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for Wye and surrounding villages and surrounding villages The village directory Delivered by Delivered by 51 M A R C H 2012 Spring Grove School A great place to grow Open Morning with children’s activities Saturday 24th March 9.00am - 12.30pm Spring Grove School is set in 14 acres of outstanding countryside and offers pupils, aged 2-11, one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Kent. Our children are happy and confident and our school has a wonderful family atmosphere. Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, TN25 5EZ Tel: 01233 812337 Email: [email protected] www.springgroveschool.co.uk Spring Grove School

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The Saturday 24th March 9.00am - 12.30pm A great place to grow with children’s activities 2012 Spring Grove School is set in 14 acres of outstanding countryside and offers pupils, aged 2-11, one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Kent. Our children are happy and confident and our school has a wonderful family atmosphere. 51 Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, TN25 5EZ Tel: 01233 812337 Email: [email protected] www.springgroveschool.co.uk Spring Grove School 2

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  • for Wye and surrounding villagesand surrounding villages

    The village directoryDelivered byDelivered byy

    51

    MARCH

    2012

    Spring Grove SchoolA great place to grow

    Open Morningwith childrens activities

    Saturday 24th March 9.00am - 12.30pmSpring Grove School is set in 14 acres of outstanding

    countryside and offers pupils, aged 2-11, one of the mostbeautiful playgrounds in Kent. Our children are happy and

    confident and our school has a wonderful family atmosphere.

    Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, TN25 5EZ Tel: 01233 812337Email: [email protected] www.springgroveschool.co.uk

    Spring Grove School

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    April Issue Deadline 1st March

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the March Issue, with March comes the anticipation of crisp and sunny spring days and the onset of British Summer Time. Sunday 25th March is the date to remember, when the clocks will spring forward an hour. That is if the powers that be havent decided to change it after all these years! So dont be caught out.

    Another important date this month is of course the 18th March - Mothers Day, and Im sure my 16 year old son will be showering me with fl owers and bars of mint Aero, while he does the housework for me (I can but dream!). This is a very busy day for all our food and drink venues so be sure to book your table early, we dont want to disappoint Mum do we?

    Unbelievably the Village Directory is seven years old this year, and Wit & Wisdom has proven during this time to be a popular feature. But after so many editions its becoming increasingly diffi cult to fi nd good, clean and inoff ensive content for this page. I do receive contributions from readers, but I often fear Im beginning to scrape the bottom of the barrel. So please send me your jokes, if they are clean and funny and theres no risk off ending anyone (theres a challenge!) why keep them to yourself! If we only raise a slight titter or even a Doh, its a welcome break from the doom and gloom we are so often bombarded with. Apparently laughing is good for your health!

    Have a great month

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    bothered by rules or books and just rush out there and have a good old hack, which always gives interesting results; others are more hesitant and timidly trim the edges off everything - tidy, but strangely unattractive, unless you like amorphous blobby hummocks.

    It helps if you know what you want from the plant and what its likely to do after youve pruned it (apart from die, that is). Growth will usually start again from near the point where youve made your cut. If its a fl owering shrub, try not to cut off the developing fl ower buds. Shrubs that fl ower in the spring do so on old wood made the previous year (Forsythia, fl owering currant) and are pruned after theyve fl owered. Deciduous shrubs that fl ower later on (Buddleia, Fuchsia) are pruned in early spring their fl owers grow on new wood made the same year as they fl ower. If it

    By Jo Arnell

    Are you ready for a little spring pruning? More to the point, are your plants? Its the time of the year when itchy fi ngers start reaching for the secateurs (if they havent already your roses should have been done back in the winter, by the way). The problem with pruning is that there are a few rules to follow. The rules are straightforward, but working out which rule applies to which plant is where it can easily fall apart. There are hundreds of books available on the subject of pruning, but that often makes it worse real plants never look like the diagrams and all those little cut mark lines they draw on so helpfully, just seem to confuse things further. Some of us arent

    March

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    doesnt fl ower, dont worry (unless the reason it doesnt fl ower is because its been pruned at the wrong time). Before getting stuck in make sure your secateurs/loppers have sharp, clean blades. Then:

    Cut out any dead or diseased wood fi rst.

    Look at the plants overall shape and think about its natural habit a graceful, arching specimen wont look good reduced to a stubby lump.

    The harder you prune, the more vigorously the shrub will respond (in most cases, but of course there are exceptions that will drop dead at the sight of you approaching).

    Evergreens are more tender than deciduous shrubs and are usually pruned after the danger of frost has passed.

    If the poor thing is looking a total mess (before or indeed after the pruning session), whats the worst that can happen? There is

    no RSPCP. A pruning disaster could just turn into a planting opportunity...

    Jo Arnell runs Gardening (and wreath making) workshops near Woodchurch 01233 861186www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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    Growing your own peppers is not much more involved than growing tomatoes, so why not give it a try? Pepper plants can be unbelievably pretty too, with fruits in a range of shapes and colour, generally on compact plants and preceded by small and very pretty white owers. This is a plant with great ornamental as well as edible potential.

    Both chilli and sweet - or bell - peppers can be grown in a greenhouse border, in a sunny spot in the garden in warmer parts of the country, or on a sunny, sheltered spot on the patio. The heavier, earlier crop will come if you grow the plants in a greenhouse or conservatory, but it is well worth growing them outside too.

    Growing Peppers

    Sweet peppers, especially the red ones, are very high in vitamin A and both red and green peppers are also very high in vitamin C. Chilli peppers also have a good supply of vitamins C and A and in addition, contain both beta-carotene and something called capsaicin which is believed to have a useful eff ect on blood cholesterol levels.

    The seeds are readily obtainable from many catalogues or garden

    centres but make sure you take into account the level of heat that each type delivers. Most seed packets and catalogues do make it very clear.

    Sow the seeds between now and early April. I use a multi-purpose or a seed compost, but for good germination you will need to provide a bit of extra warmth, ideally from a heated propagator positioned in a spot where it receives plenty of natural light. If you dont have the time or facilities to raise your own from seed, you can always buy a few plants in a garden centre or send off for them. We off er two tasty varieties as part of my Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood system (see www.pippagreenwood.com for details).

    Keep the plants a tiny bit drier than you would a tomato plant and feed regularly with a high-potash liquid feed (most readily available as a tomato food). This helps to keep the plants growing strongly and the potash will encourage plenty of owers and so fruits to form.

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    by Pippa Greenwood

    If you are going for plants in pots, choose a planter that has good drainage and is 30cm (12in) or more in diameter, adding broken pots for extra drainage. Once there is no danger of late frosts you can put them outside in a sheltered, sunny spot.

    If youre after the hottest possible heat from your chilli peppers, then youll nd this comes from fruits that are totally ripe and from peppers that are grown in warmer conditions.

    If you are growing sweet peppers in patio pots then you are likely to nd that there are still some unripened fruits on the plants when temperatures start to fall at the end of summer and well into autumn. To increase the chances of these ripening and increasing to full size, move the pots to a warmer spot or, if possible, to a porch, conservatory or greenhouse where theyll get extra warmth and also plenty of natural light.

    If you want chillies that look particularly good on the patio there are plenty to choose from. Black Pearl is a hot chilli pepper with a distinct blackish tinge to the mature leaves and fruits that are black early on and mature darkest red. For classic chillis with bright red, nger shaped fruits try Thai Dragon.

    Visit www.pippagreenwood.com to make veg growing easy. Youll receive garden ready veg plants PLUS every week Pippa emails you hints, tips and advice about your chosen veg. From just 39 for up to 66 garden-ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails.

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  • British Wildlife Photographer Award Collection 2 (Photography)AA PublishingWho says coff ee table books always have to be about antique teapots and small furniture? Bring the outside world in and celebrate the best that this island has to off er. The British Wildlife Photography Awards began in 2009 and this beautiful collection is full of the winning pictures from 2011, ranging from urban intruders to marine life. Vivid images beautifully capture British wildlife in a wonderfully voyeuristic way. The whole collection is a window on the extraordinary lives of animals and is de nitely one to be treasured.

    RSPB Pocket Nature Wildlife of BritainIf youve ever been out with your children and found yourself stumped by the question whats that? then this guide is a must-have for you. With over a thousand species of British animals, plants and fungi, youll sound like Chris Packham on Springwatch if you carry this in your rucksack.

    Bugs Britannica Peter Marren and Richard MabeyDetermined to help the smallest creatures on our island make the biggest impact, Bugs Britannica is a must-have for creepy-crawly enthusiasts. Its wonderfully colourful and informative and guarantees to give you a greater understanding of how insects and humans interact and the importance of our tiny house-invaders. Our gardens and homes are teeming with bug-life and you might nd youre no longer reaching for the y-spray this summer.

    British Wildlife Detectives Handbook Camilla de la Bedovere.This is the ideal companion for budding young naturalists, but most importantly

    of allit comes with stickers. This handbook is packed with facts and information on everything youre likely to see, both in the back-garden and beyond. Children will

    love turning detective and nding out

    what species theyre looking at. You can inspire and encourage them to really explore their natural surroundings without there

    being a computer in sight. The handbook has tick-boxes for keeping tabs on everything theyve spotted so they can look back over their casework and truly admire British wildlife.

    A Kestrel for a Knave Barry HinesIf you were a teenager in the 1980s then you probably read A Kestrel for a Knave in school. For anyone who didnt, youre in for a treat. Disillusioned Billy Casper is enduring a deprived and violent upbringing in a small Yorkshire mining town when he builds an unlikely friendship with Kes, a kestrel hawk. Frequently described as honest and raw this is a story of how an animal can positively impact on human life. Kes inspires Billy to soar and nd passion in an otherwise harsh and hopeless life.

    Our British countryside is teeming with life this time of year. To save you getting lost in a wilderness of animal and nature books, here are some of the best to be found. Grab the butter y net and the binoculars; its time to go on a back-garden safari.

    The British Countryside

    Not released until June 2012Collins Complete Guides - British Coastal Wildlife If you are opting for a staycations and holidaying in Britain, reserve this book at the same time as booking your holiday. Our coastlines are quite literally swimming in extraordinary wildlife. This guide covers over 400 species of animals and plants found along our shores and will make a great companion for when you like to be beside the seaside.

    Lea ng through this book is like sticking your head straight into a rock-pool. It has clear pictures, descriptions and is packed with information to appeal to even the truest of nature enthusiasts.

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    so hopefully this will stop my silly humans from so hopefully this will stop my silly humans from worrying about me!worrying about me!

    Anyway, even if my humans are a bit silly at least I Anyway, even if my humans are a bit silly at least I have a home and am well looked after. The Clinic have a home and am well looked after. The Clinic had a beautiful grey cat brought in last month. had a beautiful grey cat brought in last month. They tried very hard to fi nd an owner but one They tried very hard to fi nd an owner but one couldnt be found so after a stay at the Clinic he couldnt be found so after a stay at the Clinic he has gone to fi nd a home with the Cats Protection has gone to fi nd a home with the Cats Protection League. I cant imagine what it is like for cats with no homes in this weather. Its been cold at night here even when I have been under the duvet with my head on the pillow!

    Hello Everyone, Mowgli here. I hope you all enjoyed the snow and cold temperatures last enjoyed the snow and cold temperatures last month as much as we did. I spent a lot of time out month as much as we did. I spent a lot of time out in the cat run- birds and shrews show up so much in the cat run- birds and shrews show up so much better when everything is either snowy or frozen. better when everything is either snowy or frozen. However, my humans are as usual very silly as they However, my humans are as usual very silly as they clipped two patches out of my fur on my side just clipped two patches out of my fur on my side just before the cold weather came, and these patches before the cold weather came, and these patches got very cold when I was outside. I dont know got very cold when I was outside. I dont know why they had to pick right now to do it! Humans why they had to pick right now to do it! Humans are almost as silly as goats!are almost as silly as goats!

    I had my fur clipped because I had to have my I had my fur clipped because I had to have my heart scanned. Apparently sometimes I have a heart scanned. Apparently sometimes I have a small heart murmur (I wouldnt know. I think it small heart murmur (I wouldnt know. I think it is the humans fussing again) and Clive wanted is the humans fussing again) and Clive wanted to get a specialist to scan my heart to fi nd out to get a specialist to scan my heart to fi nd out if they needed to do anything. Anyway, Clive if they needed to do anything. Anyway, Clive took a day off and Ebony and I initially thought took a day off and Ebony and I initially thought that he was just going to play with us all day but that he was just going to play with us all day but then Jane came home with Leah the nurse and then Jane came home with Leah the nurse and a heart specialist came round to the house with a heart specialist came round to the house with his ultrasound. Initially I enjoyed jumping all over his ultrasound. Initially I enjoyed jumping all over his ultrasound machine as it was on a trolley. This his ultrasound machine as it was on a trolley. This caused a mild panic as it is very expensive- good caused a mild panic as it is very expensive- good fun! But then, before I knew it, I was on my side fun! But then, before I knew it, I was on my side with a patch clipped out of my beautiful Snow with a patch clipped out of my beautiful Snow Spotted Serengeti fur, covered in cold ultrasound Spotted Serengeti fur, covered in cold ultrasound gel and having an ultrasound done. I kept telling gel and having an ultrasound done. I kept telling them that there is nothing wrong with my heart them that there is nothing wrong with my heart but they didnt listen. It was a great indignity to but they didnt listen. It was a great indignity to be ultrasounded on my own dining room table be ultrasounded on my own dining room table and I told them all about it. My regular miaow and I told them all about it. My regular miaow practice that I do in the hall really paid off and I practice that I do in the hall really paid off and I had the specialist scared. I think he thought I was had the specialist scared. I think he thought I was going to eat him (I wasnt of course, I wouldnt going to eat him (I wasnt of course, I wouldnt hurt anyone, I just wriggle and yell!). Ebony heard hurt anyone, I just wriggle and yell!). Ebony heard my yells and came rushing to help- she chirruped my yells and came rushing to help- she chirruped and tried to get between the specialists legs to and tried to get between the specialists legs to trip him up. It all helped to make the ultrasound trip him up. It all helped to make the ultrasound end rather sooner than it otherwise might have end rather sooner than it otherwise might have done. And my heart is perfectly good and normal done. And my heart is perfectly good and normal

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    Professional unique intensive valet process Range & AGA specialist All ovens, hobs, extractor fans & microwaves Environmentally friendly, no toxic chemicals, no fumes See ovenu.co.uk for a video of the valet process Ovenu Ashford is approved by Trading Standards Contact Richard at Ovenu Ashford 01233 380023 or 0800 1409800

    The Handy Household - The Benefi ts of BicarbWhether you know it as baking soda, bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate or simply, bicarb, no home should be without this wonder product. While its regularly used in cooking as a raising agent, bicarbonate of soda has many more household uses offering an economical, non-toxic and effective remedy for a whole host of health, beauty and cleaning challenges.

    Its deodorising powers are second to none a slight dusting under the arms or in your shoes will keep you smelling fresh all day and if the cat litter tray starts to offend, just sprinkle some bicarb in the bottom to neutralise those nasty odours. in fact, bicarb can be used to deodorise everything from dishwashers to fridges, and a soak in a diluted solution, will freshen up any kitchenware from old thermos fl asks to coffee makers.

    Always keep some in the bathroom because if you run out of toothpaste, bicarb mixed into a paste with water, will do the job just as well. This miracle paste also makes a fantastic skin exfoliator and can also be used to soothe itchy insect bites or, diluted with water, can be drunk as a cure for indigestion. Whats more, if you add it to your bath water it will even soften your skin.

    Its ability to cut through grease and oil stains make it particularly handy for adding to your weekly wash, or cleaning burnt pans or even for unblocking drains simply pour down some bicarb, followed by boiling water.

    Need any more convincing? Well, its also an effective fi re extinguisher and can douse the fl ames of small kitchen fi res. No home should be without it.

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    12 Antique and Second HandFurniture For Sale

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    Today Rocket BootsOver the last few years writing in this lovely magazine I have revealed a number of confessions,so continuing the revelations and Confessions of a Furniture Restorer I have one more for you.

    I have never watched the fi lm Star Wars!

    I admit I have caught snippets of it, which is enough to send me to sleep or run like a man possessed. Its not just Star Wars of course, I really hate space travelling, galactic, ridiculous science fi ctional space craft, with rubbish stories and even more rubbish costumed beasts.

    There, I said it! Its now out...I feel a bit better now. I think confession actually works, maybe, in that, load off your mind kind of a way.

    Anyway I started thinking about this dark secret of mine, fi rstly because, whilst scurrying around today in my workshop, it dawned on me how much distance I must actually travel daily. Some days are worse than others, but I do cover some ground believe it or not, so I thought wouldnt it be cool to have one of those hover boards that Michael J Fox uses in Back To The Future, or maybe I just need some rocket boots.

    Whats annoying is, is (sorry I got excited and tapped to many iss) is that there are all these boffi n scientists around the world, all watching Star Trek and stuff with crazy space ships and gadgets, but when they go to work they invent things like a mouse with a spare ear on its back, or interactive television games.You can even get a dart board game where you throw imaginary darts at your telly. Why not just put up a dart board and throw some lumps of pointy brass at it?

    I saw the other day a childs drawing and painting kit that you plug into the telly, ridiculous! I mean, what is wrong with a piece of paper and some crayons I ask?

    So come on inventors and dreamers of a

    futuristic world. Polish ya spanners and knock me up some rocket boots so I can shoom around my workshop quicker, and give my weary legs a wii rest!

    By Richard Tozer

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    1. Creating a focal pointWhile traditional rooms often work around a replace or TV, larger, multi-purpose rooms can lack visual focus. By introducing colour, pattern and/or texture on one wall perhaps above a sofa or behind a dining table youll add character, interest and even drama. The easiest solution is to use a strong paint colour or to hang a large painting, photograph or print, while boldly patterned wallpaper also works well.

    2. Using colourPale colours are generally considered best to emphasise the airiness of large open spaces. But should you go for one shade all over, or choose diff erent colours for diff erent areas? Using the same colour throughout gives an unbroken look and emphasises space, but if one end of the room is to function separately from the other a living and dining space, a living and work space you can zone these areas by varying their colour. A tonal scheme, with colour going from light to darker from one end to the other, can be particularly eff ective.

    3. Planning your lightingUse lighting to delineate diff erent areas within your open-plan space, and illuminate diff erent parts to suit your needs, whether its a living area or working space, a kitchen or

    a dining area. Layer in diff erent types of light in diff erent areas, using a mixture of concealed lighting (in ceilings or under shelves, for example) and eye-catching, over-sized xtures that suit the extra-large space.

    4. Choosing a oor Choosing ooring for a multi-purpose space such as an open-plan cooking/dining/living area can be tricky, as the kitchen area needs to be able to cope with splashes and spills, while youll want the sitting area to feel cosy and comfortable. You have two choices: either run the same ooring throughout for a sleek, owing look, or choose a variety of types of ooring which will diff erentiate between areas. If you go for the former option, consider stone or wood, both of which can be softened with rugs where necessary, or consider high quality vinyl, which is spill-proof and forgiving underfoot.

    5. Separating spacesNot all open-plan spaces need to be entirely open all of the time, so for truly exible living its advisable to include some sort of exible division. In a period property, panelled doors that can be folded back against the walls when not in use are perfect; in a more modern house a moveable screen, or perhaps ceiling-mounted panels (on a track) that can be pulled to one side when desired, would be enormously useful.

    6. Linking spacesOpen-plan kitchen/living areas are ideal for entertaining, but how do you successfully blend the spaces seamlessly? One solution is to continue the style of your kitchen units for storage used in nearby areas, choosing a design that looks as good for a TV stand, say, as for a cutlery drawer. Versatility is key and you should consider not just colour but also texture, and even handles long, slender handles

    Open SesameWhy have several small, dark rooms when you can simply knock down some walls and live in a gorgeous, airy, bright and huge space? But there are eight key issues you should bear in mind when decorating your open-plan home, says Katherine Sorrell

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    by Katherine Sorrell

    tend to look better in modern living spaces than dumpy round ones, for example.

    7. Solutions for storageKnocking two rooms together gives you a gorgeous open area but, because youve lost wall space for cupboards and shelves, much less room to hide your clutter. One solution is to use tall, open shelving that doubles as a room divider as well as somewhere to display your stuff , while if you have a at-screen TV, mount it on a media wall with storage for DVDs concealed behind it. In fact, make the most of every tiny corner, building storage into sloping ceilings, around windows or in any alcove you can nd.

    8. Buying and arranging furnitureConventional furniture wont necessarily have the right proportions to work well in open-plan living areas, so you may have to look for larger-than-average pieces, and bear in mind that they have to look good from all angles, not just the front. Avoid the temptation to place all the furniture around the edges of the room (it will look like a nursing home); instead, create cosy sitting areas within the main space with two sofas facing each other, with tables and lamps behind, perhaps, or else use modular furniture which creates sociable corners.

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    This is a great way to jazz up salmon with a Japanese teriyaki sauce glaze served with sesame fl avoured noodles. Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before threading on the strips of salmon to prevent them from burning under the hot grill.

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    1. Slice each salmon fi llet widthways into 2 strips and place the strips in a shallow dish. Mix together the teriyaki sauce and garlic and pour over the salmon. Cover and leave to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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  • FREE LEGAL ADVICE FOR FAMILIES WITH UNDER 5 YEAR OLDSIn another of our regular series on legal matters, this month Laura Hails, Legal Executive at Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors, talks about a new free legal advice service in Tenterden.

    Following the success of our free family law clinic, we are pleased to announce that we will be running a free drop in service at the Sure Start Centre, based at the Little Explorers Children Centre, Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden. This is specifi cally for families with children aged under 5 years of age.

    We will be available at the centre every Wednesday from February, to discuss topics including divorce, cohabitation disputes, fi nancial settlement after divorce and children issues. If any families have a legal issue or concern about their family, we will be available to talk things through, so that we can advise you of the best way forward in your situation, so that you can make an informed choice as to how you wish to proceed.

    It is a sad fact that we meet a number of families, often with young children, who are separating or in troubled relationships. There are a number of facilities available in the local area to provide families with additional support, and we are proud to work in partnership with Sure Start to assist families with under 5s.

    We understand that costs are a factor in family matters, and people are concerned about instructing solicitors. We are aware that there is a need in the local area, particularly with families with under 5s, to meet with a lawyer to discuss their concerns and to receive some initial free advice.

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    Well its been an incredible start to the year for the members of Wendy Rileys new Slimming World group in Wye. They have embraced the Extra Easy Food Optimising plan with gusto and since their fi rst weigh in on the 10th of January they have lost a staggering 433lbs in just four weeks.

    Wendy comments I am absolutely thrilled with the progress of the group, they have shown such incredible prowess and understanding of food optimising and it is repaying them with amazing weight losses, all this, without depriving themselves, I cant tell you how many times Ive heard the phrase we cant believe how much we are eating!

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  • And its not only the members who have benefi ted from this wonderful healthy eating plan, as so many of us know the New Year is a great time for making that decision to change our relationship with food but with all the Christmas leftovers in the house its sometimes just too diffi cult to stick with our resolutions so Wendy decided to run a Christmas food amnesty to help a local homeless shelter Porchlight, The group completely got behind the idea and generously donated a hamper full of goodies which will hopefully be really appreciated at this diffi cult time of the year, Id really like to take the opportunity to thank the whole group for their support and taking that fi rst step through the door on our fi rst night and look forward to welcoming more new members who wish to start their own weight loss journey too.

    Rachel van Hoven, Community Fundraiser for Porchlight said: We were delighted to receive this generous donation of food from the members of Wye Slimming World! It will be much appreciated by the residents at Simon Mead House, our supported accommodation project in Ashford which provides a safe and stable home to 11 homeless people. For more information about Porchlight and our work supporting vulnerable and homeless people in the local area visit www.porchlight.org.uk

    You can join the Slimming World group in Wye any Tuesday at 7.30pm just come along to Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye where youll receive a very warm welcome or you can call Wendy on 0785 0450157 or 01233 666625 to fi nd out more information.

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    Eyes Like A Shutter,Brain Like A LenseMeet India Bradshaw, a young, creative, dynamic Photographer based near Charing. Despite having just turned 18 she has already launched her professional photography career with a number of interesting and diverse commissions for local and London based clients. With aspirations to break into Glossy Magazines through Fashion Editorial and Advertising, and a feature fi lm stills shoot already under her belt, she looks to be going places. Watch This Space!

    As well as the usual portrait sessions India has managed to land a number of commissions for local businesses including the image for the front cover of the recently printed Charing Business Association leafl et and publicity images for The Red Lion at Charing Heath, The Beauty Room in Willsborough,

    F r e e d o m - D r i v e driving school in Ashford, The Secret Gardens in Sandwich for The WOW Factory, and an Album cover for local singer song writer Joe West. You may think this sounds like a pretty good start for a new kid on the block but theres more.plenty more in fact.

    Back in October the exciting opportunity arose for India to do the Stills photography on the London set of The Forgotten, a low budget British ghost movie, written and directed by Oliver Frampton, staring Clem Tibber, Elarica Gallacher and Shaun Dingwall, due for release later this year.

    Recently Indias work has focused on more local projects. She has been covering the progress of Breakin Hearts, the Ashford based, all girl national champion break-dance troupe, at regional and national competitions; producing images for the program for the Highworth Grammar School annual dance showcase and covering the Charing Heath Burns Night Event, organised by the Parish Council to raise money to match Ashford Borough Councils contribution to purchase Park play equipment for the Charing Heath Playing Field. India will be donating 20% of her photo sales proceeds to the fund.

    With Summer Wedding bookings and a variety of enquiries in the pipeline, and plans to attend workshops with top international photographers including Rosie Hardy, it could be a busy year for India.

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  • Failure And Why Its Good For You!To the consternation of children and parents at our fi rst family assembly of term I announced that, in this week of exams and important sporting fi xtures, I wanted to talk aboutFailure.

    Failure is taboo. No-one wants failure, everyone regards failure as, well, failure.

    But I would argue its importance in the lives of children and adults.

    Failure is real and common to us all. We fail to gain the job that we craved; we see others being picked before us; our best eff orts are sometimes not good enough. To experience failure is important, I argued, because

    1. You know what it feels like

    2. You can empathise with others who have experienced it

    3. You can learn how to turn it into success

    I was able to use an appropriate Youtube clip that provided the motivational message that If you havent experienced failure, you havent lived! Amongst others cited, Walt Disney was written off by his art teacher as unimaginative, Michael Jordan was dropped from his basket-ball team as a failure, The Beatles were turned down by a recording company for showing little creativity, JK Rowling was rejected by 9 publishers before Bloomsbury took her on, Thomas Edison was regarded as too stupid to be of value to anybody.

    Failure did not stop these people from becoming great achievers. Maybe it helped to shape them, provide them with resilience and determination and enable them to strive for even greater things than they had at fi rst imagined.

    Both boys and girls play Tag- and contact rugby at Spring Grove and

    those who play can understand the idea that the ball must go backwards for play to go forwards. There is a life lesson here, I think:

    A step backwards might well be a step nearer our goal. A setback and the lessons learnt can be a stepping stone to success. Did Jesus experience failure? Was his arrest and death a great setback? Or was the Cross the greatest back pass in cosmic history given what happened two days later?

    Failure is important if it provides lessons and instruction. If we lose, get dropped from a team, make a mistake in maths or fi nd others picked before us, it does not have to end in failure. A player or team that identifi es why it lost, the student that understands why the calculations went wrong or the candidate who is humble enough to admit that his best eff ort was insuffi cient might in time develop the skills and understanding to improve.

    In this age of parents demanding instant results and owning a reluctance to accept failure, pressure is applied to school teachers to give prizes to all. Our school motto is Always do your best! It is not Always get it right!

    Sometimes our best might result in failure but I would suggest that the experience of failing can be a good thing and that a bigger prize awaits those who are patient, humble and persevering.

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  • What could be more natural than the urge to help a friend in need?

    Thats what hackers are exploiting to get well meaning people to send money to them, by hijacking peoples email accounts.

    I recently had a phone call from one of my clients who was having trouble accessing their Google email account. They were checking it because they had received a number of phone calls from friends and family expressing concern. This was because they had received emails, which they hadnt sent, saying that they had been attacked while on holiday and had lost their wallet and passport. The email asked for money to be wired to them in their hour of need. They werent even on holiday at the time!

    My client was touched by all the off ers of assistance they received but also concerned that someone might be fooled by the scam. Their email account had been hijacked. The most likely explanation for this was a weak password. (Password123 would you believe!)

    Once the hacker had gained access to their email account, they changed the password so that my client couldnt access their own email while they sent out their request for money to my clients entire address book.

    It took 24 hours to get back into their email account as Google needed to do identity checks before giving them access again. In that time unfortunately two of my clients well meaning friends who hadnt thought to phone to make sure the email was genuine had sent money. My client to their credit felt obliged to reimburse their friends.

    The moral of the story is if you use a web based account to access your email use a complex password and if you receive an email out of the blue from a trusted contact requesting money its probably worth checking before sending anything.

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    The Green Thing!Checking out at Tesco, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags werent good for the environment.

    The woman apologised and explained, We didnt have this green thing back in my earlier days.

    The clerk responded, Thats our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations. She was right -- our generation didnt have the green thing in its day.

    Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refi lled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were re cycled. But we didnt have the green thing back in our day.

    We walked up stairs, because we didnt have an escalator in every store and offi ce building. We walked to the grocers and didnt climb into a 200-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didnt have the green thing in our day.

    Back then, we washed the babys nappies because we didnt have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 2000 watts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didnt have the green thing back in our day.

    Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Yorkshire. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didnt have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didnt fi re up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didnt need to go to a health club to run on treadmills

    that operate on electricity. But shes right. We didnt have the green thing back then.

    When we were thirsty we drank from a tap instead of drinking from a plastic bottle of water shipped from the other side of the world. We refi lled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didnt have the green thing back then.

    Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical socket in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didnt need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to fi nd the nearest fi sh and chip shop.

    But isnt it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didnt have the green thing back then?

    Warning: Dont make old people mad, we dont like being old in the fi rst place, so it doesnt take much to wind us up!

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    AMulti-trade Company

    General building - New builds - Extensions Plastering-vaulted ceilings Painting & decorating Roofi ng - small repairs to strip and re-tile

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    07905 700 142Mersham, Ashford, TN25 7HP

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    Wilco Plumbingand Heating

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