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Please note that information published in the April printed edition of the magazine is incorrect. The admission price is in fact £5.65 for an adult and one child goes free whe bringing a Teddy Bear. We apologise for the error and are trying to track down where the information came from.


Children will be making a right royal exhibition of themselves at a free workshop next month (April). To mark the countdown to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, children will be making crowns and dressing up, before posing for professional Medway artist Wendy Daws as she draws their silhouettes. More

A group of art students will present their first external exhibition at Eastgate House, Rochester starting Saturday, 31 March. More

Be your own Life Coach is a five-week course on a Tuesday evening, starting 17 April at the Rochester Centre. The course explores what life coaching means and aims to show students how to explore opportunities and improve confidence. More

Airport Image 1 by artist Kevin Clarkson. Thames Estuary airport exhibition

A series of stunning images will starkly set out the devastating impact a huge hub airport could have on Medway and wider Kent. More

BROOK THEATRE Spring Jazz 2012 Tuesday 3 April £13 , £ 12

One of the world’s greatest jive swing bands, King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys have been on the road for two decades, while releasing 10 albums and clocking up over 125 TV and radio appearances. A night of high-energy fun and fantastic musicianship.
“To those who say that jive swing is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof!” Atomic Magazine, New York
“Behind the fun and rollicking good times lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band.” The Guardian

A new advertising campaign motivating smokers to quit has hit the big screen in Medway. A two-minute video, ‘Is Your Habit Giving You Hassle?’ features a giant cigarette bothering a women as she tries to go about her day, and is being shown on the large outdoor screen at the Dockside Outlet Centre, on screens inside the centre and at Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester libraries. More

The ‘Man of Kent Real Ale House’, Rochester will host a Folk and Blues music stage at the Medway Festival of Steam & Transport taking place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Easter Sunday and Monday, 8th & 9th April. More

Want to occupy stir-crazy children during the Easter holidays? Then send them for some creative fun thanks to Medway Council Arts Team.

Two one-day workshops have been organised for young people aged from eight to 16 years old. More

Upnor Castle

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in one of Kent’s most beautiful castles, there’s a wedding open day at Upnor Castle this Sunday, 25 March.

The wedding room will be dressed for a wedding and staff will be on hand to help couples arrange their big day. There will also be exhibits from a number of wedding specialists and suppliers.

Set against a backdrop of almost 500 years of history, the turreted castle is situated in a picturesque waterfront village and backed by rolling, wooded hills. Built in 1559 to defend the warships of Queen Elizabeth I, the castle offers an exquisite backdrop for wedding photographs.

The event runs from 10am to 3pm an admission is free. For more information about the open day phone 01634 338106.

(L- R) Cllr Les Wicks, Andre Imich, Christine Humprey, Jane Marriott, Gayna Simmonds, Rose Collinson and Helen Wheatley

Medway has been chosen as one of 20 areas nationally to help shape the future of national policy for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Together with six other authorities in the south east, that form a partnership called the SE7 (South East 7), Medway has been named as a ‘Pathfinder’ area, that will trial new services set out in a government Green Paper on special educational needs and disability policy. More

Print Making Workshops, a ‘Hidden Dockyard Railway’ Tour and more for the whole family during Easter holidays.

Visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham during the Easter holidays will have the opportunity to participate in new print-making workshops, collage making and a close up look at the dockyard’s own locomotives in a new series of family activities running from 31 March until 15 April. More

Enthusiastic volunteers of all ages are needed to bring a lottery-funded project to life in Medway.

The Red Reading and Reminiscence Box Project will see volunteers running reading and reminiscence activities in residential homes, day care centres, sheltered housing and hospices. More

Following last month’s crisis meeting concerning the drought conditions across the south east of England and today’s announcement of imminent hosepipe bans, the RSPB is urging Kent’s residents to ‘Step up for Nature’ and save water in their homes and gardens. More

Concerned by the visual propaganda generated by Foster & Partners of a Thames estuary airport, a group of nine north Kent artists (NO THAMES AIRPORT ARTISTS GROUP) have come together to cut through the spin and visualise the case against such a development, in a new exhibition which opens at the Nucleus Arts Gallery in Chatham on 30 March 2012. More

The Bredhurst Receiving and Transmitting Society (BRATS) Presents Thursday 5th April and 8:45. The Digital change over is coming a talk By Colin Mccarthy-Stewart and Michael Couchman

You and the Digital change over. Find how much money you DON’T need to spend! More

Here are the details of our next fundraising challenge, a cycle challenge that Team Sapper, a team of serving and veteran members of the Corps of Royal Engineers are embarking on to raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes. In total we will be cycling 500 miles in only six days. The team members ages range from late 20’s to our oldest member who is 72. More

a project to bring new investment in the environment for Hoo Peninsula’s people, businesses and wildlife

Businesses, residents, community groups and other organisations from the Hoo Peninsula are very warmly invited to the launch and first working meeting of GIFT Hoo Peninsula at the Hundred of Hoo School, on Thursday 12 April 2012, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. More

Following the announcement from the Deputy Prime Minister today on the awarding of city status to three towns as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Cllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the three towns that have today gained city status. More

Some of the UK’s toughest wheelchair sportsmen and women are bringing their talents to Medway. The wheelchair rugby Coloplast Super Series is being staged at Medway Park on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 March. More

The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship is on Thursday the 16th of March 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting is in the Education Room of Dickens World in Chatham include s a talk by Michael Eaton. Non Members are welcome for a small fee. For details of the R&CDF or non members to attend contact the Joint Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin 01474 834164

The National Trust in London and the South East is inspiring people to forget the doom and gloom for a day and instead recall memories of their happy places, discover the variety of National Trust places to visit in the region, and take home new happy place memories. 

As part of English Tourism Week the charity locally has launched a spring marketing campaign for the region. The promotion will include radio advertising, Facebook and Twitter initiatives, online advertising and eye-catching billboards at six key locations. More

On 18 March, we celebrate Mothering Sunday – a really joyful tradition and one that aptly occurs when the natural world around us seems to burst into colour.

National Trust properties in Kent offer mums some of the country’s most glorious gardens in which to enjoy stunning displays of spring colour, and a host of relaxing treats to help them while away the day.

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA 01732 868381Spring colour: spring bulb displays don’t disappoint at Emmetts Garden in March. This charming 19th-century garden reveals thousands of daffodils and egg-yolk yellow narcissi. Soft pink and cream camellia flowers are also on show, together with jewel-coloured crocuses, whilst Emmett’s many trees provide a delightful acid green canopy of fresh spring foliage. More

World Poetry Day will be celebrated with a workshop for budding wordsmiths. Heroes and Villains: a poetry workshop for World Poetry Day takes place on Saturday, 24 March – World Poetry Day – from 10am to 12.30pm at Strood Library. From Greek myths to fairytales, football to politics, TV to comic books: who are the heroes, who are the villains? This inspiring and creative writing workshop for new and established poets will be led by Maria C. McCarthy, author of Strange Fruits. The workshop Places are free but booking is essential, phone 01634 335890.

Two popular crime writers will be in Chatham later this month to talk about their novels and careers and sign copies of their books. More

The council has responded quickly to temporarily re-house residents in Gillingham after a fire in a block of flats . The fire service were called to the flats at Redruth Manor, Skinner Street, at around 8pm after a fire in an underground store spread up the waste pipes within the building. There were no injuries caused by the fire and the council’s housing officers joined the fire service on site yesterday evening to check all the residents were safe in their properties. More

On Saturday 31st March at 7.30 p.m. Maidstone Choral Union, conducted by Martin Hindmarsh, will be giving a concert at  All Saints Church, Maidstone.  The main work will be Mozart’s Requiem, but the programme will also include his Ave Verum  and concert arias and choruses.  The soloists will be Emily Rowley – Jones, Soprano; Jennifer Westwood,  Alto;  Alex Wall, Tenor and James Birchall, Baritone.

All seats are priced at £10.00.  They are unreserved, but tickets may be booked in advance from the Ticket Secretary,  phone 01622 726193  Wine, fruit juice, tea and coffee will be available during the interval.  You may like to bring a cushion…

Treat mum to something different this Mothering Sunday, with a trip to the theatre to see the Kids’ Cabaret of Curiosities. The dazzling show comes to The Brook Theatre, Chatham on Sunday, 18 March at 1pm and 3pm. Compared by Mighty Mike, and hosted by Dizzy O’Dare Presents, a local circus, theatre and street entertainment company, the show features an array of dazzling cabaret acts, from magnificent magicians to cracking circus artists, will take to the stage to leave young eyes wide with wonder. More

Sign up to a new class and dance to a new beat thanks to Medway Adult and Community Learning Service. Those who already hold a Level 2 in Gym Instructing, will be interested to know they can add the Exercise to Music qualification to their skills-set and teach their own studio classes. The practical course runs over three weekends from Saturday, 17 March to Sunday 1 April from 9.30am to 4pm at Medway Park. The course content will look at how to plan, design and deliver classes. The full cost of the course is £ 282. If you would like further information about this or any other MACLS fitness course then please contact Dan Mace on 01634 338412,

at Cliffe Woods Community Centre, Parkside, Cliffe Woods

Saturday 24th March   7.30pm-11.30pm

Dress Code:   Black Tie and Ball Gowns welcomed or just as smart as you can!

Tickets are £15 per person (adults only)

which includes a Fish and Chip Supper and Disco.

Contact Kimberley Evans on 01634 222510 or for tickets.


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