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EDUCATION

SPECIAL WHAT’S ON • GIG GUIDE

VILLAGE GREENS ART IN WHITSTABLE LOCAL MUSIC Latest WHIT Card Offers www.the-imp.co.uk

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utumn is very much upon us, and anyone involved with schools is now well into the new term. If your child has just started Reception, they (and you!) are probably feeling more settled and getting used to the gruelling routine of packed lunches, school runs and book bags, as well as forming new friendships at school (or at the school gates...). If this all lies ahead of you we’ve tried to help by putting together a guide to primary schools in Whitstable because, believe it or not, if your child is of pre-school age it’s now that you need to start thinking about applying for a 2010 reception place. October has turned into quite a school-focussed issue, with Day in the Life of a teacher, the schools guide, and an introduction to the new

Headteacher at St Alphege. But it’s also a bumper month for Art in Whitstable, as we benefit from our place at the fringes of the Canterbury Festival (Oct 17-30). And we hope you’ll find there’s something for everyone, with Village Greens, Music, Film and, as ever, your essential guide to live music and what’s going on locally. And for those of you who wanted to get away with Offshore Campers, we are still working through all your interesting ideas. We’ll be in touch with the lucky winner soon and will follow up in the November issue. Enjoy autumn and we’ll be back in November, The IMP Team The Whitstable IMP, PO Box 290, Whitstable CT5 9AH

EDITOR Christina Birkett – Christina started working in Media twelve years ago and enjoyed a happy and varied career, but with three daughters aged five and under, work needs to be flexible these days, and the IMP gives Christina the chance to balance work and family, as well as covering a subject she loves - Whitstable! Contact Christina at christina@the-imp.co.uk

CONTRIBUTORS Liz Crudgington – Liz has spent the last eight years writing about Whitstable for one of the town’s newspapers and is excited to be involved with The Whitstable IMP. She’ll be working on news and features, and is looking forward to making sure the whole town knows what’s going on. Now a freelance writer, Liz is available for media, marketing and more - contact 07766 735 940 or liz@mediaandmore.co.uk

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’. Zoe Wockner – Zoe Wockner lives in Whitstable and has been studying Astrology for five years with the Faculty of

Astrological Studies in London. Astrology fascinates Zoe, and she finds The Sun Sign columns are a very general description of personality traits. The configuration of the planets at any one time doesn’t repeat for 26,000 years! If you would like to know more or have a personal chart done, contact zoe at bespokeastrology@live.co.uk

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. She recently moved to Whitstable, and she hopes to submerge herself in the community, something which she believes is essential for her wellbeing and that of her family.

Georgie Mind – Georgie is 17 and has lived in Whitstable most of her life. Currently studying A levels at Canterbury College in

Jenni Moore – Jenni Moore moved to Whitstable 10 years ago and says it is the best move she has ever made. The town is a happy, happening place, where even the dogs walk around with smiles on their faces. She has worked in newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years and describes writing as one of her greatest pleasures (along with drinking wine - lots of wine!). SALES: Mel Birkett FREEPHONE 0800 44 88 309 mel@the-imp.co.uk DESIGN: Adam Boreham www.reactionvm.co.uk

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English, Art History, Philosophy and Psychology, she hopes to start a degree course in Art History next year. Georgie is very passionate about promoting arts in the community and thinks that the diversity of the wonderful Whitstable art scene should be celebrated! 

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Beginner’s guide

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f your first child turned three only recently, it may come as something of a shock to realise that you need to be thinking about Primary Education now. Posters will start to go up in schools over the next few weeks but if your life doesn’t yet revolve around school runs, packed lunches and having friends round for tea, you could easily miss them... 2010 will be the second time for me but I am still a little startled that applying for a place at ‘big school’ has come round so soon. I can clearly remember the anxiety of having to choose the ‘right’ school the first time round. For most children, school is is where they will spend most of their waking hours, and it’s likely that any younger siblings will follow them into the school of your choice, so it’s important to be aware of your options. All children are different - and so are the schools. You know your child better than anyone so it makes sense to go and see the schools before you make a decision. We’ve put together a general overview of what’s available to you in Whitstable and hope that this makes the whole process a bit less stressful... PRIMARY SCHOOLS Your child can enter at Reception or Nursery age and will remain at the same school until secondary school age. A Primary School covers a huge age range and caters for very different educational needs, but provides continuity to your child’s education and means you don’t have to apply for a place in a different school when your child is 7.

Joy Lane CT5 4LT. 01227 261430 Headteacher: Debra Hines School motto: ‘Inspiring our Community’ Size of school: approx 300 children On-site nursery: Oyster Bay Nursery Age range: 3-11 Extended Services: Breakfast Club, After-School Clubs

Facilities on site: Autism Provision, Oyster Bay Nursery, Swimming pool, Children’s Centre School comment: “With our own on-site Oyster Bay Nursery and Breakfast Club we can accommodate your childcare needs alongside providing excellent teaching for your child in the safe, secure and encouraging environment we are so proud of. As our recent Ofsted Inspection can confirm, our high standards are successful in ensuring that all pupils achieve their maximum potential.” Open days: Tuesday 20th October - 1.30pm onwards Thursday 12th November - 1.30pm onwards Saturday 21st November - 10am-12 - tours of the school plus fun activities including sponsored bounce! Or phone for an appointment. Overall Ofsted rating: 2 - Good (2009) School website: www.joylane.kent.sch.uk

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JOY LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL, OYSTER BAY NURSERY and AUTISM PROVISION

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ST MARY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Northwood Road, Tankerton, CT5 2EY. 01227 272 692 Headteacher: Mrs E J Leaman Size of school: approx 360 pupils Age range: 4-11 Extended Services: Breakfast and after-school clubs - our pupils are picked up from school and taken to Westmeads where the clubs are run by Kindergarten Kids - as well as after-school clubs run by the school. School comment: “St Mary’s is a forwardthinking school with an excellent reputation in the community. It is well known for its high academic standards. It is also a happy, caring school; a church school reflecting Christian values, and striving for excellence in everything we do. We view all our children as equal and work with each individual to enable them to reach their full potential.” Open days: No formal Open Day, but visits most welcome to arrange a tour of the school. Ofsted rating: 2 - Good (2008) School website: www.st-marys-whitstable.kent.sch.uk

SWALECLIFFE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Bridgefield Rd CT5 2PH 01227 272101 Headteacher: Mr D G Hares School motto: ‘Inspiring our Community’ Size of school: approx 650 children On-site nursery: ABC Preschool Age range: 4-11 Extended Services: After-School Clubs, including sports, music, art and ICT Facilities on site: Children’s Centre, ABC Preschool School comment: “Swalecliffe CP School’s high reputation is built on the caring, friendly ethos that permeates the school.  Children are enthusiastic to learn in a well-resourced school where good manners and behaviour support the high achievements children make academically, in sport, music, drama, ICT, and numerous additional activities. ” Open days: Wednesday 21 October 1.30pm to 2.30pm Thursday 22 October  1.30pm to 2.30pm Friday 23 October 1.30pm to 2.30pm Overall Ofsted rating: 2 - Good (2007) School website: www.swalecliffe.ik.org

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INFANT SCHOOLS Although your child is only at Infant School for 3 years there can be advantages to the smaller overall size of the school and the fact that all the staff, planning and funding are there purely to cater for this younger age range. However, you will find yourself trying to make a decision about the best Junior or Primary School three years from now... and if you have large gaps in age between your children then there may not be an older sibling in the school of your choice by the time you are applying for your next child’s place.

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ST ALPHEGE C of E INFANT AND SUNBEAMS NURSERY SCHOOL

WESTMEADS COMMUNITY INFANT SCHOOL

Oxford Street, CT5 1DA.01227 272977

Cromwell Road, CT5 1NA. 01227 272995

Headteacher: Lorraine Clayden

Headteacher: Sarah Leigh

School motto: ‘Learning to live, loving to learn’

School motto: ‘Happy to learn’

Size of school: approx 180 pupils

Size of school: approx 170 pupils

On-site nursery: Sunbeams Nursery School

Age range: 4-7

Age range: 3-7 Extended Services: Breakfast Club, After-School Care from 3-6pm Facilities on site: Sunbeams Nursery School.Carer & Toddler club, drop-in club, plus courses for parents via other agencies on-site. School comment: “We believe in inclusion and equality, and getting the best deal for each child within the school. We build on the curriculum with enrichment activities such as visits and trips, and we foster strong links with the church and the community.” Open days: Saturday 17th October 9.30am to 12.00 noon. Just turn up for fun activities (including face-painter) and an informal tour around the school. Ofsted rating: 2 - Good (2006) School website: www.st-alphege.kent.sch.uk

Extended Services: Breakfast after-school club provided by AM2PM (07940 668218) School comment: “Please visit our website at www.westmeads.kent.sch.uk” Open days: A number of dates have been organised for tours with the Head, contact school for further info or to book. Overall Ofsted rating: 1 - Outstanding (06/07) School website: www.westmeads.kent.sch.uk

JUNIOR SCHOOLS Although you won’t have to choose a Junior school yet, we’ve included them here to show where your child is likely to move to if you choose an Infant School and stay local.

High Street, CT5 1AY. 01227 273630 Headteacher: Enid Burrows Size of school: approx 190 children Age range: 7-11 Extended Services: Breakfast Club 8-8.45am, After School 3.15-5.55 Monday-Friday.

School comment: “We are well respected in the area as having an excellent reputation for good behaviour, high standards and achievement. Our Christian ethos gives us a warm family feeling where everyone is welcomed and made to feel safe and valued for what they are.” Open days: 24 November 2009 at various times throughout the day.  Telephone the school on 01227 273630 to book on to a tour. Overall Ofsted rating: 2 - Good (2009) School website: www.whitstable-endowed.kent.sch.uk

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WHITSTABLE ENDOWED CHURCH OF ENGLAND AIDED JUNIOR SCHOOL

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Oxford Street, CT5 1DB. 01227 272385 Headteacher: Chilton Saint Size of school: approx 300 pupils Age range: 7-11 Extended Services: Breakfast and After School services at St Alphege (next door)   Facilities on site: Swimming pool

School comment: “We are committed to encouraging a love of learning and to ensuring that all our pupils fulfil their academic potential, whilst being aware that our children have a great deal to learn and enjoy in all they do beyond the classroom. We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and provide a friendly and positive environment where the well-being and happiness of our children is of prime importance.” Open days: November 24 - open tour during day, information session early evening. Contact school. Ofsted rating: 3 - Satisfactory (2007) School website: www.whitstable-junior.kent.sch.uk

GUIDE TO APPLICATION PROCEDURE Although your child does not legally have to start school until the term after their 5th birthday, children who will be four between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010 would generally start school in September 2010. Application forms (RCAF) will be available from any Primary or Infant school from early December 2009. All deadlines, admission criteria and correct procedures will be explained in the pack which comes with the form, but as a basic guide:

ADMISSION CRITERIA ‘Aided and Foundation schools (including church and religious schools) print their admissions criteria in the individual school booklet. They can also be found on www.kent.gov.uk. The admission criteria for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools are, in priority order:

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You may decide that Home-schooling is the best option for your child. If this is the case, you need to put your intention in writing to the Admissions and Transport Team at Sessions House, and the local authority will want to visit and monitor the

• Three schools can be recorded, in order of preference • Putting only one school on the form does not guarantee a place at that school • It is better to put 3 choices so that you have stated a preference in case your first or second choices are not available If you have not stated a preference then the nearest school with places available will be allocated. • C  hildren in Local Authority Care Attendance at a linked school (for specified infant and junior schools only) • Denominational preference (for Voluntary Controlled Church schools only) • Current family association (ie sibling at the school) • Health and Special Access reasons • Nearness of children’s homes to school’ * * KCC Primary Admissions 2009 Guide

arrangements you’re making to check they’re appropriate. You can find out more from Penny Wright, the Whitstable Home Education Group, 01227 773155 www.transitionwhitstable.org.uk

More information can be found at: www.kent.gov.uk, www.ofsted.gov.uk or by contacting the schools direct

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...

A RECEPTION TEACHER Choosing a school is daunting enough, but what actually happens when the decision has been made, the uniform has been bought, modelled, and the photographs taken? Who are we handing our precious charges to and what will they get up to when we’re not there with them?

entrance and can wait with their children until the doors open at 8.40, and parents are welcomed into both Reception classrooms all year round, easing the children in, and allowing any problems or concerns to be discussed there and then with the teachers - Chris and Gina Sutherland or their Teaching Assistants Mrs Elbourn or Mrs Oakley respectively. “Parents will usually have left by 9 o’clock, and then the official day begins. As soon as they come through the door the children can choose a task or activity which we have set up at various tables for them and which will help them with social skills such as sharing and negotiating, as well as their manipulative skills,” Chris explained. “Reception teaching is all about continuing the Learning Journey from nursery - based on learning through their play and the environment around them, so even children who have not been to nursery will not feel out of their depth.” “At various stages during the day we sit down on the carpet and have a discussion about the next activity,” Chris continued. Whether teacher or child initiated, the children have plenty of input in planning their next task. “It could be looking for minibeasts in the garden, or physical play on the bikes and out-door equipment, which are all linked to the Foundation Stage curriculum.”

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hris Davis, one of the Reception teachers at Joy Lane Primary School, made time to tell the IMP a bit about herself and what actually happens during a typical day in Reception. “I went into teaching at 30 after my own children had started school. I’d always wanted to teach,” she explained, “and once the girls were at school I felt it was the right time. My first job was in a Reception class. I was very nervous but really loved it, and have stayed within the Infant part of a school ever since.” Mother of two and grandmother to four girls aged between two and ten, Chris laughingly denies any suggestion that this might have dampened her enthusiasm for her job. “It’s lovely, actually,” she explains, “it’s a way of living it again, and keeps it all fresh so I don’t get out of practice!” The day of a reception teacher actually begins the night before, making sure everything for the next day’s lesson plans is in place. By the next morning at 7am when the alarm goes off, all her ideas for putting the plans into practice have formed and Chris is ready to face the day. “I head into school for about 8am,” she explains, “which gives me time for a chat and catch-up with the Early Years team, making sure we have everything covered off, before setting up the classroom for the day.” Reception children at Joy Lane Primary School are very lucky with the space and facilities they have, and are comfortably cushioned slightly apart from the hustle and bustle of the main school in the Early Years Centre - a separate building with its own outside space, shared with the Oyster Bay Nursery. Reception parents have a separate

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But what happens if a disagreement arises over a task or a piece of equipment? “Rather than immediately stepping in, I believe the children should have the opportunity to negotiate a solution - sometimes they end up agreeing or sharing and everyone’s happy other times it does require the intervention of an adult. It is important, both that they have the opportunity to negotiate for themselves, and that they are secure in the knowledge that an adult will step in. Facing ‘Proactive Challenges’ like this enables them to test and develop their social skills whilst feeling secure in their decisions and in the knowledge that an adult will back them up if necessary.” At every stage children are given the opportunity to choose the themes, subjects and even location of their tasks, and are observed carefully, with teachers and T.A.s alike making notes for the children’s Learning Journeys - journals which document each child’s time and experiences throughout their schooling. “With each theme they choose we can bring in elements of the skills the children will start to master - such as guided writing, where the teacher or T.A. models the letters and the children are encouraged to have a go; phonic sounds, which begin the journey towards reading; or numeracy - depending on the task.” This will be built upon more formally when the children are ready to access the National Curriculum.

As in any school, the day is divided up around assemblies, snack times and lunch. Assemblies for the Reception classes are usually held in the Oyster Bay Hall - between the Reception rooms and the Oyster Bay Nursery. “After half term we will join the main school for special assemblies - sharing assemblies (where parents of specific classes are invited in to see what their children have been learning) or celebration assemblies. And after the first week, if the children are settled enough, we join the main school for lunch in the main hall.” By the time the children are staying for full days (usually the third week, if the children are settled enough) they can be very tired by the afternoon - again, the tasks and activities are child-intitiated and the afternoons are usually more gentle than the mornings, allowing the children to assimilate what they’ve learned without tiring them out too much. 3.15pm sees the end of the school day for the children, and Chris and Julie chat to parents and carers, tidy up, and head home after a staff meeting, ready to start planning the next day’s activities. Chris Davis obviously loves teaching, cares deeply about the children in her care, and has years of experience to draw on in her work - but it is not without its challenges. Chris relates her most recent with a smile. With their own pool on site, Joy Lane children start swimming right from Reception. “They are so tiny and yet so keen to get into the pool,” she laughs. “Julie and I have to keep a very close eye on everyone. And even when everyone’s out of the pool and dry, we have to be very careful to make sure that the right clothes go back onto the right children. Left to their own devices I think they would help themselves to whichever clothes took their fancy!” It’s an inevitable part of her job but Chris is always sad to say goodbye at the end of the year. “It’s amazing how much they learn and grow in the short space of a year. I’m always sad to see my little charges go... they always think they’ll miss me but they never, ever do! Their new teachers are so lovely and they have so many more exciting learning opportunities and experiences to look forward to.” For more details on Joy Lane Primary School, Reception Guide p5; issue 1 (Dec 08) via www.the-imp.co.uk; or contact the school direct. Christina Birkett

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oin in the fun while learning how Pilates uses the mind to control the muscles. The programme focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles. The class emphasis is focused on enjoyment and progression. A series of 6 week programmes to help you achieve a stronger, leaner, longer body. Classes are taught by a very experienced and highly qualified instructor. Mixed and men only classes.

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New Beginnings... St Alphege CE Infant School bid retiring Headteacher Sue Evans a fond farewell at the end of last school year, and this year welcomed new Headteacher, Lorraine Clayden, who took time out of her busy day to talk to the IMP.

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fter her previous role in a large Primary School in Havering, Essex, Lorraine was looking for a smaller school with more of a family feel. “And that’s what I felt,” she explained. “The school has a caring, Christian ethos and everyone is made to feel welcome and listened to - children and parents alike.”  “It’s very different - a new area and a new school - but people have been very welcoming and supportive, and the children are delightful.” A firm believer in inclusion and equality, Lorraine likes to be hands-on and teach whenever possible - and one of her interests is in children with special educational needs, seeing it as her job to make sure that they get the best deal they can in the school and are not overlooked. 

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She also sees the importance of supporting the whole family unit: “If a family is settled, the children will be,” Lorraine explained. “We have a nursery for children aged three up to school age; we offer extended days, with breakfast and afterschool clubs; a family liaison officer; Carer and Toddler and drop-in groups; as well as hosting lots of other agencies which offer courses to help parents with any issues which may be worrying them.” Lorraine gives the impression that she has found exactly what she was looking for in St Alphege and, indeed, Whitstable. It must be daunting to relocate after 12 years, and make the transition from large Primary School to Infant School, but Lorraine has found people very welcoming: “I love the area,” Lorraine explained. “I’d gradually moved further and further out of London through Hackney, Barking, Dagenham - to the Essex countryside. Now I have the coast! It’s lovely to stroll along the beach in the evening and wind down - and the sunrises are wonderful too.” And for any children or parents who may have concerns about the changeover in Headteachers, Lorraine Clayden’s plans for the school revolve around maintaining the standards and the inclusive, community feel of the school cultivated by her predecessor, as she sums up herself: “I’m looking forward to getting involved in the community and continuing the ethos of Mrs Evans.” The school will be hosting an Open Day on October 17 from 9.30 to 12 - an opportunity for anyone in the community to visit the school and have a look around, with activities and entertainment for the children laid on.  For more information on St Alphege Infant School, see our Reception Guide p5; issue 7 (June 09) via www.the-imp.co.uk; or contact the school direct Christina Birkett

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f you hear the term Village Green, you may imagine a picturesque rural setting with a cricket pitch and families enjoying a picnic on the grass. But in Whitstable, the phrase could equally apply to a patch of sparse shingle or wild woodland. The town has a total of 11 village greens - areas protected legally from development and preserved for the enjoyment of the people who live there. The largest area is the three greens that make up Duncan Down - also the largest village green in the country. But 2km of beach is also included within the Village Green umbrella - and it is part of this which campaigners have been arguing over, after an Essex couple built a beach hut at the end of a row on West Beach. They argued it was a replacement for one burnt down two decades earlier, but after losing both their application for planning permission and an appeal against an order to take it down they must now remove it and preserve the undeveloped character of the area. During their discussions with council officials and local people, the pair suggested classifying a beach as a village green was ridiculous, but campaigners disagree. Ashley Clark, secretary of the Friends of Duncan Down, said: “Contrary to the popular image, Village Green status does not mean you have to have a village, an emerald green space, a pond, a cricket pitch, a pub overlooking it or any of those quintessential rural features that make up a Constable painting. Look upon a village green as simply a legal device that preserves land from development in order for the inhabitants of a locality to engage in lawful sports and pastimes.”

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Village greens have traditionally been registered by local people, and the town owes several of its protected open spaces to long-standing campaigner Ann Wilks, as well as to Mr Clark and others. They had to gather evidence from witnesses who used the land for 20 years or more and convince a committee of councillors or an externally-appointed inspector that this was not restricted or forbidden in anyway. But a change in legislation now means landowners themselves can register land as a village green, and their application cannot be rejected. Once village green status has been granted, the land is in theory protected - although there have been other cases like the ‘Essex Two’ and their hut. In 2007, the Friends of Duncan Down and a council countryside officer cut down fencing and removed hedging after a homeowner illegally extended his garden on to the green. Mr Clark now believes all village greens should be clearly marked as such to prevent future problems. He said: “Although not essential in law, a policy of clearly signing village greens has obvious merits as it can prevent any excuse of ignorance. Unfortunately this has been neglected in some key locations where it might have prevented incidents that now require enforcement.” And he is keen to point out that village green status need not restrict work for the benefit of the area - seats, picnic benches, play equipment, informative signs and even in some cases buildings can be provided if they are clearly in the public interest. Liz Crudgington

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inda, Adrian and son Daniel spend their days and nights cavorting with canines after investing redundancy money in setting up a boarding kennels. But holidaying hounds are just one part of their life, as Liz Crudgington found out. “I’ll be in the pool,” Linda tells me when I ring to make the appointment, which sounds like heaven on a sunny August day. But Linda’s pool is not your average back garden construction. Instead, it’s a purposebuilt canine hydrotherapy suite dedicated to helping poorly pups get back on their paws. Since it opened two years ago, at Pet Lodge in Bogshole Lane, it has treated hundreds of dogs with a range of problems from post-surgery stiffness to total paralysis. Three dogs for whom there seemed no hope have been given a new

lease of life thanks to Linda’s skills and the healing properties of water. But it’s not just about rehabilitation the equipment is also used by top canine athletes including members of the Great Britain agility team to improve fitness and stamina. Agility is another of Linda’s specialist subjects, after more than 20 years competing and training dogs for the discipline. It seems to be a family talent, as 11-year-old Daniel has already won adult classes at Crufts and a host of other prizes. “Agility first got us into dogs and now we have 10 of our own,” said Linda. “But we tend to stick to the training side now and let Daniel do the running and he is proving to be very successful.” The couple, as Whitstable Agility Group, give demonstrations around the county and meet twice a week at St Nicholas at Wade and Leybourne, near Maidstone. And the training, coupled with exercising their own pack and caring for the dogs in the kennels, mean they have very little spare time. “We can never go out together because one of us has to be here,” said Linda. “But I don’t mind the hard work when I see the results, whether it’s success in competitions or the difference in a paralysed dog after just a few swims.” “This is much harder than banking, the industry we were in,” added Adrian. “But it’s a lot more rewarding and definitely more fun.” For more information on Pet Lodge, visit www.petlodge.co.uk or call 01227 281827.

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ART IN WHITSTABLE FOLLOW THE TRAIL…

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ctober can be a tricky month, a neitherhere-nor-there time of year. Too early to start Christmas shopping but too autumnal to contemplate spending the day on the beach. Luckily for us, Whitstable has kept a shiny pearl up its sleeve to brighten October’s dull days. Now in its tenth year, the Artists’ Open Houses Trail is an opportunity to explore the diversity of art that exists here on our doorstep. Or, to be more accurate, over the doorstep because the artists taking part display their work in a domestic setting. “People find it less daunting than walking into a gallery,” says Catherine McTurk, a seasoned participant, exhibiting at 22 Cornwallis Circle

Cathy McTurk by Paul Elliot

along with ceramicist Carol Foster. She welcomes the chance to show her large canvass abstract paintings and delicate sumi ink drawings on her own walls rather than the more sterile environment of an art gallery. “People can relate to the artwork in a domestic situation,” Catherine says. “It’s also a nice opportunity to talk to people. Art expands people’s lives. It’s a profound thing to do, even when you are playing around and having fun.” The event runs concurrently with the Canterbury Festival and is becoming more and more popular as the word spreads. Vicky Hageman, a ceramicist exhibiting along with fellow artists Paul Elliott, Janet Maxwell and Michael Whitely at 5 Clare Road, has been taking part for four years. “There are regulars now and people travel quite far,” she tells me. “We get a lot of Londoners coming down, we even had a French family once. People make a day of it, looking around the Open Houses and stopping off somewhere in town for lunch.” We are sitting in Janet’s house with her eye-catching and colourful canvasses adorning the walls in each room. She shows me some of her more recent work, which she is planning to exhibit. It’s also Janet’s fourth time of welcoming art-lovers into her home and she admits she looks forward to taking part. “It’s very motivating as an artist,” she explains. “It can be a lonely business being an artist in the studio, so doing Open Houses’ Trail is a chance to meet people, including other artists. It’s also a great opportunity to get feedback on your work.”

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For three weekends in October, local artists throw open their doors and welcome visitors to step inside and discover the wealth of artistic talent that exists right here on our doorstep, as Jenni Moore finds out.

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Paul, who has just completed his MA, usually takes this opportunity to exhibit his humorous and tongue-in-cheek paintings but this year decided on something different. “I’ve just found a love of animation so I’m showing short films. Open Houses is a chance to try something new. It gives you a boot up the bum to get things done. There’s a little poem there!” he laughs. Vicky Tenoski-Fenn by Debra Marybourne It’s becoming obvious what the artists get out of the open Houses Trail, but what does it offer visitors? ’“I Paul’s right. One of the things that strikes you think people like the idea of following a trail,” most about following the trail is the breathtaking replies Paul. “You can plot a course between the breadth of art on show. From the risqué and ribald houses, going from one to another, experiencing to the quirky or quaint, it’s all here. There’s even all the different kinds of art on show. What’s bespoke bags, designer menswear and one-off interesting about Open Houses’ Trail in Whitstable pieces of jewellery. is that you have a lot more contemporary artists For Vicky Tenoski-Fenn it is her first year of down here, a real eclectic mix. So if one house taking part in the Open Houses Trail. A silversmith, isn’t your cup of tea, there is always the next one she makes contemporary jewellery, from chunky to investigate.” necklaces to playful earrings and is showing her work at 15 Pier Avenue, along with Josephine Harvatt and Sarah Stokes. Like a lot of the artists participating she draws inspiration from living in a seaside town. “I collect sea glass from the beach,” she explains. “I like transforming stuff from something old to something new, changing the way it looks.”

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Janet, Paul, Vicky by Paul Elliot

For more information about the Artists’ Open Houses Trail, call Paul Elliott on 01227 282462, go to www.ekoh.org or pick up a brochure in the High Street. Jenni Moore

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uch of the work at Whitstable Ten was motivated by scenes from the Kentish countryside and traditional landscape painting, but Josephine, in her most recent work, has put a unique spin on the conventional method of capturing landscapes and has chosen to use monoprinting as her chosen media. Josephine prefers printmaking because it allows her to work in both colour and monochrome and she believes that it is a more unusual way of expressing oneself. Josephine names Paul Klee and Matisse as artists that she looked to when creating her own artistic style. The vibrancy of Matisse’s work is certainly also evident in Josephine’s prints, many of which feature vivid complimentary colours. In her work Josephine likes to represent her subject matter in a way that conveys emotions rather than being strictly literal. She feels more empathetic to the way a landscape feels, rather than purely appreciating its aesthetic attributes. Being a fan of the English romantic artist and poet William Blake, Josephine looks to the idyllic, fairytale-esque areas of unspoilt countryside as starting points for her art and is passionate about appreciating the ‘lyrical romanticism

of the Kentish countryside’. She tells me of one of her favourite beauty spots; a halfdemolished gunpowder factory on the outskirts of Whitstable surrounded by lakes and trees. Josephine is fascinated by the interface of town and country there and how the contrast creates a striking landscape. Josephine’s interest in contrasts also extends to exploring the tension between reality and the world of dreams in her work. The surrealist movement, which was largely associated with Freudian theory and the power of dreams and the subconscious, is one that has a lot of influence over the her work. Josephine’s ‘Orange door’ is a print that I felt embodies the divide between the conscious and the subconscious, and how as humans, we frequently travel in and out of these two states. Although Josephine is very passionate about capturing Britain’s beauty spots in her art, she chooses to add depth to her work by exploring themes with philosophical prominence. This I feel, is the fundamental quality that makes her work exceptional. Georgie Mind Images: ‘Orange door’ and ‘Springtime serenade’ courtesy of Josephine Harvatt

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Intricate Glasswork and exquisite pottery were displayed alongside subtle watercolours and canvases thick with colourful acrylic at The Horsebridge’s most recent exhibition as ten artists flaunted their creative ability. Amongst the exhibitors was Horsebridge trustee Josephine Harvatt, who showed her collection of limited edition print work.

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As well as celebrating the work of established artists, Wendy is keen to encourage and support young, emerging artists and offer them an opportunity to show their artistic potential. Nonoko Fuji graduated this year with a degree in Fine art from Falmouth University, and is exhibiting her unique photographic work at ‘Figurative’ alongside prestigious artists such as Paul Wadsworth, who has recently been selected Nonoko Fuji: Morocco28 he gallery showcases for the Hunting Art Prize. work from established and Nonoko’s photography is inspired emerging artists from all corners of the by her travels to Vietnam and Morocco, which country. In the gallery’s most recent exhibition, brings a fantastic diversity of culture to the titled ‘Figurative’ which runs from the 11th ‘Figurative’ exhibition. The set of photographs September to October 18th, Wendy has drawn illustrate Nonoko’s experiences whilst travelling on her Cornish roots and invited her contacts and the work’s appearance reflects the haze of from Falmouth to exhibit alongside local artists. happy memories. The six artists exhibiting are Nick Bodimeade, Paul Wadsworth, a painter who works mainly Suzie Zamit, Roy Eastland, Paul Wadsworth, in Cornwall, also appreciates the importance of Angela Rumble and Nonoko Fuji. The work travel in art; he believes that ‘travel is important ranges in artistic media from the bold, bright to keep new ideas flowing’. Over the past six brushstrokes of Nick Bodimeade’s work, to Roy Eastland’s delicate postcard-sized years Paul has spent a lot of time in the Arab drawings, to the interesting forms of Nonoko Emirates and Oman, working on location and Fuji’s photography. building information for paintings back in his Cornwall studio. Overall the exhibition is a fantastic kaleidoscope of ideas, artistic medias, experiences and opinions. The majority of the artists showing at ‘Figurative’ have been specifically commissioned for this particular exhibition, but the subject matter is incredibly varied. From idyllic Moroccan street scenes to thought-provoking portraits that challenge the notion of identity, this exhibition takes you on a true artistic journey. ‘Figurative’ runs until October 18. Paul Wadsworth: Day Dreaming

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he name Selkie is as mystifying and captivating as the band itself. ‘Selkie’ refers to seal-like mythical creatures that, hailing from the Orkney and Shetland Isles, are able to change their appearance from seal to human. Female Selkies tend to be melancholic in nature. However, if captured by human males, female Selkies will yearn longingly for the ocean and welcome any opportunity to return to her. Male Selkies are violently opposed to seal hunting and are ‘known’ to cause terrible storms and nautical carnage in response to what they perceive as disrespect, or abhorrent human behaviour. Their magical natures and seductive, ever-changing forms characterise both male and female Selkies. And what better name for a band

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that never stays still? Indeed it has been said that the name Selkie ‘captures the shifting nature of their music as it moves across cultures and from traditional to contemporary’. Selkie is made up of three highlytalented and versatile musicians who clearly live to play, and listen to, music. Ramona Egle has spent her entire life devoted to finding sounds that will change the world. From an Eastern European background, Ramona has been inspired and crafted by her experiences travelling with her family in their converted ambulance. She has had the opportunity to visit many places, each leaving its imprint on her mystifying persona and riveting music. One has the feeling, when listening to her music and her stories, that nothing stands

“There is nothing ordinary about Selkie. Their music challenges their audience to look forward, to look back and to celebrate past and future, here and now, us and them and everything. Don’t expect to hear what many may think of as ‘boring’ Folk music” passionate about; the Irish concertina. Selkie music is like an incredible night on a quiet beach. Picture this if you will… on a warm summer’s night the moon is wearing her brilliant white cloak and a beautiful creature finds herself in a small enclave on a magical beach filled with turquoise and midnight-blue sand… She sings hauntingly and by her voice captures the attention of a nearby man who dances towards her, tiptoeing on the drops of waves who make the crashing sounds of the third addition to this vision. Each brings a different sound and experience to the whole, which shows their audience a world of incredible sounds which cross the boundaries of time and place. There is nothing ordinary about Selkie. Their music challenges their audience to look forward, to look back and to celebrate past and future, here and now, us and them and everything. Don’t expect to hear what many may think of a ‘boring’ Folk music. Like their mantra demands, Selkie hope to put the fun back into folk music, to shift its shape from boxed and average to celebratory and life-changing. Check out this electrifying band at www.myspace.com/selkiebanduk or, even better, see them, free of charge, on October 16 at The Coach and Horses, Oxford Street - 01227 264 732. Malissa Taylor

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still for her - that her primary focus is making music and finding any way to do just that. Not only does she have an incredible voice, she also plays the harp, the fiddle, whistles of all shapes and sizes and, as if that were not enough, she teaches these too. Ramona’s life is a testament to her passion to music, and her profound belief that ,without music, there is no life. Grounding this beautiful music is bassist, Dan Johnson who, like Ramona, lives, eats and drinks music. He has been playing to all sorts of audiences throughout his colourful life and enthuses that each of these has contributed to the type of person and musician he is. Dan has had some musical training and is deeply influenced by traditional sounds - but also loves to push boundaries and find new ways of expressing age-old musical ideas. Like those mythical male Selkies, he brings magic to his sound by transforming the foundations on which he built over the years. The third member of this incredible contribution to the Whitstable music scene is the highly gifted Chris Sadler who through years of playing on the Folk scene brings a kind of mischief to Selkie’s dynamic sound. Apart from his wonderful voice, he also brings to this band an instrument that he is deeply

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reg Mottola - the director behind 2007’s smash-hit gross-out Teen Comedy ‘Superbad’ - has returned, both to the directorial chair and his writing table, for his new Comedy/Drama ‘Adventureland’. Set in 1987 and loosely-based around Mottola’s own experiences, the film revolves around James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), a posh college graduate who is home for the summer and preparing for his trip around the world and a Journalism course in New York. When his wealthy parents hit a financial snag, James is forced to get himself a summer job to support his future activities. He lands a place at Adventureland, a run-down local amusement park, through which his horizons broaden and he begins to understand more of the real world. He meets Em (Kristen Stewart, Bella from ‘Twilight’), a lonely outsider with a fiery attitude and a dreary music collection. Em invites James into her life within, and outside of, Adventureland. The pair are taken on a rough ride through love, trust and friendship, leading to more complex scenarios. Mottola has been incredibly intelligent with this film, he’s stepped aside from the major sex jokes and toilet humour, and allowed more time for the character development to evolve. Although ‘Superbad’ was a total riot, this picture invites its audience deeper into the world these characters live in. At times you laugh with them and at others you feel sympathetic towards them. It’s a far more immersive experience, echoing the stylistic Indie comedy of Jason Reitman’s ’Juno’. The plot is cleverly divided amongst the characters and the story develops as their paths cross during their time at the park, giving a nice and thoughtful touch. Mottola has also paid major attention to detail and authenticity, and as the film is set in 1987, nothing pops up in the feature that takes you away from that environment; the cars, the clothes, the music - everything is correct. The casting for the film is fantastic; each character is totally believable in their role. Ryan Reynolds is brilliant as Mike Connell, the father-like Maintenance Guy with major relationship problems, and Bill Hader is as funny as ever as Bobby, the park’s manager. Eisenberg and Stewart have beautifully awkward chemistry on-screen and I’m sure we’ll see them working together again. ‘Adventureland’ has the whole package; it’s believable, witty, emotive, hilarious, and sports a wonderful soundtrack. It’s one of the few Teen films that doesn’t make the genre look totally mindless. VERDICT: 4.5 out of 5 - A brilliant little film packed full of charm and charisma. A great film for friends, couples or anyone who wants to watch a sparkling weekend flick. ‘Adventureland’ is now showing at Cineworld Ashford (www.cineworld.co.uk) and Vue Westwood Cross, Thanet (www.myvue.com) at various times.

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BUBBLE BITS AND BOBS New from Joy Lane Primary School, the Oyster Bay Market Place is a new initiative to showcase parents’ talents and exhibit their home-made arts and crafts. Parents have been invited to display their work on stalls at the event, and the whole community is invited in to browse or buy. Growing numbers of parents at Joy Primary School have started cottage industries such as supplying cakes to local cafes, jammaking, jewellery-making, dress-making, producing artworks. The Market Place provides a space for these entrepreneurs to showcase their work, which is open to the whole community. Refreshments will be provided and as the event grows they will be inviting guest speakers to offer advice and information on a variety of subjects relevant to the parents and their crafts. The first Oyster Bay Market Place will be held in the Oyster Bay Community Hall (sign-posted from the main entrance of the school) on October 16 between 9 and 10.30 - why not pop along for a browse, a coffee and a chat? For further information or to enquire about a stall, please contact Faye Narracott on 01227 261430 or email fnarracott@joylane.kent.sch.uk. The Whitstable Town Pirates season has kicked off - they’ve already won a game against Dover and, with their new coaches, sponsor and strip, they’re hoping for more success as the season continues. Part of the Molton East Kent Youth League (MEKYL), the Pirates are division 3 under 10s and have been playing together since the age of 6. From various schools in Whitstable, including Whitstable Junior, Endowed, Joy Lane Primary, Swalecliffe and St Mary’s, the boys usually practice at the Main ground in Chestfield, but are moving to Herne Bay for their practices for the winter. They train Fridays from 7-8 and play on Sundays. Their next matches are: Oct 11 - Home, Pirates v Faversham Town; Oct 18th - Away, Pirates v Folkestone Invicta; Oct 25th - Home, Pirates v Hugin Vikings! - why not go along to show support? Call Donna Dwight for further information on 01227 266044 or 07801576300.

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Housed in the former shop front of a Victorian Town house on Tower Parade, The Front View is a gallery dedicated to photo art, which for the next few months will be home local photographer Chris Friel’s work. The exhibition, called ‘Long Exposure’ is a series which came about as a result of experimenting with different photographic techniques and shifts in frame and focus - which give an extra dimension and even an ‘other-worldly’ feel to his work. Chris is local to Whitstable, where most of his photographs are taken. A former acrylic artist, he turned to black and white photography three years ago and has developed an extensive Flickr following, as well as being short-listed for Landscape Photographer of the Year 2008. His photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfriel or at The Front View Photoart Gallery, 9 Tower Parade Whitstable, between October 17 and January 2010. For more details call 01227 282 132. MIND presents MiNd the GaP 2009 - Celebrating creativity, individuality and diversity. A PLACE at the TABLE is an exhibition bringing together tablecloths that have been created around the county as part of Mind the Gap 2009. The exhibition comes to the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable from October 7-13. You are welcome to come to the reception on Friday 9th October 1-3pm. Also organised for Mind the Gap, in collaboration with the Sidney de Haan Centre for Arts and Health: A BIG SING (part of the Canterbury Festival). This singing event will be held on October 17 at Anselm Hall, Christchurch University, Canterbury from 1-4pm. Grenville Hancox will direct an afternoon of diverse and accessible songs for all ages & abilities. All are welcome but registration is essential. To register please contact: Sandra Pearson 07870 320479

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The project to rebuild the Shirley Hall (hom e of All Saints Nursery School) took a small step forwa rd last Sunday with the fund raising launch service at All Saints Church. Many young families attended and we would like to thank everyone who came and offered their supp ort. The children performed brilliantly in their song about rebuilding the hall and a mini Bob the Builder made a surprise visit. All Saints Church and the Nursery Scho ol are working together to try and replace the existing hall, which is in need of updating. All Saints Nursery School would like to reassure everyone that, although the hall is show ing its age, it is still perfectly viable and operating well as a popular and thriving Nursery School with a long waiting list. The hall is bright and welcoming and cover ed in children’s artwork and interactive displays. We have a beautiful garden area with mature trees set in the peaceful surrounds of the churchyard and vicarage garden, with lots of exciting equipment for the children. We have an experienced and stable staff team and we are extremely fortunate in being supported by the church community and a strong parent and friend s association. The new hall is, however, desperately need ed to update the facilities - including better disabled acces s, child-sized toilets and new kitchen and office areas . These will help us to move forward and offer longer sessions and more flexibility for working families. We have some fund raising events plann ed to try and get the project underway. The first of these is a fun evening entitled ‘Back to School for the New School’. We have a live band playing a range of music for all ages, and hot food (relive your school days with bangers and mash, gypsy tart, fruit crumble and custard and a tuck shop!) - dressing up in old school uniform optional! - Saturday 3rd October in All Saints Hall. Tickets from The Nursery School 282628. Please come and support us if you can. All Saints Nursery School

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OCTOBER 2009 HOROSCOPES The Sign of the Zodiac rising on the eastern horizon at the time and place of your birth is your Rising Sign. Your Sun Sign describes your goals; your Rising Sign describes how you perceive the world. These two signs can have interesting relationships, creating ideas and perceptions that make up your personality. The third part of your astrological signature is the Moon sign, which we will look at in a future issue. To find your Rising Sign, get a free chart at www.astro.com or email Zoe with your birth date, time and place (no other personal info) at bespokeastrology@live.co.uk. AQUARIUS RISING The mad scientist I have a friend with Aquarius rising who really does have electric hair, it stands on end when she has a good idea! This is the picture of Aquarius rising… original, inventive, rebellious, unconventional, forgets to pay the bills and water the plants. PISCES RISING An institution Pisces Rising sees the world through compassion spectacles. My Pisces Rising friend ran after the garbage man on Boxing Day and gave him a £20 tip. I don’t know any other sign that thinks to thank others like that.

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ARIES RISING Women and children out of the way! Aries Rising drives a red Ferrari - or is the only sign that can break the sound barrier in a Fiat Panda! Announce your arrival, make a beeline for what you want in life and don’t be too worried about being overpowering. You see everything from a new perspective. TAURUS RISING Slow and steady wins the race My great aunt and uncle live on a dairy farm. Their day consists of keeping the stove burning, milking the cows, driving tractors and buying and selling cattle at the market. It’s a simple life, hard work, and they own a fortune. This is the picture of Taurus Rising.

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GEMINI RISING Talking, talking, talking I have a friend who does DIY - he is the best person I know to come around and fix things but I waste days when he is around because he has to talk me through everything… blocked pipes, hanging doors… It’s fascinating doing all this problemsolving and fixing, and understanding the mechanics of everything – but I’m exhausted by the end of it! CANCER RISING Everybody comfortable? My astrology lecturer has Cancer Rising. Somehow the fridge and cupboard in the tea room were always freshly stocked with milk, biscuits and every sort of tea you could want. The urn was already hot by the tea break – amazing! LEO RISING Big hair! There isn’t a mirror or a shop window spared when you are passing by! Luckily you are gorgeous and good humoured and I’m just having a bit of fun with you. Fun is what you do best (apart from your hair of course!). VIRGO RISING At your service You see the world through the sharpest glasses. You notice the details and refinement in things. You either have a really tidy house, or a filing cabinet mind. Either way things are organised. Virgo Rising is very nurturing too, in a magical kind of way.

LIBRA RISING What are you looking at? Libra Rising folk are usually very nice to look at. They also approach others with sensitivity, refinement and good will. Losing themselves is a real fear so establishing a strong sense of self-worth and acceptance is crucial for them. SCORPIO RISING Why do you want to know? Secretive for reasons unknown to others, Scorpio Rising sees the world through dark glasses, drives a blacked-out Mustang and endeavours to uncover anything worth covering up. It’s best to be conscious of your urge to create and destroy. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of destruction to make way for new creations, as long as you weren’t too attached to the thing you just destroyed. SAGITTARIUS RISING Big horsey grin Sagittarius Rising are preceded by a fanfare and a drum roll. Inspired and enthusiastic (at least initially) and natural philosophers, they attempt to answer some of the big questions in life. Sagittarius rules expansion – all types – the mind, money or waistline. CAPRICORN RISING High cheek bones You are afraid of your own failure and can be very critical of yourself, yet this seems to be a challenge to get out there and do a good job. By setting sensible and realistic goals, you achieve your objectives. Zoe Wockner

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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.

1 - Labour Club - PAMELA WARD & PAUL CHERRINGTON - 8pm, £7 (£5 members), 07895 683567 1 - Deco5 - DAVE ROBINSON & CLIVE - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

4 - The Neptune - EMILY & FRIENDS - 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 4 - The Two Brewers - KELLY’S HEROES - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150

2 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

8 - Deco5 - EMILY & THE BEATS (Mannaz Project charity event) - 8.30pm, £15 ticket, 01227 770079

2 - The Duke - SALLY IRONMONGER - 9-11pm, FREE entry, 01227 280617

9 - Coach & Horses - ZINTA & THE ZOOTS - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

2 - Deco5 - HOT RATS - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

9 - Deco5 - EAST WEST BLUES BAND - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

2 - Coach & Horses - BLUES FUSION - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 2 - The East Kent - SLUG PIXIES – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018 3 - The Neptune - JIM LEVERTON - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 3 - Harbour Garden Café – ZINTA & THE ZOOTS – 1pm, FREE Entry, 01227 271199 3 - Deco5 - GOOSEBUMPS 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 3 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 3 - Horsebridge - JOHN COOPER CLARKE - 8-10pm, £15, 01227 281174 4 - The Duke - MUDDY SHOVELS 3-5pm, FREE entry, 01227 280617

9 - The Duke - PAUL CLIFFORD WITH WEBBED FEET - 9-11pm, FREE entry, 01227 280617 9 - The Neptune - GREAT MATES 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 9 - The East Kent - GLAM FLAM – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018 10 - Deco5 - ZEDHEADS 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 10 - The Neptune - DAVE ARCARI - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 10 - Coach & Horses - LAS BRAGAS - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 10 - Horsebridge - ROBIN AULD & TONY COX - 8-10pm, £10 (£8 conc), 01227 281174

10 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 11 - The Duke - GREAT MATES 3pm, FREE entry, 01227 280617 11 - Harbour Garden Café – INNOCENT BYSTANDER – 1pm, FREE Entry, 01227 271199 11 - The Neptune - FAT RIVERBAND - 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 11 - The Two Brewers - ONE LOVE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 13 - Deco5 - BLUE ARCADIANS 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 14 - Deco5 - ITALIAN CONVERSATION - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 15 - Deco5 - LA DOLCE VITA 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 16 - The East Kent - BODEGAS – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018 16 - Deco5 - KING DAVID’S TRIO ROYALE - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 16 - The Neptune - RELIG ORAN 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 16 - Coach & Horses SELKIE - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 16 - Horsebridge - BLUE RHYTHM KINGS - 8-10pm, £8 (£6 conc), 01227 281174

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17 - The Neptune - STEVE, MATT & AL - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 17 - Deco5 - ED MAYO GROUP featuring Michael Chartier & Bill Gibson - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 17 - The East Kent - LOST WEEKEND – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018 17 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 18 - Harbour Garden Café – SUNDOWN BLUES BAND – 1pm, FREE Entry, 01227 271199 18 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 18 - The Duke - JERRY BRESEE 3pm, FREE entry, 01227 280617 18 - The Two Brewers WILSON FORD - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 21 - Deco5 - SALSA NIGHT 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 22 - Deco5 - MIKE LENNON 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

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23 - Coach & Horses - AMAHOOLA - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

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24 - Deco5 - FLETCH - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 24 - Coach & Horses - JIM LEVERTON & GEOFF RICHARDSON - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 24 - The East Kent UNDERCOVER – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018 24 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 25 - The Neptune - CAMINE 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 25 - The Two Brewers - MEL HARRIS - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 29 - Deco5 - THE BARRETTS 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 30 - Coach & Horses - VINTAGE JAZZ - 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

5 - Deco5 - DAVE ROBINSON & CLIVE - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 5 - Labour Club - BOB DAVENPORT WITH DAN QUINN, WILL DUKE & ROGER DIGBY 8pm, £7 (£5 members), 07895 683567 6 - Coach & Horses - CAMINE 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 6 - Deco5 - TBC - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 6 - The Two Brewers - MAC’S DINER - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 7 - Deco5 - GROOVE CHASERS 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 7 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150

30 - Deco5 - THE FABULOUS 6Ts - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

7 - Coach & Horses - LAS BRAGAS - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

30 - The Neptune - SAMANDI 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

10 - Deco5 - BLUE ARCADIANS 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

23 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

30 - The East Kent - THE COLD SHOTS – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018

23 - The East Kent - G&T EXPERIMENT – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018

30 - Horsebridge - COMEDY - Top stand-up acts - 8-10pm, £7 (£5 conc), 01227 281174

23 - Horsebridge - BILLY CHILDISH - 8-10pm, £10 (£8 conc), 01227 281174

31 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

23 - Deco5 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

31 - The East Kent - THE HOOCHIES – 9pm – FREE entry, 01227 272018

24 - The Neptune - STEVE BOLTON - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

31 - The Two Brewers - MATT BROOKS Halloween Party - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150

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NOVEMBER

12 - Deco5 - ITALIAN CONVERSATION - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 13 - The Duke - JUMBO GUMBO - 9-11pm, FREE entry, 01227 280617 13 - The Two Brewers - WHERE’S MY THING - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 13 - Coach & Horses - AMAHOOLA - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 13 - Deco5 - EMILY & GUEST - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079

14 - Special @ Royal Native Oyster Stores - MARTHA TILSTON - 8pm, £10 (£8 members), 07895 683567 14 - Deco5 - BILLY WEARS DRESSES - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 14 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 15 - Deco5 - FLETCH - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 20 - Coach & Horses - BLUES FUSION - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 20 - The Two Brewers - PAUL THE OTHER ONE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 20 - Deco5 - FRANCES KNIGHT & FRIENDS - 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 21 - Coach & Horses - LED GREMLINS - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

21 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 27 - Coach & Horses THE BLUE DEVILS - 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 27 - The Two Brewers - BLUES FUSION - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150 28 - The Two Brewers - KARAOKE - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272150

CLASSICAL OCTOBER 17-30 - CANTERBURY FESTIVAL www.canterburyfestival.co.uk 17 - St. Michael’s Church, Hernhill, near Faversham SNOWDOWN MALE VOICE CHOIR, 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 from 01227 751293

18 - 7.30pm, St Clement’s Parish Church, Sandwich CITY OF CANTERBURY CHAMBER CHOIR, Motets old and new, http://www. canterburychamberchoir.org.uk/ index.htm 24 - Canterbury Cathedral CANTERBURY CHORAL SOCIETY - Haydn: Creation, 7.30pm. 01227 787787

If you would like to publicise your gig here please email christina@ the-imp.co.uk or write to the usual address. Deadline for the November issue will be October 19th

Take time out to relax, unwind, de-stress and get your mind and soul back on track Holistic or Swedish Body Massage Neck/Head/Back Massage Pregnancy Massage Gift Vouchers available (All oils either base or pre-blended are organic)

Oak leaf Holistics 01227 264 699 / 07947 838 330 www.oakleafholistics.co.uk

what’s on? www.the-imp.co.uk what’s on? 3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scouts jumble sale, All Saints Church Hall, Saturday Oct 17, from 2pm. Jumble accepted at the hall 10-11am. Saturday Oct 17 & Nov 7 - Seaside Brocante 10am-4pm, St Mary’s Hall (Umbrella Centre). Antique & Vintage Homeware, wardrobe & jewellery, all with Christmas in mind. Festive food in Cafe. Cindy Mainwaring 01227 773037. Second and fourth Saturdays of each month Whitstable Farmers’ Market - St Mary’s Hall (Umbrella Centre) 9.30am-2pm - meat, eggs, fruit & veg, drinks, cakes, crafts & Fair Trade cafe. 01227 770836 Dreaming for the ‘yet to be born’ Child. Sunday 18thOctober 2009 10.00am until 12.30pm Horsebridge Community Centre Whitstable. £8.00 consessions £6.00. Includes refreshments. Contact Jacqui Sirota 07866 471412: jacqui.sirota@ gmail.com for more information and booking

St Alphege Carer & Toddler group - Monday 9.15am at the school (Oxford Street) 01227 272977. Arts & Crafts - Mondays 9.30-10.30am term-time only, prebook at Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 Button Tots – Lucerne Neighbourhood Centre, Faversham Road. Mondays 10am-12, call Jane 01227 282732   3 Years Plus Family Group – Westmeads Infant School, Cromwell Road, Mondays 1.45-2.45pm. 01227 272995 Little Alfies – Seasalter Christian Centre, Faversham Road, fortnightly on Mondays 1.45pm,  call 01227 276795 Story Time – Swalecliffe Library, Herne Bay Road, Swalecliffe, Mondays 2-2.30pm, drop in or call 01227 792645

October 16 9-10.30 Oyster Bay Market Place, Joy Lane School, home-made arts & crafts & refreshments. Stalls avail, or come to browse, have a coffee and a chat. 01227 261430

Messy Play Sessions – Mondays 12.45- 2.45pm. Bring old clothes! Free of charge. Joy Lane Children’s Centre – 01227 263998

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Art on Tuesdays 10-11am, term time only, prebook at Joy Lane Children’s Centre, 01227 263998

BABIES Breast Feeding & Weaning Peer Support Group – Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Mondays from 12:15 -2:15pm. 01227 263998

Playmates – Christian Fellowship Hall, Harbour St – Tuesday mornings 9.15-10.30 or 10.30-11.45. 50p per family. Waiting list. 01227 263393

Baby bounce and rhyme –  Whitstable Library, Oxford Street, first Tuesday of each month, 11-11.20am. 01227 273309

Tots @ TEC – Tankerton Evangelical Church Hall, Northwood Road, Tankerton, Tuesdays 10-11.30am, ages 0-5, £1 per family. 01227 794328

Breastfeeding Clinic – Joy Lane Children’s Centre – Tuesdays, monthly, appointment only. 01227 263998 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 Health Visitor 1-1s - appointment only, through GP/Health Clinic, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 PIPS - 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 Twinkle Twinkle music group, fun action songs and instruments for children up to 3 years. Fridays 9.30 and 10.30am, the parish social centre, 15A Castle Road, Whitstable. Call Ava for more info on 01227 772893

Seasalter Christian Centre parent and toddler group – Tuesdays, 1.30-3pm, £1 per family. 01227 770257 Heuristic Play - Joy Lane Children’s Centre, Tuesdays 1.45-2.45pm. Drop in. 01227 263998 Baby Bounce and Rhyme - Whitstable Library, 1st Tuesday of the month, 11-11.20am 01227 273309 Parent & Toddler Group - drop in Wednesdays 9-11.30am, Toy Library every fortnight from September 16 - 10.30-11.30 - Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 Rock-a-Bye-Music, Joy Lane Children’s Centre, Wednesdays 13.45-14.30. Book at Centre on 01227 26399 Little Lights – St Alphege Church, High Street, Thursdays, term time, 1.45-2.45pm, call 01227 770221

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what’s on? www.the-imp.co.uk what’s on? All Saints Parent and Toddler Group – Shirley Hall, Church Street – Wednesdays 1.15-2.45pm. 50p per family. Term-time only – Call Sue Smith 01227 471325 St Alphege Drop-in group - Wednesday 1.30pm at the school (Oxford Street) 01227 272977.   Little Oysters Pre-school storytelling and craft activity, Last Wednesday of the month, 1.30-2.30pm. Whitstable Museum. £2 per child, adults free. Advance booking: 01227 276 998 Parent and Toddler Group – Joy Lane Children’s Centre – Thursdays, 9-11.30am. 01227 263998

Whitstable Majorettes and Pom Teams - age 5+, St Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Street, Whitstable, Monday 4-6pm, £2 per session. 07900 478863 FITNESS

Chatterbox Baby and Toddler Group – St John’s Church Centre, Swalecliffe. Fridays 9.30-11.30am. 01227 792835

Adult classes: Tap, Ballet, Salsa-Fit, Pilates/Yoga new classes starting soon, contact Helena 01227 275 375

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. Call for more details: 01227 263998 Locomotion (2-5 yrs) 1-1.45pm, Baby Locomotion (6m-2y) 1.45-2.15, Fridays, prebook at Swalecliffe Children’s Centre - 01227 272103 PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN Cool for School - for children who have not been to pre-school, play group or nursery (or have only been a few times) - Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Monday 9-12pm. Call 01227 263998 Whitstable School Transition Group for children starting school at 4. Fridays 1.30-3pm. Penny: 01227 773155 transitionwhitstable.org.uk SCHOOL CHILDREN/AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS 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.

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Whitstable Home Education Group Tuesdays 1.303pm. Penny: 01227 773155, transitionwhitstable.org. uk, moonmama@inflatablecookie.com

Messy Play - drop in Thursdays 12.45-2.45pm, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre - 01227 272103

Story time – Whitstable Library, Oxford Street. Fridays, 2-2.30pm, call 01227 273309

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Joy Lane/Langton Lane Swimming Clubs. All ages and abilities, qualified instructors. Joy Lane Primary/Simon Langton School pools. 07817 171 524 joylaneswimming@live.co.uk 

Homework Club - age 8+ - Whitstable Library - 3.305pm - 01227 273309 Irish Dancing - ages 5+ at the Parish Social Centre, Castle Road. Tuesdays from 3.30pm, Saturdays 10.3012. Call Janice for details on 07895 457020

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American Square Dancing at the W.I. Hall, Chestfield. Fridays 7:30-9:30pm. 01227 275455 Badminton courts at CCW available to hire Saturdays between 9am and 5pm. 07751 307708 Ballroom & Latin American Dancing, Tuesdays 1.30-3pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Irish Dancing for adults - Women’s Institute Hall on Joy Lane. Mondays term time 8-9pm. Janice: 07895 457020 Keep Fit for over 50s and less active - Wednesdays 12.30–1.30pm, and 1.30-2.30pm - Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Low impact keep fit - Mondays 12.15-1.15pm, Umbrella Centre, Suzi: 07702 386176 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

TINKER? TAILOR? SOLDIER? SAILOR? WHO’S IN YOUR TREE?

Ancestor Finder is a locally-based family history research service offering a range of searches to suit you and your budget. Whether looking for that one elusive ancestor or for several branches of your family tree - you decide what you want and Ancestor Finder will do the rest. For details on costs, the product we provide etc visit www.ancestorfinder.co.uk email ancestorfinder@btinternet.com or call 07864929610 Ancestor Finder • researching your family history

Long Rock, Whitstable, Swalecliffe, Kent, CT5 2NH

Newly opened in September 2008 If your quick you might be able to catch our last few spaces... For a no obligation visit, please feel free to come to a ‘Play and Stay’ session. Jo Jo’s Day Care Nursery Correspondence to:108 – 109 John Wilson Business Park Harvey Drive Chestfield, Whitstable Kent, CT5 3QT T: 01227 264213 / 07834 421171 F: 01227 772527 E: contact@jojosdaynursery.co.uk W: www.jojosdaynursery.co.uk

Registration Number: EY373025

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Whitstable Stroke Club - Fridays 3.30-5.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 266827

CHRISTMAS ‘09

Whitstable Twinning Association - 01227 793212 or JOGI102@aol.com

Whitstable Umbrella Centre - Christmas Fair - Saturday November 21, 10am-4pm at St Mary’s Hall. Tables £10 each, book at Centre office or call 01227 274880 Saturday December 5 & 19, Seaside Brocante Christmas Fairs, 10am-4pm, St Mary’s Hall (Umbrella Centre). Set your season sparkling with Antique & Vintage jewellery, homeware & wardrobe, including vintage party frocks, winter coats, arts & crafts. Festive food in Cafe. Cindy Mainwaring 01227 773037 CLUBS/SOCIETIES Arts and crafts for adults - Thursdays 10am-12, Umbrella Centre: 01227 274880 Book club - First Thursday of the month, 6.30-9pm, Umbrella Centre. Movie every other month. 01227 274880 East Kent Model Railway Society - Wednesdays 7.30pm, Club house in the Old Dairy (by Castle Stores), Castle Road. 01227 275157 Flowers and Crafts Club - Tuesdays 7-9.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 281138 Needles and Natter - Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Oyster Lacemakers - Mondays, 4–7pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 276921 Oyster Singers - Every Monday (except Holidays) 7pm at CCW, old and new songs in 4 part harmony. 01227 793155 Reading Group - Swalecliffe Library, 01227 792645 Samba Pelo Mar samba band, Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838.

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HEALTH SWINE ‘FLU TELEPHONE ADVICE LINE: 0800 1 513 513 WEBSITE: www.direct.gov.uk/swineflu Chestfield Medical Centre – 0844 477 3073 Saddleton Road Surgery - 01227 272809 Seasalter Surgery - 01227 772327 Whitstable Health Centre – 0844 477 2566 Estuary View Health Centre - 01227 284300 Seasalter Community Pharmacy - 01227 277744 Estuary View Pharmacy - 01227 277488 Out of Hours service – 0844 800 1234 NHS Direct - including Out of Hours Pharmacies 0845 46 47 Blood Donation – 08457 711 711 Stop Smoking Service - 0800 849 4444 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: Gordon Etheridge, with Sergeant Dave Brenchley on 01227 868028 Chestfield - PC: Steve Pope 01227 868028; PCSO: Abi Ellis 0777 222 6106 Gorrell - PCSO: Mark Harriott 0777 222 5966 Harbour - PC: Andy Camp 07980 683530; PCSO: Aaron Pedwell 0777 222 6035 Seasalter & Yorkletts - CSO: Aarron Newell 01227 868028 Swalecliffe & Tankerton - PC: Steve Pope 01227 868028; PCSO: Graeme Downes 01227 868028

Scrabble Club - Mondays 10.30-12.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Short Mat Bowls - Friday and Sunday evenings, Umbrella Centre, 01227 794600

Elderly or disabled and can’t access public transport? Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme: 01227 264743

Whitstable and District Horticultural Society. United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, 7.30pm: October 9 ‘Phantasmogoria’ (picture show). 01227 265503

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Whitstable Women Writers, first Monday of the month, 8pm, new members welcome, 01227 771126

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, Methodist Church Hall, Argyle Road. 01227 275936 Whitstable Short Mat Bowls Club - Fridays & Sundays 7.30pm, Umbrella Centre. 01227 794600

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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 Age Concern Whitstable need volunteers for: befriending, escorting on their mini bus, day centre helper or health walk leaders. 01227 787313, 07735556811, agecorecruiter@btinternet.com

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ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES Acupuncture - Nathalie Bachet - Member of the British Acupuncture Council - Gift vouchers available for acupuncture and facial revitalisation acupuncture. Please call Nathalie on 01227 265 708

Emphasising Beauty - Semi-permanent makeup. 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 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Ear Candles, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage. In the comfort of your own home or in Debra’s therapy room. Call Debra Maybourne, Holistic Therapist, 01227 276 881 or 07872 622 023

British PLC now recruiting to assist with ongoing expansion program. Full training and support provided call 0800 0934 995 for free DVD.

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 

Chrissie’s Kitchen - Beautiful, delicious cakes for birthdays, weddings, christenings - any special occasion, or just because you fancy a treat! Glutenfree, egg-free and dairy-free available. www.chrissieskitchen.co.uk or call Chrissie on 07511 009 757

Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage. Treatment room in Whitstable; home visits within 3 mile radius. Gift vouchers, taster sessions and pamper events. Contact Liz Compton on 07931201148 or email CChasComp@aol.com 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 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 THE ACUPUNCTURE PLACE, WHITSTABLE - Acupuncture for pain relief, migraines, sciatica, back pain. Specialising in gynaecogical, fertility and IVF support. Member of BAcC. Contact: Amanda Thomas Tel:01227 265082 Mob:07763 566710 www. acupunctureplace.co.uk THE HOLISTIC HEALTH PLACE, WHITSTABLE - Treatments available for adults & children. Homeopathy, Craniosacral Therapy, QX Allergy & Health Testing. Contact: Annette Stein - Tel:01227 265082 Mob:07813778027 BEAUTY Mobile Hairdressing for all the family. Cuts, colours, foils, children’s cuts and hair for special occassions. Call Vicky for an appointment on 07833 664 691/ 01227 272154.

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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 Jo Jo’s Day Care Nursery – Full Day care for 2–4 year olds. Open Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:00 for 47 weeks of the year. Sessions and Full day care available. For a no obligation visit, please feel free to come to a ‘Play and Stay’ session. Call: 01227 264213 or 07834421171. www.jojosdaynursery.co.uk 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 HDG Networks: the only Trading Standards-Approved and Microsoft-Certified computer repair and IT support company in East Kent, based in Whitstable.  www. hdgnet.com / 08000 434638 / 01227 280282.  Quote “IMP” for a £5 discount off your first callout COUNSELLING WHITSTABLE COUNSELLING SERVICES - strictly confidential experienced face to face counselling or telephone counselling to anyone 18 years or over anywhere in UK or EU - 01227264643.  Frankie Hall MBACP Dip Couns. Dip E.D. For further details, including reduced charges see www.frankiehall.co.uk

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what’s on? www.the-imp.co.uk what’s on? Whitstable Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. Feeling unable to cope and need somebody to talk to and think things through? Contact Deborah Gibbons on 01227 261159. Reduced rates for unemployed or those on low incomes Cromwell Road Counselling & Meditation Centre – Do you need to find different ways of coping with life? Do you need someone to listen? Counselling, Psychotherapy or Meditation could help; for Adults and Children. Phone Karin Heinitz/Christine McAllen, Tel: 01227 273580 CURTAIN MAKING Affordable bespoke curtain and blind making service. Free estimates and measuring service. Coordinated soft furnishings, kitchenware and fabric gifts. Fabric also available to buy. Call Karen Mansfield Originals 01795 535348 or 07903 193390 HOME MAINTENANCE 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 Swann Plumbing Services is a small familyrun plumbing & heating firm. We undertake all plumbing work from a leaky tap to a new boiler, please check website for a full list of services and local testimonials. Trading Standards Approved, OFTEC and Gas Safe Registered. 01227 262 585 www.swannplumbing.com FAMILY HISTORY Who do you think you are?  Would you like some help tracing your family history? Why not call me, Richard on 01227 281771 or e-mail rhove@tiscali.co.uk and I will be happy to discuss how I can help.

GARDENING Gardening/Property Maintenance - No job too small. Whitstable area only. Tree pruning, lawn mowing/tidying, hedge trimming, fencing, carpentry/woodwork projects for gardens. Call 07835 665 707 PARTIES 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 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. Home visits arranged, free no obligation quotes. Free fitting service. Family-run business 32 years, 01227 281191; 07828 564082 FURTHER AFIELD Stay in our yurt, in the hills of Andalucia, southern Spain. 1hr Malaga, 30 mins coast. Perfect for walking, exploring local white villages, horse riding, relaxing. Outside BBQ eating area, small inside kitchen and bathroom, plus yurt for sleeping. Pool and internet 2mins walk. More info and pics: jackyfaulkner@hotmail.com. 

To be included in the listings please contact Christina@the-imp.co.uk. Non-profit events can be listed free of charge, subject to space. Deadline for November is October 19th

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Whitstable IMP ­ Issue 11 October 2009