Birds stolen from aviary

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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’

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