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National Share a Story Month: The Adventures of Number 3 Tin Cottage - Episode 1

An author who is working on a children's TV show is sharing her project with locked-down Kent's bored children.

During the coronavirus lockdown and to coincide with National Share a Story Month KentOnline will publish a new episode of Meryl Ledbrooke's The Adventures of Number 3 Tin Cottage every Friday.

Outside Number 3 Tin Cottage
Outside Number 3 Tin Cottage

The theme of May's literary celebration is the 'Planet we Share', a theme which includes stories about earth's people and animals and the state of the planet.

The Isle of Sheppey writer said: "I hope parents will read them to their youngsters. KentOnline has agreed to help me share them as I hope they will make great bedtime stories."

Episode 1

Many of you may not know this, but Number 3 Tin Cottage is a wonderfully exciting and magical place where Jeffrey the magician lives with his friends Eggwina Cluckbucket the chicken, Chantelle his assistant, a little white rabbit and Sir Jazz-Purr the black and white cat.

Today we will discover how Jazz-purr came to live there.

One day, Jeffrey put an advert in his local newspaper. It read: "Wanted: One cat to live at No 3 Tin Cottage. Must be friendly and able to get on with Chantelle, a little girl who sings a bit off key, a magician, a very large, unpredictable chicken and a white rabbit. If interested, please apply."

Sir Jazz-Purr read the notice and turned up on Jeffrey's doorstep.

He was called Sir Jazz-Purr because he loved listening to his favourite radio DJ Nic Fentone playing jazz music.

Sir Jazz-Purr the cat is the latest character to join the crew of No 3 Tin Cottage thanks to creator Meryl Ledbrooke
Sir Jazz-Purr the cat is the latest character to join the crew of No 3 Tin Cottage thanks to creator Meryl Ledbrooke
Meryl Ledbrooke, creator of Number 3 Tin Cottage, at work at her home in Blue Town on the Isle of Sheppey
Meryl Ledbrooke, creator of Number 3 Tin Cottage, at work at her home in Blue Town on the Isle of Sheppey

Jeffrey loved this little cat. Although Jazz-Purr could only manage a very quiet purr Jeffrey, being a magician, understood him purr-fectly.

The very first thing Jazz-Purr did was to eat some tuna. Unfortunately, it had been on a fancy plate on the kitchen table awaiting the arrival of Miss Dainty Duster, Jeffrey's housekeeper. She liked a nice cup of tea once a week at No 3 and loved tuna.

"Oh dear, tut, tut" said Chantelle, shaking her sparkly hair. Then she added: "Perhaps Jazz-Purr didn't know he was being naughty as he has only just arrived?"

Jeffrey told Sir Jazz-Purr that all his meals went into a little bowl on the mat on the kitchen floor. Jazz-Purr nodded as if he understood and then - splat! - knocked all the cream cakes into the bowl and ate them up.

"That's not right," clucked the chicken. Jeffrey told Sir Jazz-Purr that only cat meals were meant to be in the bowl. They all laughed and Sir Jazz-Purr promised not to be naughty again - and settled down for a catnap.

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