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    The villagge directoryfor Wye and surrounding villages and surrounding villages

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    Hi everyone,

    Its June and I cant believe we are already halfway through the year, where has the time gone?

    June is fair and fete season so theres plenty to do this month and many great causes to support, all we need is for the sun to shine. Weve had so much rain recently, Im desperate to put to my boots in the cupboard and get the fl ip fl ops out! Surely its time we had the opportunity to enjoy some summer warmth.

    This month marks seven years since I put my fi rst edition together and delivered it to the printer. I sat on my patio with a cup of tea wondering what on earth Id done, I was fi lled with trepidation at the thought of so many people reading my words and viewing my work. Seven years on and I have no regrets whatsoever. There have been many ups and own downs along the way, and very little quality time spent with my family in the early days, taking a holiday is a massive challenge, but its all been worth it.

    I feel that Ive made so many new friends, both readers and advertisers. There have been so many long chats on the phone or via email, its a wonder the magazines ever make it to the printer. Thank you so much for making the experience such a positive one, I feel extremely humbled by the feedback I receive. And long may it continue.

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    By Jo Arnell

    June is the month of the Cottage Garden perennials. Its my favourite summer month; the spring-green freshness is still there and the fl owers are bright and breezy, but its also the month of endless grass cutting and furious weeding, as the surge of growth is relentless, like a rising green tide. I much prefer this to August though, when the tide begins to turn and theres that dusty (or thundery) lull of not much happening.

    Delphiniums are the most stately of the cottage garden plants and they need to be treated like royalty if youre going to get the best out of them. Make sure to provide them with good rich soil, watch out for slugs and snails decimating the early growth. Then make sure you provide supports for the fl owers theres nothing more disheartening than seeing a towering spire crashing to the ground. If this does happen, however, you may get another fl ush of blooms later in the summer.

    One of my favourite plants Geum Mrs Bradshaw is blooming at the moment. Its cheerful deep orange fl owers contrast well with purple Alliums and the frothy Lime green fl owers of Achemilla mollis. If you prefer a more demure colour mix, try the hardy Geranium Johnsons Blue, or the longer fl owering Rozanne near the lovely pink and white Peony Bowl of Beauty and the tall pale lemon spire of Verbascum Gainsborough. All of these are charming, unfussy plants, but unfortunately the same cant be said for the mainstay of the June garden - the Rose. Roses are greedy plants and prone to many unsightly affl ictions. Keep them looking good by feeding with a proprietory Rose fertiliser, watching out for the fi rst signs of pests and diseases and dead-heading to prolong the display. Roses are the offi cial birthday fl ower for June and, probably because theyre such fusspots, I have to admit

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    One of the great things about June is that you can stay out in the garden until late in the evening, but theres a slight poignancy too, as after the summer solstice on the 21st,, the nights begin to draw in again - so we must make the most of it.

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    Now, we have 2 large leather sofas. Now, we have 2 large leather sofas. Apparently we have leather sofas these days Apparently we have leather sofas these days because Ebony and I completely ruined the because Ebony and I completely ruined the fabric sofas by sharpening our claws on fabric sofas by sharpening our claws on them. We cant remember this- we must them. We cant remember this- we must have been kittens at the time so it defi nitely have been kittens at the time so it defi nitely wasnt our fault. Anyway, the sofas have great wasnt our fault. Anyway, the sofas have great big arms which are wonderful to sit on, lie big arms which are wonderful to sit on, lie on, roll on and jump about on. Apparently on, roll on and jump about on. Apparently this was the problem- the wood supporting this was the problem- the wood supporting the back part of the arm on each sofa had the back part of the arm on each sofa had broken and needed repairing. Now I wonder broken and needed repairing. Now I wonder how that can have happened? Clive started how that can have happened? Clive started muttering something about crazy spotted cats muttering something about crazy spotted cats launching themselves from great heights and launching themselves from great heights and large distances and breaking all 4 arms. I am large distances and breaking all 4 arms. I am certainly not prepared to take the blame- the certainly not prepared to take the blame- the sofas must be sub-standard- but apparently sofas must be sub-standard- but apparently the sofa repair man had never seen anything the sofa repair man had never seen anything like it in his life. So as usual it all seems to like it in his life. So as usual it all seems to be my fault. Apparently it is also my fault be my fault. Apparently it is also my fault that when the sofa man pulled the sofa out that when the sofa man pulled the sofa out and turned it upside down he was heard to and turned it upside down he was heard to exclaim in surprise due to all the things I exclaim in surprise due to all the things I had posted under the sofa for safe keeping. had posted under the sofa for safe keeping. I am proud to report that there were 6 felt I am proud to report that there were 6 felt

    Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. I am writing this after a long and frustrating day. I think this after a long and frustrating day. I think our humans have fi nally lost it!our humans have fi nally lost it!

    It all started mid morning with a knock at the It all started mid morning with a knock at the door. I make visitors my personal business door. I make visitors my personal business so I waited like always at the door for Jane so I waited like always at the door for Jane to pick me up, open the door and fi nd out to pick me up, open the door and fi nd out who it was. It was a man with a very large who it was. It was a man with a very large box. Jane let him and and Ebony and I were box. Jane let him and and Ebony and I were then unceremoniously put into the study and then unceremoniously put into the study and shut in. This was infuriating! We always get shut in. This was infuriating! We always get shut away when people come to do work in shut away when people come to do work in the house. Ebony gets shut away as she is the house. Ebony gets shut away as she is very nervous and she feels better in a small very nervous and she feels better in a small familiar place. I, however, apparently get familiar place. I, however, apparently get shut away as I am a liability. I think this is shut away as I am a liability. I think this is grossly unfair- I am just very interested in grossly unfair- I am just very interested in what goes on in my house and always make what goes on in my house and always make sure that the work is up to standard. Clive sure that the work is up to standard. Clive always cites the chimney sweep incident always cites the chimney sweep incident (I had to be manually removed from the (I had to be manually removed from the chimney), the boiler service incident (I got in chimney), the boiler service incident (I got in the toolbox, asked to be carried around in it the toolbox, asked to be carried around in it and refused to get out) and the day a man and refused to get out) and the day a man came to plaster our ceiling (I tunnelled under came to plaster our ceiling (I tunnelled under all the dust sheets, pounced on the mans all the dust sheets, pounced on the mans feet and then sat between his feet on the top feet and then sat between his feet on the top of his ladder yelling my encouragements to of his ladder yelling my encouragements to him. Apparently I put him off.....) Anyway, I him. Apparently I put him off.....) Anyway, I howled non-stop in the study and listened howled non-stop in the study and listened to various drilling and hammering noises to various drilling and hammering noises from the sitting room. After about an hour I from the sitting room. After about an hour I could hear that the man had left and Ebony could hear that the man had left and Ebony and I were duly let out of the study. I rushed and I were duly let out of the study. I rushed downstairs to see what had happened and downstairs to see what had happened and was slightly amazed to fi nd that our sofas was slightly amazed to fi nd that our sofas now have no arms! What were the humans now have no arms! What were the humans thinking?! thinking?!


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    Anyway, hope all your humans are behaving Anyway, hope all your humans are behaving a bit more sensibly than ours and I also a bit more sensibly than ours and I also hope that by next month I will be once again hope that by next month I will be once again sitting comfortably on a sofa arm planning sitting comfortably on a sofa arm planning my column.my column.

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    The Handy HouseholdThe Handy Household Clever Ways with a Sprinkling of Salt

    Salt is most commonly used as a fl avour enhancer, but this household staple is much more versatile than that. Salt has an affi nity to water and can draw moisture out of many foods. Whats more, grains of table salt are very hard, which means they can act as an abrasive. These properties give salt a variety of uses around the home.When boiling eggs, a pinch of salt in the water will prevent the shells from cracking and adding a pinch when beating eggs or cream will make them whip faster and higher. Moreover, if you rub salt into the cavities of chicken or turkey, it will help to keep the bird moist while cooking.Staying in the kitchen, washing green leafy vegetables in salt water will easily remove all the dirt and if you need to chill a bottle of wine quickly, just place it in an ice bucket with alternate layers of ice and salt, fi ll with water and your tipple will be ready in about ten minutes. Even red wine stains are no problem to remove - simply cover the stain with salt and pour over boiling water. You can also use salt to remove any sticky residue on the bottom of an iron, by running the hot iron over plain paper sprinkled with salt. And if you are caught out by frost and ice, table salt can be used as a substitute for rock salt, to de-ice paths and pavements.So with all these handy uses, you might want to think twice before tossing that spilled salt over your shoulder.

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    Design and decorating

    Width is the crucial issue in hallways, and unless youre prepared to do some substantial building work and remove a wall, youre probably stuck with what you have. To increase the feeling of space in a

    narrow hallway, use pale colours and add large mirrors (ideal for checking your refl ection just before you leave the house, too). Keep the space as clear as possible by adding only the most essential items of slender storage furniture, and using the full height of your walls rather than encroaching on fl oor space. If, on the other hand, you have a large and spacious hallway lucky you! Think of it as an extra living space and make the most of it by adding a sofa or chairs, bookcases or a writing desk. For plenty of inspirational ideas, see Hallways, Corridors and Staircases by Leslie Geddes-Brown, with fabulous photography by Christopher Drake (Ryland, Peters & Small, 25). Whatever the size of your hall, consider it as a linking room and make sure your choice of decorative schemes works well when doorways to other rooms are open. If you have chosen a pale colour scheme for the walls, woodwork could be slightly darker for interest. Halls that see a lot of wear and tear could be painted with an extra-tough paint, or clad with tongue-and-groove panelling, tiles or hard-wearing wallpaper.

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    by Katherine Sorrell

    Stone, ceramic or quarry tiles, or colourful Victorian encaustic tiles, are all easy to care for, while solid wooden boards or parquet require only some regular polishing or waxing. Cheap wood laminates may not last too long in such a well-used space. Lino or vinyl can look impressive, too, especially when laid in patterns. Carpet, however, is more problematic as youll need to choose a colour or pattern that wont show the dirt and make sure that it is suitable for a hallway: an 80:20 twist classifi ed for heavy domestic use is often the best.

    Cosy and bright

    Under-fl oor heating is ideal for narrow halls, but do check that it will be compatible with your fl ooring. On the other hand, if theres room, you could opt for eye-catching radiators, perhaps a period-style cast-iron column or an eye-catching modern type.

    Hall lighting doesnt need to be bright enough for reading, but it should be welcoming and lead the eye into your home: it could be an amazing chandelier (given high enough ceilings) or a series of recessed ceiling downlights. In a narrow hall, avoid wall lights they will just act as obstacles.


    Most people store a variety of things in their halls, from coats, scarves and hats to phone books, buggies or vacuum cleaners. The type of storage you choose is always best moulded around what you need to store, how much space it will take and how frequently you need to access it. The main choice is between built-in, hidden

    A lift-up lid makes this hall bench by Camel & Yak a great piece of dual-function furniture. 450, Not on the High Street (notonthehighstreet.com; 0845 259 1359).

    storage or open, display-type storage. The former is best when space is tight slender fl oor-to-ceiling cupboards with plain doors, (perhaps painted the same colour as the walls, or even mirrored to maximise light) ranked along one wall, will hold masses yet be hardly noticeable. On the other hand, you could make a statement with an eclectic selection of free-standing cupboards, sideboards, tables, benches, dressers, baskets, shelves and so on. If necessary, fi t hooks or pulleys high up on walls to hold bikes, and perhaps a coat stand or row of pegs for everyday coats and bags. Umbrella stands and boot racks are ideal for spacious, country-style halls. Somewhere to keep post and keys is a good idea, too, whether a bowl and rack on a dresser or a small, wall-mounted cupboard and set of hooks. If you have lots of books or delicate items to display, a shelf running the length of the hallway above head height can be extremely useful. For times when space is really hard to fi nd, it is even possible to build storage drawers into the treads of a wooden staircase.



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    Saint Mary Westwell Flower Festival

    To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen, a Flower Festival is being held from 2nd 4th June in St Marys Church, Westwell. The exhibition will have fl oral displays marking signifi cant events of the Queens reign, such as the Coronation, Windsor Castle fi re, the Millennium, the Olympics and much more!

    The doors will be open from 11am 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 11am 4pm on Monday. Entry is free but donations towards the Saint Mary Restoration fund will be invited. Refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.

    In addition, on Sunday evening at 8pm there will be a Concert in the Church. The Thorne trio will play, and refreshments will be served during the interval. Tickets are 10 a head, and the cost includes a glass of wine and light refreshments additional glasses of wine will be available for a donation. Numbers are limited to 100, so early booking is advisable! Tickets are available from the Box Offi ce, on 01233 713012

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    These essential principles include the mind being integrated with the body; fl uidity of movement; control of breathing; and mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the qi or life force to fl ow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, achieved through the ongoing practice of tai chi.

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    I used to think that when the kids left school theyd be self-suffi cient grownups and I wouldnt have to worry about them anymore. Hah! Let me tell you about my mornings.

    Three days a week my son, who is 19, goes to college less than 20 miles away. But the free bus winds around every village and takes an hour and a half. He has to catch it at 7.30, which means leaving the house at 7.25. Now if that was me Id be up at 6.30 to give myself plenty of time for breakfast and a shower. But not my son. In his opinion, breakfast and a shower are for wusses and he can put off leaving bed until 7.20. Which is all well and good, if he can make it.

    But for a teenager, waking up is hard to do. So he sets his alarm to go off three times at ve-minute intervals between 6.40 and 6.55. And if the rst blast isnt enough to drag him back from dreamland, it certainly does the trick for me. Im wide awake, waiting for the second blast and the third. The wait between blasts is bad enough, but what comes next is worse.

    He inhabits the attic; the parental bedroom is directly underneath. I can hear everything. Or rather, I cant hear anything. I cant hear him heave himself reluctantly

    out of bed. I cant hear him stumbling around looking for something clean to wear among the piles of dirty clothes. I cant hear him trudge down the attic stairs to the bathroom. I cant hear the bathroom door open and close and the bolt slam home.

    Im on a knife-edge. Is he going to make it or isnt he? If he misses the free college bus hell have to take two ordinary buses, pay more than 5, and be late. Eventually I cant bear it any more. I dont actually have to get up my offi ce is all of three paces from the foot of our stairs; but I cant stick it out. I rap tentatively on his door. Only now hes 19 and a man I cant bawl him out for the lazy idle git that he is. Instead, I have to say something neutral like: Everything under control up there? I still receive the same old teenage mouthful back, though.

    Now I know perfectly well that I should let him stew. If he cant get up in time for the free bus, then let him pay. Hes a grown man now and ought to take the consequences of his own actions, or rather, inactions. Hell never learn otherwise. But its easier said than done. I challenge any parent not to look at that great hulking thing looming in the doorway and not see an image of

    their little boy aged four.

    Not that this kind of sentimentality would nd much favour with him. He insists that hes grown up and can do all the things that grownups do. He drinks, he smokes, he stays out all night and we cant stop him. Not that we would want to. But I cant help thinking that his claim to adulthood would have a little more credibility if he embraced the downsides, too. Like picking up his dirty laundry more frequently than every fortnight. Like washing up occasionally. Like vacuuming his bedroom and even changing his sheets.

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  • When George Osborne announced the 2012 budget at the end of March, Im sure I was not alone in my dismay at the plans for further increases in the cost of petrol. As someone who clocks up just shy of fi fty miles per day going to and from work, it is certainly not something that I welcomed with open arms.

    In August there will be a rise of 3.62p per litre on fuel, and courtesy of a handy calculation published by the AA, this is likely to cost 1.81 more to anyone fi lling a fi fty litre tank. It might not sound like much but when you consider that the price of petrol was under a pound as recently as May 2009, the reality of the rate of increase becomes apparent.

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    What I would like to question, however, is not only whether an increase in fuel duty is the best way to help grow to the economy, but whether it will serve to realise this aim at all. The impact of such an increase is notable enough for individuals such as myself who have witnessed an increase in the cost of their commute, but the detrimental effect on UK businesses is on a far larger scale.

    Now Im no economist, but lets look at it logically.

    Increasing the cost of fuel will have the direct effect of increasing the costs of haulage companies. These companies will not be able to afford to absorb the entirety of the rise, meaning that at least some of it will have to be passed on to the businesses that use them. These businesses then have to sell their products at a higher price to cover the rise in their costs, which has the consequence of increasing the shelf price of their product.

    The outcome of this is that people can no longer afford the quantities that they previously bought. This in itself reduces the revenue of the businesses and will inevitably mean that some go bust, which reduces the competition in the market and competition drives down prices.

    Using the same logic, if the government were to reduce fuel prices it would provide consumers with more expendable income and with it their opportunity to provide the government with twenty per cent VAT on most of their purchases.

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    I confess this point is born out of personal suffering following the decision to add to the price of petrol, and Im certain there are people who would point to obvious fl aws in my argument. Perhaps my whole line of thought is simply too logical and not scientifi c enough, but come on George: theres got to be some other way, surely?

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