Currying favour?

Paul Babra postcard

Impact has been currying favour with one local entrepreneur as he seeks to expand his popular food business. Already a regular at local events across the south east of England and also in France, Paul Babra’s range of curries, sauces, spice mixes and chutneys are all made to traditional recipes inspired by his Indian grandmother.

Impact has redesigned Paul’s packaging and labels as well as his promotional materials. With a more consistent and eye-catching image, Paul has been able to expand his Bahrani Foods range and find new outlets for his Indian treats.

No lovelier place?


Martyn Barr's latest book explores Canterbury’s well and lesser known green spaces.

Sponsored by the Whitefriars shopping centre as part of its contribution towards Canterbury in Bloom 2016, No Lovelier Place celebrates Canterbury’s green spaces, with fascinating insights into their history, ecology and environment. As with previous Whitefriars sponsorships, free copies have been sent to every school in the district.

The book takes its title from a letter written by modernist writer Virginia Woolf to her sister in 1904 which stated: “There is no lovelier place in the world than Canterbury – that I say with hand on my heart as I sit in Florence – and I have seen Venice too.” Woolf spent time in Canterbury and stayed in Blean, coincidentally where Martyn now lives and works. A college at the University of Kent is named in her honour.

Commenting on No Lovelier Place, Canterbury Connected BID CIC Chief Executive Bob Jones describes it as “… a lyrical homage to a beautiful city’s most beautiful places”. He adds: “With stunning imagery and Martyn’s eye for quirky detail and fascinating facts, it is as interesting and compelling for those of us who think we know Canterbury well as it will be to a first-time visitor.”

The 68-page softback book is lavishly illustrated throughout, with many of the photographs taken by Martyn himself. Copies of No Lovelier Place can be purchased online at £5.99 including delivery from, along with Martyn’s other titles. The book is also available from Canterbury Cathedral Shop and other city centre outlets.

A Richer Dust Concealed

Kent College book cover

This month sees the publication of A Richer Dust Concealed' - The Old Boys of Kent College who Died in Conflict.

Kent College, Canterbury had been established less than 30 years at the outbreak of the First World War. It was still a small school of less than a hundred boys as term began in September 1914. So, the grievous death toll of 50 former pupils in that conflict represents more than seven per cent of the total number who had passed through its gates. To these must be added a further 42 old boys, who lost their lives in the Second World War and three others, who subsequently died in the Korean War, the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Falklands Conflict. The instances of extraordinary bravery and self-sacrifice amongst the 95 Old Canterburians who lost their lives were doubtless matched by similar actions for which no records have survived.

This new book, inspired by the successive centenaries of the Great War, is an attempt to tell their stories. It was written by Graham Noble with Julian Waltho and designed and published by Martyn Barr. Copies, priced £7.99, are available from the school.