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MARY HEMSLEY INTERIORSHandmade Curtains • Tracks & Poles

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Hi everyone,

I must start this month by thanking those of you that have been sending in jokes for the “Wit & Wisdom” page. Emails relating to a variety of diff erent subjects have contained a contribution of wit tagged onto the end., and a special thank you goes to Mo Charlton for sending me numerous jokes and sayings, as well as adding me to his email circulation of witty repartee. Wit & Wisdom lives on!

As this magazine arrives we are about to head into Easter and our thoughts turn to time off from work (yippee), family get togethers and CHOCOLATE Easter Eggs! I’m sure that a very respectable period of time has now elapsed since Mother’s Day so I’m more than ready for my next chocolate fi x.

Easter tends to be the fi rst opportunity to get out into the open and enjoy the spring sunshine, I do so hope that the weather continues to be good through the holiday period, it’s such a tonic. For those of you planning to tackle the garden, you‘ll fi nd all the help you need within these pages, hopefully this will make it that little easier and enjoyable. You can than sit back with your Easter Eggs at hand and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

As I write a thought just crossed my mind, isn’t it strange that I have no-one advertising chocolate in this magazine? I would make such a good sponsor!

Have a great Easter ~ Enjoy!

~ DebbieT: 01233 720488e:[email protected][email protected]

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Its nice to see that the weather has reverted back to normality, but the damage has been done. The bulbs in the garden once they started emerging just carried on growing, and when the Spring Show arrived, all those lovely bulbs I had planted in pots and containers had been and gone and I had very little to enter. Don’t get me wrong, they looked really lovely on the patio, bright and cheery, but they were for the show, and my chances of winning a cup had gone (sigh). Still there was always the cookery section!

The leeks are all gone now, and very nice they were too. I didn’t realise just how many dishes you could incorporate leeks. I even used them in some ham, cheese and leek stuff ed pancakes in a lovely cheese sauce. A bit diff erent to the usual lemon ones on Pancake day!! The new leek seeds are in and some are showing their little spiky seedling leaf. Grow them on until roughly the size of a spring onion. This will be around June. Lift (this is where I usually give half away), and taking a dibber make a good deep hole, about 5-6inches deep should do it, trim the roots back a little and drop a baby leek into each hole. They need to be about 9-12” apart. Fill each hole with water (don’t fi ll with soil), to settle the roots in. To keep the stems nice and white you can blanch them by drawing dry soil up around the stem. Personally I didn’t bother with this as I found that apart from the really rough leaves, the darker greener leaves were wonderful in soups, casseroles etc and there was very little waste. I have also put

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in my shallot sets and am having another go at Spring onions. My Achilles heel is Spring onions. No matter what I do they don’t seem to grow. I think this time I shall put them in a trough and see what happens.

It certainly is a busy time for us gardeners, sowing, sowing, sowing. I have put my favourites in again, The Tom Thumb lettuce has been sprinkled onto some damp compost in a tray, which I shall use as baby lettuce seedlings in salads which is plenty for husband and I, but I shall also pop a few to grow on in the vege patch along with my row of Little Gem. French Breakfast radish is a must, peppery and hot, brilliant with a nice dip for lunch. Try them in a ham sandwich instead of mustard, you’ll be surprised. Its also about now that I am putting up my runner bean row in readiness for the bean plants come May. These I always sow in small pots around the third week of April and grow on in the greenhouse. When they go in the ground I interspace with a bean, ( it’s the just in case scenario). Now the seeds are in I am going to do a little revamping on the top French patio. The pergola is up and ready to take plants. I managed to get a cutting from the Blue eyes clematis which

it threw up itself I hasten to add, so that shall go in the top bed and I think maybe some climbing nasturtiums. Double usage with this one, not only do they look good, but taste good too. Try them mixed into a salad, both leaves and fl owers are peppery and delicious. Bonus is that they are easy to grow and easily self seed.

The Primula that I split didn’t do too bad. I think they could have been better had it not been for the silly weather that we had. I shall leave them in and hope that they improve next year, after all remember they cost me nothing. I have also got to keep and eye on all the cuttings etc that I have taken for the Jubilee sale at Recreation Ground Road in June, don’t forget to visit us even if its just to say hello.

Its that time again! I don’t know, I’m sure it’s the lighter mornings that does it. Coff ee time seems to come round a lot quicker, and no I’m not getting up any earlier. Now today I have a choice, either a nice marzipan bake all crispy and crunchy, or a slice of scrummy fruit cake. Am I being greedy having both? JW

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STONE GREEN NURSERIESOpen Weekend Dates for this year 2012

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Seasonal Delights

BASE• 3 eggs • 70g caster sugar• 50g plain fl our • 2 tbsp cocoa powderMOUSSE• 2 x 150g bars good quality white chocolate, broken into pieces

• 3 tbsp milk • 1 tsp vanilla extract• 300ml double cream • 3 large egg whites

• 2 tsp powdered gelatineGLAZE

• 85g plain chocolate • 20g unsalted butter• 4 tbsp double cream

• Melted white chocolate and small candy coated chocolate eggs, to decorate

Serves 8Perfect for a special Easter Sunday meal this indulgent dessert has a chocolate sponge base, creamy white chocolate mousse fi lling and a rich and dark chocolate glaze. It can be prepared the day before or made a couple of weeks in advance and frozen.

Easter Chocolate Mousse Cake

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 20 cm round spring-form tin. To make the base, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until very thick and pale – the whisk should leave a trail in the mixture when lifted.

Ready in1¼ hours plus 3 - 4 hours chilling

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2. Sift over the fl our and cocoa and fold in gently. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 12-15 minutes until just springy to the touch. Turn out and leave to cool completely. Clean the tin and lightly grease and re-line the base. Place the cold sponge in the base of the tin.

FruitApples (stored)Rhubarb

VegetablesAsparagusBroccoli (Purple SproutingCarrotsCabbage

Caulifl owerGreensKaleSwede


SorrelSpring Onions

FishCocklesCodCrabHalibutJohn Dory

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Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane.1st and 3rd Friday of each month

From 1pm to 4pmContact Pauline Hickson 01233 740979


CHALLOCK2nd & 4th Saturday of each month

10am – 2pm Contact 01233 740237


9.00 -11.30 every Thurs MorningTeas & coff ees available, Crafts, in season

vegetables and baking. Graham attends on the 2nd Thursday of the month, to sharpen the

knives,tools and garden gadgets ect.We must apologize for the date error in March

copy of the Village directory. Thank you to everyone who came along on the wrong day

and then returned the following week for Graham. Contact 01233 740176

EGERTONEvery Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

ROLVENDEN - 01580 240763Every Thursday 10am -12 noon

St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall

TENTERDEN COUNTRY MARKETEvery Friday 9.30am -11.30am

St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road.

WAREHORNEWarehorne Village Hall 10am -1pm

4th Sunday of the monthTel: 01233 733718 or Mob: 07979 905600.

WITTERSHAM MARKETEvery Tuesday Village Hall 9am. - 11am

Tel: 01797 270757

WYE - 07804 652156First and third Saturday of every monthon the Village Green in Wye. Tel: 07804

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3. To make the mousse, place the white chocolate, milk and vanilla extract in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth then stir in 4 tbsp of the cream.

4. Dissolve the gelatine in 2 tbsp hot water. Cool for a few minutes then stir into the chocolate mixture. Softly whip the rest of the cream and fold into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold in. Spoon the mousse over the sponge base and chill for 3-4 hours until set.

5. For the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth then stir in the cream. Leave until cool and thick enough to spread, stirring occasionally.

6. Remove the mousse cake from the tin and gently spread the chocolate glaze over the top. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and decorate with the chocolate eggs.

SalmonSea BassSea Trout

Meat & GameBeefGuinea FowlHareLamb

MuttonPorkRabbitVealVenisonWood Pigeon

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what’s on


Events AprilTenterden Museum Special Exhibition 2012: The Tenterden Folk Festival – History in the Making. Starting 6 April and running all season, this year’s exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the Tenterden Folk Festival, celebrating the history of folk traditions in Kent with a display of rarely-exhibited items and events culminating in the Festival itself in October. Details and opening times at or ring 07702 214402.Tuesday 03 April Lenham Valley Business Association Networking Meeting at The Holiday Inn Hothfi eld. Speaker Jon Burston Rialto IT with a presentation called ‘12 top tips for 2012’. Book online or call 01622 820841.

Wednesday 18th April The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8pm. This will be a member’s problems evening. Advanced notice of problems is always desirable, but bring along your questions in any case. Annual membership £10 plus £2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome (£3, but fi rst visit is free)Full [email protected] April 14th Pluckley Gardening Society Spring Show at Pluckley village hall 10.15 - 11.45. A wide range of decorative classes, fl owers, veg, pot plants, children’s competition, carved vegetable, arrangement of fl owers in yoghurt pots. Prize giving at 3.30pm Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pat Morss 01233 840686 or email [email protected] Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 25th April at 7:30pm. in the Village Hall for a ‘Gardeners Question Time’. Questions can be off ered on the night or in advance if preferred. Contact Audrey on 01580291624 or Lesley on 01580291931. Members £1.50, Non Members £2.50. Annual membership £5. New members are always welcome.

Sunday 27th May COUNTRY FAYRE AT LENHAM East Lenham Farm, Ashford Road (A20) Lenham ME17 2DP. Enquiries For Trade Stands/Craft Stalls etc. 01233 756 266 or [email protected]

Egerton Church of England Primary School




Sunday 13th May 2012


6.5k run through beautiful lanes and bluebell woodland

Childrens FUN RUN and family NATURE TRAIL

Refreshments, medals and goodbags

from (follow the link through Community, Friends of Egerton School)

Details from

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES Badminton Club Requires New Members. Previous experience preferred, not essential. First visit free. Please call Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134 or Joanne Field on 01233 613795 for more details.Little Chart Bridge ClubFriendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395.Parkinson’s UK, Ashford Branch. Meets on 1st Wednesday of every month at Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford. For information call Robert Gurney 01233 666577Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 p.m.-10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134.Smarden Heritage Centre - Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm visit: www.smardenheritagecentre.synthasite.comBiddenden Squash Club 01580 291130email [email protected] Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948.

Charing Scottish Dancing Beginners Club Friday evenings, Charing Parish Hall, 7.30pm. We guarantee a relaxed and enjoyable evening. But we desperately need a few younger members - who might eventually with training form a small demonstration team for pub events or fetes . Do come along and bring a friend. Ring Evelyn or John Voller on 01233 713758.The Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Audrey Davies on 01580 291624 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931Headcorn Bowls Club - Free coaching available to newcomers. Contact Chris 01622 858100 or David 01580 291996.Smarden Short Mat Bowls ClubWe welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and the fi rst Tues. of month at 7.15pm, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572.Yoga Class Sissinghurst Friday mornings 9.30 - 10.45. Experienced, qualifi ed BWY teacher. Contact Sarah Howie 01580 291594Pilates Classes- Challock Village Hall, Wednesdays 9:15am. Suitable for all levels. Contact Victoria 07543543373Yoga Friendly classes suitable for all levels. Mondays 9.30-10.45 in Tenterden & Thursdays 7.00-8.00pm, The Green Health Club, Charing. Call Daniela 01233 860417 or 07939870826

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Give your child an excellent start in life

Ashford Friars Prep SchoolRegistrations now being taken for Reception and Year 3

“My child is so confi dent and independent since joining Reception at Ashford Friars. He really benefi ts from the small class sizes, the

excellent facilities and the varied mix of lessons. He loves Music and Movement, ICT and is very much enjoying hockey. His reading and

writing is just amazing too.” Parent, February 2012

Contact our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Jenny Garrard,on 01233 620493 to book a tour with the Headmaster

or email [email protected].

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health & beauty


The changes to life that retirement brings can be quite a shock, even if you have been looking forward to it. Losing the focus of going to work each day can be hard and it is easy to slip into a sedentary lifestyle. But research shows that those who keep active both physically and mentally enjoy a healthier later life. So what can you do?

The benefi ts of activityRegular exercise has a huge number of benefi ts: it strengthens your muscles, aiding mobility and reducing the risk of falls and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and osteoporosis (brittle bones). It also helps to reduce the risk of other conditions, such as diabetes and stroke. It improves coordination and balance and encourages a healthy appetite, regular bowel movements and means you are more likely to sleep well at night. It also stimulates the brain, so that you’re less likely to suff er from stress or depression.

Small amounts of regular exercise or activity is better for you than a big burst of energy one day and then nothing for the rest of the week. And exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym - there is plenty you can do at home and while you’re out and about to keep active.

At home you can tackle the garden - just a little weeding or pruning is using your muscles and keeping them fl exible; and even housework is great for strengthening muscles. Try an exercise DVD at home - and ask a friend to join you to make it more fun. Walk as much as you can each day - to the local shops or library and take up some social activities that will encourage you to meet other people as well as

exercise, such as dance or arts & craft classes; or keep fi t for the over 50s. And, if you have lots of energy, you could even try Zumba, which is fast-paced and fun. All these activities will keep your muscles moving and supple.

Age UK (formerly Age Concern) has a nationwide programme, Fit as a Fiddle, which supports people over 50 with physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing. Find out more at tasafi

Keeping mentally stimulatedStudies show that the more you use your brain the more mentally active you’ll remain. As well as slowing down memory loss (although you’re still likely to forget things!), you can also reduce the chances of conditions such as Alzheimer’s. As with physical exercise, keeping mentally active can also help to reduce stress and depression.

There are many activities that can help to keep your brain mentally agile. At home you can tackle crossword puzzles, Sudoku or chess. Maybe now is the time to start reading all those books you never had time for when you were working? It is also possible to ‘train’ your mind by using trigger words to jog your memory. Using sticky notes on the fridge will help to remind you of what you need to do that day.

Joining groups with common interests will encourage you to meet and interact with new people as well as keeping your mind occupied. Try bingo; learn a new language or how to use a computer; or enrol on a cookery course.

Your local council or library will have information on classes and activities for older people - just take your pick!

Keeping Physically and Mentally

AgileKeeping your body and mind stimulated will help you to get so much more out of your later years

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A few days ago I received a telephone call from a worried c u s t o m e r :

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My clients are often worried about what it might cost to get their computer fi xed, but more often, they are concerned about losing their valuable photos, music collection or work emails. It’s not until they realise these may be lost, that they start thinking about what they should have done to protect them.

One of the fi rst questions I ask is: “Do you have a backup?” and I’m no longer surprised when they answer that it’s something they have been meaning to get around to. It’s understandable that in our busy lives, we take our computer for granted. So it’s only when it goes wrong, gets stolen or it gets soaked in Ribena (yes it happened!) that we realise how vulnerable our precious data really is. It’s important to remember that computers can and do go wrong. Despite the tremendous value of technology, it’s not the same as storing your photos in a trusty old fashioned fi ling cabinet!

...back to the story. This kind of call is all in a day’s work for me - in my job, you have to develop a kind of “desk-side manner” and be very reassuring. I went to the lady’s offi ce to take a look, and to give her a free diagnosis. Over the years, I have developed very quick but eff ective ways of identifying the likely causes of the most common computer problems. Within 15 minutes I was able to

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If you would like a free diagnosis of a computer problem, or would like to get that all important back-up system in place, then call Steve at Ashford Computer Solutions. We’re always happy to help!

If you need any computer security advice, Steve Newman of Ashford Computer Solutions can be contacted on 01233 469217.

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How to Play: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1 through 9, with no repetition! That’s all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s addictive!


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wit & wisdom



A daughter says to her ageing father, it‛s taken you eighty years But you have fi nally learnt to put your hand In front of your face when you

sneeze,Of course i do says the old man, how else can i catch my teeth.

The Magical Bank Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit £86,400.00 in your private account for your use. However, this prize had rules, just as any game has certain rules. The fi rst set of rules would be:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another £86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules:

1. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “It’s over, the game is over!”

2. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right? Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, right?


Each of us is in possession of such a “magical” bank. We just can’t seem to see it. THE MAGICAL BANK IS TIME! Each awakening morning we receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us. What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone. Each morning the account is refi lled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time... WITHOUT WARNING.

WELL, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?

Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount in pounds? Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, and enjoy life!


Two elderly ladies had been

friends for many decades. Over

the years, they had shared all

kinds of activities and adventures.

LatelyTheir activities had been limited to

meeting a few times a week to play

cards. One day they were playing

cards when one looked at the other

And said “now dont get mad at

me....I know weve been friends for

a long time, but i cant think of your

name! Ive thought and thought

But i cant remember it. Please tell

me what your name is”

Her friend glared at her for at

least three minutes she just stared

and glared at her. Finally she said

“how soon do you need to know”

I had a very happy childhood; every summer dad would squeeze me into a car tyre and roll me down all the hills. They were goodyears!

Overheard at a rowing boat lake:

“Come in number 9, your time is

up!”2nd voice, “Number 9 isn‛t out

today John, it‛s being repainted in

the shed”Original voice, “number 6, do you

need any help?”

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useful information


Doctors SurgeryThe Charing Surgery 01233 714 490Parish Councils:Biddenden: 01580 890750Pluckley: 01622 890596Charing: 01233 713599Egerton:01622 853558Smarden: 07752 395412Ashford Borough Council 01233 Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 Gateway 01580 762558Citizens Advice Bureau 01233 626185CPRE Kent 01233 714540Veterinary SurgeonsBarrow Hill Vets 01233 624687Pierson Stewart & Partners 01580 713381Charing Business Centre 01233 647 422Age Concern 01233 620 E: [email protected] Cancer Support

Disclaimer: Every care is taken to ensure this directory is as accurate as possible but the publishers do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from errors or omissions.

Village Halls:

Biddenden 01580 291320Charing 01233 713599Charing Heath 01233 713317 Egerton 01233 756416Little Chart 01233 840 590 or 01233 840 395Pluckley 01622 890596Smarden Charter Hall 01233 770258 Wittersham 01797 270 656

Parkinson’s UK, Ashford BranchContact Robert Gurney 01233 666577Royal British Legion 01233 620 167St. John Ambulance Brigade 01233 611 414SE Kent Multiple Sclerosis Soc. 07767326138 email: [email protected]: Tenterden & DistrictMrs J Coombs 01580 763733

Bus EnquiriesArriva Bus Enquiries 0844 800 44 11Stage Coach East Kent: 0871 200 22 33 (Timetable) or 08456 00 22 99 (Customer Services)National Train Wheels 01233 840000

Emergency 999Police Neighbhd TeamAshford & Tenterden 01233 896332Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Out of Hours Doctor 0845 4349655William Harvey Hospital 01233 633331

Samaritans 08457 90 90

Electricity: Southern Electric 0845 770 8090 EDF Energy 0800 783 8866Gas: Natural 0800 111 999 LPG Details on tank

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