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ISSUE 26

March/April 2011

WIN £50 holiday voucher comedy at the playhouse: hattie hayridge The Whitstable diet Part two

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eborah Mylcrist has been letting holiday homes through Hillcross Estates in Whitstable for several years and has built a thriving business with more than 50 properties on her books. But where do Whitstable locals go to get away from it all? The answer to this question was the seed of Deborah’s new business, holiday homes that were bought to be used by their owners. “It’s like a boutique holiday club, all the property owners are known to me personally,” Deborah explains, “and I have been to many of the properties personally. If the property is described as five minutes from the beach than it IS five minutes from the beach. The thing to remember is that these properties are used by the owners for their own holidays; they were bought because their owners fell in love with them, and wanted to return time and again to relax and unwind. The photos are honest pictures and the properties are as described.”

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And it’s not all ‘buckets and spades’. Yes, there are idyllic homes in sun-drenched getaways - like Zauri View in Goa, which sleeps up to 12 - but there is also Chalet Verjus in the French Alps for the winter sports fanatics, and other locations include Lanzarote, Spain, Morocco, The Caribbean, and Cyprus - and the list is growing. Low-cost airlines have made organising your own holiday a very easy and affordable option, and having access to the property owner means you know exactly what facilities are available when you arrive. Local knowledge is worth its weight in gold - you can plan your stay before you depart, know what to do, where to eat and what to look out for. For details on what’s available, or if you own a suitable property and are interested in letting it, call Deborah on 01227 277883 or 0784 102 1207 www.holidayhomefromhome.co.uk


WELCOME TO THE MARCH/APRIL ISSUE OF THE IMP! Hello readers! Apologies for the delay to your enjoyment of the IMP this time - we’ve had to combine the March and April issues due to a variety of factors, including illness and print schedules. It will, at least, give us chance to be nice and early with the May issue, which we hope to start distributing mid-April, as we know you don’t like to miss out on things at the beginning of the month. Welcome once more to our new Herne Bay readers and many thanks for all the positive feedback and words of encouragement. It’s still bitterly cold as I type this, but there were a couple of almost spring-like days in the half-term, and we live in hope that spring is well on its way… But for now, enjoy our little smorgasbord of tasty titbits, and we’ll see you next month.

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 christina@the-imp.co.uk

CONTRIBUTORS Chris Haydon – Chris is 19 years old and has lived in Whitstable his whole life. Currently studying Film at the University of Brighton, Chris is an avid film fan and buff, and plans to go to the National Film School after University to study Directing Fiction Film and Documentary. He will be writing reviews for the IMP between course work and writing for the university’s paper, ‘The Pebble’. Malissa Taylor – South African-born Malissa is passionate about three things; Mamahood, Music and Mother Earth. She spends most of her time consumed by these and feels that her responsibility is to ensure that each is celebrated by everything that she does. Malissa loves to be part of, and write about, the Whitstable community and local music. Lucy de Pledge – Chestfield-based mother of two and self-confessed metalhead, Lucy works in Faversham as an estate agent, as well as providing the IMP with Festivals and Gig guides through her band and gig promotions company, LDP promotions. Contact her at www.ldppromotions.com or 07834 354618. 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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Hillcross Estates Deborah Mylcrist, ‘Whitstable Native’, mother of two and owner of Hillcross Estates Ltd (or as you may know them, Hillcross Holiday Homes) explains how her business began and the joys and challenges of running a business in Whitstable. “I started because, as part of Mylcrist Builders, as well as building and renovating for the public, we purchase and improve properties then sell on - as builders do... One time we bought a bungalow in Tankerton, had plans drawn up, but had problems gaining planning permission to convert it into a 4-bedroomed house.”

And it can be hard juggling work and family life: “Very hard,” Deborah agrees, “My housework slips in the summer and I take my children into work sometimes, so they can help me.”

Husband Geoff was philosophical and planned to wait a year and apply again, but in the meantime suggested Deborah furnish it and advertise it as a holiday home. “At first I thought, ‘Why would I want to run myself ragged to furnish this whole house, design adverts and deal with people from around the world, handle their money, look after them during their stay... AND I had a six year old child, a job and my own house to look after?’” Deborah laughed, “But I did it because I like a challenge.” It was a big success, was booked all summer, and in winter Deborah turned it to flexi-lets. And found it a rather fun thing to do. “Then a friend with a second home asked if I could do the same with her house, and another, and so on. Now I have 50 houses on my books,” Deborah explains. The most challenging thing for Deborah was dealing with all the laundry and cleaning at change-over time, and as the business grew she needed help: “I had to get a good team of cleaners, laundry staff, maintenance people, check-in personnel, and so on.”

But the rewards far outweigh the difficulties. And Deborah’s favourite part of her work? “Waking up on a Sunday morning and logging onto my lap top to see who has booked during the night. The on-line booking service means people can book at any time, day or night, from anywhere in the world and pay by using Google check out. I like that.” Everything is online now and Deborah owes much of this to Koolwebs, another Whitstable company, who created and maintain Deborah’s website and office systems. The next-best thing for Deborah is when people arrive at Whitstable by train. “I offer to collect them and show them local points of interest on the way to their holiday home.

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I think this is the best way to start a holiday by the sea, to be taxied from the station and shown where the food shops, best pubs or harbour is on the way.” And Deborah also has the help of Magma Wines in Harbour Street, whose friendly staff and out-of-hours opening times help enormously as a pick-up point for late arrivals to collect their keys from. “The holiday maker receives a free bottle of wine, and the very friendly shop owner can point them in the right direction.”

Deborah is kindly donating a £50 voucher to put towards a stay in Whitstable this season – perhaps you have family or friends planning to visit this summer who would enjoy a discount? Enter on their behalf at: editorial@the-imp. co.uk or write to our postal address with the subject: HILLCROSS DRAW and one lucky winner will be picked at random by Hillcross Estates. Christina Birkett

A year ago Deborah launched Holiday Home from Home – Deborah explains: “The idea is that you can go to a holiday home owned by someone who lives in Whitstable, where you can meet and talk to the owners direct before embarking into the unknown. We had this idea after taking a holiday in India via a friend who lives in Whitstable who owns the villa there. We were able to discuss any requirements and recommendations beforehand. In terms of the future, Deborah would like the growth of the business to continue, but is also launching a couple of new ventures: “This year we will be operating an on-line shopping service - wine, flowers and groceries can be ordered at the time of booking and be in the holiday house waiting for guests on arrival.”

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HATTIE HAYRIDGE Nick Wilty has worked his magic once again, and on April 18 we can look forward to seeing Hattie Hayridge supporting Lee Hurst at ‘OyOySter Comedy’ in The Playhouse. Hattie has known Nick really well for years from the comedy circuit. “We’ve both done gigs all over the place,” she explains “although Nick is the King of finding gigs in weird places…” And, as with Nick, comedy was not a deliberate career choice for Hattie. “I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was still going back the careers office long after I left school and they told me not to come there anymore,” she jokes. “Air hostess was one idea. Maybe a personal secretary who could speak loads of languages and fly a plane, but definitely something that involved travel and glamour. Maybe stand-up looks like that from the outside…” It all started after a bad day as a temping secretary, when she spontaneously took to the stage in the openmic slot after the interval. That same night she was offered a slot at a different club two weeks later and all of a sudden found herself writing material. And it wasn’t long before she appeared on Friday Night Live, in 1988, and from there was sent the script for the part of Holly’s female equivalent in series 2 of Red Dwarf. “Once you’re on the circuit, it leads to other things - like writing comedy,” Hattie explains. But which does she prefer? “I like writing for shows if it’s with the other writers, but not if they just give you a

subject and send you off home. Stand-up is the best when it’s going well.” And when it’s not going so well? Hattie remembers a notorious club in South London, The Tunnel: “A bloke walked across the back of the stage and lifted my dress up over my head. I slapped him, he threw an egg at me and the whole place turned into a bar room brawl…” But the successful moments have far outnumbered the embarrassing ones, for Hattie. She has written an autobiography, Random Abstract Memory, published in 1997: “Which sounds rather grand or celebby, but it’s neither - just true, mostly comic, incidents that could have happened to anybody, and written in an amusing way,” she explains, and she is proud to have done a parachute jump, “though I was told I landed in the “’ead, ‘eels, arse, ‘ospital position” - which means flat on your back.” “Doing Friday Night Live was a proud moment, because it was live, and it went well and it was the first time my mum saw me on TV,” she recalls. And, more recently, she performed on the Craig Ferguson show, on Nationwide US TV. “I was just hanging about in LA in 2009. I was asked spontaneously and had to get a set together really quickly for US telly, and it did go well.” And her plans for the future include coming up with some TV ideas, re-writing the

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Accidental Comedian ending of a film script, and more stand-up. Also, lie-ins: “Working at night does mean you don’t usually have to put an alarm on, I love just waking up whenever.” And very little housework: “I like lots of things, none of them domestic.”. Possibly interspersed with tutting at blokes for looking like total scruffs, or middle-aged paper boys. “My idea of a perfect man was formed by James Bond,” she explains, “so I’ve got no chance.” Hattie is approachable, funny (obviously), unpretentious, and very clever. She holds a first class honours degree in International Relations (among other things) and is also the proud owner of the Celebrity Mastermind trophy. And she is looking

pebbles, sea front houses and sea food the whole atmosphere of the town.”

Hattie’s first visit, about 10 years ago, was not a complete success, however - but she did at least get to see the sea… “I drove down from London in my 1969 Wolseley car,” she recalls. “I got about a mile outside Whitstable, near where those new houses and roundabouts are, and it broke down. When the AA man arrived, I asked him if he could at least tow me along the sea front first, so he did. I came back a couple of years later when I had a decent car.” Luckily Hattie has a couple of friends who live here now and was down a couple of times last summer just for fun, and she likes playing in old theatres, so she will love The Playhouse. You can see Hattie’s episode of Carpool with Robert Llewellyn at llewtube.comSee her live, with Lee Hurst, at The Playhouse, 7.45pm on April 18th for what promises to be a very funny evening of stand-up and chat.Tickets are available from www.theplayhousewhitstable.co.uk, or call the box office on 01227 272 042.

See the OyOySter Comedy group on Facebook or www.oyoyster.com Christina Birkett

forward to performing at The Playhouse and already knows, and loves, Whitstable: “I love the place, its Olde Worlde charm, such good individual shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and of course the beach, 11


Local Artist Local artist Cathy McTurk grew up in the cosmopolitan buzz of vibrant cities but it is the countryside that remains closest to her heart. The first thing I spoke to Cathy about was her inspiration - what compels her to paint? She answers very simply…”Nature.” Human beings work away in high-rise office blocks and drive clever machines around; our day-to-day life is eased by the services of robots (we are now able to be served by a tiny lady in a machine at the Tesco ‘self service’ checkout!). In today’s modern world it is easy to forget that we are part of nature. We are part of the circle of life, just like plants and animals, from when we bloom to when we return to the earth.

The hidden patterns to be found in nature are things that greatly influence Cathy, she finds beauty in natural geometric patterns and organic shapes. A lot of her work involves circles, powerful shapes, with many meanings in the history of the earth. Above all, they represent the ‘life cycle’. Cathy feels an affinity with nature: “Everything and everyone is interconnected throughout the universe,” she says.

Cathy came to England when she was 17, spending the swinging sixties in London. She laughs: “A friend of mine jokes that I was always in the right place at the right time!” She then spent a number of years living in Wales, where the awesome beauty of nature first inspired her. It was in the 80s that Cathy moved to Whitstable where she could “smell and hear the sea” from her studio. She has never looked back.

Cathy has taught in adult education for a number of years, has exhibited in many places including Canary Wharf’s ‘First Edition’ gallery, and has had exhibitions at The Horsebridge and at The Fish Slab. She is totally immersed in Whitstable’s artistic community; is on the committee at The Fish Slab and runs ‘Parasol Arts’, an art workshop that runs at The Umbrella Centre every Tuesday morning. The group will be exhibiting their work at The Fish Slab in May.


Cathy McTurk At the moment Cathy is working on experimenting with new techniques and working on a new body of work. Her current project is a series of paintings dedicated to her favourite poets, such as Dylan Thomas and Charles Baudelaire. She is aiming to capture the mood of their work on canvas. Cathy enjoys experimenting with new techniques in her work and the process of spontaneous mark making is very important to her. “An energy wave is a force field,” she explains, “but also an idea. Ideas manifest themselves as matter in my paintings.” Cathy believes that there is a difference between

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what is pretty and what is beautiful. “Beauty has truth value,” she says, “it is universal and human beings are drawn to it.” Nature isn’t just pretty, it is beautiful, and Cathy’s work instils in you a feeling similar to the one experienced when you see the first buds of spring appear. It is a breath of fresh air, a sigh of relief that the darks days of winter are finally coming to a close, a ray of hope. Cathy’s work positively blooms. Georgie Mind


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More Secrets of The Whitstable Diet Last month I wrote about the new realisation that foods which contain cholesterol, notably prawns, do not raise blood cholesterol for the vast majority of people. More important is the way the omega-3s they contain directly protect your heart, even though they don’t change cholesterol levels. People know about the omega-3s in oily fish, like salmon, mackerel and sardines, but the next secret I discovered was just how much omega-3 there is in many shellfish.

New analyses, which included oysters and clams from Whitstable, showed that they contain much more omega-3 than previously thought. Mussels and crab, especially the brown meat, are very rich. It seems everyone had been concentrating on oily fish and simply forgetting about shellfish. When we recall how important shellfish like oysters, cockles and mussels were in the diet until the middle of the last century, we realise how much has changed and why most people today have so little omega-3 in their diet. When I was growing up, if we didn’t have crab paste or fish paste for Sunday tea, we often had a portion of cockles, all good sources now largely gone from the modern diet. But the other big thing about seafood is the importance of the things it doesn’t contain. When you choose seafood you are avoiding most of the worst things about the modern Western diet at one go; calories, saturated fat and omega 6 fats. It is the high protein content and low calorie content, especially of white fish like cod and haddock that put them at the top of the league for ‘satiety’, the ability to satisfy appetite at a low level of calories. I only heard the word for the first time a couple of years ago when talking to Prof. Margaret Rayman of Surrey University Medical School. Suddenly everything started to make sense. Instead of thinking

all the time about the things that particular foods contain, with every new ‘superfood’ promising high levels of some magic ingredient, we need to think more about what they don’t contain. After all, if you are eating a balanced diet, you shouldn’t need massive levels of anything extra. So I was pleased to read just the other week that satiety is the new diet buzz word, as seafood, especially white fish is right up there at the top. It is actually 16 years since researchers at the University of Sydney published a paper titled A Satiety Index of Common Foods. Among the carbohydrate-rich foods, they rated potatoes as top by far (but not chips (French fries), presumably because the fat increases the calories but not the ability to satiate. Of the proteins, white fish was top and of the breakfast cereals tested, porridge was top and of course fruit also rated well. All that useful information is buried deep in the archive, but discovering it in the British Library whilst studying the Whitstable Diet was what unlocked it for me. Whitstable Local Dr Clive Askew, a retired marine biologist, has been in the shellfish industry all his working life.

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Today is the 14th of February.  There are mixed reviews of this day... Some see Valentine's as a load of consumer rubbish and others cherish the day as one of love and romance..  I am really pleased that by the time you read this, Valentine's will long be passed.   And that what I have to say will sound true regardless of the day it is written on or indeed, when it is read.  I am a helpless, hopeless romantic.  I believe in love first and always and not just on Valentine's day. I believe that like with music, we should immerse ourselves in love, swim in it and let it swim in us. Every moment of every day of every year of every lifetime..   Judging from her music, Anna Lang seems to comply with my thoughts on love and music.  She immerses herself in her music and from her writing it is clear to me that love forms an integral part of her writing process.  

As I listen to her album for the ten thousandth time today, I am comforted by the knowledge that through music and particularly music like Anna Lang's, Love should form a part of our every day and not just on a day prescribed by the media and our western calendar.

Anna Lang was born in Northern Ireland but she is one of us, that is, she has made Whitstable her home.  Though she has performed locally, she is concentrating on her writing, something to which she has only come to really recently.  Through collaborating with Chris Cawte and creating a chart topping song on an internet music site called Soundclick (www. soundclick.com), she came across a somebody called Paul Mcilwaine. Their music and lyrics were married and can be experienced on each of their Soundclick pages.  Their first collaboration went on to top many charts indicating the beauty of their collective sounds.  As a result of this, they were approached by Rockstar Music Group who signed them up with a publishing deal.  They however, are not expected to write only with each other. Anna writes with a plethora of other talented people including Paul D May, John Holgate, Mark Woodcock and Billy Flack.

Her album is available from Amazon and iTunes by digital download.

Through her fantastic writing, Rockstar Media offered her a marvellous opportunity; to release her own album through their record label called Rocka Records.  The album, released in 2010 is called, "Tiptoe through my Heart".  It is a beautiful journey though a landscape of varying genres including easy-listening, countryish, but as Anna gladly admits, 'jumps from genres constantly to experiment and to surprise...".  She continues to say that she has written country, pop, indie and blues with her co-writers.  She believes that it is all part of the writing process.  She insists that she does not want to be stuck in any single genre but rather to play between them and have fun while she does it...

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Happy Valentine's day (no matter what the date is now...) WEBSITE:www.annalangmusic.com FACEBOOK:Anna Lang MYSPACE:www.myspace.com/annalangofficial EMAIL:annalang@live.co.uk Malissa Taylor


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lint Eastwood is usually in the running for a bunch of Oscars every time he makes a movie; however his latest picture, ‘Hereafter’, has only been nominated for one in the Visual Effects category.

So is Clint down on his luck this year, or are critics being a little too critical?‘Hereafter’ follows the stories of three people, George Lonegan (Matt Damon), Marie LeLay (Cecile De France) and Marcus (Frankie McLaren), all affected by death. Lonegan is a blue-collar American who used to be a psychic, LeLay is a successful French woman who has a near-death experience and Marcus is a young British twin whose brother passes away. The events that surround them question the meaning of death, and what happens when it arrives. The group crosses paths and lives, leaving the thought of an after-life and contacting the dead to be the only thing to keep everyone going. This is a character-driven picture so virtually every scene has one of the three leads present and Eastwood knows how to direct his actors, but it does sport some great special effects that may only come in small bursts, and the opening 10 minutes are breathtaking. I think many critics have been unfair to this film; it’s certainly not up there with his best, but this is far from Eastwood’s worst. At points, it does feel a little preachy and religious but its characters aren’t; they are just people who have been affected by the unexplainable. ‘Hereafter’ does have a few problems, however; at points it does feel baggy and drawnout, and the overly forced British accents do remind the viewer of Dick Van Dyke in ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964), but overall I found this picture to be a pleasant surprise and I am annoyed that it’s been so down-trodden. The performances are all to a very good standard but Damon is clearly the stand-out; he is really believable as George, a man who’s desperate to escape his past and move on but nothing will allow him to. I’m certain this will divide audiences and many will question the film’s messages and meanings, but I was really impressed by it. It’s far from perfect and it does have some niggles but ‘Hereafter’ understands itself as being a piece of character cinema and runs with it. Verdict: 4 out of 5- Unfairly battered by most; ‘Hereafter’ is visually arresting, engaging and Damon’s performance is fantastic. Chris Haydon 22

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The Durham House-based Acting Up Drama Group

meets at St Mary’s Hall, Whitstable, on Tuesdays, 7.309pm. Members have experience of mental ill health and use drama to promote confidence, communication, team building and social contact exploring a variety of media, such as singing, acting, poetry and dance.  There is a weekly subscription of £1 which boosts the group’s funds and helps to pay for hall rental. Current members have grown in stature and have developed sufficient confidence as to enable them to pursue various courses and interests unrelated to drama, thus transforming their lives. Any input is welcomed, with sets, scripts, props, design, ticket sales, etc. Anyone interested in joining can come along or telephone Durham House on 01227 594888

Comedy legend Adrian Edmondson is bringing his

folk trio, The Bad Shepherds to Whitstable on May 20th. Nominated Best Live Act at the BBC Folk Awards 2010 and a real hit at last year’s summer festivals, reviews in The Daily Telegraph and others have described them as ‘genius’, ‘mesmerising’, ‘hilarious’ and ‘absolutely brilliant’. They play punk songs on folk instruments and do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others. They give the songs a Celtic feel, and have stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there, but occasionally they just thrash! They will be supported by one of Whitstable’s finest bands, Natural Selection, as featured in the IMP, November 2010. Tickets are £15 from www.wegottickets.com, Hotel Continental, Gatefield Sounds,Whitstable/Herne Bay, and Canterbury Rock. www.whitlive.co.uk

Volunteers play a vital role for Age Concern, in helping them continue to deliver a wide range of services to Whitstable’s older residents. Currently Age Concern Whitstable is looking for the following volunteers: Receptionist to answer the phone, meet and greet visitors and assist with admin; Befrienders to visit an older person for a chat and a cup of tea on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis; Relief mini bus drivers to assist when regular drivers are unavailable; Trustee to help with the running of the charity and to attend regular trustee meetings. If you could help out it will be very much appreciated, please contact Gill Ball on 07735556811.

Local band the Flame Pilots are launching their EP

on April 2nd in The Stables @ The Duke at a free gig. An original rock 4-piece band, why not pop down from 7pm and see what it’s all about?

Whitstable Rugby Club players helped to officially

launch the new state-of-the-art digital x-ray suite and extended opening hours at Estuary View Minor Injury Unit on March 1st this year. Club captain and dad-oftwo Mark Payne, his son Sam, 18, and Ollie Hopkins, 21, declared the new x-ray suite at Estuary View Medical Centre in Boorman Way open. Open 8am until 8pm seven days a week and staffed by highly experienced and specialist minor injury nurses, the unit can treat suspected broken bones, sprains and strains, minor head injuries, minor burns and scalds, cuts, wounds and grazes plus a host of other minor conditions.


Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the League of Friends of Whitstable Health Care and Hospital, who raised £200k for the x-ray equipment, patients with suspected broken bones will no longer have to go to busy accident and emergency departments. X-rays will be taken on-site by radiographers provided through Spire St Saviour’s Hospital, Hythe.

The Joy Lane Community Swimming Pool article

from last month has had lots of positive feedback and raised awareness of the community Pool’s plight, but it has also been pointed out that it didn’t specifically thank the parents and children who campaigned, publicised and called The People’s Millions number; and friends, Rainbows and Brownies who braved the cold outside Tesco and Sainsbury’s to raise

awareness. The article did thank ‘all involved’ but as parent-campaigner/voters ourselves, here is a big THANK YOU to everyone in the community who campaigned and actually voted on the day and helped the pool fund reach such a significant milestone.Fundraising efforts continue, and this really is a community project, so if you would like to contribute in any way, please call Mark Ashley-Jones on 01227 261 430.

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MARCH Whitstable 11 – Deco 5 - CHRIS CORCORAN TRIO – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 11 – Duke – TRAIN SET – FREE entry, 01227 280617

– 8.30-11pm, FREE entry, 01227 264740 18 – Marine Hotel - FULL CIRCLE - 01227 272 672 18 – Coach & Horses – MACK’S DINER – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

23 – Horsebridge, Chives Café – TONGUE TIDE – 7.30pm, £4, 01227 281174 24 – Deco 5 – RY’S BIG BLOOZE JAM – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 24 – Ship Centurion – CHICORY TIP – FREE entry, 01227 264740

11 – Neptune – PASS THE CAT – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272262

18 – Neptune – STEVE BOLTON – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272262

11 – Coach & Horses – LED GREMLIN – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732

18 – Duke – WILSON FORD – FREE entry, 01227 280617

25 – Duke – GET CARTER – FREE entry, 01227 280617

18 – Deco 5 – DJ SKAFACE – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

25 – Deco 5 – STANDARD 5 – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

12 – Deco 5 - FLETCH – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

18 – Horsebridge – BLUE RHYTHM KINGS – 8pm, £8/6, 01227 281174

25 – Horsebridge – CHATBACK COMEDY – 8pm, £8/6, 01227 281174

12 – Neptune – NEW WHITE TRASH – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272262

18 – East Kent – BREED – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018

26 – Neptune – EMILY & THE BEATS – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272262

11 – East Kent – UP ALL NIGHT – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 272018

12 – Coach & Horses – ALIVE & KICKING – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 13 – Duke – ROGER BETTS – FREE entry, 01227 280617

19 – Neptune – MDGSON & GIBSON – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272262 19 – Deco 5 - WASABI – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

13 – Neptune – LIVE MUSIC – FREE entry, 5-8pm, 01227 272262

19 – Horsebridge - KEITH JAMES (LEONARD COHEN SONGS) – 8pm, £12/10, 01227 281174

13 – Deco 5 – KYM IFILL – 5-7pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

20 – Neptune – LIVE MUSIC – FREE entry, 5-8pm, 01227 272262

13 – Two Brewers – RUN VT – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272150

20 – Duke – BLUE DEVS TRIO – FREE entry, 01227 280617

15 – Deco 5 - CHRIS CORCORAN TRIO – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

20 – Deco 5 – RY’S OPEN MIC – 5-7pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

17 – Deco 5 – DIVA NIGHT – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

20 – Two Brewers – KELLY’S HEROES – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272150

17 – Ship Centurion – JO FRANCIS & THE BLUE NOTES

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25 – Neptune – VINCE MARTIN – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272262

26 - Deco 5 – RICHARD ROZZE TRIO – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 26 – Coach & Horses – BLUES FUSION – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 264732 27– Neptune – TOBY BARELLI – FREE entry, 5-8pm, 01227 272262 27 – Duke – CAHOOTS – FREE entry, 01227 280617 27 – Two Brewers – MACK’S DINER – FREE entry, 9pm, 01227 272150 31 – Ship Centurion – FREELOADERS – FREE entry, 01227 264740


APRIL 1 - Deco 5 – FILTHY BOOZEHOUNDS – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

1 – Duke – BITTEN BY MONKEYS – FREE entry, 01227 280617

17 - Deco 5 – ZEDHEADS – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

2 – Royal Native Oyster Stores – JOHN RENBOURN & ROBIN WILLIAMSON

21 – Ship Centurion – BONA TUNES – FREE entry, 01227 264740

– 8pm, £12/10, 07895 683567

21 - Deco 5 – SONG WRITER NIGHT – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

2 - Deco 5 – GOOSBUMPS – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 2 – The Stables @ The Duke – FLAME PILOTS EP LAUNCH – FREE entry, 01227 280617 3 – Duke – LEIGH HIGHWOOD & GARY HOBLEY – FREE entry, 01227 280617

17 – Duke – ANDY MILLS – FREE entry, 01227 280617

22 – Duke – GROOVE JUNCTION – FREE entry, 01227 280617 22 - Deco 5 – DJ SKAFACE – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 23 - Deco 5 – THE SESSION – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

3 - Deco 5 – URBAN CAFE – FREE entry, 01227 770079

24 – Duke – JUMBO GUMBO – FREE entry, 01227 280617

7 – Royal Native Oyster Stores WHITSTABLE FOLK CLUB: JEZ LOWE – 8pm, £8/6, 07895 683567

24 - Deco 5 – RY ACOUSTIC SPECIAL – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

7 – Ship Centurion – OPEN HARP SURGERY – FREE entry, 01227 264740

25 – Duke – SALLY IRONMONGER – FREE entry, 01227 280617

7 - Deco 5 – EP SOUL CHILDREN – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

27 – Horsebridge, Chives Cafe – TONGUE TIDE – 7.30pm, £4, 01227 281174

8 – Duke – FULL CIRCLE – FREE entry, 01227 280617

28 – Ship Centurion – CHARLIE – FREE entry, 01227 264740

8 - Deco 5 – VIBE PROJECT – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

28 - Deco 5 – RY’S BIG BLOOZE JAM – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

9 - Deco 5 – VIOLET JIVE – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 10 – Duke – BAD INFLUENCE – FREE entry, 01227 280617 10 - Deco 5 – RY’S OPEN MIC – FREE entry, 01227 770079 14 – Ship Centurion – WHITE PEPPER – FREE entry, 01227 264740

29 – Duke – IVAN’S ALL STARS – FREE entry, 01227 280617 29 - Deco 5 – ST PETER’S – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079 30 – East Quay - THE BLOCKHEADS + NATURAL SELECTION - 7.30pm, £15 www.whitlive.co.uk

14 - Deco 5 – CRAIG FRANCIS – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

30 - Deco 5 – LATIN FUNCTION – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 770079

15 – Duke – SUNDOWN BAND – FREE entry, 01227 280617

30 – Horsebridge – JO FRANCIS & THE BLUE NOTES – 8pm, £8/£6, 01227 281174

15 - Deco 5 – SNEAKIN’ SALLY –

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Further afield March 14 – The Barge, Gillingham – GASTOVE & MICK – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 15 – The Ship Inn, Conyer – RUN VT – FREE entry, 01795 520881 16 – The Barge, Gillingham – KRIS DOLLIMORE – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 18 – Red Lion Hotel, Hythe – JO FRANCIS & THE BLUE NOTES – 8.30pm, FREE entry, 01303 263 900 18 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – MEL HARRIS – FREE entry, 01843 862013 18 – Angel, Addington Green – FRAN MCGILLIVARY – Free entry, 01732 842117 19 – The Barge, Gillingham – MAKER – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 21 – The Barge, Gillingham – PORCH SWING BLUES – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 22 – The Ship Inn, Conyer – LAWRENCE’S OPEN MIC – FREE entry, 01795 520881 23 – The Old Wine Vaults, Faversham – FAVERSHAM ROCK CLUB – 8-late, 07834354618  24 – Keppels Bar, The Grand Hotel, Folkestone - JO FRANCIS & THE BLUE NOTES – £5 on door, 01303 222222 25 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – COLIN REECE ROADSHOW – FREE entry, 01843 862013 25 – Angel, Addington Green – CRUZ CONTROL – Free entry, 01732 842117 26 – Rodney’s Sports Bar, Herne Bay – UNDERWORLD HEROES – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 375658 26 – The Barge, Gillingham – WHEELS – 9pm, Free entry, 01634


850 485 26 – Westcoast Bar, Margate – ME VS HERO + SAVE YOUR BREATH, SUMMERLIN, 3RD PLACE VICTORY, SCREAMDON’TWHISPER – 16+ show, 6-10.30pm, £5 advance £6 on door, 07938 090700 28 – The Barge, Gillingham – PETE FYFE & LES ELVIN – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 29 – The Ship Inn, Conyer – FREELOADERS – FREE entry, 01795 520881 30 – The Anchor, Sevenoaks – BRENDAN POWER & DAVE PEABODY + BOTTLE CLUB – 9pm, FREE entry, 01732 454898

LAWRENCE’S OPEN MIC – FREE entry, 01795 520881

LAWRENCE’S OPEN MIC – FREE entry, 01795 520881

6 – Woody’s Bar, Canterbury Uni – SIX SECOND SILENCE - 01227 82422

22 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – KELLY’S HEROES – FREE entry, 01843 862013

6 – Angel, Addington Green – PORCH SWING BLUES – Free entry, 01732 842117

22 – Angel, Addington Green – CHICORY TIP – Free entry, 01732 842117

6 – The Barge, Gillingham – OPEN MIC– 9pm, Free, 01634 850 485

26 – The Ship Inn, Conyer – STUDHOLME & LEVERTON – FREE entry, 01795 520881

8 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – CHICORY TIP – FREE entry, 01843 862013 8 – Angel, Addington Green – CHARLIE – Free entry, 01732 842117

27 – The Old Wine Vaults, Faversham – FAVERSHAM ROCK CLUB – 8-late, 07834354618  29 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – PORCH SWING BLUES – FREE entry, 01843 862013

APRIL

9 – Westcoast Bar, Margate – 2 FRONT MEN NAMED ALEX – 16+ show, 6.30-10.30pm, £5 advance £6 on door, 07938 090700

1 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – TRAIN SET DUO – FREE entry, 01843 862013

11 – The Barge, Gillingham – TOBY, SOPH, CALLUM + BASS – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485

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1 – Angel, Addington Green – A&M RETRO SHOW – Free entry, 01732 842117

12 – The Ship Inn, Conyer – ROGER BETTS – FREE entry, 01795 520881

2 – Rodney’s Sports Bar, Herne Bay – EMILY & THE BEATS – 9pm, FREE entry, 01227 375658

13 – The Old Wine Vaults, Faversham – FAVERSHAM ROCK CLUB – 8-late, 07834354618 

26 – St John’s Methodist Church, Argyle Road – WHITSTABLE MUSIC SOCIETY: ATRIUM STRING QUARTET, Schumann, Shostakovitch, Beethoven, 7.30pm, £12/6, 01227 277227

2 – Westgate Hall, Canterbury – MASKED BALL CHARITY EVENT: BRENDAN POWER, IVAN THOMPSON, BEN MILLS, SIMON FOSTER. £40 including hot Moorish Buffet & charity auction. 07968 810638

15 – Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs – THE JIVES – FREE entry, 01843 862013

2 – The Barge, Gillingham – CLEA ROSE TRIO – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 4 – The Barge, Gillingham – JIGGIT – 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 5 – The Ship Inn, Conyer –

15 – Angel, Addington Green – WHITE PEPPER – Free entry, 01732 842117 18 – Angel, Addington Green – FRAN MCGILLIVARY – Free entry, 01732 842117 18 – The Barge, Gillingham – BIGGIN HILLBILLIES– 9pm, Free entry, 01634 850 485 19 – The Ship Inn, Conyer –

29 – Angel, Addington Green – RUN VT – Free entry, 01732 842117

april 26 – St John’s Methodist Church, Argyle Road – WHITSTABLE MUSIC SOCIETY: ATRIUM STRING QUARTET, SOOJIN HAN: Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev. 7.30pm, £12/6, 01227 277227 22 – St John’s Methodist Church, Argyle Road – FRIENDS IN HARMONY: HANDEL’S MESSIAH PARTS I & II, 3.15pm, FREE entry, including hot cross buns, tea and coffee.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS March 6th March – Bootfair at Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre 9am – 2pm. If you would like to book a table £10 per table in advance (proceeds go to supporting your local community centre) – 01227 274880 or wucc@btclick.com 11th- The Whitstable & District Horticultural Society United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, Whitstable at 7-30pm. The next meeting is on March 11th when Mr Kevin Tooher will be speaking on “A Vegetable Calendar.” Visitors £1 19th - 3rd Whitstable Scouts jumble sale, 2pm, All Saints Hall, Church Street, Whitstable. Admission is 20p each. Jumble may be left at the Halll between 10.00 and 11.00 on the morning of the sale.

Baby bounce and rhyme –  Whitstable Library, Oxford Street, first Tuesday of each month, 11-11.20am. 01227 273309 Drop-in baby clinic – Joy Lane Children’s Centre Thursdays 9.30-11am, no appointment necessary, call in to see the health visitor, chat and have your child weighed. Call 01227 263998 Baby Massage - Joy Lane Children’s Centre Thursdays 12.00-1pm. 01227 564421 Baby Massage – Whitstable Health Centre – 5-week courses, Friday am. 50p per session, bring your own massage oil. Call Carol Fellowes on 01227 594417 Portage Drop in & Play - Joy Lane Children’s Centre - for families with children 0-5 with additional needs Fridays 10am-12. Call 01227 263998 for more info

19th - Spring Sale at St. John’s Methodist Church, Argyle Rd. from 9:30am Admission 20p. Nearly new clothes, books, toys, home made produce, refreshments. 20th March – Bootfair at Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre 9am – 2pm. If you would like to book a table £10 per table in advance (proceeds go to supporting your local community centre) – 01227 274880 or wucc@btclick.com 31st- Spring Concert at St Peter’s Methodist Church, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury This is a fundraising event for the Mustard Seed Singers, a choir promoting mental health and wellbeing. Entry is free of charge, but donations would be gratefully received. There will also be a short Workshop, in which it is hoped as many of the audience as possible will become involved! April

Parent and Toddler Heuristic Play - 9-10am, drop in at Swalecliffe Children’s Centre - 01227 272103 Carer & Toddler group - St Alphege, Monday 9.1510.45am, 50p per family. 01227 272977. Arts & Crafts - Mondays 10-11am term-time only, drop in at Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 Button Tots – Lucerne Neighbourhood Centre, Faversham Road. Mondays 10am-12, call Jane 01227 282732 Walk & Talk - fortnightly, Mondays, (term-time only) 1.30 for 1.45 start at JoJo’s Tankerton. For parents with under 5s. Swalecliffe Children’s Centre 01227 272103 Baby Massage - Mondays 9:30 - 10:30, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre. Bookable at Centre 01227 272103 Enjoy your Baby: Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30 Appointment Only 01227 594421 Swalecliffe Children’s Centre. 3 Years Plus Family Group – Westmeads Infant School, Cromwell Road, Mondays 1.45-2.45pm. 01227 272995

8th - Horsebridge Centre holds its first clothes swapping party. Come along at 7pm bring £3 entry and any clothes or accessories that you would be proud to pass on to a fellow swapper.

Little Alfies – Seasalter Christian Centre, alternate Mondays 1.45pm, call 07733070933

Ongoing Parkrun Whitstable - Every Saturday morning 9am, Tankerton Slopes, opposite the Marine Hotel.  FREE 5k measured, timed run/walk/jog. Open to all abilities athletes-beginners. Families welcome. Barcode entry. Obtain your FREE barcode from www.parkrun.org and just turn up at 08.50 ready for 09.00 start.

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Story Time – Swalecliffe Library, Herne Bay Road, Swalecliffe, Mondays 2-2.30pm, drop in or call 01227 792645 Health Trainer’s Drop in – Mondays 1-2.30pm. Healrh advice & support for parents of young children. Joy Lane Children’s Centre – 01227 263998 Messy Play Sessions – Mondays 1-3pm. Bring old clothes! Free of charge. Joy Lane Children’s Centre – 01227 263998 Midwife Clinic - Tuesdays 9am-3pm, Swalecliffe Children’s Centre, appointment only through Whitstable Health Centre. Playmates - Christian Fellowship Hall, Harbour Street. Tuesday 9.30-11.30am, term-time only. 80p per family. All welcome. Diane Wilkin: 01227 263393.


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Lane Children’s Centre (also other days) call: 01227 263998. 1-2pm Swalecliffe Children’s Centre, Drop-in, 01227 2727103

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, 1st Tuesday of the month, 11-11.20am - 01227 273309

Impressions & Expressions Mondays 9.30 10.30 pre-book at Joy Lane Children’s Centre on 01227 263998

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 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

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: 07730 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. whitstablecc.tripod.com 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@ googlemail.com Whitstable Home Education Group Tuesdays 1.303pm. Penny: 01227 773155, transitionwhitstable.org.uk, moonmama@inflatablecookie.com Whitstable Majorettes and Pom Teams - age 5+, St Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Street, Whitstable, Monday 4-6pm, £2 per session. 07900 478863

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

Adult Education

Find a Voice (lends equipment to people with speech & Communication difficulties) Fridays 10-11am, Joy Lane Children’s Centre: 01227 263998

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

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

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

Adult Classes: Beginners/Improvers Monday-Friday at TDA. Ballet, Tap, Pilates/Yoga, Dance-fit low impact. Call Helena for details: 01227 275375

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

Chinese Mandarin Lessons for Adult/GCSE. Phone Seamay: 01227 772393 or email seamaychinese@hotmail.com

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10.30am - Tree Tops Retreat, Wraik Hill, £4.50/class inc tea or coffee. Booking essential. 01227 280265, 07850 104560 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 Ballroom & Latin American Dancing, Tuesdays 1.303pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 274880 Burn Fat, Get Fit! - with Personal Training and Classes. Boot Camps - Tuesday 7pm, Thursday 6:30pm and Friday 7am on Church St playing field. Buggy workout - Friday 11am Meet on Tankerton Slopes 45 min. Run Training - Friday 12.30 on Church St playing field 45 min. CALL MARK - 079689 55526 or e-mail Mark@ bodyworks-pt.co.uk. Check www.bodyworks-pt.co.uk for more information.

Book Club - Tankerton, 3rd Thursday in month 7.30pm. Friendly group of mixed ages reading a variety of fiction. Prospective new members are invited to contact Tim Mason on 01227 272126 Book club - 1st Thursday of the month, 6.30-9pm, Umbrella Centre. Movie every other month. 01227 274880 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 Needles and Natter - Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm, 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  www.lebedmethod.com

Needles & Pins - Thursdays 12-2pm, Main Hall Umbrella Centre. Sewing classes for all abilities, call 01227 274880.

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

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

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, sarah@jelly-legs.co.uk or www.jelly-legs. co.uk for more information.

Oyster Lacemakers - Mondays, 4–7pm, Umbrella Centre, 01227 276921

Reading Group - Swalecliffe Library, 01227 792645 Samba Pelo Mar samba band, Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838.

Low impact keep fit - Mondays 12.15-1.15pm, Umbrella Centre, Suzi: 07702 386176

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

PILATES CLASSES - Mondays 5:30pm-6:45pm at the Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable. 

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

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. Yoga - Mondays 1.20-2.20pm, Umbrella Centre, Suzi: 07702 386176

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. Whitstable Photographic Group – 1st & 3rd Friday each month, 8-10pm, The Castle, Tower Hill. 01227 275936

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

Whitstable Short Mat Bowls Club - Fridays & Sundays 7.30pm, Umbrella Centre. 01227 794600

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CHANGE YOUR LUCK – CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Do you feel you could make more of life? Whether you want to supercharge your confidence, become more relaxed or gain more control so that you can focus on creating the life YOU want, we can help. www. pureserendipity.co.uk ; 0845 579 4262 FOOT FRIEND - The gentle foot health care service in your own home from nail cutting, corns, callus removal, padding to bespoke toe supports and props made if needed. Visits within a 10 mile redus. Call Rochelle Lewis on 07974008120  CARING FOR YOUR FEET - Full consultation & treatment in your own home. Treatment for corns, calluses, verruca, in growing toenails flat feet etc., by a foot health professional qualified 40 years £20. Please phone Rob Miller M.C.F.H.P M.A.F.H.P 07956 665 338 Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage. Treatment room in Whitstable; home visits within 3 mile radius. Gift vouchers, taster sessions and pamper events. Contact Liz Compton on 07931201148 or email CChasComp@aol.com, www.therapybythesea.co.uk Hypnotherapy for Smoking is the least expensive within a 20 mile radius. Based in Chestfield. Call Peter Corrigan on 01227 792359 or email: peter.corrigan@ tesco.net www.stopsmoking-kent.co.uk

Local Policing Police surgeries and meetings: www.kent.police.uk  Whitstable: 01227 868028 Chestfield - 01227 868028 or 0777 222 6106 Gorrell - 0777 222 5966 Harbour - 07980 683530 or 0777 222 6035 Seasalter & Yorkletts - 01227 868028 Swalecliffe & Tankerton - 01227 868028 or 01227 868028

Reflexology & Massage at Body Mind and SOLE Denise Fasulo, MAR (Member of the Association of Reflexologists). Professional treatment in pleasant surroundings. Call Whitstable 01227 275855 Reflexology at Sole Indulgence for stress reduction, relaxation & better health. “If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must do.” Sarah, Whitstable.  Gift vouchers available. New - Hot Stones Reflexology. Call Alison on 01227 272131  www.soleindulgence.co.uk

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Beauty Secrets at home - Mobile Beauty Treatments, Acrylic Nails/Art, Spray Tanning & Waxing. SPECIAL OFFER: Acrylic Nails & Spray Tan just £40! Evening/ weekend appointments available. Discount on tanning parties. 8 years’ experience, qualified and insured: 07932007845

Volunteers Needed Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme - drivers needed to take elderly or disabled to appointments. If you have time to volunteer please call 01227 264743

bbeautiful mobile beauty therapy & beauty room.  Bridal make-up packages, Facials, O.P.I Manicures & Pedicures, UV Gel nails, Lash/Brow tints, Waxing, Individual lashes.  Pamper parties and Teenage make-up parties. Gift vouchers available. Insured and a member of Associated Beauty Therapists. Call Rachel on 07784223287

Whitstable Volunteer Centre - Volunteers recruited to work in many different charities. Contact volunteering@ whitstablevc.org.uk or call 01227 772248

LOCAL SERVICES Alternative Therapies 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

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what’s on? whitstable what’s on? whitstable 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 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

hedge trimming, fencing, carpentry/woodwork projects for gardens. Call 07835 665 707 Parties Partylite - Candles and Home Accessories? Quality fragrant candles in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Tri-Glow Reed Diffusers. Have an evening/coffee morning with friends and host a candle party. Monthly Hostess/Guest specials. Call: Karen 07956 575980  www.candlesulite.com Retailers *Ripple Farm Organics* ORGANIC  &  LOCAL - Crundale, Canterbury  CT4 7EB. Boxes delivered to your area. 01227 730898 (answer-phone) www.ripplefarmorganics.co.uk

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.

Sunlock Blinds - Blinds for home conservatory or office. Made to measure, vertical, venetians, wooden, rollers, flyscreens, outside canopies. Upholstery Foam also available. Home visits arranged, free no obligation quotes. Free fitting service. Family-run business 32 years, 01227 281191; 07828 564082

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Affordable bespoke curtain and blind making service. Free estimates and measuring service. Co-ordinated soft furnishings, kitchenware and fabric gifts. Fabric also available to buy. Call Karen Mansfield Originals 01795 535348 or 07903 193390.

Experienced and professional Reader and Teacher of Tarot in Whitstable. Private readings, parties, talks and gift vouchers available. 8 week courses at Horsebridge Centre. See www.suzannecorbie.co.uk. Call Suzanne on 07732 493 014 or email info@suzannecorbie.co.uk

Curtains & Blinds professionally made, all hand-finished, alterations undertaken, 30 yrs’ experience. Call Jan 01227 792729 or 07729 895123

Weddings Beautiful Wedding Cakes, reasonably priced, made to your specific requirements, phone Chrissie for a free consultation on 07511 009 757. Pictures and testimonials on Chrissie’s Kitchen facebook group or at www.chrissies-kitchen.co.uk Need a Wedding/Function band? Enquire at: www. mybandagency.co.uk/site/book/IMP001 to be sent options and links to available bands and music. The ultimate bespoke bridal hairdresser, make-up artist and facialists in the comfort of your boudoir & hotel room. It’s like having your very own fairy godmother on your wedding day. For a consultation contact us on 07807 892 857 Wedding Singer - Let professionally-trained soprano Christina make your day special. Repertoire to suit your needs, call for a free consultation: 07511 009 757

Home Maintenance Leaded lights and Stained Glass New Commissions and Repairs B A Horsey 01227 273 634 DESIGN KENT - Planning & Building Regulation drawings & application service. Fast & reliable service with very competitive rates. Call Philip on 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: dvdmarm@tiscali.co.uk

F.T.S. Electrical Installations, all aspects of electrical work undertaken. Home Buyers/ Landlord surveys and reports, and periodic inspections. Door entry and alarm systems. Fully Qualified and Part P and Napit registered, Call Paul Fletcher on 01795 539302 & 07885 587350. High Quality Painters and Decorators. With her skilled

team, can transform your house, and work with you to create the look you want. 18 years’ experience, Special Paint Finishes,Painted Furniture,Kitchens, Colour and Design Advise. Call Victoria on: 01795 539302 & 07970303610 Lady Painter & Decorator, 30 years’ experience, clean & tidy worker, no job too small. Call Kim on 01227 791 524 or 07792 195 411 Swann Plumbing Services is a small familyrun plumbing & heating firm. We undertake all plumbing work from a leaky tap to a new boiler, please check website for a full list of services and local testimonials. Trading Standards Approved, OFTEC and Gas Safe Registered. 01227 262 585 www.swannplumbing.com Gardening Gardening/Property Maintenance - No job too small. Whitstable area only. Tree pruning, lawn mowing/tidying,

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

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