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Hamstreet Country Show Registered Charity No. 296298 2-3 June 2012 Medieval reenactment Festival of transport - from steam to vintage Tug of war (teams welcome) Daring trial and mountain bike displays Dog show Real ale festival with old dairy Country show stalls Extreme Falconry Circus performers Air displays British lawnmower racing grand prix or call 07899906610 Hamstreet Country Show is an event organised by the HDSLA, raising funds for community projects in Hamstreet Attractions include: ...and so much more - an action packed weekend. Opening Times: Sat: 10.30am to dusk Sun: 10.30am to 5.00pm Adult day entry: £6.00 day pass or £10.00 for the weekend Children (5yrs - 14 yrs) and concessions: £3.00 day pass or £5.00 for the weekend Family ticket 2 adults + 2 children: £15.00 day pass or £25.00 for the weekend Free entry for children under 5 yrs 44 The village directory M A Y 20 12 ...and ...and surrounding villages surrounding villages Delivered by Delivered by Delivered by for Charing&Headcorn

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HamstreetCountryShowRegistered Charity No. 296298

2-3 June 2012

Medieval reenactmentFestival of transport - from steam to vintageTug of war (teams welcome)Daring trial and mountain bike displaysDog showReal ale festival with old dairyCountry show stallsExtreme FalconryCircus performersAir displaysBritish lawnmower racing grand prix or call 07899906610Hamstreet Country Show is an event organised by the HDSLA, raising funds for community projects in Hamstreet

Attractions include:

...and so much more - an action packed weekend.

Opening Times:Sat: 10.30am to dusk Sun: 10.30am to 5.00pmAdult day entry: £6.00 day pass or £10.00 for the weekendChildren (5yrs - 14 yrs) and concessions: £3.00 day pass or £5.00 for the weekendFamily ticket 2 adults + 2 children: £15.00 day pass or £25.00 for the weekendFree entry for children under 5 yrs

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I’m very aware that there has been a serious lack of Headcorn specifi c content in the magazine, leaving Headcorn readers questioning the value of the magazine in their area. But with help from Headcorn Parish Council, I have made an eff ort to improve the content for Headcorn, but in order for the magazine to be of true value to Headcorn it requires input from its local community. With its Royal Mail deliveries the magazine can be of tremendous help in reaching communities. Churches, schools and community bodies can all promote their causes and events completely FREE of charge, so if you are interested in promoting a

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MayCan’t believe that it’s May again, the birds are happily nesting in the des res, the robin has been evicted from the bike shed but has got a new abode in a proper robin’s nesting box under the pergola, which I think after much umming and arring by the local robin whether it shall be nested in this year, will be used next year. I didn’t realise until I checked up on bird habits that when they nibble around the entry hole on nesting boxes they are actually “putting their mark” on it, so other birds know that that particular box has been taken. So next time you see birds pecking away at the hole on your nesting boxes, it isn’t (as I thought) that they have put a bit of weight on and it needs to be a bit larger, but they are saying hands off this is mine!

I have now at long last managed to get all of my hardy annuals up, split and replanted. The three tradescantia plants lifted from the top garden bed yielded a fantastic 20 plants!!! Mental note: must remember to split these a bit more often. It’s such an easy thing to do, and the problem is if you don’t regularly lift and split, the plant gets so congested that the inner part tends to die off . After lifting, divide into reasonable size plants, then repot into 8” pots using a mix of compost and garden soil and give each plant a good drink to settle in the roots. I must admit that my garden is too small to rehouse the plants so I tend to generally give them away to friends, neighbours and family. They are always grateful for extra plants. The good thing is that in

this instance, these shall go forward with all the other plants to our Jubilee Plant stall sale at the Recreation Ground Road, on Saturday June 2nd. Don’t forget to visit us, if only for a chat.

Now I can’t remember if I told you that I had decided to have a go at lilly cultivation. I love lilies though they are rather expensive to buy the bulbs. Last year when I decided to split some lilies that were in a large pot, there were an awful lot of tiny bublets, some that were also growing in the leaf joint on the stem. So, what did I have to lose? I popped these into a large tray of damp compost, and left them outside to overwinter. I was quite surprised to fi nd that they had all grown. Now dear readers I am playing this completely by ear. I think I am going to let them do their own thing and replant again at the end of this years growing season. You never know perhaps next year I may get some fl owers!! Watch this space, I shall keep you informed.

I do like May, it’s the time of year when all the hard work in the garden seems to have been done, and all us gardeners have to do is pull the occasional weed, and make sure that everything in the garden is rosey. Except this year. This hose pipe ban. I must admit, it’s on these occasions that I thank the Lord that my garden isn’t very big and with hubbys help can struggle around with a watering can. But for those keen gardeners who have larger plots and or allotments I truly feel sorry for. Being encouraged to use grey water is fi ne, but I don’t know, I certainly do not like to use too much bath or washing up water on my garden as I feel the soap content could alter the ph of the soil. I don’t like to stand on the orange box, but I do feel that its time to put that pipeline in from Wales to this area and fi ll up the reservoirs. My dear family

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Strolling round the garden yesterday, I noticed that the beetroot is about ready for thinning. These baby seedlings shan’t go to waste. Those along with the thinnings of the lettuce and radish shall make a nice small salad for lunch. Do you know they charge a fortune for seedling salads in London, and you can have it for free! Ever had a lettuce seedling sandwich. Absolutely delicious, especially cos lettuce.

Once again out of room. I often accuse hubby of talking too much, perhaps I’m just as bad? So now we come to that hard decision as to what to have for coff ee break. Today is such a lovely day. I think I’m going to ditch the coff ee and have a nice cool OJ with a buttered hot cross bun. Yes of course I made them, OK I’m fi bbing. JW

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As one local customer said “we were rather nervous when we left our two much loved dogs for the fi rst time but now we couldn’t be happier”. The best part of Lorraine’s job is seeing her dog customers go away on holiday and then return having had a great time. Many of the host families live in the country so visiting dogs get lovely walks in our beautiful Kent countryside. As Lorraine says ‘Sometimes I have great diffi culty getting them in the car to go home, although they are always very pleased to see their owners.’

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Curtains – where to startThe cheapest and most subtle option for hanging curtains is undoubtedly a plastic or metal track. Double tracks can be used to hang both nets and thicker curtains neatly, while triple tracks allow you to use fl at panels, perhaps of diff erent fabrics, which can be pulled back and forwards in diff erent combinations depending on the eff ect you want or how much light you wish to allow in. The more decorative alternative is a curtain pole – perhaps in see-through acrylic, slender stainless steel or pale-painted wood – and with pretty fi nials on the ends. On narrow windows or dormers, portiere (or swing-arm) rods are an alternative to fi xed poles, while for a modern eff ect you could use tension wire, fi xed taut within the window opening.

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from the bottom and tie in position, show off their reverse, thus off ering an attractive combination of two fabrics. When choosing fabrics, mid-weight, not-too-textured fabrics tend to be best for blinds, which need to roll or fold easily against themselves.

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Serves 8

Asparagus Asparagus FrittataFrittata

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Making sure the potatoes are clean fi rst, boil them in salted water.

Trim the asparagus, then cut the stems into 1cm slices leaving the spear as a piece about 8cm long. Add this all to the potato pan for the last 5 minutes of the cooking time.

Drain everything and refresh in cold water. Thickly slice the potato.

Whisk together the eggs really well. Dice the mozzarella and add to the eggs along with 40g of the Parmesan, the parsley, potatoes and slices of asparagus. Season generously with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir everything to coat with the egg. Lastly, gently stir through the spears.

Heat a 22cm diameter oven-proof deep frying pan along with the olive oil over a medium heat. Non-stick would be great, otherwise one which is naturally seasoned.

Pour in the egg mixture making sure some of the spears are sitting at the top. Leave to cook for around 10 minutes until the edges are starting to fi rm up.

Sprinkle over the last 10g of Parmesan and slide the frying pan in to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the frittata is golden and fi rm.

Serve straight from the pan with a crisp green salad.

• 275g new potatoes

• 450g asparagus

• 5 large eggs

• 200g buff alo mozzarella

• 50g Parmesan, grated

• 2 tbsp chopped fl at leaf parsley

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Serves 4-6Preperation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 20 minutes

For those who’ve only ever considered asparagus as a luxurious accompaniment to a main course, it’s time to think again. This

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EGERTONEvery Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

HEADCORN2nd Saturday of month 9.30am to 12.30pm at the New Village Hall, Parsonage Meadow

Contact Penny Kemp on 01622 890601

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TENTERDEN COUNTRY MARKETEvery Friday 9.30am -11.30am

St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road.

WAREHORNEWarehorne Village Hall 10am -1pm

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SorrelEvery month I update the “In Season” produce for this item, assuming that most items are relatively easily sourced, but last year when Sorrel

came into season I received a call from a reader that was having great diffi culty in fi nding any. So I took on the quest to fi nd a local source of Sorrel. It has only been recently, when Sorrel came into season again that I fi nally, with the help of Wye Farmers Market discovered Invicta Herbs in Challock. So for those of you looking for Sorrel, look no further, please contact Susan Gollins on 07730 893737.

Sorrel is part of the lettuce family and looks like a pale green version of baby spinach. The pointed leaves have a tangy, lemony gooseberry fl avour. Sorrel appears soon after winter, so is good for salads early in the year when there is little else around.

Serving Suggestions When the leaves are under 7.5cm long, they can be used raw in salads, especially with dandelion leaves. Bigger leaves can be made into soups, sauces and risotto. Khaki-coloured sorrel purée is a good acidic accompaniment to oily fi sh, chicken or veal, or poached eggs on toast. It can be stirred into crème fraîche to give quick sauce. Add a few leaves of watercress, spinach or parsley if you want a brighter green colour. Chop sorrel like a herb to add to stuffi ngs and crumb coatings. The lemony taste means sorrel can also be added carefully to fruit salads, jellies, custard and fruit drinks, as lemon balm or verbena.

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I have decided to designate May as National Cider Month. And since, as far as I know, there is no statutory board for designating such things as National Sausage Week (which actually exists) and National Athlete’s Foot Day (which thankfully doesn’t), my National Cider Month is as formal and offi cial as any other example of this sort of public relations hokum. So there.

But why am I designating May as National Cider Month when there is already (perhaps unbeknownst to most of you) a perfectly good National Cider Month, run under the auspices of the Campaign for Real Ale in October? Because October is silly, that’s why.

But, why have a National Cider Month at all? Can’t cider look after itself, without my intervention? Well, the Bulmers, the Gaymers and the Magners of this world with their mass distribution and big advertising budgets don’t need my help and jolly well aren’t getting it. But if you think that’s all there is to cider then you’re in for a treat.

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the western counties, you’ll be extremely lucky to fi nd what a traditionalist would call a “real” cider on the handpumps at your local pub. Most large towns – although by no means all – have an outlet for Weston’s excellent draught cider from Much Marcle in Herefordshire. But good though Weston’s is, it’s hardly a representative selection of what the country’s estimated 4-500 independent cidermakers have to off er.

But what is “traditional” cider? Basically it’s just pure fresh-pressed apple juice slowly fermented over the winter – apple wine, in fact. Any apple juice will ferment, but most of the best ciders are fermented from blends of the two or three hundred varieties of cider apple – small, hard, inedible little things, for the most part, and sour with tannin which acts as a strong antibacterial agent and gives the fi nished cider an oaky depth. These traditional ciders range from the roughest farmhouse scrumpies, which often have an almost vinegary acidity, to drinks as subtle, sophisticated, and elegant as fi ne white wine. And then there’s perry, a superb drink that’s almost impossible to obtain thanks to the rarity of the pears from which it’s made...

Traditional cider is almost always still (not fl at) rather than sparkling. Left to itself it will ferment to complete dryness, and to a strength of 6-8% alcohol

by volume, and the carbon dioxide generated during fermentation will dissipate naturally. If you want it sparkling you have to deliberately reintroduce some CO2, either by pitching the cider with a little yeast and sugar to stir a mild refermentation or, 99.99 times out of a hundred, by fi zzing it up artifi cially.

I do everything I can to introduce people to the delights of traditional cider, and that’s why I’m designating May as National Cider Month. October was chosen for the honour because that’s when apples are generally harvested. But cider needs to be fermented slowly and carefully, to allow the harsh malic acid to turn into the smoother and more mellow lactic acid – the so-called malo-lactic fermentation. Last season’s crop should be ready to drink right about now.

There are cidermakers all over the country these days, not just in Devon, Somerset and Herefordshire but in Norfolk, Suff olk, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cheshire, even Yorkshire and Scotland! So seek out your nearest, invest in a few bottles, and celebrate with me.

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Events MayMonday 7th May May Fair – run by Headcorn Scouts at Days Green, Kings Road from 1pm. Lots of stalls and activities for all the family to enjoy. Free parking available.

The Charing Guild of Players will be performing ‘The Odd Couple’ by Neil Simon from Thursday 10th May to Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm in the Charing Church Barn. Come and see Oscar and Felix in this brilliant comedy as they struggle to make sense of a life without the opposite sex. Tickets £7 available from Wood You Like, School Road, 01233 713725 or via our website:

Pluckley Gardening Society There was a very good response to the talk by Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Secret Garden, Sandwich, on Designing Borders. On 12th May there will be an afternoon trip to The Secret Garden, cost £10. To book please send a cheque made payable to “Pluckley Gardening Society” to Julie Bennett, Events Secretary, Wissenden Farm, Hothfi eld Common, Ashford, TN26 1HB. For more information contact Pat Morss 01233 840686 or email [email protected].

Sunday 13th May Egerton Church of England Primary School with Egerton Running Club 2nd Annual Bluebell Run11am. 6.5K run through beautiful lanes and bluebell woodland. Childrens fun run and family nature trail. Refreshments, medals and goodybags. Details from Follow the link through Community, Friends of Egerton School.

Wednesday 16th May The Weald of Kent Computer Club will meet in Biddenden New Village Hall at 8pm. This evening there will a presentation by Phil Birch of Training Highway on “Where is Computing Technology going in the next 5 years” Annual membership £10 plus £2 per meeting. Non-members are welcome (£3, but fi rst visit is free) Full details:w w w. w e a l d o f k e n t c o m p u t e r c l u b. c o . u kEnquiries: [email protected]

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.

Artists demonstration evening Weds 23rd May 6.30 - 9pm

Craft in the barn Fri 25th & Sat 26th May 10am - 4pm

Art workshops Mon 21st & Thurs 24th May

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.

The Hothfi eld Local History Society will be holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday 16th May at 7pm in the old school (Bluebells Centre). We will be joined by Gillian Rickard who will be giving a talk on ‘The lives of vagrants, gypsies and travellers in Kent’. Gillian’s talk will be followed at 8.30pm by the raffl e draw for a hot air balloon trip for two courtesy of Skybus. All are welcome, so please come and join us and hear about our work this year including our successful bid for lottery funding. For more information, email hothfi [email protected] Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 23rd May at 7:30pm. in the Village Hall. Talk on ‘Garden Designs’ by Malcolm Withnall. Contact Audrey on 01580291624 or Lesley on 01580291931. Members £1.50, Non Members £2.50. Annual membership £5. New members are always welcome.

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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.


Lenham Valley Business Association Networking Meeting Tuesday 01 May Lenham Valley Business Association networking meeting. Speaker Alison King from King Associates at the Dog & Bear. Book online or call 01622 820841. Wednesday 30 May combined Lenham Valley Business Association and South Maidstone Business Association networking meeting at Weald of Kent Golf Club, Headcorn. Booking essential 01622 820841 or register on line.

Smarden Summer Party Saturday23 June 5.30 -8.30 pm Gillets Manor Water Lane Smarden Pimms, Live Music, Classic Cars. Tickets £10 to include glass of Pimms or wine and delicious canapes fron village shops or on the door or Friends of Smarden Church 01233 770579

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HeadcornYoga Classes at the Village Hall is now held on the following days and times:Tuesday day time 10:00 - 11:15 in the house meeting room.Tuesday evening 7:00 - 8:15 in the Long Meadow Hall.Wednesday morning 9:30 - 10:45 in the house meeting room.For more information contact Sue Wainright on 01622 890746.Judo in Headcorn at the Village Hall. There are 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 WatchersWeight Watchers meet at the village hall at 6:30pm on Thursdays. For further details call 08457 123000.Headcorn Handbell RingersMusic 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 ChoirNew 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.

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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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As computer users, one of the biggest daily nuisances in our private and working lives is

unwanted or junk email – also known collectively as “Spam”. From a security point of view, it is important for everyone to understand the diff erent types of unwanted email so that they can deal with them appropriately. If you get it wrong you can inadvertently put your computer and your data at risk.

Email Marketing - You may have opted into a list or signed up on a website somewhere either consciously or inadvertently and now you are receiving regular emails or newsletters that you don’t want. The good news is you can choose to unsubscribe to this type of email by following the instructions, usually in the small print. Although these can be a nuisance, they are nothing to worry about. Just remember next time you are ordering something online, to watch out for the tick boxes near the end of the sign up process.

Unwanted and Off ensive Emails – You know the type, we all receive off ers of pharmaceuticals or medical procedures that we didn’t think we needed, and that we certainly never signed up for! The best thing to do with these is to tag them as ‘spam’ and delete them without opening. If you respond even to unsubscribe, the spammers will then know that your email address is active and you may end up receiving even more.

Phishing - This type pretends to be from a website that you have a username and password for, such as your bank, a social network or your email service provider. They are trying to trick you into revealing your logon details so they can steal your money, identity or data. Some of these are easy to spot, with their unfamiliar language, poor spelling or grammar. Others may look suprisingly authentic. Always be on the look-out for anything suspicious. If in any doubt, contact your bank or the supposed originator before you follow any of the instructions contained in the email.

Any unexpected email with an attached fi le –These purport to be tracking information from delivery companies, normally with an attachment or a link

to an unknown website. These nearly always contain or send you to a virus of some type so it is advisable not to open any attachments or follow any links in unsolicited messages.

If you want to reduce the quantity of spam that arrives in your inbox you can confi gure automatic settings in your antivirus or email software. Often these programs incorrectly tag real email as spam. So if you’re looking to buy a reliable solution, look in the literature of the products you’re considering and compare the percentage of “false positives” (the lower the number the better).

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Who Pays for Care? In our regular legal series, Gill Snow of Pengelly and Rylands looks at who must bear the cost of care According to the Registered Nursing Homes Association there are nearly 250,000 people receiving nursing home care in the UK and with our aged population rising fast this figure is set to grow. Many people are anxious about who will have to pay for their care in later life and what effect this will have on their savings and property. At present, whether you, your health authority or local authority pay for your care depends on a number of factors, not least the amount of assets you have. Your local authority may fund all, part or none of your care costs depending on, in the first instance, whether they think you need care, the type of care you need and your financial circumstances. If they determine that you do need to be cared for in a care home they will undertake a financial assessment of you, which will ask you about your savings, capital and income. If you have capital over £23,250 you will pay all your fees, under £14,250 the local authority will foot the bill and if you have capital between these figures you will pay something and the local authority will pay the rest. Capital includes savings, bank accounts, cash and any property you own. However, the value of house which you live in will be disregarded if your stay in a care home is for less than 12 weeks and also, importantly, if your house is still lived in by your spouse, co-habitee or any relative aged over 60 or under 16 whom you have been maintaining. If you reduce your capital for the purpose of avoiding nursing home fees the local authority may be able to ‘claw back’ some of the money at a later date. However, there are legitimate ways to protect your assets and the earlier this is done the less likely it is that the local authority will act. Your local council cannot force you to sell your home and is able to defer payments of any money you may owe them for care home fees until after your property is sold, or after your death when your estate is wound up. They can do this by means of a charge on your property. Income is also taken into account so that even if you have savings and capital below the £14,250 your income will be used to fund all or part of your care.

Gill Snow – Solicitor at Pengelly & Rylands If you are so ill that you need medical care you may be eligible for NHS continuing care, the costs of which will be met by your local health authority. If a patient goes into hospital and is deemed too unwell to return home in the long term, his needs will be assessed to see if he qualifies for continuing care or NHS funded nursing care, although there is a limit on the weekly amount which will be funded . If you have any queries about this, or any other aspect of elderly client care, please telephone myself or Rosalind Johnson on 01580 762248

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Did your hear about the person who used an aerosol of “Furniture Polish”, instead of “Fly Killer”?It took them longer to die, but, they had a lovely fi nish!

We Should Not Have Survived!

According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50s, and 60s, probably shouldn’t have survived, because...

Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint, which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fi ne to play with pans. When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just fl ip fl ops and fl uorescent ‘clackers’ on our wheels. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the passenger seat was a treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle - tasted the same. We ate dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fi zzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no one actually died from this. We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to fi nd out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us all day and no one minded.

We did not have Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing again. We walked to friend’s homes. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate live stuff , and

although we were told it would happen, we did not have very many eyes out, nor did the live stuff live inside us forever. We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!


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Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately their 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! I’ve 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?”

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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 Robert Graham. Rob 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

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