Birds stolen from aviary
Thieves stole 20 birds from an aviary in a garden in Stanhope, in Ashford.
Police are now investigating a burglary at the address after the canaries, bullfinches and goldfinches were reported missing last Saturday.
Officers received reports that an aviary in the rear garden was broken into between 9pm and 9.30pm and the birds were stolen.
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police by calling 01843 222289 quoting ZY/014396/17.
Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Leading English wine producer Chapel Down will be opening a new addition to its Tenterden winery and launching a new collection of wines.
The winery is the official supplier to 10 Downing Street and supported by leading chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver.
The new Wine Sanctuary at the venue in Smallhythe will welcome guests for in-depth wine-tasting with educated tour guides, an award-winning restaurant and a shop.
The new addition was designed by Stephen Webster and Guy Hollaway Architects, the group known for such projects as Elwick Place in central Ashford, which is due to open in the summer of 2018.
The Wine Sanctuary design takes its inspiration from the natural materials of the Kent countryside.
Chapel Down managing director, Mark Harvey, said: “We are creating a wonderful setting from which to taste Chapel Down’s range of award winning wines. And the best bit is the design has been orchestrated by Stephen Webster and Guy Hollaway architects who, like us, hail from the county of Kent.”
Stephen Webster, known for his jewellery designs for celebrities like Madonna and Johnny Depp, said he was pleased to be working with Chapel Down, adding:
“My work is about a commitment and an opportunity to share an emotional connection – two values I see as intrinsic to wine- making.”
Chapel Down is also launching a new collection of single-vineyard wines. These wines will be Kent native from the company’s Kit’s Coty estate near Aylesford.
The new wines, Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013, Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs 2013 and Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2014 are part of Chapel Down’s efforts to improve the standard of English winemaking.
Mr Harvey added: “Our vision has always been to produce exceptional wines from the Kit’s Coty estate, to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in this country.
“We are thrilled with the results and are excited to now share these wines with the market and the growing number of pilgrims of Chapel Down.”
The Wine Sanctuary and new wines are now open to visit and buy.
A guided tour of the vineyards and winery and a tutored wine tasting is £15 per person.
Mark Harvey says Chapel Down is creating a ‘wonderful setting’