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BE PART OF THE BIZ FOR
MEDWAY! A free, monthly, glossy
A5 magazine – more than 5,000
copies are distributed to homes
and businesses in ME1. Soon we’ll
be launching an edition for Strood
and eventually we want to reach
all of Medway! Although the rates
are low, the design is polished the
printing is high quality, on gloss
coated stock. Most importantly,
the magazine has PERSONALITY
– it’s not a phone book of
tightly-crammed ads; it has an
editorial voice and a fun and lively
appearance.
Contents include local stories
about business, community and
charity activities. Lifestyle features
including food, home, shopping
and health. Theres arts and events
coverage plus regular features
including horoscopes, puzzles and
entertainment recommendations.
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It’s The Biz is a colourful
magazine full of interesting
features and useful services;
promoting business and
supporting the local economy
and community.
5,000 copies for Rochester…launching soon in Strood – and beyond!
LOCAL ADVERTISING…AND MUCH MORE
Full coverage for community
groups plus arts and events
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Why It’s The Biz?
LOW PRICES
Advertising costs in It’s The
Biz are lower than comparable
free magazines.
LOWER AD RATIO
The ratio of advertising
is lower than similar
publications. Advertising
features take up more space
than standard display ads,
and stand-alone adverts
are not presented in large
batches, giving each one more
prominence.
DESIGN
Design is included in
advertising prices, presenting
advertisers in a highly
polished, eye-catching style.
PERSONALITY & CONTEXT
It’s The Biz brings personality
to advertising, where possible
giving a face and a story to
each contribution. It shouldn’t
be a phone book of numbers,
it should tell your story.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
It’s The Biz is a free, monthly,
glossy publication which is
distributed to residential and
business addresses around
Rochester, ME1.
The magazine aims to differ
from other free mags, adding
extra promotional value by
bringing the feature material
and the advertisers together
to engage the readers – your
potential new customers. In
addition there are local interest
stories, community news, arts and
events, puzzles and prizes.
You can place a traditional
advert and have the option boost
it with an article. You can publish
a whole advertorial feature,
between one and four pages; or
even sponsor a whole edition of
the magazine!
WE’RE GROWING
5,000 copies of the magazine
are distributed to homes and
businesses in Rochester, and a
Strood edition will be launched
soon. Eventually there will also be
editions for Chatham, Gillingham
and Rainham.
GET NOTICED
What could interest the readers
and get your business noticed?
Do you have a story about your
company, or the people who work
there, that could make interesting
reading? Or maybe some useful
advice or information about your
profession, trade or industry.
Special offers, vouchers and
competitions are great ways to
connect with customers.
For a low price, you can promote
your business with advertising in
tandem with engaging features.
Turn readers into your customers!
AMAZING VALUE
Prices start from as little as £24 for
a small display ad in one edition.
Theres also a chance to get a
discount, by booking for periods
of 3, 6 or 12 months.
If you’ve been thinking of
conducting a leaflet drop, why
not consider placing a full page
ad in It’s The Biz instead? For up
to £250, you could have your ad
designed, printed and distributed
to 5000 addresses – great value
compared to a traditional drop.
See page 6 for all rates.
It’s The Biz has been such a great
help when starting up my business,
really helping me with some advertising.
A great free local publication.
FOOTPRINTS REFLEXOLOGY
I would definitely
recommend It’s The Biz
to anyone looking for advertising
for their business or artwork
designed and printed.
SOS ENTERTAINMENT
It’s The Biz even turned me into a meme!
The mag is certainly getting more and more
recognised across the area. I have already had several
customers comment about it when I ask how they
found me. Would recommend giving it a go.
BEES KNEES PLUMBING
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supermodel
YOU CAN BE A
lifestyle
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supermodel
EVER WONDERED WHAT IT’S
LIKE TO BE A MODEL?
Now you can find out, courtesy
of Rochester Studios, who
are offering the Supermodel
Experience this Christmas.
From the moment you arrive
you will be transported into the
world of modelling in a busy,
professional studio. To achieve
your best, “cover star” look, we
have some talented local artists
to style your hair and perfect
your make-up. A dresser will
be assigned to help you look
amazing in your best outfits, in
preparation for the shoot.
FABULOUS, DARLING!
While you become fabulous,
we will supply Champagne, soft
drinks, snacks, tea and coffee.
Once you have
achieved the right look,
one of our professional
photographers will be
ready to capture it with
exactly the right lighting
and state of the art
camera equipment in our
studio. During the shoot,
a professional model will
be on hand to direct you
and make sure you
look your best
and strike the
right poses
when in front
of the camera.
The ideal Christmas gift: experience what it’s like to be a
supermodel in a professional photography studio. With the help of an
experienced model and a hair and make up artist, a Rochester Studios
photographer will document this incredible day with a set of unique photos.
lifestyle
TWO SHOOTS!
But that’s not all! After your
first incredible look has been
captured for posterity, it’s back to
the stylists for a new look and a
change of outfit, before returning
to the studio for a second shoot.
A PERFECT GIFT
This is a great gift experience,
ideal for Christmas or a birthday –
or you could even treat yourself!
The lucky recipient can come to
Rochester Studios and find out for
themselves what it’s like to be a
fashion model for the day.
supermodel
RESERVATION COUPON
Please send to: Rochester Studios Limited,
Ground Floor, The Lions Brewery, Hulkes Lane, Rochester ME11EE
A deposit of £100 is required with the balance of £100 payable on the day
You can register your interest using this form,
or by calling 07977 750061 or using the online
form at www.itsthebiz.net/supermodel
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NAME
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The gift package costs £200
and includes five prints from the
shoot included in the price and
online access to all the images,
downloadable at £3 each.
This experience is available to
anyone, however those under 18
must be accompanied by a parent
or guardian.
Limited spaces are available so
book now. The gift recipient
will receive a special
Experience Certificate
and they can arrange
a convenient date and
time for the shoot.
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COVER PROMOTION
This front cover
promoted the
Supermodel For
A Day offer from
Rochester Studios. The
centre page spread
advertorial describes
the photographic
experience and a
special page on
itsthebiz.net was set
up to receive enquiries
registering interest.
LIFESTYLE FEATURE
An item that conveys
factual information
about the particular
activity, while
promoting the
specific business,
with the advertising
featured on the
same page. Located
in the “lifestyle”
section of the
magazine along
with other health-
related items.
NEWS FEATURE
Countryside Properties advertised the
Rochester Riverside development with a
traditional advert on the facing page, and a
“news update” report on the left-hand side, to
flesh out the offer and add extra photographic
material. It also serves the purpose of genuine
news interest, as a major infrastructure
development in the area.
Since the works began, a
previously unused site situated
on the banks of the River Medway
has changed beyond recognition,
bringing a rst wave of much-
needed new houses, apartments
and amenities to the area as part
of a wider 12-year programme
designed to deliver 1,400 homes
and community facilities.
The development recently
secured planning permission for
its third phase, which will see the
creation of a further 171 homes,
comprised of 128 apartments
and 43 houses, a large park, and
an additional section of the new
river walk.
Earlier this year, the primary
school at Rochester Riverside
received planning approval, with
construction works expected to
commence in Spring 2021.
The school will add to the
Rochester Riverside: a ourishing new
community in the heart of Medway
It’s been nearly three years since we broke ground
on the rst three phases of Rochester Riverside,
Medway’s £419 million landmark regeneration
scheme, delivered by Countryside and Hyde, one of
the largest housing associations in the country.
range of facilities already
available to residents, including
a Co-op supermarket on their
doorstep and Costa Coffee.
Another recent addition, a new
landscaped public plaza, creates
an inviting entrance to the
development from Rochester
station, located a three-minute
walk from the development,
making it a desirable place to
live for commuters.
Last year, Travelodge opened
the second of its three hotels
in Kent at Rochester Riverside,
oering a total of 81 rooms
driven by demand from tourists
from across the UK and Europe,
drawn to this waterside town
because of its cultural oering,
including the annual Dickensian
Festival and regular concerts at
Rochester Castle.
Despite the uncertainty
triggered by the global pandemic,
Rochester Riverside has seen
continuous interest, particularly
from families, with three dierent
types of three-bedroom home
– The Horsted, The Shellduck
and The Darland – all selling out
this year. As buyers from the
surrounding area and Londoners
looking for more space continue
to ock to Rochester to get more
value for their money and access
to state-of-the-art amenities,
we’ve seen consistent interest in
our four-bedroom semi-detached
houses with uninterrupted views
over the River Medway, starting
from £585,000.
We look forward to creating
further new homes and facilities
for this picturesque Kentish town
as part of our wider vision to
rmly establish Rochester among
the most sought-after places to
live in the South-East.
Prorty
To learn more about Rochester Riverside, call 01634 776925, visit
countrysideproperties.com
or email
rochester.riverside@cpplc.com
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.net
The Basic Benets of Yoga
Heth
Well, not like I think it’s all rubbish
- I just don’t understand it and the
way it’s written sometimes.
I’ve been practicing Yoga for
about 8 years now, and here’s
what I’ve discovered whilst
learning all about Yoga…
At the risk of categorising myself
in the ‘basic’ division… I need it to
be broken down into very, VERY
simple terms.
(If you join me for a class, I
promise to NEVER speak in Yoga
mumbo-jumbo terms. I’ll always
be straight with you).
If you’re like me, and you like
things kept simple, short and to
the point, I’ve outlined the top
four benets that I truly believe
EVERYONE will nd within a
physical Yoga practice.
BENEFIT 1: SLEEP
I am one grumpy chick if I
don’t get a good night’s
sleep, and since I’ve been
practicing Yoga on the
regular, I sleep like
the sleepiest of babies. Who
knew that deep breathing and
stretching your body could help
you sleep so soundly that you
don’t even remember your own
dreams?
If you struggle to fall asleep,
or get a solid few hours, a little
wiggle on your Yoga mat could
be just what you need!
BENEFIT 2: MOBILITY
One of the rst things that
new Yogis always notice
is that the body
starts to feel comfortable
again, and personally, I nd
it odd to wake up without
aches and pains after so
many years of thinking
that’s just something I had
to accept.
It’s nice not to say
“ooooooh” when you stand
up and sit down, and for
the aches in my hips and
Do you ever read Yoga articles and think its a load of
mumbo jumbo? Here’s a secret…so do I!
For more information or to discuss
the most suitable class for you,
contact Leah via email:
info@yogaflowwithleah.com
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Yoga Flow with Leah
$
@yogaflowwithleah
www.yogaflowwithleah.com
Studio and Virtual
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Now Available!
SAVE 10% on your first booking with checkout code: itsthebiz
on your first
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Supermodel
for a day!
it’s the
IDEAL
GIFT
Enjoy the full experience in
a professional photography
studio. Hair, make-up,
styling and a full shoot
at Rochester Studios. The
perfect Christmas gift!
See centre pages
Rochester | Issue 5 | October 2020
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PLENTY OF OPTIONS
Pages are made up of a 3-column
grid, and the advertising space
comprises 12 blocks per page.
You can take a single block or
two, three, four, six, eight, nine
or twelve blocks. These sizes
are denoted by letters: A=1 up
to H=12. B, C, D and E can be
configured in different shapes
as shown. Discount for 3, 6 or 12
month bookings.
DOUBLE YOUR AUDIENCE
Coming soon: a second edition of
It’s The Biz for Strood. Now you
can double your print audience to
10,000 readers with an ad in both.
ONLINE, SOCIALS, DESIGN
All print ads get a corresponding
listing online at itsthebiz.net and
social media posts support the
message at time of publication
Design included at no extra cost.
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community
Rochester’s litter pickers…
cleaning with meaning
Lauren Clark tells us about Cleaning With Meaning – the litter
picking group she has formed to clean up the streets of Rochester
I started the litter pick days a few
months ago after I saw a lady
picking up rubbish with a picker
whilst I was walking along the
Rochester esplanade. The river
can be such a calming place
to live on but so many people
spoil the view by littering. I went
straight home, ordered my litter
picker and went out by myself. My
pledge of an hour turned into two
very quickly.
I posted my efforts onto the
Medway community group and
had such a brilliant response.
I have now set up a group litter
pick event each month to build
awareness of what’s happening to
Rochester and the Medway towns
if we don’t play our part.
This Sunday we had some
lovely people join in, it was a
good opportunity to meet new
people within the local area; we
had a couple who recently moved
from London into Chatham who
joined us as an opportunity to be
part of the community and help
keep Rochester tidy. We had so
many lovely comments from local
people, thanking us and giving
smiles of admiration.
We covered the vines park,
Rochester Castle grounds,
the park by the marina , the
esplanade car park and parts of
the High Street.
David Luck, one of the partners
of Chuck and Blade
Burgers In Rochester
High Street, offered to
provide refreshments and a
generous discount on a signature
burger after we finished. They
were delicious! David is also
very passionate about keeping
Rochester tidy, we will continue to
build on awareness and with time
we could have groups all over
the Medway towns litter picking
every weekend.
LAUREN CLARK
Pictures show myself, Tom, Lauren, Steve,
Chris, Emese, Kate, George and Jenn
If you’d like to take part in future litter picks, search Facebook for the Cleaning With Meaning group
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON
LITTER ON OUR STREETS?
Data on the most commonly
found types of litter was recorded
as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s
Litter in England survey. In 2018,
smoking-related litter was the
most commonly found type of
litter (79% of sites), followed by
confectionery packs (60%), non-
alcoholic drinks-related (52%) and
fast food-related (33%).
WHERE CAN I GET HOLD OF
LITTER PICKING EQUIPMENT?
Keep Britain Tidy recommend
the Helping Hand Company, who
provide a range of pickers and
hoops. You can find out more at
www.hhenvironmental.co.uk
n Keep Britain Tidy was founded
in 1954. They educate, innovate
and inspire, to eliminate litter now
and for future generations.
www.keepbritaintidy.org
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PICK ME UP! Could your premises be a pick-up point for the
magazine? If you have room to be a stockist, please get in touch.
Medway Asthma Self-Help,
or MASH, is a charity that
supports Medway people with
managing their asthma.
One of our volunteers is
determined to raise £1,000
for the charity by Christmas –
and she is well on the way to
achieving that. Our volunteer,
Wendy Palmer, set herself the
challenge in order to support
MASH during the dicult time
of lockdown, when the charity's
services are needed more
than ever for Medway people
with asthma. She has planned
a series of online quizzes to
raise the money and they are
attracting quizzers from across
the country.
Wendy, who loves a poem,
wrote:
Medway Asthma Self-Help
Volunteer in £1,000 Challenge
Wendy’s quizzes of pictures and words,
Could be about bees, could be about birds.
Ten rounds of ten to tax your brain,
Family and friends online once again.
Zooming in to help raise some cash,
For the wonderful charity that is called MASH.
Medway Asthma gives support and advice,
Do I hear you ask the price?
MASH’s services are free to all,
Donations are accepted however small.
Wendy has challenged herself to raise a grand,
In aid of MASH and for everything it stands.
Please join us for her November quiz,
For £5 why not give it a whizz?
Angela Stokes, MASH’s
coordinator, said, ‘We have
worked hard since lockdown to
keep our services for Medway
people with asthma available.
We are continuing with
telephone consultations and
our outreach online. Wendy’s
fundraising for MASH is a fun
way of ensuring we are able to
keep up our services which are
much needed.
Wendy’s next quiz will be on Friday 20th November at 7pm.
If you would like to join the quiz then please call 01634 855844,
email medwayasthmaselfhelp@btconnect.com, or message
MASH via their website: www.medwayasthmaselfhelp.co.uk.
You can also keep up to date on MASH’s events and activities
Facebook: @medway.selfhelp and Twitter: @MedwayAsthma.
If you’d like to donate to Wendy’s challenge, her fundraising
page is: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WendyPalmer7
Inhaler recycling
scheme scrapped
Asthma patients will be
familiar with the various
plastic dispensers and
pressurised containers
which dispense their
life-saving
medication.
73 million
respiratory inhalers are prescribed
every year in the UK, which
cannot be recycled via household
collections. The metered
dose inhalers (MDIs) contain
hydrouorocarbons and produce
an estimated carbon footprint
equal to 500g of CO
2
per dose.
In 2011, pharmaceutical rm
GSK launched their Complete
the Cycle scheme, which allowed
users to return their empty
inhalers for recycling, whether or
not they had been manufactured
by GSK. These used inhalers could
be dropped o at local chemists
such as Boots.
This scheme has recycled more
than two million inhalers and cut
carbon dioxide (CO
2
) emissions
equivalent to taking around 8,600
cars o UK roads. It was ended by
GSK at the end of September.
In a statement on their website,
GSK say: ” We remain committed
to inhaler recovery in the UK. In
order to support the ambitious
NHS environmental targets to
reduce inhaler carbon emissions
by 50% over the next ten years,
we believe there needs to be a
focus on a wider, joint-working
approach across industry, rather
than our own stand-alone
approach. We believe working
together will have a bigger
environmental impact.
While it’s still possible return
inhalers to any pharmacy for
environmentally safe disposal, this
will be at the expense of the NHS
rather than private enterprise.
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The BIG Sing has now grown
to become a family for all
ages. The choirs are 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!
The members are people from
the local community who have
a desire to sing. The BIG Sing
gives them the opportunity
to be taught by expert tutors,
turning the choir into an amazing
sound and giving them unique
performance opportunities.
The songs taught are pop,
Motown, contemporary,
inspirational, soul, and gospel
songs. All with upli ing and
motivating lyrics.
As The BIG Sing grows, we
are continuing to reach out to
more people of all ages and
backgrounds. We aim to unite
people with music and have
seen the choir members grow in
confidence, experience the thrill
of performing on stage, make
new friends and belong to a new
choir family.
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 – find out
more at www.big-sing.com
Introducing our
brand new charity:
The BIG Sing Soul.
Music is great for the soul
and we want to share our
upli ing songs with people
who can’t come to us! We are
raising money to start choirs
in hospitals, schools, and with
disabled groups.
The BIG Sing is the dream that
we have created together.
Uniting communities with
upli ing and motivating
music. The BIG Sing is more
than a choir; we are a “family”.
So many members have
found that the choir helps
them through loneliness,
depression, grief, illness
and we have been growing
from strength to strength in
number and ability. Together
we CAN achieve greatness.
Now we are sharing our
music with as many people as
possible – and the Charity will
help us fund choirs for people
who need the music the most.
Introducing our
Available to perform at
local events – email requests
to info@big-sing.com
The BIG Sing Community
Choir are working hard
to show community
singing at its best!
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FREE FOR NON-PROFIT
Every edition of Its The Biz
features listings for local non-
profit groups, clubs and charities.
In addition, feature stories
tell readers more about their
activities. These include:
n Medway Foodbank
n Medway Asthma Self-Help
n Parkinsons UK in Medway
n Friends of Broomhill
n The Family Mile
n FoRCE
n The Hygiene Bank
n Motor Neurone Disease
n Just Add a Picnic
n Samaritans
n Emmaus Medway
n Medway Culture Club
n Abigail’s Footsteps
it’s the
We have closed eight foodbank
centres and set up a new delivery
system to reduce all the risks.
Food parcel requests are sent
to us by 150+ agencies that we
work with across Medway, eg
social services, schools, churches,
housing agencies etc. Agencies
are aware of those in need from
their day-to-day work and are
also able to offer support to
clients around underlying issues.
We then organise deliveries of
food parcels to go out to those in
need. Our parcels include three
meals a day for three days, but we
only give out pre-packaged food
as we have to store it. We also
give out cleaning products and
toiletries, as well as nappies and
baby milk.
As difficult as this period has
been for so many, it has been
incredible to see the community
support. We have had help with
deliveries and stock from other
brilliant local organisations and
companies including British
Gas, Graham’s Office Furniture
- Chatham, MHS Homes,
Paramount Foundation, churches,
the mosque, The Hygiene Banks
and the local council. We are
currently being brilliantly assisted
by Citizens Advice Medway who
have hired a van to help every day
with deliveries – just amazing!
Our team of volunteers are also
just amazing and we couldn’t do
any of this without them.
We have heard many difficult
stories and more recently we
have been supporting many
people who have never used
a foodbank before, but have
found themselves struggling
due to losing jobs. This number
Medway Foodbank
implements delivery
system at time of
increased need
What a strange time it has been and sadly we have
seen so many more people needing our services.
community
Above: the Medway
Foodbank warehouse
Below: a typical food parcel
the mosque, The Hygiene Banks
and the local council. We are
currently being brilliantly assisted
by Citizens Advice Medway who
have hired a van to help every day
with deliveries – just amazing!
Our team of volunteers are also
just amazing and we couldn’t do
We have heard many difficult
Organize a food collection in
your street – we can then pick
up from you or you can deliver
to our warehouse
Shop for and donate items that
we need at large Tesco and Asda
stores in Medway, plus Morrisons
Strood and Co-op Walderslade
Use the Spareable app where
you can shop online for items
that we need which are then
delivered to us at no cost to us
Donate funds – since
lockdown we have been
spending approx £800 a week
on food to keep up with the
increased demand. Prior to
lockdown all food was donated
to us. Use the Facebook Learn
More or our website Donate
buttons to reach our giving
platform, Golden Giving.
Follow us on Facebook and
Twitter – or see our website
for further information
www.medway.foodbank.org.uk
Here are some ways you could help…
Between
April 2019 and
March 2020, a record
1.9m of food bank
parcels were given out
by UK Trussell Trust
foodbanks
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community
July ‘20 Shopping List
• Instant mash
• Cup-a-soup
• Squash/soft drinks
• Packet desserts e.g. Angel Delight
• Tinned rice pudding
• Custard - tinned/ready made
• Sponge Puddings (tinned)
• Biscuits
• Savoury treats/snacks
(cheesy biscuits, peanuts, crisps)
• Hot chocolate/drinking chocolate
• Ketchup or brown sauce
• Powdered/dried milk
• Toothbrushes
• Washing-up liquid
• Deodorant (male and female)
• Razors
thank
you
may well be set to increase. Our
figures continue to be way above
last year’s figures. Last year
2019 we supported around 7000
people in Medway. This year to
date we have already supported
6500 people with nearly 3000 of
these being children. In April our
figures were 155% higher than
April 2019. We want to see an end
to foodbanks – we believe that
everyone should have the dignity
to be able to buy their own food.
We are so grateful for the
support offered by kind
individuals and businesses in
Medway during this time.
Lorraine Schulze
Project Manager
01634 757057
info@medway.foodbank.org.uk
Registered Charity No: 1166505
The shopping list below shows the
items we are currently short of.
Your help in meeting the needs of
others is very much appreciated.
(Please note: all donations are
gratefully received, but we DO NOT
currently need more: baked beans,
tinned soup, pet food or UHT Milk.)
Call 01634 855844
email medwayasthmaselfhelp@btconnect.com
or send a message via our website
www.medwayasthmaselfhelp.co.uk
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Please email: neil@itsthebiz.net by 18 Sept for inclusion next issue.
DON’T FORGET the Rochester
Cathedral Bells Centenary Project
as featured last issue.
The project aims to raise
£100,000 to fund essential work
required to maintain the bells.
There are lots of ways to
contribute, from a small donation
to sponsoring a bell (three new
ones will be purchased). It is
hoped the new bells will ring for
the first time in 2021 to celebrate
the centenary of the casting of the
current ring.
Search for Rochester Cathedral
Bells at www.justgiving.com.
Don’t forget
the bells!
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When someone joins Emmaus
Medway, they become a
‘companion’. We have space at
our community in Chatham
for 24 companions, men and
women, from 18 to 65. We’re
not a hostel or a night shelter
though, people can stay with us
for as short or long a period of
time as they need.
The community
provides a safe
environment in
which to examine
their choices,
address issues such as addiction,
mental health challenges or
broken relationships, and get
back on their feet. Some stay
Emmaus Medway – helping to
get lives back on track
with us for a short period, while
others need time to re-adjust or
learn new skills before moving on.
As far as we’re concerned, both
outcomes constitute a success.
One of the biggest
obstacles many
companions face is
a loss of self-esteem.
One way we help
them with this is
by providing meaningful daily
activity, either in the community
or in our shop on Chatham
High Street, where we sell pre-
Emmaus Medway is a local charity that provides a
stable place to live, a sense of purpose and tailored
support for people who’ve been sleeping rough or
sofa surng. Since 2012 we’ve helped over 400 local
people get their lives back on track.
loved furniture that has been
kindly donated to us. A lot of
companions who’ve been with us
a while have told us that having
something to do every day is the
best part of the experience. Here’s
what one companion had to say
about this recently…
“When I came to live with
Emmaus Medway I’d been
sleeping rough. As soon as I
arrived, I was straight into it; I’d
never worked in retail before, but
I loved working with the other
companions, interacting with
the customers, and before long
The community
provides a safe
environment
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Parkinson’s Medway
celebrate Nigerian
Independence Day
I had regained a lot of my lost
condence. I am now able to lead
on all aspects of the activity at the
social enterprise”
The shop generates income
to keep the community going.
Without it we couldn’t provide the
support we do now, for example,
counselling for anyone who wants
it, access to healthy food, and free
broadband.
2020 has been a tough year for
everyone, and as the eviction ban
ends and unemployment rises,
more and more people will be at
risk of homelessness. It’s Emmaus
Medway’s mission to make sure
that at least some of them have
a somewhere to stay, a sense of
purpose, and the support they
need to get through it.
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Emmaus Medway’s
Chatham shop can be found at
243 High Street, ME4 4BQ.
To donate furniture visit
www.emmaus.org.uk/
medway/donate goods
The Mayor of Medway opened
the online celebration, which
was organised and hosted by
Medway Parkinson’s Lead Co-
ordinator Phil Bungay.
Nigerian snacks were eaten
at Jasper’s Community Café
(where Phil and Oluseyi
Obadare, President of the
Nigerian Association, were
based). A team from KMTV
were also on site and they
interviewed Simba, one of the
managers at Jasper’s.
While the main purpose
was to celebrate Nigeria@60
with the Nigerian Association,
attention was also drawn to
www.parkinsonsafrica.com.
Attendees watched the video
Seven Reasons and the founder
of the African charity, Omotola
Thomas, who is from Nigeria
but currently lives in Surrey,
spoke about her ten year
journey with Parkinson’s.
Other speakers included
Dr Abiola from Parkinson’s
Nigeria as well as Oluseyi
from the Association and
another Medway resident
with Nigerian heritage, Cllr
Omolola Oyewusi, the Founder
of Magdalene Ministries (a
value driven ministry and
charity seeking to make a
real dierence to the lives of
individuals they support).
The event nished with a
YouTube clip of It’s a Wonderful
World by the Isolation Choir,
taken from Canterbury Cantata
Trust’s Sing to Beat Parkinson’s
programme.
At the beginning of October, Parkinson’s
Medway celebrated 60 years of Nigerian
Independence with friends from the Nigerian
Community Association of Kent and Medway.
The Centenary Bells Project
aims to raise £100,000 to fund
essential work required to
maintain the bells, which were
cast in 1921. There are lots
of ways to contribute, from a
small donation to sponsoring
a bell (three new ones will be
purchased). It is hoped the new
bells will ring for the rst time in
2021 to celebrate the centenary
of the casting of the current ring.
Search for Rochester Cathedral
Bells at www.justgiving.com.
Rochester Cathedral Centenary Bells Project
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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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If you nd yourself struggling
to t exercise into your life, then
worry no more as the solution
could be closer to home than
you think. You might not enjoy
scrubbing the kitchen oor or
giving the toilets the once over,
but these everyday chores could
hold the secret to lasting tness.
CHOOSE A CHORE
Spending just 30 minutes on
a household chore could burn
between 70 and 225 calories. On
top of this, you’ll have sparkling
oors and dust-free shelves,
which can’t be bad. To get you
started, here is a list detailing
everyday household jobs and
how many calories each burn in a
30-minute period.
It’s lockdown again and if you nd yourself struggling to t exercise into your
life, you’ll be happy to know the solution could be very close to home. We tell
you why everyday chores could leave you with shiny oors and a toned bod…
VACUUMING
We’re not talking about
doing a quick wiz but
a thorough go round
that includes behind
the sofa. Lifting chairs
and other furniture to
vacuum hard to reach
spots will have your
pulse rate soaring.
Vacuuming the
stairs will also
work your upper
body as you lift
the vacuum
cleaner to each
new step.
J HOW MANY
CALORIES?
A 30-minute
session of thorough vacuuming
will burn between 75 and 125
calories, depending on how
vigorous you are.
COOKING
Not only is cooking from scratch
a healthier option than pre-
packaged ready meals, but 30
minutes of stirring, mashing,
peeling, and chopping will help
you keep t too. It is a win-win
situation! Again, the number of
calories you burn depends on the
amount of elbow grease you’re
able to put in.
J HOW MANY CALORIES?
You can expect to burn 40 or 50
calories in 30 minutes.
RAKING LEAVES
Don’t wait until your garden is
a mountain of decaying brown
leaves. Get out there now and
start raking. Really put some eort
into it. You should be breaking
out into a sweat after about 15 to
20 minutes if you’re grafting hard
enough.
J HOW MANY CALORIES?
If you really put some eort in by
bending your knees and dragging
your rake in big wide strokes, you
could burn around 140 calories in
30 minutes.
om & are
Good news – chores can double as exercise!
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If you have money saved
with National Savings &
Investments, you may want to
think about moving it.
On the 24th of this month,
NS&I will dramatically cut the
interest paid many of its savings
accounts, slashing the top easy-
access rate to just 0.01%.
In addition, Premium Bond
holders will have a much lower
chance of winning a prize from
December, with the prize rate to
be cut to 1% (from 1.4%). This
means that the odds of winning
any prize will be lowered to 1 in
34,500 (from 1 in 24,500), with
over one million fewer prizes
set to be given out in December
than in September.
This announcement will
come as a blow to savers who
NS&I to slash savings rates
and Premium Bond prizes
may have turned to NS&I when
savings rates plunged during
the pandemic.
Here’s are the cuts being made
from 24 November to NS&I
variable rate products:
Direct Saver
0.15% gross/AER (cut from
1.00% gross/AER)
Investment Account
0.01% gross/AER (cut from
0.80% gross/AER)
Income Bonds
0.01% gross/0.01% AER (cut
from 1.15% gross/1.16% AER)
Direct ISA
0.10% gross/AER (cut from
0.90% gross/AER)
Junior ISA
1.50% gross/AER (cut from
3.25% gross/AER)
Fixed-term products are
subject to similar cuts. The
NS&I website says that they
“must strike a balance between
the interests of savers,
taxpayers and the broader
nancial services sector.
Changes will ensure NS&I’s
interest rates are aligned
appropriately against those of
competitors.
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ALL ABOUT ERNIE
ERNIE (Electronic Random
Number Indicator
Equipment) is the brain
behind the Premium
Bond prizes. The current
generation is powered
by quantum technology,
(which uses light) allowing
ERNIE to randomly
produce monthly prize
draw numbers in just 12
minutes (the original ERNIE
from 1957 took 10 days!).
Premium Bonds are the
UK’s biggest savings
product, with around 21
million people saving
over £88 billion in them.
However, even before
the rate cuts this month,
the odds of winning the
top prize, per £1 bond
in one month, is 1 in
47,236,254,014.
Good luck with that…
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Find 20 surnames of
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Solution on page 30.
You can also solve
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Quiz
1. Which president led the US
in the space race?
2. Who was the commander
of the Colonial Army in the
Revolutionary War?
3. Name the only president to
serve more than two terms.
4. Who is the oldest president
to be elected?
5. Who was the rst President
born outside the contiguous
United States?
6. Which president signed
the treaty to
purchase Alaska
from Russia?
7. Who was the rst president
born an American citizen?
8. Who said, “The worst sin in
politics is being boring”?
9. Which president issued the
Emancipation Proclamation?
10. Who is credited with
drafting the Declaration of
Independence?
By now you’ll know the outcome of the US election…but how’s your knowledge of former White House incumbents?
Presidential
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YOUR STARS
Find out what lies ahead in February
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Adam
Fronteras
You are called in to take control
of a situation. Your leadership
skills are needed but there is also
a need to take into consideration
the feelings of others. You need
to be rm but fair over a situation
regarding work. This is when you
need to tread carefully so as to
not cause unnecessary upset.
Leo
Jul 24 – Aug 23
Time is beginning to turn for you
– no longer a stopped clock. Until
now you probably haven’t looked
at the calendar, and although
the pendulum needs a few more
swings, you are beginning to plan
a bit of spending spree and it
seems to be quite self-indulgent,
but that’s OK – you deserve it.
Sagittarius
Nov 23 – Dec 21
Sometimes you seem to be doing
a lot while not accomplishing
much – and this month, it
certainly feels like that. You have
ideas and plans but now you are
just having to sit still. But just
because you feel stationary, your
patience, wisdom and long-term
vision is appreciated.
Pisces
Feb 20 – March 20
You may not be able to travel far
but you can communicate at a
distance. You’ll nd that talking
to friends and family will allow
you to feel that you are achieving
contact. But you’ll probably end
up talking mostly about the
weather as that seems to have
some inuence on your mood.
Cancer
Jun 22 – Jul 23
This month begins to see a bit
more a spring in your step; feeling
more comfortable with where
you are going next. You’ve been
a bit relaxed but now it is time for
you to awaken. You are open to
romantic opportunities around
you, and equally passionate about
some new work opportunities.
Scorpio
Oct 24 – Nov 22
You’re looking at opportunities to
expand horizons, but it does seem
a bit of a stop/start time for you.
With quite a few options on your
mind, you are too easily distracted
by others, often sorting out their
plans and not your own. With
your spare energy, you can take
options to begin new ventures.
Gemini
May 22 – Jun 21
A positive and energetic attitude
will get you far this month. With a
new year you are determined to
take some bold decisions. This is
a good month for you personally
and your energy levels are high,
so begin to take up some new
sporty or outdoor activities – even
if it’s only in the back garden.
Aquarius
Jan 21 – Feb 19
There is some tension around
you at the moment and you’ve
been in a very reective mood,
feeling that other people are not
fully understanding of your aims.
At times it’s like walking through
an endless forest, making no
progress. Keep positive as that will
lead you to a clear space.
Capricorn
Dec 22 – Jan 20
OK, so your dreams may be on
hold now, but it’s not for ever. It’s
no use worrying or just hiding
back from the world wondering
what’s next for you. It’s a great
opportunity to explore your
creative talents and they’ll begin
to shine through. Make the most
of this reective time for you.
Taurus
Apr 21 – May 21
Communication is the key this
month. I know it’s hard to do
the things that you want to –
you feel like a coiled-up spring,
constrained and restricted – but
get your plans in order rst. You’re
in it for the long run so be wary
of rushing goal-bound before
sorting out the direction to face.
Aries
Mar 21 – Apr 20
Things have certainly been
challenging and at times it has felt
a bit too much for you. Plans have
stalled and you are just waiting for
change. I can say it’s not long now,
but it has meant a realignment
of what you intend to do next
and perhaps you must discard
something holding you back.
Virgo
Aug 24 – Sep 23
Although you can’t travel yet, I can
see that you’re beginning to make
plans that you can look forward
to. At the start of the month, the
moon is in your sign and you’re in
a wistful mood. Don’t allow your
dreams to get out of control. Be
willing to listen to some advice
from an older person.
Libra
Sep 24 – Oct 23
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Nancy Charles helps
you to navigate
through everyday life
?
BUDGET FASHION
Dear Nancy,
I’m looking for
some tips on how I can
revamp my wardrobe,
I’ve fallen into a bit of
a slump and seem to
be wearing the same
things all the time. I don’t
have much money to buy
new clothes and I’m no good
at sewing.
Sarah, Rochester
NANCY SAYS…
First step: pull up your socks, quite
literally, and take stock of what
you have in your wardrobe. Sort
everything into groups. (1)Stu
that needs repair: depending on
what needs repairing you may
be able to nd simple ways to do
it; see if any of your friends have
the skills to repair them or you
may be able to re-purpose some
of it for vamping up other items.
(2) Stu that doesn’t t or that
can be altered to t better: nd
some repair hacks or ask your
seamstress friend to help. Donate
to charity anything that doesn’t
t. (3) Things you love but might
not be on trend any more: you
can easily revamp or restyle a lot
of these items.
Secondly, play dress up. Have
fun, mix up items you wouldn’t
normally think would go
together. Sometimes clashing
patterns can work,
sometimes the bright
colours complement each other.
Stripes and orals work really well
together, dress down your smart
clothes – tailored trousers or
skirts work well with plain t shirts
and trainers or plimsolls nish the
look with bold accessories. Mix
seasons – rework a winter look
by trying a summer dress with
boots and a jacket, create a warm
spring look with chunky knits and
rolled up jeans. The possibilities
are endless, but have fun and use
it as an experiment to nd what
works for you.
Why not create a Swap Shop
with friends – put it out to friends
that you are revamping your
wardrobe, they may be thinking
the same. You can swap pictures of
unwanted items to swap with
your friends, therefore getting
something pre-loved but new
for your new collection.
Coming back to your old
faithful items – why not rework
them with dyes? At least it will
give them a new lease of life;
you can get those black items
back from the faded greys.
Give an old t-shirt an ombre
look. Fabric paints or spray paints
can create an edgy look or design
on items. Try some subtle tie
dying on a summer dress. Dylon
fabric dyes are great and they are
machine safe.
Check out superhero style – this
one really sounds mad, but you
can nd inspiration to rejuvenate
your accessories or some nishing
touches from these lm epics. I’m
not saying head out to the shops
in a Wonder Woman costume, but
you may be inspired to add a belt
where you didn’t before, and an
old necklace may nish o a new
combination.
Remember while you’re playing
in the wardrobe: try things out
before you leave the house and
edit! Take a look in the mirror, see if
you can remove one thing to make
a look cleaner or more cohesive.
Hopefully we’ll see you strutting
your stu around town soon!
A
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My Dad will laugh when he reads
this as despite growing up in
New Zealand, renowned for its
outdoors lifestyle, I was somewhat
of a hermit as a teenager. My Dad
would joke that I shouldn’t leave
the house “in case I got some
outside on me”.
That all changed after I moved
to London in 2013 and quickly
realised after one too many
journeys on the Central Line that,
actually, outside was quite a nice
Ousd
Anna Campbell on the joys of being outside
place to be. Thankfully despite
its capital city status London has
an abundance of beautiful Royal
Parks and visiting them all, and
often, soon became my favourite
pastime. I don’t know if it was the
magic of free-roaming deer in
Richmond Park, the fact nowhere
aordable in London seems to
come with a garden or some sort
of subconscious homage to my
roots that spurred on this new-
found love of the outdoors, but
t n i tig
whatever it was, my park addiction
was certainly becoming insatiable.
I had curated my very own
London park map when suddenly,
my partner’s job called for
relocation. Momentary panic
was averted after discovering my
new home was Kent, colloquially
coined as ‘The Garden of England’.
Phew, no chance of being left
grass-less there then. As neither
my partner or I drive, heading
out on foot to extract all our new
favourite parks was scheduled
into every weekend. And within
no time, I had replicated, and
upgraded, my London park map
here in Medway, Kent (see right).
Everyone around me seemed
to have such tangible hobbies,
Karate, Horse-riding, Pottery etc.
and I felt somewhat inadequate
to try and explain that simply
walking anywhere with a
moderately sized expanse of
green was mine. But it was, and
still is. Walking is my exercise, my
therapy, my commute and my
hobby all rolled into one.
Then lockdown happened.
Something none of us could ever
have envisaged. The government
ordered us all to ‘Stay at Home’. My
home, like many others’ I’m sure,
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FAVOURITEFAVOURITE
GREEN SPOTSGREEN SPOTS
IN MEDWAYIN MEDWAY
Riverside Country Park
Gillingham, ME7 2XH
Esplanade Gardens
Rochester, ME1 1QW
doesn’t have a garden. Thankfully,
the intensity of our lockdowns
was quickly amended to include
daily outdoor exercise, so my
park-loving peace was restored!
Jesting aside, the amendment
of lockdown regulations to
include daily outdoor exercise
as a necessity is proof of its
unmistakable power in improving
and maintaining positive physical
and mental health.
We’ve been in and out of
lockdowns for a year now and
almost no one is untouched by
the various burdens and struggles
that it has presented to us. But if
I’ve learnt anything over the past
year, it’s that when life doesn’t feel
like a walk in the park, you should
probably go for a walk in the park.
The Vines
Rochester, ME1 1RQ
MOTHER’S DAY DATES BACK
TO ANCIENT GREECE
That’s right, the Greeks of old
would hold an annual spring
festival. This was dedicated to
the maternal Goddess Rhea,
mother of the Gods. Rhea is
the Titan godess of fertility,
motherhood, comfort and ease.
MOTHER’S DAY IS WIDELY
HELD ON THE FOURTH
SUNDAY OF LENT
Now you know why it is held
on a dierent day each year!
Dierent countries celebrate
their mothers on dierent dates
but here in the UK we stick
with the fourth Sunday after
Lent. This year falls on the 14th
March, so get those gifts and
cards posted in time!
MOTHER’S DAY IS
CELEBRATED IN 46
COUNTRIES AROUND
THE WORLD
Mothers are celebrated globally
and a well-established tradition
for many. It falls at dierent
times of the year depending on
which country you’re in so don’t
get confused!
THE OLDEST FIRST TIME
MOTHER WAS 74 YEARS OLD!
Erramatti Mangayamma gave
birth to her rst child in 2019 at
the age of 74!
IN THE UK, 30 MILLION
CARDS ARE SENT
Approximately 30 million!
Mothers of the UK keep the
postal service very busy.
day
day
Mother’s Day falls on 14 March this year, and while
we tentatively look towards being able to resume
family gatherings (albeit outside for a little while
yet), let’s look at a few facts about the day
Mother’s
Mother’s
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