Local Businesses

Working together with the local community has always been important to us, and even more so in light of recent events. We believe that by forging good relationships with businesses within the area, we can all genuinely benefit.

Castles Removals
Removals & Storage

At Castles we know that household removals are supposed to be the 3rd most stressful event in our lives after death and divorce. We aim to make the whole moving process from your old house to your new home, stress free.

We can offer you the complete removal package, if you are moving from a bedsit, flat, semi-detached house and are upgrading to a detached property, a cottage, a barn conversation or maybe a penthouse suite whether it is private, company, corporate or an executive relocations, Castle can cover all scenarios for you

Whether you are moving locally, Nationally, European or Worldwide, choose Castles – where we know everyone’s home is their Castle.

Greenstone Chartered Surveyors
Surveyors

Greenstone Surveyors is an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors with offices in Folkestone and Canterbury, covering all of East Kent.

We carry out a range Survey and Valuation work including:

  • RICS Homebuyer Reports
  • RICS Building Surveys
  • Valuations
  • Investment and Development advice
  • General property consultancy
Northbourne Park School
School
  • A small school with excellent pastoral care and a family feel.
  • Top academic results both for the Kent Grammar School Test and Scholarships to Senior Schools, rated excellent in the 2017 ISI inspection.
  • Bespoke learning to ensure every child reaches their potential.
  • The best start for your child with a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.
J.C.Farley Ltd
Kitchens & Bathrooms

Founded by James Charles Farley in 1928, Farleys began as a furniture business in Thanet. Throughout the years our core values have remained the same: quality of product, a high level of service, and a fair price.

Now run by its fourth generation of Farley, the business offers furniture, flooring, fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms from three locations across Kent.

Minters Of Deal
Removals & Storage

Minters of Deal have been providing removals and storage within the local area of Kent since 1920. Over the years, we have developed an excellent and recognisable reputation within our local community, by ensuring that we always provide professional, reliable and considerate moving solutions.

A high proportion of our business comes from customer appraisals and, as our affordable and reliable moving solutions are known for providing a quick and easy removal service, we have become a highly recommended removals company, particularly within the Kent area.

NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield
Insurance

Welcome to the NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield agency. 
Whilst our offices are based in the heart of Kent, we are also less than 40 mins from Central London.

Our homes and cars are amongst our most precious possessions. So it’s important they’re given the protection they deserve.

At NFU Mutual we’re proud that 9 out of 10 customers renew with us each year. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • We reward our loyal customers through a Mutual Bonus which provides a saving on the renewal premium of your General Insurance policy
  • Our offices in Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield are always on hand to offer a personal, local service
  • No hidden fees or admin charges
  • A 24-hour claims helpline with UK-based advisers.
Handelsbanken
Bank

Handelsbanken is a local relationship bank, built on satisfied customers, financial strength and sustainable values. We were established in 1871 in Sweden and in the UK we now have an extensive network of branches. We support local communities across the country, helping individuals and businesses with their financial needs. 

Our focus is on helping customers. We don’t believe in short-term bonuses and don’t have sales or product targets; instead we take a long-term view, investing time in getting to know our customers, their needs, dreams and ambitions. 

The handbook of our culture states: "Our advice must always be what is best for the customer, not what is most profitable for the Bank at the time."

We understand the impact we have on society, the environment and the financial market, and over many decades sustainable thinking has been an integral part of our everyday work. We aim to be a responsible contributor to the communities we serve, and work to make a positive difference wherever we can for our customers, our people and the environment. 

J & R Carpets
Flooring

We are a local family-run business with over 50 years' experience at our fingertips, specialising in a broad range of flooring, offering unbeatable prices. 

James Martin Chartered Building Surveyor
Surveyors

James Martin is an experienced Chartered Building & Party Wall Surveyor who provides independent bespoke advice, guidance and peace of mind to clients in a wide variety of property matters. Whether the property is a listed manor house, a rural farmhouse, a sea-side cottage or a modern city centre family home, we can provide help and advice in order to avoid any costly errors.

We recognise that each property is individual and our aim is to reach the most professional and cost-effective solutions for our clients. Over many years of practical experience and professional practice, we have gained extensive experience and specialist knowledge in a wide range of areas. We hold professional memberships of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building, together with memberships of a number of other construction related bodies.

Whether you are buying, building or renovating a property, or need some professional guidance in the event of a dispute, our focus is always on successful outcomes for our clients. Take a look at our range of surveying services – we welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Canterbury Auction Galleries
Antique Dealer

Well, don't say we don't spoil you. 

If Christmas is coming then it’s time to check out the amazing and unusual gift possibilities in the Canterbury Auction Galleries upcoming weekend sale of November 29-30. Unless, that is, you LIKE ‘fun’ novelty socks. 

The Christmas-aholic  

A lovely thing to hang on the wall in the festive season. This framed watercolour by artist, set designer and author Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) depicts a costume design for ‘The Three Kings - the coming of Christ’ - a play by John Masefield enacted in 1928 at Canterbury Cathedral. There’s a pencil inscription by the artist: "To Mrs Bell from C. Ricketts Whitsuntide 1928". She was the wife of Deal Bell. 

Ricketts was famed as a theatre designer, putting on everything from Shakespeare to Bernard Shaw and opera in London’s West End and was even offered the directorship of London’s National Gallery in 1915. 19ins x 13.5ins, estimate £800-£1,200 (Lot No. 503) 

Titled ‘Santa Maria Del Immacolata Concezione’, this oil from circa 1814 is attributed to Francois-Marius Granet (1775-1849). Granet is known to have painted a number of versions of this scene, one of which is in the Royal Collection. Framed, 26ins x 20ins, est £1,500-£2,000. (430)  

Too expensive? This seasonal 20thC Russian icon of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child has a gilt metal ‘oclad’ – the name given to the metal cover that both protects the icon and highlights the figures. 9ins x 7ins, est £100-£150 (753). There is also a collection of four similarly Christmassy Greek icons.   

The local-history buff 

These amazing books by Edward Hasted - The History and Topographical Survey of the County Of Kent - printed by Simmons & Kirby, Canterbury in 1778-1799, will provide hours of interest. The four volumes are rebound in 19th Century gilt-tooled leather.  Est £1,500-£2,000 (651)  

More local – and Christmassy – interest comes from this atmospheric oil painting of Canterbury Cathedral in the snow from the Friars. It’s by Jeremiah Hoad (1924-1999) a teacher at the Frank Hooker School in Canterbury.  The work was gifted to the vendor's father in 1963, where he too was a teacher. 

Framed, 24ins x 29.5ins est £400-£600 (477)  

The interiors queen  

Lalique glass is timelessly fab. This 'Formose' cased opalescent vase is numbered 934 and engraved ‘R’. At just under 7ins high it would look great in any setting. Est  

£800-£1,200 (647)  

If Chinese porcelain is more their thing, try this blue and white octagonal vase and cover from around 1630-1660 and decorated with a gorgeous garden scene. 14.5ins high overall, est £1,500-£2,000 (561)  

The entertainer 

What stood out for me in this smorgasbord of silver spoons were the fabulously-coloured silver-gilt enamelled ones in a Garrard & Co leather box. JUST the thing to stir morning coffee or afternoon tea at a get-together with friends. The lot of mixed silverware is estimated at just £150-£200 (101) 

And on that same jaunty table, they’ll NEED this red glass bee-shaped honey pot by Mappin & Webb, plus a silver spoon. We guess jthe bee would accept jam or marmalade.. Numbered 11518, it’s 7ins long and estimated at £100-£150 (126)  

Your love (she/her)  

This is for BIG love! A modern 5ct platinum ring with a humungous 5ct, brilliant-cut white diamond flanked by baguette-cut diamonds. Est £12,000-£14,000 (Hint: this will probably be a lot less than buying it in a shop). She’s worth it, you know… (135)  

Why not pair it with these very special diamond earrings for pierced ears? Each is laden  

with white diamonds totalling around 3.5ct. 40mm x 20mm, est £2,500-£3,000 (134)  

Wait! Her wrist is unadorned? Then she needs this 18ct white gold and diamond tennis bracelet, set with around 10ct in total of 40 white diamonds, plus two spare links. Unusually, each diamond is individually certificated. Yes, we do mean forty-two separate certificates  

Est £6,000-£8,000 (136)  

More affordable – and very lucky - is this 14ct gold seed pearl and enamelled brooch/pendant in the shape of a four-leaf clover, set with seed pearls and a central diamond.   27mm x 25mm, est £200-£300 (271)  

For horsey types, try this very collectable Hermes "La France" scarf, designed by Francoise de la Perriere in 1959. The centre is printed with the racehorse 'Nimbus' and surrounded by a blue border.  34.25 x 32.5ins. est £150-£200 (787) 

 Your love (he/him)  

Another standout gift for a watch enthusiast is this gold automatic one by Daniel Roth. This elegantly understated gem comes in an original box with paperwork, instruction manuals and insurance valuation. Est £13,000-£15,000 (401)  

And unfailingly popular and collectable is this Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust – one of two in the sales. This one is the Turn-o-graph and comes with the original inner and outer box and paperwork. Est £4,000-£6,000 (400)  

Less pricey and JUST what a chap needs in this cold weather is a hip flask. This Edward VII small silver hip flask comes with a silver-plated leather-covered flask so there's one for each of you. Est £100-£150 (51)  

In this digital age, the mark of a gentleman is to be awoken by a proper alarm clock – not an iPhone jingle. A businessman who travels a lot would love this classy Must de Cartier "Colisee" folding alarm clock in a gilt case. Est £300-£400 (842)  

The musician  

Here’s one for the would-be busker in your life. It’s a Phonofiddle – instead of a violin fingerboard it has a long flat one, and only one string! They were a feature in music halls in the 1900s, the majority of them made (as this one is) by A.T. Howson of London. The sound is amplified by the flared brass bell. And the sound? One blogger describes it thus: “depending on the talent of the player, anything from a ‘thin’ violin to an old ‘78 record, to a mosquito with a sore throat". 32.5ins long, est £100-£150 (771)  

The petrol head  

Someone out there will love this 16ins-long bronze model of an Aston Martin DB2 drop- head coupe by David Fryer. Made in the 1980s, it’s from a limited edition of 50 and comes on a polished hardwood stand and a certificate of authenticity from none other than Aston boss Sir David Brown.  

Est £400-£600 (984)  

You can’t go wrong with vintage toy cars and most of this collection is in mint condition. There are boxes from various makers, including 15 boxed Dinky Toys, plus IXO, Oro and many others. All you need to re-enact the A40 at rush hour.

Est £80-£120 (763) 

The art lover  

This dreamy signed watercolour 'The Maid and the Unicorn' by Edmund Dulac (1882 - 1953) appeared on the cover of 'The American Weekly' in April 1937, to illustrate an article on ancient myths.Just gorgeous. 13.25 x 12ins, framed, est £3,600-£4,000 (1001)  

Rather more challenging is this silver sculpture - ‘standing rabbit’ - by contemporary artist Marc Quinn (b.1964). When we say rabbit, we mean an engineered, cloned and nanonised sculpture based on a gutted rabbit carcass. It’s one of his ‘Meat Sculptures’ from 2003-4 and shown at London’s White Cube gallery. Number 61/100, 50mm high and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Quinn. Est £300-£500 (979)  

A tad more child-friendly are 24 original watercolour and gouache artworks by Kent legend Oliver Postgate (1925-2008) of Bagpuss and Noggin the Nog fame. They constitute the complete works for his book ‘Columbus: The Triumphant Failure’, published by Kingfisher Books in 1991. Most of the works are around 18ins x 32.25ins and ten are framed.  

Est £1,500-£2,000 (1010)  

The film buff 

 This would look drop-dead cool on nearly any wall. A 1969 film poster for Butch Cassidy and 

The Sundance Kid, by Tom Beauvais. It’s 30ins x 40ins and framed – est £600-£800 (1012). Also in the sale is a similar poster for The Cincinnati Kid, lot 1005.   

The political activist 

An amethyst, peridot and seed-pearl brooch in the suffragette manner. Many pieces of jewellery were created in the suffragette colours of green, white and violet to indicate ‘Give Women the Vote’. A lovely piece of female history and in its Catchpole & Williams of Grafton Street, London. 35mm x 20mm, est £200-£300 (247)  

The lady golfer 

Look no further than this gold brooch in the shape of a golf club with small green faceted stones on the handle and a small pearl ‘golf ball’. One of two bar brooches, the other with a central sapphire and diamonds. Est of £180-£200 (289) 

The fine craft lover  

This is both rare and useful: a Franco-Flemish brass-mounted rosewood, and oyster-veneered strong box from the late 17th/early 18th Century. The hinged top and drop-down front reveals two drawers. A very similar example was sold at Bonham's, London in 2022 from The Contents of Kinsham Court, Herefordshire. 14.25ins x 9ins x 8.5ins high. Est £1,000-£1,500 (748)  

If they love clocks, take a look at this beautiful 19th Century burr walnut and gilt bracket clock by Thomas Mercer. It’s all brass and silvered decorations around its eight bells and gong. At 36.5ins high, it has a matching wall bracket. Est £3,000-£3,500 and worth every penny. (856)  

The sailor in your family is bound to love this big (32ins long) cased wooden model of the "William Ashburner" with three fully rigged masts. The schooner was one of the fastest afloat in her day and the largest wooden sailing vessel built at Barrow-in-Furness. She whizzed around the globe trading goods such as sugar and beef but in 1950 hit rocks near the River Severn and was a total loss. Est £250-£350 (803) 
 

A & M Removals
Removals & Storage

For over 25 years A&M have been offering removals and storage solutions of the highest quality, catering to both domestic and corporate customers. We’ve been moving people and companies all over the UK and Europe, whether it’s a single item or a full load. Whatever you’re moving, you can be sure of a service that will certainly exceed your expectations.

With a fleet of state of the art vehicles (with insurance cover up to £25,000) we’ve got the ability to conduct a wide range of expert, efficient removals. Of course no business is worth its weight without the backing of a professional team. All of our staff are highly trained and supportive, and their aim is to ensure a smooth running from a to b, with the minimum stress possible.

Based in Folkestone, we’re ideally situated to conduct moves all over the UK. And being close to major sea ports, we can equally transport your belongings overseas.

Williamson and Barnes
Solicitor

Whether you are buying or selling a house, making a will or seeking advice on personal, business, family matters, employment problems or other disputes, we are here to help you. Based in the seaside town of Deal we have served the East Kent community for over 200 years providing our clients with a friendly and efficient service and practical advice delivered by experienced professionals.

Girlings Solicitors
Solicitor

Girlings Solicitors is one of the leading law firms in Kent, serving individuals and businesses in the city of Canterbury and the surrounding areas. We also have other legal offices in the south east in Ashford and Herne Bay.

With over a hundred staff, we have the expertise to assist with a wide range of personal and business law matters. Our specialist solicitors and legal advisers are all recognised experts in their respective fields, and are renowned for their friendly, down-to-earth and professional approach.

Girlings Solicitors is also Lexcel accredited - the Law Society’s quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care.