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Qualified Nordic Walking instructor Louise Bastable, from Hucking near Maidstone, is bringing Sunday morning Nordic Walking sessions to Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest in Kent – part of the Forestry Commission. More

A major new campaign to tackle the serious impact of illegal tobacco in Medway will be launched next month (September). More

Residents in Medway are being warned about bogus phone calls from companies offering legal help with accident claims. More

The wait is over for thousands of Medway students as they finally found out how they had done in their GCSEs. More

Spend a day in the company of gallant knights, medieval maidens and falcons in flight… Medieval Merriment, a free family event, returns to Rochester Castle Gardens on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September.

Once again the castle grounds will be transformed into a vast medieval encampment, taking visitors back to the time when the castle was built and used as a residence.

There’ll be living history displays from Anglo-Saxon and Norman times through to the 15th century, battles, archery displays, cookery, minstrels, birds of prey, storytellers, crafts, games and stalls.

The event will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days and admission is free.

Admission prices for the Castle Keep, within the Castle gardens are £5.50 for adults and £3.50 for children and concessions, and £14.50 for a family ticket. For further information phone 01634 338141


Sundays are for Kids at The Brook Theatre this autumn with a varied programme of shows to keep them entertained.

Crunch! combines stories and images of apples through the ages, from Adam and Eve to Snow White to Apple Macs. The show mixes songs, juggling, masks and traditional story-telling to tell the tale of the humble apple. Crunch! Sunday, 30 October 2pm Tickets £5 children. £6 adults.

Dazzling cabaret acts and magnificent magicians will delight the whole family when the Kids’ Cabaret of Curiosities rolls into town. Cracking circus acts will leave young theatregoers eyes-wide with wonder. Kids’ Cabaret of Curiosities Sunday, 13 November 1pm and 3pm Tickets £5 children, £6 adults

Sundays are for Kids at The Brook Theatre – Phone the box office on 01634 338338.

As well as offering courses from beginners to advanced in French, Spanish, Italian and German. Medway Adult and Community Learning Service also has beginners courses available in Polish, Russian, Turkish, Arabic and Japanese.

Why not give one a try.

All courses take place at Gillingham Adult Learning Centre – except Russian, which is held at Rochester Eastgate – and they start from mid September.

To enrol phone 01634 338400 or visit

Places are still available on British Sign Language courses that start next month (September). More

It’s back to school in two weeks, and with that it’s back to walking or cycling to school for many of Medway’s pupils. More

Young people can step into a new career thanks to a new fitness instructor course starting in September. More

Dinosaurs and the Crystal Palace are the subject of two talks at Chatham Library this autumn. More

September – November 2011
We’re pleased to remind you that our autumn season starts early this year More

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is holding a major Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 11th September, as part of the Forestry Commission’s national celebration of UN International Year of Forests. As well as creating a fun day out for everyone, this is a chance to show how trees, woods and forests play a vital role in everyone’s life. More

At 12 noon on Saturday 27th August at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of two 4.5” Guns will be fired on HMS Cavalier – the Second World War Destroyer. This is the first time any of her guns have been fired since 1972! The Heritage Naval Gun Crew (volunteers), who will be firing the gun – albeit with blank rounds – have been working closely with The Historic Dockyard this year restoring the A and B mountings plus the 4.5” Mk IV guns which were built during the Second World War. More


At NatWest we know there are lots of fantastic groups of local people making a difference in their community. I am sure you can think of some in your ward. This is why I want to appeal to you, to help spread the word about CommunityForce to these local groups. More

Visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August will be given a rare opportunity; the owners of Titanic Honour and Glory – which is being exhibited in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery until September 30th – are presenting the public with opportunities to try on and be photographed wearing the ‘Heart of the Ocean’ necklace as worn by Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film. More

It’s that time of year again and the sound of ripping envelopes is soon to be heard across Medway as students find out their exam results. More

Can it be worthwhile to study part time whilst working full time when you are over 35 or even 45 years old? More

We will be Cooking on the barbecue from about 11am through until around 3pm Come along and say hi have a look around the showroom, Ride your bikes down there is parking here for around a hundred or so bikes. We had our last barbecue a couple of years ago when we first opened and had around 3 to 400 people over the day. Mention to your clubs all are welcome. Come and see us at:
Units 10/11 Neptune Close
Neptune Business Estate
Medway City Estate

Lancasters Removals, one of Kent’s leading domestic and commercial removal firms established for over 50 years, has been taking the strain for families moving home for over half a century.

Being a family-run firm, Lancasters understands that for many customers, the personal touch is more important than the corporate approach when it comes to taking care of people’s beloved belongings when moving home. More

A summer gym instructing course starts on Monday, 22 August for three weeks.

The intensive course takes place at Medway Park, Monday to Fridays from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

The course will cover anatomy and physiology of exercise, programming personal training, nutrition, health safety and welfare, planning activities and how to support clients.

The course costs £583 (concessions available). Places are still available.

To enrol phone 01634 338400 or for more details about other adult education courses visit

Following the vandalism that took place in Medway last night, please see a statement below from Medway Council Leader, Cllr Rodney Chambers: More

Temporary road closures will take place from Monday, 15 August in the following areas to enable highway maintenance and resurfacing works to be carried out in safety: More

This article was originally published in the May 2011 issue of The Clock Tower, the newsletter of the Friends of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre or (FOMA). To join FOMA, you can visit their website at More

Beach parties, circus workshops, teddy bears’ picnics and sports days are just some of the highlights of what’s in store at Medway’s Sure Start Centres this summer.

With 19 centres across Medway, each offering activities for families with children up to five years old, there’s plenty of fun to be had, right on your doorstep.

A full timetable of activities can now be downloaded online, so families can check out what’s happening at their nearest centre. Most children’s centres are also offering activities for children up to eight years old throughout the summer break and older siblings are welcome.

Parents can visit to download the summer timetable as well as contact details for all of Medway’s Sure Start Children’s Centres.

A full timetable of activities for children and young people during the school holidays can also be found on this webpage, along with Medway’s summer activities 2011 brochure.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Our Sure Start centres have once again gone that extra mile to give families a fun packed summer break full of affordable activities, many of which are free.

“This year, we’ve made it even easier for parents to look up fun, low cost activities for their under fives by putting a full timetable of what our Sure Start Centres have in store this summer online.

“I’d encourage families to find out about their nearest centre and get in touch to see what’s on offer to keep their children entertained through the holidays.”

You’re welcome to send a reporter/ photographer to any of the activities.

Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

Water play day on Friday, 12 August, 11am to 3pm at St James’ Children’s Centre, High Street, Isle of Grain 01634 270341. Cool down with a water fun, a picnic and a sandy beach set up at the centre.

Sports day for children up to ten years old on Tuesday, 16 August, 10 to 11am at Miers Court Children’s Centre, Silver Spot Close, Rainham, 01634 236974.

Beach themed messy play on Wednesday, 17 August, 1.30 to 3pm at Delce Children’s Centre, Fleet Road, Rochester 01634 844127. – Put your sun hat on and head to Delce Children’s Centre for a slice of sunshine and messy beach fun. Places must be booked by calling the centre in advance.

Circus fun on Tuesday, 23 August, 2 to 3.30pm at Temple Mill Children’s Centre, Cliffe Road Strood. 01634 338205. – A circus company will be visiting the Strood children’s centre to teach children the tricks of the trade and try their hand at circus skills. There will also be a bouncy castle and face painting. Families should book by calling the centre beforehand.

Teddy Bears Picnic at Brompton Children’s Centre on Wednesday, 24 August, 12 to 2pm at Brompton Westbrook, Primary School, Kings Bastion, Brompton, 01634 844152. – Get your glad rags on and head to Brompton Children’s Centre for a picnic and best dressed teddy competition. Families should bring their own picnic.

Life on the Home Front, Vintage Fashion, Wartime Vehicles and Entertainment Galore! More

Young performers from Medway and across the southeast will be taking to the stage next week to showcase their musical talents and support the homeless. More

A new bus service will provide a direct and frequent link between Strood, Chatham and the Medway City Estate for the first time. More


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