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THE MONTH AHEAD...

THE MONTH AHEAD...

Saturday June 6, Saturday July 18 (Oyster Festival) - 10am-5pm St Mary's Hall, Oxford Street (Umbrella Centre) -

Seaside Brocante - Rustic Seaside Chic. Bigger stands in vintage garden. Furniture - Homeware - Vintage/Designer Clothes - Jewellery/Acessories & Haberdashery. Marquee (weather permitting) & hot & cold drinks. Space can be donated for fund-raising for any worthy cause in Whitstable. Cindy Mainwaring: 01227 773037, 07778 318319.

June 7 - Briary Primary School Summer Fair 12-4pm - more details in Summer Events page 26

June 12 - Whitstable & District Horticultural Society at United Reformed Church, Middle Wall at 7.30pm - Julie Coleman will speak on Bees. July 10th Summer Social Event. Call 01227 265503

June 13 - Joy Lane Primary School Summer Fair - 12-4pm - more details in Summer Events page 26

June 14 - Whitstable Rotary Club's Pantomime Horse Races returns for the third year. Tankerton Slopes. Fund-raising for good causes.

June 17-30 - A Sextant of Six - Art Exhibition at the Horsebridge Centre, entry free, all welcome. More info at info@thehorsebridge-centre.org.uk or call 01227 281 174

June 21 - Whitstable Umbrella Centre's Fun Day - Tankerton Slopes. Stalls & entertainment to support the Community Centre in the heart of town.

June 27 - Whitstable Junior School Summer Festival - 11am-3pm - more details in Summer Events page 26

June 27 - St Mary's Primary School Fair 11am-2pm

July 4 - St Alphege Summer Fair 10am-2pm

Second and fourth Saturdays of each month - Whitstable Farmers' Market - St Mary's Hall, Oxford Street (The Umbrella Centre) 9.30am- 2pm, selling meat, fruit, vegetables, drinks, cakes, crafts and with a Fair Trade cafe on site. Becky Richards 01227 770836

Last Wednesday of each month, 1.30-2.30pm - Little Oysters Pre-school storytelling and craft activity - Whitstable Museum. A fun storytime and art/craft activity for the under 5s and their carers. Admission £2 per child, adults free. Materials and refreshments provided. Advance booking 01227 276 998.

See also our Summer Events on page 26 and Gig Guide on page 39

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Samba Pelo Mar - Whitstable's own community samba band rehearses Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838. www.sambapelomar.com

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES

Many of these activities may be term-time only, and some have waiting lists or need to be booked. Contact details are included for each listing, so please check before you arrive!

Babies

Enjoy Your Baby - Joy Lane Children's Centre - Tuesdays - New mums should receive an invite through their Health Visitor. Call Carol Fellowes on 01227 594417 for more info

Baby bounce and rhyme - Whitstable Library, Oxford Street, first Tuesday of each month, 11-11.20am. Call 01227 273309

Breastfeeding Clinic - Joy Lane Children's Centre - Tuesdays, monthly, by appointment only, through midwife Ursula. Call 01227 263998

Drop-in baby clinic - Joy Lane Children's Centre - Thursday mornings, 9.30-11, no appointment necessary, just call in to see the health visitor for a chat and have your child weighed. Call 01227 263998

Baby Massage - Joy Lane Children's Centre - Thursdays: 12-1pm appointments only; 1.30-2.30pm drop in. Call Jo on 01227 594419

Baby Massage - Whitstable Health Centre - 5-week courses, Friday mornings. 50p per session, bring your own massage oil. Call Carol Fellowes on 01227 594417 for more info

Locomotion - Joy Lane Children's Centre - Friday mornings 10-10.45, ages 2-5 years; 11-11.30 ages 6 months - 2 years. For more information call 01227 263998

PIPS - Joy Lane Children's Centre - for families with children 0-5 with additional needs - Friday mornings 10:00 - 12:00. For more information call 01227 263998

Parent and Toddler

Twinkle Twinkle music group, fun action songs and instruments for children up to 3 years. Fridays 9.30 and 10.30am, the parish social centre, 15A Castle Road, Whitstable. Call Ava for more info on 01227 772893

Button Tots - Lucerne Neighbourhood Centre, Faversham Road, Seasalter. Monday mornings 10-12, call Jane 01227 282732

3 Years Plus Family Group - Westmeads Infant School, Cromwell Road, Monday afternoons 1.45-2.45. Children can play while parents chat and the sessions provide a gentle link to school. Call 01227 272995

Little Alfies - Seasalter Christian Centre, Faversham Road, fortnightly on Monday afternoons at 1.45, call 01227 276795

Story Time - Swalecliffe Library, Herne Bay Road, Swalecliffe, Monday afternoon 2-2.30, just come along or call 01227 792645

Messy Play Sessions - Monday afternoon 12.45- 2.45. Old clothes a requirement! Term time only. Free of charge. Joy Lane Children's Centre - 01227 263998

Playmates - Christian Fellowship Hall, Harbour St - Tuesday mornings 9.15-10.30 or 10.30-11.45. 50p per family. Currently full but spaces expected in New Year - call Diane Wilkin 01227 263393

Tots @ TEC - Tankerton Evangelical Church Hall, Northwood Road, Tankerton, Tuesday mornings 10-11.30, £1 per family, open to children from 0-5, call 01227 794328

Seasalter Christian Centre parent and toddler group - Faversham Road, Seasalter, Tuesday afternoons, 1.30-3, £1 per family, call Jane Myhill 01227 770257

Little Lights - St Alphege Church, High Street, every Tuesday afternoon 2-2.30pm, call 01227 770221

All Saints Parent and Toddler Group - Shirley Hall, Church Street - Wednesday afternoons, 1.15-2.45. 50p per family. Term-time only - Call Sue Smith 01227 471325

Little Oysters Pre-school storytelling and craft activity, Last Wednesday of each month, 1.30pm to 2.30pm. A fun storytime and art/craft activity for the under 5s and their carers. Admission £2 per child, adults free. Materials and refreshments provided. Advance booking 01227 276 998. Whitstable Museum and Gallery, Oxford Street, CT5 1DB. Telephone: 01227 276 998. www.whitstable-museum.co.uk

Parent and Toddler Group - Joy Lane Children's Centre - Thursday mornings, 9-11.30 in the large crèche room. All welcome. Free of charge - 01227 263998

Chatterbox Baby and Toddler Group - St John's Church Centre, St John's Road, Swalecliffe. Friday mornings, 9.30-11.30, 50p per person including drink and biscuits, open to all with babies or pre-schoolers, call 01227 792835

Story time - Whitstable Library, Oxford Street. Friday afternoon, 2-2.30, call 01227 273309

Friday Fun Group - Middle Wall United Reformed Church - 9.30-11.30am. £1 per family. Waiting list, spaces from Spring/Summer '09 - Contact Pat 01227 771766 or Rita 01227 263959

School Children

Joy Lane Swimming Club. Swimming Lessons for all ages and abilities. ASA Level 2 qualified instructors. Joy Lane Primary School swimming pool. Weekly Lessons from now until Oct. Summer Holiday Crash Courses. Ph: 07817 171 524 Email: joylaneswimming@live.co.uk website: www.langtonlaneswimming.co.uk

Whitstable School Transition Group for children starting school at 4. Meet for coffee and a chat while children play, fridays 1.30-3pm. Call Penny on 01227 773155, more info at transitionwhitstable.org.uk, moonmama@inflatablecookie.com

Whitstable Home Education Group meeting Tuesdays 1.30-3pm. Call Penny on 01227 773155, more info at transitionwhitstable.org.uk, moonmama@inflatablecookie.com

After-School Clubs

Irish Dancing - ages 5+ at the Parish Social Centre, 15A Castle Road, Whitstable. Tuesdays term-time from 3.30pm. Call Janice for details on 07895 457020

Whitstable Majorettes and Pom Teams - 5 years and above at St Peters Church Hall, Cromwell Street, Whitstable, Monday 4-6pm, £2 per session. 07900 478863

FITNESS

Irish Dancing for adults - Women's Institute Hall on Joy Lane. Informal, friendly atmosphere - come along, get fitter and tone up for summer! Mainly adults, Mondays 8-9pm. Call Janice for details on 07895 457020

Low impact keep fit - Mondays 12.15-1.15pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Suzi 07702 386176

Yoga and Relaxation with Chrissie - Monday and Tuesday evenings 7-8pm and 8.15-9.15pm, Longfield Court Garden Room, Swalecliffe. Thursday mornings 9.25am. Whitstable Youth and Community Centre, Tower Parade. Friendly drop-in classes £6. Please ring Chrissie on 01227 275000

Yoga - Mondays 1.20-2.20pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Suzi 07702 386176

Walk and talk - Wednesdays 10.30am from Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre - enjoy a walk, some fresh air and lively conversation! Contact centre 01227 274880

Keep Fit for over 50s and less active - Wednesdays 12.30-1.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre 01227 274880

Badminton courts at the Community College, Whitstable, are now available to hire at weekends. The courts are open to the public between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 1pm on Sundays. For more information or to book call Kelly Litchfield on 07880 902367

COMMUNITY GUIDE

Clubs/Societies

Arts and crafts for adults - Thursdays 10am-12, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre 01227 274880

Book club - informal, fun reading group. First Thursday of each month, 6.30-9pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre. The group watch a Movie every other month. Contact centre 01227 274880

East Kent Model Railway Society - Wednesdays 7.30pm, at Club house in the Old Dairy (by Castle Stores), Castle Road, Whitstable. Large OO scale layout for members' use. New members welcome, children (from 11+) should be accompanied by responsible adult. Info: 01227 275157, nickevanscomms@sky.com

Flowers and Crafts Club - Tuesdays 7-9.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact 01227 281138

Needles and natter - Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre on 01227 274880

Oyster Lacemakers - Mondays, 4-7pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Kay 01227 276921

Reading Group - at Swalecliffe Library - are you interested in joining? We need a minimum of 6 people. If you'd like to take part please call the library on 01227 792645

Samba Pelo Mar Whitstable's own community samba band rehearses Tuesdays 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Call 01227 281838. www.sambapelomar.com

Scrabble Club - Mondays 10.30-12.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact centre 01227 274880

Short Mat Bowls - Friday and Sunday evenings, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Eddie 01227 794600

'Stitch and Bitch' Knit Club - Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm at The Archive Film Cafe, 39 Oxford Street. Call Sue Allen on 07592 020120

Walk and Talk - Wednesdays 10.30am from Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre - enjoy a walk, some fresh air and lively conversation! Contact centre 01227 274880

Whitstable and District Horticultural Society. Meetings at United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, at 7.30pm: June 12th, Julie Coleman will speak on Bees, July 10th Summer Social Event. 01227 265503 for further details.

The Whitstable Short Mat Bowls Club is currently looking for new members. Friday evenings 7.30pm throughout the year and also Sunday evenings September to April at the Umbrella Centre. They run two 'competitive' teams and one 'friendly' team. Call Eddie on 01227 794600

Whitstable Stroke Club - Fridays 3.30-5.30pm, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Contact Avril 01227 266827

Whitstable Twinning Association - contact Gillian Godley, Secretary, on 01227 793212 or JOGI102@aol.com

Health

Chestfield Medical Centre - 0844 477 3073

Saddleton Road Surgery - 01227 272809

Seasalter Surgery - 01227 772327

Whitstable Health Centre - 0844 477 2566

Seasalter Community Pharmacy - 01227 277744

Out of Hours service - 0844 800 1234

NHS Direct - including Out of Hours Dispensing Pharmacies - 0845 46 47

Blood Donation - 08457 711 711

Stop Smoking Service - NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent - 0800 849 4444 NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service - do you have a health-related problem and don't know where to turn? For help finding your way through the local NHS - 0800 085 6606Information and Advice Dial Kent - information and advice for the disabled people of Kent - Disability Information and Advice Line - Tel: 01227 771155, Minicom: 01227 771645, Fax: 01227 772631, email: enquiries@dialkent.co.uk, website: www.dialkent.co.uk

NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service - do you have a health-related problem and don't know where to turn? For help finding your way through the local NHS - 0800 085 6606

Local Policing

Police surgeries and meetings: www.kent.police.uk Inspector for Whitstable: Gordon Etheridge, with Sergeant Dave Brenchley on 01227 868028

Chestfield - PC: Steve Pope 01227 868028; PCSO: Mark Harriott 07772 226106

Gorrell - PCSO: Abi Symons 01227 868028

Harbour - PC: Andy Camp 07980 683530; PCSO: Aaron Pedwell 07772 226035

Seasalter & Yorkletts - CSO: Aarron Newell 01227 868028

Swalecliffe & Tankerton - PC: Steve Pope 01227 868028; PCSO: Graeme Downes 01227 868028

Volunteer Services

Are you elderly or disabled and can't access public transport? Call the Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme on 01227 264743

Volunteers Needed

Whitstable Volunteer Car Scheme - Volunteer drivers needed to take elderly or disabled to appointments they can't miss. If you have time to volunteer please call 01227 264743

Whitstable Volunteer Centre - Volunteers recruited to work in many different charities. Contact volunteering@whitstablevc.org.uk or call 01227 772248

Do you have a little time to spare? Age Concern Whitstable are looking for volunteers who could help with any of the following: befriending, escorting on their mini bus, day centre helper or lead a health walk. Call Gill Ball on 01227 787313 or 07735556811, or email agecorecruiter@btinternet.com

LOCAL SERVICES

Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture - Nathalie Bachet - Member of the British Acupuncture Council - Gift vouchers available for acupuncture and facial revitalisation acupuncture. Please call Nathalie on 01227 265 708

Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Ear Candles, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage. In the comfort of your own home or in Debra's therapy room. Call Debra Maybourne, Holistic Therapist, 01227 276 881 or 07872 622 023

Reflexology at Sole Indulgence for stress reduction, relaxation & better health. "If you haven't tried it, it's a must do." Sarah, Whitstable. Gift vouchers available. New - Hot Stones Reflexology. Call Alison on 01227 272131 www.soleindulgence.co.uk

Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage. Treatment room in Whitstable; home visits within 3 mile radius. Gift vouchers, taster sessions and pamper events. Contact Liz Compton on 07931201148 or email CChasComp@aol.com

Hypnotherapy at Q Hypnotherapy, based in Whitstable. Details at www.Qhypnotherapy.co.uk. Call Lisa Barnett on 0800 612 8153

Hypnotherapy for Smoking is the least expensive within a 20 mile radius. Based in Chestfield. Call Peter Corrigan on 01227 792359 or email: peter.corrigan@tesco.net

Reflexology at Body Mind and SOLE - Denise Fasulo, MAR (Member of the Association of Reflexologists). Professional treatment in pleasant surroundings. Call Whitstable 01227 275855

THE ACUPUNCTURE PLACE, WHITSTABLE - Acupuncture for pain relief, migraines, sciatica, back pain. Specialising in gynaecogical, fertility and IVF support. Member of BAcC. Contact: Amanda Thomas Tel:01227 265082 Mob:07763 566710 www.acupunctureplace.co.uk

THE HOLISTIC HEALTH PLACE, WHITSTABLE - Treatments available for adults & children. Homeopathy, Craniosacral Therapy, QX Allergy & Health Testing. Contact: Annette Stein - Tel:01227 265082 Mob:07813778027

Beauticians

Bbeautiful - your local mobile beauty therapist. Facials, Waxing, Manicures, Pedicures and Lash/Brow Tints in the comfort of your own home. Bridal make-up and occassional make-up packages, Pamper parties and gift vouchers are available. Contact Rachel on Tel: 01227 272 579 Mob: 07784 223287

Cake Making

Chrissie's Kitchen - cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. Beautiful, delicious cakes for birthdays, weddings, christenings - any special occasion, or just because you fancy a treat! Call Chrissie on 07511 009 757

Carers

Tender Loving Carers Domiciliary Ltd - Providers of Personal and Domestic Care to the elderly and younger less able within the community. For a FREE, no obligation assessment and enquiry, please call on 01227 772515. For employment opportunities please also call the number above. www.tenderlovingcarers.com

Childcare

Jo Jo's Day Care Nursery - Full Day care for 2-4 year olds. Open Monday - Friday 08:00 - 16:00 for 47 weeks of the year. Sessions and Full day care available. For a no obligation visit, please feel free to come to a 'Play and Stay' session. Call: 01227 264213 or 07834421171. www.jojosdaynursery.co.uk

Computer Repair

Whitstable Computer Repair - All types of help with your PC, no call-out fee within 10 mile radius of Whitstable. Very competitive rates. www.WhitstableComputerRepair.co.uk or call 0800 224 8824

Counselling

Whitstable Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. Feeling unable to cope and need somebody to talk to and think things through? Contact Deborah Gibbons on 01227 261159. Reduced rates for unemployed or those on low incomes

Curtain Making

Affordable bespoke curtain and blind making service. Free estimates and measuring service. Co-ordinated soft furnishings, kitchenware and fabric gifts. Fabric also available to buy. Call Karen Mansfield Originals 01795 535348 or 07903 193390

Dress Making

Silver Belles and Cockle Shells - Bespoke couture, beautiful and elegant gowns for every occassion; for all ages, shapes and sizes. Fancy dress (eg Abba costumes) also available. All hand-made to order. Contact Heather@conroy.co.uk or call 07864 112294

Local Lettings

Ivy Lodge - Newly-refurbished luxury studio, located at the bottom of Borstal Hill, off-street parking, sleeps 2-4 adults, cot available, 5 minute walk to town, 10 to beach. Courtyard garden, air conditioning, Sky, wireless broadband and more. Prices start from £195. For rates and availability call 0800 955 7973.

'Stowaways' Holiday Cottage - Newly-renovated, comfortable 2-bedroom accommodation available for short breaks or weekly lets. Central, 2 mins from town centre, beach & harbour. For photos search well-known internet site for 'Whitstable Holiday Cottage' or call 01227 264719

Parties

Candles and Home Accessories? Quality fragrant candles in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Tri-Glow Reed Diffusers. Have an evening/coffee morning with friends and host a candle party. Monthly Hostess/Guest specials. Call: Karen 07956 575980 www.candlesulite.com

Bbeautiful - your local mobile beauty therapist. Facials, Waxing, Manicures, Pedicures and Lash/Brow Tints in the comfort of your own home. Bridal make-up and occassional make-up packages, Pamper parties and gift vouchers are available. Contact Rachel on Tel: 01227 272 579 Mob: 07784 223287

Recycling/Waste Reduction

Help with all aspects of recycling www.recycle-more.co.uk The Freecycle Network - www.freecycle.org

Council Services - Recycling Information: 01227 862 247; Recycling Collections, Banks, Sacks; Domestic Refuse Collection; Dog Fouling: 0800 031 9091; or email environmentalhelpdesk@canterbury.serco.com

Retailers

Sunlock Blinds - Blinds for home conservatory or office. Made to measure, vertical, venetians, wooden, rollers, fly-screens, outside canopies. Home visits arranged, free no obligation quotes. Free fitting service. Family-run business 32 years, 01227 281191; 07828 564082

Weddings

Wedding Singer - Make your day really special with beautiful classical music - available for weddings, christenings and any special occasion. Call Christina on 07511 009 757 or listen at www.myspace.com/christinabosanko

Silver Belles and Cockle Shells - Bespoke couture, beautiful and elegant gowns for every occassion, for all ages, shapes and sizes. Hand made to order. Contact Heather@conroy.co.uk or call 07864 112294

StuArt Photography - Available for weddings & special occasions; studio bookings or in the comfort of your own home. Call for pricing or booking on 07922 535 438

Beautiful wedding cakes made to your specification. Go to www.chrissies-kitchen.co.uk or call Chrissie to arrange an appointment on 07511 009 757.

FURTHER AFIELD

Holiday Lets

Italy - B&B and Self Catering accommodation, near to the beaches, mountains and hilltop towns of Abruzzo. Go to www.shanticentre.com or call 003 908 587 08 273 for further information

Relaxing breaks

ONE space remaining on the special HALF PRICE yoga holiday at Shanticentre, Italy in September. £225 for a week of yoga, sunshine, delicious home grown food and tranquillity. To book, go to www.shanticentre.com or call 003 9 08 587 08 273

Art of Living Foundation (Sri Sri Ravi shankar) Part One Course at Shanticentre, Italy led by Craig Pruess, world-renowned musician and composer (who wrote 'Sacred Chants of Siva', 'Mother Divine', the score to 'Bend it Like Beckham', 'Bhaji on the Beach' and has arranged music for Madonna, Massive Attack, Sir Cliff Richard and many more) September 6-9. For all info please go to www.shanticentre.com and click on 'contact us', or call 003 9 08 587 08 273

Luxury yoga holiday at Casa Mimosa with Stephanie Shanti. A week of yoga and relaxation in a beautifully restored farmhouse in Abruzzo, the unspoilt region of Italy, with stunning views of the mountains and luxury swimming pool. To book, go to www.houses-in-italy and click on Activity Holidays.

Deadline for listings in the July issue will be Monday June 22

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