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It feels like spring is in the air (see
the evidence on page 25) and
spirits have been lifted by the
vaccine rollout and news of the
“roadmap” out of lockdown.
Easter is not far away now
and we’re giving away two
locally handcrafted chocolate
eggs (see page 5). Our lifestyle
contributors Adam Fronteras
and Nancy Charles are back
with horoscopes and advice
respectively.
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get in touch via email or social
media @ItsTheBizMedway.
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The University of Kent has
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With construction planned
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We’ve teamed up with The Curious Cocoa
Company to give away a luxurious,
handcrafted Easter egg to two lucky winners.
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create Just. Good. Chocolate.
Based in Rochester, they were
inspired by a family history in
confectionary to bring new and
exciting chocolate designs and
avours to the market.
Mixing traditional chocolate
with modern confectionary
techniques, they lovingly make
handmade artisan chocolate,
inspired by ne and unique
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Curious Cocoa Company, says:
“I have always loved sweets
and chocolate. Actually, I had
no choice as my Grandmother
constantly made chocolate,
sweets and cakes and as a child
I was always helping her out
in the kitchen and tasting her
amazing makes! In her younger
years my Grandmother owned
and ran a confectionary store
with my Grandfather and my
Mother grew up in this shop. It
was called W&M Taylor. I have
always loved this element of our
family history so I decided to
carry on the tradition and enter
the world of confectionary.
We have a large Deluxe Salted
Caramel egg, and a large Colour
Splash egg (both pictured
above left) to give away to two
lucky winners (one egg each).
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Medway’s spring festivals
and events will not go ahead
this year amidst the ongoing
coronavirus pandemic.
Government restrictions on
mass gatherings remain in
place, with social distancing
requirements anticipated for
some time while the roll-out of
the vaccine continues.
The English Festival and the
Rochester Sweeps Festival have
been cancelled. Both events
would usually attract large crowds
of thousands of residents and
visitors from outside of Medway,
making social distancing almost
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Medway Council have
announced that supporting
vulnerable residents is the focus
of this year’s budget.
Finances for the year ahead have
been set out, allocating funds
for the 2021/22 nancial year,
and more than £9million is being
invested in children and adults’
social care.
Councillors met on Thursday,
18 February and discussed the
impact the coronavirus pandemic
has had on the council, as well as
the plans to invest more funding
in adults’ social care.
The council has played a
leading role in the ght against
coronavirus and has prioritised
providing essential services
as well as further support for
Medway’s most vulnerable
residents.
Medway Council have
launched two programmes
promoting healthier living.
Healthy Way is a free
programme that will support
people to adopt a healthier
lifestyle. A pedometer is
provided to help increase daily
steps, and the Eatwell Guide
shows how to balance dierent
food groups, make
simple food swaps
and gives some really
handy tips to curb
snacking.
The programme
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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
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whatever it was, my park addiction
was certainly becoming insatiable.
I had curated my very own
London park map when suddenly,
my partners 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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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, its that when life doesn’t feel
like a walk in the park, you should
probably go for a walk in the park.
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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
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Mothers are celebrated globally
and a well-established tradition
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times of the year depending on
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day
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family gatherings (albeit outside for a little while
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Nancy Charles helps
you to navigate
through everyday life
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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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LOCKDOWN LOVERS
Dear Nancy, my boyfriend
and I have been separate for
nearly all of the latest lockdown,
and while I trust him and I think
he trusts me, we have been
bickering more and it seems like
he often misunderstands what
I’m trying to say. How can I best
handle this?
Anon, Medway
NANCY SAYS…
Lockdown is tough for people
living with their loved ones, and
just as tough when youre without
them. Living apart doesn’t mean
you can’t communicate; we live
in an age where we can see each
other while we talk and can share
many experiences.
So rstly nd the route of the
problem – why do you think
you’re bickering? Why do you feel
he is misunderstanding you? The
key here is to nd out why you’re
out of sync with each other.
Maybe schedule your calls, so
you can both make a routine
time. Make it fun – why not have a
dinner date video call?
Being apart seems to be the
main reason youre feeling this
way, but you are also your own
person; don’t be reliant on
each other to provide all your
entertainment and smiles. Find
ways to enjoy time alone or do
something that will enrich you
while apart – it will make being
back together all the sweeter!
Absence makes the heart grow
fonder, but being absent from
your special someone isn’t always
an excuse to shut down!
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Word search
Blanchardii
Calcicola
Gaditanus
Poeticus
Abscissus
Romieuxii
Scaberulus
Jonquilla
Serotinus
Triandrus
Primigenius
Jacetanus
Bujei
Cantabricus
Moleroi
Asturiensis
Cyclamineus
Find 17 species of Narcissus
in the grid above. Solution
on page 27.
NARCISSUS – ESSENTIAL
INFORMATION
n Narcissus is the proper
name for the daodil family.
Take care – all parts of the
daodil contain a toxic
chemical, lycorine. The part
of the plant that contains
the highest concentration of
lycorine is the bulb.
n The Greek legend of
Narcissus tells that he
fell in love with his own
reection in a stream and
remained there to admire it.
Succumbing to starvation,
he was transformed into a
ower by the gods, so he
could remain at the side of
the stream forever.
n The daodil is the national
emblem of Wales – it is
traditionally worn on St
David’s Day.
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Our mission is to
protect, conserve and
enhance the green
space and river walks
of the Esplanade and
Churchelds for the
good of the community
and more widely.
The group was formed back in
January 2020 when we elected
a committee and ratied our
constitution.
Since then, the FoRCE has grown
in ways we had never expected
and we have made the most of
the circumstances by focussing
our eorts on getting the nuts
and bolts of the group together
despite the Covid restrictions.
PROJECT IDEAS
We’ve worked hard gathering
project ideas from local residents
and committee members, and
– where permitted – hosted a
number of volunteer activities
following Social Distancing rules
including:
n LITTER PICK We collected 30
bags of rubbish as well as tyres
and all sorts with the help of 40
volunteers in a socially distanced
manner
n CROCUS PLANTING Working
with the Rotary Club we planted
crocus corms at the foot of
Churchelds in support of their
Polio campaign
n IDEAS HARVEST We collected
ideas from people about what
they think of our patch and how
they think it could be improved.
This insight is being used as part
of our planning process
Despite the setbacks caused
by the pandemic, the FoRCE
has built a website, launched a
membership programme and
kept in contact with supporters
and other interested parties by
means of electronic newsletters
and social media.
ACTIVITIES
Looking forwards, we want
to grow our membership and
hope to run a range of activities
including:
n WALKING/RUNNING CLUB
We have a volunteer keen and
very able to lead a regular run
club, free for members.
n LITTER PICKS We will continue
to run our very successful litter
picks, hopefully several during
the year.
n SUMMER PICNIC We hope to
be hold a summer picnic on site.
n BULB PLANTING We aim to
plant more spring bulbs in the
autumn of 2021.
n WILDLIFE PROTECTION We’re
liaising with the RSPB Medway
branch about how best to protect
and encourage bird life on-site,
including Winter feeding.
n ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Continue working with the local
council and residents to tackle
this, particularly grati.
n LIGHTS Restore the dilapidated
ornate lights at the Esplanade
Park.
The Friends of Rochester Churchelds
and Esplanade (FoRCE)
Some of the FoRCE Litter Pick Volunteers
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n SENSORY GARDEN Thanks
to the generosity of a number of
supporters we are preparing to
put into action our plan to plant
a sensory garden bed. As soon
as we are able, we will begin to
co-ordinate the works, which will
include preparing the structure,
managing existing planting,
improving the soil and planting
new plants.
GET INVOLVED
To hear about what FoRCE is up to
and how you can get involved, see
the contact details below.
You can also become a
member. Members can vote on
the direction we take and have
rst option on future limited
events. Membership really helps
and it costs just £5 for a year, or
£100 to become a Life Member.
These membership contributions
go directly to the projects our
members have asked us to focus
on, like the Sensory Garden. We
spend as little as we possibly can
on the running of the group and
we pay no salaries as all involved
are volunteers.
If you can spare a couple of
hours a month to help us out,
wed love to hear from you. We
have jobs available to t a wide
range of abilities and experience
and everyone is welcome.
At the moment, we are
particularly seeking volunteers
with any of the below skills:
n project or event management
n horticulture
n wildlife management
n establishing a charity
And nally, a big thank you to all
of the volunteers, supporters and
donors who’ve made our rst year
possible. We couldn’t have done it
without you. Thank you!
N Follow us on Twitter: @EsplanadeFot
P Instagram: rochester_force
M Facebook: FriendsoftheEsplanade
H Visit our website at www.esplanadefriends.org.uk
E Register for our newsletter: contact@esplanadefriends.org.uk
E To become a member: membership@ esplanadefriends.org.uk
E To nd out about volunteering with the FoRCE, please contact
our Chairman Terry Clennell at chair@esplanadefriends.org.uk
The Hygiene Bank Medway
are raising funds to purchase
much needed hygiene
essentials to enable them
to extend their schools
partnership and support more
local disadvantaged children
and families in crisis.
Hygiene Bank
drive to extend
partnership
with schools
In 2020, 8.7 tonnes of
donated product reached
local people, families and
children. As the only project in
Medway, Hygiene Bank have
plans for vast growth in 2021
which will enable them to
cope with increased demand
for their services and extend
their reach – but they need
additional support.
Please donate what you can
and help spread the word!
e To donate, search for
“Hygiene Bank Medway” at
avivacommunityfund.co.uk
3£5 Four key essentials to equip an
adult or child with the products to
keep themselves clean.
3£15 A tailored self-care kit including
all hygiene essentials.
3£25 A month’s supply of nappies.
3£75 Complete hygiene essentials
pack for a family of four.
What can your donation provide,
to help alleviate child poverty?
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Molly Hope, from Sheerness, has
raised over £10,000 for Rochester-
based bereavement support
charity, Abigail’s Footsteps.
The charity, which launched
in 2010, provide support and
counselling to bereft parents
following the loss of a newborn.
As part of its mission, Abigail’s
created the Abi cot”, a specially
designed cooling cot that allows
parents to spend more time with
their deceased baby, helping them
through the grieving process.
In November 2017, Molly, and
her partner Mike Hope, were
faced with every parents worst
nightmare after their son Blake
suddenly died 32 minutes after he
was born.
Molly, who used to work for
Happy Days Nursery in Iwade,
said: The charity allowed us time
with our baby because we got to
use a cold cot.
Sheerness mum raises £10,808
for Abigail’s Footsteps charity
An ex-nursery nurse has donated four specialist
cold-cots” to a charity who supported her
following the loss of her baby.
This meant family and friends
could come and say hello and
goodbye, we didn’t have to leave
him until we were ready.
This helped our grieving
process massively, as everything
was on our terms, but there are
hospitals that do not have a cold
cot, meaning parents don’t get
any time to spend with their
angels, which is unimaginable.
Molly was inspired to raise
money for the cots by the thought
that some parents who faced a
similar scenario didn’t have the
time to grieve over the loss of
their child.
“When Abigail’s said it needed
the cold cots, I had to step up and
do it with our gorgeous boy in
mind and remember what we had
that many haven’t.
In just 10 days of fundraising
through raes and donations,
Molly managed to raise a
staggering £10,808 for the charity.
The money has enabled the
charity to purchase four Abi cots.
The rst cot was sent to the
QEQM Hospital in Margate, the
second is set for the North Wales
Hospital, the third to the Russell
Hall Hospital in Dudley and the
fourth to Gloucestershire Hospital.
In November 2019, Molly gave
birth to Jenson Hope, who she
described as her “rainbow baby.
She said: “My plan is to not stop
raising money until the last two
cots that the charity need have
been allocated to the two hospitals
that are desperate for them.
“I will always raise awareness
as so many didn’t even know
what a cold cot was until I started
fundraising, the support, love and
messages I have received over the
past 10 days has been incredible.
Go to www.justgiving.com/
fundraising/m-hope1 to make
a donation.
Will Payne
This article rst appeared on
Kent Online and we thank them for
allowing its reproduction.
www.kentonline.co.uk
Molly with
her son Jenson
Mike Hope and
Jenson Hope
Mike & Molly Hope
with Jenson
Photos: Molly Hope
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Abigail’s Footsteps are a
Medway based baby loss
charity working to improve
the way bereaved parents
are cared for by hospitals
and to better educate
midwives on how to support
grieving families.
Stillbirths and neo-natal
deaths occur daily, with
hospitals sadly reporting an
increase in deaths during the
pandemic, yet many hospitals
are not equipped to deal with
the parental care required.
By working with medical
professionals to understand
the issues and seek solutions
Abigail’s Footsteps have
helped many families, by
funding specialist baby loss
counselling with a qualied
counsellor and delivering
bereavement training fully
funded for health care
professionals.
The greatest contribution
as a charity has been the Abi
Cooling Cot, a refrigerated unit,
which allows parents valuable
time to spend with their baby
before saying goodbye.
e Cots are distributed
throughout the UK, if you
would like to know more
please get in touch via
abigailsfootsteps.co.uk
I had no idea where that would
lead me. Publishers said the
subject matter “isn’t for us. Luckily
we have self publishing. It has
sold all over the world and I have
posted the paperback to France,
Austria, Netherlands, Sweden,
Canada, United States, Australia
and Tasmania. One man in
Colorado who bought it on Kindle
wrote, “I have just read your
beautiful book. I have Parkinsons.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
When I began promoting it, I
was invited to the Parkinson’s
Medway and Working Age Group
by Phil Bungay. Phil suggested I
adapt it into a play, which I did. It
was performed at Eastgate House,
Rochester by the Hempstead
Players at the rst Medway Neuro-
Arts Festival, run by the Medway
Neurological Network. Both
performances sold out.
My novel is listed on the Michael
J. Fox Foundation website after
one of the employees read it (in
three days)!
The novel is about Benedict
Marshall, an articulate man who is
recently diagnosed and terried
of the future. He meets Nell, a
young actress who teaches him to
live in the moment.
My ambition now is for a
publisher to take it on because
there would be so much more
money and awareness raised if
it was.
Jane Cullen
e To buy a signed paperback
please go to janemcullen.com.
For the Kindle version, go to
Amazon Kindle Say That Again
Jane M. Cullen.
Say That Again
AN UNUSUAL NOVEL
I am an exercise teacher, specialising in teaching
people living with neurological conditions,
including Parkinsons. I am also a writer and to raise
awareness and money, I gave the hero of my novel a
diagnosis of Parkinson’s.
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An independent
initiative, which
oers supplementary
education to support
the cultural diversity
within Medway.
Born in the Summer of 2020 (amid
the tragic events of the Covid-19
pandemic) Medway Culture Club
was formed with the objective of
addressing social isolation and
promoting racial harmony within
Medway. Medway Culture Club was
founded by a collective of home-
grown local educators and industry
professionals who volunteer their
time. They each recognise the need
to support diversity and inclusion
through community cohesion and
cultural exchange.
This monthly Saturday club
launched with a free online
event in December 2020. It
continues to deliver a curriculum
of fun, interactive lessons that
are designed and delivered by
qualied teachers. Medway
Introducing:
Medway
Culture Club
Culture Club provides
extra-curricular
education and
activities in areas such
as; arts, culture, music
and sports. This is taught
via a combination of structured
lessons, practical play, social
interaction and mentorship. These
subjects address the educational
gaps in history and highlight the
positive contributions that have
helped shape our current society.
Medway Culture Club aims to
encourage personal value and
self-esteem with young people,
aged between 5 and 16 years.
Face to face lessons are due to
launch in the coming months.
These lessons will help to enhance
social skills and build character.
They will also aid in developing
young leaders by providing
accessibility to educational
and employment
pathways. This
will then further
improve condence,
citizenship, and work
opportunities.
An online lesson on 6
March focused on Trailblazers,
including Asquith Xavier. Asquith
was a Medway resident and in
1966 he successfully pioneered
and petitioned for equality in
employment law. This heroic
story has come to light in recent
years and in September 2020, a
plaque was unveiled at Chatham
railway station in recognition of
his achievements. The plaque was
partially funded by The National
Union of Rail, Maritime and
Transport (RMT). The RMT have
subsequently sponsored Medway
Culture Club, which is chaired by
Jerome Xavier, Asquith’s grandson.
In February 2020 Jerome received
the Pride in Medway award of
Volunteer of the Year. This was in
recognition of his community
spirit and voluntary contributions
in Medway.
e The Trailblazers sessions are
oered free of charge, via Zoom.
See www.medwayculture.club
to nd out about future events.
For more information you can
join the “Medway Culture Club
Facebook group and/or follow
@MedwayCulture on Instagram
and Twitter.
Camealia Xavier-Chihota
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PROMOTE YOUR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
FREE COVERAGE! Send in your news, articles, pictures and spread
the word about your club, group, charity or any non-prot activity.
Please email: neil@itsthebiz.net
email medwayasthmaselfhelp@btconnect.com
or send a message via our website
www.medwayasthmaselfhelp.co.uk
ASTHMA?
WE ARE STILL ABLE TO HELP
Get in touch to book a FREE telephone
consultation with our asthma nurse.
Calling
01634
855844
Over 90% of the food
distributed by foodbanks in
the Trussell Trust network is
donated by the public – that’s
why your food donations are
absolutely vital to our ability
to give everyone referred to
us a balanced and nutritious
three day supply of food.
Our shopping list below
shows the food items that we
need right now, in order of
greatest shortage.
n INSTANT MASH
n TINNED FISH
n SAUCE FOR PASTA/COOK-IN SAUCE
n PASSATA
n TINNED SPAGHETTI IN SAUCE
n MILK - UHT/LONG-LIFE
n SPREADS (eg JAM OR MEAT PASTE)
n
DESSERTS (eg ANGEL DELIGHT, JELLY)
n TINNED RICE PUDDING
n CUSTARD - READY MADE
n SPONGE PUDDINGS
n
INSTANT COFFEE (SMALL JARS/PACKS)
n BABY WIPES
n SHAMPOO
n TOOTHBRUSHES
n TOOTHPASTE
n RAZORS (MALE OR FEMALE)
n TOILET ROLLS
We can’t accept donations
in person yet, but we can
collect from you.
Call
01634 757057. Or you can
download the Spareable
app to order online and the
donation will be delivered
free to our warehouse.
e
medway.foodbank.org.uk
Medway
Foodbank
shopping list
thank y
DON’T FORGET the Rochester
Cathedral Bells Centenary Project
as featured in previous issues.
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 rst time this year, 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!
To advertise in the April issue,
call Neil on 07510 298499 or
email sales@itsthebiz.net.
Adverts start from £24. Find
out more at itsthebiz.net.
ADVERTISE IN
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Notable in 2020 were Zara
Carpenter’s beautiful Echoes
and the Explore & Draw and Out
of Sight exhibitions, two special
shows that captured the mood
and responded to the summer
lockdown experience featuring
work by over 100 local artists.
Curator Allison Young said, “we
had a whole year of fantastic
exhibitions planned and will be
going ahead with all of them
just as soon as we get the go
ahead that we can safely open
again. Our artists have been very
patient and are looking forward to
exhibiting their beautiful work as
we re-emerge.
Although unable to provide
exact dates just yet, the free
gallery, situated within the
Medway Visitor Information
Centre in Rochester High Street,
plans to welcome these shows…
THE DICKENS 150 PRINT
OPEN CALL  THE LAST
DREAM OF MY SOUL
This will bring together the
beautiful and varied work of
50 printmakers from all over
the UK. The exhibition explores
death in Dickens’ life and novels,
and his long association with
Medway, and includes 100 new
prints and unseen Victorian
funerary treasures loaned from
the Guildhall Museum collection.
The works on show include cover
designs for a limited-edition
re-issue of The Mystery of Edwin
Drood published to accompany
the exhibition.
UNKNOWN SOLDIER
WORKS BY DAVID TOVEY
David Tovey is a formerly
homeless artist, educator, activist
and ex-soldier. This exhibition
explores the deep-rooted
questions of why life falls apart
for so many ex-soldiers, leading
to mental health problems,
homelessness, and for some
suicide. Raw, uncompromising,
and sometimes brutal, the
show has been 29 years in
the making and poses deep
questions, highlighting the
struggles that people face when
they leave the armed forces.
The show will include paintings,
photographs, memorabilia, lm
and performance that documents
David’s journey.
Raven by David ToveyAgnes Film Star by Neil BottleCover entry by Sophie Jonas Hill
ALL THAT REMAINS – THIRTY
YEARS IN THE MAKING
TEXTILES BY NEIL BOTTLE
Explores family stories, nostalgia
and memories using exquisitely
layered cutting edge digital
design and precious fragments
of the artists archive of family
photographs. The exhibition
celebrates Neil’s 30 years as a
textiles practitioner and acts
as a milestone, unconned by
the constraints of the artists
commercial fashion print work.
Neil Bottle is the Programme
Director Printed Textiles for
Fashion & Interiors at UCA.
Forthcoming shows at Rochester Art Gallery
e To keep up to date on our plans as they are announced follow Rochester
Art Gallery on Instagram and Facebook or visit the gallerys page on the
Medway Council website where you can sign up for e-newsletters.
Along with galleries across the UK, Rochester Art Gallery was forced to temporarily
close again in November after a busy year of both scheduled and responsive shows.
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Medway Print
Festival 2021
The sixth annual
Medway Print Festival
will be taking place this June
featuring an exciting mix of online
and we hope also live workshops,
exhibitions and events, many
of which are free. So whether
it’s linocuts, screen printing or
etching, letterpress, textile or gelli
printing, theres something for all
ages and abilities to enjoy.
e Follow us on social media,
or, to nd out more, visit
medwayprintfestival.com.
Funded by Medway Council.
Things to see – virtually!!
At last there are signs that we will emerge from
pandemic restrictions soon. While you wait just a
little longer for things to re-open, here are some
stay-at-home suggestions for things to see…
DOCKYARD DAYS OUT
FROM THE COMFORT OF
YOUR HOME
The Dockyard gate may be
temporarily closed, but they
are still sharing the stories,
insights and fascinating
behind the scenes footage
of the historic site. Explore
the intriguing objects in
the collection online and
enjoy virtual visits via video
and photographs – visit the
museum from home.
e tinyurl.com/chathamdock
36 PARLIAMENT
Explore the various chambers,
lobbies and corridors of the
Houses of Parliament in a
virtual 360º tour.
e tinyurl.com/houses360
STREAM THEATRE
A digital venue where you
can buy tickets for a range of
theatrical presentations, to
watch from home, including
drama, musicals and concerts.
Spring highlights include:
Adventurous, a comedy
about online dating starring
Sara Crowe and Ian Hallard
(16-28 March); Shane Ritchie
in Scaramouche Jones (26
March-12 April); Cruise, set
in 1988 Soho (15-25 April);
Bklyn-The Musical, described
as an urban fairytale (22
March-4 April); and Gilbert and
Sullivans Pirates of Penzanze
from The Palace Theatre (29
March-5 April).
e stream.theatre
THE EASTER STORY
THE PASSION OF CHRIST
The story of the events leading
up to and following the
Crucixion is known as Christs
“Passion. To celebrate Easter,
you can discover the story
of the Passion, told through
paintings in the National
Gallery Collection.
e tinyurl.com/eastergallery
ARTS & EVENTS IN
If you’re organising an
exhibition, show, reading,
festival – or any kind of art or
entertainment that you’d like
to tell people about, please
email dan@itsthebiz.net for
coverage in the magazine.
For advertising space email
sales@itsthebiz.net.
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The Cultural Consortium is a
newly formed group made
up of arts organisations and
community groups and has been
established as part of the High
Streets Heritage Action Zone
Project (HSHAZ – see last issue)
to develop events and activities
designed to encourage local
people to explore the heritage
and help regenerate the Sun Pier
to Star Hill area known as Intra.
This area of Chatham and
Rochester benets from a rich
past; a creative, enterprising
present; and an exciting future.
Six projects have been awarded
commissions by The Cultural
Consortium, including Closer
Than You Think (featured last
issue), Medway Intra Poetry
Walk (see facing page) and those
listed on this page.
NATASHA STEER AND GEORGE
ATZEV  ST BARTHOLOMEW’S
HOSPITAL, “THE HISTORIC
HEART OF HEALTH IN MEDWAY
FOR OVER 900 YEARS”
Sharing historical information
relating to the hospital from the
archives, collecting memories
from people who received care
and worked there, including
those who lived in the residential
quarters. Then responding
creatively to the ndings.
e futurechatham.weebly.com/
st-bartholomews-hospital
THE LIVING RIVER
FOUNDATION  SLICE OF
MEDWAY #LITTERARMA
Litter including plastic from the
River Medway has been encased
into cubes, sliced and framed with
driftwood, and will be installed
along Intra high street. There are
also opportunities to get involved
in storytelling, creative writing for
kids and building a photo collage.
e living-river.org/
sliceofmedwaylitterarma
HANNAH WHITTAKER
CATHEDRAL OF COMMUNITY
A colourful spectacle dedicated
to the people of Intra. Windows of
buildings will be lled with tissue-
paper stained glass portraits of
the people behind the businesses
and organisations of the area.
Visible by day but also lit up at
night to create a dazzling display.
e hannahwhittaker.com/intra
MEDWAY PRIDE RADIO
This new radio station began its
life within the Intra community.
The MPR team will be reaching
out across Medway and indeed
much, much further to bring
us great music, some fantastic
entertainment, a mix of DJ’s
and presenters. They will be
showcasing the great and the
good of Medway and beyond,
including the exciting projects
happening in Intra.
To nd out more about the
projects, tune in to Medway Pride
Radio to hear from the creative
individuals and teams behind
these exciting projects.
e medwayprideradio.co.uk
n The High Street Heritage
Action Zone (HSHAZ) Cultural
Programme pilot is led by
Medway Council, funded by
Historic England and The
National Lottery Heritage Fund,
and supported by Arts Council
England. £1.6m has been awarded
for regeneration of the Intra
area. The focus is on bringing the
history and heritage of the area
back to life, and boosting the local
economy by 2024.
e Find out more, and have
your say, at medway.gov.uk/
heritageactionzone
Intra Cultural Commission
The Cultural Consortium for The Old High Street Intra has selected the winners
of six micro commissions which will help people learn about and celebrate this
fascinating area through creativity and delving into history.
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Medway Intra Poetry Walk
The Medway Intra Poetry
Walk is an interactive
poetry and spoken
word trail, curated by
writer Ally Sinyard and
made up of works from
Medway residents, local
writers and anyone with
a connection to the
Medway Towns.
Ally is inviting members of the
public to submit poetry and
spoken word pieces based on
their connection to the Old
High Street Intra (that’s the area
between Sun Pier in Chatham and
Star Hill in Rochester) by Sunday
28th March 2021. Following a
selection process, a collection of
the works will be encrypted into
individual QR codes, which will
then be placed around the Old
High Street Intra for members of
the public to discover, stumble
upon and enjoy.
This project seeks to reect
and celebrate the diversity of
the Medway Towns. With that in
mind, Ally is looking for new and
experienced writers of all ages,
and is particularly welcoming and
encouraging submissions from
individuals from underrepresented
backgrounds, as well as those who
have never tried poetry before.
The Medway Intra Poetry Walk
is part of the High Street Heritage
Action Zone (HSHAZ) Cultural
Programme pilot, led by Medway
Council, funded by Historic
England and The National Lottery
Heritage Fund, and supported by
Arts Council England.
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You can nd out more about
the project and how to enter
submissions at
allysinyard.co.uk/
medwayintrapoetrywalk
VIRTUAL
MEDWAY
Uploaded by mindbicycle
these are amazing aerial
views of the Black Widow – an
ex-Soviet submarine parked
in the River Medway.
* tinyurl.com/widowsub
Watch Rob Flood’s fascinaing
lm Heritage Walks of
Chatham Intra, commissioned
by Sun Pier House and Intra
Arts as part of the Ebb &
Flow Festival 2021.
* tinyurl.com/intrawalk
In this video from Electric
Medway, Meet Janet…part
of last year’s Out of Sight, Not
Out of Mind exhibition by
MESS ROOM, displayed at
Rochester Art Gallery.
* tinyurl.com/janetartist
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ABOUT
WHAT
TO
WATCH
WHAT
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READ
in Rochester
Early signs of spring were
visible out and about in
Rochester towards the
end of February…
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cherry
bloom!
nothing but
blue skies
sundowner
blming da!
spoed o
New Road by
Jackson’s Field,
26 Feb
Gloroious blye
sky over St
Margaret’s
Church, 27 Feb
The gorgeous
weather has
provided spectacular
sunsets – viewed
from Borstal Road
on 25 Feb
A lone blm was
discovered as
early as 19 Feb, in
Esplanade Gardens
HARRY HILLS LONELY ISLAND
4 x episodes from Monday 8
March on BBC Two at 22.40
A series of four silent, black-and-
white slapstick comedy shorts,
written and directed by Harry Hill.
Each episode sees Harry in a
dierent historical setting –
from prehistoric times to the
Napoleonic era - but always on
the same island. Across the series,
we see his exploits as a monkey, a
caveman, Napoleon and a queen.
THE MARLOW MURDER CLUB
By Robert Thorogood
Harper Collins
To solve an impossible
murder, you need an
impossible hero…
From the creator of the
BBC One hit TV series,
Death in Paradise, this
is the rst in a new
series introducing
the Marlow Murder Club. Judith
Potts is seventy-seven years old
and blissfully happy. She lives on
her own in a faded mansion just
outside Marlow, there’s no man
in her life to tell her what to do
or how much whisky to drink,
BBC/CPL Productions/Harry Hill
and to keep herself busy she
sets crosswords for The Times
newspaper.
One evening, while out
swimming in the Thames, Judith
witnesses a brutal murder. The
local police don’t believe her
story, so she decides to
investigate for herself,
and is soon joined in her
quest by Suzie, a salt-of-
the-earth dog-walker, and
Becks, the prim and proper
wife of the local Vicar.
Together, they are the
Marlow Murder Club.
When another body
turns up, they realise they have
a real-life serial killer on their
hands. And the puzzle they set
out to solve has become a trap
from which they might never
escape…
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YOUR STARS
Find out what lies ahead in March
adamfronteras.net
Adam
Fronteras
You seem to be stuck for choices
with regards to work and lots of
opportunities are coming your
way. You also have one or two of
your own ideas for a new work
venture. Its time for you to start
dreaming of what you would like
to do next, but you do need to
think of the nancial implications.
Leo
Jul 24 – Aug 23
Work is uppermost in your mind,
as new opportunities come your
way. You might decide to learn
new skills, seek a promotion, or
even get your own projects of
the ground. You may also start
looking at opportunities abroad. It
may only be online, but distance
is not constraining you.
Sagittarius
Nov 23 – Dec 21
It looks as if this will be a hectic
month for you, but you will
become bolder with your strategy
as you see a way ahead. Others
will be waiting on your plans to
take events forward, so you need
to make sure that you are not
holding back but getting on with
what you have in mind.
Pisces
Feb 20 – March 20
Mother and daughter or even
sister relationships can be a little
fraught at the beginning of the
month, but you are soon able
to sort out the dierences. The
family bond is even stronger now.
Towards the end of the month,
you may nd you go on a bit of a
shopping spree together as well.
Cancer
Jun 22 – Jul 23
Your energies levels are high
this month and you are not in a
mood to take prisoners. When you
see certain people around you
are being mistreated or treated
unfairly you will be there to
provide some friendly advice or
help sort out a situation before it
gets out of control.
Scorpio
Oct 24 – Nov 22
The rst few weeks of the month
can be a tense time relationship
wise but you are beginning to
look forward and making plans
for family celebrations. It may not
be quite there yet but that does
not stop you from getting your
calendar out and putting some
dates in the diary.
Gemini
May 22 – Jun 21
This month will take a lot of extra
eort. You feel let down by others,
so it’s not easy, especially given
the time constraints, but you
must get everything ready. On a
positive note, your endeavours
lead to success, the fruits of which
will be seen towards the end of
the month.
Aquarius
Jan 21 – Feb 19
You might start to see signs in
house and garden that you need
to sort out the plants or perhaps
undertake some renovations that
you have not been able to get
around to. This month also gives
you a chance to reconnect with
some members of the family that
you have been absent from.
Capricorn
Dec 22 – Jan 20
Its hard for you to get up and
go currently. It has been a period
of reection and lately you have
welcomed the peace and quiet in
your life. Towards the middle of
the month things begin to change
and suddenly you are having to
increase your energy levels and
become a bit more active.
Taurus
Apr 21 – May 21
Although plans have been on
hold, now is the time to start
looking at your nances and
planning for changes. Rather than
rushing out and pushing your
own agenda, you will need to
involve others in the decisions as
their support will be fundamental
in achieving your goals.
Aries
Mar 21 – Apr 20
Communicating with long lost
friends and even reections on
past romances will be in your
head this month. Certainly, there
is an urge to travel and even if
you are still unable to, that will
not stop you from making plans.
Education and training will be
uppermost in your mind.
Virgo
Aug 24 – Sep 23
This is time when you look at your
inner thoughts and emotions.
It is a great time for you to learn
more about yourself and it may
be a month in which you take up
an interest that tries to teach you
more about yourself. If you have
ever wanted to learn meditation
or mindfulness, now is the time!
Libra
Sep 24 – Oct 23
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Heres the solution to the
wordsearch on page 13.
The National Trust has
announced plans to plant
dozens of blossoming trees
at dierent sites around
the UK. Species will include
cherry, hazel and plum.
In London, a circle of 33 trees
will be planted across the
capital, one for each borough
and the City of London.
The scheme will attempt
to create a UK equivalent of
Japans concept of “Hanami”
– the annual celebration of
owers, and the coming of
spring, and it is hoped the
project will help improve
access to nature for those in
towns and cities.
Research carried out for the
National Trust has shown that
almost half a million people
live in grey deserts “ with no
trees or green spaces nearby.
Pictured above is a cherry
tree in Rochester, already in
blossom on 26 February.
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