biddenden. Friendly club with 2 courts and a bar. email: info@biddendensquash. Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5 new members welcome. Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931. East Kent Morris Men and Women: This is a mixed side of women and men dancing together. Weekly Wednesday dance practices at Mountbatten Hall, Mersham from 8pm to 10pm; afterwards we practise drinking in the pub opposite, the Farrier’s Arms! We dance Cotswold style Morris; this is the handkerchief waving and stick clashing variety. No experience required. Why not give it a try? Find us on Facebook or call John on 01233 625 362 Pop-In Centre for the over 50s, Lower Road, Woodchurch. Every Weds. 2 to 4pm. Also marquee open at same time for 1000s of bargains. T: Clive 01233 860139.


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Hamstreet Baby & Toddler Group meet every Wednesday (term time only) in the Victory Hall from 9.30-11.30pm T: Hannah 01233 733863. Hamstreet Victory Hall - Short Mat Bowls Tues and Fri evening 7.30pm- 10pm. Pilates Class Tues morning 9.15-1015am. Yoga Class Wed afternoon 1.30-2.45pm. Table Tennis Wed Evenings (every other week) 7pm-9pm. Tai Chi Classes Thurs Mornings 9.30-11.30am. Dog Training Classes on Thurs Evening 6-8pm. Contact Lucy on 01233 730997 for details. Hire of hall available for parties £10 per hour. Fully functional kitchen, outside green and play park. disabled toilet and access. Hamstreet Sports & Leisure Assoc The ground floor can be hired for sports changing which consists of male and female changing, Showers and disabled wet room. Along with the field and the multi use courts,we also have the top floor of the pavilion which consist of 2 rooms an office and a Lounge / Bar, we hire this out for small functions of 60 people, the building has disabled access and to the first floor we have a wheel chair lift. The pavilion also has a small fitted kitchen. High Halden Craft Group - Meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at High Halden Memorial Hall 10.30am till 1.00pm. £3.50 includes materials, coffee and free raffle ticket For more info call 01580 291621 or 01233 85030 High Halden Short Mat Bowls Club We play every Friday from October to April in the Memorial home from 2pm to 5pm. New members welcome. For more information phone Ralph on 07767 147720 or visit high-halden-village-16240/short-mat-bowls/ High Halden Horticultural Society The society runs a variety of events thoughout the year including spring, summer and autumn shows, quiz, speakers and outings. New members welcome, please contact 01233 850127 for more information Jean Mealham Pop-In Centre Lower Road, Woodchurch TN26 3SQ. (for the over 60s is now re-open) Every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments supplied, but please bring your own mug. The Marquee will be open to anyone wishing to donate items or to purchase any of the thousands of items offered for sale. Call Clive or Shirley for details. 01233 860 139 Little Chart Bridge Club Friendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395.


Clubs & Societies Shadoxhurst Flower Club are a small, friendly club who meet at 7.30pm in Shadoxhurst Village Hall on the first Wed of every 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 workshops and an annual garden visit. If you would like to get to know us, please call the secretary on 01233 732212. Smarden Heritage Centre Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday morning 9.30 – 11.30. Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club We welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and occasionally on a weekday evening, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572. Weald of Kent Computer Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm via ZOOM (except August and December). New members welcome. Enquiries to or contact Adrian Lidgett (01580)291931. Visit Weald U3A is a society for the dynamic over 50s with a thirst for knowledge, social activities and new experiences. We have a large number of interest groups including Bridge, Films, Italian, jazz, Stargazers, Lunches and Theatre Visits. Please see our website or contact Richard Sargent, tel: 01580764239, email: 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., direct from band members or at the door.

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One person in the room. It can all get a bit much with full-on socialising. Don’t be embarrassed about booking in some me time and recharging your batteries before starting up again.

7 Seven swans a-swimming. Not only is swimming good for your cardiovascular health and muscle toning, it does it without putting strain on your body.


Two glasses, but if one is alcohol, the other should be water. This will both keep you hydrated and slow down your alcohol intake meaning you’ll be ready to start up again the next day.




Eight hours of sleep a night. Some people claim to manage on less, but repeated studies say that eight hours is best for our physical and mental health.


Three French hens…or British. Eggs are pretty much the perfect food; they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need – loads of vitamins and minerals including calcium.

9 Nine days of a cold. The average cold lasts around nine days. All the advice on how to avoid Covid applies for colds too, so keep washing those hands.


Four calling friends. Christmas isn’t always non-stop happiness. Whether it’s you that needs to reach out, or it’s friends that would appreciate a call, this is the perfect time to do it.

10 Ten…thousand steps a day is an ideal goal to improve your health and your mood. Over 4,000 steps is also good though, provided they aren’t all between the sofa and the fridge.


Five portions of vegetables a day. Christmas Day’s dinner will probably reach the target easily. But keep an eye on your intake every other day too.

11 Eleven maids a-milking. Milk is very good for you – everybody knows that. Although milk alternatives don’t have the same nutrition, if you are eating a balanced diet, plant-based will be fine.


Six grams of salt. The British Heart Foundation recommends a maximum of six grams of salt per day – about one level teaspoon. Remember to count salt in prepared food.

12 Twelve o’clock. The start of the new year is when many of us start our health resolutions. For the best results, find some time in December to do your research and preparation. Happy 2022!


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