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In 2012, after twenty years of teaching aquatic skills both abroad and in the UK, Penny Watkins founded Aqualife Swimming in Sevenoaks. It has now become once of the most popular and highly recommended independent swim schools in the area. Here, Penny tells us why swimming is an essential life skill for any child, as well as explaining some of the unique and holistic techniques that Aqualife use to teach children and adults to swim. LEARN TO SWIM AND SAVE YOUR LIFE With so many extra-curricular activities and sports to

It’s the start of a new year and with this comes a new term at Make Believe Sevenoaks too. Here, children between the ages of 3-18 can learn how to SING, ACT & DANCE. Make Believe is a place where young people can express their feelings and emotions in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment as they participate in a creative and feel-good hobby. At Make Believe everyone is a winner – providing classes for young people aged 3-18, our students benefit from a complete performing arts education which helps

Thank you to the Pretty Edible Stylist for sharing this delicious vegan recipe – perfect for warming up in January! One of my kitchen-saviours for when time is tight? Garlic, ginger and lemongrass you can buy ready-chopped or as a paste in jars. So handy for everyday cooking as they save so much time and effort in the kitchen. You can also find red chilli this way but I’m quite particular about the pleasure eating the fresh stuff brings! (If you do decide to use the jar method, 1 teaspoon from

If you’re doing dry January, then congratulations… you’re over half way there! To give you a helping hand and to get you through the final days here’s our non-alcoholic drinks review. Cheers to that! If you like beer then you shouldn’t be disappointed! The big brands and even some of the artisan breweries are wising up to how popular non-alcoholic beer has become. Gone are the days when only Becks Blue sits on the shelves! Coming top of the charts and a firm favourite of ours is Brewdog’s Nanny State.

Naturopathic Nutritionist, Kiowa Reynolds shares 7 steps we can take to build a stronger immune system in our children… Recurrent infections, colds, flu, gastrointestinal bugs, ear infections, constant runny noses. Sound familiar? This seems to be expected with children nowadays, and while it is an important lesson for your child’s developing immune system to contract certain pathogens and diseases in order to evolve their immune response and reducing the risk of further illness in the future, it should not mean that children are frequently fighting infections. There is a lot

Research has shown that a bad divorce can have a deep and lasting impact on children, begging the question why parents are still not embracing alternative less adversarial options open to them? It doesn’t take a degree in child psychology to know that family breakdowns have a profound influence on the children involved. Divorce is increasingly prevalent in society yet studies show that the negative effect on children caught up in family feuds is no less intense than it was years ago when divorce was far rarer. The damage is

We hear from Sandra Elston, a healer trained in Usui Reiki, Crystal Healing and Energy Healing… As I sit here writing this article it is close to Christmas and it’s snowing. I love snow. I find it wonderful, magical and mesmerising. The logical part of me knows that snow is an absolute pain to travel in, and I will be happier when my family are home from work and school. But I still love it, especially when I am warm and indoors watching it! The world is stiller and calmer

INGREDIENTS 125g rye flour 125g spelt flour 250g honey  (I prefer to use English set honey slightly warmed up in a “bain Marie”) 240ml warm water 1 tsp bicarbonate soda 1.5 tsp mixed winter spices (ground cinnamon, ground or grated nutmeg and ground ginger) METHOD Prep Time: 15mins + 1hour for mix to rest Cooking time: 30-45mins Preheat oven at 150°C (thermostat 5) In a large mixing bowl, pour all of the ingredients Mix well but not for too long or you may end up with a slightly rubbery texture

  How do you explain Close to Hand? Close to Hand is an online community that connects seniors with local people to lend a helping hand. It is designed to make it easy for people to arrange help and companionship at the same time as enabling local people to find flexible work that is meaningful. We’re believers in good old-fashioned community spirit and we’re using technology to bring people together. What sparked the idea? I launched the website in the Autumn of this year. I could see a real lack

This is a jazzed-up version of bubble and squeak and can be adapted to finish up all sorts of leftover vegetables, though parsnips, sprouts and bacon is a particularly satisfying combination. A poached or fried egg or sausages would be a good addition. Ingredients 200g parsnips, peeled & cut into even-sized pieces (alternatively, use leftover boiled, steamed or roasted parsnips) 3 tbsp olive oil 300–400g potatoes, peeled & cut into even-sized pieces 200g Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced Polenta flour (or use ordinary

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