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At Hoo St. Werburgh Church Sunday 4th. December 6.30 pm. The Kent police male voice choir, tickets a donation of £7. For tickets or further info. Tel Stuart on 01634 251705.

Friday 30th September at 7.45pm: STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE ( Fresa y chocolate) Dir: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea , Cuba, 1994, 108 mins. Cast; Jorge Perugorria, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Franciso Gattorno More

“…a slow-burning, mesmerising production that drew the audience in before reaching its violent conclusion.” Review of Platform 4 Macbeth in the Daily Echo, Southampton

Shakespeare’s tragedy of ambition and guilt is given a modern makeover when it comes to The Brook Theatre next month.

Touring company Platform 4’s production creates a taut psychodrama that crackles with a wild electricity. Characters appear and disappear from the shadows as part of a nightmarish vision.

Building on the success of their Tempest, this Macbeth employs sparse staging and creates unique atmospheres while keeping the play intact, compelling, and fresh.

Platform 4 has developed a reputation for creating stunning visual theatre; blending text, movement and objects with evocative sound and light, to create unique theatrical gems.

Shakespeare’s tale is brought alive by the sonic experiments of sound designer Jules Bushell collaborating with composer and guitarist Bic Hayes, in his first foray into theatre after working and performing with psychedelic rock band The Cardiacs.

Platform 4 are also delighted to be working with world renowned Robert Bryan, who has been lighting designer for, among others, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

Platform 4 presents Macbeth at The Brook Theatre on Saturday, 15 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12, students £8 and senior citizens £10.

To book tickets phone the box office on 01634 338338


The monthly meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) will take place in the Education Room of Dickens World, Chatham. The meeting is on Thursday the 20th of October, 7.15 for 7.30 pm start. For details of the meeting, the R&CDF or to attend, non members welcome, contact Joint R&CDF Secretary Steve Martin on 01474 834164.

In a change to the advertised programme, R&CDF Members Colin Benson and Jan Bird will give a reading which is not only one of the best known from Charles Dickens’s works, but from the whole of English literature. Set in a church yard in the marshes at Cooling north of Rochester, it is taken from the first chapters of Great Expectations.
The talk was previously given by R&CDF Members during the June 2011 Rochester Dickens Festival and at the Avenue Theatre in Sittingbourne.

Children from classes 5 and 6 at Crockham Hill Primary School came 2nd in the country in the National Trust’s annual ‘Crumble Rumble’. Aided and abetted by staff at Chartwell they managed to pick and peel apples, mix up a topping and rustle up a delicious spiced apple crumble from scratch in 38 minutes flat! More

Medway Tunnel will be closed overnight for five nights (Monday to Friday) next week, starting on Monday, 26th September. More

A series of events are taking place across Medway in October to mark Black History month.

The annual festival, which is held nationally, celebrates diverse cultures and and traditions. In Medway it will include live music, story telling, circus tricks and specialist food events. More

Whatever industry or trade we work in there comes a time when we feel that if it were not for some of the constraints placed upon us, we could accomplish so much more, be more effective in our chosen field. That is a summary of how Andrew Gager was feeling after many years in the construction industry, slightly frustrated by some of the standards of workmanship, attention to detail and customer service he came across on a regular basis. Many of us accept that as the way it is, but to Andrews credit, he went the other way and so was born Miranda Double Glazing Parts & Repairs. More

A dance event is taking place this weekend and talented movers and shakers are needed to take part. More

The skies above Capstone Farm Country Park will be filled with colourful kites on Sunday, 25 September, while bikes of all shapes and sizes will trail the grounds. More

A book launch and poetry event takes place in Gillingham Library later this month. More

Tackling anti social behaviour, making better use of local facilities and creating more opportunities for different age groups to get together are all top of the to do list in Luton and Wayfield. More

A second circus skills workshop will be bought to Medway by African artist Emmanuel Okine. More

JASON ALLEY SWAY – 8pm on Saturday, 8th October at the CPC Centre, View Road, Cliffe Woods. An evening of swing music and dance. Ticket £10 (includes supper). Licensed bar. Fundraising raffle. Please phone 01634 220330 to book.

CHARITY AUCTION hosted by PAT MARSH from BBC Radio Kent – Saturday, 22nd October – 7pm preview for 7.30pm start at the CPC Centre, View Road, Cliffe Woods. Licensed bar. Entry £2 (includes catalogue). Please phone 01634 220330 to book.

Please attend if you can to support one of our local charities

Residents are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the emergency plans for the Isle of Grain.

The meeting will take place on Monday, 12 September at 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Chapel Road, Grain.

Representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, Medway Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and the Grain LNG Terminal will be on hand to answer resident’s questions.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Mike O’Brien said: “This meeting is an opportunity for the residents of Grain to have an open discussion with key personnel about the emergency plan for their village.

“I would encourage anyone who has an interest in this to attend the meeting and hear from the various agencies about how we can all work together.”


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