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June 2011

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To celebrate the “village feel” of Church Street, Whitstable, there is a special day of activities on Saturday 2nd July 2011. The name of this day is “The Village in the Heart of the Town” – come and be part of the village! CT5 1PG is right in the centre of any map of Whitstable, but it feels just like a village when walking through this part of town. During the day the Castle Road stores will be open with its usual wide selection of fresh vegetables, groceries, confectionary and household goods. Pop in there on the way to the Church fete! From 2pm to 4pm the Church fete will be taking place in the Vicarage Garden, to the left of All Saints Church and Church hall, CT5 1PG. There will be all the usual stalls and activities, cream teas, lucky dip, Whitstable Brass, Tankerton Dance Academy, Miss Whitstable and her court, tombola, special bargains. The list is endless! 50p entrance – children free Then from 6pm onwards there will be all sorts of entertainment in the Monument pub right opposite the church including MLC, a local band which has a strong link to All Saints nursery school next to the church. There is no entrance fee to their gig and there will be a BBQ at the back of the Monument all evening. The vicar, Rev Simon Tillotson, commented “This is a great occasion for the community to come together. We hope you enjoy this special day and that all Whitstable people will value the village feel right on our doorstep. The church, local store and pub has always had a close connection and it is good to mark it in this way” Following this on Sunday 10th July at 9,15am we have our annual 45 minute pet service in the Vicarage Garden. Please bring your pet along as we celebrate all creatures great and small. All Saints Church Whitstable has a wide variety of church services, spiritual courses, Sunday school groups, mid week youth groups, plus a Monday afternoon social hour at the church hall from 2pm to 3pm that is free of charge. You can find all about it by visiting

WELCOME TO THE JUNE ISSUE OF THE IMP! Sunshine really does make Whitstable sparkle… and seems to put a smile on every face. And why not, with what summer has in store for us? Check out What’s on for everything from boot sales to baby groups; piano lessons to school fairs. (Don’t forget, you can go to any school fair, you don’t have to belong to the school and there’s no limit to how many you can attend - so why not pay them a visit and support ALL our local schools?!) Even if all the sun is a bit too much for you we still have gigs galore from (p35), music review (p8), book review from local author Nicki Leggatt, film and music reviews, plus recipe, puzzles and more. Have an enjoyable month and we’ll be back in July with our Oyster Festival Issue. Christina & The IMP Team

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 cakemaking, has recently rediscovered the joy of waitressing, and loves going to local gigs and exhibitions. Contact her at

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 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. Sharon Resner - A Whitstable lover for many years, Sharon has been an amateur beekeeper for over 40 years in France and the UK. She loves the art all around Whitstable as well as the cafes, restaurants and specialist shops. Sharon enyoys family life, reading, swimming, cooking and of course Bee keeping!

Georgie Mind – Georgie is 18 and has lived in Whitstable most of her life. She has a place to read English and Art History at the University of Sussex next year, and is very passionate about promoting arts in the community. Georgie thinks the diversity of the wonderful Whitstable art scene should be celebrated!

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Myths, Magic and Metamorphosis... Sandy Spruzen grew up in the North of Italy in a city called Parma, closely surrounded by some of the world’s most awe inspiring architecture, sculpture and high art. Frequent school trips to Venice led Sandy to develop an appreciation for aesthetics. Exposed to sublime and beautiful sights for the first 10 years of existence and driven by the need for a creative outlet, Sandy attended art college when she moved to England, where she learnt the craft of ceramics and proceeded to study sculpture and fine art in Canterbury. A successful and diverse career followed: she worked in prop making for television, window display, and also followed a career in animation. Sandy was drawn to Whitstable after the birth of her daughter, as she wanted to be part of the vibrant creative community. Her repertoire of artistic practices includes ceramics, sculpture, photography, embroidery, illustration, painting, costume design and performance art. Themes of metamorphosis, myths and magic are focal in Sandy’s work and her art tells stories both on a personal and universal level. Often Sandy likes to develop characters in her work. One of her works features a character dressed


in red. When I ask Sandy who this is she tells me the woman is based on an eccentric local character in Italy, Agnes the Red, who gained her name as she had worn red for the last 30 years but “nobody knew why she wore that colour and what had prompted her to wear it. Some speculated she was a millionaire but indeed nobody knew the truth , she was in fact a myth and an enigma.” Much of Sandy’s work on paper and canvas encompasses other-worldly beings from myths and legends and the themes of storytelling and mythology are also prevalent in her performance art: “I find the idea of becoming the artwork so interesting.” As part of a 13-woman show at The Horsebridge Centre, Sandy chose the theme of Pandora’s box for a performance piece, during which she emerged from a box and adopted different personas. In the time that she is not creating, Sandy is a complimentary therapist, fully qualified in reflexology and aromatherapy. Whilst we talk she also tells me of her plans to start up a clothing label with a friend.

“I love the idea of quirky Britishness.” A steampunk (think Vivienne Westwood), New Romantic style is Sandy’s vision for the label: “There is a real 80’s revival at the moment.” Currently, Sandy is working on a series of sculptural and photographic boxes and is looking to exhibit more widely in the local area. When I walked into Sandy’s house the first thing that struck me was an explosive painting of a Phoenix. The myth of the Phoenix is that every five hundred years it builds a nest and then bursts into flames; a new Phoenix egg emerges from the ashes and is born, symbolic of renewal and new beginnings. I see some parallels between Sandy as an individual and the story of the Phoenix. She has been the Phoenix emerging from the flames, entering a new chapter in life and finding a new idea, a new path, a new method of making art. Sandy’s work is a reflection of her multi-faceted personality; it is experimental, uninhibited, optimistic and open-minded. She channels creativity in every mode possible; the mark of a true renaissance woman. Georgie Mind



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“Every show is different and unique as CUT THE FUNK never play the same way twice.” Think sunny afternoon at the edge of a pier… or breezy sunset at your favourite restaurant sipping crispy cold cocktails with your favourite people. Now imagine you could find the perfect music to accompany this perfect picture… You can. They are called, CUT THE FUNK.

currently plays with local band SIZEN so if you can’t make a CUT THE FUNK gig, be sure to check out SIZEN. Tony Rico Richardson plays the saxophone, the flute and sings for this funky group. He too has played with a host of amazing bands and acts including AMY WINEHOUSE and

CUT THE FUNK is a mind-blowing collective of professional musicians who are all based locally in the glorious garden of England. Paul Jobson plays the keyboards and sings. He has graced the world of music since he was sixteen and played with the likes of CHAKA KHAN and JOSS STONE. He currently plays with BONEY M and a host of other highly talented musicians. Dudley Ross plays the guitar. He has spent many years playing and composing for TV and cinema as well as touring with bands and playing on sessions with them including recently departed GARY MOORE. He

POSTMAN PAT. Joe Sam plays the bass. He started playing when he was two and has never looked back. In his colourful career so far, he has playing with MARK RONSON, JAMIROQUAI and LEVEL 42 as a session musician. John Sam plays the drums and has played since he was four years old. Like the rest of this talented band, he has played with incredible musicians including Sophie Barker of 07. This band is a collective of highly talented and amazingly gifted musicians. They decided that they needed a place where they could


Jazz/Funk band. This label can put people off a bit. Perhaps if those people actually came to a gig without knowing and with open ears, they may find that, actually, it’s not what they were expecting.” And the significance of their name? “Funk can mean something that is bad, for example a funky smell is actually a ‘bad smell’. CUT THE FUNK, in essence, may imply the elimination of the mass produced celeb stuff that we are being force-fed. Alternatively, some may ask if we ‘cut’ it. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Come and see if we do indeed cut the funk!”

all flourish as musicians and so formed CUT THE FUNK in order to follow their dreams of being able to play in a band that showcases their talent as well as allowing them the freedom to pursue new avenues of greatness.

CUT THE FUNK aim to “play music, which follows no trends and that grooves and lifts spirits…”

Their aim is to “reach as wide an audience as possible, and to show people that they don’t need superficial, light-weight, disposable, artificial music…” They are determined to show that good music does not have to come from a computer. They go on to say that, in general, “… people will enjoy gigs no matter what the genre is so long as the music is performed well.” “If we were to be categorized, we would be a

Their next gig is at Deco5, Whitstable, June 10 get there early to avoid disappointment. myspace: facebook group: Cut The Funk Words: Malissa Taylor Pics: Lee Thompson


Just at the beginning of our beautiful Whitstable, we have a lovely community centre called, ‘Joy Lane Children’s Centre’.

two, Yvonne (or GiGi to those of us who know her) and Mama of four, Emma, began the arduous task of preparing the beds. Joined by keen gardener Sarah and other keen parents and carers, they have worked tirelessly each Monday morning between 09h30 and 12h00. Maureen, our community involvement worker, concurs that everyone, including local ‘man-with-muscle’ - Lee, has taken every measure to create a space which not only is ‘child-friendly’, but a place where members of our community can meet and enjoy both nature and each other in a fun and positive way. Each person involved with the project has fallen in love with it and is determined to ensure its longevity. If you can contribute in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the centre. They are in desperate need of new people to help with the tending of the garden as well as things like plants, compost, gardening equipment, etc. Even if you are not able to contribute to this amazing project, please be sure to visit the delightful garden and see what a beautiful space these amazing people have created for our beloved town…

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WHITSTABLE NCI YOUR EYES ALONG THE COAST Howard Farmer is one of a few volunteers who, in the background, keep our shores safer, and try to fill the gaps left when the lookouts were closed. Here he describes, in his own words, the role of the NCI and how you can help…TheWhitstable National Coastwatch Institution station was set up in the early 1990s, out of the ashes of the now defunct coastguard lookout stations that once peppered the shoreline around Britain. Since lookouts were closed and sold off it has been the NCI’s task to set up stations and man them without any funding from the government. Thus the volunteer organisation and Whitstable NCI itself came into being. Two stations currently watch over the area’s coastline, the first of which is based at Tankerton, Whitstable, and the other in Herne Bay.

and beyond. In direct radio communication with Thames Coastguard we work closely alongside the search and rescue teams and the RNLI, monitoring traffic in and out of the harbour and keeping watch over the local fishing fleet, as well as pleasure boats, windsurfers, kite gliders, etc. As the TCG is situated in Walton on the Naze, Essex, and therefore not visible to this side of the Thames, it is up to us to monitor all activity and report any potential problems before they become emergencies. Whitstable NCI also have an Emergency Response Team on call 24 hrs a day should the coastguard need fast local support . We are currently looking to raise £12,000 in order to move to larger, more capable premises. As the NCI is made up from volunteers and is a registered charity we rely on donations, sponsorship and the dedicated work of the watchmen to keep our station manned over the long weekends and bank holidays. We shall be at the next Tankerton slopes fair and will be promoting the importance of having “eyes along the coast”. We look forward to meeting you.

The NCI stations are manned solely by volunteers who have all undergone training in map reading, radio operation and marine navigation. We at Whitstable station are from a varied background and made up of men and woman of all ages. I have been a watchman now for two years, and it increases to become a vital service to all users of the sea around Whitstable. I’ve made many friends and it’s a great chance to get out and enjoy our scenery, as well as meet the public, in what is a very important role. Our aim is to ensure the safety of all traffic and people that use the water and coastline beaches from Sheppey to Long Rock, Swalecliffe, and out to the Wind-farm

We now have a social night every other month that started in May and will next be in July, at the Whitstable Angling Club, at 7.30 pm, so any member of the public who wishes to find out more about the important role we play in marine and coastal safety can come along, meet the team and hopefully will be encouraged to join us as a Watchman. For further details of how to become a member of the National Coastwatch Institution, to be a sponsor, or indeed to make a donation please contact the station secretary Mr John Sykes on 01227 282274 or Mr Howard Farmer on 01227 265043. We are also online under www. The NCI is a registered charity :1045645 The National Coastwatch Institution... WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! Howard M N Farmer, Snr Watchman

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While most of us would have to admit to running, shrieking, away from most creepy crawlies and flying insects the spring and summer sends our way, Whitstable local Sharon Resner loves nothing better than a good swarm. Here she explains her unusual but interesting hobby, in her own words…

‘A swarm in May is worth a load of hay A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon but a swarm in July is not worth a fly’ As a bee keeper of 40 years I have been happy to collect swarms of honey bees - sometimes from very strange places. Bees swarm naturally as part of their normal cycle. Good bee-keepers try to prevent all these little workers flying away but it is the nature of the bee to swarm, especially in late Spring, and the old rhyme above is still true today. A swarm of honey bees is a very impressive sight to see thousands of bees streaming out of a hive (unless it is your hive of course!). In this state they are normally calm and unlikely to sting unless provoked, as they have filled their stomachs with honey for the journey. Receiving a call from swarm control I check my equipment then go to the address. Swarms can be in bushes, trees, bins, telephone boxes and on the floor. Feeling like an extra in Ghostbusters with a full suit, veil, smoker and box at the ready, the first thing to do is to see what sort of bees they are. Many calls turn out to be Bumble bees which are a

protected species and are often in compost heaps and in low nests. These should be left were they are as by Autumn they will abandon the nest. Honeybee swarms can be from a handful of bees to many thousands. Each swarm will consist of one Queen and many workers. The easiest swarm to collect is in a bush, where often it is a case of cutting the main branch then lowering it into a skep or box. As long as the Queen is contained in the swarm, the box is left on the floor, slightly raised, so that as evening draws in the flying bees will go into the nest. Later the bee-keeper will cover the whole box in a sheet and transport the bees to a waiting hive. Collecting a swarm from the front of a bank on a busy afternoon was one of my more amusing collections. So if you see a dark cloud of bees passing over and landing, usually there is someone near by ready to deal with it! For swarm collection in your local area look up ‘swarm collection Kent’ on the internet, for advice and your nearest bee keeper. Sharon Resner

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Herne Bay Pier Trust Gallery now open on seafront Herne Bay Pier Trust is proud to announce that it opened a new gallery in Herne Bay on 21st April. It is working in collaboration with the Herne Bay Town Centre Partnership and Wilbee & Son Estate Agency to provide added value to the town and community. Pier, the seafront and local area.”

“In response to the need to create a visible presence and hub for the Herne Bay Pier Trust, the Trust are working with Wilbee & Son Estate Agents and with the landlords of the property who have very generously granted the Herne Bay Pier Trust a licence for the site (formerly the Old Gift Shop) at 81 Central Parade on the seafront. This is another positive example of businesses and local community groups working together to improve Herne Bay.” said Herne Bay Pier Trust Deputy Chairman Andrea Leach.

There was an open invitation to attend the first exhibition from 21st April at the Herne Bay Pier Trust Gallery, the bright yellow building on the seafront across from the Clock Tower. The well known international visual artist/photographer Brian Westbury will be showing his collection entitled “Winter in Herne Bay/Summer in Kyoto” and Jan Cook, also a well known local artist, will be displaying “Home and Away – a mixed media Collection”.

Peter Goodwin, Manager of Wilbee & Son Estate Agency said “There was a need to extend and develop a community space in Herne Bay and the landlord and I are happy to work with the Herne Bay Pier Trust, Town Centre Partners and Herne Bay in Bloom to provide this as an additional communty Project. “

This first exhibition will be from 21st April-9th May. Opening hours are 11am – 6pm, Thursday-Sunday. The Herne Bay Pier Trust welcomes interested artists and groups. Bookings are being taken now for the summer season and volunteers are sought to help in the gallery.

Andrea Leach said “We are planning an exciting programme of exhibitions by talented artists and community groups throughout the summer. We already have a group of professional artists/photographers lined up. They too are people who care and support the community with the aim to help regenerate Herne Bay

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It’s over ten years since the death of music legend Ian Dury, but the band that made his music are as busy as ever. The Blockheads are still regulars on the festival circuit and their April tour sees them playing The East Quay Bar in Whitstable.

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LOCAL AUTHOR Nicki Leggatt has been writing most of her life, and recently self-published her book ‘Whistling Woman, Crowing Hen’. She lent a copy to the IMP to review and told us a bit about herself… “I've been writing most of my life, on and off. I wrote my first novel about fifteen years ago - not this one. I sent it to all the publishers and have dozens of rejection letters. I wasn't expecting- to, but I found the rejection hard to take. I put the book away in a drawer (well, in my computer) that's what everyone said I should do. And I wrote another one - this one. Again, rejections from all the publishers. Not that any of them actually read it - the advice given by publishers at the time was to send a sample few pages and a synopsis. So no-one ever read the whole book. Eventually I also put that away and tried to forget about it. Then, with advances in technology, new opportunities to publish electronically became available. A friend in a book group I was in decided to self-publish using a print-on-demand company. I used to think that I needed the affirmation of a publisher saying my book was good enough. But I've always been an avid reader, was a secondary English teacher for years and now work in teachereducation at a university. Perhaps I'm a good enough judge. So I published it with an on-line publisher called Lulu. My partner did the cover, which I love. I've had wonderful responses and reviews from people who've read it, and I've never regretted the decision for a moment. I suppose the accolade of a publishing company or a literary agent deciding to take it on would still be nice, but it's been an amazing experience anyway, and I'd recommend it to other writers. “The book's called Whistling Woman, Crowing Hen, which comes from a traditional saying – ‘A whistling woman and a crowing hen ain't no good to God nor men.’ Women have so often been expected to conform to a stereotype, and been regarded with suspicion if they don't. I wanted to explore this idea from a feminist perspective at the same time as telling a story about the modern ‘romance’ of dating. It's funny, and moving, and intended always to

be thought-provoking. I think the blurb explains it fairly well: “‘A turn of the century romance of possibilities in middle age. Who do you see in the mirror? Why did you become that person? How do you choose who to be with? Where are you on the feminine/masculine continuum? “‘Harry, so-called as a child because she was a tomboy - or a tomboy because she was so-called as a child - is approaching fifty and these questions of identity still preoccupy her. As she seeks answers through searching for a partner, the story looks with humour and sympathy at the range of ways of being a man or a woman.’"

REVIEW Nicki has written a modern-day story of a search for love and fulfilment, with the inevitable pitfalls on the way. The settings and characters are all cleverly described, their individual characteristics shown in detail without slowing the pace - and I really cared about them, their foibles and their worries. The fact that the heroine is a little older than in most love stories adds to the reader-experience she has history and life experience which enable Nicki to delve deeper into her character. The fact that Harry is self-analysing, exploring and challenging her own ideas of herself as a woman (having always taken for granted that she was a tomboy) adds depth, and her search for fulfilment makes a compelling read, with a very satisfying ending. The few adult scenes are handled realistically and sensitively. Never smug or preachy, this story is an honest, amusing portrayal of modern dating, self-analysis, and the search for who we are and where we fit in. Thoughtprovoking, engaging, witty, and a very satisfying read. Available from Harbour Books, Whitstable, and Amazon.

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Join the greatest show on Earth by joining Circus Stars at your local library!

This summer books take centre stage. Children in Kent are encouraged to keep reading throughout the school summer holidays....with the 2011 Summer Reading Challenge – Circus Stars. The Challenge is simple – children read any books they like - fact books, stories, joke books, picture books - during the holidays with great scratch and sniff stickers to collect along the way and a certificate and medal (while stocks last) for every child who completes the Challenge by reading 6 books. Audio books count too! Circus Stars is all about summertime spectacle and razzmatazz with children gaining confidence and learning new talents and skills. As children read books, they gain new circus skills through three important stages; Practice, Rehearsal and Show Time! Roll up in any Kent Library – the challenge starts from 16th July and it‘s absolutely FREE. For more information contact The children’s interactive website launched 26 May.

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morning for about a year, getting together to exchange ideas, knit and crochet, drink coffee, eat cake and chat. An inclusive group, they encompass a wide range of ages and experience levels. Co-ordinated by Linda from BUZZ 4 wool & crafts, they meet in Howard’s Kitchen. The fortnightly crochet workshops were born from a big demand locally, and our very patient and knowledgeable tutor Celia has taught left and right handed students to produce throws, clothing and even doggy legwarmers! Twilight Sessions are also proving to be popular with crochet beginners and knitters alike. These events take place monthly from 7-9pm also at Howard’s Kitchen, future dates as follows: June 7, July 19, August 16, September 27, October 25, November 8 (when they will be doing Christmas decorations) and December 6 (Christmas Party). Daytime dates are fortnightly from May 10, although there are some changes due to holidays so please keep an eye on the website. All the sessions are drop-in pay as you go events; no need to commit too far ahead and visitors to the town are welcome. There is a small charge for crochet beginners and intermediates, and for the evenings, which includes tea and coffee (bring your own wine!).

Age Concern Whitstable is looking for volunteers who could help with any of the following: Assist in the kitchen with food preparation; help on the mini bus as a transport attendant; join the befriending scheme and regularly visit a lonely older person for a chat and a cup of tea; help as a receptionist; become a Trustee; assist in the day centre. If you have a little time to spare and would like to help with any of the above, please call Gill Ball on 01227 787313 or 07735556811 or email agecorecruiter@ to find out more. Local Chocolatier Katrina Taylor recently won bronze in the Academy of Chocolate Awards, 2011, with her Peach preserve, Geranium oil and Armagnac truffles. The IMP has heard that she was up against all the top names - Paula Young, Michel Cluizel, Rococo, Amadei, William Curley, Demarquette, Melt, Hotel Chocolat, Thorntons etc, so BIG congratulations on her win!

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IMP DRAW UPDATE! We like to give our readers the opportunity to win vouchers each month for local businesses but unfortunately, during a change in hosting partners for the IMP mail and website, and despite all our efforts to retrieve them, we lost our electronic entries for the AD3000 / Dance Wardrobe draw, so if you entered by email, please could you resubmit your entry to christina@ We will print the names of the winners of this and the latest IMP draws in the July issue. Many thanks from the IMP Team.

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Friday Fun Group – Middle Wall United Reformed Church – 9.30-11.30am. Waiting list - 01227 771766 or 263959

Playmates - Christian Fellowship Hall, Harbour Street. Tuesday 9.30-11.30am, term-time only. 80p per family. All welcome. Diane Wilkin: 01227 263393.

Dads’ group - Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Fridays 1-3pm. 01227 263998

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

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Messy Play - drop in Tuesdays 1-2.30-pm, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre - 01227 272103 Seasalter Christian Centre parent and toddler group – Tuesdays, 1.30-3pm, £1 per family. 01227 770257 Baby Bounce and Rhyme - Whitstable Library, now EVERY Tuesday, 11-11.20am - 01227 273309 Parent & Toddler Group - drop in Wednesdays 9:3010:30am and 11:00 - 12:30, with Health Trainer on site. Swalecliffe Children’s Centre - 01227 272103 Parent & Toddler Group, St Johns Methodist Church, Argyle Rd. Wed 10-11:30 50p per child Rock-a-bye Music - Joy Lane & Swalecliffe Children’s Centres, Wednesday 1.45-2.30. Bookable at Centres, 01227 263998 or 01227 272103 Little Lights – St Alphege Church, High Street, Thursdays, term time, 1.45-2.45pm, call 01227 770221 All Saints Parent and Toddler Group now at All Saints Church Hall, Church Street. Thursdays 1-2.30pm termtime only.  50p per family.  Sue Smith 01227 5713255 Little Oysters Pre-school storytelling and craft activity, Last Wednesday, 1.30-2.30pm. Whitstable Museum. £2 per child. To book: 01227 276 998 Parent and Toddler Group – Joy Lane Children’s Centre – Thursdays, session 1: 9-10.30am; session 2: 11-12.30. 01227 263998 Coffee & Craft, Thursday 1-2.30pm, free creche provided, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre. Call 01227 272103 to book. 3+ Toddler Group - St Alphege, Thursdays 9.15-10.45. 50p per family, 01227 272977 Heuristic Play - Joy Lane Children’s Centre, Thursdays 1.45-2.45pm. Drop in. 01227 263998 Chatterbox Baby and Toddler Group – St John’s Church Centre, Swalecliffe. Fridays 9.30-11.30am. 01227 792835 Locomotion - Fridays 10-10.45 (2-5) Baby Loco 1111.30 (6 months-2). Joy Lane Children’s Centre - 01227 263998. For Swalecliffe Children’s Centre call 01227 272103 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,


Gardening Groups - Mondays 9am, drop in to Joy Lane Children’s Centre (also other days) call: 01227 263998. 1-2pm Swalecliffe Children’s Centre, Drop-in, 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 After School Homework Club, ages 8-14, Seasalter Christian Centre, Tuesdays, term-time, 3.45-5.45, £1 including cooked tea, drinks & snacks. Call Jill: 07733 070 933. 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. or at Belmont Road ground on Saturday morning. TDA Baby & Children’s Dance Classes MondaySaturday. Mum & Babies on Thursdays. Phone Helena for details: 01227 275375 MUSIC LESSONS WITH EMILY - Lessons for Adults and Children in: Singing, Piano, Flute, Recorder, Guitar, Theory, Sight Reading / Singing and Songwriting. £14/30mins, £26/hour. 10% Discount on block bookings. Call Emily on 01227 282 556 or 07749 115 484 musiclessonswithemily@ Whitstable Home Education Group Tuesdays 1.303pm. Penny: 01227 773155,, Whitstable Majorettes and Pom Teams - age 5+, St Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Street, Whitstable, Monday 4-6pm, £2 per session. 07900 478863 Adult Education 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

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American Square Dancing at the W.I. Hall, Chestfield. Fridays 7:30-9:30pm. 01227 275455. Beginners Mondays 3-4.30pm.

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

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

Book club - 1st Thursday of the month, 6.30-9pm, Umbrella Centre. Movie every other month. 01227 274880

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 9-12pm. 07751 307708

East Kent Model Railway Society - Wednesdays 7.30pm, Club house in the Old Dairy (by Castle Stores), Castle Road. 01227 275157 Free EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Thursdays 10-4 at Umbrella Centre. Light tapping of points on the body and some taking. Can alleviate pain. 01227 274880 Flowers and Crafts Club - Tuesdays 7-9.30pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 281138

Ballroom & Latin American Dancing, Tuesdays 1.303pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Fitness to music for over 50s Healthy-Steps Class (up to here in bold please)  A medically developed, approved exercise programme done sitting or standing. £4 per session £3 OAP’s, great music and dance.  Mondays 2 - 3pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre.  Bridget 07916 072174 Fitness to Music with bums, legs & tums - Mondays 12.15-1.15pm, Tree Tops Retreat, Wraik Hill, £4.50/class inc tea or coffee. Booking essential. 01227 280265, 07850 104560 Jelly Legs Running Club – Meets every Monday night at 6.30pm in various locations in Whitstable and Herne Bay – All abilities welcome. Please contact Sarah on 07871 275269, or www.jelly-legs. for more information. Low impact keep fit - Mondays 12.15-1.15pm, Umbrella Centre, Suzi: 07702 386176 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. £6. Tuesday mornings 10-11 and Thursday mornings 9.30-10.30 Whitstable Castle. Friendly drop-in classes. £7. Speaker and personal tutor. Please ring Chrissie 01227 275000.

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 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 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 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 9.30am-10pm. 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.

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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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 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

Counselling Whitstable Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre. Feeling unable to cope and need somebody to talk to and think things through? Confidential, UKCP & BACP Registered with 15 years experience. Contact Deborah Gibbons on 01227 261159. Reduced rates for those on low incomes. Feeling “stuck”, not achieving your potential, anxious, depressed, relationship problems or low self-esteem? Twenty years NHS experience, Offering help with problem solving and ways forward. Empathetic, warm, happy to outline quaifications etc, reasonable rates Jacqui 01227 361658. Curtain Making Affordable bespoke curtain & blind making service. Free estimates & measuring service. Co-ordinated soft furnishings, kitchenware & fabric gifts. Fabric also available to buy. Call Karen Mansfield Originals 01795 535348 or 07903 193390. Curtains & Blinds professionally made, all hand-finished, alterations undertaken, 30 yrs’ experience. Call Jan 01227 792729 or 07729 895123. Home Maintenance Leaded lights and Stained Glass New Commissions and Repairs B A Horsey 01227 273 634 DESIGN TENT - Planning & Building Regulation drawings & application service. Fast & reliable service with very competitive rates. Call Philip on 01227 363 196 or 07903 425 944. Chimney Sweep and Vac, ICS registered and fully insured, covering Whitstable, Herne Bay, Faversham and surrounding areas. Tel: 01227 264427, mob: 07780523757, email:

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