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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!

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 has always wanted to be a critic, and will be writing reviews for the IMP between course work and writing for the university’s paper, ‘The Pebble’.

Stephanie Shanti

Stephanie has been practising yoga for 12 years and teaching since 2000. She trained at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Montreal, Canada, and has taught classes to a wide variety of clients. She lives in Italy with her partner and two sons on their yoga retreat - www. shanticentre.com.

Dominic Brice

Dominic has lived in Whitstable most of his life. He started out working for a landscape company 17 years ago and after 5 years decided to start his own company, Tranquil Earth Natural Garden Design, which specialises in creating traditional and contemporary gardens, built with respect for the environment and to encourage wildlife. Visit www.tranquil-earth.co.uk for garden ideas.

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. SALES: Mel Birkett FREEPHONE 0800 44 88 309 DESIGN: Adam Boreham www.reactionvm.co.uk PRINTING: Headley Brothers www.headley.co.uk PUBLISHERS: IMP PO Box 290, Whitstable, CT5 9AH

Hello and welcome to the June issue of The Whitstable IMP!

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ummer is here! In celebration of this - and to help you plan your season we’re carrying the Whitstable Oyster Festival programme IN FULL in our June and July issues. We’re very pleased to be able to offer our support to this local extravaganza as local media partner to the Festival, and we’ll bring you any updates in the July issue, as well as our Summer Events guide, Gig guide and What’s On? sections. Liz has done us all proud again, with a Day in the Life of Delia Fitt from Wheelers, a Fond Farewell from Sue Evans at St Alphege and an update on the harbour; Chris West, the new Town Co-ordinator, brings us Man about Town; and we have music and film reviews by Malissa and Chris. June is also a bumper month for reader give-aways! We have six DVDs of ‘The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway’ to give away - so you can swat up on your Crab & Winkle Line trivia - and five lucky readers could win one-month of FREE fitness classes with Body Active UK. Details on page 41. The Winner of the Bands @ the Belmont competition was Andrea Wood of Long Rock, Swalecliffe - congratulations! Deadline for July submissions is June 22 – so please let us have your contributions, gig dates and ‘what’s on?’ information by then. Enjoy the June issue – and the summer – and we’ll see you next time... The IMP Team

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fter a success story spanning more than 150 years, not much changes at Wheelers. Customers still peer at the menu in the window while the staff politely pretend not to notice, tables are still hard to come by and, of course, the freshest fish from local boats still takes pride of place throughout the building. Wheelers is more than a business for Delia Fitt - it’s been in her family since the beginning and her involvement began when she was just ten. Now she oversees a dedicated team of chefs and waiting staff who share her passion for food and for Whitstable. It means long days behind - or in front of the counter, but as the place is more like her second home than her workplace, she’s not complaining. “I’m a bit of a fixture,” she said. “Apart from Monday, which is my day off, if we’re open then I’m probably here. And if I’m not here, it’s only because I’m off around the town with one of Mark’s long shopping lists picking up ingredients.” Mark is chef Mark Stubbs, who trained with the man who taught Gary Rhodes, and together they have hit upon a recipe for

success. Delia selects the freshest fish from boats as they moor in the harbour and Mark creates sauces and marinades that keep the customers flocking through the doors. Delia’s days usually begin checking the catch and fetching other ingredients from shops around the town. “We always support the local shops,” she said. “We don’t have the space to buy in bulk from a wholesalers and it’s much more fun to wander down the High Street and have a chat with everyone on the way.” Once she arrives at the striking pink building at the top of town Delia becomes one of the team, helping out with anything from salad preparation to serving customers. “I always say we don’t do fine dining here, we just do very nice fish dishes,” she said. “Mark is a very imaginative young man who sticks food together in a very imaginative way. It is as good as fine dining but I don’t think it’s the same thing.” Whatever it is, it’s popular with locals and visitors alike who pop in for everything from a sit down meal to a smoked salmon sandwich. Lunchtime sees all hands on deck but there is still time to wave at regulars and friends who

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It’s an Aladdin’s Cave for fish fans, but what exactly goes on inside Whitstable icon Wheelers? The IMP caught up with owner Delia Fitt to see what her day involves.

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pass by. “We do get customers who, when you suggest they sit in the shop, look horrified,” Delia said. “But once they have done it, they love it. It’s very interesting, especially at night and if you sit in the corner you have an excellent view of all the goings on in Harbour Street.” Once everyone is fed and watered although with non-alcoholic drinks unless they bring their own - people-watching becomes the main business of the afternoon again. It may seem like a very relaxed way to run a business but in fact Delia sees everything that goes on and fits in phone calls to suppliers and a meeting about a new fridge in between chatting and commenting on Whitstable life. She is keen to play her part in promoting the town and people who pop in with posters are given a warm reception. The transformation of the former Hatchards shop opposite into a Costa Coffee franchise is less pleasing though, and she is keen to preserve her own corner of the town’s heritage. “Our biggest problem is lack of space but we have no plans to expand,” she said. “We don’t change, we evolve, and I think if we were too big we would lose a lot of what makes us special.”

Unlucky customers who can’t get a table that evening may not agree but as the successful ones begin trickling in and creating that unique Wheelers atmosphere it’s easy to see her point. Words and pics Liz Crudgington

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undreds of children have blossomed under her guidance, and each and every one had something special to offer, according to the dedicated educator. “I love them all, whether they are pickles or angels,” she said. “I love seeing how they change and I think the seven-year-olds that leave us are all stars. They have got a lot about them which characterises an infant school, where they are top of the school and take on a lot of ownership and responsibility in their final year. I can’t see a child as bad. They sometimes have problems and they need to work through them in a safe environment like school, and it’s up to us as adults to spot that and nurture them through it.” Mrs Evans spent 18 years at St Alphege and, in that time, transformed the school from one based in temporary accommodation to one with impressive new buildings, that embraces the whole community. “I knew when I came here it was where I wanted to be until I retired,” she said. “It is a very hard job and there is a large element of service to it which I take very seriously. But it’s a young person’s world and I don’t want to be seen as an old lady.” At 60, Mrs Evans is far from old but sometimes feels it after her daily lunch break with the children. They eat together, sharing stories and experiences, and helping the head

reconnect with the children who are the reason for her job. “They ask some wonderful things,” she said. “My favourites were: ‘Do you like your neck like that?’ and ‘When are you going to die?’ This is not a job to grow old in. I do love it but it wears you out.” She has good reason to be worn out after 12 hour days plus weekend and evening work, but said the children and the friendships she made among the staff and governors made it worthwhile. And she is rightly proud of her achievements, both academic and in the physical environment, at the school. “It was fantastic to be involved in creating the new building and seeing how well it works even though the frontage onto Oxford Street and the two-storey design were seen as unusual at the

time,” she said. “We made the best use of the space we had and made sure the children had a good playground and it paid off. And in latter years the new agenda of extended schools came in which we have fully embraced.” The school has a flourishing nursery on site as well as a community room which hosts toddler groups and courses for parents. “The nursery was a long-held ambition and I’m pleased they are both in place before I leave,”

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There are no bad children, according to head teacher Sue Evans. And she should know, after a career in teaching spanning almost four decades that will end when she retires from St Alphege school this summer.

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said Mrs Evans. “I will miss all the children and the parents as well as the people who work in the school and the dedicated team of governors. The people within the school are like my extended family. The ever-increasing paperwork is one aspect I won’t miss but I wish my successor well and I’m sure she will build on what we have already achieved at St Alphege.” Mrs Evans plans to spend more time with her grandchildren as well as enjoying her new-found leisure. “I never managed to get the work-life balance right,” she said. “I’ve done work, now it’s life. I’m going to grow my own food, knit clothes for my grandchildren and enjoy life. It will be a whole new world, and a very strange one for a while, but I think I’ll learn to enjoy it.” Lorraine Claydon has been appointed as Mrs Evans’ successor and she will take over in September.

Mrs Evans will be greatly missed by everyone at St Alphege, according to the school’s chairman of governors. Michael Vince said her leadership had been inspirational and paid tribute to her achievements. “Sue has had to nurse the governors and the friends’ association along at times over the years but has always managed to steer us through,” he said. “She has been a wonderful friend to all of us and has really transformed the school in all senses. “Sue has given us enormous amounts of time and energy and if she takes parents around the school you can be fairly confident they will bring their children here.” He added that Mrs Evans should be proud of her time at the school and said her detailed reports to governors’ meetings would serve as a valuable record of St Alphege’s history.

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But the trust itself is also growing, and I think it is really important at the moment with more services coming under threat elsewhere. We offer a great opportunity to help people into training or employment who are disadvantaged, perhaps with mental health problems or a learning difficulty.” A social enterprise hub with meeting rooms, conference facilities and hot-desking for charities is due to open soon - hosted by the KET. And the charity also has grand plans for an area of marshland it owns on the outskirts of Canterbury, with funding pending for a summer festival, pathways and signs. But there are also smaller schemes in the pipeline which are just as important, according to Becky. She said: “There are so many opportunities with our gardening scheme and we would like to be able to work with more young people, grow vegetables to sell, or run a vegetable box scheme. I think there is a new movement for social enterprises at the moment and it would be great to take advantage of that. We already work with schools, providing sensory or wildlife gardens, and I want to build on that in the future.” Kent Enterprise Trust is based on the Joseph Wilson Business Park, behind Tesco. For more information call 01227 265899. Liz Crudgington, Pic: Becky Richards

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f not, read on, because there is one thriving right here in Whitstable. Enterprising Opportunities is the trading arm of the Kent Enterprise Trust, which means that all the money generated from the business is invested in the trust to fund a range of environmental projects. As the economy tightens and people also become more socially aware, businesses which plough their profits back into the community like this are seeing a surge in customers. Becky Richards, project manager of the Kent Enterprise Trust, said the gardening service, Appleseed Landscapes, was proving particularly popular. “What makes us different from other gardeners is that we are working for a social purpose,” she said. “Some of the people working with the gardeners are being trained and rehabilitated into employment. These are people who would find access to training and employment very difficult without a supportive environment, and our customers really like being able to help by using the service.” Social enterprises are not a new thing, and KET started life as the Canterbury and District Enterprise Trust back in 1983. It is still a relatively small charity, but the business side employs about 300 people, mostly working as carers. Education and training is key throughout the whole organisation, whether for the employees gaining NVQs through their work or the volunteers working with the Appleseed gardeners who gain qualifications through Hadlow College. Becky said: “The trust relies on the money from Enterprising Opportunities and it is a very professional organisation.

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wire mesh wall filled with rubble could soon become a key feature of Whitstable’s much-loved harbour. Whitstable Improvement Trust has drawn up new plans to transform the area where the south and east quays meet, including seating, a stage and the wall, which would also be a community art project. The port’s management board was due to consider the proposals as the IMP went to press, and members were expected to agree to provide up to £25,000 to fund the scheme. It is the second time the trust, working with the Whitstable Society and the Community College, Whitstable, has drawn up plans for the project, called Portside Park. The first designs were scrapped after criticism that they did not fit in with the area and were too complicated. This time, the trust says the project will cost no more than £100,000, of which they will provide another £25,000, and the rest will be funded with grants. A report to the harbour board said: “The intention is to provide a vibrant and culturally relevant meeting place, which is both reflective of Whitstable’s past, and begins to set the tone for its future. The original concept for a

project at this location was first considered over a year ago. The chances of grant funding appear to be strong and the project will achieve an aspiration of the Harbour Board to improve the appearance of the harbour and provide an attractive facility for local people and visitors that encourages them to spend time at the port.” The seating area will be screened by another wall built from recycled railway sleepers and a removable cover designed to look like the sail of a Thames barge. Officials must submit their funding bid by the end of June, but say there will be time for consultation in the future. Schools, groups and individuals will be invited to work with artists on the mesh wall and other features will be commissioned from local artists. The report added: “The project will secure substantial external funding with a relatively modest contribution from Harbour Board resources, will provide welcome facilities at Whitstable Harbour for local people and visitors, and will improve the appearance of a very utilitarian section of the harbour.” Liz Crudgington

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BUBBLE BITS AND BOBS Six artists from the Canterbury area are planning an exhibition entitled A Sextant of Six to take place at the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable in June. Jointly describing their work as: colourtexturemovement natureformnarrativestructurecommunitynavigateobliqueabstractcontext outoffocus environmentbalanceandsoul - the artists are hoping to welcome both young and seasoned audiences. Katrina Taylor, Michael Poraj-Wilczynski and Moira Hyde will be showing recent oil paintings and photography; Mavernie Cunningham will be showing prints; Rod Lupton will be will be exhibiting new mixed media pieces, and Estelle Jourd will be exhibiting ‘art by the inch’. Entrance to the exhibition is free. Come and see this exhibition from 17 to 30 June. All welcome. For more information please contact Katrina Taylor on 07956 053879 or the Horsebridge on 01227 281174 (email info@thehorsebridge-centre.org.uk).

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It’s volunteers week June 1-7! Currently Age Concern Whitstable is looking for volunteers who could help in the day centre, become a befriender and visit an elderly person regularly for a cup of tea and a chat, help on a mini bus as a transport escort, become a trustee, assist with an exercise class or with regular health walks or help as a regular driver. If you would like to find out more please contact Gill Ball on 07735556811 or 01227 787313, or contact the Whitstable Centre on 01227 272055.

Red Sands Radio - the local radio station that has to date broadcast from the Offshore Forts - has found a new home. Project Redsand chairman Robin Adcroft said: “The WWII original fendering collapsed in the winter storm, it’s staggering it lasted 65 years! We’ve cut away the debris and are in the process of remaking replacement steelworks, but this won’t be completed in time for the Red Sands Radio broadcasts.” Fortunately Whitstable Angling Club has come to the rescue and offered Red Sands Radio its premises. Roland Joint, Chairman of the club said “We welcome Red Sands Radio with open arms, we’re about to undergo a major refurbishment of our club house at the old Steam Packet public house. The radio will help promote the activities and the fast-growing membership of the club.” Radio Red Sands launches on July 4 2009. For more information contact see Chris West’s column p18, contact Red Sands Radio, PO Box 299, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2YA, or call 07961 601893.

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A Dalek has been spotted in the Joy Lane area - and if you’re free on June 13th you may well see it - or indeed a Cyberman - at Joy Lane Primary Shool’s Summer Fare, open from 12-4pm (see Summer Events (page 26) to find out what else you might see!). Donations would still be welcomed from local businesses. If you’d like to donate, please contact the school office on 01227 261430.

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MAN ABOUT TOWN Summer is almost upon us and I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead. Whitstable has so much to offer, with a programme of well-established events including the Oyster Festival, Carnival, Regatta and Harbour Day. Chris West, Coastal Towns Manager

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I am pleased to see new businesses are moving into some of the empty shops in the town. We are currently looking to attract more independent businesses to the town to ensure we keep our traditional High Street. I am working with some of the owners of the empty premises to smarten up their shop fronts and in some cases we will be installing window graphics to give a smart and professional image to the town. Finally, I am currently working on a Loyalty Card scheme for Whitstable to support local businesses and give the local community and visitors to the town an incentive to use Whitstable businesses. A number of names have been suggested for the card, but what do you think? Send me your suggestions and watch this space... Chris West, Coastal Towns Manager (Whitstable & Herne Bay) 01227 742765 or e-mail chris.west@canterbury.gov.uk

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I moved here 6 yea rs ago and there was a small shrub in the garde n which the previous owne r told me was a plant fro m New Zealand. (She ha d family there and was em igrating.) This shrub is now a tree, and, this yea r has been laden with yel low ‘droplet’ flow ers. We have investigated its na me on-line and it would appear tha is a KOWHAI tree t it from NZ. Is this rare in Engla nd? I have taken photos of the ‘blossom’. Ms Chris Bennett

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a located have heard, The Kavanagh Cinem Support! As I’m sure many of you Cinemas ime Reelt e The Kavanagh Cinema needs our servic nt geme mana threatened with closure, due to its on William Street in Herne Bay is being year. one falling into administration earlier this have left in Kent, and it’s the only only local independent cinemas we fail a cinem er The Kavanagh Cinema is one of the anoth see to e sham such a e Bay and Whitstable. It would be still operating for the locals of Hern g you all to do your bit to keep this the beloved picture house, I’m askin of ur hono in so hips, hards ial due to financ building open and in operation. £2.50 per ticket. Every other day Monday and Tuesday it’s a measly Ticket prices are painfully cheap, every Considering a standard seat at an that. after £5.20 and £4.20 at s before 5pm that’s of the week sees tickets for show treat! It also has a cheap car park about £7.50, it’s hardly an expensive Odeon or a Cineworld multiplex is t. stree high and a 2 minute walk to Herne Bay’s d £4 close by to the local Swimming Pool and popcorn would cost you aroun s are also a lot lower - a large drink price orn Popc and nary ectio Conf as. cinem other in £6-7 least at be looking at paying 14 at The Kavanagh, whilst you could ns compared to the sparkling new old fashioned and only have 2 scree arned well-e and st It may be a small cinema, it may be hone an has Kavanagh popping up around Kent, but The screen multiplexes that have been away. tragedy for that privilege to be taken a be would it and unity comm be the Canterbury place within the Whitstable and Herne Bay would of ents resid for a cinem st close iere’ seat. If this cinema closes, the ‘Prem a for £8.50 or seat ns and charges £7.50 for a standard Odeon, which still only has 2 scree all we have left. is this and ago years few a r table’s Oyste Office We need this cinema, we lost Whits online but you can contact the Box Kavanagh aren’t currently available Showing times and features for The on: 08451 662384. for more information and booking Chris Haydon, Whitstable

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Dear IMP 14 Hello, My name is Zoe Lamb, I’m ty muni Com the to go and age years of College Whitstable. I was wondering whether you needed a photographer for the Whitstable IMP. I read the gh, magazine everytime it comes throu and I think it would be great to have a page devoted to Photography around Kent and Whitstable. I love photography, which I spend alot of my spare time practising with my to Nikon D40 DSLR, and i would love contribute my photography to the magazine.

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Angels & Demons

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he next instalment of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels has arrived on our screens nationwide. Angels & Demons is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006), both of which have been directed by Ron Howard. Dr Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to Rome by the Swiss Guard after the murder of a psychiatrist. An incredibly powerful magnetised batterybomb has been stolen - and it has the potential to wipe out St Peter’s Square on the night of the Pope’s conclave and election. As well as the terrorist threats, an assassin who works for the secret brotherhood, The Illuminati, has captured the four cardinals and is branding and killing them, one every hour from 8pm onwards. Earth, Air, Fire and Water are his inspiration for the murders. Langdon, accompanied by psychiatrist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) has to find out why the ancient Illuminati has been resurrected and stop the ultimate battle between Science and Religion before the bomb detonates and destroys the Vatican City and all of its residents and tourists. Unlike many, I haven’t read Dan Brown’s novels, I’ve only seen the films, so I don’t have an opinion on whether the features do the books justice. However, from a cinematic perspective, Angels & Demons surprised me greatly. I didn’t particularly enjoy The Da Vinci Code and I’m not a fan of Ron Howard’s direction, but I put these feelings aside for a preview screening of the film. I thought it was going to be another 2 hours and 30 minutes of the cast reading and talking, but I was proven very wrong. Unlike its older brother, Angels & Demons throws its audience straight into white-knuckle action in which a psychiatrist is murdered and mutilated. The film fails to lose any pace throughout; being set in a short time frame really helps the picture keep the audience locked in. The sharp editing, dashing camera work and Hans Zimmer’s legendary scores keep you immersed in the picture to the very end. This film doesn’t play as much on knowledge as the first film did - it’s a piece of entertainment rather than a history lecture. The cast performances are generally strong throughout. Hanks is great as Langdon and Ewan McGregor is superb as ‘acting’ priest Camerlengo Patrick McKenna. The film is long, at two hours and 15 minutes, yet it doesn’t feel that long at all. It’s a fast and flashy throw-away picture that does exactly what it’s supposed to do: entertain. The BBFC have placed a 12A certificate on this feature, meaning anybody under the age of 12 may see it along as a parent or guardian is accompanying them. I’d advise against taking younger children to see this film for two main reasons: it’s a rather violent film, with multiple deaths including suicide, and it’s also rather complicated so younger children may have difficulty following the story. VERDICT: 4 out of 5: It’s a great film for teens and adults alike that will keep you entertained throughout its duration. Chris Haydon

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Music Review TheUnravelling–AndreaHernandez When my son Jacob was born five years ago, I promised myself and everyone who would listen that I would never go to mother and toddler groups as I felt that they would be frequented by boring mothers with nothing else to do except try to convince everyone that their child was better than anyone else’s. How my preconceptions were shattered when I found the Joy Lane Children’s Centre. I have met some incredible women who have empowered me in many, many ways. One of these is Andrea Hernandez, originally from Bristol, who settled here in 2007 with her man and her baby. Andrea suggests that she is a ‘musical accident’ but I would argue that she is anything but. She has been making music for nearly two decades, taking her inspiration from a plethora of sounds ranging from Led Zeppelin and PJ Harvey to Aphex Twin. Imagine the box of chocolates that we all dread getting at Christmas time. Now pretend for a second that each of the chocolates is completely delicious but completely different and you’ll have some idea what this as yet unreleased thirteen-track album is like. Just as you find comfort in one song, another, like wasabi, will blow you right out of complacency. To be true, I found that I could not simply put this highlytextured CD on and happily do other things… I was forced to take notice. Andrea’s music is a welcome relief in a time when many are taking the easy way musically by buying into existing formats and not thinking outside the proverbial box. Very powerful indeed. There is a song for everyone, maybe even a whole album. This is not the kind of CD you would buy because you liked one track. Buy it and see that every track has a purpose and will find resonance in every part of your life. Track Listing: Saturn Return, Stumbling, I see stars, Dredge, Hungry, Getting gone, Pick up the pieces, White noise, Sea song, Desert pilgrim, Fill me up, White noise (Reprise) Produced by Stew Jackson and Dan Brown at The Robot Club The Unravelling is available online through Andrea’s website www.andreahernandez.co.uk for £9.99

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On several occasions, I have listened to Art’s CDs, which are available locally from Gatefield Sounds on Oxford Street. However, I believe that Art ‘s music must be heard live to fully appreciate how it feels and sounds. He has been making his ‘jumping up and down, happy music’ for about sixty years and has played with the likes of Memphis Slim. He has played at seminal jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s in London as well as at our very own Lounge on the Farm Festival. To hear and see this incredibly gifted and charismatic musician and the group of people that support him, book your tickets for Lounge on the Farm immediately! Alternatively, you could also see him on Sunday June 14th at the Harbour Garden Café in Whitstable. Malissa Taylor

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SUMMER EVENTS & DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

• WHITSTABLE JUNIOR SCHOOL SUMMER FESTIVAL Saturday 27th June 11am-3pm, FREE entry. Food area, entertainments, activities, merry-go-round. Samba Pelo Mar outside the library from 11am; school samba band debut performance at the fair. Community stalls and information. Stalls available from £5 - for further information call Fiona on 01227 272385. • ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, June 27th 11am-2pm

LOCAL EVENTS • June 14 - Whitstable Rotary Club’s Pantomime Horse Races returns for the third year. Tankerton Slopes. Fund-raising for good causes. • June 21 - Whitstable Umbrella Centre’s Fun Day Tankerton Slopes. Stalls & entertainment to support the Community Centre in the heart of town. • July 18-26 - Whitstable Oyster Festival – events in full on page 32! • August 1 - Whitstable Carnival – details to be confirmed • August 8-9 - Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club Annual Regatta. fireworks on the Saturday evening (weather permitting) as well as fairground rides, live music and stalls. • August 22 - Harbour Day - details to be confirmed

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES • Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts Community showcase, 13 June to 31 August 2009: specimens from museum collections, stunning closeup photographs, artwork by local children and a range of exciting hands-on activities! Whitstable Museum and Gallery 01227 276 998 • Creepy crawlies under the microscope - Hands-on science event, Saturday 20 June 10am to 12.30pm: Investigate amazing minibeasts in close-up detail, including cockroaches, butterflies and fleas! Age 2 to adult. Whitstable Museum and Gallery 01227 276 998

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• JOY LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR Saturday 13th June, 12-4pm, Children free, adults 20p. The fair will be opened by a KMFM Radio personality and will include: Dalek and Cyberman, Driving School, Inflatable fun, raffle tombola, barbecue, treasure hunt, face-painting, live music, Karate and Dance demos and much much more!

• ST ALPHEGE INFANT SCHOOL, Saturday 4th July 10am-2pm • BRIARY PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR, Greenhill Road West, Greenhill, Sunday 7th June 12-4pm, Donations welcomed for entry! Traditional Fair with a French theme - fancy dress competition, face painting, various stalls, tombola, ‘la coconut shy’, bouncy castle & rides, virtual pet show (send in your pictures) and emergency support services on display. For further information, call Debbie on 373 095.

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN KENT • Sellindge Music Festival, June 5-7, Gibbons Brook, Sellindge, Ashford, TN25 - 07783 135682 • Status Quo in the Forest, June 6-7, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. Status Quo Saturday June 6, Katherine Jenkins Sunday June 7, 01842 814612, www.forestry.gov.uk/music • Goodnestone Concert in the park, June 20, Latin masters Mexteca, Soul & Funk from Get Ape, Raw folk rock from the Wheeler Street. Plus the hits & anthems of the Beatles brought to life by The Fab Beatles & then the evening rounded off by Rubber Biscuit, and the firework finale. Hosted by local legend Phil Holden. 07902223686 • Hop Farm Festival, July 4-5, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY, 020 76441445 www. hopfarmfestival.com • Lounge on the Farm, July 10-12, Merton Farm, Merton Lane South, off Nackington Road, Canterbury, CT4 7BA log on for details: www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk • Rochester Castle Concerts, July 15-18, log on for details: www.medway.gov.uk/castleconcerts2009 Full Oyster Festival Listings start on page 32, and don’t forget to check out ‘What’s on?’ and the Gig Guide to find out what’s happening this month. To be included please send your listings to christina@the-imp.co.uk by June 22nd.

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he Whitstable Oyster Festival has clearly become a major event which requires a great deal of funding and organisation. So what does it take to create a Festival like this? According to Festival Co-ordinator Mair Stratton it is a combination of four things: Canterbury City Council; the people of Whitstable; business supporters; and the performers themselves. Canterbury City Council provides the core funding for the event, but there’s more to it than that, as Mair explained: “All sorts of council employees are contributing to the Festival’s success, from designers, to health and safety experts, insurance, licensing and of course the events and culture teams.” Then there’s the Whitstable Oyster Festival Association (WOFA). Local people who work on the festival throughout the year, each member takes on specific tasks as well as providing direction and advice and, crucially, in encouraging local businesses to become Festival Friends and recruiting volunteers for the Festival. To be involved go to www.whitstableoysterfestival.com Festival Friends and Sponsors are vital to fund the range of events we see today, and in keeping entry free or very affordable. Mair said: “Putting on a festival where every event brings in box office revenues is far easier but it is not what the Whitstable Oyster Festival is about. This festival is about community and access - entertaining local people and bringing visitors and business to the town.” Today’s festival also involves hundreds of performers, from professionals hired in, to the local and community groups who just love performing or, perform to benefit local good causes. “I think the mix of events that happen year on year - alongside new activities to keep it fresh - is what helps to make the festival succeed,” Mair said. “Everyone has their favourites but the wider we can keep the selection, the better for all.”

The Whitstable Oyster Festival thanks all Festival Sponsors and Friends for support in 2009 We are exceptionally grateful to Cllr Mark Dance and Kent County Council for the Community Engagement Grant received to support the 2009 event. We have used this to increase our support to local performers and, as a result, we now have a wider range of local people and organisations taking part. By sponsoring the Festival for a second year Vattenfall, owner of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, have made a tremendous difference to what we can offer. As well as supporting the costs of power and energy, Vattenfall have additionally sponsored several festival events including Strictly Whitstable, the kite making workshop and kite flying event, and Whitstable Waves. Produced in Kent is sponsoring this year’s EPICentre food

event, which proved to be such a hit last year. We are delighted that such a great and passionate supporter of local food is adding its weight to this new event – it can only help Whitstable’s reputation for fine food to get evince better. Chaucer Insurance has been a long-term and consistent supporter of the festival, and supports us as part of its wider Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Such committed support is greatly appreciated. Chris West, the new Coastal Towns Manager, is providing sponsorship for an end of Festival music event in Whitstable Harbour this year. Thanks to this support the Festival is able to provide free music events for visitors and residents alike. The KM Group, as one of our valued media partners will once again be providing media support but we are also particularly pleased that they will also be helping to ease traffic congestion with a park and ride at their office HQ! If you are reading this you already know that The Whitstable IMP has joined forces with the Festival as a local media partner. This is excellent for the Festival as it means we can be sure that every house and business in Whitstable knows what’s on! Heart, which used to be locally loved as Invicta fm, may have changed its name but its support for the Festival is as firm as ever, which makes us very happy. East Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership has funded a drop-in workshop called ‘What Are You Doing Here?’ which brings something for teenagers into the festival programme. Canterbury’s Extended Services has also provided funding to the festival, used to create Oyster Parade Family Workshops. Festival Friends are the backbone of local business support and we are very grateful to each and every one of them. Please do support these businesses, however possible, because they are one of reasons we can keep the festival so affordable for everyone. In alphabetical order this year’s Festival Friends are: 4 Knots Yard, Arsenic and Old Lace, Chives Café, Crab & Winkle Seafood Restaurant, Deco5 Wine Bar, George’s Mini-market, Harbour Books, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Jane at Graham Greener, Jenny Granger Gallery, Kites & Things, Lloyds TSB Commercial, Lucy’s Sandwich Bar, Lyre Studio, Mainwaring’s Seaside Brocante, Mosaic, Oxford Street Books, Pearsons, Peekaboo! Children’s Boutique, Reppin & Jones Jewellers, Samphire, Seychelles Fish Bar, Shangri La, Taking the Plunge, Tea and Times, The Duke of Cumberland Hotel, The Fish Slab Gallery, The Old Neptune, The Tudor Tea Rooms, The Whitstable Cottage Company, Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable Harbour Village, Whitstable Holiday Homes, and Williams and Brown Tapas Bar.

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Jan Lewis Open Studio, 32 Graystone Road, 11am to 4pm, Free

Strictly Whitstable Sponsored by Vattenfall, Whitstable Harbour 2.15 to 5.15pm, Free Belly Line Dancing, 2.15 – 3.10pm anisabellydance.co.uk Ceroc with Sarah Piper, 3.15pm – 4.10 pm - Sarah Piper 07949 194075 Salsa Fiesta, 4.15pm – 5.15pm - Salsa Fiesta 07956 322534

Sarah Stoke’s Open Studios, 26 Island Wall, 11am to 5pm, Free Open House: ‘Sue Carfrae work at home’, 6 Northwood Road, 11am to 5pm, Free Exhibition: Whitstable Photographic Group, Methodist Church, Argyle Road, 10am to 5pm, Free ‘Shore-lines’, Caxton Contemporary, 37 High Street, Free Festival Outpost, Whitstable Library, 11am & all afternoon, Free Dead Horse Morris, Horsebridge Square, 11am, Free Landing of the Oysters, Long Beach, 11.30am, Free Dead Horse Morris, St Alphege Church, High Street, 12 noon, Free Music at the Festival Outpost, Whitstable Library, Noon to 1pm, Free Live Music on South Quay, Harbour Garden Café, Noon – 8pm, Free The Oyster Parade, Long Beach to Oxford Street, 12.15pm, Free

Juggle It All, Tower Hill Tea Gardens, 2.30pm, Free Dead Horse Morris Dancing at the Festival Outpost, Whitstable Library, 3pm – 4pm, Free Splashpals working Newfoundlands, Whitstable Harbour, 3pm, Free - 07887 777 826 for more information Tell Tale Tours - The Penguins have arrived! The Street, 3.30pm, Free Samba Pelo Mar, Horsebridge Square, 4pm, Free Street Entertainment at the Festival Outpost, Whitstable Library, 4pm – 5pm, Free Marlowe in Motion present James Campbell Comedy 4 Kids, Whitstable Playhouse, 4.30pm, £6.50

Whistlefish Around the World, Horsebridge Centre, 7.30pm, £7 (from Horsebridge Centre) The Latin Funktion, Deco 5, Oxford Street, 8.30pm, £5 on door or from venue in advance Free music at the East Kent, East Kent Pub, Oxford Street, 9pm, Free

Sunday 19th July Oyster Festival Petanque Competition, Beach Walk, 9am Registration, 10am Games start, £15 per team. Pre-book at whitstableoyster petanque09@live.co.uk or call 07869 363833 Sea Sunday Service & Parade, St Alphege High Street to Whitstable Harbour, 9.30am, Parade begins 10.30am, Free AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 10am to 6pm, Free Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free Scallywags Dog Show, Marine Crescent, 10am Booking in, 11am Judging, Entry £1.50 per class. Contact Maria Bayfield for booking 01227 366 429 Art Spots: Carol Roundhill Open Studio, 28 Island Wall, 10.30am to 4pm, Free

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Sea Sunday in the Harbour. A day of activity including: Sheppey Pirates, 1st Whitstable Scout Brass Band, Whitstable Sea Scouts, Telling Whitstable’s Story: Seaside Holidays, The Whitstable Recorder Ensemble, Mission to Fishermen, West Whelks, RNLI, Play with Clay, Ladies’ Victorian Guitar Ensemble, ‘Take the Pose’ and The Hidden Harbour. Whitstable Harbour, 11am to 5pm, Free Live Music on South Quay, Harbour Garden Café, 12 to 5pm, Free Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 1pm to 4pm, Free. Lindley Playhouse at Large, Tower Hill Tea Gardens, 1pm, Free

Crab & Winkle with Spokes, Whitstable Harbour (meet at Crab & Winkle seat on the beach opposite the RNLI), 1.30pm, Free. Cyclists join at their own risk and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Exhibition: Whitstable Photographic Group, Methodist Church, 10am to 5pm, Free

Tropical Elements Steel Band, Tower Hill Tea Gardens, 2pm to 4pm, Free

Whit Art, Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10am to 4pm, Free

Jazz in an Oyster, St Alphege Church, High Street, 7.30pm, Donation to church

Art Spot: Liz Shedden at Fish Slab Studios, Back of the Fish Slab Gallery, 10 am to 5pm, Free

Music Hall, Whitstable Playhouse, 7.30pm, £7.00. Tickets from Box Office

Mud Tug, Beach Walk (beach area - Zone C), 4pm Coastal History – A Whitstable Walkabout with Kent Wildlife Trust, Meet outside Hotel Continental, Beach Walk, 4.30pm, Free Live Jazz at Deco 5, Deco 5, Oxford Street, 4pm to 6pm, Free Whitstable Whistlefish sing the World, Umbrella Centre / St Mary’s Hall, 7.30pm, £7.00 on the door or available in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust

Monday 20th July AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 9am to 6pm, Free Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free

Hey Diddle Diddle Music, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 10am to 11.45am, £2 per child. Booking essential.

Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free. All children must be accompanied by an adult Jenny Granger Gallery, 9 Horsebridge Road, (Zone B), TBC, Free Books, Bears & Biscuits featuring The Tell Woman, Tower Hill Tea Gardens (Zone C), 11.30am, NOTE: In the case of adverse weather conditions this event will be rescheduled to take place at the Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre at 3.15-4.15pm Creative Tasters, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm (TBC), £5. Booking is recommended.

Whitstable Walk, Meet at Keam’s Yard car park, 3pm, £2.50. Tickets in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust Kentish Pubs, Ship Centurion Pub, High Street, 7.30pm, Free

Tuesday 21st July

AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 9am to 6pm, Free Whit Art, Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10am to 4pm, Free Exhibition: Whitstable Photographic Group, Methodist Church, 10am to 5pm, Free Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free Art Spot: Liz Shedden at Fish Slab Studios (Back of the Fish Slab Gallery), Oxford Street, 10am to 5pm, Free Big Bug Hunt, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free. All children must be accompanied by an adult

COMMUNITY

Jon Bird Open House, 22 Oxford Street, 11am till 6pm, Free Liz Shedden at Fish Slab Studios, 11 am to 4pm, Free Jan Lewis Open Studio, 32 Graystone Road, 11am to 4pm, Free Sarah Stoke’s Open Studios, 26 Island Wall, 11am to 5pm, Free Open House ‘Sue Carfrae work at home’, 6 Northwood Road, 11am to 5pm, Free

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Make a Kite/Fly A Kite Drop-in Workshops Sponsored by Vattenfall, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 10am to 3pm, £2 entry fee covers the cost of materials

Oyster Festival MegaQuiz, Marine Hotel (Zone C/D), 8pm, Admission £12 per team. Prebooking is essential. Contact Lesley on 01227 265768

Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free

Bell Ringing, St Alphege Church, 7.30pm, Free

Crusty Crabs, Horsebridge/Reeves Beach, 12.30pm, Free entry. Register on the day Creative Tasters, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm (TBC), £5. Booking recommended Sunset Saunter with the Kent Wildlife Trust, Meet at Volunteer Bureau (Umbrella Centre rear garden), 6.30pm, Free. All dogs on leads please ‘Whitstable from village to town’ Guided walk, Meet at Keam’s Yard car Park, 6.30pm to 8pm, £2.50 from Whitstable improvement Trust

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Tony Blake’s Archive Film Show, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 7.30pm, £6 Concessions £4

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Music Hall, Whitstable Playhouse, 7.30pm, £7.00. Tickets from Box Office Oyster Singers, Methodist Church, Argyle Road, 7.30pm, £5. Tickets on door or call 01227 261139

Bill Barnacle’s A1 Combination, Deco 5, 8.30pm, Free

Wednesday 22nd July AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 9am to 6pm, Free Build a Bug! Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 12.30pm, Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free Whit Art, Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10am to 4pm, Free Art Spot: Liz Shedden at Fish Slab Studios, Back of the Fish Slab Gallery, 10 am to 5pm, Free Big Bug Hunt, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free.

Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free Urban Sports Collective (Skateboarding competition), Coastal Skate Park, 11am to 3.30pm, Free What Are You doing Here? Venue TBA, see website or visit Festival Information Centre. 11am to 5pm, Free for ages 13+ Kite Flying Sponsored by Vattenfall, Tankerton Slopes, 11.30am, Free Whitstable Brewery Beer Festival, East Quay, Noon to 11pm, Free entry daytime, £5 on door 7.30pm onwards Tell Tale Tours - The Penguin Search! Reeve Beach / Horsebridge, 2pm, Free Walk Talk & Tea, Meet at Cushing’s View, Keam’s Yard car park, 2pm, £4.00 (including tea) Booking essential, tickets from Whitstable Improvement Trust Creative Tasters, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm (TBC), £5. Booking is recommended ‘Knockout!’ Whitstable Swimming Pool, 4.30pm, £2 per child. For confident swimmers aged 8-13

Poetry in Motion, Tennis Courts by West Beach, 7pm, £4.00 (includes Poetry in Motion pack of postcards). Tickets available in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust Glorious Gardening with Jean Griffin (BBC Radio Kent) and Kevin Tooher (Hadlow College), Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 7pm to 9pm, £4, £3.50 concessions. Tickets in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust Tishomingo Jazz Band, Marine Hotel Galleon Ballroom, Marine Parade (Zone C/D), 8.30pm, £6.00. Tickets available from Jean Bone telephone 01304 830966 Music Hall, Whitstable Playhouse, 7.30pm, £8.00. Tickets from Playhouse Theatre Box Office The Shipwright Shanty Crew and friends, The Ship Centurion, High Street. Evening – call venue for details, Free

Thursday 23rd July AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 9am to 6pm, Free Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free

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Whit Art, Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10am to 4pm, Free Art Spot: Liz Shedden, Back of the Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10 am to 5pm, Free Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free Big Bug Hunt, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult Adventures in Wonderland, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Ages 4+, £3 What Are You doing Here? Venue TBA, see website or visit Festival Information Centre, 11am to 5pm, Free Walk in Time, Meet at Keam’s Yard car park, 11.30am, £2.50. Tickets in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust

Whitstable Brewery Beer Festival, East Quay, Noon to 11pm, Free entry daytime, £5 on door 7.30pm onwards Junior Belly Dancing, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 2pm to 3pm, £2 Places limited to 30 maximum Creative Tasters, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm (TBC), £5, booking is recommended Phantasmagoria, Whistlestop Restaurant, 3pm, Free Grotters Galore Grotter Making, Reeves Beach, 2pm to 6pm, Free Blessing of the Waters, Sea Wall / Reeves Beach, 6.45pm, Free Grotters at night, Reeves Beach, Dusk onwards, Free Carmina Avium, Methodist Church, Argyle Road, 7.30pm, £4. Tickets in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust Music Hall, Whitstable Playhouse, 7.30pm, £8.00. Tickets from Playhouse Theatre Box Office The Barretts, Deco 5, Oxford Street, 8.30pm, Free

Friday 24th July AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre , 9am to 6pm, Free Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free Sea Shore Safari with Kent Wildlife Trust, Meet at Cushing’s View, Keam’s Yard car park, 10am to noon, Free. Not suitable for young children or dog walkers Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free Whit Art, Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10am to 4pm, Free Art Spots: Liz Shedden at Fish Slab Studios, Oxford Street, 10 am to 5pm, Free Open House ‘Sue Carfrae work at home’ 6 Northwood Road, 11am to 5pm, Free Big Bug Hunt, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult What Are You Doing Here? Venue TBA. See website or visit Festival Information Centre, 11am to 5pm, Free

Whitstable Brewery Beer Festival, East Quay, Noon to 11pm, Free entry daytime, £5 on door 7.30pm onwards Topping Times – a Victorian experience, Tea Gardens, 12pm to 5pm, Free Prof. Des Turner’s Punch & Judy Show, Tea Gardens, 1pm, 2.15pm & 3.30pm, Free Art Beach: Pearls of Wisdom with Valerie Bartlett, West Beach, 2pm to 4pm, Free Creative Tasters for adults, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm (TBC), £5. Booking is recommended Sports Alive, Westmeads Recreation Ground (off map), 11am to 4pm, Free Lantern Workshop, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 10am - 12 noon Horsebridge Singers, St Alphege Church, High Street, 6pm, £3. Tickets on door or available in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust ‘Whitstable: the Oyster town’ A guided walk, Meet at Keam’s Yard car Park, 6.30pm (to 8pm), £2.50 from Whitstable improvement Trust

COMMUNITY

Victory Wood & The Battle of Trafalgar with the Canterbury Group of the Ramblers, Meet at Victory Wood Car Park, Nr Lamberhurst Farm, Nr Dargate. (grid ref TR08662), 10am, 30 walkers max. Tickets £4 from Whitstable Improvement Trust

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Music Hall presented by the Lindley Players, Whitstable Playhouse, 7.30pm, £9. Tickets from Box Office Lost Souls: a Storytelling Ghost Walk with Scandalmongers, Meet outside Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 8pm (to 9pm), £3. Tickets available from Whitstable Improvement Trust. Suitable for 14+ Comedy Club Edinburgh Preview, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 8pm, £7. Concessions £5 Music at the East Kent, East Kent pub, Oxford Street (Zone A/B), 8pm, Free King David, Deco 5, Oxford Street , 8.30pm, £5.00

Saturday 25th July AI Open Art Exhibition, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 9am to 6pm, Free

COMMUNITY

EPICentre Food Fair Sponsored by Produced in Kent, Whitstable Harbour , 10am – 5pm, Free Whit Art, Fish Slab Gallery, Oxford Street, 10am to 4pm, Free Oyster Lacemakers, Whitstable Improvement Trust, 10am to 4pm, Free

Liz Shedden at Fish Slab Studios, Oxford Street, 10 am to 5pm, Free Sarah Stokes Open Studios, 26 Island Wall, 11am to 5pm, Free Open House ‘Sue Carfrae work at home’, 6 Northwood Road, 11am to 5pm, Free Pearl Dive, Whitstable Swimming Pool, 10am to 11am (under 8 years old) 11am to noon (ages 10 – 11), Free Wonderful Woodlice, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 12.30pm, Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult Big Bug Hunt, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free. Creepy Crawly! The Amazing World of Minibeasts, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Free Samba Pelo Mar, Horsebridge Square, 11am, Free Live Music on South Quay, Harbour Garden Café, Noon – 5pm, Free The Art of Relaxation with Dharma Khama, Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Noon to 5pm, £5 (for 15 minutes massage)

Whitstable Brewery Beer Festival, East Quay, Noon to 11pm, Free entry daytime, £7.50 on door 7.30pm onwards The Bureau of Silly Ideas, Whitstable Harbour, Various throughout the day, Free Walk in Time, Meet at Keam’s Yard car park, 2 pm, £2.50 Tickets in advance from Whitstable Improvement Trust Art Beach: Pearls of Wisdom with Valerie Bartlet , West Beach, 2pm to 4pm, Free Samba Pelo Mar, Tower Hill Tea Gardens, 3pm, Free Oyster Eating Competition, Whitstable Harbour, 4pm, £3 per entry. Visit the Festival Information Centre to enter on the day Harbour Music Stage Sponsored by Coastal Town Management, Whitstable Harbour, 7pm to 10pm, Free Whitstable Music Society, Methodist Church, Argyle Road, 7.30pm, £10, £5 concessions (full time students). Available from Gatefield Sounds, 70 High Street, on the door, or call 01227 277227

Fletch, Deco 5, Oxford Street, 8.30pm, £5 on the door Whitstable Waves Sponsored by Vattenfall, The Street, 9 pm (can begin making wishes from 5pm onwards), Free

Sunday 26th July The Festival has officially ended but there is plenty to keep you entertained. The fabulous EPICentre food fair sponsored by Produced in Kent continues for a second day. Arts Spots can be found at Sarah Stoke’s Open Studios (26 Island Wall) and Sue Carfrae’s Open House (6 Northwood Road) as well as galleries in the town. The Whitstable Brewery Beer Festival has a DJ Reggae Roast in the afternoon, free entry all day and the Foolfighters playing in the evening (£5 entry). On a more mellow note, Whitstable Improvement Trust has arranged a tea dance and Deco 5 in Oxford Street has live jazz from 4-6pm.

Music Hall, Whitstable Playhouse, 7.30pm, £9.00. Tickets from Box Office

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Bridal make-up & occasion make-up Facials & Waxing Eye lash extensions, tints and perming Brow shaping & tinting Pedicures, Manicures, UV Gels, Acrylics Teenage make-up parties Pamper parties Gift vouchers available

Mobile Beauty Therapy

01227 272579 / 07784 223287

WHITSTABLE EVENTS 2009 21st June 4th - 30th July 18th - 26th July 26th July 1st August 8th & 9th August 22nd August 27th November 28th November 6th December

Whitstable Umbrella Funday (Tankerton Slopes) Red Sands Radio 87.7fm Whitstable Oyster Festival UK Strongest Man 105 Finals (Whitstable Rugby Club) Whitstable Carnival Whitstable Regatta 2009 (Tankerton Slopes) Whitstable Harbour Day Tankerton Christmas Lights Switch On Whitstable Christmas Lights Switch On Tankerton Christmas Market

Supported by Coastal Towns Management (part of Canterbury City Council) t: 01227 742765 e: chris.west@canterbury.gov.uk

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the gig guide This information is intended as guide only. Please check with the venues before you go as details or dates may change after printing - contact details are provided.

JUNE 3 - The Smack - OPEN MIC NIGHT from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056 5 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS, FREE entry, 12-30-3pm 01227 280617 5 - The Duke - SNEAKIN’ SALLY, FREE entry, 9-11pm 01227 280617 5 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 5 - The East Kent - SLUG PIXIES 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272018 5 - Coach & Horses - LAS BRAGUS 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732 6 - Deco5 - FLETCH, 8.30pm, FREE entry 01227 770079 6 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC - 8.3011pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 6 - The East Kent - BLUES FUSION 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272018 7 - The Neptune - BRENDAN POWER 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 7 - The Duke - The BOO-DY HOOS, 3 5.30pm, FREE entry 01227 280617 7 - The Two Brewers - MATT BROOKS call for details 01227 272 150 9 - Deco5 - BLUE ARCADIANS, 8.30pm call for details: 01227 770079 10 - The Smack - THE TIMPARETTES from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056 11 - Deco5 - ROGER LEWIN WITH SARAH JANE - 8.30, call for details 01227 770079

12 - The East Kent - THE CRASH TONES 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

16 - Deco5 - NEVILLE WILLIAMS & GUEST - 8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

12 - Brewery Bar - LOOSE CHANGE – £5. Call for details 01227 280280

17 - The Smack - OPEN MIC NIGHT from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

12 - The Old Neptune - LIVE MUSIC 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

18 - Deco5 - FRANCES KNIGHT & FRIENDS - 8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

12 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm 01227 280617

19 - Horsebridge Centre BLUE RHYTHM KINGS, 8pm – £8, £6 conc 01227 281174

12 - The Duke - TBC - 9-11pm, FREE entry, call for details: 01227 280617 13 - The Playhouse - PHIL BEER 7.45pm, call 01227 272042 13 - The Smack - TVC - from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056 13 - The Old Neptune - AL RICHARDSON, MATT PERCIVAL & STEVE MORRISON 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

19 - The East Kent - EQUILIBRIUM 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018 19 - Deco5 - GOOSEBUMPS - 9pm, call for details 01227 770079 19 - Coach & Horses - CHRIS TAYLOR’S ALL STARS - 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732 19 - The Neptune - ZINTA & THE ZOOTS 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

13 - Horsebridge Centre - JONI MITCHELL PROJECT - 8pm, – £10, £8 conc 01227 281174

19 - The Duke- BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617

13 - Deco5 - THE BARRETTS, 9pm call for details: 01227 770079

19 - The Duke - THE BLUE DEVILS 9-11pm, FREE entry. 01227 280617

13 - The East Kent - LEE FROM THE G’N’T EXPERIMENT - 9pm, FREE entry 01227 272018

20 - Deco5 - GROOVE CHASERS, 8.30pm, FREE admission 01227 770079

13 - The Duke (Stables) - KIT CURTIS AND SCENE - doors open 8pm, – £5 tickets in advance 01227 280617 14 - The Two Brewers - KELLY’S HEROES call for details 01227 272 150 12 - Deco5 - DJ - AT THE HOP - 8pm, call for details 01227 770079 14 - The Duke - STEVE BOLTON 3-5.30pm, FREE entry 01227 280617 14 - The Neptune -JOHN ATKINSON BAND - 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 12 - Deco5 - JAZZ JAM - 4-6pm, call for details 01227 770079

20 - Coach & Horses - JENNY SALMON 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732 20 - The Waterfront Club - SOULED OUT call for details: 01227 265500 20 - The Neptune - STEVEN BOLTON 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 21 - The Duke - TBC - 3-5.30pm, FREE entry, call for details 01227 280617 21 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC - 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 23 - Deco5 - THE A1 COMBINATION 8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

ENTERTAINMENT

This information is intended as guide only. Please check with the venues before you go as details or dates may change after printing contact details are provided.

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24 - The Smack - THE BOXING OCTOPUS from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

3 - The Neptune - EMILY & THE BEAST 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

11 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC - 8.3011pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

25 - Deco5 - LA DOLCE VITA - 8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

3 - The East Kent - GLAM SLAM (70s fancy-dress party) - 8pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

12 - The Neptune - PASS THE CAP 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

26 - Horsebridge Centre - HORSEBRIDGE COMEDY CLUB, 8pm, – £7, – £5 conc 01227 281174 26 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC - 8.3011pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 26 - The East Kent - HENRY’S ROCK BAND - 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018 26 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617 26 - The Duke - TBC - 9-11pm, FREE entry, call for details 01227 280617 26 - Deco5 - DONE TOL MAMA 9pm, call for details 01227 770079 27 - The Duke (Stables) - THE TROUSER TRUMPETS - – £6 tickets in advance 01227 280617

4 - The Neptune - THE SIOBHAN PARR TRIO - 8.30-11pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 4 - Coach & Horses - ZOOTS 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732 5 - The Neptune - MICHAEL SCORRY 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262 7 - Deco5 - NEVILLE WILLIS & GUEST8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

17 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617 17 - Coach & Horses - ROB BROWN SWING - 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732 17 - The East Kent - EYELASH GUILT 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018 18 - The Waterfront Club - SOULED OUT call for details: 01227 265500 18 - Coach & Horses - ANAYAHOOLA 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732 18 - The East Kent - OYSTER FESTIVAL - LIVE MUSIC IN LIBRARY FORECOURT 12-5pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

8 - Brewery Bar - THE BEATLZ - – £11. Call for details 01227 280280

19 - Deco5 - JAZZ JAM - 4-6pm, call for details 01227 770079

9 - Deco5 - FRANCES KNIGHT & FRIENDS - 8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

22 - The Smack - BLUES FUSION - from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

28 - The Duke - SMILER - FREE entry 3-5.30pm. 01227 280617

10 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617

24 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617

28 - The Smack - KARAOKE - from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

10 - The Neptune - LIVE MUSIC - 8.3011pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

24 - The East Kent - THE COLD SHOTS 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

28 - The Neptune - ROLAND CHADWICK 5-8pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

10 - Coach & Horses - DISAPPOINTERS 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732

26 - The Smack - KARAOKE - from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

JULY

10 - Deco5 - THE FABULOUS 6TS - 9pm, call for details 01227 770079

29 - The Smack - OPEN MIC NIGHT from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

1 - The Smack - OPEN MIC NIGHT from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

10 - The East Kent - THE GNT EXPERIMENT - 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

31 - The East Kent - UNDECOVER 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

2 - Deco5 - RACHEL GERRARD WITH ROGER ALLEN SOUND - 8.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

11 - The Smack - TVC - from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

31 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617

ADAM CARTER - 7.45pm, call 01227 272042 27 - The Neptune - CANARY WOLF - 8.3011pm, FREE entry 01227 272262

ENTERTAINMENT

4 - Deco5 - BLUES FUSION - 9.30pm, call for details 01227 770079

15 - The Smack - OPEN MIC NIGHT from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

8 - The Smack - BEN TRUMAN - from 9pm, FREE entry 01227 273056

27 - The Playhouse - ELVIS BY

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3 - Coach & Horses - SOUNDS APPROPRIATE - 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732

3 - The Duke - BERT BUTLER’S JAZZ PILGRIMS 12-30-3pm, FREE entry 01227 280617 3 - Deco5 - AT THE HOP - 8pm, call for details 01227 770079

11 - Deco5 - TIFFANY WELLS - 8.30pm, – £5. 01227 770079 11 - The East Kent - LOST WEEKEND 9pm, FREE entry. 01227 272018

31 - Coach & Horses - CAMINE - 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732

11 - Coach & Horses THE BLUE DEVILS - 8pm, FREE entry 01227 264732

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CLASSICAL JUNE 6 - Canterbury Singers - St Paul’s Church, Church Street, Canterbury. Music by Benjamin Britten and Lennox Berkeley. http://www.canterburysingers.com 13 - Rochester Choral Society - Rochester Cathedral, 7.30pm, Handel 250th anniversary celebration. Handel: Samson. Catherine Bott, Soprano David Allsopp, Counter-Tenor. Details at http://www. rochesterchoral.co.uk or 01634 401049 20 - Canterbury Choral Society Canterbury Cathedral, 7:30 pm, Verdi‚Äôs Requiem. Soloists: Elizabeth Meister: soprano, Julia Riley: mezzo-soprano, John Hudson: tenor, Michael Pearce: bass. Box office: 01227 378188 20 - Folkestone Choral Society - Holy Trinity Church, Folkestone: Bliss -

Pastoral, Lie strewn the white flocks; Hurd - Music’s Praise; Poulenc - Concerto for organ. http://www.folkestonechoral.org. uk/ or call Denise on 01303 251 559

JULY 4 - Cantemus - St Paul’s Church, Canterbury, 7.30pm. Including music by Copland, Del Tredici, Barber: http://www. cantemus.org.uk/next-concert.html, info@cantemus.org.uk 11 - Whitstable Choral Society Canterbury Cathedral - Carl Davis: On the Beach at Night Alone, Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man, Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Tickets: – £15 in Cathedral Choir, – £5 in Cathedral transept (Restricted view, available on the door or in advance from Harbour Books, 01227 264011 or Tony Johnson - 01227 750950, tony@ tonyjohnson.fsnet.co.uk

12 - City of Canterbury Chamber Choir, Chapel of Christ in Majesty, Christchurch University, Canterbury, 7.45pm. http:// www.canterburychamberchoir.org.uk/ concerts.htm 25 - Whitstable Music Society Methodist Church, Argyle Road, 7.30pm. The Dumky Trio (Violin, Cello, Piano) music by Beethoven, Schubert, Suk, Schumann and Dvorak. Tickets – £10 in advance from Gatefield Sounds or on the door, or call 01227 277 227.

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 July issue will be June 22

READER OFFERS! READER OFFERS! READER OFFERS!

Lisa from Body Active UK, providers of Fitness Classes and Personal Training in Kent, would like to give 5 lucky IMP readers the opportunity to get in great shape for the summer, by offering one month of unlimited FREE local fitness classes. For more information on class days, times etc please go to www.bodyactiveuk.co.uk. (Prize is for Month of July 09 and can only be used by the person whose name appears on the voucher)

ENTERTAINMENT

Local couple Bob and Ann Winter have kindly donated 6 copies of their DVD ‘The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway’ to IMP readers. Original archive footage and photographs tell the story of this pioneering railway, which survived for 123 years, from its inception in 1825 through to its closure in 1952 and beyond. The first in a series, the DVD is also available to buy for £13.95 from Harbour Heights. For more details about Harbour Heights or the Crab and Winkle Line log on to www.harbourheights.uk.com or call 01227 772 552.

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Saturday June 6, Saturday July 18 (Oyster Festival) 10am-5.30pm St Mary’s Hall, Oxford Street (Umbrella Centre) - Seaside Brocante - Rustic Seaside Chic. Bigger stands in vintage garden. Furniture - Homeware - Vintage/Designer Clothes - Jewellery/Acessories & Haberdashery. Space can be donated for fundraising for any worthy cause in Whitstable. Cindy Mainwaring: 01227 773037, 07778 318319.

Many of these activities may be term-time only, and some have waiting lists or need to be booked. Contact details are included for each listing, so please check before you arrive!

June 7 - Briary Primary School Summer Fair 124pm - more details in Summer Events page 26 June 12 - Whitstable & District Horticultural Society at United Reformed Church, Middle Wall at 7.30pm - Julie Coleman will speak on Bees. July 10th Summer Social Event. Call 01227 265503 June 13 - Joy Lane Primary School Summer Fair 12-4pm - more details in Summer Events page 26 June 14 - Whitstable Rotary Club’s Pantomime Horse Races returns for the third year. Tankerton Slopes. Fund-raising for good causes. June 17-30 - A Sextant of Six - Art Exhibition at the Horsebridge Centre, entry free, all welcome. More info at info@thehorsebridge-centre.org.uk or call 01227 281 174 June 21 - Whitstable Umbrella Centre’s Fun Day Tankerton Slopes. Stalls & entertainment to support the Community Centre in the heart of town. June 27 - Whitstable Junior School Summer Festival - 11am-3pm - more details in Summer Events page 26 June 27 - St Mary’s Primary School Fair 11am-2pm July 4 - St Alphege Summer Fair 10am-2pm Second and fourth Saturdays of each month Whitstable Farmers’ Market - St Mary’s Hall, Oxford Street (The Umbrella Centre) 9.30am- 2pm, selling meat, fruit, vegetables, drinks, cakes, crafts and with a Fair Trade cafe on site. Becky Richards 01227 770836 Last Wednesday of each month, 1.30-2.30pm - Little Oysters Pre-school storytelling and craft activity - Whitstable Museum. Admission £2 per child, adults free. Materials and refreshments provided. Advance booking 01227 276 998.

COMMUNITY

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Samba Pelo Mar - Whitstable’s own community samba band rehearses Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838. www.sambapelomar.com

Babies Enjoy Your Baby – Joy Lane Children’s Centre – Tuesdays – New mums should receive an invite through their Health Visitor. Call Carol Fellowes on 01227 594417 for more info Baby bounce and rhyme – Whitstable Library, Oxford Street, first Tuesday of each month, 1111.20am. Call 01227 273309 Breastfeeding Clinic – Joy Lane Children’s Centre – Tuesdays, monthly, by appointment only, through midwife Ursula. Call 01227 263998 Drop-in baby clinic – Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Thursday mornings, 9.30-11, no appointment necessary, just call in to see the health visitor for a chat and have your child weighed. Call 01227 263998 Baby Massage – Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Thursdays: 12-1pm appointments only; 1.302.30pm drop in. Call Jo on 01227 594419 Baby Massage – Whitstable Health Centre – 5-week courses, Friday mornings. 50p per session, bring your own massage oil. Call Carol Fellowes on 01227 594417 for more info Locomotion – Joy Lane Children’s Centre - Friday mornings 10-10.45, ages 2-5 years; 11-11.30 ages 6 months - 2 years. For more information call 01227 263998 PIPS - Joy Lane Children’s Centre - for families with children 0-5 with additional needs - Friday mornings 10:00 - 12:00. For more information call 01227 263998

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 Button Tots – Lucerne Neighbourhood Centre, Faversham Road, Seasalter. Monday mornings 10-12, call Jane 01227 282732   3 Years Plus Family Group – Westmeads Infant School, Cromwell Road, Monday afternoons 1.45-2.45. Children can play while parents chat and the sessions provide a gentle link to school. Call 01227 272995 Little Alfies – Seasalter Christian Centre, Faversham Road, fortnightly on Monday afternoons at 1.45, call 01227 276795 Story Time – Swalecliffe Library, Herne Bay Road, Swalecliffe, Monday afternoon 2-2.30, just come along or call 01227 792645

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Playmates – Christian Fellowship Hall, Harbour St – Tuesday mornings 9.15-10.30 or 10.30-11.45. 50p per family. Currently full but spaces expected in New Year – call Diane Wilkin 01227 263393 Tots @ TEC – Tankerton Evangelical Church Hall, Northwood Road, Tankerton, Tuesday mornings 1011.30, £1 per family, open to children from 0-5, call 01227 794328 Seasalter Christian Centre parent and toddler group – Faversham Road, Seasalter, Tuesday afternoons, 1.30-3, £1 per family, call Jane Myhill 01227 770257 Little Lights – St Alphege Church, High Street, every Tuesday afternoon 2-2.30pm, call 01227 770221 All Saints Parent and Toddler Group – Shirley Hall, Church Street – Wednesday afternoons, 1.15-2.45. 50p per family. Term-time only – Call Sue Smith 01227 471325 Parent and Toddler Group – Joy Lane Children’s Centre – Thursday mornings, 9-11.30 in the large crèche room. All welcome. Free of charge – 01227 263998 Chatterbox Baby and Toddler Group – St John’s Church Centre, St John’s Road, Swalecliffe. Friday mornings, 9.30-11.30, 50p per person including drink and biscuits, open to all with babies or pre-schoolers, call 01227 792835 Story time – Whitstable Library, Oxford Street. Friday afternoon, 2-2.30, call 01227 273309

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

FITNESS Irish Dancing for adults - Women’s Institute Hall on Joy Lane. Informal, friendly atmosphere - come along, get fitter and tone up for summer! Mainly adults, Mondays 8-9pm. Call Janice for details on 07895 457020 Low impact keep fit - Mondays 12.15-1.15pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Suzi 07702 386176 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, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Suzi 07702 386176   Walk and talk - Wednesdays 10.30am from Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre – enjoy a walk, some fresh air and lively conversation! Contact centre 01227 274880   Keep Fit for over 50s and less active - Wednesdays 12.30–1.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre 01227 274880

Friday Fun Group – Middle Wall United Reformed Church – 9.30-11.30am. £1 per family. Waiting list, spaces from Spring/Summer ’09 – Contact Pat 01227 771766 or Rita 01227 263959

Badminton courts at the Community College, Whitstable, are now available to hire at weekends. The courts are open to the public between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 1pm on Sundays. For more information or to book call Kelly Litchfield on 07880 902367

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COMMUNITY GUIDE

Joy Lane Swimming Club. Swimming Lessons for all ages and abilities. ASA Level 2 qualified instructors. Joy Lane Primary School swimming pool. Weekly Lessons from now until Oct. Summer Holiday Crash Courses. Ph: 07817 171 524 Email: joylaneswimming@live.co.uk website: www.langtonlaneswimming.co.uk

Clubs/Societies

Whitstable School Transition Group for children starting school at 4. Meet for coffee and a chat while children play, fridays 1.30-3pm. Call Penny on 01227 773155, more info at transitionwhitstable.org.uk, moonmama@inflatablecookie.com

Book club - informal, fun reading group. First Thursday of each month, 6.30-9pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre. The group watch a Movie every other month. Contact centre 01227 274880 East Kent Model Railway Society - Wednesdays 7.30pm, at Club house in the Old Dairy (by Castle Stores), Castle Road, Whitstable. Large OO scale layout for members’ use. New members welcome, children (from 11+) should be accompanied by responsible adult. Info: 01227 275157, nickevanscomms@sky.com

Whitstable Home Education Group meeting Tuesdays 1.30-3pm. Call Penny on 01227 773155, more info at transitionwhitstable.org.uk, moonmama@ inflatablecookie.com

After-School Clubs

Arts and crafts for adults - Thursdays 10am-12, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre 01227 274880

COMMUNITY

Messy Play Sessions – Monday afternoon 12.452.45. Old clothes a requirement! Term time only. Free of charge. Joy Lane Children’s Centre – 01227 263998

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what’s on? www.the-imp.co.uk what’s on? www.the-imp Flowers and Crafts Club - Tuesdays 7-9.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact 01227 281138 Needles and natter - Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre on 01227 274880 Oyster Lacemakers - Mondays, 4–7pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Kay 01227 276921 Reading Group - at Swalecliffe Library - are you interested in joining? We need a minimum of 6 people. If you’d like to take part please call the library on 01227 792645 Samba Pelo Mar Whitstable’s own community samba band rehearses Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838. www.sambapelomar.com Scrabble Club - Mondays 10.30-12.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre 01227 274880 Short Mat Bowls - Friday and Sunday evenings, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Eddie 01227 794600 ‘Stitch and Bitch’ Knit Club - Wednesdays 6.308.30pm at The Archive Film Cafe, 39 Oxford Street. Call Sue Allen on 07592 020120

Seasalter Community Pharmacy - 01227 277744 Out of Hours service – 0844 800 1234 NHS Direct - including Out of Hours Dispensing Pharmacies - 0845 46 47 Blood Donation – 08457 711 711 Stop Smoking Service - NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent - 0800 849 4444 NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service - do you have a health-related problem and don’t know where to turn? For help finding your way through the local NHS 0800 085 6606

Information and Advice Dial Kent - information and advice for the disabled people of Kent - Disability Information and Advice Line - Tel: 01227 771155, Minicom: 01227 771645, Fax: 01227 772631, email: enquiries@dialkent.co.uk, website: www.dialkent.co.uk NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service - do you have a health-related problem and don’t know where to turn? For help finding your way through the local NHS - 0800 085 6606

Local Policing

Walk and Talk - Wednesdays 10.30am from Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre – enjoy a walk, some fresh air and lively conversation! Contact centre 01227 274880

Police surgeries and meetings: www.kentpolice.uk

Whitstable and District Horticultural Society. Meetings at United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, at 7.30pm: June 12th, Julie Coleman will speak on Bees, July 10th Summer Social Event. 01227 265503 for further details.

Chestfield - PC: Steve Pope 01227 868028; PCSO: Mark Harriott 07772 226106

The Whitstable Short Mat Bowls Club is currently looking for new members. Friday evenings 7.30pm throughout the year and also Sunday evenings September to April at the Umbrella Centre. They run two ‘competitive’ teams and one ‘friendly’ team. Call Eddie on 01227 794600 Whitstable Stroke Club - Fridays 3.30-5.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Avril 01227 266827

COMMUNITY

Whitstable Twinning Association - contact Gillian Godley, Secretary, on 01227 793212 or jogi102@aol.com

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Seasalter Surgery - 01227 772327

Chestfield Medical Centre – 0844 477 3073 Saddleton Road Surgery - 01227 272809

Whitstable Health Centre – 0844 477 2566

Inspector for Whitstable: Gordon Etheridge, with Sergeant Dave Brenchley on 01227 868028

Gorrell - PCSO: Abi Symons 01227 868028 Harbour - PC: Andy Camp 07980 683530; PCSO: Aaron Pedwell 07772 226035 Seasalter & Yorkletts - CSO: Aarron Newell 01227 868028 Swalecliffe & Tankerton - PC: Steve Pope 01227 868028; PCSO: Graeme Downes 01227 868028

Volunteer Services Are you elderly or disabled and can’t access public transport? Call the Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme on 01227 264743

Volunteers Needed Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme - Volunteer drivers needed to take elderly or disabled to appointments they can’t miss. If you have time to volunteer please call 01227 264743 Whitstable Volunteer Centre - Volunteers recruited to work in many different charities. Contact volunteering@ whitstablevc.org.uk or call 01227 772248

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LOCAL SERVICES 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 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 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 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 emailcchascomp@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 Reflexology at Body Mind and SOLE - Denise Fasulo, MAR (Member of the Association of Reflexologists). Professional treatment in pleasant surroundings. Call Whitstable 01227 275855 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

Beauticians

the comfort of your own home. Bridal make-up and occassional make-up packages, Pamper parties and gift vouchers are available. Contact Rachel on Tel: 01227 272 579  Mob: 07784 223287

Cake Making Chrissie’s Kitchen - cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. Beautiful, delicious cakes for birthdays, weddings, christenings - any special occasion, or just because you fancy a treat! Call Chrissie on 07511 009 757

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

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

Counselling 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

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

Dress Making Silver Belles and Cockle Shells - Bespoke couture, beautiful and elegant gowns for every occassion; for all ages, shapes and sizes. Fancy dress (eg Abba costumes) also available. All hand-made to order. Contact Heather@conroy.co.uk or call 07864 112294

Bbeautiful - your local mobile beauty therapist. Facials, Waxing, Manicures, Pedicures and Lash/Brow Tints in

COMMUNITY

Do you have a little time to spare? Age Concern Whitstable are looking for volunteers who could help with any of the following: befriending, escorting on their mini bus, day centre helper or lead a health walk. Call Gill Ball on 01227 787313  or 07735556811, or email agecorecruiter@btinternet.com

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what’s on? www.the-imp.co.uk what’s on? Gardening Tranquil Earth Natural Garden Design Specializing in creating traditional and contemporary gardens, built with respect for the environment and to encourage wildlife. Visit www.kentgardendesigner.co.uk for garden ideas

Local Lettings Ivy Lodge - newly-refurbished luxury studio, located at the bottom of Borstal Hill, off-street parking, sleeps 2-4 adults, cot available, 5 minute walk to town, 10 to beach. Courtyard garden, air conditioning, Sky, wireless broadband and more. Prices start from £195. For rates and availability call 0800 955 7973. ‘Stowaways’ Holiday Cottage - Newly-renovated, comfortable 2-bedroom accommodation available for short breaks or weekly lets. Central, 2 mins from town centre, beach & harbour. For photos search wellknown internet site for ‘Whitstable Holiday Cottage’ or call 01227 264719

Parties

Beautiful wedding cakes made to your specification. Go to www.chrissies-kitchen.co.uk or call Chrissie to arrange an appointment on 07511 009 757.

FURTHER AFIELD Holiday Lets Italy - B&B and Self Catering accommodation, near to the beaches, mountains and hilltop towns of Abruzzo. Go to www.shanticentre.com or call 003 908 587 08 273 for further information

Relaxing breaks HALF PRICE yoga holidays - £225 for a week of yoga, sunshine, delicious home-grown food and tranquility. ONE SPACE left on September course, NEW COURSE available 3rd-10th October - book online at http://www.shanticentre.com/booking.php or call 003 908 587 08 273.

Bbeautiful - your local mobile beauty therapist. Facials, Waxing, Manicures, Pedicures and Lash/Brow Tints in the comfort of your own home. Bridal make-up and occassional make-up packages, Pamper parties and gift vouchers are available. Contact Rachel on Tel: 01227 272 579  Mob: 07784 223287

Art of Living Foundation (Sri Sri Ravi shankar) Part One Course at Shanticentre, Italy led by Craig Pruess, world-renowned musician and composer (who wrote ‘Sacred Chants of Siva’, ‘Mother Divine’, the score to ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ and has arranged music for Madonna, Massive Attack, Sir Cliff Richard and many more) September 6-9. For all info please go to www.shanticentre.com or call 003 9 08 587 08 273

Help with all aspects of recycling www.recycle-more.co.uk The Freecycle Network - www.freecycle.org Council Services - Recycling Information: 01227 862 247; Recycling Collections, Banks, Sacks; Domestic Refuse Collection; Dog Fouling: 0800 031 9091; or email environmentalhelpdesk@canterbury.serco.com

Retailers

COMMUNITY

StuArt Photography - Available for weddings & special occasions; studio bookings or in the comfort of your own home. Call for pricing or booking on 07922 535 438

Candles and Home Accessories? Quality fragrant candles in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. TriGlow 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

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Silver Belles and Cockle Shells - Bespoke couture, beautiful and elegant gowns for every occassion, for all ages, shapes and sizes. Hand made to order. Contact Heather@conroy.co.uk or call 07864 112294

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

Weddings Wedding Singer - Make your day really special with beautiful classical music - available for weddings, christenings and any special occasion. Call Christina on 07511 009 757 or listen at www.myspace.com/ christinabosanko

Luxury yoga holiday at Casa Mimosa with Stephanie Shanti. A week of yoga and relaxation in a beautifully restored farmhouse in Abruzzo, the unspoilt region of Italy, with stunning views of the mountains and luxury swimming pool. To book, go to www. houses-in-italy.com and click on Activity Holidays. Listings of 40 words cost £15 for one month, £30 for 3 months or £50 for 6 months. Non-profit organisations are listed free of charge. To be included please email listings@the-imp.co.uk or write to the usual address. Please do let us know if any details change so we are not publishing out-dated information For display advertising please contact mel@the-imp.co.uk or call freephone 0800 44 88 309. In all cases, if you would rather write, our address is: The Whitstable IMP, PO Box 290, Whitstable, CT5 9AH. Deadline for listings in the July issue will be Monday June 22

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