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Conservation volunteers demonstrate their work

An event to celebrate the work of Medway’s conservation volunteers took place at The St George’s Centre in Chatham on Thursday, 17 May.

Organised by Medway Local Access Forum, the Volunteer Day provided local groups with an opportunity to network and find new ways of working together, as well as encouraging other groups to join up and join in with their work. More


With the London 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, Medway Council Trading Standards Team is advising residents and business to be careful they are not ripped off.

The Team is asking consumers to be very wary of any unsolicited emails or telephone calls offering London 2012 Olympic tickets and they can check whether a business is an Authorised Ticket Reseller on the 2012 website: More

Video footage showing motorists putting pedestrians at risk by driving through Chatham’s bus station has been released on the internet. More

Medway Council is urging the small band of motorists that put pedestrians at risk by driving through Chatham’s bus station to please stop, after new figures show more than 90 a day are doing this. More

Two new dispersal zones are being introduced in areas of Medway, following complaints from residents about anti social behaviour.

The 24 hour dispersal zones, in the Liberty Park and Twydall Green areas of Medway will come into effect on 1 June until 31 August 2012, to help tackle anti social behaviour by dispersing groups of known trouble makers. More

Fantastic new features are sure to wow the crowds at this year’s Bicentenary Rochester Dickens Festival. More

Nearly 250 dogs were chipped at Medway Council’s A Day for Every Dog events this month.

A total of 243 dogs were chipped over five events held at Broomhill Park, the Great Lines, Riverside Country Park, Luton Rec and the Vines. More

It’s not long now until the nation will be hanging out the red, white and blue to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and children and families will be able to step back in time with some fifties themed celebrations. More

Giant stamps created by children to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee are now on display at The Brook Theatre Art Gallery.

Back in April, more than 40 children took part in a number of library workshops where they were able to dress up and make crowns before posing for Medway artist Wendy Daws who drew their silhouettes for the colourful stamps.

The workshops and exhibition were organised by Medway Arts Development Team and Medway Libraries.

A Right Royal Exhibition is on at The Brook Theatre Art Gallery, Chatham, from 21 May to 22 June, open from 9.30am to 5pm.

All things Charles Dickens continues apace next month with a stage adaptation of one of the author’s favourite novels.

As a prelude to the Bicentenary Rochester Dickens Festival, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Theatre Company bring David Copperfield to The Brook Theatre on Friday, 1 June. More

St Nicholas’ Church, Southfleet, Jubilee Party at the Village Hall Saturday 2nd June
STEVE THOMPSON – lead Guitarist with GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS – performing hits from the Sixties and a few from the Seventies!

Steve has toured the world for many years with the big Sixties shows and has, and continues to, play with the likes of Chip Hawkes, PJ Proby, Brian Poole, Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana, as well as being lead guitarist for Gerry and the Pacemakers. Catch him at Southfleet before he embarks on a big tour of the UK later this year with the Sixties Gold tour! Also appearing;

The SEDLEY SCHOOL CHOIR, JAGGER FOLK – Irish Folk Music Band, DARTFORD AMATEUR OPERATIC and DRAMATIC SOCIETY (DAODS) singing songs from the musical “We Will Rock You” and others

Dress code for the event is Red, White & Blue. Gates open at 5pm, hobby horse racing starts at 5.30pm and live music from 6 till 10.30. Tickets £10, concessions £8, children over 12 £5, under 12 free. You can bring your picnic but a bar, BBQ hot dogs, & ice creams will be available. Tickets are available from St Nicholas Church, The Ship or Sedley’s School. Contact 01474 833991 or 01474 834164.

Whittingham family plaque unveiling

Crest Presentation at the Steam Packet

Medway Queen Visitors Centre Vernon Stratford

Starboard paddle box – Richard Halton

Medway Queen 2 by Harley Crossley

The paddle steamer, Medway Queen, was built in 1924 for the New Medway Steam Packet Co. Ltd. She worked on the Thames estuary between the Medway towns and Southend-on-Sea with occasional forays elsewhere. In 1937 and 1953 she attended the Coronation Reviews at Spithead and during WWII she was used by the Royal Navy as a minesweeper. Her principal claim to fame is the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940 when Medway Queen and her crew made seven return trips and brought back 7000 British and French troops. After the war the ship returned to her old route and worked there until maintenance costs and falling revenues forced withdrawal in 1963. More

The monthly Rochester Farmers’ Market will be pitching up in Corporation Street Car Park from 9am to 1pm this Sunday, 20 May.

Traders from across Kent who make, bake and grow their own goods will head to Rochester with a selection of fresh, local produce designed to tickle the tastebuds.

On offer at this weekend’s market will be a selection of fresh local meat, including sausages and bacon, bread, savoury pies and pasties, jams, pickles and fresh eggs.

There’s also specialist traders selling Indian and Russian cuisine, olives and French chesses and a selection of tipples including Kent cider and locally infused spirits.

The Farmers’ Market has been running since 2000 and is held on the third Sunday of every month, selling seasonal organic and non organic goods direct from the producer.

Conservation workers helping to preserve Eastgate House, Rochester have uncovered a mysterious face from the past.

The team of workers have been painstakingly peeling away layers of paint to reveal the original décor of the grade one listed building, which was built in the late 1590s by Sir Peter Buck, Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham Dockyard More

Impressive, brilliant and interesting – just some of the words used by residents and visitors to Chatham to describe the Britain from the Air exhibition.

And for those people who haven’t yet had the chance to see these photographs, the good news is the exhibition has been extended until Monday, 18 June.

The stunning collection of more than 80 large-scale images have been taken from all around the country by Britain’s foremost aerial photographers. More

Money has been awarded to the ICON Theatre recently by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Medway Council to run a local history and arts project focussing on the villages of Cuxton, High Halstow and Upnor and anyone with an interest in the area. The project is called Time and Tides and offers a chance for local communities to research their local history and take part in arts and drama activities. More

Maria and her family had their dog rehomed on Thursday last week. They now realise that they have made a dreadful mistake and would like her back. Her name is Roma and she is a two and a half year old Norwegian Elk Hound. The whole family is heart broken and there is a reward for her to be given back. Maria can be contacted by emailing our office

Sundays are for Kids at The Brook Theatre and this summer’s line up promises to be as exciting and entertaining as ever. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark comes to Chatham on Sunday, 20th May. More

Release – the award winning production and hit of the Edinburgh Festival 2011 – is coming to The Brook Theatre later this month (May). More

Friday 4th May saw yet another successful party night at one of our local pubs. A Star Wars themed evening with no other than Mr Tim Rose aka Admiral Ackbar More

Pick up some homegrown produce and tasty local treats at Rochester Farmers’ Market this bank holiday weekend, as it pitches up at the Rochester Sweeps Festival.

Traders selling a range of the freshest local produce including vegetables, meat and baked goods, as well as cider, preserves, olives and pies will be pitching up in the Kings Head car park from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 5, Sunday, 6, and Monday, 7 May.

They will join more than 50 morris sides and entertainers celebrating throughout the bank holiday weekend, with processions, fun activities for families and three days of folk music featuring guest artists from the Canada and France, as well as all over Britain. More

Cha Cha Cha down to The Brook Theatre for a night of Latin rhythms when Coco Xpress salsa into town.

Playing Salsa, Merengue, Bugaloo, bachata, Cha Cha Cha, and more – representing all the popular Latino rhythms and countries, from Cuba to Colombia via Santo Domingo, this band will guarantee an excellent night’s entertainment.

Coco Xpress have travelled all over the world, and are now one of the UK’s favourite Latin bands, performing at many festivals, salsa clubs and other events. More

Pepenbury invites families and friends to their fun Open Day Fair on Saturday 1st September from 12 noon to 4pm. This event has been moved from the 19th May to the new date given above.


The A278 Gillingham Link road will be undergoing repairs to the Maidstone Road over bridge (the one nearest the motorway) from Tuesday, 8 May. The type of work being carried out will mean a contra flow operation will be in place, which will reduce lane capacity to single lane in both directions. The work is expected to be complete within approximately five weeks, and advance warning signs are in place.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham celebrates the long awaited arrival of Spring with activities galore, suitable for all ages!

Spring into Action! Explosive activities for May weekends, 1-3pm
‘Launching’ on 12 May and running every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 3pm until 27 May
will be action packed Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) drop-in sessions giving visitors the chance to mix up their own gunpowder and try their hand at firing a miniature cannon or rocket missile – then see how close they can get to the target! More


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