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DANCE WARDROBE & AD3000 VOUCHERS

OYOYSTER COMEDY: ARTHUR SMITH COMES TO TOWN

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MYLCRIST BUILDERS Keep warm, cosy and dry this winter! Need to get those draughty windows or leaky roof sorted? Or perhaps you are having people to stay this Christmas and need some extra space? Or maybe the old boiler (no, not the husband) needs replacing? With winter well on its way it’s important to be prepared and reduce those winter fuel bills, and with the increase in VAT next year, now is the best time to get those odd jobs done. Whatever your needs Tankertonbased Mylcrist Builders – My Build are here to help. Established since 1981 Mylcrist Builders – My Build offer a friendly and professional service. With regular clients who come back for more, the company has built up an excellent reputation with the locals for its expertise, reliability and good quality craftsmanship. As well as fixing those all important jobs in the home, Mylcrist Builders – My Build have recently completed major renovation projects such as Dunkirk Village Hall and Tankerton Evangelical Church. “We can provide lots of examples of happy customers” says Director Geoff Mylcrist, “People are naturally worried by all the media attention on cowboy builders and are concerned about being ripped off, but we can take all that worry away.” Geoff added. A good relationship with clients is what Mylcrist Builders is all about. From those small jobs such as decorating, carpentry, plumbing, wiring and glazing to larger projects like insulation, solar panels, landscaping and new builds, Mylcrist Builders seem to have it covered. “Many of the products used have a guarantee for many years which gives customers the reassurance to trust in us.” Explains Geoff. A range of building samples can be seen without obligation by visiting the office at 224 Tankerton Road. And as longserving members of four professional organizations such as Federation of Master Builders (FMB), National House Building Council (NHBC), Association for Environment-Conscious Building (AECB) and Investor in People (IIP) Mylcrist Builders – My Build really do offer good value for money.

“…Just to say thank you for sorting out the damp problem in the kitchen, for the decorating and re-plastering. Excellent after sales service! Just another reason that we keep recommending you to anyone who asks…” Mr & Mrs Parker, Whitstable

For more information visit www.mylcristbuilders.co.uk or call Geoff and his staff on 01227 277883 for that professional and friendly bit of advice.

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WELCOME TO THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE WHITSTABLE IMP!

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ell, October has lived up to its promise so far! We’ve had storms, rainbows, summery weekends, wintry mornings; and the leaves started to turn to the browns, ochres and coppers we associate with autumn. We’ve also had gigs galore, The Players put on their newest production, and The Canterbury Festival is in full swing as we go to press. Now writing for November, I have to admit to a childlike excitement that Christmas is clearly on its way and, despite the feelings of dread I associate with Christmas Shopping, I take heart from the fact that soon(-ish) I will be able to start listening to carols, decorating the house and nagging Mel about getting a tree. And the IMP won’t disappoint, either! This month we have all of our usual local goodies - as well as

an exclusive interview with Arthur Smith, who will be live at The Playhouse on November 1st with John Maloney at Nick Wilty’s OyOySter Comedy night, and who kindly took time out from being a Grumpy Old Man (and four gigs in 36 hours) to speak to the IMP. Special thanks this month go to Nick Wilty and Josephine Harvatt. Enjoy November, and we’ll be back with our combined December/January issue next month. Christina & The IMP Team The Whitstable IMP, PO Box 290, Whitstable CT5 9AH

EDITOR Christina Birkett – Christina and husband Mel launched The Whitstable IMP in December 2008, around the same time their third daughter was born. As well as writing, editing and mothering, Christina enjoys singing and cake-making, has recently rediscovered running, and loves going to local gigs and exhibitions. Contact her at christina@the-imp.co.uk

CONTRIBUTORS Chris Haydon – Chris is 19 years old and has lived in Whitstable his whole life. Currently studying Film at the University of Brighton, Chris is an avid film fan and buff, and plans to go to the National Film School after University to study Directing Fiction Film and Documentary. He loves writing film reviews, and will be writing reviews for the IMP between course work and writing for the university’s paper, ‘The Pebble’. Malissa Taylor – South African-born Malissa is passionate about three things; Mamahood, Music and Mother Earth. She spends most of her time consumed by these and feels that her responsibility is to ensure that each is celebrated by everything that she does. Malissa loves to be part of, and write about, the Whitstable community and local music. Lucy de Pledge – Chestfield-based mother of two and self-confessed metalhead, Lucy works in Faversham as an estate agent, as well as providing the IMP with Festivals and Gig guides through her band and gig promotions company, LDP promotions. Contact her at www.ldppromotions.com or 07834 354618. IMP Bookworm – Our bookworm is a local mum who has always loved reading and spent several years working in the Publicity and Marketing Departments of various children’s publishers. She was lucky enough to work with authors such as Philip Pullman, Jeremy Strong, Eoin Colfer and Terry Deary. She left the publishing world a few years ago when she had her children but has remained passionate about books and reading and can usually be found with her nose buried in a good book.

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THIS ISSUE

Estelle Jourd – Estelle has lived and worked in Whitstable most of her life and studied art at the Kent Institute of Art & Design in Canterbury. Her paintings are of here; she is challenged by the ever-changing sea and sky and the flat marshland, working in oil on canvas and wood, and building up layers over time until she is happy with the texture and form she’s created. She also makes sculptures from discarded materials; even ice, soil, ash, fire, pebbles and paperback books. You can see her work at the Canterbury Festival Open Houses, local exhibitions, google, or contact her at jourd@btinternet.com or 01227 779135.

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BUSINESSES OF THE MONTH

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ynne and Kevin Gibson moved to Whitstable in 1994 from Maidstone, having lived all over the country - and abroad - with Kevin’s work. Both agree that Whitstable is the best place they’ve ever lived and worked in. We sit in the first-floor living space of their house overlooking the Tankerton slopes, and they tell me the story of how they came to be here. Kevin is the proprietor of AD3000, the independent computer shop at 106 Whitstable High Street. They supply computers and associated software and hardware, and now find they are doing an increasing amount of repairs. Kevin has always worked with computers - from his first job, when an acquaintance, selling Apple software from his bedroom, had too many calls to cope with and asked Kevin to help out - to working in a multi-national company on procurement (which also involved living abroad) - and has no regrets. Now he is happy to be self-employed, the owner of his own business - and that business is a lot bigger than you might otherwise expect. The shop on the High Street is the tip of the iceberg...

He signed the lease on August 1st 1997 and after two frantic weeks of decorating, opened on August 15th. Since then, Kevin has taken over the lease of the shop next door, and then the two floors above, when the local charity there moved offices. Kevin explains: “When we were setting up the business, we needed the presence on the High Street so people knew where we were, but now the computer repairs and business through the actual shop are a really small part of what we do...” The vast majority of business now happens with the eight staff working in the floors above the shop - who, along with Kevin, are responsible for sourcing and delivering computer hardware, installing software and maintaining and upgrading the networks for many of the schools and small businesses in Whitstable. “It can be anything - from putting paper in the printers to writing group policy objects that control what the children have access to - it all depends on the requirements of that school or business,” Kevin explains. It’s a huge position of responsibility, looking after schools from Whitstable to Dover, Sittingbourne to Ramsgate, as well as several local dentists, accountants and other businesses.

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

You may have noticed the plural there in the title – and that’s because, as well as sharing a building in the High Street, this month’s Business people also share a surname – and a house...

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In addition to keeping the schools and businesses of Whitstable running smoothly, Kevin is also a firm believer in sharing his success and helping other members of the community. All of his Saturday staff were once work experience candidates, even his Network Manager, now 26, started at AD3000 with work experience which turned into a Saturday job. During the first few years of AD3000 Lynne was primarily occupied with their four children; Hannah (21), Pip (13), Izzi (11) and James (7), as well as working as a TA in some of our local schools. All of the children have always loved dancing, and when she heard that ‘Jump and Jive’ in Wincheap (the main supplier of dance clothes and shoes in the area) was going to close down, Lynne joked that she ought to open a shop. But the joke turned into reality. With contacts already made from buying Hannah’s dancing and competition costumes since she was two years old - and, most importantly, with the support of all the local dance schools - Lynne opened Dance Wardrobe in November 2007 at one end of Kevin’s shop. Dance Wardrobe now stocks all the local dance school uniforms, including Herne Bay and Canterbury, and is the official supplier to the Canterbury Dance Festival, as well as picking up a lot of passing trade - including tourists here on day trips who are often excited and delighted to find a stockist of ballroom dancing shoes! Lynne explains: “I never intended to stock ballroom shoes, but they’re really one of the success stories! My initial aim was only to supply the local dancing schools - I supply schools on the RAD and ISTD syllabuses, and the teachers and parents rely on me to have the correct uniform for each pupil. I can also get calls from a school asking me for up to 30 costumes if they’re putting on a show.”

Lynne is the first port of call now if a new dance school opens, and supplies dancers all over Kent, Essex, and even internationally. “I love being in the shop, and I LOVE the challenge of sourcing something for someone.” Although somewhat cosy, Lynne finds that her customers like the quaint feel of the shop, and are happy to wait if she can’t serve them straight away. “All my staff are local dancers or dance teachers, and Hannah and I are trained pointe shoe fitters, so I think people are happy even if they have to wait a little while for a personal, professional service,” Lynne explains. Pointe shoe fittings are now so busy that Lynne does them by appointment after closing time. At the moment she is often in the shop until 9pm and has been known to have a threeweek waiting list! Although space restricts the amount of stock Lynne can hold, she keeps all the local uniform in stock, and her customers know that she can source the vast majority of other items by the next day - so they call ahead and pick up at their convenience. Lynne and Kevin are a local couple who really support the local community. And in the same vein, they have kindly donated £60 of vouchers - three £10 vouchers each - for an IMP reader draw. Email editoral@the-imp. co.uk to enter, with the title: NOVEMBER IMP DRAW - DANCE or NOVEMBER IMP DRAW AD3000, and we’ll announce the winners in the December issue. Contact them direct at sales@ad3000. co.uk and sales@dancewardrobe.co.uk or pop in to 106 and 106A High Street.

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LEE THOMPSON You may have seen Lee singing in one of the many live music venues in Whitstable - and you’ll certainly have seen his pictures here in the IMP or in the local papers. Here, in his own words, Lee describes how he arrived at this point in his life. All the pictures are his own.

a German record producer. The opportunity seemed too good to pass up. Silbersack Recordings based in Halle, Saale signed me to a solo deal towards the end of the nineties. The album was produced and recorded with local musicians but unfortunately was never released due to the company going into liquidation. Yet another set back but still... I kept at it. In the summer of 2006 I signed to Rich Mr Sax Records, a local Whitstable label, and recorded a 4 track EP. The video for the single ‘The Best in Me’ was filmed in Whitstable in March 2007. I received a few good reviews for the EP and my live set: GIG REVIEW (Bullet Bar - Camden) Lee Thompson was down to headline the show with his band, but instead performed a solo acoustic set as the penultimate performer. This South African singer/songwriter is certainly a force to be reckoned with in his field, and an artist

COMMINITY

Moving to the coast after many years in London was easy, not because it meant moving away from the hustle and bustle but because I grew up near the sea. In Durban, South Africa, to be precise. I grew up a shy, only child who liked to sing. I was even thrown out of class for it. My careers councilor gave me two options on leaving school: food or music. I chose the latter and spent a few years studying jazz guitar and doing vocal training. I dropped out three years in, fully confident that the band that I was in, Saint Legend, were about to ‘make it big’. The album was near completion and with a support slot with American supergroup Foreigner on their South African tour under our belts, it seemed a dead cert. We broke up shortly after that. “What now?” was the obvious question. I decided to move to the UK with my girlfriend Lindsay (now my wife of 13 years). After washing dishes for a while I hooked up with original band Minifish. We managed to score a full page article in the Melody Maker and played gigs at the Rock Garden, Underworld, the Mean Fiddler, and The Orange to name a few. We recorded a demo in Pete Townshend’s childhood house with his brother Simon and things were starting to look up before I was poached by

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that I am convinced will be big very soon with the right exposure. He is a brilliant singer and guitarist with clear diction that emphasises the very accessible lyrics of his songs. I have to say that there was not a bad one among them, and his encore performing the Otis Redding/ Black Crowes classic “Hard to Handle” was awesome. Check this guy out, with or without his band.

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EP REVIEW If “The Best In Me” is a preview, I can’t wait for the main feature. The four tracks you get here are endearingly simple pieces of songwriting that you can’t help but wish lasted a bit longer. I couldn’t help but be reminded of David Gray or even a more intelligible Dave Matthews the first time I listened to this EP’s understated songwriting, reverbsoaked acoustic guitars, and catchy leadlines and progressions. There’s nothing overly flashy here, and that’s a good thing. It’s just good songwriting, strong vocals, and warm acoustic sound. My one complaint would be that this sounds like one of those albums that you put on and hear the artist really say something to you, but the EP format leaves you wishing there was more. And let’s face it – if Thompson’s biggest problem is that you can’t get enough of his music, he’ll have quite a career ahead of him.

At the same time I enjoyed a healthy sideline as lead singer with function band The GnT Experiment. Our little claim to fame was that we appeared in the BBC production ‘The Line of Beauty’... strangely, as a function band at a party for Maggie Thatcher. 2009 and after twenty years in music I decided a change of direction was needed. I fell, rather neatly, into the world of music photography. Since 1997 I have worked for Dorling Kindersley Book Publishers in their Image Library so I suppose the two worlds were destined to collide at some point. After borrowing the in-house camera a few times (an amazing Canon 5D) I was hooked and never looked back. The inevitable happened and I decided to invest in my own gear and get cracking. Since then I have met and snapped some amazing people and bands and been fortunate enough to be given access to some amazing events. I’m constantly amazed by the wealth of talent in this part of the UK. I’m enjoying being the principle photographer for LDP Promotions and am looking forward to big things over the next couple of years. Music photography is my key to an amazingly exciting future. I would like to say a special thanks to the following people for supporting me: Lindsay Thompson, Fergus Muir, Nikos Tsiokas, Mark Duggan, Eddie Reilly, Dudley Ross, Tim Stubbings, Lucy de Pledge, Em Peasgood, Tom Sutton-Roberts and all those who have had faith in me. http://www.ishootstuff.co.uk/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/leethom/

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ARTHUR SMITH

IS COMING TO TOWN

(Not Santa Claus, but almost as good.) Although probably best-known as one of BBC2’s Grumpy Old Men, Arthur Smith, as it turns out, is not particularly grumpy at noon on a Sunday, although he did call me Kim a lot. He’ll be performing at The Playhouse on November 1st in one of Nick Wilty’s ‘OyOySter Comedy Presents’ series, and took time out of a rather hectic run of gigs to chat to the IMP.

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Stand-up, is “the backbone to what I do,” Arthur explains. “If everything else goes, I’ll still be able to talk.” But his talent doesn’t stop there. As well as his live gigs, he is a prolific writer (of poetry, plays, essays); he’s on TV and radio, and has even been known to teach comedy on remote Greek Islands. “A true Renaissance Man. Or tart,” to use his own words. I get the impression that he sees himself primarily as a writer, though. It would be hard to do stand-up without being a writer of some kind. Arthur started young - he used to enter essay competitions - and never planned on a career in comedy, but has always been “vaguely alert to the world,” always carries pen and paper around to jot down thoughts and phrases, and describes words has his ‘métier’. “I’ve always had that instinct, for poetry, journalism, plays,” he muses, “with

ENTERTAINMENT

s we speak, Arthur (real name Brian) is tidying up his house as a kind of procrastination technique, common to many writers I’m told, as he really ought to be working on material for tonight’s gig in Coventry - one of four gigs he’s booked to perform at over a 36 hour period. Given the fact that he’s clearly busy, in great demand, and a radio and TV personality it is perhaps natural that I’m a bit star-struck, so I ease myself in by asking how Arthur knows Nick. “It’s impossible not to know Nick, if you’re part of the comedy circuit,” Arthur explains. “He’s the eternal, regular mover and shaker and is much-known, and much-loved, by everyone. And now he’s Mr Whitstable!” Nick has indeed immersed himself in the Whitstable community, quickly making contact with The Playhouse and setting up the OyOySter Comedy nights which have seen such comedic talent as Harry Hill, Jo Brand, Steve Frost and, indeed, Arthur take to The Playhouse stage. Live gigs are Arthur’s favourite way of performing, and he started young, in the school pantomime, when he played the part of Captain Hook rather than Peter Pan. He remembers: “I was aiming to terrorise but they laughed. And I became addicted to communal laughter...”

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a vaguely comic take on life. But writing is the hardest thing I do.” He comes across as totally unpretentious and honest - and doesn’t mind his Grumpy Old Man image, either: “I don’t mind the label, it was good - it upped my profile and increased the people at the shows. I can be grumpy, if paid!” So what is Arthur’s biggest bug-bear today? “The clamour of the world, constant train and security announcements... And with CCTV there’s the feeling of always being watched...” he explains. “I find constant chatter and ‘in-touch-ness’ quite distressing. If I lose my mobile, after the initial annoyance, it’s really liberating.” And his greatest achievement? “Staying alive, I suppose - I nearly died.” (Of pancreatitis in 2001.) “And my plays will survive after me. I’m proud to have written West End Plays.” In case Grumpy Old Men is the extent of your experience of Arthur, you can hear him on BBC Radio 4 in ‘Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash’ (recorded in his house): bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/balham-bash/tour/; google his plays, including Live Bed Show, An Evening with Gary Lineker and Arthur Smith’s Last Hangover; or read his book: My Name is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir.

I asked if he had any DVDs or merchandise he wanted us to mention, and he joked about his unpopular (and fictional) anti-wrinkle-cream, perfume and lingerie ranges. You do get the impression that it’s not about the money or fame, for Arthur. And, anyway, who needs merchandise? The man himself will be at The Playhouse - all you need to do is buy a ticket! Arthur will share the stage with John Moloney, who he’s worked with many times before and who, he assures me, is “a very funny man.” Although he hasn’t performed here before, Arthur is looking forward to it, and will be checking my assurance that people on the front row can literally touch the stage with their legs... (He’s a writer, he likes words to be used properly and accurately.) Tickets are available from www.theplayhousewhitstable.co.uk, or call the box office on 01227 272 042. Christina Birkett Arthur Smith’s reluctant website: www.arthursmith.co.uk John Moloney: www.johnmoloney.com See the OyOySter Comedy group on Facebook

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LOCAL

AUTHORS The Check-Out Operator by Paul Bress

BOOK REVIEW

ISBN 978184426845-0 £4.95, FastPrint Publishing

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Coming from a publishing background, I’m always slightly wary of self-published books and I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised with The Check-Out Operator by local author Paul Bress. It begins well, with a promising voice in twentysomething Rodney, who works at the checkout of his local Somersby supermarket in Whitstable. His boring, uneventful life is changed one day by a dispute at the till and he is unwillingly introduced to the local criminal underworld. The early part of the book flows quite well but, for me, the believable character of Rodney which Bress creates in the first few pages slowly gets lost in a series of less believable events, speeding along at its own pace, but unfortunately not really taking me with it. I was still curious to find out what happened, though, and it was interesting to see local haunts such as Squeeze Gut Alley, The Ship Centurion and The Rendezvous Café get a mention. There was also the odd character that seemed to share physical similarities with people I’ve seen around town, such as the bodybuilding window cleaner! Verdict: While it wasn’t really for me, it’s definitely local, and I’m sure it will be an entertaining read for others.

Dreamboat by Frankie Green ISBN 9781445298061 Dreamboat begins at the end of the 1950s and follows the lives of Rene and her beloved Grandmother Flo, separated when Rene’s father insists on emigrating to the other side of the world. The story flashes between the 50s, as Rene struggles adapting to life in a new country, and the 90s, when newly widowed Flo and alcoholic Rene are reluctantly reunited and beginning to rebuild their relationship. In the 50s, a lonely Rene befriends the exuberant Opal, who makes a huge impact on her life, but it is only when she begins a relationship in the 90s with filmmaker, Stella, that mysteries regarding Opal and the past begin to unravel. Frankie Green writes beautifully, perfectly capturing the writers’ metaphor to ‘show not tell’. Her descriptive writing is real and captivating as we discover the emotional relationships that the two women encounter over the decades. Verdict: I really enjoyed Dreamboat and found it to be skilfully and confidently written. I’m not sure I would have picked this novel off the shelf in a bookshop but thanks to Green’s prose, it has helped to ease my doubts over self-published titles and made me realise that I would have missed out. Bookworm

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Due to the continual demand for people to stay in their own homes there are always employment opportunities in this sector. We can provide our employees with training (ongoing), supervision, a professional recruitment and induction process and a friendly working environment. If you are interested or would like any further information please contact the office on the number below.

TENDER LOVING CARERS DOMICILIARY LTD 108-109 John Wilson Business Park Whitstable, Kent CT5 3QT Tel: 01227 772515 Fax: 01227 772527 Web: www.tenderlovingcarers.com Email: contact@tenderlovingcarers.com

“OUR AIM IS TO PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE, CHOICE AND DIGNITY”

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he study of humanness is a pursuit which has been undertaken since the beginning of time. Studies and theories abound, but one of the greatest of our teachers was the mind-blowing Charles Darwin. He gifted humankind with a plethora of knowledge and understanding, his most famous of which is the theory of evolution, as a result of natural selection, also known as survival of the fittest. Ok, enough of the theory lessons, let’s talk about the music.  I have been hearing a lot about NATURAL SELECTION locally as a very diverse, interesting band.  Ry Robson and MC Solomon are the parents of this musical adventure, the propagators of a musical genre with the characteristics guaranteed to survive for years to come.  They describe themselves as: “an innovative blend of Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Acoustic and Funk.” In the theory of Natural Selection, in order for an organism to survive, the characteristics it most needs to survive need to be carried through to the next generation.  This may be true of our musical NATURAL SELECTION;  these audial scientists have selected some of the most important characteristics of Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Acoustic and Funk and blended them to produce a music which not only will enhance the lives of our generation, but will be able to inspire and instill traits in future ‘offspring’ to continue their amazing work. NATURAL SELECTION for the moment are: MC Solomon (Words/Vocals), Ry Robson (Words/Vocals/Guitar), Jimmy R. (Blues Soprano Saxophone), Adam Brodigan (Drum), Bernie (Upright Bass) and John Jegede (Electric Bass). The band explain their evolution in their own words: “In summer 2010, Ry Robson and Solomon, both successful songwriter/musicians from Kent, began an unlikely collaboration of Blues and Hip Hop. Ry had been dominating the south east blues scene with his original Dirty blues band ‘Filthy BooZeHounds’ as well as playing guitar for blues legend Art Ferguson and his Big Blues Band. Solomon of The Peoples Army, along with writing his second solo album,

was busy touring the UK and Holland with the Brassroots, which also saw him playing the UK festival circuit, headlining the Club Dada stage at Glastonbury. “The duo began working on an album, fusing Solomon’s Hip Hop style and Ry’s Blues, which soon evolved into an innovative blend of Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk and Blues. Ry and Solomon soon began recruiting the top musicians of the area to complete the Natural Selection line-up. “Ry’s fellow BooZeHound, Jimmy R. Blues is revered as one of the greatest saxophonists in Kent. He has recently toured Europe with his Afrobeat band Mr Love Bucket. “Bernie is an upright bass prodigy and has played jazz bass with every top jazz band in the area. “John Jegede, well in demand,is a young upcoming electric bass player completely destroys the bass, and brings the funk as you will see at our live shows. “Adam Brodigan is an amazing drummer known for his technical beats and precision drumming. Adam has been playing the festival circuit for many years with his experimental rock bands Savlon (also known as Delta Sleep) and Lapis Lazuli.” Their CD, Natural Selection Volume 1, is available from Gatefield Sounds in Herne Bay/ Whitstable and Sound House in Broadstairs. They are available for bookings in varying guises depending on the gig - another indication of their flexibility, a trait completely necessary for the survival of this wonderful beast. Check them out in the following ways: EMAIL: WEBSITE: MYSPACE: FACEBOOK:

rysol.music@gmail.com www.naturalselectionuk.com http://www.myspace.com/naturalselectionlive Natural Selection

Malissa Taylor Do you know any local bands or musicians we should be writing about in The IMP? Mail: editorial@the-imp.co.uk with the subject IMP MUSIC.

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yan Reynolds has really stepped out of his comfort zone in the last two years and it seems that ‘Buried’ might just be the craziest film he’s ever starred in. He introduced the film at the London Frightfest by saying “I hope you like this film just as much as I hated making it!” so even he has realised that this project is just unheard of for an actor of his stature. So, has the clean cut star really pulled this off? Paul Conroy (Reynolds) is a United States truck driver stationed in Iraq. After he and his team are caught in a violent attack, he is knocked unconscious. When Paul wakes, he has been buried alive in a tiny wooden coffin with only a Zippo lighter and a mobile phone that’s rapidly losing battery and signal. Now Paul must try to connect with the outside world and fight for his survival. Every move that he makes effects his outcome; he needs the lighter to see but it’s burning up valuable oxygen, he needs the phone to communicate with his abductors but he’s desperate to speak with his loved ones. Paul has just 95 minutes to escape his death trap, or he’ll be left to rot in his tomb. Notably, the first thing about ‘Buried’ that stands out is how it’s made. During the entire film, we never leave the box Paul is buried in. He is the film. The only other acting is the voices on the end of his phone; Cortes keeps the audience so tightly wrapped up with Paul it’s suffocating. The direction of this picture is second to none; to be able to keep a film so interesting, so tense and so blood-curdling all inside one set is incredible. The opening two minutes on-screen is just darkness, with only the sounds of Paul sobbing and groaning in despair and agony. The audience feels totally emotionally engaged with the movie throughout and this is how the movie survives. If the viewer wasn’t connected to the picture, it would literally be just a man in a box which seems pretty dull, it’s the suspense and emotions that allow this picture to unfold and open new doors that many haven’t dared to go in to. The film dances on different genres; some will say it’s a Horror and others will say Thriller, personally, I agree with the latter. The movie is technically brilliant; the lighting, the sounds and camera techniques are flawless. Cortes is a fairly unknown director but because this is such a fine work, I’m sure his name will be popping up again very soon. Reynolds also deserves congratulations, supplying such a powerhouse performance that keeps the audiences’ hearts racing. Paul’s story is so gripping and disastrous that it really needed nailing in terms of acting, and Reynolds brings the goods, it’s a marvellous achievement for any actor; let alone a Hugo Boss model. There are a few little niggles that will make some over-critical people talk but ultimately the reason why this film is so good is because you actually care for the character, because you know this situation is believable and utterly terrifying, because this is one of most people’s worst nightmares. ‘Buried’ is an emotional punch to the gut that needs to be seen at the cinema; I think part of its atmosphere is because the audience is situated in a pitch black room; the only light is from Paul’s lighter. Watching this on DVD at home just seems less frightening because you’re surrounded by home comforts and not by strangers munching on popcorn. You will feel utterly drained afterwards but it’s worth it. A grand film that holds its audience by the throat and fails to let go.

FILM REVIEW

Verdict: 5 out of 5 – A white knuckle rollercoaster ride in the space of 6 feet. You don’t watch ‘Buried’, you survive it. Chris Haydon

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Copperfields of Whitstable • Extensive range of bakeware • Homewares • Gifts and decorations • Cleaning products • Cookshop

Wide selection of traditional paper decorations.Wreaths, Garlands, Crackers, Tree Ornaments.

Web: www.copperfieldsofwhitstable.co.uk Email: shop@copperfieldsofwhitstable.co.uk Dawn and Roy Reading. Copperfields, 93 High Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AY T:01227 273519

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COMMUNITY

Tankerton Evangelical Church is holding an AUCTION OF PROMISES – SPARANTA4ROMANIA. Why not pop along, have some fun and see what promise you can pick up? Programmes are £2 and it all starts at 7pm, with refreshments provided. All proceeds help to build houses for very poor families in Romania. For more details call Ruth or Alan at 01227 793054

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The work of Age Concern becomes even more important in winter. Older people can really struggle in winter months and visits to the day centre, help and support, or a visit from a volunteer befriender can be a real lifeline. They even have a handy man who can visit to help with household maintenance, and a Care Navigator, with advice, help and guidance on remaining independent. Many services are only possible because of the team of dedicated, hard working volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare, they would love to hear from you, help is needed with the befriending scheme - visit a lonely older person regularly for a cup of tea

and a chat; the day centre - games or activities and socialising with the clients; transport attendant on a minibus; or join the management team and become a Trustee. Contact Gill on 07735556811 or 01227 787313 for details. Age Concern Whitstable is on 01227 272055. St John’s Methodist Church has a new minister. Helen Letley, mother of four, has been recently ordained, and she and her family moved to Whitstable in September from Canterbury, where Helen had been lecturing in Law at the University. Whitstable Medical Practice is the first GP practice in east Kent to offer a gastroscopy procedure at the Estuary View Medical Centre, rather than at their local hospital. A thin flexible tube is inserted through the nose and into the stomach, to investigate stomach pain, sickness and difficulty in swallowing. All GPs in eastern and coastal Kent will be able to refer their patients to the practice, allowing them to be treated sooner, and closer to home. Whitstable Twinning Association invites all Whitstable Businesses, Groups, Schools, Churches, Clubs, Associations and WTA Members to a conference: Engaging People in International Activity at CCW’s Lecture Theatre, 19th November, 7.30pm, with a drinks reception, light refreshments and informal discussion afterwards. More info from Gillian Godley on 01227 793212.

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... AND BLOGS Mystery Mothers Two local Mystery Mothers have set up a blog reviewing family-orientated services and businesses in Whitstable and the surrounding areas, here they share good experiences and recommend places to go as a family with young children: Baby and Toddler Group at Seasalter Christian Centre, Faversham Road. We love this place! The minute you walk in you feel the peace and calm – rare for a toddler group, we know. The building is light, bright, spacious and airy. The welcome is warm, like being enclosed by a gentle embrace. The lovely Carol and Jane immediately introduced themselves and seemed genuinely interested in making us feel comfortable by introducing us to other parents. The group use the large church hall, which was divided into well resourced ‘zones’. There was a zone for babies, two craft tables offering play-dough and a sticking activity, a climbing frame with slide, ride-ons – and the space to ride them, and much more. There really was something for everyone, whether your child prefers sitting and making, or physical fun. Each area had a friendly helper to chat to, who also spent time with the children while the adults enjoyed a hot drink, a luxury with young children. Drinks are served at tables, safely away from little people. The changing facilities include changing tables in very clean toilets. It was great to see a variety of carers; mums, dads, nans and granddads. The hour of free play was then followed by some very enthusiastic singing of action songs and a story. Thank-you for a lovely afternoon, we will definitely be back. The group meets every Tuesday during term time. The session starts at 1.30pm and finishes at 3pm, cost is £1 per family - includes tea/ coffee, squash and biscuits. http://mysterymothers.blogspot.com

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The Weather I am a thirty-nine year old somebody who seems to be a little out of sync with the general population. I love the weather in the United Kingdom. I think that of all the blessings bestowed on us in our lives, rain is one of the most important. I find it quite frustrating how almost everybody I seem to talk to complains about the weather within a second of the greeting stage of a conversation... “Morning... Terrible weather, isn’t it?” For years I have tried to figure out what it is that make people compelled to complain about the weather. I still haven’t but each day I try. Is it simply a sentence people use as a gap-filler because they have nothing more to say to you? Or is it words that they utter as a kind of conversational stepping stone to a chat? Mostly, I just see it as a waste of a moan. There is nothing a few words can do to make the weather ‘better’. The weather is exactly as we need it. I am writing mostly as a resident of the northern hemisphere here. I ask you to look around. See the beauty of your landscape. Notice how lush the countryside it and how each year, we are blessed with gorgeous spring days filled with the most amazing flowers and vegetation. Remember the somebodies in my beloved Africa who have very little rain; whose lives are plagued by drought and famine, who yearn desperately each year for a drop of precious water to fall one their sometimes dry and dusty faces. In honour of the beautiful wet stuff we are gifted with almost every day, I have given each of my three children the middle name of “Raine”... Incidentally, I do get the irony that I am complaining about people complaining about the weather... Pot, kettle and black are really what this blog is all about... In love and light, Malissa Taylor www.everybodypickstheirnose.blogspot.com

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THE LETTER BOX

R WATCH FEARS WHITSTABLE HARBOU THE HARBOUR FOR THE FUTURE OF Dear IMP,

in the re of the Harbour which, ed a Report on the futu duc pro has ncil Cou bour. Canterbury City al to the viability of the Har r Watch, will be detriment and lved invo view of Whitstable Harbou e om bec people to al Gover nment is urging the uce red At a time when the Nation to d ide dec Council has projects, Canterbury City ement of nag ma the participate in community in , ers mb form of Independent Me the in , ple peo al loc ctured participation from sider establishing a stru has also refused to con ncil Cou City ury terb profitability. the Harbour. Can help to ensure its future the Harbour which would tch and other Wa r form of management for bou rd, Whitstable Har ers on the Harbour Boa ns contained in isio The Independent Memb dec the Council to re-consider City ury terb Can ed urg local interest groups refused. terbury City Council has mbers on the the Report. To date, Can of the 5 Independent Me 4 sal, City Council’s refu fessionalism, pro As a result of Canterbury d ute nt Members contrib igned. These Independe nt to the me mit Harbour Board have res rge, and with com voluntarily and without cha laced by rep be knowledge and expertise, nt Members will now munity. These Independe interests of the local com rd will have to pay. whom the Harbour Boa out further outside Consultants for entation of the Report with is opposed to the implem local the w allo Whitstable Harbour Watch bour which must also re management of the Har futu the and be into ate n ticip atio par stig to inve on the Harbour Board, of Independent Members form the in , nity mu com the Harbour. of the Report to involved in the running of resentations in respect will be making further rep tch Wa r bou Har e abl itst Wh ncil. tact me, the Canterbury City Cou ir voice heard, please con know more or make the to like uld wo o wh y Anybod qui Cutler on 266 136. or 07549 176 356 , or Jac Maureen Smith on 264763 Maureen Smith, g Group. e Harbour Watch Steerin on behalf of The Whitstabl

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or write to: The Whitstable IMP, PO Box 290, Whitstable CT5 9AH We print as many of your letters as we can each month, but cannot guarantee to include all letters we receive, and may not be able to print letters in their entirety. The views expressed in the Letter Box are the readers’ own and not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher.

Any letters or emails sent in to the IMP may be included in The Letter Box – if you would not like your letter published, please state this clearly.

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Heart & Soul

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LADY DECORATING SERVICE • Let me create the look you’ve always wanted

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• Eyebrows – natural hair stroke effect • Eyeliner, Lash Liner, Lip Liner/Blush

• All aspects of decorating • Furniture painting • No job too small

www.emphasisingbeauty.co.uk 07902 877 309 or 01227 264001

Contact Eve on: 07714 957974

Great Food. Great Value. Great Atmosphere £3 Pint 6-8pm Thurs-Sun £4 any Cocktail 7-8pm Tues-Sun £5 Pasta every Wednesday Book your Christmas Party Now Special Christmas menu available Live Music – Blues, R&B, Jazz and more Thurs-Sun

Deco5 15-17 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB, United Kingdom Telephone: 01227 770 079 Website: www.deco5.co.uk

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CHRISSIE’S KITCHEN

Christmas Cakes from £20, order yours now! Special Occasions - Weddings Special Dietary Requirements wedding cakes from £200

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recipe recipe recipe RECIPE recipe recipe recipe RECIPE

TOFFEE APPLES Toffee apples are a real treat and very easy to make yourself so why not make a few for bonfire night?

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Wash the apples and dry thoroughly with kitchen paper. Remove the stalks and push a stick into the centre of each apple where the stalk has been removed.

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Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 5-10 minutes until 130C has been reached on a sugar thermometer (or if you haven’t got a thermometer until a teaspoon of the toffee becomes hard and brittle when poured into a bowl of cold water. Remove the pan from

the heat each time before testing.

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One at a time quickly dip six of the apples into the toffee until evenly coated. Lift out and let the excess toffee drip back into the pan.

INGREDIENTS • 12 small dessert apples, Cox’s or Spartan are good. • 12 wooden lollipop sticks or short dowels • 450g / 1lb Demerara sugar • 2 tbsp golden syrup • 60g / 2oz butter • 4 tsp lemon juice • 4 tbsp water

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Use the remaining ingredients to make a second batch of toffee. If you try to make it all in one go the toffee will set before you manage to coat all twelve apples...so take your time!

If you have any favourite recipes you’d like to share, please send them in, with any relevant, good-quality photos, to: editorial@the-imp.co.uk or PO Box 290 Whitstable CT5 9AH

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CHRISTMAS COMPETITIONS IN WHITSTABLE SHOPS

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n previous years many of the shops in Whitstable put on Christmas competitions for children, and we’ve been approached this year and asked to publicise the idea. Previous competitions have included: design a carrier bag, decorate a ballet shoe, or spot the Christmas object in the window, with entry forms available inside the shop. If you are a shop or business in Whitstable and would like to organise a competition for local children and donate a prize for the winner, please contact the IMP. We will: Deliver a poster for your window, with room to add details of the competition, rules of entry, and the prizes which can be won Publicise you as a participating business in the December issue of the IMP so the children of Whitstable know where to come! Contact the IMP at: editorial@the-imp.co.uk, 01227 262 753, or: PO Box 290, Whitstable CT5 9AH

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the gig guide This information is intended as guide only, and may be subject to last-minute changes. Contact details are provided for all venues.

NOVEMBER Whitstable 1 - The Playhouse - OYOYSTER COMEDY PRESENTS: ARTHUR SMITH & JOHN MOLONEY - 7.45pm, £12.50 (over 16s only), 01227 272042 4 - Labour Club - WHITSTABLE FOLK CLUB: SAM CARTER, 8pm, £7/£5, 07895 683567

5 - The Neptune - STEVE, MATT & AL

12 - Coach & Horses - PAUL THE

- 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

OTHER ONE - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

6 - East Kent - THUNDERBUGGS 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018

12 - Deco 5 - THE LATIN FUNKTION 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

6 - Coach & Horses - THE SESSION 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

12 - Plough, Swalecliffe - PHOENIX 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 792428

7 - Two Brewers - RIDDIMATICS 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272150

12 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

4 - Deco 5 - EM’S GUEST SHOWCASE - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

6 - Deco 5 - RICHARD ROZZE’S BEARING EDGE TRIO - 8.30pm, FREE

12 - Horsebridge - JOHN OTWAY,

entry, 01227 770079

8pm, £12/£10, 01227 281174

4 - Ship Centurion - KELLY’S HEROES - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264740

6 - The Neptune - WOOD IN HAND -

13 - Coach & Horses - DONE TOLL

8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

MAMA - 8.30pm, FREE entry,

5 - East Quay - WHITLIVE: LETZ ZEP 7.30pm, £10 in advance, 07926 535 784

7 - The Neptune - KINGSIZE SLIM -

01227 264732 5-8pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

13 - Deco 5 - FLETCH - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

ENTERTAINMENT

5 - Monument - SNEAKIN’ SALLY 7.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264155

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5 - Coach & Horses - ZINTA & THE ZOOTS - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 5 - East Kent - NIKKI ALEXANDER 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018 5 - Deco 5 - KIT CURTIS 5 - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

11 - Ship Centurion - CRUISE CONTROL - 8.30pm, FREE entry,

13 - The Neptune - THOSE DISTANT

01227 264740

VOICES - 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

11 - Deco 5 - EM’S GUEST SHOWCASE - 8.30pm, FREE entry,

13 - Horsebridge - AMY GODFREY

01227 770079

COMEDY - 8pm, £8/£6, 01227 281174

12 - East Kent - HENRY’S ROCK BAND - 8.30pm, FREE entry,

14 - Two Brewers - MEL HARRIS -

01227 272018

8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272150

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New Indie/Rock Band

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We are lining up auditions for creative, experienced musicians. email Tony Luccini with a brief biog at: aluccini@btinternet.com Or see the group on Facebook for more details

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14 - Deco 5 - KIM IFILL - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

21 - Two Brewers - MACK’S DINER 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272150

14 - The Neptune - BOOGIE BRETHREN - 5-8pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

21 - Deco 5 - RY’S OPEN MIC 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

18 - Deco 5 - EP SOUL CHILDREN 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

ENTERTAINMENT

18 - Ship Centurion - LANDLORD TENANT ACT - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264740

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21 - The Neptune - REVEREND JIM CASEY - 5-8pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262 23-27 - The Playhouse - LINDLEY PLAYERS: NEVILLE’S ISLAND by Tom Firth - £9/£8/£7 - 7.45pm, 01227 272042

19 - Oyster Stores - WHITSTABLE FOLK CLUB: CARA LUFT, supported by TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-LOU, 8pm, £10/£8, 07895 683567

25 - Deco 5 - EM’S GUEST SHOWCASE - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

19 - Coach & Horses - SELKIE 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

25 - Ship Centurion - THE SHARKS 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264740

19 - East Kent - METROPOLIS 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018

26 - East Kent - LEFT OF THE DIAL 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018

19 - Plough, Swalecliffe - RADIO RIOT - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 792428

26 - Plough, Swalecliffe - FILTHY BOOZEHOUNDS - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 792428

19 - Deco 5 - NATURAL SELECTION 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

26 - Deco 5 - STANDARD 5 - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

19 - The Neptune - VIBE PROJECT 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

26 - The Neptune - DAN & HIS BAND - 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

19 - Horsebridge - BLUE RHYTHM KINGS - 8pm, £8/£6, 01227 281174

26 - Horsebridge - JOSIE LONG 8pm, £7/£5, 01227 281174

20 - East Kent - HEAD GAMES 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018

27 - Coach & Horses - ALIVE N KICKING - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

20 - Deco 5 - GOOSEBUMPS 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 20 - The Neptune - WILD FIRE 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

27 - Horsebridge - PETE KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER - 8pm, £12/£10, 01227 281174 28 - Two Brewers - FAT RIVER BAND - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 272150 28 - Deco 5 - THE BIG KENT JAM 4-6.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 28 - The Neptune - THE RATTLERS 5-8pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

Further Afield 4 - Carpenter’s Arms, Eastling WILD FIRE - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 456271 6 - Rodney’s Sports Bar, Herne Bay SKINNY WHITE PEOPLE - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 375658 10 - Chimney Boy, Faversham FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB: SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS - 8pm, £8/£7, 01795 534368 or 07980 203992 11 - Carpenter’s Arms, Eastling - REWIND - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 456271 6 - Rodney’s Sports Bar, Herne Bay - GET CARTER - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 375658 17 - Chimney Boy, Faversham FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB: DAVE SWARBRICK - 8pm, £8/£9, 01795 534368 or 07980 203992

27 - Deco 5 - LIVE MUSIC TBA 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

18 - Carpenter’s Arms, Eastling CAMINE - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 456271

27 - The Neptune - EMILY & THE BEATS - 8.45pm, FREE entry, 01227 272262

19 - The Plough, Stalisfield IVAN’S ALLSTARS - 9pm, FREE entry, 01795 890256

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21 - Churchills, Ramsgate - IVAN’S ALLSTARS - 5pm, FREE entry, 01843 587 862

27 - Rodney’s Sports Bar, Herne Bay - WHERE’S MY THING - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 375658

Deadline for the December/ January issue will be November 17.

24 - Chimney Boy, Faversham FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB: MARTYN WYNDHAM_READ -8pm, £7/£8, 01795 534368 or 07980 203992

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Gig listings are FREE of charge. Please contact Lucy: ldepledge@live.co.uk

25 - Carpenter’s Arms, Eastling JAVA JAM - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 456271 26 & 27 - Arden Theatre, Faversham - DURHAM HOUSE DRAMA GROUP: Acting Up At Last! 7.30pm. Tickets £2, from Durham House, 69 Canterbury Road, Herne Bay, 01227 594888, or Whitstable Umbrella, Oxford Street, 01227 274880. A Raffle and Bar will also be available.

6 - 7pm, St John’s Methodist Church, Argyle Rd - Whitstable Scout Brass Band, £4.50 on the door www.1stwhitstablebrassband.co.uk 27 - 7.30pm, Whitstable Methodist Church, Argyle Road - Whitstable Music Society: The Fujita Piano Trio (piano, violin & cello): Mozart’s Piano Trio in C Major, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat. £12/£6 www. whitstablemusicsociety.org.uk

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6th Whitstable Scout group 2010 Christmas scout post Last year we successfully delivered over 12,000 cards. Monies raised help support our scout group and a donation will be given to local charity Kent Kids Miles of Smiles. We cover Seasalter,Whitstable, Tankerton, Swalecliffe and Chestfield on Saturday 27th November to Friday 17th December. Stamps are 15p, cards need to be addressed as normal and posted in special boxes in outlets and shops all over Whitstable. For delivery 18th/19th December by Explorer scouts, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Parents, Leaders and Friends of the group.

• Card City, 70 High St

Stamps and post boxes are available from:

• Whitstable Health Centre

• Spar Store Faversham Rd, Seasalter

• Estuary View Health Centre

• Electrical safety, 47 Canterbury Rd

Your support will be much appreciated.

• Clarks Flowers Shop, 66 Oxford St • Oxford Street Books, 20a Oxford St • Copperfields, 89 High St

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• Castle Rd Stores, 1 Church St • The Chocolate Box, 53 Oldbridge Rd • Stocks of Whitstable, 114 Cromwell Rd • Tyrell & Jones, 1a Tower Parade • Harbour News, 43 Harbour St • Dunns Bakery, 121 Tankerton Rd • Smiffies, 93 Tankerton Rd • Keiths Angling (Pet Supplies), St Johns Rd Swalecliffe • Galleon Promotions, 51 Chestfield Rd • Chestfield Medical Centre

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what’s on? whitstable what’s on? whitstable THE MONTH AHEAD... November 6th - St Mary’s Hall, 10-5pm - Seaside Brocante - rustic seaside chic, home-made tea & cakes and bigger stands in vintage garden. Furniture, Homeware, haberdashery. £1 admission. Cindy Mainwaring: 01227 773037. Next fair Dec 4th. 6th, 7pm - Concert by Whitstable Scout Band at St John’s Methodist Church, Argyle Rd. 11th - Whitstable Flower Club - Whitstable Youth Centre, Tower Parade, 2 pm. Sofia’s sparkle. Competition. Visitors welcome. Ann 01227 361995 12th - Whitstable & District Horticultural Society AGM, 7.30pm, URC, Competition: A Christmas Table Decoration. 01227 265503 13th - 3rd Whitstable Scouts Group Jumble Sale, 2pm, All Saints Church Hall, 20p adm. Jumble accepted 10-11am that morning. 13th – Tankerton Evangelical Church – AUCTION OF PROMISES in aid of Romania. (Sparanta4Romania). We build houses for very poor families in Romania. 7pm Programme £2 on the door or call Ruth or Alan on 01227 793054 13th - Fun Quiz at the Whitstable Umbrella Centre - 7 for 7.30. Tables of 8. £6.50 per head including fish and chip supper. Bring your own drinks/glasses/ nibbles. Book early on 274880. 15th & 18th - Joy Lane Primary School Open Days 1.30-3.30pm; 20th 10-12 noon. 01227 261 430. 18th - Whitstable Philatelic Society - Auction No 1. geoffparris@talktalk.net

CHRISTMAS! Nov 20th - Christmas Fair, Whitstable Umbrella Centre, 10am-4pm. Call 274880 to book a craft table. Nov 20th 2-4pm Christmas Market at Bradbury Grange, Canterbury Rd

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Dec 3rd - Full Circle Live Music, nostalgia with a hint of Christmas, Marine Hotel, Tankerton, tickets £5 from hotel or call 07729981683 Dec 21st - Whitstable Umbrella Centre Children’s Christmas Party! Games, Food and Father Christmas. More details in next month’s IMP. If you are a local business and would like to support, call Julia or Rob on 01227 274880.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Activities and times may change, please check before you arrive. Babies Breast Feeding & Weaning Peer Support Group – Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Mondays from 12:15 -2:15pm. 01227 263998 Baby bounce and rhyme – Whitstable Library, Oxford Street, first Tuesday of each month, 1111.20am. 01227 273309 Drop-in baby clinic – Joy Lane Children’s Centre Thursdays 9.30-11am, no appointment necessary, call in to see the health visitor, chat and have your child weighed. Call 01227 263998 Baby Massage - Joy Lane Children’s Centre Thursdays 12.00-1pm. 01227 564421 Baby Massage – Whitstable Health Centre – 5-week courses, Friday am. 50p per session, bring your own massage oil. Call Carol Fellowes on 01227 594417 Portage Drop in & Play - Joy Lane Children’s Centre - for families with children 0-5 with additional needs Fridays 10am-12. Call 01227 263998 for more info Parent and Toddler Carer & Toddler group - St Alphege, Monday 9.1510.45am, 50p per family. 01227 272977. Arts & Crafts - Mondays 10-11am term-time only, drop in at Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 Button Tots – Lucerne Neighbourhood Centre, Faversham Road. Mondays 10am-12, call Jane 01227 282732 Walk & Talk - fortnightly, Mondays, (term-time only) 1.30 for 1.45 start at JoJo’s Tankerton. For parents with under 5s. Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 Baby Massage - Mondays 1-2pm, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre. Bookable at Centre 01227 272103 3 Years Plus Family Group – Westmeads Infant School, Cromwell Road, Mondays 1.45-2.45pm. 01227 272995 Little Alfies – Seasalter Christian Centre, alternate Mondays 1.45pm, call 07733070933 Story Time – Swalecliffe Library, Herne Bay Road, Swalecliffe, Mondays 2-2.30pm, drop in or call 01227 792645 Health Trainer’s Drop in – Mondays 1-2.30pm. Healrh advice & support for parents of young children. Joy Lane Children’s Centre – 01227 263998 Messy Play Sessions – Mondays 1-3pm. Bring old clothes! Free of charge. Joy Lane Children’s Centre – 01227 263998 Midwife Clinic - Tuesdays 9am-3pm, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre, appointment only through Whitstable Health Centre.

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Find a Voice (lends equipment to people with speech & Communication difficulties) Fridays 10-11am, Joy Lane Children’s Centre: 01227 263998 Story time – Whitstable Library, Oxford Street. Fridays, 2-2.30pm, call 01227 273309 Friday Fun Group – Middle Wall United Reformed Church – 9.30-11.30am. Waiting list 01227 771766 or 263959 Dads’ group - Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Fridays 1-3pm. 01227 263998

Pre-school Children Gardening Groups - Mondays 9am, drop in to Joy Lane Children’s Centre (also other days) call: 01227 263998. 1-2pm Swalecliffe Children’s Centre, Dropin, 01227 2727103 Impressions & Expressions Mondays 9.30 10.30 pre-book at Joy Lane Children’s Centre on 01227 263998 School Children/After-School Clubs 11+ and GCSE/A Level Mathematics tuition by qualified Mathematics teacher, Whitstable and Herne Bay area, Tel: (01227) 283816 Community choir for children of St Alphege CE school, Whitstable Junior school and Whitstable Endowed CE school. Every Tuesday during term time 8.30-8.50am, St Alphege Community room. 01227 272977 Cricket - Saturday Colts - ages 6-11. 9.15am, £1 per child, including drink. Register at http://www. whitstablecc.tripod.com or at Belmont Road ground on Saturday morning. TDA baby & children’s classes Mondays, special Mum & Babies on Thursdays. Phone Helena for details: 01227 275 375 Music Lessons With Emily - Lessons for Adults and Children in: Singing, Piano, Flute, Theory, Sight Reading, Songwriting, GCSE / A Level preparation and Sibelius. I currently have a waiting list for under 16 year olds as I am fully booked but have vacancies for adult learners who can attend in the daytime. Call Emily on 01227 282 556 or 07749 115 484.  Whitstable Home Education Group Tuesdays 1.303pm. Penny: 01227 773155, transitionwhitstable.org. uk, moonmama@inflatablecookie.com Whitstable Majorettes and Pom Teams - age 5+, St Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Street, Whitstable, Monday 4-6pm, £2 per session. 07900 478863 Adult Education Chinese Mandarin Lessons for Adult/GCSE. Phone Seamay: 01227 772393 or email seamaychinese@hotmail.com Under 25 Family Planning & Sexual Health Clinic (Drop in) 10.30-11.30 1st Thursday of every month, starting Oct 7. Joy Lane Children’s Centre 01227 26399

FITNESS TDA adult classes Mondays, offering ballet, tap, pilates/ yoga, dance-fit for 50+ low impact. Phone Helena for details: 01227 275 375 American Square Dancing at the W.I. Hall, Chestfield. Fridays 7:30-9:30pm. 01227 275455. Beginners Mondays 3-4.30pm. Aqua Aerobics Mondays 4.45-5.45pm, Fridays 9.3010.30am - Tree Tops Retreat, Wraik Hill, £4.50/class inc tea or coffee. Booking essential. 01227 280265, 07850 104560

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what’s on? www.the-imp.co.uk what’s on? Back fit Pilates. Classes for all over strength, flexibility and rehabilitation with qualified teacher, who has a strong therapy and personal training background. Elizabeth will help you confidently improve your posture and over all physique, whilst having fun! Classes are held on Thursday in Whitstable, day and evening. Call Elizabeth on 07748 988851 Badminton courts at CCW available to hire Saturdays between 9am and 5pm. 07751 307708 Ballroom & Latin American Dancing, Tuesdays 1.303pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Burn Fat, Get Fit! - with Personal Training and Classes. Boot Camps - Tuesday 7pm, Thursday 6:30pm and Friday 7am on Church St playing field. Buggy workout - Friday 11am Meet on Tankerton Slopes 45 min. Run Training - Friday 12.30 on Church St playing field 45 min. CALL MARK - 079689 55526 or e-mail Mark@ bodyworks-pt.co.uk. Check www.bodyworks-pt.co.uk for more information.

Flowers and Crafts Club - Tuesdays 7-9.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 281138 Needles and Natter - Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Needles & Pins - Thursdays 12-2pm, Main Hall Umbrella Centre. Sewing classes for all abilities, call 01227 274880. Oyster Lacemakers - Mondays, 4–7pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 276921 Oyster Singers - Every Monday (except holidays) 7.15pm at Tankerton Castle. Old and new songs in 4 part harmony. 01227 793155

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Photography - Digital Camera Course Tuesdays 3-5pm, Umbrella Centre. £5 registration, £12.50 for 5 week course. Beginners & Improvers. Advanced class also available. Call 01227 274880 for more details

PILATES CLASSES - Mondays 5:30pm-6:45pm at the Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable. Walk and talk - Wednesdays 10.30am from Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre: 01227 274880 Yoga and Relaxation with Chrissie - Monday and Tuesday evenings 7-8pm and 8.15-9.15pm, Longfield Court Garden Room, Swalecliffe. Thursday mornings 9.25am. Whitstable Youth and Community Centre, Tower Parade. Friendly drop-in classes £6. Please ring Chrissie on 01227 275000 Yoga - Mondays 1.20-2.20pm, Umbrella Centre, Suzi: 07702 386176 Yoga - Mondays 1.45-2.45pm & 6.30-7.30pm, £4.50/ class inc tea or coffee. Booking essential. Tree Tops Retreat, Wraik Hill, 01227 280265, 07850

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East Kent Model Railway Society - Wednesdays 7.30pm, Club house in the Old Dairy (by Castle Stores), Castle Road. 01227 275157

Arts and crafts for adults - Thursdays 10am-12, Umbrella Centre: 01227 274880 Book Club - Tankerton, 3rd Thursday in month 7.30pm. Friendly group of mixed ages reading a variety of fiction. Prospective new members are invited to contact Tim Mason on 01227 272126 Book club - 1st Thursday of the month, 6.30-9pm, Umbrella Centre. Movie every other month. 01227 274880

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Reading Group - Swalecliffe Library, 01227 792645 Samba Pelo Mar samba band, Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838. Scrabble Club - Mondays 10.30-12.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Short Mat Bowls - Friday and Sunday evenings, Umbrella Centre, 01227 794600 Whitstable and District Horticultural Society - United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, 7.30 pm on second Fridays. 01227 265503 Whitstable Flower Club - Whitstable Youth & Community Center, Tower Parade, 2nd Thursday every month @ 2 pm. Annual membership or visitors welcome. Ann 01227 361995. Whitstable Indoor Bowling Club - open 9.30am10pm. 01227 277 692 Whitstable Over 60s Centre, Waterloo Road (next to Baptist Church). Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm. Refreshments available. Drop in or call 01227 272093. Whitstable Photographic Group – 1st & 3rd Friday each month, 8-10pm, The Castle, Tower Hill. 01227 275936 Whitstable Short Mat Bowls Club - Fridays & Sundays 7.30pm, Umbrella Centre. 01227 794600 Whitstable Stroke Club - Fridays 3.30-5.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 266827 Whitstable Twinning Association - 01227 793212 or JOGI102@aol.com Whitstable Women Writers, first Monday of the month, 8pm, new members welcome, 01227 771126

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FOOT FRIEND - Caring Chiropody, the sole mate for your feet. The gentle foot health service in your own home. Visits within a 5 mile radius of town centre. Call Rochelle Lewis on 07974008120 

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Chestfield Medical Centre – 0844 477 3073 Saddleton Road Surgery - 08443878666 Seasalter Surgery - 01227 772327 Whitstable Health Centre – 0844 477 2566 Estuary View Health Centre - 01227 284300 Seasalter Community Pharmacy - 0844 3878111 Estuary View Pharmacy - 01227 277488 Out of Hours service – 0844 800 1234 NHS Direct - including Out of Hours Pharmacies 0845 46 47 Stop Smoking Service - 0800 849 4444 Blood Donation – 08457 711 711 Disability Information and Advice Line Tel: 01227 771155 NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service 0800 085 6606 Local Policing Police surgeries and meetings: www.kent.police.uk Whitstable: 01227 868028 Chestfield - 01227 868028 or 0777 222 6106 Gorrell - 0777 222 5966 Harbour - 07980 683530 or 0777 222 6035 Seasalter & Yorkletts - 01227 868028 Swalecliffe & Tankerton - 01227 868028 or 01227 868028 Volunteer Services Elderly or disabled and can’t access public transport? Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme: 01227 264743 Volunteers Needed Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme - drivers needed to take elderly or disabled to appointments. If you have time to volunteer please call 01227 264743 Whitstable Volunteer Centre - Volunteers recruited to work in many different charities. Contact volunteering@ whitstablevc.org.uk or call 01227 772248

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Hypnotherapy at Q Hypnotherapy, based in Whitstable. Details at www.Qhypnotherapy.co.uk. Call Lisa Barnett on 0800 612 8153 Hypnotherapy for Smoking is the least expensive within a 20 mile radius. Based in Chestfield. Call Peter Corrigan on 01227 792359 or email: peter.corrigan@ tesco.net www.stopsmoking-kent.co.uk Reflexology & Massage at Body Mind and SOLE Denise Fasulo, MAR (Member of the Association of Reflexologists). Professional treatment in pleasant surroundings. Call Whitstable 01227 275855 Reflexology at Sole Indulgence for stress reduction, relaxation & better health. “If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must do.” Sarah, Whitstable.  Gift vouchers available. New - Hot Stones Reflexology. Call Alison on 01227 272131  www.soleindulgence.co.uk Beauty bbeautiful mobile beauty therapy & beauty room.  Bridal make-up packages, Facials, O.P.I Manicures & Pedicures, UV Gel nails, Lash/Brow tints, Waxing, Individual lashes.  Pamper parties and Teenage makeup parties. Gift vouchers available. Insured and a member of Associated Beauty Therapists. Call Rachel on 07784223287 Emphasising Beauty - Semi-permanent make-up. Eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. Eyelash extensions individually applied (silk and coloured available). Creative nail extensions, Jessica Manicures and Pedicures. Over 13 years experience. Qualified, insured and licensed. 07902877309 01227 264001 www.emphasisingbeauty.co.uk Carers Tender Loving Carers Domiciliary Ltd – Providers of Personal and Domestic Care to the elderly and younger less able within the community. For a FREE, no obligation assessment and enquiry, please call on 01227 772515. For employment opportunities please also call the number above. www.tenderlovingcarers.com Childcare DAISY CHAIN NURSERY SCHOOL - we are open every day during term time from 9.15 to noon with extended hours on Mondays and Thursdays 9.15 to 3.15. We welcome visits - please phone for appointment, 07947 819 348 (nursery hours) 01227 773059 Computer Repair Whitstable Computer Repair - All types of help with your PC, no call-out fee within 10 mile radius of Whitstable. Very competitive rates. www. WhitstableComputerRepair.co.uk or call 0800 224 8824

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work undertaken. Home Buyers/ Landlord surveys and reports, and periodic inspections. Door entry and alarm systems. Fully Qualified and Part P and Napit registered, Call Paul Fletcher on 01795 539302 & 07885 587350. Flat Pack Rescue, a fast and efficient flat-pack furniture assembly service. Don’t risk DIY, call an expert! Paul 07801814511 www.flatpackrescue.co.uk

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Parties Partylite - Candles and Home Accessories? Quality fragrant candles in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Tri-Glow Reed Diffusers. Have an evening/coffee morning with friends and host a candle party. Monthly Hostess/Guest specials. Call: Karen 07956 575980  www.candlesulite.com Jamie at Home - Forget tupperware it’s now Pukkaware! Have a fun evening with quiz, exclusive recipe (dvd) plus receive great benefits for hosting. The Jme range includes many lush but affordable house & home essentials. For party bookings, catalogues or further information. Call: Charlotte 07794120829 or E-Mail: jmekent@live.com Retailers *Ripple Farm Organics* ORGANIC  &  LOCAL - Crundale, Canterbury  CT4 7EB. Boxes delivered to your area. 01227 730898 (answer-phone) www.ripplefarmorganics.co.uk Sunlock Blinds - Blinds for home conservatory or office. Made to measure, vertical, venetians, wooden, rollers, fly-screens, outside canopies. Upholstery Foam also available. Home visits arranged, free no obligation quotes. Free fitting service. Family-run business 32 years, 01227 281191; 07828 564082 Tarot Consultant Experienced and professional Reader and Teacher of Tarot in Whitstable. Private readings, parties, talks and gift vouchers available. 8 week courses at Horsebridge Centre. See www.suzannecorbie.co.uk. Call Suzanne on 07732 493 014 or email info@suzannecorbie.co.uk Weddings The ultimate bespoke bridal hairdresser, make-up artist and facialists in the comfort of your boudoir & hotel room. It’s like having your very own fairy godmother on your wedding day. For a consultation contact us on 07807 892 857

FURTHER AFIELD UK Emerald Quays, Shoreham-by-Sea Nr Brighton ‘Quayside’ is a 2 bedroom luxury apartment with indoor heated pool, spa and gym Sleeps up to 5. American fridge/ freezer, dishwasher etc. £450pw April-June. For availability, pictures and rates visit all year: www.holidaylettings. co.uk/94431 Shoreham Beach. Call 07799 263765 /07771 858889 Abroad Stay in our yurts, in the hills of Andalucia, southern Spain. 1hr Malaga, 30 mins coast. Perfect for walking, exploring local white villages, horse riding, relaxing. For more info please visit our website: www.yurt-holidays-spain.com. Email jackyfaulkner@hotmail. com, tel 0034 951321861.

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