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LOCAL NEWS SERVICES LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY ARTS EVENTS FREE zine maga Your Medway Issue 9 February 2021 www itsthebiz net Inside this month it s the Valentine s Day in lockdown Nancy Knows our new advice column Alan Carr talks Interior Design Masters Covid 19 help stop the spread Adam Fronteras with your stars Rochester Photo Zoe J Photography

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THIS MONTH 4 11 LIFESTYLE 12 19 SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY 20 21 BACK PAGES Rochester Apologies for the lack of a printed issue last month an unavoidable consequence of the latest lockdown The January magazine is still available to read at www itsthebiz net We re back for February with a slightly shorter page count than normal but plenty of the usual features As well as our new astrology expert Adam Fronteras please welcome this month Nancy Charles who will be dishing out advice on your everyday quandaries Use the online form to send your question Neil LOCKDOWN VALENTINE 9 22 23 5 000 copies of It s The Biz are printed for Rochester Coming soon a new edition for Strood advertise from as little as 24 in one edition or 46 in both reaching 10 000 readers Call Neil on 07510 298499 or email neil itsthebiz net Go online ALAN CARR 13 14 net Get social cdf ItsTheBizMedway NANCY KNOWS 17 18 PRINTED IN ROCHESTER BY YOUR STARS 22 Printed on paper purchased under the Carbon Capture Scheme What s the best 90s ilm FIND OUT WITH THE L www barkerslitho co uk 01634 829048 info barkerslitho co uk Castleview Business Centre Rochester ME1 1PB ELIMINATION PODCAST Join Bob Mike and Dave this month as they eliminate 90s ilms From podcast providers including Fixed rate Mortgages Manage the family budget with fixed monthly repayments for a set period Speak with our adviser today Tel 01634 816124 01634 816125 Email oakhurst2 btconnect com Ethical MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS 3

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Closer Than You Think brings together Holocaust Memorial Day and LGBT History Month An exhibition began on 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day in the windows of Intra Arts There are also textile hangings from the Chatham Memorial Synagogue The Ship Inn and in the window of the Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre at 331 Rochester High Street The project submission says Locally two very different establishments one a social and recreational venue the other a place of worship have come together united in a shared experience of one of history s darkest moments In the area known as Chatham Intra are two historic local buildings some twenty yards apart where two communities have faced each other for decades The Ship Inn thought to be one of the oldest LGBT venues in the country and the Chatham Memorial Synagogue have probably had 4 little or nothing to do with each other over the years perhaps even viewing the other with a degree of suspicion and disapproval However recent history has revealed they do share something of great significance Both communities over the years have suffered prejudice and discrimination and during the Nazi regime many paid the ultimate price It is well known that over six million Jews were murdered during the Second World War in Nazi concentration camps Perhaps lesser known is that tens of thousands of homosexuals were arrested around 50 000 given severe prison sentences and forced to carry out hard labour 10 15 000 were incarcerated in the camps 60 of whom died For those that did survive legislation introduced by the Nazis known as Paragraph 175 made homosexuality illegal Homosexual men were identified by a large pink triangle on their uniform Jewish prisoners by a yellow star Closer Than You Think was created and curated by Peter Moorcraft Irina Fridman and Martin Adams It is generously supported with funding from the City of Rochester Society and Historic England s High Street Heritage Action Zone HSHAZ Programme in collaboration with Medway Council Additional support from Intra Arts and Hulkes Lane Darkroom Studio n The exhibition runs until the end of February in the window of Intra Arts at 337 341 Rochester High Street Photos Robert Flood City of Rochester Society A project called Closer Than You Think brings two very different establishments together in a shared experience of one of history s darkest moments

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Have your say on the High Street Action Zone The Sun Pier to Star Hill conservation area spanning Chatham and Rochester has been awarded 1 6m High Street High Street Heritage Action Zone funding from Historic England for regeneration in the area conservation area has been awarded 1 6m High Street Heritage Action Zone funding from Historic England for regeneration in the area The focus is on bringing the history and heritage of the area back to life and boosting the local economy by 2024 The focus is on bringing the history and heritage of the area back to life making it a vibrant place to visit and boosting the local economy by 2024 The work will include property improvement grants revitalise and reuse of historic buildings and a range of community and cultural activities ABOUT HIGH STREET HERITAGE ACTION ZONES Historic England is working with local people and partners through grant funding to help breathe new life into high streets that are rich in heritage and full of promise Their work will help unlock the potential of the local area and make them more attractive to residents businesses tourists and investors The High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme backed by government funding aims to help with the recovery of local high streets from regenerating historic buildings to helping to engage local communities through art and cultural projects The Sun Pier to Star Hill HOW WILL THE FUNDING BE USED n To create a re use and revitalise buildings programme This will offer business support grants and help promote vacant building opportunities A specific focus will be on Chatham House below and the Old Mortuary building to create a hub for the Heritage Action Zone This will increase economic activity in the area as well as provide employment opportunities and co working spaces which will help boost the local economy n To help with the creation of a local creative group to develop a cultural heritage and engagement programme This exciting programme will include community events which aim to bring more people to the area and help provide an economically sustainable legacy of the area as a destination in its own right n To create a framework to guide future development in the area This will be done in a way which protects heritage and character whilst enabling sensitive sustainable growth and regeneration The framework will also incorporate a highway accessibility and safety study to help improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists It is hoped that this will attract more residents and visitors to the area and help revitalise the evening economy EBB FLOW FESTIVAL 2021 As part of the programme we are working closely with Creative Estuary and the Ebb and Flow Festival 2021 which will be delivered in the Heritage Action Zone area Creative people from the area have created a history walk film to showcase the area s rich heritage Visit www ebbandflowfest co uk heritage to watch the film and to find out more about the exciting festival plans for 2021 e To help shape the future of the area Medway Council are inviting local residents businesses and visitors to have their say and share their thoughts and opinions Search www medway gov uk for High Street Heritage Action Zone HSHAZ 5

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Help stop the spread of COVID 19 in Medway Symptom free testing is now available for everyone Anyone who lives or works in Medway can now book a coronavirus COVID 19 symptom free test This is especially important if you re leaving your home for an essential reason including leaving home for work to go food shopping for exercise for a medical reason Since the start of the current national lockdown testing has been prioritised at five test sites for anyone who cannot work from home With slots available across the testing sites availability is expanded to all residents and individuals working in Medway Booking slots are available on a first come first served basis ABOUT SYMPTOM FREE TESTING The aim of this new type of testing is to identify people who do not have coronavirus symptoms but who are infectious and could spread the virus to others unknowingly This will provide a more accurate picture of cases in Medway and will help reduce the spread of the virus locally The current symptom free testing centres are in Chatham Chattenden Gillingham Rainham and Rochester Testing centres are open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Sunday Medway Park is open Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm 6 ABOUT THE TEST You are encouraged to book a symptom free test once every two weeks Regular testing is needed to help control the virus in Medway You may have the virus without knowing so your support is crucial to help protect each other from infection and reduce the number of cases locally You must take the test at one of our testing centres It is not possible to send a test kit to your home WHAT THE TEST INVOLVES The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat tonsil using a long cotton bud It is a self test this means you will do the swab yourself in a booth The booths will be cleaned after each person You must wear a face covering when you visit a symptom free test centre you should only remove this when you do your swab YOUR SYMPTOM FREE TEST APPOINTMENT n Do not attend your test appointment if you develop coronavirus symptoms Use the link in your confirmation email or text to cancel your appointment n If you are self isolating you can book a symptom free test when you have finished your period of self isolation n Do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment n When you arrive please have your identification ID ready to show the staff You will need to register your test staff will explain how to do this n You must bring the following to your appointment test booking confirmation text or email proof of ID this could include your driving licence your passport a utility bill a council tax bill a letter from your employer or photo ID card your mobile phone to register when you arrive this is not essential Limited parking is available on some sites Please remember to drive and park considerately as they may be residential areas Do not block any driveways while you attend your test Please follow social distancing rules You must wear a face covering at all times except when you do your swab test Once registered a member of staff will explain how to do the swab self test CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS OR SELF ISOLATING Do not book a test if you are self isolating or have any of the following symptoms a high temperature net

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a new continuous cough loss or change of smell or taste Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms If you do have coronavirus symptoms book an NHS test If a member of your household has been told to self isolate after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive you do not need to self isolate if you have not been contacted This means you can book a symptomfree test AFTER YOUR TEST You will receive your test result by text message or email within one hour of completing your test You do not need to wait at the test centre for your result The team will analyse the sample They will upload the test results linked to the barcode to the NHS Test and Trace digital system The Test and Trace systems will link the registration record with the test result They are unable to link any results to individuals If you do not receive your test results within 24 hours you will need to book another symptomfree test NEGATIVE RESULT If you test negative you can take your next test in 2 weeks You must book your next test using the symptom free booking form POSITIVE RESULT If you test positive both you and any members of your household must self isolate immediately This must be from the day of your test and for the next 10 days You must take a home test to confirm the result You can get a follow up test online or phone 119 You should inform your workplace of a positive test result Do not come back to the symptom free testing site for another test You are encouraged to book a One in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms It is important to book regular symptom free tests every two weeks to help protect each other including our loved ones Play your part now and help us get out of lockdown restrictions Go to www medway gov uk symptomfreetesting WE ARE STILL ABLE TO HELP email medwayasthmaselfhelp btconnect com or send a message via our website www medwayasthmaselfhelp co uk neil itsthebiz net n If you test positive for coronavirus support is available to help you during your selfisolation period via the NHS Test and Trace support payment scheme Anyone who lives or works in Medway can book a coronavirus COVID 19 symptom free test Get in touch to book a FREE telephone consultation with our asthma nurse Get involved n If you need to cancel your appointment please follow the booking confirmation text or email that has been sent to you This contains details on how to cancel your booking HOW TO GET A SYMPTOM FREE TEST ASTHMA Calling 01634 855844 symptom free test once every two weeks Regular testing will help us control the spread of the virus and reduce the number of cases in Medway To book your next test please use the previous booking link that was sent to you DID YOU KNOW The first Valentine s Day cards were mass produced in the 1840s by Esther A Howland Credited with commercialising the cards in America she is remembered for her elaborate crafty cards made with lace and ribbons Get social Go online net cdf ItsTheBizMedway 7

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z i u Q e n i Valent Just for fun have a go at this love themed quiz for your stay at home Valentine s Day Answers on page 23 These songs have love in the title name the song artist Famous lovers who s the other half of each person named 1 Like a river flows surely to the sea 1 Cleopatra and 2 It may seem to you that I m acting confused when you re close to me 3 King Edward VIII and 2 Scarlett O Hara and 4 Tristan and 3 Say you don t need no diamond ring and I ll be satisfied 5 Beyonc and 4 Sometimes I feel I ve got to run away 7 Jane Eyre and 5 Think of me babe whenever some sweet talking guy comes along singing his song 8 6 John Lennon and 8 Queen Victoria and 9 Pocahontas and 10 Elizabeth Bennett and Finally the General Valentine round 1 Who was the Greek goddess of love 2 What does the word Valentine actually mean 3 Plus or minus 100 years what date was the first recorded Valentine sent 4 Who was the first woman in space 5 Who first linked St Valentine with love and romance net

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BE MY Lockdown Valentine Just because you can t hit the town with your betrothed doesn t mean Valentine s Day is cancelled why not try one of these fun ideas to keep you smiling this year THE LIVING ROOM PICNIC Chocolate strawberries champagne finger sandwiches and more chocolate Put a blanket down surround yourself with your house plants and bring the outdoors indoors If you re lucky enough to receive lots of flowers place them around too it will feel like you re in a meadow MOVIE NIGHT Turn the lights down low pop that corn and share some laughter and love with your favourite romcoms Make it more fun by creating a blanket den and watching the films from your very own camp obviously complete this with all your favourite cinema treats popcorn pick n mix and ice cream BAR CRAWL ROOM CRAWL Name each room in your home one of your favourite drinking establishments give each room a theme plant surprises for your loved one in each room Maybe some flowers in the Kings Arms Living room Chocolates in the kitchen Golden Lion and maybe finish with a bottle of champagne in the bedroom Nags Head Remember to make the effort get dressed up in your finery too Girls pull out that freak em dress Boys get your best shirt pressed spritz the eau de toilette and run a brush through your lockdown locks You might be at home but give it the real night out feeling Maybe one of the rooms has a disco where you can have a dance to your favourite booty shakers too And why not end the night by ordering a kebab for delivery MR AND MRS ONLINE QUIZ Create a fun evening with other couples and do your own version of the classic game show via video chat This is all for fun though so keep the questions light The winning couple get bragging rights THE HOME SPA Create a relaxing spa experience in your own home put together a little pack for you and your loved one with face masks bath bombs scented candles massage oil fluffy socks and some posh chocolates don t forget the champagne too If you have your Spa experience during the day why not continue into the evening with the movie night fresh and relaxed then a lovely cuddle on the sofa 9

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Local author s lockdown launch 2020 may be over but sadly the dawning of 2021 didn t bring with it the reunions we had all hoped for However throughout the three lockdowns the UK has experienced over the past year the nation has been united in finding ways of uplifting themselves with creative expressions of virtual love and gratitude and local Rochester based author Anna Campbell is no exception In true British carry on style these periods of lockdown seemed to be a source of inspiration with many taking advantage of newfound extra time to hone in on side lined hobbies and ventures For Anna 26 the combination of lockdown and the birth of her daughter 16 months ago spurred her long standing aspirations of being a children s books author into action One story in particular that has taken the hearts of many is titled A Bear For Grandma Inspired by the albeit necessary but no less difficult separation between her young daughter and her mother Anna wrote A Bear For Grandma to bring comfort to the many people finding the enforced separation disheartening Written from the perspective of a child this heartwarming tale follows the uplifting story of a grandchild determined to send a cuddle to his Grandma The story also illustrated by local artist Chloe Auger was picked up by Age UK on Instagram anauthorcalledanna who praised Anna on the important I m posting you my teddy bear It s not just any bear I ve cuddled it 365 times that should be enough to last you a year work stories like this do in raising awareness Age UK isn t the only charity to praise Anna s writing either with the sales of her first book Splish Splash Splosh contributing toward a thank you donation made to the NHS and two other short stories posted online which raised further support for UK charities Shelter and Mind Anna like many writers writes best from experience and her history working in primary schools means most of her stories have an educational edge but Anna prides herself foremost on her writings purpose saying I aim for all my stories not just to be good but do good too In the last six months Anna has taken her writing career into her own hands self publishing four children s books three of which are on the shelves locally at Store 104 Rochester High St Anna is thankful to have her work stocked in an independent shop such as Store 104 as she believes it is more important than ever to support small businesses And the support doesn t stop there 10 net

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Interview Interior Design Masters BBC Darlow Smithson Productions Banijay Ellis O Brien The designers will compete to win a contract with one of the UK s top boutique hotels Design expert and former editor of Elle Decoration Michelle Ogundehin returns as the series judge Every week the designers will be set a new commercial design challenge to take on the interiors of show homes offices hotels shops beach huts salons restaurants and luxury holiday villas Their skill and expertise will hopefully create design magic to impress the discerning judges Michelle is joined each week by a different guest expert on hand to offer their advice and appraisal The series includes appearances by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen Linda Boronkay Kit Kemp Ross Bailey Sophie Robinson Abigail Ahern and Matthew Williamson What attracted you to take part in the show I d never really hosted an interiors show before and fancied it Plus I think people have found like with Joe Lycett s Sewing Bee and the Great British Bake Off that there can if you get it right a real opportunity to add some fun and humour to craftwork baking and the creative process So why not with interior design The first series was so popular with viewers and Fearne did such a brilliant job that I didn t want to come in and spoil it but I think we got the balance just right Can you tell us what viewers can expect from the second series of Interior Design Masters Well frankly a lot of honesty I was told by the producers that not only was I the presenter I was also meant to represent the people at home watching and that I should be brutally honest and say what the viewer was thinking So if the hallway is painted baby poo brown I m going to say it or the dado rail is wonky I will bring it Alan Carr with Interior Design Masters judge Michelle Ogundehin BBC Darlow Smithson Productions Banijay Ellis O Brien Alan Carr hosts this entertaining BBC Two series which sees ten talented new designers looking for their big break in the fast paced world of commercial interior design Alan talks about the series in this Q A up Basically I ve been employed because I have no filter It s not a complete bitch fest I do dish out a lot of praise because they were all so talented The prize is fantastic for someone who wants to pursue a career in interior design so there feels like a lot at stake If you loved the first series you will not be disappointed For you was there a stand out design this year No spoilers here but the two finalists blew me away and the poor judge Michelle Ogundehin was deliberating for ages because both designs were so breathtaking and clever The fact they had to do so much the upholstery the lighting the colour choices all in the full glare of a camera crew in a limited time and on a budget plus in a lockdown is astounding You will have your mind blown I promise you Are there any design ideas you took from the series that you might incorporate at home There was a lot of upscaling going on we had a lot of contestants 14 13

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Interview What do you personally love about interior design I like the way it makes you feel People just assume it s the prettying up of a room a doily here a vase here but its more subliminal than that Your favourite shop restaurant or even pub is probably your favourite because it makes you feel a certain way classy safe relaxed exclusive and that will be more often than not down to lighting space and decor Interior design And yet if you get one of those things wrong the room won t work and won t be a success If I ve learnt one thing on this show is that interior design is like the dark arts What s your design style like I am in complete awe of interior designers who just go for it I m just not that brave Get me on stage at the O2 Arena to perform to thousands no worries but get me to decide on a roll of wallpaper I come out in hives Thank god my partner Paul is creative when it comes to interiors I will consider a potential lampshade for weeks on end whereas he will have no qualms of barging through the door with a bit of taxidermy tucked under his arm 14 BBC Darlow Smithson Productions Banijay who loved a rummage through a skip I would see a knackered old chest of drawers on a Monday that they d bought for a pittance and by the end of the week with new knobs and a lick of paint and a whole load of TLC they were transformed into something so beautiful that you d pay a fortune for They ve inspired me that doing up a house doesn t have to cost the earth Plus I learnt what ombre is that s when a colour or a pattern fades into another colour along a wall If done well it can be beautiful plus it makes your rooms look taller see you learn something new every day or something rescued from a flea market and stick it up on the wall I m getting better at pushing my creative boundaries and recently I ve become a sucker for a tile I decorated the downstairs toilet with a gorgeous Bert and May Tile and a flamboyant wallpaper and do you know what it worked So now I m feeling a bit more confident I m doing our main bathroom now wish me luck What s the boldest design idea you ve made at home Well I wouldn t say bold as such but I got an absolutely gorgeous William Morris print wallpaper and paired it with a William Morris print sofa and I was so worried that it would clash so badly too much of a good thing and all that And as you know William Morris wallpaper is a feast for the eyes and it can be quite intense what with all the swirling colours but it worked and the room is so cosy now especially when you pop on some strategically placed lights and surround yourselves with cushions Is there something you ve done at home design wise that you ve looked at when it s finished and thought what on earth was I thinking As I said I rarely make out there decisions when it comes to my decor that s normally Paul s expertise However I remember one time Paul bought a giant Perspex shark head and didn t put it up properly and I did a star jump and knocked it off the wall It was really heavy and it landed on my head so I must admit when I was rubbing my head looking down at this grinning shark I did think what on earth was HE thinking Last year saw everyone spend a lot more time at home did that make you any big interior design changes I d had my house done up a few years back so we are dead happy with it so we didn t have any paints or furniture delivered during lockdown curries and wine yes but no soft furnishings Interior Design Masters is airing on BBC Two every Tuesday at 8pm Each episode will be available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast net

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Advice MORNING MOTIVATIONS Dear Nancy lockdown has got me down in the dumps and unable to get myself going for the day I feel like I m stuck in a rut What can I do to motivate myself and keep myself going all day Leanne Gillingham NANCY SAYS Try not to procrastinate in the morning Get up and make the bed having aired it see December issue Ed that will be one job done giving you a sense of achievement early in the day Don t put the TV on unless you really need to you will get distracted Find a radio morning show you like or play your favourite music it s less of a distraction leaving you free to get your ass in gear Get breakfast going They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I couldn t agree more Breakfast tops up your energy levels and gives you the fuel to get going Keep it light though a fry up is a great treat but not every day A small bowl of cereal and one slice of toast or a boiled egg Have a few options for cereal too there is nothing worse then getting up with the Coco Pops calling you and all that s there is a box of bran flakes or porridge just because you re an adult it doesn t mean you can t have the fun cereal any more and remember variation is the spice of life Mr C and I are both partial to a Nancy s Know s arles help Nancy Ch vigate a n you to life everyday through small bowl with half cornflakes and half crunchy nut flakes I know we re sooo out there Wash and dress Now here it gets tricky this is the part that you may need to force yourself to do but trust me it gets easier I d say to set yourself up for daily success you want to be washed and dressed by 9 30am You re reading this thinking she has got to be kidding but getting yourself going improves your mood gives you purpose and will give you another sense of achievement And when I say get dressed I don t mean chuck on your good daytime PJs or the comfy joggersget something nice on you can stay casual but brighten your mood and your outlook by wearing something you actually want to be seen by people in the daylight Have a spritz of your favourite perfumes too spoil yourself no one ever complained about someone smelling too nice Daily planning Unless you are working from home trying to plan your whole week out can sometimes be disastrous If you don t get everything done you feel deflated and disheartened so you will regress back into your PJs and want to forget the world Plan your daily activities one or two days at a time maybe over breakfast keep it realistic and make sure you pepper in some fun activities and exercise not just a list of cleaning jobs If you are taking on a big project like decorating plan it out first use the time to make sure you know what you re doing and how you are going to do it before starting the project Get all your supplies together then you can get going without having to stop and start LOCKDOWN DATE NIGHT KEEPING THINGS INTERESTING WITH YOUR PARTNER Dear Nancy my partner and I have both been working from home We never normally spend this much time together and I feel like some of the magic has slipped away How can we maintain some of the sparkle Caroline Dartford NANCY SAYS Now let me tell you myself and Mr C are no strangers to needing some reinvigoration but we ve worked out some fun ways to do this Try new recipes Keep the daily doldrums at bay by taking time to try something new for dinner avoid excess takeaways See our recipe on page 19 for stuffed courgette Surprise each other Take turns to create some Masterchef magic in the kitchen leaving the other person to have some chill out time alone absence makes the heart grow fonder even if it s just an hour in the bath with a glass of wine and Gloria Estefan s best of album Make a fake restaurant OK before you all think I m crazy 18 17

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Advice hear me out Creating the illusion that you are out will help you forget that you are still at home Make a copy of meals you enjoy from your favourite restaurants If you re as mad as us you ll even draw up a restaurant sign to hang above the table and make a paper menu You can both have fun creating something and taking part in it Why don t you both pretend to be waiters for each part of the dinner one of you the drinks waiter one of you the food waiter maybe grab some Monopoly money and even create a fake bill that you can pay before heading out of the restaurant Create the ambiance of your favourite restaurant by going allout with your table decorations menu plan and drinks choices For some more handy dinner tips keep an eye on my Instagram mrs_nancy_charles DISTURBED SLEEP PATTERN IDEAS TO HELP YOU SETTLE Dear Nancy I am having trouble sleeping at night which has thrown out any chance of getting things done during the day I ve tried all I can think of to settle down for the evening but I am still finding that I m laying there awake at 3am watching the clock Please help Kirstie Gillingham NANCY SAYS I m sure this is something we have all battled with over the last 12 months Worry and stress can 18 be big contributors to our sleep even when you think you aren t worried about the world you could be Of course there are many factors to this so let s break it down Routine Develop a routine to help make the distinction between daytime and night time Cut off the daytime work by 6pm see also my reply to Leanne about morning motivation to help you get a good routine going This will mean you can be up in the morning and getting to bed at a more sensible time Keeping a good sleep pattern is essential for your mental and physical health Cut out caffeine after 5pm If you re drinking too much coffee caffeinated drinks this will affect your body s ability to relax at night Find some alternatives or stick with a nice glass of water hydration is key for your body to pretty much do everything Fresh sheets No one likes a musty bed sheet keep them fresh and make the bed daily and change the sheets regularly I change mine every two weeks as recommended by Good Housekeeping see goodhousekeeping com for handy advice on keeping your bed smelling sweet Lavender essential oils Soak something in lavender and leave it beside the bed this will be strong at first but will do the job still over time Lavender naturally promotes relaxation Leave those devices alone Stay away from laptops iPads and phones late at night Or use them sensibly turn on night time filters to reduce those blue lights from your device and try the do not disturb feature make sure this is set so you can still receive calls from people you want to but it will help filter out a lot of the temptation to grab your phone every time a notification appears Meditation and relaxing noise I have found that simple meditation techniques can reduce stress and aid relaxation Start by finding a set of relaxing sounds I use an app called Zensong Sounds of Earth which features a variety sounds such as falling rain or waves set how long you want to listen or just let it play Lay down on your clean sweet smelling bed lights off close your eyes and focus on the sound Breath slowly in through your nose and release slowly through your mouth until you get into a comfortable rhythm You will gradually find that your body starts to relax You may want to use the sounds when you go to bed to help quieten your mind I take myself off three times a week and spend 20 30 mins just zoning out The time on my own helps me reset my mind and stay more focused You may also want to build in some Yoga with your meditation see www yogaflowwithleah com as featured in previous issues of It s The Biz e If you d like Nancy to help with one of your everyday quandaries please go to www itsthebiz net nancy and use the form to submit your question You can also follow mrs_nancy_charles on Instagram and make contact with Nancy there net

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Recipe Stuffed Courgettes This quick easy and inexpensive recipe is delicious served with crusty bread or a side serving of rice INGREDIENTS 2 large courgettes 1 onion finely chopped Small can chopped tomatoes Small can kidney beans 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon Tomato pur e Chilli powder to taste Mixed herbs Seasoning Olive oil METHOD First slice the courgettes in half lengthways Scoop out the seeded portion of each side and discard This will leave a channel in each courgette half for the filling Brush each half with olive oil season and bake for 20 minutes at 180 C or until the flesh is tender Heat a drop of olive oil in a large pan Chop the bacon into small pieces and fry it Add the onion and continue to fry until the bacon is crisp and the onion soft Add the chopped tomatoes a few squirts of tomato pur e the mixed herbs and a pinch of chilli powder to taste Season and cook until the tomatoes are softened Add the kidney beans and cook until they are warmed through Finally fill the cooked courgette halves with the filling serve and enjoy Serves 2 Food THE SEAPLANE WORKS G R E AT CO F F E E F R E S H F O O D HOURS Wed Fri 8 3 Sat Sun 10 4 Closed Mon Tues 132 High Street Rochester ME1 1JT COURGETTE ZUCCHINI Courgette comes from the French word for this vegetable otherwise known as Zucchini derived from the Italian word for squash zucca Containing very few calories and a high water content they provide useful amounts of immune system boosting vitamin C and significant levels of potassium which is key to controlling blood pressure The UK courgette growing season runs from about June until the beginning of September Outside this time the UK relies on imported supplies of courgettes mainly from Spain and southern France 19

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KAB Volunteer of the Year Congratulations to Wendy Daws featured in issue 6 of It s The Biz who has been named Volunteer of the Year Kent Association for the Blind KAB say Our Volunteer of the Year is truly amazing and never let the pandemic get in the way of her work Wendy Daws is an amazing artist an amazing volunteer and an amazing friend to KAB She dedicates her time to running three art groups and has supported the members throughout lockdown with a special project Out of Sight Not Out of Mind We are so grateful for all Wendy has done for KAB over the years A very worthy recipient of this award e You can see the other winners at www kab org uk search Heart of KAB PROMOTE YOUR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FREE COVERAGE Send in your news articles pictures and spread the word about your club group charity or any non profit activity Please email neil itsthebiz net DON T FORGET THE BELLS 20 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 first time this year to celebrate the centenary of the casting of the current ring Search for Rochester Cathedral Bells at www justgiving com Medway Foodbank shopping list 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 Tinned meals with meat pies n Instant mash n Tinned potatoes n Super noodles or similar n Desserts eg Angel Delight jelly n Tinned rice pudding n Custard tinned ready made n Sponge puddings tinned n Coffee instant small jars packs n Sugar 500g packs only please n Savoury treats snacks cheesy biscuits peanuts crisps n Sweet treats sweets chocolate n Baby milk all stages n Shampoo conditioner n Shower gel n Soap liquid or bars n Deodorant male and female n Washing powder liquid small n Household cleaning products n Feminine hygiene products n Cat food ou t hank y e For collection points see medway foodbank org uk or call 01634 757057 Download the Spareable app to donate online net

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Photos The Will Adams Centre Gillingham Lighting up Chatham with Hopes Dreams People in Medway are turning their plastic shopping bags into art to bring their Hopes Dreams to life in The Pentagon Centre Chatham Hopes Dreams is a project from local arts organisation Ideas Test and Rochester artist Xtina Lamb Families artists and students across Medway are creating colourful lanterns that are lighting up Chatham High Street s Shopping Centre throughout early 2021 Pentagon Centre Manager Charlene Malone said We think it s an amazing idea and will certainly resonate with local people right now We could all do with a good dose of optimism and these installations will be a great way for the local groups and individuals to share their creativity with the community The theme for the art is Hopes Dreams and you can still take part and make your own panel You might want your creation to look towards your hopes for this year to dream big about the future or let your imagination go wild and make a colourful pattern You can take part safely from your own home All you ll need is some plastic shopping bags a glue stick and your imagination Ideas Test s Director Lucy Medhurst said We re delighted to be working with Medway Council and the Chatham Town Centre Forum to bring Hopes Dreams to the Pentagon Centre 2020 saw lots of our community feeling isolated and missing loved ones We want Hopes Dreams to inspire people through this tough time and look forward to better years to come Xtina Lamb the artist behind Hopes Dreams and the person behind Intra Arts in Chatham added I m trying to cut out single use plastics wherever possible in my life but I ve increasingly been gathering and re using them for art They can be beautiful as well as carrying a message about the environment I hope that this project will help people to look twice at materials they would normally consider as waste Ideas Test has worked with fellow art organisation Nucleus Arts and community group Arches Local to distribute packs to local people who are selfisolating e Local artists families and pupils from the Will Adams Centre in Gillingham have all taken part so far and you have until the end of February to take part Visit www ideastest org uk hopes and dreams to see an exclusive how to video from Xtina downloadable instructions and how to post your creations to Xtina n The Hopes Dreams lanterns will be on display in The Pentagon Centre until Easter Photos show pupils creating panels at The Will Adams Centre in Gillingham late 2020 21

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YOUR STARS Find out what lies ahead in February Aquarius Jan 21 Feb 19 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 Pisces Feb 20 March 20 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 Aries Mar 21 Apr 20 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 first You re in it for the long run so be wary of rushing goal bound before sorting out the direction to face Adam Fronteras Taurus Apr 21 May 21 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 reflective time for you 22 Gemini May 22 Jun 21 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 Cancer Jun 22 Jul 23 You may not be able to travel far but you can communicate at a distance You ll find 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 influence on your mood Leo Jul 24 Aug 23 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 firm but fair over a situation regarding work This is when you need to tread carefully so as to not cause unnecessary upset Virgo Aug 24 Sep 23 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 Adam Fronteras adamfronteras net Libra Sep 24 Oct 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 Scorpio Oct 24 Nov 22 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 Sagittarius Nov 23 Dec 21 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 Capricorn Dec 22 Jan 20 There is some tension around you at the moment and you ve been in a very reflective 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 net

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