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It's The Biz 3. Community magazine for Rochester, Medway, Kent, promoting business and community. In this issue: bells, offices, crochet, weddings and the moon

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of the range mobile discos, photo
booths, LED dance floors, sweet
carts, Ferrero Rocher stands,
disco domes and much more for
any event including: weddings,
birthday parties, corporate events,
anniversaries and Christmas parties.
Covering Kent and the South East,
we can help whether it’s a party in a
small venue or a massive marquee.
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you can get, our excellent set-up will
impress your guests. We o er state
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Page 6 Museum of the Moon | Page 9 Reflexology | Page 10 Cathedral Bells
Page 12 The Office | Page 15 Spicy Noodle Recipe | Page 16 Wedding Planning
Page 18 Musical Bumps | Page 25 Lauren’s Little Makes
Page 4 Kick-off | Page 8 Puzzles | Pages 20-24 Community Zone
Page 7 Leaflets We’re saying a big thank you to Kent Leaflet Distribution
A bit later than planned, it’s back to business with It’s The Biz.
After many weeks of lockdown we are starting to see signs of a return to
a less confined way of life, with non-essential shops open once more and
the gradual easing of restrictions on social gathering. By the time you are
reading this, pubs and hairdressers may well be about to start trading again.
This magazine is designed to promote local businesses, so please support
them if you can. Local high streets have faced tough times and the pandemic
has only made things more perilous for local economies. Thanks to everyone
who has advertised and supported this publishing venture. Happy reading!
Copyright © 2020 It’s The Biz Limited. 71-75 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9JQ. Edited and designed in Rochester by Neil Hutchings. No material may be reproduced
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Open for business
With shops having re-opened on 15 June,
Medway Council have announced the
following measures to keep town centres safe.
The council’s car parks are
open and offer a cashless
payment option provided
by RingGo to reduce risk of
infection. Payment machines
will be cleaned regularly for
those choosing to pay by coins.
An enhanced cleaning of all
high streets was carried out
before opening, and a high-
level cleansing standard is
being maintained.
Rochester High Street is
closed for traffic between
10.30am and 3pm (Sunday to
Friday) for the safety of our
visitors. The Saturday closure
will remain between 10am to
4pm. Cyclists are not currently
permitted during all road
closures.
Medway Greeters will
initially be present in town
centres, helping visitors and
businesses remain safe.
Medway’s public toilets
will be cleaned regularly
throughout the day and hand
sanitiser dispensers have been
installed. Bins will be emptied
and sanitised regularly and
litter picks will be carried out
to keep the streets clean.
Some benches will be taped
off to help comply with social
distancing measures.
Social distancing and
directional signage is being
installed to remind all visitors
to social distance.
Regular social media
updates will be shared
assuring visitors and detailing
the measures we’ve taken to
ensure our high streets are a
safe place to visit.
You can borrow eBooks
and eAudiobooks from the
comfort of your home with
your library card.
No need to spend money with
commercial suppliers when your local
library can provide a wide selection
of books, ebooks, newspapers,
magazines and comics which can be
read on a tablet or phone.
You’ll need a library membership
card and a PIN which you can obtain
from a librarian* (ID is required). It’s
then simply a case of downloading
apps for the various publication types
and logging in with your details.
For more details, search for eBooks
at www.medway.gov.uk.
*At the time of writing, all
Medway libraries
are closed due to
social distancing
regulations, but it is
possible to register
online and obtain a
temporary PIN.
H Visit www.medway.gov for further info and updates
kick-off
DID YOU
KNOW?
Pulped fiction
About 2,500,000 Mills &
Boon romantic novels were
acquired during the construction
of the M6 Toll. The novels were
pulped at a recycling firm in south
Wales and used in the preparation
of the top layer of the West Midlands
motorway, according to building
materials suppliers Tarmac. The
pulp which helps hold the Tarmac
and asphalt in place also acts as a
sound absorber and is vital in the
construction of roads.
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BEES KNEES
PLUMBING
Taps, leaks & blockages
Radiators & cylinders
First & second fi x
General plumbing
Jon Cooper
Get in touch - call 07914 259908
Email beeskneesplumbing@outlook.com
Facebook @beeskneesplumbing
See examples of previous work and customer reviews
Life in lockdown for
Bees Knees
Plumbing
Jon Cooper of Bees Knees Plumbing tells us
how things have been during lockdown, and
the measures he takes to ensure the safety
of his customers.
I do all general plumbing, so that’s taps,
leaks, blockages, radiators and cylinders, first
and second fix and other general plumbing
problems as well as emergency work (such
as the nightmare scenario of water flooding
through the ceiling!)
Working during lockdown has been quite
strange. I ask my customers to remain as far
away from me as possible, using side and back
entrances where possible.
I clean surfaces that I have touched and I
advise the customer to wipe down the whole
area including handrails, handles, doors etc.
While I try to avoid anyone vulnerable,
emergencies still happen, so those at risk of
Covid-19 must stay in another room while I deal
with another member of the household.
I use masks but I take my distancing and
hand sanitising very seriously. I don’t want the
disease or to spread it unwittingly.
Aside from that, it’s business as usual: I’m
happy to be there for my customers where
possible. Pandemic or not, water is no less
destructive or problematic…
it’s the
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Events planned to celebrate Dickens
150 were unable to go ahead due to
the coronavirus pandemic. However, a
number of virtual activities were held
to mark the anniversary.
Dickens spent much of his life in Medway and
many of his novels and characters were inspired
by his experiences of living here. Eastgate House
in Rochester features in The Pickwick Papers and
The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The Grade 1 listed
Elizabethan mansion, which was built in 1590, was
also used as a Victorian school.
The council’s Heritage Team education officer,
Dr Jeremy Clarke, has created videos to illustrate
Dickens’ association with Medway and how it
influenced his work as well as glimpses into Dickens’
private and public lives. The novel The Mystery of
Edwin Drood can be downloaded from Medway’s
library service and readers can join in virtual
discussions about the novel on the Reading Drood
blog each month until October.
If you’re not already a member of Medway libraries
you can join online and borrow eBooks immediately.
A member of the Medway Libraries team will also
read an extract from The Uncommercial Traveller on
their YouTube channel, Medway Digital.
H www.readingdrood.wordpress.com
H www.medway.gov.uk/dickens150
150th anniversary
of the death of
Charles Dickens
marked virtually
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This giant replica of the
moon was on display in
Rochester Cathedral for
three weeks in February
and March. Suspended
dramatically in the Nave,
this is the first time the
installation has been
displayed in Kent.
Created by UK artist Luke
Jerram, Museum of the Moon
measures seven metres in
diameter and features NASA
imagery of the lunar surface, with
each centimetre representing
5km of the moon’s surface. It is
accompanied by a fusion of lunar
imagery and a surround sound
composition created by BAFTA
and Ivor Novello award winning
composer Dan Jones.
The artwork has been presented
in a number of locations across
the world including several UK
Cathedrals and Museums. As it
travels, it gathers new musical
compositions and an ongoing
collection of personal responses
and stories, as well as highlighting
the latest moon science.
For more info and future tour
dates, go to www.my-moon.org
Museum of the Moon
MOON FACTS
12 PEOPLE have walked on
the surface of the moon –
Neil Armstrong was the first,
in 1969.
YOUR WEIGHT would be
much less if you stood on
the moon – about one-sixth
of your earthly weight.
3.8cm is the distance that
the moon drifts away from
the earth each year.
MOONQUAKES are caused
by the earth’s gravitational
pull, resulting in ruptures
and cracks.
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Although some people don’t like
unsolicited mail or advertising,
it’s still an effective method
of marketing for businesses
seeking to reach out to potential
customers. Now, more than
ever, we need to cherish and
support our local businesses in
high streets that were already
struggling even before the
Covid-19 pandemic crisis gripped
us all.
Now that social media platforms
are ever present on smartphone,
tablets and laptops, those using
them can be subjected to a
bewildering array of advertising
messages which in many cases
are visible only briefly and quickly
forgotten. A printed advert or
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in the case of a magazine like this,
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For businesses seeking to
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local companies, charities and
community activities get the
recognition they deserve and
attract the attention they are
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drops through your door, take
a moment to cast your eye over
it and spare a thought for the
livelihoods dependent on the
business it may generate.
Then pop it in the recycling bin.
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it’s the
PUZZLES
Seventeen names of people
and places related to
Rochester and Medway are
hidden in this grid – forwards,
backwards, up, down and
diagonal…can you spot them
all? It’s just for fun!
Answers on page 14
SWEEPS FESTIVAL
POCAHONTAS
HUGUENOT
MAN OF KENT
FRANCIS ILLES
MEDWAY QUEEN
KINGS SCHOOL
HMS CAVALIER
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BISHOP GUNDULF
JOOLS HOLLAND
GUILDHALL
UPNOR CASTLE
CAPSTONE
KITS COTY
DON VINCENZO
COPPER RIVET
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Just for fun!
QUICKQUIZ
Answers on page 14
1. In What year was the King’s School founded?
2. Name the house in Higham once owned by Charles Dickens.
3. What did Short Brothers manufacture in their Rochester factory?
4. Name the sailor from Gillingham who became one of the first ever
western samurai.
5. In which year did the Dutch raid on the Medway occur?
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The main benefit of reflexology is
that it balances each system in the
body, so it is particularly useful
for musculoskeletal problems and
hormonal imbalances. Reflexology
has a well deserved reputation for
helping with fertility, pregnancy
and menopausal problems and
stress related problems.
Researchers at the University
of Portsmouth have found that
people felt about 40% less pain,
and were able to stand pain for
about 45% longer, when they
used reflexology as a method of
pain relief.
Juliette Gosling is a recently
qualified reflexologist and is
launching her new business,
Footprints Reflexology of
Rochester. I am currently working
Tuesdays at Stride Foot Clinic on
Strood High Street and can make
home visits during the evenings or
at weekends in the Medway area.
Please visit my Facebook page or
email juliette@therapist.net
So much
more than a
relaxing foot
massage
Reflexology is an ancient from of foot massage that
involves applying varyingpressure to specific areas
of the feet which correspond to areas (or reflexes)
on the body.
SERVICES AVAILABLE
• A Reflexology Gift
Voucher would make the
perfect Christmas gift
• A Reflexology Party for
a small group of friends,
taster treatments in the
comfort of your own
home
Home Visits available
during the day, evenings
or at weekends
There are more nerve endings in your feet than
any other part of your body
JUST ONE TREATMENT:
Relaxes the nervous system
Boosts circulation
Improves energy levels
Releases toxins
Stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms
Works on every organ and system in the body
Contact Juliette
07813 676 246 · juliette@therapist.net
FOOTPRINTS REFLEXOLOGY
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Founded in AD604, Rochester
Cathedral is England’s second
oldest. The present building
dates back to the work of the
French monk, Gundulf, in 1080.
The glorious Norman architecture
of the nave, parts of the crypt,
as well as one of the finest
Romanesque facades in England,
make this an inspirational place
to visit. The Cathedral is blessed
with some fine examples of
later Gothic styles as well as the
magnificent 14th century Chapter
Library door. Hidden from view
is one of the oldest doors in
England. Today, daily worship is
central to the life of the Cathedral.
There has been a community
worshipping continually on this
site for over 1400 years.
Rochester
Cathedral
A brief history
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Keep the bells
ringing…
Anyone living in Rochester will
be familiar with the sound of
cathedral bells ringing out across
the town.
This sound is created by the
cathedral’s Company of Bell
Ringers, a group of men and
women of all ages and from all
walks of life, who ring the bells
that are hung in the space below
the cathedral spire.
This ring consists of ten bells
which were cast in 1921 and
essential works are now required
to ensure their future. The
Rochester Cathedral Bells
Centenary Project has been set
up to raise £100,000 to fund
these works.
The money will also be used to
extend the ring to twelve bells;
a rare thing in North Kent. This
will better allow the ringers to
continue their work as a teaching
tower, encouraging young and
old from all backgrounds to come
and learn. It will also encourage
visiting ringers, as the appeal of a
ring of twelve is irresistible!
There are lots of ways to
contribute, from a small donation
here to sponsoring a bell – the
ringers will be buying three new
ones! They would like to ring the
new bells for the first time in 2021
to celebrate the centenary of the
casting of the current ring.
The project was launched last
September, when the Dean of the
cathedral spoke of how much the
bells are appreciated.
To help maintain the long
tradition of ringing in Rochester
and to make the cathedral bells
a sound to be enjoyed for many
years to come, you can visit
justgiving.com and search for
Rochester Cathedral Bells.
The Rochester Cathedral Company
of Bell Ringers are raising funds
for essential work required to
ensure the future of the
cathedral’s bells.
Help raise
£100,000!
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Since lockdown began,
the working day has
taken a very different
form for those able to
work at home, in spare
bedrooms, sheds,
garages or with a laptop
on the settee!
There have always been jobs
which can only be done in a
designated workplace such as
certain functions in factories or
building sites, although even
those will have administrative
operations which have most
likely been conducted remotely
during lockdown.
An office seems to be the
place where the admin is done,
but these days, that could be
practically anywhere. At home? In
the coffee shop?
But where does the tradition of
traveling to and from an office to
conduct business come from?
Ancient Rome had its own
business district, each town
containing its forum bounded by
shops and offices. It’s the Roman
Latin word officium loosely
meaning “bureau” that gives us
the word we use today.
However, with the demise of the
Roman Empire, the concept of
dedicated office space was largely
forgotten, until the 18th Century.
By this time, the kind of work
which we now associate with
offices was carried out at home,
with business owners living
on the premises, employing
clerks who also lived on-site,
combining administrative and
household duties.
But in 1726, the first purpose-
built office building in Britain was
constructed in Whitehall for the
Admiralty. It is now known as The
Ripley Building, after its architect,
Thomas Ripley. Then, in 1729,
The East India Company opened
Missing the office?
We examine the history of the office, and find out what it’s been
like for people forced to work at home during lockdown…
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So how has it been, swapping the
commute and office politics for a desk
shared with family and pets…?
their headquarters on Leadenhall
Street, housing their thousands
of employees dealing with the
complex business of trade with
India and Asia. Author Charles
Lamb worked as a clerk at the
East India Company and in his
diaries he commented on the long
hours: “On Friday I was at office
from 10 in the morning to 11 at
night – last night til 9”.
The 20th century saw the
advent of the open-plan office,
something many of us are familiar
with today. Architect Frank Lloyd
Wright envisaged an office like an
open plan factory, with few walls.
Subsequent variations have seen
landscaped workspaces, rooms
full of cubicles and modular
offices, consisting of flexible,
semi-enclosed spaces.
The century progressed and
construction innovations enabled
taller and taller buildings to
eventually allow thousands of
workers to inhabit spaces in
relatively small square feet of
expensive land.
Technology continued to
advance, from electric lighting,
the telegraph, telephone,
typewriters, calculators, word
processors, computers, the
internet, tablets and mobile
phones gradually transforming
the working day.
It is now easier than ever to
conduct “office” work from almost
anywhere – wi-fi or 4G permitting.
For some businesses, this has
proved a lifeline during lockdown,
as they have been able to
continue productive activity from
the homes of their employees.
I had to be
set up from
scratch, we
had the space and some of
the kit but it was a stressful
few days.
Once done it was business
as usual for the whole office;
able to start earlier and work
longer. No travel and great
weather was great; we were
able to escape to garden for a
break in the sun.
It works very well and the
team have stayed motivated
– however I can see that we
need a mix. If we continue
working from home during
bad weather, there is potential
for moods to change.
If we look at the positive
side and see us coming out of
lockdown, then home working
will be a great boost to work/
life balance; two days from
home would be great for me!!
Having
commuted
to London
for years, it’s now just
a stroll along the landing to
the office. Initially it was a
little stressful with technical
glitches setting up remote
access to my work computer,
but with daily Zoom meetings
and conference calls the team
are able to work efficiently. I
miss the social interaction of
the office but do we need to
cram ourselves into expensive
communal buildings? I can’t
see myself doing 5 days in the
office ever again! This virus has
changed the work landscape.
I work for
the Military
in Gillingham.
During lockdown some staff
have been working from
home, some going in for a
few hours a week and some
furloughed at home.
While there is a cost to set
up home working – supplying
IT equipment to staff – it has
been a great success. Some
people are generating much
more work and finding it easier
without interruptions. One
of the guys in my office has
even been working on the odd
weekend as he has had nothing
else to do. He lives in a flat, so
not having a garden means it
has helped keep him occupied.
People have also noticed the
financial saving in train and
petrol costs.
Some have asked if the
working from home can
continue when the lockdown
is over and we will be looking
at it long term.
Also, we have meetings
several times a year. These
generate a lot of expenses as
some travel and have to stay
overnight, travel and food
costs. We have often asked
if the meetings can be done
via Zoom as some of them
don’t last more than a couple
of hours. Some people don’t
like change and some are old
school and have refused. They
now had no choice but to do
them via Zoom and they have
been a great success so this
will definitely continue.
Mary Downie
Rochester
Dean Holden
Strood
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Mark Black
Sittingbourne
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SOLUTIONS
Wordsearch solution:
Here’s the solution to the crossword puzzle
published in issue 2. The letters found in the
pink shaded squares can be rearranged to
form MISS HAVISHAM, a character from Great
Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Page 8 quick quiz answers:
1. 604AD; 2. Gads Hill Place;
3. Seaplanes; 4. William Adams; 5. 1667
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I’ve been working from home
since just before lockdown. We
are part of the food industry, on
the manufacturing side, so we
have been working all through
this and have never been busier. I
realise how lucky we are.
The production and warehouse
staff have had to be on-site but on
the office side, those who can work
from home have been doing so.
It’s funny listening to everyone’s
different experiences. Some people
have found it very challenging
but personally, I have loved it. I
am more productive (I’m doing
longer hours and am normally
fired up and ready to go by 6/6.30)
and don’t have the constant office
interruptions. I tend to work
through lunch anyway but I make
sure I log off at 4pm.
I keep in close contact with my
team through Zoom chat and we
have regular Zoom meetings to
make sure we’re all OK. You get
the normal IT issues which can be
irritating; but they happen when
you’re in the office too!
I don’t drive and due to the
buses, it can take me an hour and a
half to two hours to get to work (it’s
a 20 minute drive), so potentially
I’m saving 4 hours a day!
On the few occasions that I’ve
needed to go in, the company
has paid for taxis. I usually get
five buses a day, so this is a huge
help and relief at the moment and
I’m really dreading having to go
back to that. I’ve been doing it for
sixteen years and now that I’ve
stopped, I realise how tiring it is.
From a safety perspective, it really
is “germ soup”.
My husband is a comedian,
so for him the future is still very
uncertain. He’s been busy writing
but any social distancing, even
going down to one meter, makes
live comedy impossible at the
moment. He’s been great though.
We live in a one bedroom flat
and he’s relegated himself to the
bedroom for half of the day to
give me space to work. As soon
as I finish, we go for a walk. With
no garden, this little bit of outside
time has been crucial.
I’m looking forward to things
going back to normal but while
we’ve been in our lockdown
bubble we’ve appreciated the
little things. A warm sunny day,
with fish and chips and a bottle
of beer by the castle. FaceTiming
friends for a catch-up. It’s made
us appreciate that it doesn’t take
much to make a day great…
but my work being safe has
contributed to this. Not having to
worry too much about the bills is
a huge weight off of our shoulders
as we’re not spending much.
Thanks to our contributors; if you
have any thoughts about how the
workplace may evolve, send them
for publication in the next issue.
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Spicy
Chicken
Noodles
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RECIPE
Enjoy a homemade Wagamama experience by trying Daniel Austin’s super-easy
and economical noodle soup recipe for a quick and tasty supper for two
Ingredients
1 pack chicken flavour noodles
(or add a chicken stock cube
to plain noodles)
2 spring onions
 a red pepper
1 carrot
1 tsp ground cloves
 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp dry coriander
1 chicken breast
Oil for frying
Salt & pepper to season
Method
1. Place the chicken in a pan of
water and bring to the boil;
simmer for 15-20 minutes, or
until the meat is thoroughly
cooked through.
2. Remove chicken from water
and shred with two forks.
Keep the water in the pot (no
heat) and add dry noodles
and flavour sachet – just leave
them to soak in the water.
3. Finely slice the veg,
lengthways (julienne style).
Heat a small amount of oil in a
large pan or wok, add the veg
and fry for a few minutes only,
to retain some crunch.
4. Add the noodles and stock
to the pan/wok and simmer.
No add herbs and spices;
continue to simmer for approx
5-10 minutes.
5. Serve in large bowls, topping
each dish with the shredded
chicken.
Serving tip
We added some sliced,
toasted flatbread to
decorate the top of
the dish and add some
crispy texture.
Noodle facts
Noodles are believed to have
originated in China, 4,000
years ago, made from millet,
a type of cereal grain.
Noodles are one of the
cheapest meals to eat. Today,
we consider instant noodles
to be a budget item, but
they were once considered
a luxury item, when a single
packet cost about ten times
that of today’s product.
In Japan, appreciation
of a delicious meal is
demonstrated by loudly
slurping noodles!
There is a noodle museum
located in Osaka, Japan,
where visitors can find out
how noodles are made and
see an archive of more than
4,500 varieties.
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Wedding
Planning
TIPS
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Budget
Set a realistic budget before you do
anything else - and decide who is paying
for what. In order to stick to it, make sure
you factor in all the details and don’t
forget additional costs like gifts and dress
alterations.
Remember that the cheapest is not always
the best, so ask for references and look at
examples of their work.
Guests
The biggest wedding expense is probably
going to be your guests, so draw up a list
early and make sure you only include
people you really want to be there.
Then you will be able to find the right
venue that can accommodate your
chosen number.
Your “all day” guests, comprising close
friends and family, will join you for
the ceremony and wedding breakfast;
whereas your guests who come just for
the reception will only incur an extra cost
if you are supplying an evening buffet.
Seating Plan
It’s a good idea to start this as early
as you can. It can be much more
difficult than you expect it to be – a
logistical headache!
Always remember that not all of your
friends and family get on, so be sure
to do your homework
before you do your
seating plan.
Menu
Select a menu that reflects you and
your partner’s tastes by choosing
your own favourite dishes, rather
than being driven by the dietary
requirements of other people.
It’s vital to ask your guests if
they have any food allergies.
Some people suffer from
extremely sensitive
conditions – for example
even the presence of peanuts
in the room it can cause a
reaction through the air!
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Website
Make a wedding website so that all your
guests and family members can visit
one place to check all the details of your
day. This can include the gift list, the
day’s itinerary, as well as transport and
accommodation information.
Friends and family can also post and share
any photos from your special day.
Ground Rules
Make sure you’re aware of any restrictions
at the church and reception venue, such as
whether confetti as allowed.
Some wedding venues state that you have
to clean the venue at the end of the night
or pay a extra charge some even keep your
deposit if this is not done!
Check if your venue will allow your DJ to
use smoke or haze machines – if they’re not
warned prior to the DJ using it, the whole
place could be evacuated due to the fire
alarm being set off by the smoke/haze.
Thank You
Don’t forget to thank your wedding party
and those who have played a part in your
big day – arrange small gifts as a thank you.
If you don’t have the budget for any gifts,
then a thank you during your speeches
or via the DJ’s Microphone will do, just so
they know you appreciate all they have
done for you.
Have Fun!
No one will enjoy a day hosted by a
stressed-out couple who are overwhelmed
by last-minute panics. With careful
planning and organisation, you will be
able to relax and make the most of all the
special moments with your loved ones.
Enjoy yourselves – it will fly by!
Why not treat yourselves and your guests
to some entertainment in the evening?
Some companies offer white adult bouncy
castles, cash grabbers (Crystal Maze),
photobooths etc.
Kids
Be consistent with your policy on
children - are they all welcome; will it be
immediate family only; or do you want
an adult-only wedding? Whatever you
choose, make sure you stick to it to avoid
hurt feelings.
It could cause a problem if
you let one family member
bring their children
but not let another
bring theirs!
Stay Organised
Keep accurate records of all your
transactions with suppliers and venues,
and ensure you have a list of contacts
handy on the day itself in case you need to
make contact with a missing driver!
It’s always handy to a second set of
suppliers in reserve, should any of those
you have chosen let you down.
Draw up contracts stipulating full refunds
and compensation in the event that the
agreed work isn’t carried out.
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Sarah Marsh, managing
director of Musical
Bumps Ltd shares her
experience of music-
making with the
youngest of children
When people ask me what I do
for a living, I say that I teach
music to babies! This prompts
interesting responses – “What?
Piano lessons?, “Aren’t they
too young?” and the like. If they
are interested to know more,
then this is what I would say:
Whilst there are plenty of studies
proving the benefits of music for
babies, my own experience of
working with babies is convincing
enough for me! Despite the
recent trend for multi-sensory
baby experiences, the thing that
matters more than anything else
is singing. In the first three years,
brain development is faster than
at any other time in our lives. New
connections are being made at an
alarmingly fast rate, and things
learnt and frequently reinforced
at this time will be retained
into adulthood. So babies need
repetition – where better to
enjoy endless repetition than in
a song?! Just think back to a time
when you asked someone to do
something. They didn’t do it, so
you asked again. And again. How
long was it before you felt like you
were nagging? Now think about
the song “London bridge is falling
down” and change the words:
“Everybody tidy up, tidy up, tidy
up, everybody tidy up, thank you,
thank you!. I’ve just asked you to
tidy up four times! Did it sound
like nagging? No – because songs
demand repetition, and are better
for it. Try this on your toddler (but
I warn you, it doesn’t work on
teenagers!). So songs are a great
place to establish and practise
vocabulary, ideas, skills and
understanding.
But there’s more…Babies need
human interaction. Simple –
they need to see other humans
smiling, frowning, laughing,
empathising. This is how babies
learn about their world and it’s
how they shape their future.
Attending a baby music class is
a great way to learn new songs
and games to play with your child
– games and songs where you
can practise all those silly faces
and voices and where you can
Why sing with your baby?
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Why sing with your baby?
it’s the
have lots of fun doing so. Putting
a CD on (even one from the best
musicians in the world) won’t
be as good as you singing and
responding to your baby(even
if you don’t think you can sing!).
This is true for all babies and
toddlers – in the womb, new-born
and older. So babies need to learn
and babies need to have human
interaction.
When you have a new baby,
you also need to build a new
social network. The world is a
very different place as a parent
– indeed things will never be the
same again. This can be a very
positive experience of course, but
is also a little daunting. Attending
a music class is a great place to
meet other parents and make new
friends – often friendships that
last well beyond the baby years.
So; something for you,
something for your baby and a
great place for the two of you
to share special times together.
For me this is enough. But you
might have read about how music
makes your baby cleverer too!
There are many studies showing
how music boosts intelligence
– some suggesting an increase
of eight or nine IQ points!
Again, I can only speak from my
experience: there is no doubt
that learning is more memorable
when we are having fun. There is
also no doubt that repetition is
essential for reinforcing learning.
The fun had at classes also
really encourages participation!
Children attending music classes
will, most likely, have practiced
or been exposed
to hundreds of
words, and have enjoyed playing
with those words and sounds
within songs. These children will
arrive at school more confident
to use their voice, with a wider
vocabulary and better able to
retain and remember information.
I can’t say if this equates to a
higher IQ, but I can say that their
capacity for learning should
be greater! So why start from
newborn? Most babies who attend
music classes have good early
communication skills (expressing
their feelings, pointing, waving
etc.) Socially, these babies also
smile plenty, are easily comforted
and cope well with new or
unexpected situations. As they
grow they already know the songs
and games, so participation
(verbal and non-verbal) comes
sooner and self-confidence is
high! So remember, you don’t
need gadgets, gizmos or apps.
Your baby needs you. And the best
games you can play when they are
tiny are ones that involve singing!
Sarah Marsh is a music teacher and advisor working in primary
and early years music across the UK. Sarah founded and
directs Musical Bumps Ltd – with classes across the country.
For details of Medway classes in Rochester and Wigmore
please contact E emma.davis@musicalbumps.com
or visit H www.musicalbumps.com
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ACTIVITIES
JUST ADD A PICNIC
A resource detailing all the
fantastic free days out which
are right on the doorsteps, but
get overlooked or are best kept
secrets. Pack up your picnic and
find your next great day out!
Find out more in the events
section of the Facebook page
@JustAddAPicnic. Weekend
posts detail what’s going on.
CLUBS & GROUPS
PARKWOOD CAMERA CLUB
A group of friendly photography
enthusiasts who are keen to
share ideas and help each other
improve their skill level, based
at the Parkwood Community
Centre in Rainham and meeting
once a week. Find more details at
parkwoodcameraclub.com or
search Facebook for Parkwood
Camera Club.
5TH MEDWAY BEAVER SCOUTS
Recruiting for new members!
If your child is between 6 and
8 years old, please bring them
along, Wednesdays 6pm till
7.30pm. We have fun, enjoy
games, trips and badge work.
Call Joanne on 07903 124246.
CHARITABLE GIVING
THE HYGIENE BANK
The Hygiene Bank is founded on
the belief that everyone should
have a dignified life. It’s not right
that feeling clean should be a
luxury or a privilege for anyone
in our society, yet many of us
are living in poverty and can’t
afford to be clean. That’s why
their network of banks exists
– to give people access to the
basics they need. A grassroots,
people-powered charity and
social movement, grounded in
community, whose passions
stems from a sense of injustice
that anyone should be locked out
of living a decent, dignified life,
working to inspire social change.
thehygienebank.com
EDUCATION
CORAM BEANSTALK
Coram Beanstalk is a national
reading charity that transforms
children’s life chances by recruiting,
training and supporting volunteers
to work
directly with children
aged 3-11 who need support in
their reading skills. If you would
like to become a reading helper
in Medway, call 020 7729 4087 or
visit corambeanstalk.org.uk.
HEALTH & FITNESS
WALKING WORKOUT
WITH A DIFFERENCE
A non-profit community group
helping to deal with isolation,
loneliness and obesity.
Call 07581 046829 or visit walking
workoutwithadifference.com
PAUL WIFFEN ACADEMY
Paul Wiffen Academy offers
kickboxing, boxing, K1 and BJJ
for all ages and all abilities in
Medway, from those who want
to be the fittest they could ever
be, to pro boxers and kickboxers.
Call Paul 07868 845453 or
Zoe 07475 152910 and visit
paulwiffenacademy.co.uk
MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS
SELF-ESTEEM TEAM
Your one-stop shop for PSHE –
with classes in Mental Health,
Exam Stress & Anxiety, Self-
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Because we are here, no one has to
face Parkinson’s alone. Parkinson’s
UK brings people with Parkinson’s,
their families and carers together
via local groups, our website and
free confidential helpline.
We want everyone to get the best
health and social care. So we
bring professionals together to
drive improvements that enable
people to live life to the full.
As the UK’s support and research
charity, we are leading the work
to find a cure and we are
closer than ever. We also
campaign to change
attitudes and improve services.
In Medway we have to two active
Parkinson’s UK groups; The
Medway Towns Branch meets
every 4th Saturday at 10:30 in
St Stephen’s Church, Chatham
ME4 6JE. The Working Age Group
meets every 3rd Thursday, at
19:30 in the Prince Arthur Indoor
Bowls Club, Prince Arthur Road,
Brompton, ME7 1UR.
For more information please
contact Volunteer co-ordinator at
vc.south2@parkinsons.org.uk,
or through the confidential
helpline 0808 800 0303.
Parkinsons UK in Medway
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s disease.
Medway Parkinson’s regular events
BOXING SESSION FOR PEOPLE
WITH PARKINSON’S
Online every Thursday at 4pm via Zoom
(recorded). Training to help in the
management of Parkinson’s. Exercises adapted
to suit individual needs. Supervised by a
qualified boxing instructor.
MONTHLY MEETING WITH SPEAKER
ON HOLD
PARKINSON’S CAFÉS ON HOLD
PARKINSON’S SPECIFIC EXERCISE CLASS
Online every Tuesday at 6pm via Jitsu.
SKYLARKS SINGING & MOVEMENT CLASS
Online every Saturday at 10.30am via Zoom
Parkinsons UK in Medway, including the
Medway Towns Branch and the Medway
Working Age Group. For Medway people with
young onset Parkison’s disease. A member of
the Medway Neurological Network.
www.parkinsonsukmedway.org.uk
www.medwayneuro.org.uk
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Esteem, Body Image & Social
Media. Call 07494 656 225; Visit:
selfesteemteam.org or email
bookings@selfesteemteam.org
MINDFULNESS
MEDWAY MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness Based Stress
Reduction (MBSR). 7.30-9.30pm
at St Stephen’s Church Centre,
Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4
6JE. To apply, please email us at:
medwaymindfulness@outlook.com
PERFORMING ARTS
WOLF’S HEAD & VIXEN MORRIS
Border Morris side. Winners of
The Green Man Shield, Rochester
Sweeps Festival, 2012, 2013 and
2014! New members are always
welcome to join 16+. We practice
Wednesdays at The Good Intent.
For more info email
whanv@hotmail.com
THE BIG SING
Community choir, open to
everyone. You don’t need to have
a fantastic singing voice – just
bring your enthusiasm. There
are no auditions. The weekly
rehearsals are very relaxed but
most of all fun! Meeting every
Monday at St Peter’s Church
Parish Centre, Delce Road,
Rochester, Kent ME1 2EH, 7-9pm
– only £7 per week, pay as you
go. Also at Swanley Christ Church
URC and Dartford St Edmunds
Living Well Centre. big-sing.com
MUCH LAUGHTER
Much Laughter is a CIC charity,
raising awareness of FASD (fetal
alcohol spectrum disorders).
Events include monthly comedy
shows at Fort Luton; an adult
austic group; work in progress
shows at The Hub in Rochester
High Street. We now have a signer,
opening comedy up to the deaf
community. Call 01634 252707
or visit muchlaughter.co.uk
SPIRITUAL HEALING
THE CENTRE,
MIND BODY SPIRIT
Reiki, rahanni, spiritual, crystal
and Chi healing given freely,
donations welcome, every
Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9pm and
every Wed 10.00 to 11.30am at
The Centre, Mind Body Spirit,
Next to Travelodge , M2 Services
Rainham, ME8 8PQ 07956 605434
thecentre-mindbodyspirit.co.uk
SUPPORT GROUPS
ABIGAIL’S FOOTSTEPS
We are a baby loss charity provid-
ing support and counselling for
bereaved parents and families as
well as specialist bereavement
training for midwives and health-
care professionals. Our charity is
funded entirely by kind donations
and our fundraising activities.
www.abigailsfootsteps.co.uk
KINFEST
Kinfest aims to alleviate the
isolation felt by kinship children
and their carers and ‘sharers’, by
providing opportunities to share
recreational time together. This is
done through an annual holiday,
day trips and social events, as
well as an online support forum.
new.kinfest.co.uk
MEDWAY ASTHMA SELF-HELP
MASH has been helping the
people of Medway in Kent (UK)
since 1996 with information and
support for people with asthma.
Our doors are open to everyone
and all our services are free.
medwayasthmaselfhelp.co.uk
MEDWAY PARENTS
& CARERS FORUM
Medway Parents and Carers
Forum are a pan disability group
(all disabilities) that enable
parents, families and carers of
children and young people from
0-25 with disabilities or additional
needs to have a voice within
Medway, helping to shape the
services they use. Please email to
book a place on medwaypcf@
googlemail.com. Call 07813
123984 during office hours.
MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE
ASSOCIATION - MID KENT
Volunteers undertake fundraising
and awareness raising activities
throughout each year, to support
people diagnosed with MND in the
local area. midkentmnd.org.uk
PARKINSON’S UK IN MEDWAY
Because we are here, no one has to
face Parkinson’s alone. Parkinson’s
UK brings people with Parkinson’s,
their families and carers together
via local groups, our website and
free confidential helpline.
parkinsonsukmedway.org.uk
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Hygiene and personal care
products for those in need
I’m Emma Thomas,
project coordinator
for The Hygiene Bank
Strood & Hoo Peninsula,
a project I run from my
home in Cliffe Woods.
The Hygiene Bank Strood & Hoo
Peninsula are a Medway based
project of a national grassroots
charity, like a foodbank but
for hygiene products, trying to
meet the need locally for those
in poverty or crisis. Our ethos is
give local, help local. We want
to bring communities together
to tackle hygiene poverty by
providing essential donated
products to the vulnerable across
the Medway towns in conjunction
with our network of charity
partners and schools.
Many people living in poverty
or those who find themselves in
times of a major life crisis often
have to make the distressing
decision to eat or stay
clean because they
can’t afford to do both. This is
about dignity. We aim to break
the stigma of hygiene poverty.
It is shaming, humiliating
and excluding and can result
in social isolation. Hygiene
poverty leads to a crippling lack
of confidence and negatively
affects good health and mental
well-being. These can impact
early childhood development,
learning, employability and
social interaction.
The Hygiene Bank Strood
& Hoo Peninsula Hygiene
Bank encourages people and
businesses in Medway to donate
essential toiletries, hygiene,
beauty and grooming products
via drop off points and collector
schemes. Our 15 drop off points
include local shops, sports
centres, community groups
and schools or we can accept
donations via our online Wishlist.
All these products are collected,
sorted and given out to a network
of organisations and services that
support vulnerable and struggling
people. The Hygiene Bank doesn’t
give products to individuals
directly - we partner with local
schools and existing charities
such as foodbanks, supported
housing schemes, refuges, hostels
and social services who then
distribute the products to the
people they are working with.
This means everything donated
locally stays in the area and is
given out to local families and
individuals living in crisis.
I support right across Medway.
During coronavirus,
communities have
never needed
each other more
and we have seen
how we can all
play our part. In
March, due to the coronavirus
and Government restrictions,
all my 15 drop off points are
closed almost overnight or were
inaccessible. This meant that
our much-needed donations
of hygiene products from the
public had completely dried up.
Unfortunately, due to the current
tough economic environment,
the demand for our services
from our beneficiary partners
significantly increased, with
many more demands from new
and vulnerable individuals and
families. But the community
came together, and we adapted
by offering a Just Giving Page
to enable us to purchase the
essentials and an online Wishlist
where items were delivered
directly to me. It really is heart
warming that thanks to local
people’s generosity we have
coped with increased demand,
but we can always do more.
it’s the
The Hygiene Bank Strood & Hoo Peninsula
q07940 329994 H www.thehygienebank.com f @thbStroodHooPeninsula
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it’s the
Motor Neurone Disease
Association - Mid Kent Branch
MND is a progressive, life-limiting neurological
condition for which there is currently no cure.
Our Branch is run entirely by
volunteers who undertake
fundraising and awareness
raising activities throughout
each year, enabling us to support
people diagnosed with MND in
the local area.
We have trained volunteer
visitors who befriend and support
those living with MND and their
families by providing practical
and emotional support. We also
fund local hospice support days,
enabling crucial support to be
provided in that setting.
MND is a rapidly-progressing
illness, often requiring support
to be provided in a timely
way. This can include working
with other agencies, providing
specialist equipment not
available via statutory services,
assisting with financial support
for equipment, complementary
therapies, counselling, social and
enrichment activities etc.
You can find all dates for our support meetings and
other fundraising events at www.midkentmnd.org.uk
or on Twitter @MNDMidKent
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Lockdown has seen creativity blossom and new ventures initiated…
Laurens Little Makes
Lauren’s Little Makes was founded
in May of 2020, as the country
went into lockdown amidst the
Coronavirus pandemic.
Many people found themselves
being furloughed and having
much more time on their hands.
Being one of those people, I
wracked my brain for things I
could do other than walking the
dog and a spot of gardening.
Crochet has been a growing
passion; I’ve done the odd bits
here and there but never really
fully completed
a project. With
Mother’s day
having just passed
and having little
money at that stage, I opted to
make a cute little unicorn in the
theme of her bedroom. So when
May rolled around and I was put
on furlough, I remembered just
how much I loved making that
unicorn and my new found
love of Amigurumi
blossomed.
I wanted to share
this with the rest of
the world and with the
support of friends and
family began to make little
teddy animals in a variety
of wools and that’s how my
journey began!
Still in the early days,
Lauren’s Little Makes
is still creating little animals and
personalised little gifts to bring
smiles to people’s faces in these
uncertain times.
f @laurenslittlemakes
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LAUREN’S LITTLE MAKES. . . . . see page 25
i
Hand made teddies, toys, blankets, cushions.
f @laurenslittlemakes
BUILDING & DECORATING
ADC PLASTERING & DECORATING
i
Plastering, decorating, venetian plasters.
q
07714 235134
f
@adcplastering
INNOVATION PLASTERING
i Spray render specialist
q 01634 319894 · 07716 434908
E info@innovationplastering.co.uk
H www.innovationplastering.co.uk
f @innovationplastering13
PREMIER BUILDING SERVICES
i Supply and installation of kitchens and
bathrooms plus plumbing and
property maintenance services
q 07702 668245
f @premierbuildingservice
SILVERLINE TILING
i High quality professional tiling services.
Supply and fit, walls & floors including
underfloor heating installation. 15 yrs exp.
q 07980 790701
E silverlineceramics@hotmail.co.uk
H instagram.com/the_eyeofthetiler
TWR PLASTERING & COVING KENT
i FREE no obligation quotes, plastering,
rendering and coving, just contact Terry on
q 07423 546 004
E terry@twrplastering.co.uk
H www.twrplastering.co.uk
PRIVATE SALE CARAVANS . . . . see page 20
q 07410 488499
H www.privatesalecaravans.co.uk
f @privatesalecaravansuk
COACHING & DEVELOPMENT
ZAHRA MAJID
i Certified Coach with 15 years of experience
as an International HR Professional.
E zahramajid@hotmail.com
ARTS & CRAFTS
CARAVAN SALES
OCCASIONAL POST
i Hire a post box for your event. Styles for
birthdays, baby showers, weddings etc.
q 07850 069234
E contact@occasionalpost.co.uk
H www.occasionalpost.co.uk
f @occasionalpostltd
SELFIE MIRROR EVENTS
i Wow the guests at your event with a
Magic Mirror Photo Booth.
q 07868 317260
H www.selfiemirroreventskent.co.uk
f @selfiemirrorevents
SOS ENTERTAINMENT . . . . . . . . . .see page 2
q 07956 101 596
H www.sosentertainment.party
f sosentertainment
FACE PAINTING
MY KINDA FACES
i
Professional face painter based in Rochester.
Save 10% by liking my Facebook page.
f @MyKindaFaces
FASHION
MATTHEW ELUWANDE MILLINERY
i Hats for any occasion.
q 07904 812055
E matthewcreations2@gmail.com
H www.mattheweluwandemillinery.com
FLORISTRY
PEPE’S POSIES
i
Flowers for all occasions, high quality
flowers at affordable prices. Gillingham.
q 07395 624302
f @PepesPosies
FOSTERING
HEATH FARM FOSTERING
i Independent fostering agency providing
therapeutic care for children with complex
needs in London, Kent and Essex.
q 01227 931 778
H www.heathfarmfostering.com
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CURTAINS & BLINDS
JK CURTAINS & BLINDS. . . . . . . see page 25
q 01634 715422
H www.jkcurtainsandblinds.co.uk
MADE TO MEASURE BLINDS
i From £45, fitted. Cut out the middle men
and save £s. Call Mark.
q 07970 639390
f mb.blinds.71
DOG WALKING
WALKING PAWS
i A friendly dog walking service in Rochester
q 07535 761546
E walkingpaws1@outlook.com
f Walking Paws
DRESSMAKING
CHRISTINA KINSEY
i (Formerly of GV Fabrics)
Historical costumes to hemming,
hand sewing a speciality. Call me or
come and see me at Intra, every Friday,
337-341 Rochester High Street
q 07984 561083
f GV Fabrics and Haberdashery
EDUCATION
MUSICAL BUMPS . . . . . . . . . see pages 18-19
q 01732 321217
H www.musicalbumps.com
ENTERTAINMENT
CONFLUENCE MAGAZINE
i A magazine of new writing
from Kent and beyond.
H www.confluencemagazine.co.uk
EVENT SERVICES
DECKTRONIX
i Record shop plus repair and service of
stage, sound, lighting, and DJ equipment.
q 01634 776217
H www.decktronix.co.uk
f @decktronix
HASKINS MAGIC MIRROR HIRE . see p. 24
i For weddings, parties & corporate events.
E 07507 284988
H hmmhire@gmail.com
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HAIR & BEAUTY
MELANIE JEGGO HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY
i Private studio and mobile service
q 07958 359746
E melaniejeggo@gmail.com
H www.melaniejeggohairbeauty.co.uk
HEALTH & FITNESS
LT FITNESS
i Fitness training, gym/physical fitness
centre, fitness boot camp
q 07518 623338
f @LT Fitness Medway
HEARING LOSS
EAR 4 YOU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see page 19
i Ear syringing service
q 07704 310139
E ear4you@outlook.com
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
PC KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
i Plumbing, tiling, plastering, carpentry.
q 01634 306 582
E info@pckitchensbathrooms.co.uk
H www.pckitchensbathrooms.co.uk
LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION
KENT LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION . . see p. 28
i Gain more customers and increase sales.
q 07592 093401
E info@kentleafletdistribution.com
H www. kentleafletdistribution.com
f @KDLltd
PERFORMING ARTS
CLASSICAL SOPRANO
i
Singing teacher and international soprano.
q Christine Hubbard 01634 848444
SINGING LESSONS
i Singing lessons / vocal coaching
1-1 lessons for adults and children
q Please call Amanda on 0777 840 3674
STERONDALLS
i Performing arts school in Wouldham,
focused on achieving exceptional standards.
q 07484 894453
E info@sterondalls.co.uk
H www.sterondalls.co.uk
PET SERVICES
PET CARE BEE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see page 24
i Walking, feeding, checking, petting –
we can be there to stop them fretting
H 07720 537492
E petcarebee@outlook.com
PET OWNERS FIRST AID
i Fully accredited animal (predominantly
dogs & cats) first aid courses for pet owners,
groomers, dog walkers, boarders etc.
f @PetOwnersFirstAid
E petownersfirstaid@outlook.com
q 07395 834735
PEST CONTROL
GOLD STANDARD PEST SOLUTIONS
i Fast and effective solution to all types
of pest activity. Same day response.
q 0800 910 1179
E office@goldsps.co.uk
H www.goldsps.co.uk
f @goldstandardpestsolutionsltd
PHOTOGRAPHY
HANNAH CORNFORD
i Family photographer in Medway.
q 07970 956 316
E info@hannahcornfordphotography.com
H www.hannahcornfordphotography.com
f @ hannahcornfordphotography
LOVE LANE PHOTOGRAPHY
i Great professional family photography.
q 01634 408700
H www.lovelanephotography.com
f Love-Lane-Photography
ZAHRA MAJID
i
Natural light photographer and digital artist
q 07960 747342
E zahramajid@hotmail.com
f @photoartbyzahra
PLUMBING & HEATING
ASTRAL HEATING & GAS SERVICES
i Boiler and central heating repairs and
servicing. Gas Safe registered.
q 07748 876434
H www.astralheatingservices.co.uk
BEES KNEES PLUMBING . . . . . . .see page 5
i
Taps, leaks, blockages, radiators & cylinders,
first & second fix, general plumbing.
q 07914 259908
E beeskneesplumbing@outlook.com
f @ beeskneesplumbing
PRESSURE WASHING
CROWECLEAN
i Pressure cleaning and gutter cleaning.
q 01634 926245
E croweclean@gmail.com
H www.croweclean.co.uk
PROMOTIONS
DECAL LAB
i High quality promotional products.
E decalslab@outlook.com
f vinyldecalslab
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
ALL SIZE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
q Steven Webb 07873 122527
E allsizepropertymaintenance@gmail.com
f @allsizeproperty
REFLEXOLOGY
FOOTPRINTS REFLEXOLOGY. . . .see page 9
q Juliette 07813 676 246
E juliette@therapist.net
f Footprints Reflexology of Rochester
SCAFFOLDING
ROCHESTER SCAFFOLDING LTD
i Industrial, commercial, residential .
q 01634 735300
E rochesterscaffolding@gmail.com
H www.rochesterscaffoldingservice.co.uk
TRAVEL AGENTS
TRAVEL COUNSELLORS
i For your next holiday, cruise, city break,
flight or honeymoon.
q 01622 807980
E claire.summers@travelcounsellors.com
f travelcounsellors.co.uk/claire.summers
WASTE CLEARANCE
MEDWAY CLEARANCE SERVICES
i Domestic and commercial waste disposal
and house clearances across Kent.
q 07980 722024
E medwayclearance@btconnect.com
H www.medwayclearance.co.uk
f @medwayclearance
01634 470281
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