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“Estate agents – Go back to the office and sell homes!” the Government said!

Well it came as a big surprise on the Tuesday evening but because we are a family business we were able to respond and react extremely quickly.

The same evening, I went to the office to make sure the heating was on (our office is north facing so very cool) and prepared the office for working Covid-19 safe, implementing the guidelines for clients and staff.

So, at 08:30 Wednesday morning, while other more corporate companies were having meetings about how and when they could/would open, talking to staff, moving desks etc. We were in the office ready and raring to go!

As an owner run independent we are always able to move fast with decision making, which can often keep us way ahead of our competitors.

With respect of the property market going forward — We can say with great conviction that is definitely busy with enquiries on most properties, there are more coming on and more going under offer. That’s the here and now. Going forward – as a straight-forward and genuine agent, all I can say is – who knows!? We are in uncharted waters.

So, all we can do is make hay while the sun shines! We are ready and very keen to sell homes of all sizes in all areas and are currently taking on new members of the team to help with this.

Please contact us at [email protected] or visit www.kmjproperty.co.uk

David Johnson
Managing Director
KMJ Property

Uh Oh Milo! Picture Books by Kate Wogan

We’re thrilled to have the first three books in this fantastic series to give to one lucky winner!  To be in with a chance of winning, visit our Competitions Page for more information.

As two brand new picture books in the Uh Oh Milo! series launch we caught up with author, Kate Wogan, to find out more about her motivation for writing the books. Kate told us:

“My books are all based on my children and our experiences together. They are both older now and pretend they find it a bit embarrassing, but I know they are proud of the books. Milo and Mary are based on them but their grannies, my own wonderful Mum and my Mother-in-law are far more glamourous than the granny in the books.

Milo and Mary’s granny is actually based on my mother’s mum, my Granny. She was quietly awesome and had a way of making everything seem magical and fun, even on the dullest of days. I don’t remember her ever being flustered or cross.

Each book features a different Mischief Maker, based on a mythological creature, who gives Milo, Mary and Granny a different childhood challenge to tackle. I had great fun thinking these up and was inspired by a fairy stories book I’ve had since I was a little girl.

The first three books explore table manners, politeness and playing well together – three things I’m sure most parents can relate to and might need a light-hearted bit of help with too.

Finally, I think it’s really important to bring fun into stories for pre-schoolers, so you’ll see burps and pants and more in the series. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them and seeing them come to life!”

For more information on Kate and the Uh Oh Milo series of books you can visit www.uhohmilo.com

LOCAL AUTHOR SCOOPS TWO BOOK AWARDS FOR DEBUT CHILDREN’S NOVEL

Local Sevenoaks children’s author Jemma Hatt has won two book awards this week for her debut novel.

The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle was announced as the winner of the 2020 Children’s Selfies Award during an online ceremony on 30th March, with a prize of £1000. The judging panel was made up of Jill Coleman, director of children’s books at BookTrust, author Ken Wilson-Max, and Moon Lane Ink CIC bookseller Meera Ghanshamdas.

Additionally, The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle won the top prize Gold Award in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, in the books for ages 9-12 category. The award was judged by children across six primary and secondary schools and was announced on 1st April.

The first book in The Adventurers Series follows cousins Lara and Rufus, their Border collie Barney and friend Tom in a hunt for ancient Egyptian treasure hidden in Cornwall’s Kexley Castle.

“It’s an absolute honour to win two very different awards,” said Jemma, “one judged by industry professionals and the other by young readers. Publishing The Adventurers Series has been one of the greatest adventures of my life so far and it has been wonderful to receive such amazing recognition and support. I’m also grateful to the many local children who have read my books!”

“I’m very fortunate to have worked with my cover designer Andrew Smith who has illustrated beautiful covers for all three books in the series so far, and with my editor Amanda Horan who helps polish my story ideas into the best that they can be.”

Since becoming a published author, Jemma has run local writing workshops for children, as well as holding a book signing event at WHSmith in Bluewater. The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle and its sequel The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure are available now. The third instalment in the series, The Adventurers and the City of Secrets, will be released on 7th April.

Jemma’s website: www.jemmahatt.com
Facebook: @jemmahattauthor
Twitter: @jemmahatt
Instagram: @jemmahatt

Tigeropolis, by R. D. Dikstra, is an acclaimed series of fun books for children, following the adventures of a family of vegetarian tigers running a vast wildlife reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas.  Children can now join the adventure in the new tigeropolis app game!

The game is available for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and is free on the App store with a recommended age of 4+ years.  The game takes about 20-30 minutes to play through, during which players have to help tiger cub Bittu get the word out that “the tigers are back in Tigeropolis!”

There is only one way to get the news out to the waiting world.  Bittu has to get some tourists to take a picture of him at a famous viewpoint.

Sounds simple … but the game starts with Bittu at home, snug in the family cave with his mum and sister.  He needs to get out, learn to roar, find out where the tourists are, have a scheme to get them to follow his tracks, oh and and make sure they have a camera ready to take that all important picture (they don’t).

For more information have a look here on youtube, and dont’ forget to visit our Competitions Page for your chance to win a signed copy of the latest book and a tigeropolis activity pack! (Closing Date midnight on the 30th April 2020 – T&Cs apply)

Time School
We Will Remember Them
By Nikki Young

We have a copy to give away to one luck winner, head over to our Competitions Page for more information

When you’re running late for school, then you find your usual train has turned into an old steam train, you know it’s not going to be a normal day.

What you don’t expect, is that it will be a ‘take you back in time’ sort of day.

Jess, Nadia, Tomma and Ash find themselves spending the day at Hickley School one hundred years in the past. They are told stories of bombings, hunger, and fighting, from fellow pupil, Martha, the only person willing to speak to them.

After their time travel adventure, they work out the significance of the year, 1918, and plot to go back. They want to experience a significant moment in history and Jess wants to see Martha again. Not knowing why or how, Jess feels a connection to Martha, and an obligation towards her that she can’t explain.

Going back in time has its risks. Once you go back, there’s no way of knowing if you’ll be able to make it home.

About the author:

Nikki Young is a freelance writer, copywriter and author. She lives in Kent with her husband, three children, a crazy Boston Terrier dog called, Barnie and a rescue cat named, Oscar. She is the author of ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ an adventure story aimed at seven to nine year-olds and reluctant readers.

Nikki also writes health-related articles, reviews and recipes on her blog, ‘A free-from life’. This blog was a finalist in the 2017 UK Allergy Blog Awards, recognising its provision of health information for food allergy and intolerance sufferers.

Her background is in nutrition, so maintaining a healthy, happy family is extremely important to her. Having a son and a husband, both with different dietary needs has been a challenge and one which has tested her knowledge.

As well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction, Nikki runs Storymakers, a creative writing club for children, which provides weekly courses and holiday workshops for children aged seven and above.

ESSENTIAL DETAILS
Title: Time School: We Will Remember Them (Second, Revised Edition)
Author: Nikki Young
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Hashtag Press
Publication: World Book Day – March 5th 2020
Availability: Paperback & eBook
ISBN: 9781916161764
Page count: 112
Price: £6.99
Twitter: nikki_cyoung
Facebook:
facebook.com/Nikkiyoungwriter
Website: www.nikkiyoung.co.uk
Press folder: bit.ly/TimeSchoolPR
Online profile: www.literallypr.com/public_relations/file/Nikki-Young.php

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Kent Baby Matters

If you have had a baby and breastfeed, you will no doubt have an understanding of how challenging it might be. We do not live in a society where we are surrounded by breastfeeding so it is possible that when we hold our own baby, it could be the first time we have seen a baby go to the breast. Learning a new skill is hard and the support breastfeeding counsellors and lactation consultants can give families is invaluable at this time.

Since we opened our breastfeeding drop-in clinic in Hope Church in May 2018 and then at Tonbridge Baptist Church in November of that year, we have supported over 1500 families with many returning again and again.

Between the four specialists who run our drop-in groups we have over 40 years of experience supporting families with infant feeding. Mums come to see us with a variety of concerns ranging from painful feeding, engorgement, mastitis through to assessment of tongue tie. The groups are a safe place for new mums to try breastfeeding out of the house, maybe for the first time or to be around other mothers who are feeding and experiencing the same issues.

We are not funded through the NHS or County Council, so we rely on funds raised through small grants and donations. Currently we have enough funding to keep the doors open until the end of March.

The breastfeeding specialists alongside our dedicated team of volunteers are running Mother’s Day events. At Tonbridge Baptist Church on March 17th and at Hope Church on March 20th we will be holding pamper events for new parents where a range of treatments will be on offer alongside a photographer and local retail businesses. Throughout February and March we are also running a raffle with lots of amazing prizes up for grabs. This is in addition to the normal breastfeeding and sling support services. If you would like to see our service continue, whether you have used us in the past or are needing us currently, do come along and join us.

Raffle tickets can be purchased now by donating to our JustGiving page or visiting our groups https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westkentbabymatters

Like our Facebook page for all fundraising information and contact Karen with any questions or to purchase pamper event treatment tickets at [email protected] or 07951600777

H is still breastfeeding and it’s been the most wonderful experience. Your support and passion has helped beyond measure.”

“You’ve given me confidence to continue breastfeeding mindfully, I cannot thank you enough.”

“You and your team are amazing. Thank you again for your help with E’s tongue tie. Breastfeeding is finally pleasurable.”

You can also follow the QR code if you would like to contribute:

www.successfulmums.co.uk

 

Thinking of starting a business but not sure what to do first?  Feeling overwhelmed and just need to make it happen?

Join us for our fun, friendly and professional Business Start-up Course to provide you with confidence and clarity to get started and be your own boss. This course is fully funded (free) subject to the eligibility criteria.

About the course
This course will provide the 12 simple steps when starting a business. We provide you with a business plan template to help you gain clarity and create an action plan to get started. With connections to business experts, the latest digital and social media skills alongside a group of like-minded supportive mums, this friendly and practical course will help turn your ideas into reality.

 

  • The course covers a range of topics including:
  • The 12 steps to starting a business
  • How to write a business plan
  • The legal options when starting a business
  • Confidence techniques as a business woman
  • Branding for you and your business
  • How to gain your first 20 customers
  • Communication tools to connect with customers digitally
  • Creating Social Media platforms to build your online profile
  • Writing your first blog
  • Keeping your business safe online
  • Financial forecasting and making a profit
  • Connections to local influencers
  • Staying on track and achieving your goals

We have some fantastic Guest Speakers lined up for you to share their experience, tips and answer your questions.

There will be some homework outside of the workshops. This will include completing workbooks, listening to podcasts and watching key videos to help you on your journey to self-employment (full support will be provided).

The course will start on the following dates. Please note in your diary:
Monday 24th February & Thursday 27th February
Monday 2nd March & Thursday 5th March
Monday 9th March & Thursday 12th March
Monday 16th March & Thursday 19th March
Monday 23rd March & Thursday 26th March
Monday 30th March & Thursday 2nd April

This course is funded by LSDN in partnership with Successful Mums. You are required to meet all of the first three points of the eligibility criteria below as well as either points 4, 5 or 6.

  1. Be over 19 years old
  2. Live in a Kent Borough
  3. Have proof of residency in the UK/EU for at least three years.
  4. Be unemployed or on a career break OR
  5. Be in receipt of a benefit such as job seekers OR
  6. Be employed/self-employed and earning up to £16k per year
  7. We provide support for anyone with additional requirements and we welcome dads, non parents and carers too.

Book today!

About Successful Mums
We have supported over 5,000 women back to work or to start a business. You can read over 1,000 positive reviews and stories across our website and social media platforms to find out how Successful Mums has supported 5,000 back to work and find their MOJO. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on LinkedIn.

The course will result in an accredited qualification. This course is funded by LSDN in partnership with Successful Mums.

Book your place today and one of the team will be in touch to talk you through the next steps.  Please Click here for more information and to book your place

 

Creams Cafe is celebrating two years since bringing its flamboyant, delicious desserts to Tunbridge Wells with an extravagant birthday party on the 8th February.

Giving back to its sweet-toothed customers, and to commemorate the anniversary of its opening, the team will be giving away 1,000 scoops of its most popular gelato – Bubblegum Blue – for the first thousand lucky customers who walk through its door during a family-fun filled day with balloons and music. Little ones are sure to have fun – the kids soft play area will be open all day, and Paige the children’s entertainer will also be on hand with plenty of fancy-dress costumes.

Not only that, as a thank you to the local community for the support, the business is offering 20% off the entire menu between 8th and 9th February**. To redeem this tasty offer, simply visit in-store, available from Creams Tunbridge Wells Facebook page.

Creams Tunbridge Well’s team of 50 employees have dished up almost 90,000 sweet treats for local customers since opening, including a mind-boggling 34,000 waffles topped with an array of sweets, chocolates and sauces; and an impressive 105,000 scoops of gelato, including 7,000 scoops of the top selling Bubble Gum Blue flavour.

Lauren Haslewood, Marketing Director for Creams said: ‘We are thrilled be celebrating Creams Tunbridge Wells’ second birthday. It has been an amazing two years! I would personally like to thank the fantastic team for all their hard work serving up delicious desserts and the local community for supporting us. We look forward to serving up even more treats over the coming years. We can’t wait to celebrate this milestone on 8th February, everybody is welcome!’

Creams Dessert Café is the UK’s leading dessert restaurant brand with outlets nationwide. With vegan and gluten-free options available, Creams’s everyday celebrations cater to everyone. Thick milkshakes, smoothies and soda floats, plus teas and coffees accompany the dessert extravaganza.

LITTLE STREET SCHOOLS VOUCHER SCHEME 2020

Little Street are launching an exciting new voucher scheme offering schools and nurseries FREE educational visits at our award winning role play centres. 30 lucky schools across Surrey, Kent and West Sussex will receive free exclusive hire sessions during the summer term, worth over £6500. 30 further schools will have the opportunity to visit at the reduced price of £99, saving over £100. All qualifying participants will also receive a raffle prize for their school.

Educational trips at Little Street are already popular, with many schools visiting on an annual basis. Role play is linked to the EYFS and our centres provide a great link to the curriculum topic ‘People who help us’. Lambrookschool are frequent visitors, here’s what their reception teacher Beth Brennan has to say:

“Little Street is a brilliant concept. We have been delighted to see our Reception children thoroughly enjoy this venue. It is a fantastic trip for many reasons – so many Areas of Learning are evident when the children explore. The children absolutely love going – they adore the role play opportunities and as a teacher, it is interesting to observe which areas they enjoy the most.”

Vouchers are available to all parents visiting Little Street from 3rd Feb – 31st March, with one voucher issued per paying child. Vouchers can be collected at Little Street centres in Frimley, West Byfleet, Horsham (Rudgwick), Chichester, Sevenoaks and Maidstone. Each venue is offering 5 free educational trips, so the first 5 schools to collect 100 vouchers and deliver them to their chosen venue will receive a free exclusive hire. The promotion is open to primary schools and nurseries.

For more information on Little Street, please visit www.little-street.co.uk or contact me for further details on the schools voucher scheme.

Little Izzy Wizzy

Our finest in hand crochet baby wear and accessories are designed to suit every special occasion, whether you are expecting your own baby, baby shower party to attend, Christening, Christmas, Easter, or as pregnancy announcement gift to grandparents-to-be.

They would make a beautiful handmade gift, unique and memorable for your little bundle of joy.

All of our products are lovingly designed, hand made and packed with love and care for you.

Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram to get the update of our new product launch, discount code and give away.

For more information you can also visit our website at www.littleizzywizzy.com

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If you haven’t already entered our competition to win a wonderful pair of baby booties courtesy of Little Izzy Wizzy, you can do so here