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Ivy Court Surgery

Moving in Day!
Saturday 6 February 2021
Ivy Court Surgery

Vicki's Bridal Boutique

East Cross, Tenterden
More info coming soon ... 
Vicki's Bridal Boutique

Valentines Day & Love Local Day

Featuring a different shop/business every day until Sun 14 Feb
Support Love Local Day and all our wonderful local shops & businesses, find out more >>> here

Keli Nolan-Lyons, Tenterden Town Co-ordinator, Tenterden Town Council says "Spreading a little love in the run up to Feb 14th not only Valentine's Day but also the national #LoveLocalDay.

Takeaways and Valentines Day

Download these useful lists:
Takeaways, Home Deliveries & Useful Information >>> here
High Street shops & local businesses - opening hours >>> here

Badsha Indian Restaurant

West Cross Tenterden
Open every day for takeaways including Sat/Sun, evenings 5pm to 10pm. Home deliveries up to 3 miles free of charge, over 3 miles to 5 miles charge £2.50 every delivery. Special promotion, 10% off on all online orders Monday-Thursday. Home delivery areas: Tenterden, St Michaels, High Halden, Bethersden, Appledore, Woodchurch, Wittersham, Rolvenden, Newenden, & a few other local villages.  More info and download menu >>> here
Badsha Indian Restaurant

Ozgur Turkish Restaurant

Open for takeaways every evening Mon-Sun 5-9pm. Free local delivery. VALENTINES DAY takeaway meal for two people £39.95, Selection of Mixed Turkish Meze's, Chargrilled Chicken or Lamb Fillet served with Rice, Salad & mushroom sauce, Homemade Desserts, Bottle of Turkish wine >>> more  
Ozgur Turkish Restaurant

The Woolpack

VALENTINES Dinner Box. Order online by 3pm Tues 9 Feb for collection between 12 noon and 4pm on Sunday 14th February, from The Woolpack, Tenterden. "Our special Valentine’s dinner box is ideal for a romantic night in. You can enjoy a Valentine’s date night at home with our four-course gourmet recipe box. All dishes will be freshly prepared by our chefs on the day of collection. Simple cooking instructions will be provided for each dish so you can finish and present your Valentine’s meal in the comfort of your own home. Our 4-course Valentine's Dinner box is £95 suitable for 2 people to share and includes a bottle of Saignée, 2018. Our Balfour Saignée, 2018 is part of our winery's small parcel Winemaker Collection, named after the Saignée method of rosé production, something rarely used for sparkling wines. Saignée has a unique herby character of crushed rose petals, dried fennel and thyme with a wonderful tannic grip. A true gastronomic wine of elegance and substance that rewards pairing with food. Our Valentine's dinner boxes are available for collection only." See the menu here
Valentine's Dinner Box

The Latte Lounge

Coombe Lane, Tenterden
Now open every Saturday 11am-3pm with lots of goodies for you to enjoy (savoury croissants with various fillings, toasties with various fillings, homemade cakes & brownies, plain/fruit/cheese scones, selection of pastries, selection of hot & cold drinks). Special Lockdown VALENTINES DAY boxes. Valentines Day savoury box and box of brownie bites for two £26, collection only Saturday 13th February, must order in advance. Personalised Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes for that special person in your life £20 collection only Saturday 13th February >>> more 

And coming soon... Mothers Day afternoon tea boxes
The Latte Lounge brownies
The Latte Lounge savouries

Old Dairy Brewery News

OLD DAIRY BREWERY NEWS
Introducing Pilgrims Pale Ale
Help support your local hospice by ordering a few bottles today on the Old Dairy website or pop down to the Brewery Shop in Tenterden Station Yard. These are challenging times for all of us and charities are suffering along with the rest of us. Pilgrims Hospices have sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate and care for the community of east Kent. They need to raise £11m each year through charitable events and donations to help fund their vital clinical services. Obviously, many fundraising opportunities are not currently possible, however the charity are Still Here, Still Caring here for the local community. The past 11 months have been an unexpectedly difficult time for the hospice. Sadly, the charity had to ask most of the dedicated volunteers to stay safely at home, close retail shops and cancel or adapt many of their fundraising activities.

"We have decided to do what we can to help them, in agreement with the hospice, and in the only way we know how and have brewed a beer specifically to help raise funds for them. We will be donating 15p directly to Pilgrims Hospices from every bottle of beer sold. Help support your local hospice by ordering a few bottles today" >>> order info here
Old Dairy Brewery - Pilgrims Pale Ale

Tenterden Community Land Trust

Providing genuinely affordable homes for the local community
Read the latest Bulletin Feb 2021 below

Introduction
Although in the present circumstances it has not been easy to make progress in the way many of us had hoped, I want to bring Members and supporters of Tenterden Community Land Trust (TCLT) up to date with some of the things that have happened over the past few months together with issues that the Board are considering at the moment.

Housing Needs Survey
The key message in the survey results was that there is a demonstrable need for affordable housing in Tenterden. Let me emphasise how important this fact is. A well conducted survey has been carried out using recognised methods by a highly competent organisation, and its findings must now be recognised by central and local government, by planners, developers, social housing providers, banks, and, if it needed reminding, by our community.

Those of us who have lived in Tenterden for some time know how difficult it is for our children to find an affordable home here. Even young professionals who come to take up jobs here can find it difficult. Another finding was that older people who want to downsize their accommodation cannot find housing of an appropriate size. If we do not strive to address these issues our community will become progressively unbalanced and its character will suffer. Many of us have suspected that the affordability and availability of housing in Tenterden for local people needs addressing. Now we have the evidence to prove that is the case.

The Survey with its results, together with TCLT’s Response to it, can be found on the TCLT website. I encourage everyone to have a look, take its findings to heart and join us.

TCLT Policy Development
We have adopted two policies to guide our future working. The first concerns engagement with developers and landowners. The overriding need, given the results of the Housing Needs Survey, is to find a site to develop. To do so, we have to engage with people who are in a position to bring that about. Without such a declared policy, TCLT, as a community membership body, could encounter objections to holding such discussions. The second policy was to define the role and responsibilities of the Chair, an important part of making TCLT a business-like organisation. Both policies can be viewed >>> here

Annual General Meeting
We have been concerned at the practicalities of holding the AGM during the pandemic. Fortunately, given the date of our formation, the AGM does not need to be held just yet. The due date is within 6 months of the 31st March 2021. Whilst we hope that within that timescale it will be possible to meet physically, we are in the process of changing our Rules so that we can hold an AGM virtually if need be. We have been advised we do not need to confirm that change through the AGM itself.

Membership
We want to achieve a substantial and growing membership. We would like a large pool of energy and ideas. Please encourage others to join, and if you have indicated to us you wish to join, please get in touch and complete the necessary form. Many of you have already paid your £1 or more for membership, and only need to complete and return a membership form to become a member and have a vote. We are looking for members to join the Steering Group with a view to moving onto the Board. We need a range of talents and most of all, enthusiasm and commitment.

Looking for a Site
We are open minded about the precise location of a site. The key requirement that it enables us to develop housing which is truly affordable. With the research we have done, it has become more evident that a TCLT development could be small scale of perhaps 10 – 12 houses on what is called a rural exception site. These are sites which would not normally be developed but are justified because of the proven need for affordable housing in a rural community.

There could be more than one such site, although we will probably only have the resources to find and develop one site at a time. We would also consider other forms of development, such as taking on affordable housing on an allocated development site. It seems this is less likely to happen, as developers often like arrangements with established housing associations to do this.

Wherever the site or sites may be, there is likely to be an element of controversy. In a special place like Tenterden, that is to be expected. But if we are to preserve both a sense of fairness and of continuity in our community, and preserve its character, sympathetic development is vital.

Some of you may think that, given the results of the Housing Needs Survey, 10-12 houses will not address the scale of the problem. We say it will be 10-12 local families who are housed who would not otherwise be housed, and that unless we make a start, nothing will happen.

The Board welcomes approaches from members of the public or landowners with suggestions of particular sites. There would need to be discussions with the Ashford Borough Council planners, and not all sites will be suitable to proceed to application, let alone permission, but we are going to start the process of site selection. As I say, any thoughts welcome.

Who will TCLT house?
The basic proposition is that TCLT will provide truly affordable housing for local people. How to define local people? The Board have begun work on a set of criteria based on years of residence and other forms of local connection. We have also said we would like to house key workers, but what is a key worker? The experience of Covid-19 suggests the definition should be widely drawn.

We will consult the membership and the Town and Borough Councils on the TCLT Allocation policy, including any such criteria, in due course. In the meantime, thoughts from any reader on the definition of “local people” and “key worker” are welcome.

Finally, do keep in touch with us with your ideas. This project is very much about the future of our community which is important to all of us.

Mark Ellender
Chair TCLT

Download a PDF of this Bulletin  >>> here
Download Membership form, it's ONLY £1 to join, please help us >>> here

Forty Days of Prayer

Continues...
A series on the Lord’s Prayer from Churches Together in Tenterden. Each day there will be a short reflection on a phrase from the prayer. The churches taking part are: St Mildreds / St Michaels / Smallhythe Churches, Zion Baptist Church, St Andrews Church and the Methodist Church >>> more
Forty Days of Prayer
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