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Dog owners can get expert advice on looking after their pets during a series of special events being held in Medway in May. More

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Motorists are being advised to expect some delays around the Ash Tree Lane junction with the A2 Rainham Road from 9.30am tomorrow morning (Thursday, 26 April), due to some emergency repair works.

Temporary manual controlled traffic signals will replace the existing traffic lights in Ash Tree Lane, Chatham, just before the junction with the A2 Rainham Road, while contractors carry out repairs to a power chamber cover in the road.

The works will start after the morning peak tomorrow, but delays are expected.

Figures released by the Health Protection Agency this month show that 665 laboratory confirmed cases of whooping cough were reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England and Wales between January and March 2012, compared to a total of 1,040 cases during the whole of 2011. Almost a quarter of these cases were in the South East region, with some areas reporting clusters of cases in schools, universities and healthcare settings. More

Parkinson’s UK – the support and research charity – is passionate about finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

That’s why the South East region of the charity is inviting local people to join them for a fundraising concert on Saturday 19 May 2012. More

Myth and folktales are the subject of a talk by Chatham-based author, poet and storyteller Philip Kane at Chatham Library next month (May). More

Residents will be able to call Medway Council at the evening and weekends to arrange more services than ever before under new changes being brought in.

And people will be able to pop into the council’s five town centre libraries for advice on a much wider array of council issues, and even pay bills. More

Calling all entrepreneurs…if you’ve ever been inspired to be your own boss, places are still available on a new evening course starting next month. More

Visitors planning to go along to the English Festival at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham this Saturday are advised that parking will not be available at the event due to the recent heavy rain. More

More adult education classes in community settings will be offered to Medway learners from September. More

A new performing arts course starts in Rochester next month (May).

The 10-week Playwright’s Circle course will be run by professional actor and scriptwriter Paul Doust. More

Talk or “duopolylogue” by Professor Tony Pointon & Susan Healey titled “Dickens and Mothers in Law ” More

Billy Ocean will headline Soul Party at this year's Castle Concerts

Britain’s biggest black recording star Billy Ocean will headline the Soul Party at this year’s Rochester Castle Concerts, alongside 80s powerhouse singer Alexander O’Neal.

His instant feel good sound has earned him more than 30 million record sales worldwide, and this summer Billy is looking forward to seeing Medway audiences bopping to massive 70s and 80s hits like When the Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going, Caribbean Queen, Love Really Hurts Without You and Suddenly.

“Getting up on stage with my band and entertaining the audience is what I love to do” he said, “So that is what gets me back up each time. I love to see the crowd sing along to songs that I wrote all those years ago – it shows that a good song will last no matter how old it is”. More

Allotments through the ages, from the early days on an Edwardian plot to the re-birth of allotments 10 years ago is the subject of a talk at Rainham Library.

The illustrated talk by Chris Cornish-Lawrence will examine the history of the allotment movement with particular emphasis on Rainham and Gillingham.

The talk will focus on the history of allotments and the people who worked on them since they arrived in the Medway area in the 19th century.

The talk will include maps of the sites, a few photos and other visual memorabilia.

Allotments in Medway: Rainham and Gillingham, Wednesday, 18 April at 2.30pm at Rainham Library.
This is a free event but booking is essential on 01634 332714.

Medway theatre’s technical crew will take centre stage for a change when they host an exciting summer workshop that promises to reveal the tricks of their trade. More

A Concert of instrumental and organ music from the 17th to the 20th centuries featuring The De Mere Wind Quintet and Laurence Long Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm
at St Margaret’s Church,St Margaret’s Street, Rochester Tickets £5.00 in advance by ringing 01634 848900 or on the door

A new and novel idea Boris and friends, I think not! This site or close to it on the North Kent Marshes was suggested, in 1947, and again in 1963 and 1974 then in 2003 every time it was rejected. More

Popular French painter Toulouse-Lautrec is the subject of an illustrated talk in Chatham later this month (April).

Art historian Martin Heard will bring to life bohemian Paris in the 1890s and the world of cafés, dance halls, and the popular entertainment of fin-de-siècle Paris, particularly Montmartre.

Like a celebrity photographer, Toulouse-Lautrec not only recorded this lifestyle but he also became an active part of this Parisian world himself.

Toulouse-Lautrec and Bohemian Paris illustrated talk is on Tuesday, 24 April at 7.30pm at Chatham Community Hub.

Booking is essential by phoning 01634 337799

The City of Rochester Society’s popular guided walking tours of the historic city will begin again on Good Friday, 6 April and continue, every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, public holiday and festival day until the end of October. The tours begin at the Visitor Information Centre in the High Street at 2.15 p.m. and take about an hour and a half. They are an ideal way for both visitors and residents to get to know something of Rochester’s fascinating heritage, during the course of a gentle afternoon stroll. These tours are free of charge, but donations to Society funds are always welcome.

GPs in Kent and Medway who make their surgeries greener will become the first in the country to be rewarded for their work.

As part of the NHS’ commitment to reduce its carbon output by 10 per cent by 2015, GPs who embrace green technologies and innovative ways of working will receive a Sustainable Surgeries Award. More

A 1909 Stanley steam car, imported from the USA in 1997, will make the journey from its current home in Dorking, Surrey, to the Medway Festival of Steam & Transport at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Easter weekend. More

Whether you’re a first time mum with a flurry of questions or a yummy mummy with a growing brood, All Saints Children’s Centre is offering an evening dedicated to the ins and outs of pregnancy.

Following the success of similar events at children’s centres across Medway, All Saints, based on Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, will be holding its first pregnancy evening for Medway mums to be on Thursday, 19 April from 6 to 8pm.

From breastfeeding and baby massage to knowing the benefits you are entitled to as a parent, the evening is aimed at providing a complete package of information for expectant parents throughout pregnancy.

The sessions will also include free treatments, demonstrations and information covering a range of areas from waterbirths and pregnancy yoga to reflexology and homeopathy.

Health visitors and midwives will also be on hand to offer expert advice to parents at all stages of pregnancy, whether it’s specific information or an informal chat you’re after.

The pregnancy evening will be at the centre on Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. For more information contact the centre on 01634 338833.

Spring break is fast approaching and Medway’s children’s centres are getting geared up for a fun filled holiday. From bonnet parades to Easter egg hunts, arts and crafts and a visit from the farm, there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained, rain or shine. There are 19 Sure Start Children’s Centres across Medway. To find out more about your nearest centre and what’s on offer there, visit http://www.medwayfisd.com or call 01634 335566.

Monday, 2 April:
10 to 11am: St James’ Children’s Centre starts the holiday off in traditional fashion with a favourite messy play session at the centre, High Street, Isle of Grain, 270341.

1 to 3.30pm: Easter arts and crafts at Brompton Children’s Centre, Brompton Westbrook Primary School, Kings Bastion, 844152.

1 to 3pm: Get active with an Easter themed sports day at Kingfisher Children’s Centre, Kingfisher Drive, Walderslade, 335850.

Tuesday, 3 April:
12.30 to 2pm: Under 1’s Easter play at All Saints Children’s Centre, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, 338833.

1 to 3pm: Tiny tots Easter play and crafts at Kingfisher Children’s Centre, Kingfisher Drive, Walderslade, 335850.

Wednesday, 4 April:
10 to 11.30am: Get dressed up and join in the Easter parade for children between 2 to 5 years old at Lordswood Children’s Centre, Lordswood Lane, 333670.

Thursday, 5 April:
11.30am to 2.30pm: Coo at the lambs, chickens and cute farm animals at Riverside Children’s Centre, St Edmunds Way, Rainham, when the mobile farm comes to visit.

(The farm will also visit Wayfield children’s centre, 10.30am to 1.30pm on Wednesday, 11 April and Saxon Way Children’s Centre, 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday, 12 April.)

1 to 2pm: Beady eyed toddlers are invited to this year’s Easter egg hunt at St James’ Children’s Centre, High Street, Isle of Grain, 270341.

Tuesday, 10 April:
1 to 3pm: Messy play at Oaklands Children’s Centre, Weedswood Road, Walderslade, 333820.

Wednesday, 11 April:
1.30 to 3.30pm: Head out on a bunny hunt with Temple Mill Children’s Centre at Broomhill Park, Strood.

Thursday, 12 April:
11am to 1pm: Get cooking at Bligh Children’s Centre fun with food session, at the centre, Bligh Way, Strood, 336220.

2 to 3pm: Easter egg hunt and activities at Miers Court Children’s Centre, Silverspot Close, Rainham, 236974.

Friday, 13 April:
10am to 12noon: Green fingered toddlers will be heading to the garden for a planting and growing session at St Helen’s Primary School, Church Street, Cliffe.

Refuse and recycling collections will take place on Good Friday, 6 April and bank holiday Monday, 9 April, which means residents will be able to put waste out as usual if their collection day is usually on a Friday or Monday. Refuse and recycling collections in Medway are not be affected by bank holidays, apart from during the Christmas and New Year break. If your collection is a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, it will be collected just like any non-bank holiday week. For more information contact Customer First by phoning 01634 333333 or emailing customer.first@medway.gov.uk

Shane from Strood having fun at last year's English Festival: picture Simon Kelsey

Build sandcastles, dance to big band sounds and even rub shoulders with Shakespeare at Medway’s third annual English Festival, taking place on Saturday, 21 April at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. More

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