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MARY HEMSLEY INTERIORSHandmade Curtains • Tracks & Poles

Blinds • Wallpapers • UpholsteryDesigner Fabrics

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Piano LessonsPiano LessonsFrom 9.30am to 8.30pm, From 9.30am to 8.30pm, Charing HeathCharing Heath

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life Welcome tothe village directory

Hi everyone,

I must start my intro this month with an apology for July’s crossword puzzle. The supplier notifi ed me of an error, but too late for me to make any changes, the magazines had already gone to print and there was nothing I could do. As you can imagine, with 37,000 magazines being delivered, my email and telephone line have been hot with readers fi nding the “Simple Crossword” not so simple!

Most were good humoured and understanding, asking if it was April 1st! Unfortunately, I’m disappointed to say, one or two were rather curt and less understanding, but I suppose that’s life, we are not all the same. Life is not perfect and things go wrong now and then, especially, it seems, when running six magazines from the bottom of your garden (as I do), but I look on it as an opportunity to learn. I bet it really challenged your brains for a while though

Mondays 9.30am Egerton Games Barn Mondays 7.00pm Hamstreet Primary School Wednesdays 6.30pm Egerton Games Barn

Saturdays 9.30am Shadoxhurst Village Hall

Stretch and Core Class only £3.00 per class* Mondays 8.00pm Hamstreet Primary School

* Egerton* Hamstreet* Shadoxhurst

BIDDENDEN SQUASH CLUBGordon Jones Playing Field,Biddenden, Kent 01580 291130email [email protected] [email protected]

Friendly club with 2 courts and a bar

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Award WinningVery traditional Indian restaurants

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Weddings, Parties & Business functions can be fully catered with a dance fl oor and party

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didn’t it! Normal service has now resumed so I hope you enjoy this month’s crossword.

July was certainly a challenge for me, my smartphone app, which I so proudly announced in the magazine, incurred a delay. The approval of the app by Apple was delayed, and without Apple approval I could not go live, even with the Android version. Hopefully by the time you read this the problem will be resolved and the app available for free download by anyone with a smartphone.

Have a great month!

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

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AugustAfter perusing over the last few months columns that I have written I realise just how much I have mentioned the weather, it must be an English trait that talking about the weather plays such a huge part in our lives, so who am I to change things. The weather continues to be rather strange, but its been the terrible winds that have devastated the garden. This time of year we are used to towering blousy

delphiniums along with tall elegant Ht roses and climbers. Instead they have been blown over by the gales that keep hitting us in this SE corner. My selenium, (potato plant), was so badly hit that it looked like I had held a wedding in the garden. All the blossom was blown off and lay forlornly on the ground. I have never known it before but even the clematis got wind burn!! Such a shame. I can honestly say that this peculiar weather has put my garden back by approximately three weeks. Not a raspberry or spring onion ready, not even a lilly out in bloom. Browsing round to fi nd a few entries for the Summer Show that had no damage was like looking for hens teeth! I concluded that if I picked the few items that I had in the garden that was undamaged, I wouldn’t have a garden left at all! So at the end of the day I opted out of the fruit, veg and fl owers and entered all the cookery classes instead. I did re-sow my lost seeds, including the runner beans which had completely rotted in the ground, but it is looking rather dodgy as to how much will come through. All fi ngers are crossed.

On a lighter note – at long last the top pergola is fi nished, and it looks really lovely. Hubby put

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G r o u n d c a r e D i v i s i o n


Tel: 01233 619 290 Henwood Ind. Est., Henwood Road, Ashford, Kent TN24

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it some extra special eff ort to get it fi nished as I had two clematis that my lovely neighbour had given me as a gift to plant and their going to be trained up and over the pergola. I must admit I do admire it when I go up the garden as it looks almost Japanese. Now I must gingerly unravel the climbing rose from the arch and start to train it over the pergola. I have only one whinge and that is that pigeons have already moved in and are using it as a roost. Imagine the mess they are making on the patio. Mind you the rose has huge thorns, perhaps they won’t appreciate a few spikes up their bottoms and maybe that will deter them!

Now in the greenhouse things are going well. The picnic cucumbers are really producing well and from the two plants that I have, I have six cucumbers ready. I can really recommend giving these a go, especially if there is only two of you. One cucumber would be more than enough for a nice salad or sandwich. Good job I have plenty of people who like cucumbers. The tomatoes have fl owers but as yet no fruit, they are looking good and I have high hopes for a bumper crop. But the sweet pepper

just sits there unmoving, not a fl ower in sight. We shall wait and see on that one.

Well now to report back on “those” lettuce. What a waste of money. I am now down to three seedlings and they are really being nurtured. Its been ages since they went in and I have cropped a whole tub of Little Gem since. Needless to say I shan’t buy those again. And as for the basket tomatoes, they are growing……slowly. Normally by now I would be picking the odd one or two, again a bad buy. Once more I remind myself to stick to what varieties I know and trust. Will I ever learn? Trouble is the seed companies make them sound so exciting and diff erent that you want to have a go, and I’m sure its not just me is it?

Coff ee time and today I have hubbys company, that is after he’s fi nished mowing the lawn. Because of the show I have some amazing cheese straws and shortbread that needs eating, both his favourites. Best I grab mine now before he comes in!


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LandscapingTree Surgery &

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• All Aspects of Treework

Felling, Pruning, Shaping

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• Hedge Cutting

• Regular Mowing

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• Domestic or Commercial• Overgrown Garden Restoration• Patios• Turfi ng

For a Free Quote Please Call Richard Wilson on 07792216613 or 01233 720891

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Little Dene BoardingCattery

& Small Pet Boarding01622 858510

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On our open weekends We invite you.

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Single Oven £35.00Single Oven £35.00Small Oven/Grill £17.00Small Oven/Grill £17.00Large OvenLarge Oven(90cm wide)(90cm wide) £42.00 £42.00Hobs from £12.00Hobs from £12.00Extractors From £12.00Extractors From £12.00AGA’S, Ranges AGA’S, Ranges Priced AccordinglyPriced Accordingly

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• 01233 380023 or 0800 1409800

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WEATHERMAN WINDOWS LIMITED13 & 15 Bank Street, Ashford, Kent TN23 1DE

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All You Need To Know!


1. Always choose good quality premium minced steak for the best fl avour but pick one that has some fat in it – don’t buy extra lean mince as the burgers will dry out too much during cooking. Try asking your local butcher to mince some rump or chuck steak with about 20% fat content. For four quarter pounder burgers you’ll need 500g mince.

2. Mince is fairly bland so you’ll need to add plenty of fl avouring. Grated or very fi nely chopped onion and minced garlic form the basic fl avouring but you add whatever dried or fresh herb, spice or seasoning you like. You’ll need to add 5-10ml (1-2tsp) salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper too.

3. A handful of fresh breadcrumbs and a little beaten egg will also help to bind the mince together and prevent the burgers from breaking up during cooking. Whizz all the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture starts holding together or use clean hands to mix as thoroughly as possible.

4. Shape the burgers into round fl at discs with wetted hands. To get perfectly round shapes press the mixture into a metal pastry cutter. Don’t over handle the burgers or they will be tough and dry when cooked.

5. Ensure that burgers are cooked all the way through and there is no pinkness in the middle. To check this press the burger down with a fi sh slice – if there are pink juices oozing out then cook for a few more minutes.

6. If you want a change from the classic sesame seed bun why not serve the cooked burgers on top of wedges of toasted ciabatta bread spread with a little mustard mayo or pack into warmed and split pitta breads with salad or coleslaw.

7. Try a fresh tomato relish instead of ketchup – just peel and fi nely dice a couple of ripe plum tomatoes and mix with a little olive oil, fresh chopped basil, a pinch of sugar and salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Please Note: Dishes containing pink meats or undercooked eggs are not suitable for pregnant women, children under 5, eldery people or anyone that is ill or has reduced immunity

Seasonal Delights

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BeetrootBeansBroccoli (celebrase)CabbageCarrotsCaulifl owerCourgettesCarrotsGarlicKohirabiMangetoutMarrowOnionsPeasPotatoesSpinachTurnips

HalibutHerringJohn DoryLemon SoleLobsterMackerelMonkfi shPlaiceSalmonSardinesScallopsSea BassMeat & GameBeefDuckGuinea FowlGrouse

SaladCeleryCucumberLettucePak ChoiRadishesRocketSorrelSpring OnionsTomatoesWatercressFishCodCrabDover SoleGrey MulletHaddock

In Season HareLambMuttonPorkRabbitVealVenisonWood Pigeon

Open 7 Days A WeekMon - Sat 9am - 5.30pm & Sundays 10am - 4pm


Gibbet OakFarm Shop

Appledore Road,Tenterden TN30 7DHTel: 01580 763938

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Frozen Ready Meals INCLUDING:






Now Picking our own Apples, Strawberries, Raspberries and Plums

Opal eating plums, ripe & full of fl avour, followed by the famous Victoria Plums.

FREE TASTINGS OF OUR APPLE AND PEAR JUICES, a variety of apples and pears, pressed fresh from our own orchards.PLUS: Fresh Bread Daily (Delicious, do try it!)Locally grown PotatoesLocally Produced Free Range EggsFull Range of Korkers Sausage ProductsLocally prepared ham & BaconA Wide Range Of CheesesLocal Handmade PiesFruit & VegetablesWide Range of ReadyPrepared Frozen Fruit & VegetablesCakes, Jams and Marmalades and lots moreCharcoal for BBQsOven-Ready Pheasant, Duck & Wild Rabbit.Local Free Range Lamb Ready jointed & frozen.Bird Seed, Nuts & Feeders, also our very popular 10lb bags of apples for birds, wild animals and horses only £1.70

Hampers & Fruit Bowls Made to Order

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Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane.1st & 3rd Friday of each month 1pm to 4pm

Contact Pauline Hickson 01233 740979

THE BARN SHOP TRADITIONAL MARKETChallock - 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month

10am – 2pm Contact 01233 740237


9.30 -11.00 every Thurs morningContact 01233 740176

EGERTONEvery Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

ROLVENDEN - 01580 240763Every Thursday 10am -12 noon

St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall

RYE FARMERS MARKETEvery Wednesday at Strand Quay 10am - 1 pm

(12pm Oct - April)

RYE MARKETEvery Thursday at the Cattle Market Car Park. Early till around 3pm (depending on the weather)


Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill.Every Friday 10am -11.30am

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 month

on the Village Green in Wye. Tel: 07804

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RESTORE YOUR ROOF Roof Moss can be a major problem and cause extensive

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14Across1. Cut short (4)3. Adversary (8)9. Error (7)10. Board game (5)11. Very eager (12)13. Informal (6)15. Small piece of food (6)17. Books giving meanings of

words (12)20. Relating to the moon (5)21. Absence of sound (7)22. Moving very fast (8)23. Spheres (4)

Down1. Business (8)2. Start of (5)4. Written in rhyme (6)5. Now and then (12)6. Protect the eyes (7)7. Throw (4)8. Produced (12)12. Small bunches or groups (8)

14. Physics or chemistry (7)16. Untie (6)

18. Lying within (5)19. Add to (4)

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placed in just the right spots to make the most of natural light. As for artifi cial lighting, bear in mind that the traditional central pendant, used on its own, creates gloomy corners and off ers no atmosphere. Instead, think about employing a more interesting combination of diff erent types of lighting for fl exibility, comfort and interest. For a quick upgrade on a budget, simply replace main light switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection of table or fl oor lamps at key points, to layer the lighting and emphasise special features.

Step Four: Be fl exible with furnitureWhen you have run out of space, it makes sense to take a long, hard look at your furniture and make sure that every single piece is worth its place in your home. Simple, slender styles have the least impact in a small space, while pale or transparent pieces blend into the background, and anything raised on legs will make your room seem larger (because there is more visible fl oor area). In general, avoid deep upholstery, bulky outlines and fussy detailing. Special foldaway or compact furniture can help – but don’t sacrifi ce comfort or function – and with a touch of lateral thinking you can turn ordinary

Pale colours and slender furniture really helps to emphasise space. Modena sofa (medium), £999; Evelyn chair in Pisa, £349; Morrissey coffee table, £349;

all M&S,

Step One: Clear out that clutterIt’s boring but simple: sort through your stuff . All your stuff . Unless you’re absolutely certain you want to keep it where it is, then put it into boxes or bags marked for rubbish, recycling, giving away, mending or storing elsewhere. If it’s too painful to do this all at once, aim for one room per week, or else do ten minutes a day – then make a habit of keeping on top of it, with regular sort-outs. You’ll be amazed how much extra space you fi nd when your house is no longer crammed full of unnecessary clutter.

Step Two: Create super-effi cient storageEvery nook and cranny around your home can be used to store your possessions in a neat and organised fashion. Built-in cupboards make the most of space, as they can be made to fi t into the most awkward of corners, and stretched right to the ceiling for maximum capacity. Paint them the same colour as the walls and they will blend in brilliantly. On the other hand, off -the-shelf storage tends to be cheaper, more fl exible and whether it’s a vintage French armoire or a cheap coloured plastic bucket, can be tailored to suit your style and budget.

Step Three: Lighten upStart by ensuring that your windows are brilliantly clean, that curtains or blinds don’t block them, and that furniture is

Creating SpaceAre you feeling

cluttered, chaotic and

claustrophobic at home?

Katherine Sorrell off ers

six quick and easy tips to

help create more space

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17by Katherine Sorrell

furnishings into dual-purpose ones, such as a chest of drawers that doubles as a bedside table or a coff ee table that includes space to store magazines.

Step Five: Add glass and mirrorsWith a little thought and not too much expense, simply hanging a mirror can create the illusion of space where it does not exist and double the apparent size of a room. One positioned opposite a window will distribute the maximum amount of natural light; near a light fi tting, a mirror will refl ect its brilliance around the room. Glass, too, provides vistas from room to room or from inside to out, really opening up a home. If you are having building work done, consider glass walls, fl oors or even stairs, but for quicker, cheaper solutions you could opt for glass doors, glass or acrylic furniture or see-through accessories such as lamp bases, door knobs and vases.

Step Six: Use clever colourColour can manipulate our sense of space enormously. Pale colours seem to recede, enhancing a sense of spaciousness, while darker colours absorb light and therefore appear more enclosing. Colours on the ‘cool’ spectrum, such as blue and green, are more distancing than ‘warm’ colours such as red and yellow. Whites, off -whites and cool pastels are, therefore, perfect for making small spaces seem larger – and they look sophisticated and contemporary, too, especially when combined with the natural textures of materials such as timber and stone.

A 50/50 blind gives you privacy while allowing light to fl ood through the top half of a window. From £146 for a 1,200mm x 1,200mm 50/50 blind, Clarkes Blinds & Curtains, 01252 544 568;

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**Nigel Clarke is an Accredited Resolution Specialist and Member of Law Society Specialist Panels for Advanced Family Mediation and Personal Injury*Andrew Johnson is a Notary Public

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Events AugustSun 5th August 12 noon Rye Raft Race, see page 26.4th & 5th August STUBBS CROSS ART EXHIBITIONS. in the MISSION HALL Magpie Hall Rd. Stubbs Cross TN26 1HG. This will feature the works of : Ursula Peters, Felicity Burch, Ken Blanshard, & Ann-Margaret Browne. the exhibition will be open from 10-00 am to 4-00 pm each day, admission is free and refreshments ie tea/coff ee cakes & biscuits will be available.

Tai Chi For Health Taster Session Sat 4th August 10:00-12:00 £20 At Singleton Village Hall Ashford, Kent Tai Chi For Health programs are accessible for just about anyone, all ages and levels of fi tness. The aim is to help you learn enough steps to practice at home, we will work at your pace and I provide you with a booklet to take home to continue to learn this gentle, relaxing form of exercise approved by Arthritis Care UK.

Sat 18th August and Sun19th August. ART EXHIBITION 10.00am until 6.00pm. An Art Exhibition is to be held in the Heysham Hall (Formerly Patrons next door to The Varne Fish and Chip Shop) Taylor Road, Lydd on Sea, TN29 9PA. Beautiful works of art will be on sale at reasonable prices. Free admission and parking. Contact A Warden 01797 367734 for further information.

18th & 19th Aug 10.30am to 5pm Flower Festival St Mary’s Church, Orlestone (at Hamstreet). Theme Village

An Evening of Top Comedy and Music.

In aid of “Find A Voice” Charity


The Legendary 70s Comedian

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Tenterden, Kent TN30 6LT

Mick Miller

Royal Variety Performance 2011

Also starring

Saturday 8th September 2012

Tickets £12.50Concessions £11.00

Show starts

at 7.30pm

The Vintage Corporation 60s 70s band

Life Past & Present. Contact Angela 01233 732833 or Wendy 01233 732903.

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leisureRYE HARBOUR NATURE RESERVE Camber Castle is open to the public on the fi rst Saturday of the month from July to September, at 2pm for a guided tour. Admission £3 adults, £1.50 concessions, accompanied children free. There is no vehicle access, but the one mile walk from Rye is easy. For more information see Events marked with a “C” are specifi cally aimed at children.Wed Aug 1st 1.30 - 3pm C MinibeastsBring the family to hunt for minibeasts hiding from view. Booking essential on 01797 227784.Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £2 per child.Fri Aug 3rd 10am – 12.30pm (2 miles)C Brilliant Birds: Come along and learn all about the birds that live here in the summer, and have a go at some birdy crafts. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5 and over. Booking essential on 01797 227784. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Charge £3 per child.Sat Aug 4th 8am Caught in a trap! : A fi nal chance to inspect the Rye Harbour moth traps. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Wheelchair accessible. Donations appreciated.Wed Aug 8th 10 – 11.30amC Shrimping at Rye Harbour: Explore the shallow sea at low tide, looking for shrimps, crabs and fl atfi sh. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for paddling/wading in the sea. Booking essential on 01797 227784.Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £2 per child.Thu Aug 9th 10am – midday (2 miles)C Camber Castle for Kids: A guided walk through the Nature Reserve to look inside Camber Castle – one of Henry VIII’s fortifi cations. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5 and over. Booking essential on 01797 227784. Meet at Brede Lock. Charge £2 per child. Mon Aug 13th 1.30 – 3.30pm (2 miles)C Pond Dipping at Castle Water: A walk through the Nature Reserve to Castle Water to fi nd out what wildlife lurks amongst the reeds. Booking essential on 01797 227784. Meet at Brede Lock. Charge £2 per child.Thu Aug 16th 10am – 1pmC Crafty Creations: Drop in to the information centre and have a go at some wildlife-themed arts & crafts. Drop in to Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £1 per item.Tue Aug 21st 10.30am - 12 noon (1 mile)

C Postcards from the beach: Come down to the beach, explore the strandline, and take home a postcard made from things you have found! Booking essential on 01797 227784. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £2 per child.Wed Aug 22nd 10am - 1pm (2 miles) C Treasure Trail: Ahoy me hearties! Can you follow the map and clues to fi nd the hidden treasure? There may be a prize if you can. Drop in to Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £2 per trail sheet.Fri Aug 24th 10.30am – 12noon (1mile) C Glorious Mud: Explore the saltmarsh looking for crabs and minibeasts hiding in the mud. Wellies advisable! Booking essential on 01797 227784. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £2 per child. Sun Aug 26th 12noon - 3pm (2 miles) Camber Castle Bug Hunt and Picnic: A family picnic in Camber Castle will precede a hunt for freshwater wildlife, from frogs and newts to leeches in Castle Water. Meet at Brede Lock. Donations appreciated.Wed Aug 29th 6.30pm - dusk (2 miles) Birds, Bats and Bugs: An evening stroll to Ternery Pool followed by a closer look at some nocturnal creatures with the help of bat detectors. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations appreciated.

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending a local lunch and, for my sins, giving a short talk about my working life. Nothing unusual in that you may think. However, it was one of the most enjoyable and thought provoking experiences I’ve had for a long time. As it turned out I was the only female amongst a group of approximately forty men, the majority of whom were retired and with an average age of approximately seventy - many a deal older.

To a man they were suited and booted to perfection; their dark suits or blazers worn with an upright bearing and unconscious pride. Each suit immaculately pressed, every shirt crisply ironed, all ties neatly knotted, proper handkerchiefs tucked into breast pockets and the shoes, polished and buff ed to a high sheen with not a trainer or casual loafer in sight. They looked magnifi cent.

Similar attention had also been paid to their personal grooming. There wasn’t a hint of designer stubble gracing any chin or cheeks; those who sported beards or moustaches had taken care to trim and comb them into neatness. Each man had a ‘proper’ haircut and there was evidence of the judicious use of hair creams and oils. There was the most wonderful whiff of plain soap, and the faintest hint of aftershave; nothing fl oral or light but strong spicy and masculine.

Jewellery was discrete: a wedding band, single signet ring, tie pin or chunky cuffl inks at wrists. No gold chains, bracelets or similar paraphernalia were on display – if they owned such items they had either tucked them out of sight or left them at home. The only earrings I spotted were worn by the waitresses. I did, however, spot several copper bands; worn no doubt for medicinal purposes.

They greeted me with fi rm handshakes, off ers of refreshments, gentle teasing and oh so subtle fl irting. They stood when I entered the room and when I left the table. They spoke of their wives, children and grandchildren. Photos were proudly whipped from wallets and passed around to be admired and discussed. In short they were totally charming and lovely.

A Proverbial Life...

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Clothes (and manners)

maketh the manIt may be that they weren’t all solely responsible for their dapper appearance. Perhaps a wife or partner had ironed the crisp shirts, or pressed the wrinkle free suits – no matter, the overall eff ect was that standards had been met.

On the way home I stopped to buy some stamps.

In the queue in front of me was a good looking teenage boy. Jeans slung artfully half way down his buttocks, displayed six inches of bright red, silk boxer shorts. His hair had been teased and combed into a soft fl uff y halo, with a long fl oppy fringe that fell over one eye. On his wrists were countless plaited thread bracelets; brightly coloured plastic strands circled his neck. He was rocking gently to the music plugged into his ears and eating from a large bag of sweets. He smelt wonderful and looked rather beautiful.

I had to give him a gentle nudge and point out that he was next to be served. He turned, smiled, off ered a sweet from the bag and stood to one side: “Ladies fi rst.”

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he was the grandson of one of my ‘gents’ from lunch.

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 22nd August for an afternoon Visit to the ‘Walled Garden’ at Hawkhurst including an Indian Bazaar. The cost will be £4 to include tea/coff ee and cake. Meet at 2pm prompt in the Biddenden Village car park so that transport can be shared. Contact Lesley on 01580291931. New members always welcome.Egerton Over 60’s ClubWe have a few vacancies for anyone, any age at the moment and from any district.We are a friendly group who enjoy stimulating speakers and interesting, enjoyable and relaxing outings.Example of speaker’s subjects--A Trip Along the Military Canal, Baird-the Pioneer of Television and Kent Photo Archives. Outings will include Groombridge Place, a river cruise on the Kentish Lady plus picnic,and more. Interested? contact one of the following --David on 756544, Graham on 756620 or Sheila on 756294.You will be made most welcome.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.Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed 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 291931Smarden 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.

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health & beauty


Saturday 29th September10.30-12.00 at Norton Knatchbull School Main hall, Hythe Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0JQ £1.00 (in aid of NCT Charity) Items for sale: toys, books, baby equipment, both boys and girls clothing from baby to 8 years old. NCT Members get in at 10.00 For more details contact: Gina Bridgeman 01303 812816 [email protected]

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Would also suit an ambitious, hairstylist or frustrated mobile, who is equipped to develop the range of client opportunities that currently exist where the earning potential is high and the working environment is friendly, supportive and team orientated.

Sharron Harvey, Proprietor, is happy to talk through a range of options to suit the individual stylist. Telephone her on 01233 712203 or email [email protected]. to talk it over

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Clubs & Societies Continued...

Clandestine Cake Club is a great way to meet new people, catch up with friends and the perfect excuse to eat cake! We meet approximately every six weeks with a diff erent theme for each meeting to make things even more interesting! It’s a social thing - not a cake competition, so everyone from complete novices to professional bakers are welcome. The idea is to share your cake and have some fun! For more information, contact Zarina Hawkins on [email protected]

HeadcornHeadcorn Bowls Club - Free coaching available to newcomers. Contact Chris 01622 858100 or David 01580 291996.Yoga Classes at the Village Hall is now held on the following days and times:Tuesday 10:00 - 11:15 in the New Scout HutTuesday evening 7:00 - 8:15 & 8.30 - 9:45 in the Long Meadow Hall.Wednesday morning 9:30 - 10:45 in the New Scout Hut. For more information contact Sue Wainright on 01622 890746.Judo in Headcorn at the Village Hall. There will be two sessions per week on Sunday mornings for children under 11 (9.30am) and Friday evenings for children over 11 (7.30pm) see for more information.Weight Watchers Weight Watchers meet at the village hall at 6:30pm on Thursdays. For further details call 08457 123000.Headcorn Handbell Ringers Music Making: Have you ever fancied playing tunes on handbells? The Headcorn Handbell Ringers have room for new recruits. We meet every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 2pm until 4.30pm at Tall Oaks, 46 Oak Lane. Do drop in and see us or telephone 01622 890201.The Parish Church Choir New members of the Choir in all voices i.e. Treble, Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass will be most welcome. Choir practice is held in the Parish Church at 7:45pm on Fridays. Anyone interested (or parents of children aged 11 or over) should contact Bob Chance either in person or on 01622 890406.

“The Headcorn Weekend”

is back on the1st & 2nd September

To start proceedings off The Barn Dance will be held on the Saturday evening from 7pm in the village Hall. We will once again have the popular John Sweeney and Karen to provide the music and show us the ropes. There will be a licensed bar and the Scouts will be selling hot food from their BBQ, as well as homemade ice cream being available. Tickets can be purchased in advance for just £5 and children under twelve for £2.50. Details of where to get tickets will be available shortly. You can also just pay on the day but the charge will increase t0 £6 for adults and £3 for children.

On Sunday The Boot Fair will commence at 11am in the Village Hall car park. No booking required it will be just £7 per car payable on arrival.

The Country Fete will start at 2pm on Parsonage Meadow. In the arena we have a dog show with six classes, a Dog Display by the Ditto Diamonds, The Weald School of Dance will give a performance, a Marshall Arts Display and we will fi nish with our usual tug of war. In other parts of the show ground there will be various stalls, a Bouncy Castle, Welly Tossing, a fl ower arranging competition, a vintage tractor on display and some live animals.

Refreshments will be available – cream teas in the Church, BBQ from the Scouts, Bar in the Village Hall and delicious ice cream.

Booking forms for stalls are available from Sally Lewer 01622 890728 [email protected] pitches are free to Headcorn clubs and societies and £20 to trade stall holders.

Entry forms for the Dog Show and the Flower Arranging Competition will be available a few weeks before the event by either contacting Sally directly, from the Library or by downloading from our website

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useful information


Doctors SurgeryThe Charing Surgery 01233 714 490Headcorn Surgery 01622 890294Parish Councils:Biddenden: 01580 890750Charing: 01233 713599Egerton: 01622 853558Headcorn: 01622 892496Pluckley: 01622 890596Smarden: 07752 395412Headcorn Rural Community WardenThe Headcorn Community Warden is Stuart Ellesmere. Stuart is based at Headcorn Library in King’s Road. Telephone contact number is 07969 583923.Ashford Borough Council 01233 Ashford Gateway 0845 8 247 Advice Bureau 01233 626185CPRE Kent 01233 714540Veterinary SurgeonsBarrow Hill Vets 01233 624687Pierson Stewart & Partners 01580 713381Charing Business Centre 01233 647 422Age Concern 01233 620

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 756416Headcorn 01622 890708Little Chart 01233 840 590 or 01233 840 395Pluckley 01622 890596Smarden Charter Hall 01233 770258

CARM E: [email protected] Cancer Support’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 763733Pregnancy Sickness SupportKent and Denise Cliff ord denisecliff [email protected]

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 Enquiries: Wheels: 01233 840000

Emergency 999Police Neighbhd TeamAshford & Tenterden 01622 690690Crimestoppers 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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